Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) must work together in order to be returned to form the next state government after the 12th state election, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing.

Masing said its members must “paddle in the same direction” and support their skipper, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to serve the people.

“GPS has no problem provided that we work together as a group with one captain, that is, the chief minister. We don’t want one person paddling forward and another person paddling backward,” he said in an interview with online portal DayakDaily on Sunday.

Masing who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said under the leadership of the chief minister, GPS would be able to win handsomely in the upcoming polls.

“With Abang Johari as captain, we can do that, because he has the means and vision to get us together and that is important. I think GPS will get what we have now if not even better come the 12th State Election,” he said.

The Baleh assemblyman said GPS was well tuned and well planned to look after Sarawak’s interests and rights as the government consisted of people from the state itself.

“We have no other interests except Sarawak’s interests. That is why our motto is ‘Sarawak First’ — that is GPS.

“Others may believe they are also fighting for Sarawak’s interests, but they are not. GPS is a combination of various parties, consisting of lawmakers from all races to ensure Sarawak is well protected.

“The people should understand that and they shouldn’t doubt our sincerity or ability to work, we will deliver when the time comes,” he said.