CM calls for calm amidst politicking in Malaya

Abang Johari (centre) with (front row - from left) Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing, Datuk Seri Dr. Sim Kui Hian, and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; (back row – from left) Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Datuk Sebastian Ting, Datuk Nelson Balang, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, Datuk Janang Bungsu, and Datuk Ibrahim Baki after a press conference following GPS’ Supreme Council meeting. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has urged Sarawakians to remain calm amidst the political turmoil in the nation’s administrative capital.

He said politicking at this crucial juncture of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country would undermine the measures being implemented to contain the pandemic.

“We have arrived at a consensus on what is happening in Kuala Lumpur (Putrajaya), so this is our stand.

“Firstly, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) wishes to state that it is supporting the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Secondly, this is not the time for politicking,” he told a press conference following a GPS supreme council meeting at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters yesterday.

The GPS chairman said it was crucial for the country to consolidate and unite.

“We must bring the country out of the Covid-19 crisis. That is the stand taken by GPS,” he said.

On Thursday (July 8), the United Malay National Organisation (Umno) withdrew its support for the PN federal government after the party’s supreme council meeting.

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the PN government had failed to meet the conditions outlined by Umno for the party to continue supporting the government.

Among the shortcomings of the government he listed out were its alleged failure in effectively address the pandemic, noting the inconsistent policies and the ‘half-baked’ movement control order (MCO).

Besides that, he said the PN government had misused the proclamation of Emergency by using it for political purposes rather than to help the people, pointing out the practice of double standards in enforcement.