Getting GPS registered: Let’s be prepared for any eventuality, Masing advises ruling coalition

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING, Oct 1: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) must get ready with ‘Plan B’, ‘Plan C’ and even ‘Plan D’ in case the Registrar of Societies (RoS) did not register the coalition in time for the next state election, which is due in 2021.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing opined there was a possibility that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government might delay GPS’ registration to stir anxiety among its supporters in Sarawak, as it is an opposition in the eyes of the federal government.

According to Masing, GPS’ registration with the RoS was now awaiting the signature of the Minister of Home Affairs, who is in charge of the RoS.

“We have to get ready with ‘Plan B’ or even with ‘Plan C’ and even ‘Plan D’,” Masing told DayakDaily today.

However, he stressed that GPS, which comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), PRS, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), must not lose confidence while waiting for the local pact to be registered.

“It’s just a precaution so that we get better prepared for the next state election due in 2021. We should not be caught off guard,” he emphasized.

Currently, GPS and its ally, United People’s Party (UPP), control 71 of the 81 seats in the State Legislative Assembly.

But with PH taking over the federal government in the May 9 general election, the four local-based parties opted out of the Barisan Nasional (BN).

GPS applied for recognition to the RoS in early July, after its official announcement on June 12.

Meanwhile, GPS pro tem secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi could not be reached as he is currently on an official trip overseas. — DayakDaily