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Coalition launches logo which symbolises its vision, mission to protect Sarawak’s rights

Voon Cherng Jyh poses with the GPS logo which he created.

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) logo was unveiled by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the PBB headquarters, Jalan Bako yesterday.

According to Abang Johari, the focal point of the GPS logo depicts the Kenyalang (hornbill) in the shape of an ‘S’ which reflects the vision and slogan of the party of putting ‘Sarawak First’.

“Today (yesterday) is historic day for Sarawak politics, because we have formed a coalition party based on ‘anak-anak’ Sarawak to lead and give direction for the interests of Sarawakians in Malaysia,” he said after the unveiling of the logo.

The Kenyalang, he said, is a protected species – similar to Sarawak which should be continuously protected by all GPS members.

He said the red colour on the logo reflects the supremacy of both the Federal and State constitutions while the white colour represents the fairness of the Rule of Law and the black colour symbolises the pillar of the coalition to uphold its objective.

“These three colours mean that GPS is a coalition that will defend Sarawak’s rights in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Malaysia and Sarawak constitutions,” he added.

In line with the spirit of democracy, he said GPS will continue to bring fairness and justice to all races and religions in Sarawak and ensure that Sarawak will be able to develop and bring added value to the lives and economy of the state.

“For the GPS members, let us all walk together to defend Sarawak,” said Abang
Johari to the four founding parties of GPS – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

On another note, he thanked Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the federal government for giving GPS the green light to become a political entity in Sarawak.

Abang Johari (fifth left) together with (from left) Nanta, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang, PDP president Dato Sri Tiong King Sing, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Sim Kui Hian who is also SUPP president, and Uggah giving the thumbs-up after the launch of the GPS logo at the PBB headquarters yesterday. — Photo by Chimon Upon

Earlier, Abang Johari chaired a meeting with the GPS Supreme Leadership Council (SLC) made up of the president, deputy president and secretary general of the four component parties at the PBB headquarters.

GPS was formed as a new state pact after the four parties decided to pull out of Barisan Nasional on July 12, 2018.

GPS was approved by the Registrar of Societies on Nov 22, 2018 and will be officially launched in Sarawak on Jan 19 at the State Indoor Stadium.

Also present at the event were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, GPS/PBB secretary general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, various state cabinet ministers and members of the four component parties.

Meanwhile, Voon Cherng Jyh, 20, received the RM10,000 prize money as the designer of the logo.

“When I designed the logo, the first thing that came to my mind was the hornbill which symbolises Sarawak,” said Voon, who is a Software Engineering student at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) in Kuala Lumpur.

He said the hornbill is the pride of Sarawak and it took him one day to come up with the design and concept of the winning logo.

Abang Johari (left) gestures at the GPS logo after the unveiling ceremony held at the PBB headquarters yesterday. — Bernama photo