By Emma Victoria
GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) is going to play a kingmaker role again after the 15th General Election if Umno were to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
Universiti Malaya (UM) socio-political analyst, Assoc Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said GPS is a separate political entity despite being in the federal cabinet.
“Hence, if Perikatan Nasional (PN) collapsed after the GE15, GPS can choose who they want to work with again,” he said when contacted.
“It is expected that GPS, a coalition formed by four Sarawak-based parties, is going to be the kingmaker in the formation of another new government after GE15,” he said.
Awang Azman said GPS will decide if they want to be part of the federal government, depending who or which party will be in the new government.
“GPS must make a wise decision to ensure those they are working with will prioritise Sarawak’s interests, such as more development funds and greater autonomy powers,” he said.
It was reported recently that Bersatu had acknowledged that the Umno supreme council had decided that their current political cooperation will only last this term and there will no cooperation between the two parties in GE15.
GPS, which comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), has 18 MPs – became the kingmaker in making Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin the premier during the Sheraton Move last year.