Chong: Is MBKS mayor above the law?

Chong showing the political party flag that has already been put up at the Padungan roundabout before nomination day.

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KUCHING, Dec 5: Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen questioned whether Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng is above the law for allowing political party flags to be displayed in the council area even before nomination day.

Chong argued that there are already many political party flags being put up throughout the MBKS jurisdiction area as of today.

“As you all know, the MBKS mayor was announced to be the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for the Padungan constituency in the 12th Sarawak Election.

“Here we are, right in the heart of Padungan, at the Padungan roundabout, and you can see what happened. A Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) flag is here, and it’s not the only one.

“Why isn’t MBKS taking action against what the mayor has said? Is he above the law? Above the regulation of MBKS just because he is the mayor?” asked Chong during a press conference held via Facebook Live today.

On Nov 29, MBKS issued a statement saying that displaying political flags within the council jurisdiction area before the nomination day is considered illegal, and the parties concerned must obtain a permit from the council to exhibit any campaign materials as stipulated under the City of Kuching South (Election Advertisement) By-Laws 1990 and pay the campaign deposit to the State Election director.

Today, Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo also issued a press statement alleging that the MKBS mayor is practising double standards for having one set of laws for himself and another set for others. ― DayakDaily