Sarawak Says Goodbye to Barisan Nasional and Forms a New Coalition

(source: TODAYOnline)

As reported by Astro Awani, Parti Komponen Sarawak has made the decision to leave Barisan Nasional effective immediately. The party consists of members from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PPBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP), and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP).

The decision to leave Barisan Nasional leading to the dissolution of its Sarawak-based component, is historical, as BN has been the state government for 44 years.

PBB’s president, Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg said the coalition of the Sarawak component party is setting up the Sarawak Coalition Party (GPS) and will register it at Registrar of Societies (RoS) in the near future.

He said the decision would also be informed to Barisan Nasional’s leaders, the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Senate.

“This new party will take a friendly approach to Pakatan Harapan, but will not join their coalition. However, this new party will work with the Federal Government in the interest of the country,” he said at a special media conference in Kuching.

Accordingly, the position of Pakatan Rakyat’s representative in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly remains in the opposition bloc.

Sarawak is expected to hold a State Election by 2021.