Chong: DAP convinced GPS to back Anwar to protect secularism, religious freedom in Malaysia

Chong Chieng Jen

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KUCHING, Dec 3: Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) initiatives have prevented Parti Peribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) from becoming the Federal government, saving secularism and protected freedom of religion in the country.

DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen said that they were able to do so by having successfully convinced the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to change from its initial support for Bersatu’s chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Though the GPS may have ministerial positions from Sarawak, they are now subject to Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) fundamental principles of transparency, accountability and good governance.

“With the installation of this unity government led by PH, we are confident that gone are the old days of opaque governance fraught with corruption and abuses,” he said in a statement today.

Chong disclosed they were also informed that there was some quarter who had insisted the exclusion of any MP of DAP Sarawak from the cabinet of ministers in exchange for their support for Anwar as the Prime Minister.

He said they understand that in the general national interest of stability and stronger support, the Prime Minister acceded to such demand.

He added DAP’s struggle is not for ministerial positions but to see that its ideals are implemented as policies for the betterment of the people and the country.

Chong, who is also Stampin MP, said DAP will continue to play its role to ensure the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance are carried out in the new government.

Thus, he calls upon the party’s members and supporters not to be disappointed with the non-appointment of any of the MPs from DAP Sarawak in the cabinet.

“While there are some quarters who wish for DAP Sarawak to be weakened and wiped out, we should work even harder to make sure that not only we will not be weakened but we will continue to grow stronger.

“We must persist in our ideals and continue in our struggle to make this country a better country for our children and the generations to come, a country that all Malaysians can be proud of,” he added. – DayakDaily