Some 5,000 GPS leaders and members from all four component parties — PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP — will converge on the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) in Kuching today.

They are coming for the coalition’s inaugural convention since its official launch on Jan 19 last year. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also GPS chairman, will deliver his keynote address while the presidents of SUPP, PRS and PDP will also be addressing the convention.

PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the goal of the convention was to gather representatives from all four GPS component parties to meet and discuss a number of matters.

“We will have talks on developments in Sarawak thus far, especially since the time GPS was formed. One of the matters that will be discussed is a working paper which will be presented on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he added.

Uggah pointed out that it is important that MA63 is properly explained so as to keep the GPS members informed of the successes and the issues still to be sufficiently addressed.

“That is why our slogan is ‘Sarawak First’. We have to identify the rights that have been taken away from Sarawak and these need to be rightfully returned to us. During this convention, we hope that there will be two speakers who will give talks on MA63,” he said.

Uggah added that the other topic to be discussed is land, especially the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018.