GPS launches manifesto ‘Ensuring Sarawak’s Stability, Progress and Prosperity’ for GE15
KUCHING,. Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) tonight launched its manifesto for the 15th General Election (GE15) with the theme ‘Ensuring Sarawak’s Stability, Progress and Prosperity’.
The Sarawak Premier, who is also the GPS chairman, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, launched a document to serve as the direction of GPS in GE15, based on five main pillars.
The first pillar is stable and resilient politics, socio-economy and finances, led by farsighted leaders that prioritise Sarawak’s future, while emphasising the development of urban and rural infrastructure and facilities for people’s well-being as the second pillar.
This manifesto also places economic transformation and diversified revenue generation to drive Sarawak’s development as the third pillar, with human capital training and upholding social justice, as well as religious beliefs as the fourth pillar.
Efficient government administration with high integrity as a catalyst of development in Sarawak is the fifth pillar of this manifesto, which also outlines 25 thrusts and 215 commitments towards developed status by 2030.
In his speech, Abang Johari said the GPS manifesto for GE15 is comprehensive and inclusive, by focusing on the interests of the people and prioritising the future of the country.
“When we promise, we (will keep) the promise. We in GPS describe this manifesto as our commitment to the people, even though some say it is not a ‘Bible’ (holy book). The GPS manifesto is not an empty promise, unlike the manifesto made by Pakatan Harapan (in GE14),” he said.
According to him, despite facing various uncertainties during the past five years, including almost two years of being sidelined by the Pakatan Harapan government, GPS is still able to lead Sarawak so that the state can now generate more than RM10 billion in revenue.
GPS consists of four local parties in Sarawak, namely, Parti Pesaka Bersatu Bumiputera (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
GE15 also marks the first time for the coalition to contest the parliamentary election since it was established in June 2018, after PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP made a unanimous decision to quit Barisan Nasional (BN).
In a press conference after the launch, Abang Johari said that GPS needs a stable federal government, even though the coalition has proven that it is capable of moving independently, especially in the face of an uncertain economic situation in 2023 and 2024.
He said with the formation of such a government, effective policies can be created to deal with the possible economic recession which is expected to occur in the next two years.
“For the past four years, we (GPS) have succeeded in strengthening our financial position, and we are implementing the projects that have been planned.
“What we want now is to collaborate with the federal government. We need to focus on development for the people,” he said.