Dr Abdul Rahman (centre), Dr Hazlan (fouth right) and other members of the organising committee at the press conference.

KUCHING: Some 1,700 party members are expected to attend the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 1 Kuching seminar scheduled to be held at Penview Convention Centre Demak, Jalan Bako near here tomorrow.

Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the seminar will involve GPS members from six state constituencies, namely Tanjung Datu, Pantai Damai, Demak Laut, Tupong, Semariang and Satok.

He said the seminar would be divided into two parts – the seminar proper and Town Hall session with the Chief Minister and GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the organising chairman of the seminar, said the first part would see two important topics to be deliberated – Sarawak History & Political Evolution and GPS Political Strategies.

He said the Sarawak History & Political Evolution would involve three panellists, namely Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Batang Sadong Member of Parliament Dato Sri Nancy Shukri and academician Dr Sufian Mansor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

The panellists for a discussion on GPS Political Strategies are Petra Jaya Member of Parliament Dato Sri Fadilah Yusuf and Prof. Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi from University Malaya.

“Two hours will be allocated for a Town Hall session with the Chief Minister, who will talk about the state administration and other important issues.

“Myself will be the moderator for the Town Hall session," he told a press conference here yesterday.

Dr Abdul Rahman said GPS members from other component parties, aside from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), like Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), would also be invited to join in the seminar.

He said the main objectives of the seminar, among others, are to explain to the party members of GPS on the rational PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP decided to leave Barisan Nasional; explain to party members at grassroots levels on the purposes and essence of setting up a new coalition with a slogan SARAWAK FIRST and why the people of Sarawak must support GPS.

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazlan Abang Hipni was also present at the press conference.

Source: Borneo Post