Selecting DPM candidates, Cabinet line-up requires collective decision of GPS parties

KUCHING: The selection of candidates for the post of deputy prime minister and the new Federal Cabinet line-up requires a collective decision by all Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, who is also Sarawak Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development, said the coalition that celebrates the opinions of its component parties must come out with a decision agreed upon by all.

He said this after launching the Kuching Bookfair 2022 at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak here on Friday (Nov 25).

On Thursday (Nov 25), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his maiden press conference after being sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister, said that the unity federal government formed with the participation of several coalition parties will ensure the stability of the country and its economy as well as uphold the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

He said the three largest coalitions forming the unity government were Pakatan Harapan, Barisan Nasional and GPS.

For the post of DPM, Anwar said it was normally reserved for the second largest bloc in the government.

"Because the prime minister is from Pakatan, the DPM will likely come from another stronger component coalition. So far, Barisan, Sabah and Sarawak. A strong component in Sabah, Sarawak is GPS, so this is under consideration," he said.

GPS is a four-party coalition comprising PBB, Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). Together, they won 23 out of the 31 parliamentary seats in the state in the recently concluded 15th General Election. – Bernama

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