Abang Jo: Gabungan Parti Sarawak is registered

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), the coalition of four former Barisan Nasional (BN) political parties, has been registered.

It remains for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to issue the official letter, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said after an Aidiladha sacrificial ritual of the Satok branch of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) here today.

Abang Johari is president of PBB, the leading party in the coalition.

The other component members are Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

They withdrew from the BN after the 14th general election in May.

Six cows were slaughtered at the sacrificial ritual and the beef was distributed to 400 people in the Satok area and Muslim converts in Kampung Mongkos, Serian.

Abang Johari was also asked to comment on a statement by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How of PKR that the state government did not have to be hasty in building a second trunk road since the Pan Borneo Highway is now under construction.

The chief minister said the second trunk road is a state government project and it is unnecessary for him to elaborate.

See had said that it will be wasteful to build the second trunk road when the Pan Borneo Highway and the existing coastal road are already under construction.

Earlier, in his address at the event, Abang Johari said the focus of the state government under his leadership is to accelerate the development of infrastructure such as roads and basic facilities including water supply, especially in rural areas where these are lacking.

He said he would announce in November the state government’s approach in developing these facilities.

“Although it requires a high expenditure to provide these facilities, the state government will find the best approach and determine how to obtain funds for these development projects,” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government focused on development rather than rhetoric in raising the standard of living of the people and ensuring peace.

He reiterated the state’s objective to continue to champion the restoration of the eroded rights of Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.