Fight for state rights on

Fazruddin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)’s fight for Sarawak rights will always remain the same regardless of whether it is part of the federal Cabinet or not.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said when Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed as the prime minister, the GPS continues to fight on the same track — to prioritise the rights of Sarawak.

“If the prime minister post is held by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, GPS will still become an independent party, standing in exception of any coalition.

“By the same principle, whether we are appointed in the Cabinet or otherwise, GPS’ fight is still the same,” he said in a statement.

On Muhyiddin’s invitation to GPS to join his government, Fazzrudin said: “This is certainly advantageous for Sarawak. It means we can get directly involved in policy-making.

“Besides, we join on our terms, which will be ally to Perikatan Nasional, not a component member.

“This means that our struggle for Sarawak rights under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) does not change because GPS is still an independent party.”

He also refuted claims that working together with United Malays National Organisation (Umno) and Parti Se-Islam Malaysia (PAS) will affect the position of other races and religions.

“GPS coalition itself comprises various races and religions and it understands the needs and sensitivities of Sarawakians. We will take care of this unity all the way to generations to come.

“We will not allow any element that can break the unity of Sarawak to come here,” he stressed.

He also pointed out that such allegations against Umno and PAS was unfair as Islam does not teach its ummah to discriminate other religions.

“Let us not use religion as political means. We must appreciate the unity of races in the state,” he added.