Don’t drag GPS into your fight

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is distancing itself from the squabbles between Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the Islamist party’s proposal to redraw electoral boundaries.

“For us in GPS, the approach taken is to distance ourselves from getting involved in the dispute where PAS claimed that electoral boundaries must be redrawn as it is unfair for states dominated by Malays.

“DAP and PAS are reminded to not involve GPS in their fight as the former’s party secretary general Lim Guan Eng accused us to have betrayed Sarawakians by supporting Perikatan Nasional.

“DAP and PAS were partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and they should know each other by now,” Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said in a Facebook post today.

Abdul Karim was responding to Guan Eng who accused GPS along with Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) of being culpable of PAS’ goal to gerrymander in favour of one religious group.

In a statement, Lim said this not only diminishes but also denies non-Muslims and non-Malays the value of their voting rights, as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

The state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said the GPS as well as other East Malaysian parties shouldn’t be dragged into being involved in the scuffle.

“I also refuse to be involved in the war of words as ultimately it falls on the Election Commission (EC) to have its own methods in deciding election boundaries.

“There is no minority view from a PAS leader that can change that fact and Guan Eng do not need to stoop so low to debate on issues which he knows is isolated and does not represent Malaysians fully,” he said.

On Monday, PAS central committee member Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali said that the proposed election boundaries redraw was to restore the rights of those who have been oppressed for far too long.

“Our intention to redraw electoral boundaries if we win GE15 is the vision of every party.

Which party does not want to expand its area of control? This is the reality,” he said.