GPS agrees to join Anwar’s government, says Abang Johari

Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg says he will leave it to new Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to decide the number of GPS representatives to be included in his soon-to-be-formed cabinet. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 24, 2022.

GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) has agreed to join the federal government led by the newly appointed 10th Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, in line with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s decision.

Its chairman, Abang Johari Openg, said the king, in a royal decree yesterday advised GPS to consider joining other coalitions to form a unity government at the federal level.

“We will adhere to the decision. We practise constitutional monarchy and in the (second principle of) Rukunegara, we are required to maintain loyalty to the king,” he told a press conference after chairing the GPS leadership meeting today.

Abang Johari, who is also Sarawak premier, also said he would leave it to Anwar to decide the number of GPS representatives in his soon-to-be-formed cabinet as it is his prerogative as the prime minister.

GPS’s decision to join Anwar’s unity government came after DAP apologised to the Sarawak government and its people for any statement made in the past that might have offended them.

Abang Johari said GPS accepted the apology offered by DAP with an open heart as the party was also willing to admit their mistakes and open a new chapter in their relationship.

“They want to open a new chapter but, at the same time, they must also respect our component party, SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party). The apology also proved that we (GPS) are right all along and our politics are clean politics,” he added. – Bernama, November 24, 2022.

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