DAP’s anti-corruption stand questioned over talks with Muda MP facing trial

Amy Tnay Li Ping

KUCHING, Oct 31: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Kitang secretary Amy Tnay Li Ping is questioning Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) anti-corruption stance following talks between Pakatan Harapan (PH) and a politician facing trial to join its coalition.

She was referring to Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) chairman and incumbent Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who has been ordered to enter his defence over four charges in a criminal trial involving more than RM1 million linked to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) youth wing Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda (Armada).

Despite this controversy, PH vice-chairman Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub on Sept 16, said the coalition will set up a committee to hold negotiations and evaluate the position of Muda which intends to join the coalition in the near future.

“It is a disgrace that DAP, who wants to appear so clean and against anti-corruption are in cohort with a leader who had been charged and his defence called in court while on the other hand, they were always telling the people how anti-corrupted (sic) they are.

“Now that Pakatan Harapan is linked to the Muda leader who was accused of money laundering and other crimes, where is the so-called determination of the DAP to fight corruption? Or it is just ‘shiok sendiri’ shouting slogans of anti-corruption?” she questioned in a statement today.

Tnay claimed that DAP will only make a big fuss about corruption involving leaders from rival camps but will turn a blind eye to the alleged corruption of their own leaders and friends by sweeping it under the carpet.

She also claimed that DAP party leaders had always maintained a deadly silence over their chairman Lim Guan Eng who is facing trial for allegedly asking for kickbacks for the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel.

“It can be seen that the anti-corruption and clean government (slogans) chanted by the DAP are all facade tactics in an attempt to deceive voters,” she added.

In contrast, Tnay said, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is serious and sincere in fighting corruption.

She said this was proven when the Sarawak government was the only State government that responded to the call of former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chairwoman Latheefa Koya in 2019, to set up integrity units in ministries and government offices to prevent corruption or abuse of power.

“Only the Sarawak government responded to the call and established the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department (now Premier’s Department).

“This unit has been established for years to check corruption within the Sarawak government. This is how with integrity our State government is!” she emphasised. — DayakDaily