SIBU: Sibu MP Oscar Ling has criticised Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) for accepting the offer to form a new federal government with Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Ling said the purpose of GPS accepting the invitation by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to form a new government for the stability of the nation and to safeguard Sarawak was unreasonable.
“It is unreasonable because even when Pakatan Harapan was the federal government, the PH government continued the effort to restore Sarawak’s rights as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said in a press statement today.
Ling was responding to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s recent announcement that GPS will be joining the federal government in a coalition called PN Plus GPS.
He said PH government’s effort to restore Sarawak’s rights could be proven when PH government established the MA63 Steering Committee, which was chaired by the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad and was attended by 23 committee members which consist of federal ministers, Abang Johari himself, and chief minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“PH government also agreed to amend the federal constitution and to reinstate the position of Sabah and Sarawak to the pre-1976 amendment,” he said.
He said that effort failed because GPS did not support the amendment.
Ling claimed that by accepting the offer to form new federal Cabinet with PN, Sarawak would once again be governed by Barisan Nasional (BN).