GPS prefers to be on its own, says Abang Jo

GPS chairman Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak is comfortable and prefers to move on its own rather than joining any political party from Peninsular Malaysia, said Abang Johari Tun Openg, chairman of the state ruling coalition which comprises parties formerly with Barisan Nasional.

Abang Johari, who is Sarawak chief minister, said that GPS had its focus on the development of the state and giving back to the people.

“We prefer to be on our own. If we take good care of our ‘home’, then many people will come to invest,” he told reporters here today.

Abang Johari said this in response to the collaboration between Umno and PAS. The two Malay-based parties signed a political cooperation memorandum charter known as the National Consensus Charter, today.

“That is their politics (the collaboration of UMNO and PAS)…We are not in BN (Barisan Nasional) any more,” Abang Johari said.

GPS did not want to interfere with politics in the peninsula as they were committed to developing Sarawak and its people, he said.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) quit BN in May 2018 and went on to form the GPS, which was approved by the Registrar of Societies on Nov 19, 2018.