Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak, Abang Jo get thumbs-up from Indian cham­ber

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KUCH­ING: The Sarawak Indian Cham­ber of Com­merce Sarawak ( SaICCI) has given Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) the thumb­sup, de­scrib­ing Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg as “a po­lit­i­cal strate­gist of courage and con­vic­tion”.

Its pres­i­dent Ra­jah Mu­ru­ga­iah in a press re­lease is­sued here yes­ter­day said the cham­ber saw GPS as “the per­fect po­lit­i­cal ve­hi­cle with which to re­alise the as­pi­ra­tions of all Sarawakians no mat­ter their en­thic­ity and re­li­gion”.

Ra­jah said to pull out of Barisan Na­sional ( BN) af­ter more than 50 years of “shared strug­gle” could not be an easy de­ci­sion.

“For this, SaICCI sees the chief min­is­ter, or Abang Jo to Sarawakians, a true anak Sarawak (son of Sarawak) and a po­lit­i­cal strate­gist of courage and con­vic­tion,” he said.

On Wed­nes­day, Abang Jo­hari told a press con­fer­ence that the state BN had ceased to ex­ist with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and that the four com­po­nent mem­bers Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu ( PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak ( PRS), Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party ( PDP) and Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party ( SUPP) had unan­i­mously agreed to re­main to­gether in GPS.

Abang Jo­hari had said GPS would be dif­fer­ent from BN in that it was made up of to­tally lo­cal par­ties and would there­fore not be re­stricted by out­siders.

Ra­jah said the cap­ture of Pu­tra­jaya by Pakatan Hara­pan ( PH) re­quired the state govern­ment of Sarawak to re­align its pol­i­tics.

“By form­ing GPS, Abang Jo­hari has made a per­fect po­lit­i­cal re­align­ment, which SaICCI be­lieves will serve Sarawak and Sarawakians well.

“SaiCCI calls upon Sarawakians to give Abang Jo­hari and GPS their full sup­port, more so now than be­fore when Sarawakians must come to­gether to de­fend their nat­u­ral re­sources and the ful­fil­ment of MA63.”

Ra­jah also said his cham­ber wel­comed the stand taken by GPS to co­op­er­ate with Tun Ma­hathir’s govern­ment as this will en­sure Sarawak re­mains in main­stream pol­i­tics and de­vel­op­ment de­spite be­ing an op­po­si­tion state.

He fur­ther said SaICCI noted with in­ter­est the Prime Min­is­ter’s state­ment that he looked for­ward to the co­op­er­a­tion as­sured by GPS. He said this state­ment and a sim­i­lar one by PPBM deputy pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin “all point to the good things to come for GPS, Sarawak and Sarawakians”.

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