Bersatu invites GPS to cooperate with PH

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama)-- Bersatu has welcomed the formation of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and invited the coalition to work with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

GPS was formed following the decision by four Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties - Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People\'s Party (SUPP) to leave the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Bersatu President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin in a statement today welcomed GPS' readiness to work with the PH government to safeguard national interests and the state's rights based on the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement.

"The decision (establishment of GPS) is expected to create better understanding and cooperation between the Federal Government and the state government in implementing government policies and development programmes in Sarawak.

"With the spirit of a New Malaysia, the decision of the four parties will pave the way towards the formation of a better nation in line with the expectations of all Malaysians," he said.

Earlier today, PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP announced leaving BN and forming the new coalition.

The act also witnessed the dissolution of Sarawak BN after 44 years with BN, which lost in the 14th general election on May 9 after being on power for six decades.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is also PBB President, was reported as saying that the decision was made after taking into consideration the current political situation and the interests of the people of Sarawak as a whole.

However, GPS does not intend to join PH and would remain an opposition.

In the 14th General Election, Sarawak BN won 19 of the 31 parliamentary seats contested.