Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil

KUCHING: Perikatan Nasional (PN) parties will only undermine the very spirit on which the PN Plus Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government was formed, should they contest in the 12th Sarawak Election, says Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil.

“I fully understand that Malaysia is a democratic country where any individual or party can contest in any election.

“…but for the sake of unity and in the interest of our country, especially in Malaysia at the moment when our country is ruled by PN, one ought to honour the principle, spirit and understanding between PN and GPS,” the Marudi assemblyman said on Monday (Sept 7).

He was commenting on Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Information chief Datuk Idris Buang’s statement that GPS would not give way to its federal allies to contest in the coming state polls.

“As of now and based on the sentiments of our multi-ethnic and diverse religious groupings, PAS will not be able to make inroads in Sarawak as yet.

“We are very happy with what and where we are today without being subject to and/or the presence of any extreme religious groupings that may undermine the very liberal norms that we have been living with,” Penguang added.

Penguang, who is Progressive Democratic Party vice-president, said Sarawakians were smart people — smart enough to run and manage the state based on the rights and autonomy enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“We don’t need outsiders to rule us. Kita Jaga Sarawak (We take care of Sarawak ourselves).”