By Chew Lip Song
GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) has expressed its support for embattled Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today following the political uncertainties in Putrajaya after Umno withdrew support for the ruling Perikatan Nasional.
Chief Minister and GPS head Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari reiterated the coalition backing for Muhyiddin following a meeting with the GPS top brass at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters this afternoon.
“GPS wishes to state that it is supporting the PN Goverment under the leadership YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin.
“This is not the time for politicking that will undermine the stability of the country. This is the time for Malaysian to consolidate and unite and bring the country out of the pandemic crisis,” Abang Johari read from a short prepared statement in a media conference.
GPS’ commitment would be a relief for Muhyiddin, who’s hanging on to power by a thread following Umno’s withdrawal of support, announced in the early hours of July 8 after the latter’s supreme council meeting.
Muhyiddin is estimated to have backing from 114 MPs, against 106 who were against him before Umno’s decision. It is not clear how many of Umno’s 38 MP would still back Muhyiddin and how many would support Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Officially, GPS has 18 MPs. But four ex-Parti Keadilan Rakyat federal lawmakers from Sarawak had since either joined Bersatu, which is led by Muhyiddin, or pledged support for GPS.
Since the Feb 2020 “Sheraton Move” which saw the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan Federal government, GPS has been labelled as a “kingmaker” in Malaysian politics owing to its sizable number of lawmakers.