By Natasha Jee & Alexandra Lorna
KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) members have been called to give their fullest support to whoever has been nominated to stand in the elections, be it in the state or general elections.
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also the GPS chairman, said that unity is crucial in the respective parties.
“What is important is our unity. And Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) has reflected that. This augurs well for the future.
“GPS, we are united, we will defend Sarawak for the future of Sarawakian. And that is why we must have unity. We must have a common objective.
“Once the party leadership have decided on who is the candidate in the election, support wholeheartedly and don’t sabotage half way, because that is a sign of loyalty,” he said when officiating at the 25th Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Triennial Delegates Conference (TDC) at its headquarters here today.
He reminded party members to put aside their personal interest and place the party’s and people’s interest first.
“This is crucial especially on the eve of the election. If you have any disagreement, discuss it earlier.
“And I have gone through this matter, because the people are more important to me. So we must act in unison especially in the time of war (election),” he said.
Therefore, he hoped that in the coming 15th general election (GE15), SUPP would win all the seats it would contest.
“This is so that there will be a strong platform to further negotiate for Sarawak rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said.
He pointed out that Sarawak’s stand is that it is not anti-federal, but the state is just fighting for what belongs to it as stipulated in MA63 and the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report.
“Apart from that, I’m very glad to see that SUPP is now stronger as it has regained the confidence of Sarawakians particularly the Chinese community as evidenced in the 12th state election.
“Most importantly we work together for the benefit of Sarawak and our policies are very inclusive for all races and I believe Sarawak could be the rising star in the region,” said Abang Johari.
He also said that GPS was always ready for any election any time.
“Therefore, I hope for all of us in GPS, in one heart and one mind to face this election so that we have a strong voice,” said the Premier.