KUCHING, Feb 29: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) has demanded answers and transparency from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) on its position for the prime minister candidate.
Its president Lina Soo expressed shock with the appointment of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the country’s 8th Prime Minister today before GPS even announced its choice for the next Prime Minister.
“The party had been waiting for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to announce its position which it claims would be deliberated and decided upon only the following day (March 1).
“It would have been more proper if GPS had announced its position to the people of Sarawak before conveying its position to the Agong,” she emphasised in a statement today.
Soo added that the action did not augur well for democracy and thus, the Sarawak government owed the people an explanation.
“What were the terms of the negotiation, or did Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg unilaterally decide the terms of agreement for the Sarawak government without consultation with all the other parties?
“Was any deal struck as to whether Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was part of the agreement and what is Sarawak’s position on ownership and economic rights over our oil and gas? How was Sarawak’s rights been protected?,” she questioned.
Having said that, Soo stressed that she would rather support a snap election for a fresh mandate as it was now time for the healing process to take place.
“The people’s needs are more important and the new government must get down to reviving the economy, boosting investor confidence, creating jobs and putting food on the table, as the people right now are suffering to make ends meet with spiraling prices and new taxes,” she said.
After all in another three years and in the democratic process, she added that the rakyat has the power to choose the government again.— DayakDaily