By John Isaac
MALAYAN parties allied to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) are reminded to preserve ties with the Sarawak-based coalition by not contesting in the state election.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council member and Santubong MP Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this was one of the things understood by United Malay National Organisation (Umno) in their partnership in the past.
“I believe Umno will not spoil the GPS’ friendship by trying to spread its wing to Sarawak, and similarly the others as well, please, do not spoil our friendship.
“GPS can handle Sarawak affairs because the GPS knows how to manage and develop Sarawak,” he said as reported by New Sarawak Tribune.
Wan Junaidi said Umno had in the past committed to not entering Sarawak politics, adding that he trusted the party’s sensibility and commitment in ensuring that will continue.
“I do not think the present leadership would spoil the relationship simply because the GPS chose to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) and be on our own at the dawn of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration in 2018.
“We left BN so that we are completely free to decide our own destiny, realise our dream and aspirations to develop Sarawak.
“At the same time, it was to materialise our tagline ‘Sarawak based-party is able to serve Sarawak better’ as Umno has always believed. GPS’ action and choice are all for Sarawak and its people,” he said.
The federal Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister said while in the past there had been efforts by Malay leaders as early as the 1980s to bring the Malayan party to Sarawak, it did not materialise.
“From a serious endeavour by very prominent individuals in 1980s to isolated strugglers to bring Umno to Sarawak in 2000, all met the same fate – natural death.
“Because Umno leadership had never acceded to any suggestion to bring their party to disturb their commitment to leave Sarawakian’s based-party to handle Sarawak politics,” he said.