DAP missed the boat because of PH’s own machinations, Lo tells Abdul Aziz

Lo Khere Chiang

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KUCHING, Aug 24: Why cry over spilt milk, Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang said, telling Abdul Aziz Isa that opposition party DAP has missed the boat to be part of the federal government after Pakatan Harapan (PH) rejected former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s olive branch and promises of reforms.

“Aziz, go and blame Dato Sri Anwar Ibrahim who apparently refused to consider it (the offer) as he was sure that he had the numbers this time around.

“(But), it appears to be a huge strategic blunder. This is something your own party leaders and PH will have to live with, the consequences and the knowledge that they facilitated Umno’s (United Malays National Organisation) return to power.

“In the meantime, there can be no more talk of trying to overthrow the government at least for now as the Malay Rulers and people will not endure another attempt at regime change,” Lo said in a statement, hitting back at Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) Batu Kitang’s chairman in a statement today.

Lo asserted that Anwar’s failure yet again to win support to become prime minister called into question his leadership in both the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the PH coalition, and indicated that the opposition has lost its way and voters have lost faith in them.

“If the opposition is to regain the momentum, a new leadership team must be put in place as soon as possible.

“So Aziz before you start firing your blame away (sic), look in the mirror. Whose fault is it? Not GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) but PH/DAP and they all know it but need to put on a brave front and as usual, point their fingers towards the others so as to cushion their hurt and to ‘save face’.”

Lo, who is also the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, emphasised that GPS is working out the best deal, including reinstating Sarawak’s rights as enshrined under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We want to work towards a betterment (sic) for Sarawakians to upgrade their lives and to live harmoniously as one family despite our so many ethnic groups and different religions. We have succeeded so far living together and we want to continue this legacy for the next generation to come.”

Lo questioned what the PH had done in its 22 months in federal power, other than stopping major projects in Sarawak, cutting a huge grant to Tunku Abdul Rahman College and reducing the allocation for grasscutting from RM1 billion to RM800,000 annually.

“Let me recall the promises made by your bosses (PH) here including the 20 per cent oil royalty and 50 per cent taxes back to Sarawak. Where are your drains studded with jewels? The RM2,000 for all Sarawakians after you won the election?” he asked Abdul Aziz. — DayakDaily