Lo: Sarawak first despite support to new federal leadership

Lo Khere Chiang - file pic

KUCHING, Feb 29: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will not compromise Sarawak’s interests and rights despite giving its support for the new federal government, assured Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.

“Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will continue to pursue Sarawak’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said in a statement today in response to the appointment of Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Lo described Muhyiddin as a humble and credible leader who is easy to work with.

“I have a soft spot for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin because when he visited Kota Sentosa before the 13th General Election (GE13), we had a drink at the market there.

“I requested a grant of RM500,000 to put up a shelter at the Kota Sentosa town square and he approved it on the spot without any fuss,” he shared.

He added that Muhyiddin continued to give Padawan Municipal Council (PMC), in which Lo is the chairman, allocation even though the seat fell into the opposition hands (Democratic Action Party).

Lo continued to criticise the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government for siphoning RM92 billion from Sarawak every year from the state’s oil and gas resources but former Minister of Finance had no qualms about cutting project allocation for Sarawak.

“How about the promises of 20 per cent oil royalty and 50 per cent of taxes collected to be returned to Sarawak?” he questioned.

In responding to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen expressing interest to work with GPS on national interest, Lo urged Chong to fulfill its promises to Sarawak first and not trying to avoid its responsibilities.— DayakDaily