Abang Johari denies meeting Zahid

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING, June 12: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg laughed off claims that he had met with Barisan Nasional acting chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently.

Answering questions from the reporters today, Abang Johari said there was no such meeting.

“I don’t know where you all got it from. This is fake news,” he said.

“I did make a courtesy call on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he is our Prime Minister,” he added.

The Malaysian Insight (TMI) had recently reported that Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) had decided to ‘divorce’ from the coalition and Zahid had later pleaded with Abang Johari, who was the state BN chairman at the time, to remain with the coalition.

TMI also reported that Abang Johari had told Zahid that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) would be destroyed if it did not distance itself from the coalition.

In the last general election, Sarawak BN won 19 seats in Parliament.

Earlier today, Abang Johari announced that PBB, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) have unanimously decided to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) and have formed a state-based collation called Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). — DayakDaily