CM calls out new parties driven by personal agenda

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. Photo: Ramidi Subari

MIRI: If you take a good look, politicians who jump from one party to another are nothing more than political frogs whose intentions are suspect.

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg therefore wants everyone to be wary of their agenda.

And, more importantly, reject them at the ballot box come Dec 18 just as voters had rejected a group of party-hoppers in the Melaka state election recently.

The people have had enough of political frogs causing uncertainties in the nation’s administration, he said.

“As you saw in Melaka, the people are fed-up with the frogging culture and want a stable government,” he said, adding there was a need to consider the background of leaders.

“But then again that is for you to decide and in Sarawak, we must be a prosperous and peaceful state so we can be a developed and high-income state by 2030,” he said at a leader-with-people session here on Wednesday (Nov 24).

Towards this end Abang Johari pointed to the emergence of Sarawak-based parties which are splinters of other parties or have had leaders defect from other parties.

“There’s a party where the leader used to be with DAP last time, there’s another who was with SUPP. Take a look at their background. (Their new parties) are formed with a personal agenda.

“If they are given the power, that will be the end of us as they tolerate the frogging culture,” he said.
Abang Johari said for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) in particular, wants leaders who are experienced and committed in serving the people.

“In the party, we have a strong team and strong leaders along with those in the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP). We have a GPS team of which I am the captain.

“This is our background but there are also those who are jealous of us. If we see the culture of Malayan parties, it is difficult for us.

“These are parties like Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and United Malay National Organisation (Umno). We know our culture, the most we can do is collaborate with these parties.

“But for managing and governing Sarawak, let the people of Sarawak do it. No one knows Sarawak better than we ourselves,” he said.