KUCHING: A Sarawak Minister has rejected DAP criticism that the ruling state coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had helped to set up a “government of thieves” in the federal capital.
A senior member of PBB, Douglas Uggah Embas, who is Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, said GPS had been requested to help in choosing the new prime minister, after Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned, causing the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.
“We gave our support to Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister but we did not form part of the Perikatan Nasional government,” Uggah said. “We have not joined the coalition either. We are merely being friendly to it.”
He said GPS leaders had offered their support to “save” the country, because Malaysia had been undergoing a political crisis for the past week.
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has said the party would only support a national coalition that agreed to pay the sales tax on petroleum products and fulfil the state’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Uggah said on Sunday, GPS leaders had met newly appointed prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin at his residence in Kuala Lumpur and spoke about their concerns.
“Abang Johari had told Muhyiddin about Sarawak’s feelings on its rights under the Malaysia Agreement 63.
The GPS decision to support the new national coalition was criticised by Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen who described Umno and PAS leaders as a combination of “kleptocrats and religious bigots”.
He said Sarawakians had been betrayed by the GPS decision to support the new federal government.
“GPS’ latest statement that the party is not in the Umno-PAS coalition but friendly to it is as lame an excuse as one can get,” he said.