GPS is ‘old wine in new bottle’ — DAP Socialist Youth leader

Abdul Aziz Isa

KUCHING, Jan 13: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is actually Barisan Nasional (BN) in a new bottle, and its birth is “just for the sake of political survival and a continuation of BN’s divide and rule strategy’.

In making this claim, DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa alleged that GPS was using regional sentiments to split Sarawakians, similar to Umno using racial sentiments to split the Malays and PAS using religious sentiments to disunite Malaysians.

“GPS leaders know that the weaker Sarawakians are when they are divided racially, religiously and regionally, the stronger GPS will become.

“Should BN have won the general election (in May last year), would these GPS leaders dare to open their mouths pertaining to Sarawak’s rights? Would GPS leaders make a convoy from Lawas to Lundu to meet the people? Will GPS leaders come to realise that they have failed to protect Sarawak’s rights ever since they joined BN in 1974?” he asked in a statement today.

Abdul Aziz opined that GPS was a dangerous far-right coalition with the same cunning leaders and abusive policies.

“It is another (case of) ‘old wine in a new bottle’. They spread their hate propaganda and venomous lies for their personal agenda. It is the same coalition that was dominated by PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) while the other component parties, such as SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party), PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak) and PDP (Progressive Democratic Party) are mere followers and have little role to play,” he observed.

Abdul Aziz also alleged that GPS leaders had been living lavish lifestyles for decades while ignoring the plights of the natives, especially the Dayaks.

“They don’t place the people in their hearts to serve the many but only to the privileged few,” he claimed, adding that GPS had no clear vision to safeguard the state’s rights.

“This is because its predecessor, BN, has been the one eroding Sarawak’s rights for the past 45 years, starting with the Petroleum Development Act 1974 followed by the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution in 1976, then the Territorial Sea Act 2012 and so on.

Abdul Aziz said GPS would not be fair to the people as it was this same set of leaders who introduced discriminatory policies that caused racial lopsidedness in the state civil service.

“How is it possible for GPS to promise fairness when they don’t even treat Sarawakians equally? If GPS is being fair to Sarawakians, especially the Dayaks, why is there racial lopsidedness in the state civil service?” he asked. — DayakDaily