KUCHING, July 30: A strong team of people working together but without disturbing each other is important to navigate the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) boat through the Pelagus rapids, infamously known as the ‘rapids of death’, in 2021.
Highlighting this, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing emphasised that GPS was analogous to a long boat in which Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is the boat driver while the presidents of the three component parties are the ‘jaga luan’ or the prow men.
The component parties comprised of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) headed by Masing, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) under Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and Progressive Democractic Party (PDP) under Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
“During the navigation through the rapids, we must not kacau (disturb) the driver nor the ‘jaga luan’,” he addressed the launching of GPS Zone 11 in Kapit today.
“Moreover, every passengers in the boat must assist in paddling. They must not kacau each other,” he said.
“If we fail in steering the boat properly because we kacau each other, there is a danger that the boat will capsize. And all of us in the boat will lose everything,” he cautioned.
If GPS component parties are united, Masing pointed out that there is no way other parties can topple them.
“So united we stand, and divided we fall. And the principle of ‘You touch one, you touch all’ must be maintained at all cost!,” he exclaimed.
The launching of GPS Zone 11, which consists of state constituencies of Katibas, Bukit Goram, Pelagus and Baleh as well as parliamentary constituencies of Hulu Rejang and Kapit, was attended by no less than 8,000 people.— DayakDaily