‘Only 3 nods to al­low GPS ac­cept new party’

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KUCHING: A new party can be ac­cepted into Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) when three out of its four cur­rent part­ners agree to it, re­it­er­ates Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

GPS was formed af­ter the May 9 gen­eral elec­tion, which marked the end of Barisan Na­sional’s reign as the na­tion’s rul­ing coali­tion for more than 60 years.

The four part­ners in GPS are Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu (PBB), Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

“It’s not like in Barisan Na­sional, which was based on con­sen­sus,” Abang Jo­hari told re­porters af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the open­ing of United Peo­ple’s Party (UPP) ex­tra­or­di­nary del­e­gates con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

Asked if GPS would ex­tend an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion to UPP af­ter the lat­ter had passed the res­o­lu­tion to change its name to Party Sarawak Per­satu (PSB), Abang Jo­hari – also GPS chair­man and PBB pres­i­dent – re­marked: “At the mo­ment, what I can say is that we will cross when we meet that bridge.”

Asked fur­ther if he had any plan to bring PSB into the coali­tion, he re­sponded: “I will in­form you later.”

On whether or not UPP had ever ap­plied to join GPS, Abang Jo­hari sug­gested that the ques­tion be di­rected to UPP lead­ers.

On the of­fi­cial launch of GPS logo, he said the Sarawak’s rul­ing coali­tion would hold its meet­ing on Jan 9 next year.

Ear­lier in his speech, Abang Jo­hari ex­pressed his hope that the re­brand­ing of UPP to PSB would bode well with GPS, and for it (PSB) to be able to work to­gether un­der the same ob­jec­tives with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the coali­tion.

He said on a com­mon plat­form, the rul­ing lo­cal-based par­ties must work to­gether to pro­tect Sarawak’s rights un­der the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963, and also those en­shrined in the Malaysian Con­sti­tu­tion.

“Our com­mon ob­jec­tive, of course, is we want that rights to be re­turned for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Sarawak within the con­text of Malaysia. If Sarawakians could be happy, Malaysia would be happy (as well).

“With that, I hope the new, re­branded party would forge to­gether for us to achieve our po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tives.

“I wish PSB all the best; although the res­o­lu­tion has not been passed, but I be­lieve you will pass it,” he said.

Abang Jo­hari strikes the gong to of­fi­ci­ate at the cer­e­mony, as Wong (third right) looks on. Also seen (from right) are As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, PSB sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ge­orge Lo and its Youth chief Dr Johnichal Ray­ong Ngipa.

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