By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 26: Assistant Minister for Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol has cautioned Sarawakians against Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH), which he described as “agent provocateur” acting on behalf of their political masters in the peninsula.
Abdullah also questioned the sincerity of both Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen and Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Betong Division chief Vernon Kedit in protecting Sarawak’ rights.
“Both Chong and Vernon are basically trying very hard in wanting Sarawakians to believe that Sarawak should be part of the PH federal government.
“They said Sarawak will continue to be neglected if not being part of the PH federal government. Do they sound like they are serious and sincere about protecting Sarawak’s rights and interest?
“We, in Sarawak, exited BN (Barisan Nasional), and all this while was able to protect Sarawak from Umno’s entry, but ironically both Chong and Vernon now want Sarawakians to choose another West Malaysian-controlled (entity) PH to govern us.
“All Sarawakians should be cautioned that PH Sarawak led by Chong is now officially ‘agent provocateur’, acting on behalf of their PH masters in West Malaysia with the task to take over administrative control of Sarawak,” said Abdullah in a press statement today.
Abdullah made these remarks in response to Chong’s statement yesterday that GPS would lose in the state polls that is due in 2021. He was also responding to Vernon’s statement that it was now irrelevant for GPS to claim that only local-based parties could deliver inclusive development.
Abdullah again raised the pledges made by Sarawak PH before the May 9 general election to illustrate a point.
“Nevermind if they can’t fulfil that (pledges) in 100 days or one year as promised, Sarawakians can wait and give them more time. But in all fairness and probability, do Sarawakians think they will eventually fulfil their guarantees and promises?” he asked.
Abdullah added that on March 11 this year, Chong had announced and promised to move a motion in Parliament to initiate an amendment to the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974.
“Now that he is a member of the PH federal govt, did he chicken out on his promise? Sarawakians should be sceptical and be reminded that the PH government had decided that Sarawak’s entitlement to oil and gas royalties should be derived from ‘profit’,” said Abdullah.
He said such a decision was unacceptable and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government rejected such an unfair notion, but PH elected representatives, including Chong, were numb about it.
Abdullah, who is Semop assemblyman, also pointed out that Chong (who is Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs) and Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (who is Works Minister) had admitted that they were not consulted when the federal budget 2019 were drafted.
“That shows how much respect PH federal leaders have for Sarawak’s welfare,” said Abdullah. — DayakDaily