KUCHING, Dec 17: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has the right to pull its support from the ‘Malaysian Unity Government’ if Sarawak rights are challenged or if it is not given its due, said chief political secretary to Premier of Sarawak, Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.
He was referring to the cooperation agreement which was inked between several political coalitions including GPS that formed the Federal unity government in Putrajaya yesterday.
The Agreement, among others, seeks to outline the commitment of the parties that form the Federal government to be intact for five years or until the end of the term and binded them to support Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the passing of Bills including the motion of confidence to the prime minister during the next Dewan Rakyat sitting.
Following this, Fazzrudin has clarified that the Agreement was signed to ensure a stable Federal government and does not mean that GPS will lose its independence.
“GPS is still GPS and it is not part of Pakatan Harapan (PH). This government is not a PH Federal government, but it is a government formed by a collection of parties that share the same objective which is to bring stability to the nation.
“At any time, when Sarawak rights are challenged or the status is being questioned and when Sarawak is not given its due, GPS has the right to pull its support from the Malaysian Unity Government.
“If this happens, GPS will not lose its MPs as the MPs had previously contested under the GPS banner and in the event that it leaves the pact, the decision will be made as a bloc and not by individual MPs – this does not breach the Anti-Party Hopping Law,” he said in a statement today.
Fazzrudin who is also Tupong assemblyman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council member further said that the prime minister’s support in highlighting the unresolved matters pertaining to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) for Sarawak and Sabah, ought to be recognised.
“Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given the full mandate to Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof for these outstanding MA63 claims to be resolved as soon as possible and we look forward to the restoration of Sarawak rights,” he added. — DayakDaily