Baharuddin Mohsen

Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is getting itself ready to face the next state election.

Its political bureau chief Baharuddin Mohsen said it had identified initially the potential candidates to contest five rural seats.

“They are all professionals. We want to counter the claim that we do not have the material capable of administering the state should we win,” he said at a function to announce the formation of the party’s Ulu Salim branch here today.

“PKR is ready to shoulder this responsibility. Please give us the chance.

“If we are given the mandate, we will uphold the rule and principles of democracy. We are prepared to be shown the exit by Sarawakians if we fail in the task,” he said.

Baharuddin hinted that state PKR Wanita chief Ibi Uding was among the five potential candidates for the state polls. Ibi is expected to be fielded in Balai Ringin while Angela Jubing may contest in Engkilili.

The others are Richard Lias (in either Ngemah or Machan), Jemat Panjang (Lambir) and Frankie Bedindang Manjah (either Balleh or Pelagus).

“We may also contest the Dudong seat,” Baharuddin said.

Later when met by reporters, he declined to comment further, saying he would leave it to state PKR chairman Baru Bian to make the final decision.

He also said that PKR would sit down with the leaders of other political parties in Pakatan Rakyat to discuss the state polls. – Bernama