KUCHING, Jun 21 – Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg denied that he ever had any meeting with former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to discuss the formation of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Information chief Datuk Idris Bujang said the chief minister, who is also PBB president, denied such a meeting between him and Zahid ever took place.
“There was no such meeting and discussion taking place. Our party president had clearly announced that the decision to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) and formed GPS was a mutual deliberate act done purely upon one reason, that is to effectively fight for Sarawak´s rights, ” said Idris in a statement.
The statement by Idris was in response to a video footage which purportedly depicts Zahid giving a speech to an unidentified audience about his meeting and discussion with Abang Johari on why four local parties, namely PBB, Sarawak United People´s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) left BN to form GPS.
Idris said GPS would move on as a united front and, therefore, would be free from any outside interference, whether from former allies or foes, in any of its affairs and decisions. — Bernama