Backing Muhyiddin as PM, GPS says now’s not time for politicking

Abang Johari GPS

Abang Johari (centre) being briefed by Nanta (right) as (from left) Uggah and Masing look on prior to the press conference today. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (July 10): The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has reached a consensus to back the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“This is not the time for politicking that will undermine the stability of the country.

“This is the time for Malaysians to consolidate and unite, and bring the country out of the pandemic crisis,” the GPS chairman told a press conference at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters here today.

Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, and other cabinet ministers.

The press conference was called after a meeting there with top coalition leaders, to discuss the political situation in the country and the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was stating Sarawak’s stand on the political instability after the appointment of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Deputy Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs who also leads the Security Cluster.

GPS secretary-general Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi in a statement on Wednesday night congratulated Ismail and Hishammuddin  on their new appointments, which was announced by the Prime Minister’s Office earlier in the afternoon.

Nanta said GPS made the stand as a show of support for the Prime Minister following Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi statement on Thursday on the party’s decision to revoke its support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government with immediate effect.

At the same time, Zahid also called on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to step down from his post to allow for the appointment of a temporary prime minister who will focus on the people’s wellbeing, address the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that the vaccination process is expedited.

Among the shortcomings of the PN government, Zahid said, were its alleged failure in effectively addressing the pandemic, noting the inconsistent policies and the “half-baked” Movement Control Orders (MCO).

Zahid also pointed out that the number of deaths had increased from around 2,800 to over 5,700 within 38 days of the announcement of the total lockdown.

Besides that, he said the PN government had misused the proclamation of emergency by using it for political purposes rather than to help the people, pointing out the practice of double standards in enforcement.

Zahid added that Umno does not support any effort in naming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a candidate for prime minister, nor will it support any DAP/PH-led government.

The press conference which was streamed live in various platforms was held after a four-hour long Supreme Council meeting.