Sarawak DAP wants to work with GPS but CM says they are not “paloi”

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Joahri and Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen (Free Malaysia Today pic)

By Emma Victoria

Sarawak DAP is willing to make concession and cooperate with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to preserve the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government and prevent extremists from seizing power through their back-door operation, the Sheraton Move.

Its state chairman Chong Chieng Jen said after a week of political turmoil in Malaysia, it now boils down to two political coalitions with GPS and Warisan holding the key to Federal Government.

“It is the UMNO – PAS coalition,and on the other hand is the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

“Like all right-minded Malaysians, I shiver at the thought of UMNO PAS coalition becoming the Federal Government of Malaysia.

“It is a combination of kleptocrats and religious bigots who will bring total destruction to the whole country and our future generations,” he said in a statement today.

“Our country is at the cross road. Thus, GPS must make a decision to choose between going along with the kleptocrat plus religious bigot coalition of UMNO PAS or preserves the progressive coalition of PH,” he said.

He also appealed to GPS leaders to put aside all past political differences and work together with PH to save the country from going down the path of destruction.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg reiterated that the priority of the state ruling coalition is stability of the nation – in whatever decision they make.

“We are in a chaos now… So, there is a party has approached us as they wanted us to support them.

“But, we are not stupid; we have our stance, which is the interest of the country, especially the people in Sarawak.

“Besides, we will not work with a party that used to claim that Sarawak will go bankrupt in three years’ time if it continues to be ruled by the GPS,” he said, referring to DAP as the former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had made such statement.

“They thought the state government is stupid, they thought the state finance minister is stupid and we can’t manage our state properly.

“We are (indeed) stupid if we were to support them now,” he said at the launch for Belaga and Murum infrastructure project in Belaga today.

GPS Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang told Borneo Post that it is a waste of time to work with a prime minister that the DAP is backing.

“Whoever has the support of DAP; we (GPS) will not support him. That is our principle. It is simple,” he said.

He added both Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Lim Guan Eng have been uncooperative and seemingly repugnant at times towards Sarawak’s requests , regarding Sarawak autonomy rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963, Federal Constitution, State Sales Tax as well as the Oil Mining Ordinance and Sarawak Land Code.

“So, why waste our time? It is better for us to secure our state rights with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and stabilize our state and the nation,” he said.

GPS commands 18 of the 222 seats in Parliament.