MARUDI: Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil has explained to his constituents why the four former state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties left the coalition and formed a new pact called Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
He said the four parties – PBB, PRS, SUPP and PDP – would remain as the state government in Sarawak but would be in the opposition at the federal level.
The Marudi assemblyman informed the people attending a Gawai celebration at Rumah Sayun Galan, Sg Arang, Lower Bakong recently that the four parties had to disassociate themselves from BN in order to remain relevant to the current political landscape and to ensure more development for the state.
He called on them to support GPS to be their voice in asking for more development from the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led federal government and rubbished talks that GPS is the same as BN.
“Some people said GPS is like ‘old wine in a new bottle’ but it is fully ‘anak’ Sarawak and is free to make requests without the interference of BN,” he said.
At the function, Penguang presented MRP grants of RM25,000 to the village security and development committee of Rumah Sayun Galan, RM5,000 to Women’s Bureau of Rumah Sayun and RM10,000 to the Women’s Association of Rumah Pong.
Among those who accompanied him were his wife Datin Monica Ukong, political secretary to the chief minister Alexander Asing Sadai, Marudi District Council chairman Edward Mendai, Penghulu Nyadang Rengkang, Pemanca Engah Nuga and Penghulu Benang Pilang.