KUCHING, Oct 15: As of 10am today, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and his entourage is in the middle of a meeting with Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Kuala Lumpur.
A source close to Uggah confirmed the meeting is taking place, and it was about the registration of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which has yet to be confirmed in black and white by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
GPS’ registration was filed with RoS in July 2018 by a team headed by GPS protem secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general.
Although Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg assured that GPS was at the final stage of registration, saying it was “more or less” approved by RoS last August, GPS members have been waiting anxiously till now with no word from RoS.
“We just wait for the official letter,” said Abang Johari then.
Nanta earlier this month dismissed rumors that GPS’ registration has been rejected.
The state coalition was announced right after the last general election following the heavy loss of Barisan Nasional (BN), and the state government decided that it was best for it to leave the BN coalition to form its own homegrown one.
GPS was supposed to be launched on July 22 coinciding with Sarawak Day. However it was postponed to an undisclosed date because it has yet to get approval from RoS.
The formation of GPS has received flak from the state Pakatan Harapan (PH) members, claiming that it was just “old wine in a new bottle”.
GPS however has been trying to come to good terms with the federal PH government by maintaining a close working relationship.
However the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and oil and gas rights issues have somewhat dampened the relationship between the state and federal governments, with the former insisting that it should have all its rights restored down to the letter of MA63. — DayakDaily