Sarawak rights, MA63 take centre stage at GPS inaugural convention

Abang Johari (fourth right) together with other GPS leaders waving GPS flags to mark the launching of GPS Zone 2 at Kampung Semeba, Kuching, on Aug 4. 2019.

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 14: Some 5,000 delegates representing four component parties under the state ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government will converge at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) this Saturday for its inaugural convention.

Among the issues that would be discussed and deliberated during the one-day convention included project implementation, land matters and Sarawak rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

There will be three panels to discuss on these crucial issues, which are a concerned to Sarawakians, said the organising committee spokesperson.

This would be the first GPS convention since the coalition was formed following the defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election on May 9, last year.

GPS is made up of four Sarawak-based parties; Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), which were part of the previous BN regime.

“This convention is held as a culmination to all our outreach programmes since GPS was formed last year. So, it’s going to be a high-powered convention for all the delegates from our four component parties,” the spokesperson told DayakDaily here today.

The highlight of the convention is the keynote address by GPS chairman and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, which would “set the tone of the convention”, he said.

“Additionally, presidents of the other three component parties of PRS, SUPP and PDP will also be given the chance to address the convention,” he continued.

The spokesperson said the convention was meant for GPS delegates and that leaders of other political parties are not invited.

Outstation delegates are expected to arrive in the city tomorrow. — DayakDaily