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