By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Dec 17: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen will be looking for ‘Little Napoleons’ in the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC) whom he believed was sabotaging his Peaceful Assembly case.
At a press conference that Chong, who is also Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief, called at the Court House here today, Chong said all Peaceful Assembly-related cases that were brought up to the courts in the country had been struck out, except his.
He said he was shocked as he had written to the AGC, but his applications were rejected. The rationale given to him was that the case would proceed on the grounds that the case was brought to court based on police reports, and if the case was not pursued, it would bring embarrassment to the police.
“It just happened that we had the opportunity to meet (Attorney-General) Tommy Thomas personally sometime this month.
“To my surprise, he said he had no knowledge (of it). Totally no knowledge of this case going on. I think this is unacceptable. Not only unacceptable, but I also suspect that there are some ‘Little Napoleans’ in the AGC sabotaging the PH government.
“The letter is supposed to reach the AG, but along the way, some officers had taken it upon themselves to make decisions, which is against the general policy of the PH government,” claimed Chong.
He said the general policy of the PH government was to allow peaceful assembly.
“I think this is a very serious matter. This only goes to show that despite the change of government, there are many in the civil service who are still practising what the previous government was doing to sabotage the new government,” he alleged.
He said if as a deputy minister he also fell victim to these ‘Little Napoleons’, he wondered how the common people could deal with the same situation.
“So, I am going to pursue this matter. I am going to ask the AGC to be accountable for the previous decision to reject our applications for withdrawal.
“Who are the ‘Little Napoleons’ in the AGC? I think they should resign if they still subscribe to the old Barisan Nasional (BN) way and are trying to sabotage the present PH government,” he said.
He advised the public to approach the Democratic Action Party (DAP) or PH if they faced the same or similar situations as his so that the pro-BN ‘Little Napoleons’ could be rooted out.
“For my case, I would surely pursue to weed out these ‘Little Napoleons’ in the AGC,” said Chong. — DayakDaily