By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Nov 25: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reiterated that only a Sarawak-based coalition can deliver inclusive development to the state and its people.
“After GE14, our political environment changed, and it took us some time to think carefully before forming GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak),” he revealed.
Abang Johari, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, said some people had correlated GPS with the ‘Global Positioning System’(GPS), which is used to determine ground position.
“Well, our GPS has a similar role. We aim to strengthen our position and direction in bringing development,” he said in his address at PBB Telang Usan Women wing’s appreciation night at Eastwood Country and Golf Club here yesterday.
Abang Johari told those present that the state had learnt its lesson after GE14.
“After the past 55 years, we realised that we need to change. Our political landscape has changed; hence, we formed GPS for the betterment of the Sarawak people,” he assured.
Abang Johari added that it took him about a month to come up with the GPS concept after GE14.
The local alliance comprised PBB, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
“PBB leaders and its members are resilient and have perseverance. I believe that we can face challenges, and God willing, we will nurture GPS,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the gathering, 25 long-serving members of PBB Telang Usan Women wing were recognised for their contributions to the party all these years.
Also present were Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Miri mayor Adam Yii, Miri Resident Sherinna Husaini, Charles Balan Seling — a political secretary to the Chief Minister, PBB Telang Usan Women chief Margaret Uding Nawan and about 200 PBB Telang Usan members. — DayakDaily