Soon Koh keeps lips sealed over whether UPP is joining GPS

Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh

KUCHING, Sept 19: United People’s Party (UPP) president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh remains mum on whether his party has officially applied to join Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“GPS is not properly registered (yet). (So)…they are in no position to invite us. So wait and see. Please don’t talk about politics yet, okay,” Wong, who is also Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce, told members of the media during a high tea organised by his ministry at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here today.

As GPS is still awaiting for the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) official confirmation, UPP which has five assemblymen is seen not to be in a hurry to join the four former Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak component parties which make up GPS, comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Besatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

GPS was formed on June 12 when these four parties left BN, following BN’s dismal performance in the 14th general election.

According to both GPS protem chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, and the GPS protem secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, GPS’ registration with ROS is expected to be approved soon. The state-based four-party coalition applied for registration with RoS sometime in early July. — DayakDaily