Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) today reiterated it is not an official member of the federal ruling coalition, Perikatan Nasional (PN) in response to media reports to the contrary and claims that the alliance had been formalised via the signing of an MoU.
The GPS supreme council, after a meeting today, repeated the Sarawak coalition’s position, which is “to support Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister of Malaysia in the national interest for the need of a stable federal government”.
“GPS is a partner in the federal government,” it said in statement signed by secretary-general Alexander Nanta Linggi.
Linggi said it is mutually understood that the partnership “is also endorsed as a framework of a functioning government”.
He echoed GPS chairman Abang Johari Openg’s previous statements that the state coalition would “continue to safeguard, protect and fight for Sarawak rights in accordance with the federal and state constitutions and under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) and the IGC (Inter-Governmental Committee) report”.
Abang Johari had said that the four GPS components had left Barisan Nasional after the latter’s electoral defeat in 2018 because it was hard for the Sarawak-based member parties of the coalition to push the MA63 agenda in Putrajaya because the majority Malaya-based parties were shoving it aside.
GPS is made up of Sarawak-based parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
PRS president James Masing said he is unaware of any change in GPS’ position in the federal coalition or that an MoU has been signed to make the pact official.
“The status quo stays. We are PN plus GPS (federal government),” Masing, who is the Sarawak deputy chief minister, said.
Masing said GPS had only supported Muhyiddin for the prime minister’s office to end the February political crisis. – TMI