Get your facts right, SUPP and po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary told

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KUCHING: Sarawak United Peo­ples' Party (SUPP) and a po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to chief min­is­ter Michael Tiang should get their facts right be­fore al­leg­ing that the newly minted Demo­cratic Ac­tion Party (DAP) Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (CEC) only has three per cent worth of sig­nif­i­cance in the party in as far as Sarawak is con­cerned.

Ban­dar Kuching MP special as­sis­tant Dr Kelvin Yii said it's im­por­tant that Tiang does his home­work prop­erly. There are two Sarawak rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the CEC - Chong Chieng Jen as vice-pres­i­dent and Dr John Brian An­thony a com­mit­tee mem­ber.

“This equals to seven per cent of the whole com­mit­tee, and if you add in the mem­bers of Sabah, we com­prise close to 14 per cent of the whole com­mit­tee,” Dr Yii said in a press state­ment re­ceived here yes­ter­day.

Tiang, in a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day, said that state DAP chair­man Chong Chieng Jen is the only Sarawakian in CEC lineup.

Dr Yii said while it's im­por­tant to have the num­bers in a party or com­mit­tee, what is even more im­por­tant are the poli­cies and struc­tures; whether they up­hold the in­ter­est of the peo­ple and the in­ter­est of the state.

“There is no point if a party claims to be all Sarawakians but has no voice to up­hold the in­ter­est of the peo­ple and worst still, are the ones that sold off the rights and in­ter­est of the peo­ple in the first place.”

He said what's more im­por­tant is not the rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but the pol­icy of the party it­self.

“DAP is aparty that cham­pi­ons the re­turn of the 20 per cent oil roy­alty as well as 50 per cent of all taxes col­lected in Sarawak, which are in­cluded in the Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) man­i­festo.

“The peo­ple of Sarawak do not need to beg for al­lo­ca­tions from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment be­cause when PH form the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, we have promised to give such fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy to the state as well as au­ton­omy in ed­u­ca­tion and health­care.”

In not­ing that DAP and PH cham­pion the in­ter­ests of all Malaysians with­out for­sak­ing the in­ter­est of Sabah and Sarawak, Dr Yii said that in their man­i­festo, they also promised al­lo­ca­tions for de­vel­op­ment to Sabah and Sarawak amount­ing to RM75 bil­lion to catch up with the de­vel­op­ment in Penin­su­lar Malaysia.

“What is most im­por­tant for a po­lit­i­cal party is its pol­icy and track record of fight­ing for the rights and in­ter­ests of the peo­ple. DAP and PH's track record of fight­ing against cor­rup­tion, wastage, and bad gover­nance is good and in the in­ter­est of Sarawak. DAP's track record of fight­ing against taxes like Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) again is ben­e­fi­cial to Sarawak,” he said.

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