KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) believes in the ability of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and gives him full support to lead the country towards further recovery and subsequently out of the current Covid-19 crisis.
GPS secretary-general Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, therefore called upon all parties including the opposition to accept Ismail Sabri’s appointment as the country’s ninth premier.
“We must set aside all differences at this time and together focus on more important issues, such as the welfare, wellbeing and safety of the people as well as the country’s economic recovery,” he said today (Aug 21).
In welcoming the appointment of Ismail Sabri, he said the selection of the latter as the prime minister when the country was facing a health and economic crisis, was very appropriate due to his wide experience in the administration of the country, including serving as the deputy prime minister before this.
“In fact, his ability was also evident during his tenure as Senior Minister of Defence (Security Cluster) where he handled Covid-19 related issues for almost 17 months.
“Apart from that, he has held several ministerial posts since 2008. He was the Minister of Youth and Sports; Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs; Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Minister of Rural and Regional Development.
“Personally, I really admire his leadership. He is also very close and friendly with the community in the urban and rural areas, including the people of Sarawak,” he said, adding that Ismail Sabri had visited Sarawak several times including Kapit in 2010.
He explained that during Ismail Sabri’s visit to Kapit, the latter did not feel awkward when approaching the people there and was seen comfortable spending the night and engaging in various activities there, including community programmes held in Kapit Civic Centre.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Bera MP was appointed as the ninth prime minister following the resignation of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after the latter failed to command majority support of MPs on Aug 16.