Get your facts right, DAP man tells SUPP, CM’s po­lit­i­cal-sec­re­tary

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KUCH­ING: Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party (SUPP) and 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) has only three per cent worth of sig­nif­i­cance in the party as far as Sarawak is con­cerned.

Ban­dar Kuch­ing MP spe­cial as­sis­tant Dr Kelvin Yii stressed that it is vi­tal for Tiang to do his home­work prop­erly, adding fur­ther that there are two Sarawak rep­re­sen­ta­tives in DAP CEC – Ban­dar Kuch­ing MP and DAP Sarawak chair­man Chong Chieng Jen as its vice-pres­i­dent, and Dr John Brian An­thony as a com­mit­tee mem­ber.

“This equals to seven per cent of the whole com­mit­tee – if you add in mem­bers from Sabah, we com­prise close to 14 per cent of the whole com­mit­tee,” Dr Yii said in a press state­ment re­leased here yes­ter­day. Tiang, in a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day, said Chong was the only Sarawakian in the CEC line-up.

Dr Yii said while it is vi­tal to have the num­bers in any party or com­mit­tee, 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- Sarawakian but has no voice to up­hold the in­ter­est of the peo­ple. Worse still, they are the ones that sold off the rights and in­ter­est of the peo­ple in the first place.” He said what is more im­por­tant is not the rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but the pol­icy of the party it­self.

“DAP is a party 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 should 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 are cham­pi­oning the in­ter­ests of all Malaysians with­out for­sak­ing the in­ter­est of Sabah and Sarawak, Dr Yii said 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 (made) in the in­ter­est of Sarawak. DAP’s track record of fight­ing against taxes like Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST), again, is ben­e­fi­cial to Sarawak.

“What is the point if SUPP and other lo­cal-based po­lit­i­cal par­ties are pow­er­less and sub­servient to the wishes of Umno-Barisan Na­sional (BN). Umno-BN could have eas­ily re­turned our rights if they wanted to, as they have the power and num­bers in Par­lia­ment; yet they have cho­sen not to and made us to ‘beg’ and even passed three mo­tions in the State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly (DUN) in the past three years just to ‘fur­ther ne­go­ti­ate’ again with the fed­eral BN gov­ern­ment.

“So, the choice is sim­ple — if we do not want to con­tinue beg­ging, choose PH that has al­ready promised to ac­knowl­edge Malaysian Agree­ment 1963 and the re­turn of 20-per cent oil roy­alty and 50 per cent of taxes col­lected in Sarawak, once we come into power at fed­eral level.

“There is say­ing – it doesn’t mat­ter what colour the cat is as long as it can catch mice. In the case of SUPP, they are in­stead al­low­ing and sup­port­ing the ‘mouse to con­tinue eat­ing’ from our riches and re­sources in the state.”

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