KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) should maintain its status quo by avoiding a permanent arrangement in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the present PN plus GPS arrangement is already good as it is.
“Looking at the uncertainty of politics in the country, particularly, in the Peninsula, it is better for Sarawak to maintain its political, administrative and struggle to remain independent.
“This is to avoid any direct interference or directive of a centralised authority in Putrajaya or Peninsular Malaysia,” the Santubong MP said today.
Wan Junaidi said there should not be a permanent arrangement with PN component parties adding that PN shouldn’t fear GPS’ stand as it is a principled, disciplined and high integrity party.
“Under the present PN+GPS government arrangement, Sarawak is able to continue its struggle to get what we pursue under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) with reasonable success.
“The federal government is sympathetic with our demands on our rights under MA63,” he said.
Wan Junaidi, who is also Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister, said being part of the federal government, GPS gained better advantage in negotiations, talks and discussions with Putrajaya.
“GPS need not be in the presidential council, but if there is any decision or policy affecting the arrangement and position of GPS in the government, then GPS ought to be consulted.
“If there is any major decision on the formation of the government and policy decisions to be made, GPS also ought to be consulted and its recommendations accepted,” he said.