Masing supports CM’s stand of staying away from Malayan politics

Tan Sri James Masing

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Sept 15: Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) decision to stay out of West Malaysian politics is to safeguard meaningful power sharing in the State, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

As such, Masing welcomed GPS chairman Datuk Patingggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s decision not to get involved in the newly established Umno-PAS coalition.

“In a multi-racial nation like Malaysia and State like Sarawak, meaningful power sharing is the only way forward.

“GPS has pulled out from BN (Barisan Nasional) for one simple reason: we don’t want to tie ourselves to Malayan politics. We don’t want to entangle our political future to Umno-PAS coalition base on the same reason.

“Let Umno-PAS decides on their own future. Therefore, CM is right in not getting involved with this new political development in Malaya,” Masing told DayakDaily today.

PRS, along with its other counterparts in GPS – PBB, SUPP and PDP left the BN coalition after its defeat in the last 14th General Election.

Yesterday, Abang Johari had commented that GPS will not want to get entangled with newly minted Umno-PAS coalition as he believed that GPS should focus on developing Sarawak instead of getting involved with the politics of Malaya.

Masing said GPS’ motto of ‘Utamakan Sarawak’ or ‘Sarawak First’ means that it wants Sarawak to decide its own destiny.

“Any Sarawak parties associated with Malayan parties will compromise Sarawak needs and future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minster said the Umno-PAS union was nothing new.

“They had done it in the past, there is no reason why they can’t do it again. This time, these two parties have more reasons to stay together,” he said.— DayakDaily