Umno, Bersatu conflict beneficial to GPS

Dr Arnold Puyok

By Nur Shazreena Ali & Natasha Jee

KUCHING: The current political upheaval between Umno and Bersatu will galvanise ground support in favour of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), said Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political analyst Dr Arnold Puyok.

“I don’t think there would be much of an effect because this is considered as an internal conflict between Umno and Bersatu.

“Sarawakians are more interested on the capability of the government in managing their welfare.

“In fact, if you look at Sabah’s state election, based on our survey, it shows that the people are more concerned with economic issues and their safety.

“They chose Perikatan Nasional (PN) because they are in power, therefore they would be able to meet their needs more efficiently,” he told New Sarawak Tribune recently.

Thus, he said Sarawak will remain pragmatic and support PN.

“As long as GPS manages the state well and understands the economic problems faced by the people, Sarawakians will continue to support the coalition.

“I don’t think Sarawak wants to go against PN, but it is still left to be seen. I think GPS will keep its door open for any new members to join the coalition,” he said.