Nanta: GPS does not rule out working with BN to form a stable government

From left: Abdullah, Nor Azimah, and Nanta at the launch of SSM Sarawak Kuching office on Nov 12, 2022.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Nov 12: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) does not rule out the possibility of working with Barisan Nasional (BN), provided that the latter wins the 15th General Election (GE15) and forms the next Federal government, if that is what it takes to form a stable government.

GPS secretary-general Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the Sarawak-based coalition would only decide who they will work with after the GE15 results are out.

He was asked to comment on caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement on how BN will need Sabah and Sarawak if the latter is going to win the GE15 to form the next government.

“I have not actually read or know of the statement for sure, but if Ismail meant that we are to work together to form a stable government, then why not?

“As far as GPS is concerned, right from the beginning, our mission is to ensure Malaysia is being governed by a stable government of the day to focus on economic recovery as well as look into all matters for the benefit of the people,” Nanta told reporters at a press conference after the launch of Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) Sarawak’s new office in Kuching today.

Nanta, also the GPS candidate for P215 Kapit and its incumbent MP, reminded everyone that the country does not want to repeat the situation where there were many uncertainties after Malaysia ended up having three prime ministers in one term.

Nanta also insists that there is currently no need for GPS to commit to who they will support.

“Things have changed, and we must move on. It is no longer the same as the era where you form a coalition first before you go into an election.

“Other developed countries have been practising the concept where you consider your coalition partners after the election results are out,” Nanta asserts.

He added that GPS’s basic principle is to work or partner with whoever prioritises the country’s betterment.

Also present during the event were Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Office (Corporate Affairs, Information and Sarawak Public Communications Unit), Datuk Abdullah Saidol and SSM chief executive officer Datuk Nor Azimah Abd Aziz. — DayakDaily