CM: GPS to join Federal Cabinet line-up as Perikatan Nasional Plus GPS

Posted on : 07 Mar 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari addresses the press conference after chairing the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu supreme council meeting. Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will be joining the federal government in a coalition called Perikatan Nasional (PN) Plus GPS, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had extended an “invitation” to GPS two days ago to join the federal government, on the condition that it be based on the PN Plus GPS formula, to which Abang Johari said Muhyiddin has agreed to.

“It is up to the prerogative of the prime minister to decide which Cabinet posts for Sarawak to have,” he said when asked about this and the names of any potential candidates among the Sarawak MPs.

Abang Johari made the announcement after chairing the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu supreme council meeting this afternoon.

Abang Johari said he estimated that the prime minister might finalise the cabinet lineup within two to four days.

He explained that GPS will be a separate entity from PN in the federal government based on the PN Plus GPS formula, meaning it will not be involved in any PN component party affairs.

“So GPS will be a separate entity from PN, meaning the federal government will consist of PN and Plus GPS,” he said.

Abang Johari also pointed out that by being in the federal government, MPs from Sarawak would be able to voice the aspirations of Sarawakians in the federal government in terms of policy making that is related to the interests of the state.

On top of that, he said Sarawak reps in the cabinet would be able to pursue Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as well as to negotiate with Petronas so that it will abide by state laws, including payment of the State Sales Tax on petroleum products.

“The important thing is, our role in the federal cabinet is based on the PN Plus GPS Government formula,” said Abang Johari.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said a portfolio of interest to Sarawak would be the ones involving agricultural and infrastructure development.

“I don’t know. It is the prerogative of the prime minister. Maybe something in agro or infrastructure development?” he said.