Abang Jo: ‘GPS Sibu can be platform to wrests seats from opposition’

Posted on : 08 Feb 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (second left) being greeted by staunch GPS members and supporters upon arrival at Sibu Civic Centre. Also seen (from left) are Dr Annuar, Uggah and Abdul Karim Rahman.

SIBU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is hoping that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 9 can be a platform to wrest all the seats in Sibu.

He observed that in the past, Sibu has been a ‘problem’ as candidates fielded lost in elections.

“Now, we give candidates, who can win in Sibu because we have an agenda for Sibu.

“We want to expand Sibu, including Kampung Datu, Kemuyang and the Nangka new township (Mile 11 Oya Road),” he said when launching GPS Sibu (Zone 9) at the Civic Centre here today, which was attended by some 2,500 members of component parties of GPS.

For the record, only one of the five state seats here – Nangka is under GPS (PBB), of which Dr Annuar Rapaee is the assemblyman – while the other seats, namely Bukit Assek and Pelawan are under Pakatan Harapan (DAP), while Bawang Assan and Dudong  are under PSB.

Abang Johari, who is GPS chairman added that GPS had a “master plan” for Sibu  but they required the mandate to implement said master plan for Sibu.

Taking Bukit Assek area as example, he said: “We want to enter (to help) but others (DAP) look after it. If we win (back) Bukit Assek (seat), we will develop it.”

GPS Sibu (Zone 9) is comprised of Bawang Assan, Nangka, Bukit Assek, Pelawan and Dudong.

Among those present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Public Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Assistant Minister for Education, Science and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee, Progressive Democratic Party President Dato Sri Tiong King Sing and SUPP deputy president II Datuk Chieng Buong Toon.