Masing: GPS need not join formal charter with PN-BN coalition

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 12: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing believed that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition in the Sarawak government does not need to join the formal charter between the Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition parties in West Malaysia.

Nevertheless, he opined that GPS must have an iron-clad understanding of the formal charter and support any policies which are good for Malaysia.

“The formation of a formal charter between PN and BN depends on these two political organisations.

“If they feel such that formal charter is good for Malaysia political stability, why not!

“Political government is formed to establish social and political stability so that business can operate and people can live in peace.

If these two objectives are achieved, there is no reason why PN and BN cannot be together for the betterment of Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

Masing was responding to a national news article whereby PN secretary-general Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin yesterday mooted a formal charter of PN, BN and GPS to jointly contest in the next general election.

Hamzah was quoted as saying that the three political coalitions could potentially elevate the aspirations and visions pursued by the political parties within it.

He added the formal charter would build up Malaysians’ trust and confidence in the stability and ability of the partnering coalitions to govern and develop the country.

Meanwhile, the proposal of a formal charter could be an indication that the PN federal government is eyeing a snap poll for the country.

On the 15 the general election, Masing stressed that PN, BN and GPS must work together to support each other.

He pointed out that inter-party contests among the three coalition parties must not be allowed.

“In short, PN and aspirants cannot contest in Sarawak DUN seats, nor can Sarawakian contest in any seats in Malaya,” he added.