KUCHING: The new Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition is set to be officially launched on Sarawak Day, which falls on July 22.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (pic) said a committee was now working to get the coalition registered before then.
GPS was formed on June 12 when PBB, the Sarawak United People's Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and the Progressive Democratic Party quit Barisan Nasional to form an independent state-based coalition.
"We are targeting July 22 to launch GPS so we have to work within that time frame.
It has been decided that a pro-tem committee will be set up to facilitate the registration. The pro-tem committee members are the presidents and secretaries-general of each component party," Nanta told reporters after chairing the committee's meeting here on Saturday (June 23).
July 22 was declared a public holiday in Sarawak in 2016 to commemorate the day the state attained self-government from the British colonial government in 1963.
Nanta said GPS was writing letters to the Dewan Rakyat and acting Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to officially inform them that the four Sarawak-based parties are no longer in the coalition.
He also said the GPS constitution was being worked out to reflect the "specific peculiarities" of Sarawak.
"This is because we formed GPS with a Sarawak flavour," he said.
In addition, he said GPS was inviting all Sarawakians to take part in a competition to design a logo for the coalition.
"For the logo, what we prefer is to have the Sarawak flag colours and that it is identifiable with Sarawak. We leave it to the imagination of the entrants," Nanta said.
The winner will receive RM10,000 while first and second runners-up will receive RM5,000 and RM3,000 respectively. There will also be five consolation prizes of RM1,000 each.
Entry forms for the logo competition can be obtained from the GPS working committee at PBB headquarters. The closing date is July 10.