Abang Jo lists down 3 conditions for GPS to join Muhyiddin’s Cabinet

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By Chew Lip Song

GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak’s decision to join the federal government came with three conditions, including a commitment by Putrajaya to respect the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said the other two were for the federal government to respect Sarawak laws on oil and gas and that GPS would not be part of Perikatan Nasional, but merely a partner.

He said this during a townhall session in Gedong this morning, Dayak Daily reported.

Recounting the political upheaval following the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister last month, Abang Johari said GPS decided to back Muhyiddin due to national interests.

“On Saturday (Feb 29), the palace was looking for me because both sides did not obtain enough support to form the government. After discussing with the GPS top leadership, I informed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that we will support Muhyiddin. Half and hour later, the Agong announced that Muhyiddin would be made the eighth Prime Minister,” said Abang Johari who is also GPS chairman.

GPS has 18 MPs and was the deciding bloc during the political stalemate that saw Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin’s neck and neck in the headcount of federal lawmakers prior to the swearing in of the eighth Prime Minister.

Yesterday, Abang Johari had confirmed that GPS would be part of Muhyiddin’s Cabinet, expected to be announced in the next few days.

This came following speculations about whether GPS would join the federal government, which is also represented by PAS, an Islamist party viewed with suspicion by Sarawakians.