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Talks held on GPS seat allocation for Sarawak polls, says Abang Johari

But he says it is still too early to announce the coalition's candidates.

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Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has already discussed the allocation of seats among its component parties for the upcoming Sarawak state election, GPS chairman Abang Johari Openg said today.

However, he said it was still too early to announce the coalition’s list of candidates and that he would reveal this in due course.

“Just wait… the state assembly has just dissolved. Don’t rush,” he told a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching today.

On Oct 24, GPS secretary-general Alexander Nanta Linggi said GPS would contest all 82 seats in the next state election.

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

On Wednesday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah consented to the revocation of the proclamation of emergency for Sarawak, which was promulgated on Aug 2 this year.

The revocation of the emergency proclamation paved the way for the 12th Sarawak state election, as the state government’s five-year tenure had ended on June 6 this year.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the current GPS government is assuming the role of a caretaker government until the next administration comes in.

“Yes, it is a normal transition when you dissolve the state assembly, the ruling government becomes the caretaker government.

“At the moment we cannot make major decisions. Even during the emergency, we could not make any major decisions, we just ran the state as it is,” he added.

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