Tuesday, August 16, 2022

GPS will win

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will win in the next state election in 2021 or earlier.

A political analyst, Datuk Peter Minos, is confident of this, and it is not just because he is pro-GPS. He is an analyst, after all, and has his political antenna up all the time.

When he said GPS will win, he was echoing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Uggah Embas who predicted the same thing recently.

Minos’ confidence is based on a number of factors including the fact that more and more Sarawakians are supporting the coalition due to their frustration with the federal government.

Minos said he had observed that more and more Sarawakians say that they prefer Sarawak-based political parties to Malaya-based ones.

“They say that Sarawak leaders know and understand their needs and wants, fears and concerns, customs and traditions, fate and future and so on. Besides that, many Sarawakians are unhappy with how Sarawak has been treated by the federal government,” he said.

He added that Sarawakians are also asking why the federal government cut funds for Sarawak projects that were already approved.

“They have been asking why not reinstate Sarawak’s powers under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963)? Why no news from Petronas concerning Sarawak’s requests for 20 percent oil royalty? The federal government is in charge of education, so why not repair many dilapidated schools in Sarawak? Why delay the repair when Sarawak had already paid RM350 million (as demanded) to the federal government? … and so on and so forth,” said Minos.

He went on to claim that Sarawakians are also asking what has happened to PH’s election promises on prices going down after GST has been abolished. Doesn’t PH know that rising cost of living has badly hit Malaysians especially the low income group? “What about promises that Sarawak would receive more funds from Petronas and retain some of its taxes? Many say that if promises are not kept, how to trust PH anymore?” he said.

“Worse are threats by PH leaders that they would topple GPS in the coming state election and take over Sarawak. So Sarawakians are asking why take over Sarawak when Sarawakians do not attempt to take over Selangor or Johor or any other state in Malaya?”

Minos pointed out that Sarawakians have long accepted Malaysia as their beloved nation, but they are puzzled and unhappy with how they have been treated by the federal government.

“There is nothing really wrong with Malaysia, only that the federal government leaders have not been treating Sarawak right,” he said.

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