Parti Sarawak Bersatu plotting GPS’ downfall, cautions Assistant Minister

Datuk Francis Harden Hollis

KUCHING, March 20: Assistant Minister of Community Well-Being Datuk Francis Harden Hollis has cast doubts on the motives of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), saying that their recent actions seemed like a plot to ‘crumble’ Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

In a press statement today, he pointed out that it was absolutely preposterous for PSB president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh to tell a congregation at Skrang Scheme in Sri Aman recently that PSB pledged its allegiance to chief minister-cum-GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg but at the same time shamelessly pinch members from GPS component parties.

“If the above actions do not constitute PSB’s scheme to crumble GPS, I don’t know what else (does),” he said.

“In fact, PSB, or formerly known as UPP (United People’s Party), has never been a member party of GPS, and they shall never be included,” he opined.

Harden, who is also Simanggang assemblyman, added that although in the past only a few PSB leaders were accepted to hold official positions in the GPS government, the PSB leaders were seen to have continued to make use of and take advantage of their government positions to rally support for their own political party, instead of GPS.

“These leaders not only have seriously violated the code of ethics of being part of the GPS government but have also misled the people to wrongly believe that PSB is also part of the ruling political pact,” he criticised.

He commented that Wong in leading a UPP delegation to meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in person on three occasions, with the latest on Sept 22 last year, is an act tantamount to a glaring act of betrayal to GPS.

“It must be constantly remembered that PSB was never part of GPS and, therefore, both Wong and (Assistant Minister of Transportation) Datuk Dr Jerip Susil should be ousted from the Sarawak Cabinet or from holding any portfolios in the GPS government,” he said. — DayakDaily