SERIAN, Sept 23 — Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today reiterated Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister, denying speculation of the pact switching its support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Abang Johari said there is no change in GPS’s stance, and questioned the PKR president’s calculation of MPs whom he claimed supported him to form a government.
“As I have said in my Malaysia Day’s address on September 16 in Sibu, GPS is behind Muhyiddin as the prime minister,” he told reporters after attending a meet-the-people session at SJK Chung Hua multipurpose hall here.
“I don’t know how Anwar calculated the numbers of MPs supporting him,” he added, saying he does not know whether Anwar had included the 18 MPs from GPS as his supporters.
Earlier today, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing also dismissed rumours GPS was now supporting Anwar.
Similarly, the claim was also rubbished by Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah.
In a hurriedly called press conference at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Anwar claimed to have majority support of MPs to form a government, and announced that he would be holding an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong soon.
However, when asked to list down the exact number of MPs supporting him, Anwar refused to do so pending the audience with the Agong.
Abang Johari told reporters to ask Anwar how the latter counted how many MPs supported him but stressed that GPS lawmakers would not back the federal Opposition leader.
Separately, GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi rejected any links between the Sarawak coalition and Anwar’s PKR.
“GPS is still firm in giving undivided support to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister.
“GPS, consisting of PBB, PRS, SUPP and PDP as component parties, is holding firmly to the principle that there is a need for the federal government to be stable for the good of the people and national economy.
“Moreover, the country is still facing the Covic-19 pandemic and there is a need for us to fully focus our attention in the recovery efforts of the national economy,” Nanta said.
He told Anwar to stop with the “immature” politics and personal ambitions.
“As a veteran politician with vast experience, he should stop any attempt to create instability in the country which can give a negative impact on the people and economy,” said Nanta, who is also the federal minister of domestic trade and consumer affairs.
He said the interests of the people and country should be the priority as Malaysia was still dealing with the world-stopping Covid-19 pandemic.
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