KUCHING, Nov 20 — Gabungan Parti Sarawak ( GPS) has agreed to form a coalition federal government with Perikatan Nasional (PN), Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) in the interest of the country's political stability, its chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg announced today.
He said GPS has also agreed to support Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to be the 10th prime minister.
"In the interest of ensuring the wellbeing of the people and our national economy is maintained, a stable and strong federal government is needed to be formed immediately, " Abang Johari told reporters during a press conference this evening.
The state premier said the formation of a coalition federal government is established based on the nobility of the Federal Constitution, the Sarawak State Constitution, the sovereignty of the laws as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report.
He said GPS's participation in the coalition government is to ensure the freedom of religions and the practices of the customs and cultures of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, MA63 and IGC Report, are maintained.
Abang Johari said it is also to fight for autonomy in education and health and other matters in which Sarawak has interests.
“These are our conditions,” he said.
He noted that no political party or coalition has the majority number of parliamentary seats to form the federal government after the conclusion of the 15th general election yesterday.
He said that the country and the world are presently facing an economic crisis and this situation is expected to be more challenging next year.
Asked on who will be the next prime minister, Abang Johari said it will be decided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong based on the majority support of the Members of Parliament.
“In our case, our choice is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said.
He said there is no formal signing of any agreement by PN, BN, GRS and GPS to form the federal government.
Asked if Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had wanted to see him, he replied: "Everybody wanted to see me. Honestly. And he was one of them.”
He said Anwar did not see him this morning.
“It is true that he sent me messages and so on....you know when we are beautiful,” he said in jest.
Abang Johari said there were no other representatives from BN or GRS when he met with Muhyiddin this morning.
“I only came to talk about GPS matters with him only,” he said.
He said any federal ministerial posts for GPS will come later, saying that he is more concerned with the interest of the people.
“For GPS our main priority is the state and people,” he said.