Stop playing politics, GPS Backbenchers Club tells Chong

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KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Backbenchers Club has called on Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen to stop playing politics during this trying time.

It was referring to the July 12 statement by Chong that GPS’ support for the Prime Minister would only prolong the people’s suffering.

“What the nation needs at this time is a stable government to oversee recovery efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Destabilising the current administration with the belief that things will all turn out fine is fallacious. We can’t take any chances; we should not gamble with the lives of the people.

“We would like to ask Chong, if it is not Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who would he and the DAP Sarawak prefer to head the federal government during this time?” the GPS Backbenchers Club asked.

It said a full-scale political crisis during this time would do no one any good.

“GPS, as it did during the political impasse in Feb 2020, is only interested in saving the nation as it needs a stable federal government. It is no different this time.”

“As for Sarawak, in contrast to Chong’s rhetorical statement, the Sarawak government has been protective in both containing the local Covid-19 situation as well as doling out the assistance for the people.

“The state’s vaccine rollout is among the highest, if not the highest, nationwide. More and more people are receiving the vaccine,” it stressed.

It further mentioned that the standard operating procedures set by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee along with mass vaccinations had saw to the decreasing number of cases.

“We hope that this will continue and we appeal to the public to play their role and do their part in ensuring that the state can make full recovery for everyone’s sake.

“Our advice to Chong, quoting an old saying: If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”

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