Beware, GPS same cast of characters who damaged Sarawak, says PKR leader

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KUCHING, June 13: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Puncak Borneo Youth Chief Musa Ngog has urged Sarawakians not to trust the newly formed Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) as this new alliance comprised those who were the cause of much damage inflicted on the people of Sarawak.

Musa said the decision made by Sarawak ruling parties namely Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) to exit from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was expected, especially after the 14th General Election.

“The ‘exodus’ of the four parties did not display any sign of sincerity in reforming their state governance. Maintaining the same old incompetent, controversial and weak leaders in the front lines is akin to an ecdysis of Barisan Nasional (BN),” Musa said in a statement today.

Ecdysis is the process of shedding old skin in reptiles such as snakes, as well as the moulting of cuticles in insects and arthropods.

Musa believed that if GPS is truly committed to a better Sarawak, the coalition should be completely overhauled to stay relevant as an Opposition State.

“Their drastic betrayal has showed their lack of principles and integrity as part of the BN coalition after more than four decades. Would GPS be loyal to Sarawakians when prior to GE14, they had praised the then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and swore their loyalty to be together through thick and thin?

“The state leaders politicised the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the natives to gain their support, and none of the Dayak representatives in Parliament or the State Legislative Assembly in the coalition have take any action to table the motion to amend the Sarawak Land Code to reinstate the terms ‘Pemakai Menoa’, ‘Pulau Galau’ and ‘Temuda’,” Musa lamented.

He said the darkest day in the state’s history of NCR land disputes was marked with the murder of native land rights activist Bill Kayong and none of the BN representatives had ever expressed their regrets over his gruesome murder.

Musa added that now GPS had to piggyback onto the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto with regards to the Malaysia Agreement 1963, further evidence that they do not possess the idealism to make Sarawak better but is now forced to copy the PH pledge on Sarawak’s rights.

“GPS must commit to govern and rule Sarawak according the aspirations of the people by announcing what reforms or agenda they have in place to uplift Sarawakians. By merely deciding to detach themselves off from the toxic BN brand name and jump onto the MA63 rights will not please Sarawakians at large,” he said.

He emphasised that Sarawakians are fed-up of the wide corruption and abuse of state resources, and if GPS is committed to change, they must now take care of the needs of the people by providing the basic amenities of clean water, electricity or its alternative, healthcare, usable roads and transportation, decent schools and the opportunity for everyone to earn a decent livelihood to tackle the cost of living. — DayakDaily