PM: Expecting closer ties with Sarawak


Big news: Motorists on Jalan Bangsar drive by a billboard congratulating Anwar on his appointment as Prime Minister. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Relations between the Federal and Sarawak governments will definitely be closer and strengthened under the unity government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said this after a meeting with Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg at his residence amid news that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would be joining his unity government as well as being offered a deputy prime minister’s post.

According to Bernama, in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday, Anwar said he received a courtesy call from the Premier, who is also the GPS chairman, with his entourage at his home.

“GPS is one of the pillars besides Barisan Nasional, Warisan and also GRS (Gabungan Rakyat Sabah), which form the unity government that I lead.

“Insyaallah, the relationship between the federal and Sarawak governments will definitely be closer and strengthened in the plan to create a better Malaysia,” said Anwar.

He also shared several photographs of the visit.

GPS is a coalition of four Sarawak parties comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP), which won 23 of the total 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak in the recently-concluded 15th General Election.

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