KUCHING, Mar 4: GPS Youth fired back at DAP Sarawak critics, urging them to reflect on their own shortcomings and actions which plunged the country into the political turmoil that led to the collapse of the Pakatan government, instead of deflecting the blame on GPS.
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu, in a statement today said that the action of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak including Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii in deflecting the blame on GPS clearly showed that self-interest and power were more important than that of the state and its people.
“Why blame GPS when Pakatan Harapan (PH) collapsed, but not even voice out when Sarawak’s rights and interests were neglected, and all projects for Sarawak were withdrawn when PH ruled for the past 21 months?” he questioned.
He dismissed Yii’s criticism blaming GPS for playing a part in the move to form a backdoor government as well as manipulating and maneuvering the political turmoil, as a desperate and deliberate statement to mislead the people.
“DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) were the cause of the country’s political turmoil. If they had not forced Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to hand over the leadership to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PH could still be in power until today.
“If DAP and PKR had been consistent in nominating Dr Mahathir and not Anwar when meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the political crisis could have ended earlier and Dr Mahathir would have continued taking the helm as prime minister.
“Kelvin and DAP should reflect on the doings that had fuelled the political crisis. They kept on fighting each other over power until the people and country become the victims,” he said.
Gerald pointed out that GPS was trapped in the middle of the turmoil but was invited through the ‘front door’ to make choices and decisions to resolve the political crisis created by PH itself.
He reiterated that GPS made the decision to choose Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the 8th Prime Minister to restore the political stability of the nation so that the federal government can put their focus and efforts back into revitalising the country’s economy and take care of the well being of the people.
“When they lost the ruling power due to PH leadership crisis, they blamed it on GPS. But when all projects for Sarawak were cancelled, all the DAP leaders kept quiet and did not even help to fight for it.
“What’s the priority of DAP actually? When GPS is fighting for the interests of people and Sarawak, DAP Sarawak is fighting for power and self-interest,” he said.
Gerald also told DAP not to intimidate Sarawakians with Umno and Pas’ presence in Perikatan Nasional (PN), as he emphasised that GPS will remain as Sarawak-based political entity which will not join the Muafakat Nasional or PN.
“GPS is committed to give priority to Sarawak first and firm in fighting for the rights of Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). GPS will not allow any element that would interfere with the harmony of the multiracial people in the state to come into the state,” he added. —DayakDaily