GPS not based on institutional racism

Dr Abdul Rahman (sixth right) poses with those who attended the 11th annual general meeting of the Sarawak Ex-police Association of Malaysia (PBPM) Petra Jaya Branch.

KUCHING: The establishment of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was not based on the spirit of institutional racism.

Rural Electricity assistant minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said with the establishment of the coalition last year, GPS can now plan and make its own decisions for the betterment of Sarawak’s future.

Dr Abdul Rahman speaks at the 11th annual general meeting of the Sarawak Ex-police Association of Malaysia (PBPM) Petra Jaya Branch.

“The formation was not the result of the state government promoting institutional racism. We just want to make decisions on our own,” he said at the opening of the 11th annual general meeting of the Sarawak Ex-police Association of Malaysia (PBPM) Petra Jaya Branch here, today.

According to him, Sarawakians should continue to support Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in administering the state through GPS.

“Sarawak is now fully governed by local people and no longer tied to the federal government’s leadership pattern,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Pantai Damai assemblyman, expressed his appreciation to the former police for their service.

“Some former police officers have served for more than 30 years and have helped keep the state safe and peaceful,” he said.

Hence, he urged the former police to hold more community programmes to highlight their roles as well as strengthen their supportive system.

Dr Abdul Rahman (sixth right) poses with those who attended the 11th annual general meeting of the Sarawak Ex-police Association of Malaysia (PBPM) Petra Jaya Branch.