Contradicting statements on BN-GPS due to matter of practicality, not to disrespect Zahid, says PBB vice president

Abdul Karim speaks to reporters after the Sarawak DUN sitting on Nov 21, 2022.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Nov 21: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah opines that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was looking at the practicality of forming the federal government and there was no intention to disrespect Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He was responding to Zahid’s recent statement refuting GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg’s earlier statement that GPS will form the federal government with Perikatan Nasional (PN) alongside BN and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).


“Ahmad Zahid is the head of BN and the coalition only has 30 seats. They cannot form the government with only 30 seats.

“So when we look in terms of practicality, the party that we believe can lead the government is the party that has a big number of MPs.

“I think there might not be a discussion but the discussion is more or less with the party that we believe can and will be given the mandate to lead the government. There was no intention to show disrespect to Dato Seri Zahid,” he told reporters after attending the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

Asked on his take on the potential combination of coalitions and parties to form the federal government, he said the final say lies with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. — DayakDaily