Thursday, June 8

GPS had freedom to decide but chose to put Umno, PAS in power — Chong


Chong Chieng Jen – File photo

KUCHING: The decision by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister does not absolve Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) from having made the wrong decision which allowed Umno and PAS to form the new federal government, said Chong Chieng Jen.

The Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chairman said GPS was free to decide against supporting the two parties during last week’s political turmoil, but instead made the decision which was against the wishes of the majority of Sarawakians.

“GPS had the liberty to make a stand but sad to say it made the stand to support Umno and PAS in the federal government.

“I believe that is not the wish of Sarawakians at large, not the wish of the majority of Sarawakians when they cast their votes in the last general election,” Chong told the media at the Kuching Court Complex yesterday.

“The statement about the King calling them up (to decide on the prime minister post) does not exonerate their decision which I feel is a wrong decision – to support Umno and PAS – as we do not want our country to be run by Umno and PAS. GPS has clearly gone against the wishes of Sarawak,” he added.

To a question, Chong, who is Stampin MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said it mattered little whether or not MPs from GPS are going to picked to be part of Muhyiddin’s cabinet, as the people will remember GPS as being responsible for putting Umno and PAS in power.

“History will record this. It is a sad incident, a sad episode of the history of Sarawak.”

On whether Pakatan Harapan planned to move a vote of no-confidence against Muhyiddin when Parliament resumes in May, Chong said the matter “will be dealt with later”.