KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will not play any part in the jostling for power in Putrajaya, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and GPS will abide by its principles and will not jump ship despite the promise of power.
“While leaders come and go in PBB, our struggle is sincere. These few days, the political situation in the nation was rocked by the jostling on who will be prime minister.
“He (PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) claimed that GPS is supporting him, so we were confused as to when GPS backed him. We in GPS, PBB we have our principles, the people are our priority.”
He said this when officiating at the PBB mini convention in Betong on Saturday.
Abang Johari said he was saddened by the political situation in Malaysia and that the problem was not Sarawak’s to begin with as it stemmed from a failed transition plan between Anwar and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We in Sarawak, we wanted a peaceful Malaysia, that is our top priority. This is the struggle in PBB and GPS, it is not for personal interests. It is to continue the development for the people,” he said.
The chief minister said Sarawak would have a bright future with it expecting more income for the state provided that GPS wins big in the upcoming state election.
“We have the resources but we need to manage it properly. I am confident that PBB will continue to be the platform for the struggle of Sarawakians as we have adept leaders and clear vision for the future,” he said.
Abang Johari said what was important now was that the people of Sarawak were united to realise the vision of its leaders.
“I don’t know when the next election will be. But similar to an examination, the students need to do their revision before we face the exam. With ample revision, I am confident that we will pass in our exam,” he quipped.