GPS’ move to back Mahathir will not undermine Sarawak’s interest, says CM

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says the important thing is Malaysia must have political stability.

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has reiterated that any decision taken by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is in the interest of the nation without undermining the state’s rights.

“The most important concern is that Malaysia must have political stability in order for the nation to move forward.

“The GPS government will abide by any decision taken by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to solve the impasse based on Article 40 (2) (a) and (b), Article 43 (2) (a) and Article 55 (2) to be read together as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, GPS had declared its support for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead the country as prime minister.

Its secretary-general Alexander Nanta Linggi said the party’s support had been conveyed to the Agong and to Mahathir himself on Sunday by Abang Johari.

“Abang Johari had obtained a unanimous mandate from the GPS supreme council and all MPs to give our support to Mahathir to continue leading Malaysia for the sake of the country,” said Nanta.

He said this following speculation about the party’s position in the current political scenario.

Yesterday, it was reported that the presidents of Umno, PAS, PPBM, Sabah’s Warisan and GPS were strategising a political compromise among them to get a majority position to fill the vacuum created by the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

The five party presidents are Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Umno), Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS), Muhyiddin Yassin (PPBM), Shafie Apdal (Warisan) and Abang Johari (GPS).

PH Sarawak secretary, senator Alan Ling, described GPS’ willingness to cooperate with Umno and PAS as “shocking” and “sad”.

Shocking developments since Sunday led to the collapse of Pakatan Harapan, the four-member coalition led by Mahathir which came to power in May 2018.

Mahathir’s resignation on Monday came after a day of political manoeuvring among MPs from PPBM, Umno, PAS and others intent on forming a new coalition to take power.

This led to the Agong interviewing the 222 MPs to appoint the person who in his judgement commands the confidence of the majority of the MPs to be the prime minister.