GPS will have greater independence to focus on Sarawak’s rights — SUPP Youth chief
KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party ( SUPP) Youth wing has backed the formation of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Youth wing chief Michael Tiang said the four political parties under GPS – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), SUPP, Parti Rakyat Sarawak ( PRS), and Progressive Democratic Party ( PDP) – will have more independence now they are no longer under Barisan Nasional ( BN).
“We are no longer a part of a national alliance, but a local alliance focusing more on Sarawak’s rights and interests.
“At the same time, we can collaborate with the Pakatan Harapan ( PH) government on national interests and needs,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Tiang, who is a political secretary to the Chief Minister, said the “biggest impact brought forth by GPS is to put the Federation of Malaysia on the right perspective according to the original way we formed the federation in 1963”.
According to him, with Sarawak under GPS, Peninsular Malaysia under PH, and Sabah under Parti Warisan Sabah, there would be more equality for East Malaysia.
“This is unlike the political landscape in the past whereby a huge political alliance – BN – was governing the whole Malaysia with the powers centralised in Peninsular Malaysia.
“This caused inequality in national distribution of wealth and power, particularly to Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
With the separate political platforms in the three territories, he said there will be a more effective mechanism for checks and balances.