Key GPS leaders left out of bipartisan petition

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KUCHING: Key leaders of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) were purposely left out of the recent bipartisan petition by Sabah and Sarawak leaders for Putrajaya to withdraw its appeal on the recent ‘Allah’ ruling by the High Court, claimed SUPP Women chief Kho Teck Wan.

She lamented that the petition initiated by Sabah’s Upko leader Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, had excluded prominent leaders of Sarawak’s ruling coalition.

“I was proud at the first glance of the bipartisan petition from Sabah and Sarawak political leaders to the federal government to withdraw the appeal against the High Court ruling declaring the ban of using the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslim as unconstitutional.

“However, after going through the list of Sarawak state assemblymen who signed the petition, I realised the petition had conveniently left out most of the GPS leaders.

“Further verification with some GPS leaders confirmed that the bipartition petition never reached their hands and they were not aware of such petition,” she said today.

She was responding to a statement by DAP Sarawak’s Micheal Kong condemning SUPP leaders for not showing bipartisan support on the issue.

“It was then apparent to me that the bipartisan petition wasn’t for the fight of freedom to use the word ‘Allah’ but to discredit GPS leaders.

“By purposely dropping the GPS leaders from the petition, DAP’s selfish intention to disturb the racial and religious harmony in Sarawak for its political agenda is apparent and disgusting,” she said.

Kho said racial and religious harmony are precious and unique to Sarawak and it is the responsibility of all Sarawakian to protect their unity.

“I sincerely hope that DAP politicians will stop playing fire with race and religion once and for all,” she said.

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