GPS better than DAP, says PAS man after ‘unholy union’ jibe

PAS Sarawak information chief Zharudin Narudi.

KUCHING: A PAS leader has described Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), labelled by Sarawak Pakatan Harapan as the third leg of the Umno-PAS “unholy union”, as better than DAP.

PAS Sarawak information chief Zharudin Narudin said DAP and PH had not met the expectations of the people or fulfilled the promises made in their election manifesto.

Zharudin was commenting on a statement by Sarawak PH chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday that the Umno-PAS cooperation posed a big threat to the PH government and that there was a third party “hiding behind this unholy union”.

He named Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which is part of GPS, as the third party, and vowed to bring it down at the next state election.

Zharudin said Sarawakians should not be fooled by Chong’s statement, adding that Chong was bringing up the issue of the PAS-Umno cooperation because of the “scarcity of issues” and for his political interests.

“Among the major changes expected by Sarawakians after GE14 was the return of 20% of oil and gas royalties but the PH government has failed to fulfil its promises,” he said in a statement today.

He said Sarawakians should be worried as their fate would become worse if the PH government was to rule the state.

“For the record, many projects that should have been under the federal government have been implemented by the GPS government,” he said.

Zharudin noted that the federal government, through the finance minister, who is also DAP’s secretary-general, had disagreed with the implementation of the 5% petroleum products sales tax.

“The tax is necessary for the benefit of the people in Sarawak. How can we trust DAP to administer our state?

“Sarawakians are aware that DAP is focused on helping the Chinese community and does not care about the needs of the indigenous community in the state,” he said.