GPS in best position to take Sarawak forward

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg signs a plaque when launching the Miri City Hall. Photo: Ukas

MIRI: Sarawakians owe it to themselves to think things out carefully before deciding who should form the Sarawak government.

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said it was clear that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), being a local-based coalition, understood issues faced by the people and had their best interest at heart.

“We don’t want the culture (of Malaya) to be brought by West Malaysian parties here. If they come here and bring their culture, that would be the end of us (our culture). We would be in deep trouble.

“Don’t let them come. I told the federal leaders to let the Sarawak election be confined to Sarawakians because problems in Sarawak can only be handled by its people,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the launch of the Miri City Hall here on Monday (Nov 15).

Abang Johari said GPS was also defending Sarawak’s rights in line with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Federal Constitution.

“We must defend our rights in Malaysia. This must be studied thoroughly,” he said, adding the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government tried to amend the Federal Constitution (for this purpose), but it was cosmetic in nature.

He said on the other hand, the current federal government, which GPS is part of, was proposing amendments to the supreme law that were more comprehensive and was protecting Sarawak’s interests.

“Fortunately, Putrajaya agreed and the Bill has been tabled in Parliament. That is how we fight, we use facts. When we wanted our State Sales Tax (SST), we used the constitutional requirement and clauses in the (state) constitution — we won (in court).

“So don’t simply make emotional decisions (when it comes to choosing the government). Some (parties) say they aspire (for Sarawak) to be independent but they are dreaming.

“GPS is not dreaming, we will perform and we will deliver – just as we have delivered this building to the people,” he said.