Call to arms for GPS

GPS members waving flags during the conference.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 16: GPS members must be ready for war, declared GPS Convention organising chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today.

“Political (landscape) has changed. (Now) we are at war. Someone has declared ‘war’ and we must equip ourselves well in terms of our struggles, the pride to achieve the best, which is to win (the coming state election) so that we can continue to administer Sarawak,” according to Uggah in the event souvenir booklet.

He also urged GPS members to continue to remain united to face future challenges.

“Sarawak must be controlled by us, Sarawakians. That’s why the Chief Minister has an open policy so that everyone can have a voice,” he emphasised.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister I, pointed out that GPS’ only struggle is to further develop Sarawak for the benefit of its people.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister III, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan revealed the inaugural GPS Convention is a platform to elaborate the thrust of its crusade, especially since it is relatively a new brand.

“Even though the component parties of GPS have been around for a long time in Sarawak, GPS itself as a coalition is quite new but is already well received.

“I have gone to many places and seen that they are so spirited. Our hope is that GPS community leaders will go to their respective areas and explained to the people of what transpired during the convention.”

On the formation of Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP), Awang Tengah pointed out that it was in conflict with the existing Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK).

“The efforts of the federal government to try to establish MPKKP is something I see as a political tool which they will use. MPKKP is in conflict with the spirit of unity in Sarawak Our people here are united despite being of different backgrounds, descent, race, and religion. We live in harmony with mutual respect,” he added.

Awang Tengah reiterated that the Sarawak government has never used JKKK as a political tool but instead used it for the development of the people. — DayakDaily