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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Sheraton Move showed Sarawak’s strategic role, says Abang Jo


GPS chairman Abang Johari Openg at the launch of the GPS Youth election machinery in Kuching today. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak will continue to play a strategic role to determine the political roadmap of Malaysia to form a stable government, GPS chairman Abang Johari Openg said today.

He cited the Sheraton Move of 2020, in which GPS was able to determine the choice of prime minister, as an indicator of the Sarawak coalition’s role.

Recalling the political instability in the country following the change of government then, he said it was the reason for GPS choosing candidates who can make the coalition a strategic one in national politics.

“When the Pakatan Harapan government fell, (they said) ‘Sarawak please help, GPS please help’… For the sake of a stable Malaysia, I was sought to choose who would be the prime minister,” said Abang Johari, who is also Sarawak premier.

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He was speaking at the launch of the GPS Youth election machinery, today. GPS is a coalition comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Sarawak United People’s Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party.

Touching on the candidate line-up which will be announced on Nov 3, Abang Johari said GPS would ensure that all 31 candidates possessed the “Sarawak first” spirit to voice the state’s agenda and rights in the Dewan Rakyat.

“We will include young people, old people, women, men and those with experience as candidates and send them to Parliament,” he said.

He also emphasised that Sarawak should be the “heart” of Malaysia because the state had the required strength and a high quality leadership.

When met by reporters later, he said that the GPS manifesto would also touch on aspects of the Malaysia Agreement, as well as the renewal of Sarawak’s education and economic plans.

“Over the past five years, GPS has played its role responsibly, not only on the political front but also towards achieving stability in Malaysia,” he added. - FMT

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