KUCHING: Sarawak DAP expects Pakatan Harapan to win at least 22 seats in the upcoming state election.

It claims the sentiments of the people are against the Federal Government, especially over the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

However, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen agrees with the observation that Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s popularity will see the state BN win 60 or more out of the 82 seats in the 11th Sarawak Election slated for next month.

“Adenan said Barisan can win up to 60 of the 82 seats. We predict that our side will win 17 to 22 seats, which is the same as his estimation.

“Just to be clear, we are not saying that we will win the seats that we are contesting, just that the chances are very real,” he told reporters here today.

Pakatan Harapan finalised its seats today and an announcement was expected to be made by the respective national leaders at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.

Chong said DAP would most probably put incumbents in their candidate line-up, except those who have health problems or were earlier sacked from the party.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman also said he would announce the finalised candidates on Thursday.

DAP is slated to contest 35 seats, PKR 37 and Amanah 10.

In the 2011 state election, DAP contested 15 seats, winning 12 of them, eclipsing the performance of PKR and its old ally, PAS.

PKR only won three out of the 49 contested seats while PAS did not win any.

Chong dismissed questions on PAS, saying: “PAS is past.”

— freemalaysiatoday April 11, 2016