By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 23: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs have been summoned to meet the King today.
This is according to a source who confirmed that GPS MPs have been summoned by Istana Negara and many of them are unreachable at this time.
GPS, the ruling coalition in Sarawak which comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), won 23 out of the 31 federal seats in the State in the just concluded 15th General Election (GE15).
In general, the coalition has shown some improvement if compared to GE14 where it won 18 seats and lost in 12 of the constituencies it was standing in.
In GE15, PBB defended all 14 seats allocated to it while SUPP made a slight improvement of retaking one seat, Sarikei.
PRS showed the biggest improvement by wresting back five seats it failed to win in GE14. PDP however performed status quo where it did not manage to recapture two lost seats in GE14.
Pakatan Harapan (PH) which contested in 30 federal constituencies in Sarawak, with Julau being the exception, holds six seats.
Its component parties of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) contested in 16 seats, and failed to make any advancement in 15 other Bumiputera majority seat but managed to win only Miri.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) was wiped out, as in GE14 but PH’s third component party Democratic Action Party (DAP) managed to defend five of its seats of which four are Chinese-majority seats and one is a predominantly Bidayuh seat.
Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) fielded one candidate in Julau and its president Datuk Larry Sng defended the seat which he won as an independent in GE14.
Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) managed to retain its only seat in Sarawak in Saratok through Datuk Ali Biju. — DayakDaily