KUCHING: Political changes at the federal level will not have much effect on Sarawak, says a state minister.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-led state government would support any leader who had the state’s interests at heart.
“The Chief Minister has stated it. GPS will not be in any coalition but will support anyone who can bring good to the nation and Sarawak, ” he said when contacted yesterday.
GPS was formed as an independent state-based coalition when its component parties pulled out of Barisan Nasional after GE14.
Comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), the coalition has 18 MPs.
Karim, who is a PBB vice-president, also indicated that GPS would be open to working with PAS should the party be part of a new federal government.
“What’s wrong with PAS? DAP once was a partner with PAS in Pakatan Rakyat and even went into elections in Sarawak under that alliance.
“There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies in politics, ” he said.
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