Masing: GPS will sail with the tide in political tsunami

GPS members proudly waving the party flag.

KUCHING, Feb 23: Sarawak should “hoist its sail for a smoother cruise” in light of a possible political tsunami in the Peninsular Malaysia, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

The Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said at current, there is so much rumours and theories on the possibility of political happenings in Kuala Lumpur and it is not safe to make any predictions on the matter.

“The best for Sarawak is to cruise on the ‘steady ship’ and watch for possible political tsunami from Malaya and then adjust our sails to ride the waves.

“Wait for the ship captain (Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) to decide and then we, as one, will adjust our sails to ride the waves to safety,” he said when contacted.

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

Masing was responding to the series of meetings held today in Kuala Lumpur by some of the top political party leaders including Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), chaired by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Deputy President Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin also held a meeting with several party leaders. It was rumoured that this could lead to an exodus of MPs and leaders from the party.

Abang Johari also held a meeting with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) elected representatives in Kuala Lumpur.

GPS, made up of PRS, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), were former allies of the Barisan Nasional government and controls 18 parliamentary seats.

According to news portal Malaysiakini, Abang Johari declined to comment when approached by reporters after chairing the meeting that lasted about two hours.

None of the GPS MPs and leaders responded to media queries on what was discussed during the 2pm meeting.

Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi – file pic

GPS Secretary General Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, when contacted, said it was a coincidence that Abang Johari happened to hold a meeting with all GPS MPs in Kuala Lumpur today.

“The chief minister was providing inputs to all GPS MPs as part of the pre-council (parliamentary) meeting. As it is, it’s pure coincidence that GPS also having meeting in KL, and GPS will focus on the fight for Sarawak interests and rights,” said Nanta who is also Kapit MP.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad kept mum when leaving the party’s Supreme Council Meeting that lasted six hours, fuelling speculation of a big announcement that could make big impact on the Pakatan Harapan administration.

He left the party headquarters without speaking to the press. — DayakDaily