GPS has to ditch racial­based pol­i­tics to win elec­tion, opines for­mer jour­nal­ist

The Borneo Post - - SOCIETY -

KUCH­ING: Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has to ditch ra­cial-based pol­i­tics and other mal­prac­tices such as rent-seek­ing to win the next state elec­tion, sug­gested a for­mer jour­nal­ist Ng Chek Yong.

He said GPS must be dif­fer­ent from Barisan Na­sional (BN) rather than in­her­it­ing the BN style with a new name.

“They should learn from the les­son of the May 9 elec­tion. Peo­ple are un­happy with the cor­rupt prac­tices of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment par­tic­u­larly the dom­i­nat­ing side of Umno.

“A state cab­i­net min­is­ter even raised this is­sue be­fore, say­ing that GPS may lose the com­ing elec­tion if it does not strike a bal­ance in terms of power and al­lo­ca­tion of seats.

“It does not take a ge­nius to fig­ure that PBB (Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu) is the Sarawak ver­sion of Umno while other GPS coali­tion par­ties are the Sarawak ver­sion of MCA and Ger­akan,” he said at a fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Sarawak Cul­ture Re­search In­sti­tute So­ci­ety at a restau­rant here yes­ter­day.

Ng said the cur­rent lead­er­ship of Sarawak gov­ern­ment should fol­low in the foot­steps of for­mer chief min­is­ter the late Pe­hin Sri Ade­nan Satem, who im­ple­mented a lot of peo­ple-cen­tric poli­cies and opened up op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

He pointed out that Sarawak ex­er­cises some state’s rights and GPS should put this to their ad­van­tage to ben­e­fit all Sarawakians.

For ex­am­ple, he said the Sarawak gov­ern­ment could have come up with more poli­cies or as­sis­tance pro­grammes to help the needy group in the state.

“As­sis­tance should be of­fered for all those who are in need in­stead of mak­ing it ra­cial-based. In Sarawak, not only are the Dayaks poor but some Chi­nese are poor too.”

Ng as­serted that GPS must tell Sarawakians what they are fight­ing for in terms of state’s rights be­fore the peo­ple make up their mind in the next elec­tion, which is due in 2021.

He said while Sarawakians could com­pare the per­for­mance of both Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) and GPS, if both coali­tions failed to meet their stan­dard, they would end up choos­ing the bet­ter one be­tween the two bad ap­ples.

He also lamented about the eco­nomic poli­cies of the na­tion, say­ing that the gov­ern­ment did not of­fer ap­proaches to en­able the peo­ple to have more cakes but step­ping in to share the ex­ist­ing cakes.

He added that such sit­u­a­tion might con­tinue for as long as the gov­ern­ment of the day did not have the po­lit­i­cal will to root out crony­ism.

Ng de­liv­ers his talk.

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