KUCHING: Sarawak BN MPs’ neglect of the interest and welfare of rural folk in the state is to Pakatan Rakyat’s advantage, said visiting Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin.
“The Barisan MPs are not doing their job… they do not protect and speak for the interest of rural people when they fail to raise issues in Parliament, ” she said.
It was an obvious reference to the unresolved resettlement of natives affected by the Bakun Dam project, the native customary rights (NCR) land issues and the oil palm plantations on native lands.
“With all these issues yet to be settled, there is a potential for us in the Pakatan Rakyat to win the state government in the coming election.
“In fact, I dare say we can get 46 seats in Sarawak out of the 71 state constituencies,” said Zuraidah.
During her visit to Sarawak, Zuraida said she had been to several rural areas in the state and was aware of the acute problems affecting the people.
Zuraida, who is also PKR’s national women chief, said that although she was from Selangor, she could still speak for the natives in Sarawak in parliament.
“I feel more like a Sarawakian after visiting these places and seeing for myself the situation. Even though I come from Ampang, Selangor I can voice their grievances in parliament.
“We do not expect to get the support of the Barisan MPs, at least we want the government to be aware of the people’s problems,” she said.
On elections, Zuraidah said it was unlikely that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would hold joint state and federal polls.