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KUCHING, Jan 20: Political observer Datuk Peter Minos believes the launching of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has awakened the spirit of patriotism for Sarawak, based on what he saw at the State Indoor Stadium last night.
“The stadium was filled to the brim, consisting of people of all races and from all over the state, singing and shouting for Sarawak and for Sarawak rights and interests.
“You can call that patriotism or nationalism for Sarawak. No mistake about that. Even I felt it.
“Never before have I really seen Sarawakians openly and naturally expressing their love and loyalty for Sarawak,” he said in a statement today.
Peter said the top leaders of GPS, by their speeches and actions, had more than convinced Sarawakians not to rely on the Malayan-dominated federal government but to stand on their own feet while, at the same time, defend and promote the state’s rights and interests.
He echoed GPS leaders’ remarks that the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government had not treated Sarawak fairly and justly in many aspects.
“In fact, they are not friendly, cutting funds on many Sarawak projects, refusing to give back Sarawak powers under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963), despite repeated demands, and Petronas is not giving any extra ringgit for development (for Sarawak) despite repeated requests.”
Peter said following the launch of GPS, Sarawak would rely on the ruling state coalition to protect its rights.
“From now on, Sarawak can and must rely on GPS to promote and safeguard Sarawak’s rights, powers and interests.
“GPS is 100 per cent led by Sarawakians and is free from Pakatan Harapan and Malayan control. GPS has freedom of say and action. GPS is, indeed, a Sarawak coalition of Sarawakians and for Sarawakians.”
He remarked that Malayan-dominated political parties had “no mood or time for Sarawak”.
“Neither do they have any feelings for Sarawak. Actual experience should convince Sarawakians so.
“No point wasting time with them for they only care for Malaya and Malayans. Sarawakians in the Malayan-based parties are listening to and obeying their Malayan leaders. Their love for Sarawak is suspicious. They have no time or interest for Sarawak or Sarawakians.”
Peter opined that GPS had started on the right footing and is on solid ground.
“It has caught the imagination and interest of Sarawakians. GPS will succeed. It will win in 2021.” — DayakDaily