Abang Johari (sixth left) receiving a souvenir from Tengah (seventh left) while others look on. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

MIRI: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is unperturbed by the hurdles coming their way in their quest to restore eroded state rights.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state coalition will remain resilient in their pledges and will look to deliver on their promises if they are given the mandate to do so.

“When we talk about our rights, we didn’t join Malaysia, we formed Malaysia. That is why we are fighting for our rights.

“That is also why we made the decision to quit from Barisan Nasional (BN). We will support what is good for the nation (by backing Perikatan Nasional) but at the same time, we will defend our rights,” he said.

He said this while officiating at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Miri today (Sept 5).

Abang Johari said with oil and gas issues being resolved following the agreement with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to settle the payment of the State Sales Tax (SST), the state government is focusing on restoring other state rights.

“We have some more hurdles, but as long as you give your support to GPS, we will overcome the other hurdles. We have a team of leaders with our partners in GPS, we will continue to work hard for Sarawakians,” he said.

Abang Johari said for GPS and PBB, it is important that they remain united and solve their differences internally.

“Frankly speaking, look at Malaya now; a small problem, it became a huge problem. When they split, they form a new party.

“So, when people ask why PBB support PN, the answer is that it was never our problem to begin with as the former prime minister resigned without anyone asking him to. Whether we liked it or not, we had to save the nation,” he said.