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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Dec 22: The results of an online poll conducted by DayakDaily indicate that 87 per cent of respondents support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) joining forces with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form the federal government.
The poll received a total of 1,817 votes, and posed the question: “Do you agree with GPS teaming up with PH to form the federal government?” with 1,577 votes in favour and 240 votes against.
The 10-day poll, which began on December 12, 2022 and ended on December 22, 2022, was conducted to gauge the sentiments of Sarawakians regarding the formation of a federal government involving GPS and PH.
PH and its allies won the most seats in the 15th general election (GE15) with 82, but were still short of the 112 seats required for a simple majority in Parliament.
After GE15 on Nov 19 resulted in a hung Parliament, the King called for a unity government for the good of the nation, as it may be the best way forward given the country’s political impasse.
GE15 marks the first time an election has ended in a hung Parliament. With a hung Parliament in the Dewan Rakyat, no single coalition or political party can form a government.
The new unity government led by Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PH chairman, now comprises PH, Barisan Nasional (BN), GPS, and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).
The King appointed Anwar as the country’s 10th prime minister after expressing satisfaction that Anwar was the candidate most likely to receive majority support.
Anwar has also vowed to create a “Malaysia for all Malaysians”, combat corruption, and reiterated that he will not accept a salary while Malaysians struggle with the rising cost of living.
On Monday (Dec 19), he secured a vote of confidence during his first parliament session as the country’s top leader confirming the legitimacy of his leadership and the unity government he leads. — DayakDaily