By S. Harrish
THE GPS statement that the coalition is leaving it to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to decide on the Prime Minister candidate has been described as a pathetic attempt to pull wool over Sarawakians’ eyes.
DAP Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen said he believed Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg’s statement was meant to give a wrong perception that the GPS did not support Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri when in fact they do support him.
“GPS has once again failed the people of Sarawak in its decision to support Ismail Sabri as the new Prime Minister,” he said in a statement today.
Chong said all doubts created by Abang Jo’s statement was quickly put to rest when the Istana Negara invited 114 MPs, including 18 GPS MPs, to reconfirm their support for Ismail Sabri.
This is because the Palace had made it clear that only those who supported the candidate who has the majority support will be invited to verify their support while the others will not be invited.
“Therefore, I call upon GPS not to use the name of the King to ward off the criticisms against the GPS for choosing Ismail Sabri as the Prime Minister.”
The Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Stampin MP said that by supporting Ismail Sabri as the Prime Minister, the GPS has wronged the nation and Sarawak in three aspects.
Firstly, he said Ismail Sabri has over the past one year, proven to be a failure in the combat against the Covid-19 pandemic as he was the person in charge of controlling it under the Emergency Order.
“Yet new infection and death rates increased tremendously under his charge.
Despite his failure in controlling the spread of Covid-19, he was first promoted as the Deputy Prime Minister and now with the support of GPS, he will be appointed as the Prime Minister.”
Secondly, Chong said the GPS has effectively enabled Umno to retake the premier position.
“Umno is the main political party which has systematically eroded the rights and special position of Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia. It was
removed from the top post in Malaysia in the 2018 general elections, yet with the support of GPS, Umno is back with the Prime Minister post.”
Chong said that by supporting Ismail Sabri over Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as the Prime Minister candidate, the GPS has literally deprived an East Malaysian the chance to be the Prime Minister.
“This is a great disservice to the people of the Borneo states and also a setback to our common struggle for greater autonomy for the two States,” he added.