After capturing Selangor, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has set its sights on wresting Sarawak from Barisan Nasional in the next state election due in 2011.

The party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he had heard the outpourings and cries coming from the state and directed party leaders to go down to the ground in Sarawak starting next month to “do battle” to win the state.

“I am sure DAP and PAS will help. There is a big change coming there,” he said in his keynote address at the PKR national congress on Saturday.

Anwar said Sarawak was a state rich in petroleum, gas, timber and other natural resources but its people remained poor and were hungry for change.

Commenting on the same issue, Ngemah state assemblyman Gabriel Adit told the Congress that help was needed to unseat Barisan in Sarawak.

Adit who recently joined PKR together with at least 12,000 supporters added:

“This is a very big challange as Barisan in Sarawak is very strong, so we need all the PKR members from the Peninsular to come to Sarawak to defeat Barisan,”

Adit also said Sarawak has a chief minister who had been around for far too long as 27 years in power was too much.

Meanwhile on another development several BN leaders including former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Yong Teck Lee (SAPP president) reported to be seen at the Congress by Malaysiakini reporters.