Abang Jo: Federal Cabinet posts are secondary

KUCHING: It is not Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) top priority to get Cabinet posts in the new Federal Government, although any offer will be considered, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic).

“Assuming there is an invitation to us, I will look into it.

“But that is secondary. The country comes first, ” the Chief Minister said.

He said GPS’ main consideration in supporting Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister was to save Malaysia from political turmoil.

The state coalition, Abang Johari said, played a key role in resolving the political impasse by giving its support to Muhyiddin, about an hour before his appointment was announced by Istana Negara last Saturday.

According to him, he was in the remote settlement of Sungai Asap earlier that Saturday to launch the Belaga and Murum GPS zone, and could not be reached on the phone.

“I had a call from Istana Negara at about 4pm when I was back home.

“I had the mandate from GPS leaders to decide, so we went for Muhyiddin, ” Abang Johari told reporters after opening an interfaith forum here yesterday.

“I don’t know whether there was a deadlock or not, but they had to wait for our decision.

“For GPS, our decision was to save the country from political instability and also to protect Sarawak’s interests and the Malaysia Agreement 1963, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said stabilising the nation by supporting Muhyiddin to resolve the impasse was GPS’ main objective.

He said the next objective was protecting the interests of Sarawak and finally placing its lawmakers in a position to assist in the country’s administration.

“It must be in that order. Appointment to positions is the last and only if the positions given can serve Sarawakians, ” he said in a statement.

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