I HAVE a sense of trepidation when I read that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is vigorously pursuing a coalition with Perikatan Nasional (PN) (consisting of PAS and Bersatu), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS). This is even when they are in the minority group.
What makes me anxious is that GPS is crawling to PN just to be in the government. PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin had just disparaged the Christian community of Malaysia by falsely accusing them and the Jews of planning to Christianise the Malays if PH wins GE15.
PAS is the most dominant party now – not just in PN but on the overall with 49 MPs. It is not a secret that PAS is a religious extremist party vowing to introduce Hudud law in Malaysia when they come to power.
Being the largest single party in Malaysia now, who is GPS with a mere 22 MPs to say no to PAS when it comes to implementing laws and policies in Malaysia?
Putting PAS into power will nullify all of GPS slogan. Sarawak for Sarawakians means keeping the status quo of Sarawak as a secular state where all races live in harmony and respecting each other.
Grovelling to PAS (PN) is simply forgetting all reasons and the fight for the Malaysia Agreement (MA63)! MA63 simply means keeping Sarawak secular. So, what is the meaning of MA63 when GPS couldn’t even overcome the temptation of power and lay the red carpet for Hadi Awang to impose religious laws and policies in Malaysia, including Sarawak?
Hadi is a religious fanatic and racist. He insulted the Dayaks as people using cawat (loincloth used to cover the private parts). He then said that only a Muslim Bumiputera can rule Sarawak (Editor’s Note: Sarawak has the highest non-Muslim population in the entire Malaysia with the percentage ranging from 42% to 50%).
GPS also doesn’t understand the basic of the Westminster Parliamentary democracy and the provision of the Federal Constitution where the party with the biggest number has the right to form the government.
It is therefore wrong for GPS with other losers trying to stitch a coalition and snatch the prize from the winner. Respecting the law and the Federal Constitution is of utmost importance to people-elected representatives.
If GPS couldn’t even respect the law and the constitution to fulfil its lust for power, how can we the people trust them? Every elected official is under oath to uphold the constitution and the law of the country.
By trying to set up a government with losing parties also show that GPS has no respect for the voters wish. They forgot that when they joined the Sheraton Move gang, they said they wanted to stabilise the government.
We all know it was not stable, being the very reason why this 15th General Election (GE15) was called. Repeating the same thing – stealing the people’s mandate – will guarantee the same result: instability.
Only idiots will believe that repeating the same mistake will lead to a different result. We would expect GPS to be more honourable and sensible. A PAS-led federal government is a no go for GPS if they treasure the status and harmony in Malaysia as whole. – Nov 22, 2022
A vocal lawyer, Paul Raja is president of Dayak National Congress.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.