Call to ban alcohol: Chong expects more to come from Umno-Pas agenda

Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING, May 28: DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen believes that GPS is powerless to stop Umno and Pas from implementing their agenda throughout Malaysia including in Sarawak.

He opined that there will be more policies imposed by these West Malaysian parties in particular Pas, onto the other component parties of Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the future, following Pas’ recent call to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks to curb drunk driving.

As a result, Chong believes that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which is allied with PN will need to follow and give in to demands from United Malays National Organisation (Umno) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (Pas) leaders.

“The (recent) call to ban the sale of alcoholic drinks (by Pas) is only a sign of things to come.

“With Umno and Pas dictating the agenda of the federal government, there is bound to be more and more policies imposing the ideologies of Pas onto the others and Sarawak will not be spared.

“GPS in the federal government with Pas and Umno despite having ministers in the federal cabinet is powerless to stop the Umno-Pas agenda.

“For the sake of their ministerial positions, GPS can and will only go along the Umno-Pas agenda in the (federal) cabinet,” he claimed in a statement.

He asserted that without the support of GPS, Umno and PAS would not be able to form the federal government, and thus, whatever GPS claims to be, whether it is the PN coalition or otherwise, it is part of the federal cabinet and a component party in the federal government.

He believed Sarawakians are not so foolish as to believe that just because GPS is not in a formal coalition with Umno and Pas, GPS is free from the blame for the decisions made by the Umno-Pas-led cabinet. — DayakDaily