A stable Federal Government is needed

Chong Chieng Jen

Reference is made to an earlier statement by Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen on Dec 3.

The state DAP chief in his statement said the DAP and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) was able to convince Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to change its initial stand and support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

We seek to clarify that after the end of the 15th General Election (GE15), there were no clear majority from contesting parties for them to form a federal government.

This was taken into consideration by His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and with his wisdom, decreed that a unity federal government must be formed to settle the political impasse.

The GPS, being a coalition that abides by the National Principles – pledging loyalty to the King and Country, heeded this decree by His Majesty.

A stable federal government is needed and GPS is doing its part to set aside differences and work together with parties across the political divide for the betterment of the country.

We accept the olive branch extended by the DAP through its secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook, who admitted the mistakes by the party and apologised to the Sarawak government and Sarawakians, with an open heart.

The present federal government is a unity government and not a Pakatan Harapan federal government, as has been made clear in previous instances.

To say that GPS is joining the Pakatan Harapan federal government is imaginative and creative.

It is our fervent hope that with this federal government, it would stabilise the politics of the nation; accelerate economic recovery amid global uncertainties and cushion the blow to our economy while the world is heading for a recession.

We also hope with a strong representation by Sarawak in the federal government, it too will facilitate the return of more rights to Sarawak as enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report 1962.