KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is the coalition that will defend the state’s rights in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), the Federal Constitution and the Sarawak Constitution, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“We will defend Sarawak according to the constitution, by defending and ensuring justice to the multi-racial and multi-religious society in the state,” he said.
Abang Johari, who is also GPS chairman and president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), said this in his speech at the launch of GPS roadshow programme to introduce its logo and anthem at the PBB headquarters here yesterday.
“GPS will also continue developing Sarawak in this new era, where we will reinforce the values of life, virtues as well as the economic values found in this Land of the Hornbills,” he said.
In this regard, he called for all GPS component parties, namely the PBB, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the People’s Party of Sarawak (PRS) and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) to work together in defending the state.
At a press conference later, Abang Johari said that the Registrar of Societies (ROS) had approved the GPS’ constitution and logo.
Hence, he expressed his gratitude to the federal government and Minister of Home Affairs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for approving GPS’ application to become a political entity in Sarawak.
When asked to comment on the issue of tourism tax and debt with the federal government, Abang Johari called for the debate on the issue to be stopped.
He said he had already made a statement about the loan given by the federal government to the state and about the 50 per cent of tourism tax distribution to Sarawak, and that he wanted the matter to be resolved in a best way possible.– BERNAMA