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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 21: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) is now trying to blame the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) for their own failure to secure the prime ministership despite having successfully ousted former Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) Assistant Minister Abdullah Saidol said the GPS was never involved in any manner which caused or forced Muhyiddin to resign that eventually paved the way for a new PM to be appointed.
“All this political mess at the federal level was started by the Democratic Action Party (DAP)-led coup from the very first day PH lost the federal control when former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned.
“The politically motivated attack from PH continuously went on against Muhyiddin when PN’s administration was extremely occupied trying to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.
“DAP was extremely loud with their political narrative and notion about ‘Failed Government’ to oust Muhyiddin’s administration.
“It was also PH that was very quick to reject the ‘Unity Government’ and list of reforms proposed by Muhyiddin, which was long promoted by PH,” he said in a statement today.
Abdullah further said when Muhyiddin resigned, the scramble for the PM’s post started with PH being very confident that its leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had the sufficient numbers to claim the premiership.
“Unfortunately, their political calculation was wrong and DAP being the main ‘agent provocateur’ to the whole political scheme ended up securing nothing,” he added.
Abdullah noted that Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen in his statement, dated Aug 19, alleged that GPS has wronged the nation by supporting the wrong candidate for the premiership, enabling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) to return to power and losing the opportunity to have the first PM from East Malaysia.
To this, he reminded Chong that PH itself has wronged the nation and Sarawakians during its 22 months tenure in the federal administration.
He also questioned with the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) only having eight seats in Parliament while GPS has 18, why wouldn’t Chong nominate an MP from the GPS instead?
At the same time, Abdullah who is Semop assemblyman, took to task Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh for labelling the GPS as doing a ‘u-turn’ because the coalition chose to support the PM candidate from its former partner in Barisan Nasional (BN).
“With due respect, he (Wong) is absolutely unfit to raise the issue about ‘u-turn’ in politics because the PSB is surrounded by leaders from its ‘new political partners’ in Sarawak namely, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
“PSB in its statement published by a local newspaper on Aug 2, 2021 was quoted as saying ‘Our party president has always maintained, PSB principles are crystal clear, we (PSB) will not answer to or be dictated to by any politician or party from Peninsular Malaysia’.
“However, PSB is obviously associating with DAP and PH, is that not a ‘u-turn’ in the party’s principles?” Abdullah queried.
Abdullah further concluded that PH’s failure to secure the premiership post is solely due to DAP’s ‘rough, unscrupulous and rude political behaviour and treatment’ which the majority of other political parties were reluctant or absolutely refused to associate with.
“Majority of Malaysians are disgusted and felt ashamed after watching the rowdy and unethical behaviour of the PH leaders when presenting themselves during the recent Parliamentary sitting.
“Lesson to be learnt from all this is that please be wise when exercising our voting constitutional rights; elect a leader who is sincere and passionate about serving the people and the country.
“Avoid electing those who are only concern about their own self-interest and political power including those who only look and sound good with their ‘mouth’ but have weak administrative skill.
“We, the people must also not be too quick to believe all those ‘sweet rhetorics and unrealistic promises’ made by clueless politicians,” he emphasised.
Abdullah also congratulated Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for his appointment as the PM and reminded the people to let the premier settle down first and give him space to revisit and revalue where is deem necessary and appropriate, to restructure a workable and efficient administrative plan especially to ease the pandemic pressure on the people and to quickly implement the economic recovery. — DayakDaily