KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition has set three conditions for their endorsement of a candidate for the prime minister’s post.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said GPS MPS are slated to meet in Kuala Lumpur today (March 1) to decide the party’s stand on whom to support for prime minister.
GPS has 18 MPs comprising 13 from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), PRS (2), Progressive Democratic Party (2) and one from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
“Firstly, it must be for the national interest. Whoever will be the next prime minister must listen to inputs from all parties across Malaysia and as of the moment, there is a problem as they are not listening to the people on the ground.
“As a result, it has caused an unstable economy which is detrimental to the nation’s growth. They must listen to us and our input rather than just deciding among themselves and the people around the prime minister,” Masing said on Awani TV Friday night.
Masing said the second condition is GPS was not willing to work with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) due the latter’s ‘administrative arrogance’.
“One example is when then Finance Minister Lim Guang Eng came to Sarawak, he announced the state would be bankrupt within three years. That is irresponsible of him as whatever he said as the finance minister would have a bad impact on the state’s economy.
They don’t listen to others and they only do what serves them best, hence to us in Sarawak, we are not happy to be put together with DAP,” he said.
He also stressed that Sarawak’s interest must be taken into account by the new premier, which GPS sets as the third and last condition, adding that Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) must be included in the Federal Constitution.
Asked on whether the coalition would demand a Cabinet position in return for their support, Masing said it would be discussed in today’s meeting.