By Emma Victoria
CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg had played an important role in the formation of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), formerly known as United People’s Party (UPP).
Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) President Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said Abang Johari was the Deputy Chief Minister when he led the delegation of sacked leaders from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) to meet the former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak years ago.
“At the meeting, he (Abang Johari) gave a very negative description of SUPP in front of Najib, as a justification for the formation of UPP in the presence of 36 delegates at the meeting, including SUPP’s Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil,” he recalled.
Abang Johari was very supportive when UPP was formed. He opened the party’s inaugural delegates conference in 2015 and launched UPP’s rebranding ceremony when the party renamed as PSB in 2017, he said.
“Perhaps, he had forgotten that he played an important role in the formation of PSB when he recently said PSB was made up of disgruntled politicians,” Wong said, adding although Abang Johari didn’t mention any name, it was clearly that the Chief Minister was referring to PSB.
It is wrong and misleading to call PSB leaders as “disgruntled leaders who left other parties” as they were sacked from previous parties, the Bawang Assan assemblyman said in a statement.
“Abang Johari was also aware that I was forced to resign from the state cabinet and SUPP leaders wanted to get rid of PSB leaders,” he said.
Wong said the attack by Gabungan Parti Sarawak leaders was due to the increasing support for PSB, that is sweeping across the length and breadth of Sarawak, not only in Dayak areas but also in Malay, Melanau and Chinese areas.
“For us, the voters will always be the boss. Unlike a GPS leader who arrogantly told the people Jangan lawan towkay (don’t go against the boss),” he added.