GPS questions Anwar’s ‘weird’ claim


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  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

Unchanged support: Abang Johari speaking at a press conference after attending a programme at the Chung Hua school in Serian. — Bernama

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has not changed its stance of supporting Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister and GPS chairman said no GPS Member of Parliament was switching sides and questioned Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that he already has majority support to form a new government.

“GPS has not changed its stance of supporting Muhyiddin and the Perikatan Nasional government.

“I don’t know where he (Anwar) got his numbers from. I have said on Malaysia Day in Sibu that GPS is behind Muhyiddin and that remains our stand, ” he told reporters after a meet-the-people session in Serian near here yesterday.

Asked what he made of Anwar’s announcement, Abang Johari, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president called it “weird”.

“I don’t know what he is up to. He’s making the announcement now and Sabah is having an election – you analyse the timing, ” he said.

Abang Johari said GPS decided to support Muhyiddin during the political impasse in February as Malaysia needed a stable government.

“We want to work for the people and improve the economy, particularly during this Covid-19 pandemic.

“The rakyat is more important. That is our stand, ” he said.

GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said they had no links with Anwar and called on the PKR president to stop his “immature political games”.

He said GPS rejected PKR as it was allied with an “arrogant” party which accused Sarawak of becoming bankrupt under GPS.

Nanta was referring to DAP, whose secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had said last year that Sarawak would go bankrupt in three years if it continued to be ruled by GPS.

“Under Abang Johari’s leadership, Sarawak will continue to give full support to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister, ” added Nanta.

PBB vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Anwar could not claim to have GPS’s support.

“Where is he getting the numbers (from)? He just can’t say GPS members might be with him. Have some respect for GPS and GPS leaders, ” he said adding that GPS would not rock the nation’s political stability by jumping from Perikatan to Pakatan Harapan.

“We are not despicable frogs, ” he said.

GPS, which comprises PBB, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), has 18 MPs.

In Miri, SUPP information chief Adam Yii said GPS component parties had not made any decision to join Pakatan Harapan.

“The announcement by Anwar that he has the majority to take over Putrajaya is news to us. As far as we are concerned, GPS has never made any decision to side with Pakatan, ” he said.

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