GPS firmly backs Muhyiddin as Prime Minister

Abang Johari – Picture from TheStar

By John Isaac

THE support by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has not wavered said GPS chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He assured that Sarawak’s backing for the premier would continue and that GPS MPs were not involved in a purported coup by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to assume the federal government.

“I don’t know how he (Anwar) calculates (the number of MPs) but GPS will be behind Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. I have said during our Malaysia Day celebration in Sibu that GPS will back Muhyiddin. That stays,” he said.

He said this when pressed on the topic during a press conference after officiating at a leader-with-people programme in Serian yesterday reported by the New Sarawak Tribune.

Yesterday, Anwar had told reporters that he had the numbers to form the federal government and that he would seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to push for a change in Putrajaya.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari rubbished assertions by local portal Malay Mail which reported that GPS was disenchanted with the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government due to a dispute over the recent State Sales Tax (SST) payment and negotiations on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We are happy with the SST paid. It is different from the (ongoing) negotiation, it is based on the sales amount which our Comptroller of SST and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) agreed to,” he said.

The chief minister said the focus of the GPS government was on developing the infrastructure and its people rather than playing politics.

“The nation is important, you must have a stable government in Malaysia and we want investors to come.

“We want to improve the economy especially following the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.