Root out the `termites’ in GPS promptly, time is of the essence — SUPP sec-gen

Datuk Sebastian Ting

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, March 22: The case of `termites’ eating away Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is an urgent one that demands prompt action to be taken as the people on the ground are now terribly confused.

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party’s secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting said SUPP fully agreed with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s revelation in Marudi two days ago that there are people plotting to destroy the ruling four-party coalition.

“But the big question is, `Are there any termites who are members of the present GPS Cabinet? What if there are? What should be the solution? Will they do the honourable thing to tender their resignations to our Chief Minister?

“Most people are of the opinion that they are most unlikely to tender their resignations, for if they do, they will be admitting that they are the `termites’ (that Abang Johari was referring to),” said Ting in a statement today.

But he emphasised that in politics, like everything else, time was always of the essence, more so as GPS was now embarking on greater rural development with the biggest ever budget allocation this year.

“Sarawak GPS government cannot allow unnecessary disturbances and disruptions to the ongoing implementations of such projects.

“The four component parties of GPS should not and must not tolerate and allow these `termites’ to remain in the coalition, not now, not ever. It is a clear and direct message from the Chief Minister that such `termites’ are not welcomed in GPS,” he pointed out.

Ting reckoned that those who attended the function in Marudi on March 20 would most likely be able to guess or know who Abang Johari was referring to even though no names or political party was mentioned.

“Indeed, for most Sarawakians who were not at the function, they would also be able to form an opinion as to who the Chief Minister was referring to when they read the news or watch part of the video recording of the Chief Minister’s speech.

“The tone of his voice and body language would tell all. The fire and anger when the word `termites’ was mentioned, not once but a couple of times, as if to emphasise or reiterate his clear message,” said Ting.

SUPP, he added, was very encouraged and took comfort that Abang Johari had made a strong stance that loyalty to Sarawak was more important than loyalty to any individual, including himself.

“We also believe that pledging full loyalty to Sarawak is now more crucial considering that there are also more `foreign’ political parties in the state now, seeking to grab power,” highlighted Ting. — DayakDaily