Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was formed in June 2018 and comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

The Chief Minister said this when they left BN “The decision was made after much deliberation, reflection and due consideration, taking into account the country’s current political developments post-GE14.”

He further added,'”Our new coalition will enable us to focus on Sarawak interests and rights based on MA63.We are confident that this is the most pragmatic and appropriate decision to bring Sarawak into the new era desired by the people of Sarawak.”

Obviously GPS is very much an ally to the present PN Government and has 19 MP’s representing the coalition in the Federal Government.

After leaving the BN Supreme Council in June 2018 and it does seem that PN is courting GPS to join in as the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Supreme Council has agreed to propose the formation of a presidential council as a platform to discuss government policies and bolster cooperation between the parties.

Will GPS be joining if they are formally approached?

That will depend very much on the GPS hierarchy and political observers will just have their opinions on the pro and cons which direction GPS will take.

The voices from the grassroot will sway the opinions and be the main determining factor for the GPS ally.

{Extracted an article from an online portal}

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) should stay out of a presidential council proposed by the prime minister.

The council which would comprise party leaders who are part of the Perikatan Nasional (PN)-led federal government is not suitable for GPS.

Universiti Malaya (UM) political analyst Associate Professor Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi thinks this is because GPS is not an actual member of PN but more of an associate.

“If GPS joins the council, then they will ‘lose their voice’, authority and political autonomy,” he told New Sarawak Tribune when contacted on Monday (Nov 30).

He was asked to comment on the remarks by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president during the third Bersatu annual general assembly held virtually on Nov 28, said that maybe it is time to form a presidential council that is made up of party leaders in PN, Barisan Nasional (BN), GPS and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.

“Eventually the issue of seat distribution in the Sarawak Election will arise and GPS may have to agree to contest under the PN logo.

“The other thing is that GPS may have to agree to give way to Bersatu and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) to contest in Sarawak as PN allies and this will affect the GPS seats,” said Dr Awang.

He said the issue of the establishment of the presidential council is on political motives and agendas for Bersatu to control other parties and make sure that Bersatu dominates PN despite their minority seat.

“So, it is irrelevant for GPS to be involved in this presidential council, as Sarawak elected representatives have raised the issue of ‘do not want to be a Malayan slave’, and on the issue of Sarawak’s autonomy and authority,” he said.