Gagasan Rakyat Sarawak formed to give GPS a fight

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By Syamimi Husna

KUCHING: Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar), Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (Aspirasi) and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) have established a new political entity called Gagasan Rakyat Sarawak or Gagasan.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) involving the three parties was signed on Thursday (Aug 18).

Spokesperson Dr John Brian Anthony said Gagasan was formed to avoid clashes between the three parties during the 15th General Election (GE15).

“We are confident that this pact will have its own strength because each of these local parties has its own advantages.

“Gagasan will also create a better alternative government with efficient governance,” he said.

The MoU was signed by PBDS president Bobby William; Aspirasi president Lina Soo and Sedar president Datuk Othman Abdillah.

Meanwhile, Othman said Gagasan would field candidates in all 31 parliamentary constituencies in Sarawak in GE15.

“Looking at what happened at the recent 12th Sarawak Election, we competed against each other and this gave Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) an advantage. Therefore, Gagasan was formed so that we can provide competition (to GPS).

“We started with three local opposition parties first and we welcome other parties (opposition blocs) to join us.

“So far, we are waiting for the approval from the Registrar of Societies and hope that Gagasan can be approved before GE15.”

Dr John (third from left) alongside Soo (second from left), Othman (centre), Bobby (sixth from right) with other party members. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

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