By Emma Victoria
SEVERAL Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders have dismissed claims that the state ruling coalition has decided to switch its support to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg reiterated GPS support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister and that there was no change in GPS’s stance.
“As I have said in my Malaysia Day’s address on September 16 in Sibu, GPS is behind Muhyiddin as the prime minister,” he said today.
“I don’t know how Anwar calculated the numbers of MPs supporting him,” he said, adding that he does not know whether Anwar had included the 18 MPs from GPS.
It is said that 20 MPs from the state are now behind the opposition leader – to form a new government.
GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said Anwar should stop the immature political game for personal gains and interests.
He said all the component parties under the GPS will continue to support Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to ensure political stability and economic growth.
“Furthermore, the country is still battling against Covid-19 and we should instead focus on economic recovery,” he said.
“As a veteran and experienced politician, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should stop any attempts to create instability in the country which will only affect the people and the economy,” he said in a statement.
Alexander reiterated that GPS will not work with PKR, which is allied with another party which had accused Sarawak will go bankrupt under the leadership of Abang Johari.
“We will continue to support the prime minister for the interests and benefit of our state and our people,” he added.
Meanwhile, PBB vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believed the announcement was to create uncertainty and instability in the country’s politics.
“We remain solid as ever with Perikatan Nasional and our leaders will not easily sway. So, I urge Anwar to respect Sarawak,” he told The New Sarawak.
Karim believed the opposition pact is trying to influence the voters in Sabah, that’s why the announcement happened just days before the polling day.
“But, as far as I am concerned, we are having a good relationship with PN and will create more achievements compared to when Pakatan Harapan was in power,” he said.
SUPP information chief Adam Yii said his party did not have any meetings with other GPS partners on this.
“The announcement by Anwar that he has the majority to take over Putrajaya is news to us in SUPP. As far as we in Sarawak are concerned, GPS has never made any decision to side with Pakatan or Anwar.
“GPS component parties, as a coalition, have never even met to discuss such an idea,” he told The Star.
A senior GPS leader told The New Sarawak that they are not aware of the announcement and everything was “business as usual” in the past few days.
“If the rumours about 17 or 18 GPS MPs had supported the opposition leader, the Chief Minister would have called for a meeting with all the MPs and all the component party presidents (before the announcement),” he said.
“Sarawak has recently received SST payment from Petronas, amounting RM2.95 billion, which is considered a “good result” or good relationship with the federal government.
“Although Sarawak did expect something more (from the prime minister) during the Hari Malaysia celebrations, we will continue to negotiate for more. But, it is unlikely the GPS MPs would go to the extent of supporting Anwar just because there was “nothing big” for Sarawak on Sept 16,” he added.