“PDP now has greater autonomy to champion Sarawak’s rights”

Datu Dr Penguang Manggil

KUCHING, June 18: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP)’s roles in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is similar to the ones it played in Barisan Nasional (BN), except that now it has greater autonomy to fight for Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

In stating this, PDP Supreme Council member Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said that unlike previously, GPS was an entirely local political alliance with more significant roles to play for Sarawakians’ wellbeing and interests.

“We will play complementary roles at state and federal levels. At the federal level, we will not oppose for the sake of opposing. We will instead play more constructive roles as a PH-friendly party, just like the Warisan-led Sabah government.

“What it means is for us in GPS to provide check-and-balance views to the federal government,” said Penguang, who is also Assistant Minister of Local Government, to DayakDaily here today.

But at the state-level, Penguang stressed that GPS was still the government-of-the-day.

“But because we are PH-friendly at the federal level, we will allow our state-based PH parties to provide us with check-and-balance views.”

He advised state civil servants, community leaders and councillors not to be confused with the current PH-led federal government and GPS-led state government.

“I hope our state civil servants will continue to serve the GPS government and not get confused with the current political situation.”

Meanwhile, PDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said his party would hold its supreme council meeting on June 22 to further discuss party matters given the formation of GPS. — DayakDaily