GPS will have greater in­de­pen­dence to fo­cus on Sarawak’s rights — SUPP Youth chief

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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.

Michael Tiang

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