Don’t be swayed by GPS, cautions Abdul Aziz
KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged not to be swayed by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Describing GPS as ‘old wine in a new bottle’, Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth ( Dapsy) Sarawak publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa said GPS “is the same coalition that was dominated by PBB ( Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) while the other component parties are merely followers and have little role to play”.
Other component parties of GPS are Sarawak United People’s Party ( SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak ( PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party ( PDP).
“GPS leaders consist of elites who are ‘untouchable’ and seem to be enjoying ‘immunity’ which was granted under BN ( Barisan Nasional).
“They have the ability to manipulate the state resources for their personal gain. GPS is a political entity that has no clear vision to sincerely protect Sarawak’s rights,” he alleged in a media statement yesterday.
Aziz, who is special assistant to Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen, said BN was the one eroding the state rights for the past 45 years, starting with the Petroleum Development Act 1974 followed by the amendment of Article 1( 2) of the Federal Constitution in 1976 and Territorial Sea Act 2012.
He said Sarawakians should be aware that GPS leaders had been very quiet when Sarawak’s rights were eroded for the past 45 years.
“Apart from that, GPS leaders promised that they will bring fairness to Sarawak. As far as I’m concerned, their action shows otherwise.”
Aziz wondered how GPS could promise fairness when they did not even treat Sarawakians in an equal manner.
“If GPS is being fair to Sarawakians especially the Dayaks, why is the state civil service lopsided in terms of racial composition?”
He further charged that both BN and GPS had failed to protect Sarawak’s rights given that historical facts to back such claim could be found in the Hansards of both Parliament and State Legislative Assembly.
As such, he called on Sarawakians not to be fooled by GPS.
(From third right to fourth left, second row) Gerald, Sikie, Gira, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief, and others in pledge allegiance to GPS.