Abang Johari (centre) receives a memento from Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (front, fourth left) and SUPP deputy chairman Datuk Chieng Boon Tuong (front, sixth left).

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government may eventually have to decide who to support in Malaya.

GPS chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said that he was well aware of the politics in Malaya where the parties are embroiled in a power struggle.

While GPS is not a party to the tussle for power in Malaya, he viewed that the state coalition would deliver the numbers when the time comes.

“As long as I am leading GPS, I will fight for Sarawak’s interest first and foremost. Now they are battling over who gets to be the eighth prime minister.

“Both sides claim that GPS is with them, only now they know the value of GPS. We will give priority to Sarawak; we don’t take sides.

“But, when the time comes, in the national interest, we will decide carefully after a thorough study,” he said when officiating at the SUPP Sibu Chinese New Year celebration at Sibu Civic Centre on Saturday.

On Thursday, Abang Johari quashed speculations that GPS was party to the numbers game in Putrajaya between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his would-be successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

GPS was depicted in an infographic circulated on social media to take part in the head count which would decide over whether the premiership should be retained by Dr Mahathir or transferred to Anwar.

Abang Johari at the time also said GPS would monitor the political developments in Malaya but would not get involved.

“We are independent, and we will remain that way. We just observe. Malaysia needed a strong and stable government,” he said at the time.

Abang Johari (centre) receives a memento from Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (front, fourth left) and SUPP deputy chairman Datuk Chieng Boon Tuong (front, sixth left).