Thursday, April 28, 2016

#PRNSarawak : PKR and DAP release separate manifestos

There appears to be no end to the rivalry between the state PKR and DAP after both parties opted to launch separate manifestos for the Sarawak election.

It is a far cry from the Opposition pact’s previous outing in Sarawak in 2011, when Pakatan Rakyat displayed a united front by announcing a joint manifesto.

PKR launched its five election promises and 18-point roadmap on Tuesday, while the DAP followed up with its own list of 10 key policy reforms yesterday.

At a glance, the manifestos appear to contain similar aspirations for the state by both parties, especially on key issues such as land autonomy, education, public transportation and forest restoration.

PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jeyakumar acknowledged at a press conference yesterday that there were not many differences between the manifestos issued by both parties.

Meanwhile, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen evaded questions from the media on the absence of a joint manifesto.

“There are many other reasons,” he said, although he refused to elaborate on what those factors were.

Parti Amanah Negara, which partners PKR and DAP, said it would not release its own manifesto as it was only contesting in 13 seats.

Instead, it would highlight issues faced by the constituencies in which it was contesting, said party deputy president Salahuddin Ayub.

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