Don’t be swayed by GPS, cau­tions Ab­dul Aziz

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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.

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