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Sarawak parties leave BN; forms GPS

13th June, 2018

KUCHING: Barisan Nasional became history in Sarawak yesterday after its component parties departed en bloc to form a new coalition called Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

The move confirmed speculation since BN’s electoral defeat last May 9. BN’s backbone is Umno, and Sarawak had an unspoken ‘keep Umno out’ policy.

The BN component parties were namely Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is PBB president, emphasised that the decision was made after much deliberation, reflection and due consideration, taking into account the country’s current political developments post-14th General Election (GE14).

“GPS will cooperate and collaborate with the Federal government for national interest and state rights and interests based on Federal Constitution and the Federation of Malaysia,” he said after chairing the final BN Supreme Council meeting yesterday at PBB headquarters in Jalan Bako here.

“We believe that it is timely and appropriate for the state of Sarawak to embark on a new political platform, going forward, in order to face challenges, in line with the changing aspirations, needs and demands of a very wide range of cross-section of Sarawak populace. Sarawak is uniquely a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religion state,” he added.

When asked whether United People’s Party (UPP) would be invited to join the new coalition, Abang Johari said: “Wait for GPS to finalise everything first. We will decide later.”

All BN component parties presidents, deputies and secretary-generals were present.

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