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By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, July 1: Malaysia needs more moderate leaders that can focus on real issues faced by the people, says Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (Dapsy) chief Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen.
Instead of questioning the minority’s positions and abusing power to infringe their rights, he asserts that leaders are supposed to work hard by creating policies and finding solutions to solve problems for everyone, including Sarawakians.
“We need to protect Malaysia from those who would use language and sentiments to divide and distract Malaysians from the real issues.
“Leaders must understand that the people want not only a stable and functional government, but also competent and attentive to look after the interests of everyone regardless of their background. This include holistic policies, bringing the country forward and developing competitively in the global market,” the Bandar Kuching MP emphasised.
Citing several Opposition leaders in West Malaysia who willingly went against the social structure of the country, Dr Yii gave examples of a case in Kelantan where a non-Muslim woman was fined by the authorities for wearing shorts in her own business premises.
In another case, he cited a PAS MP who had said nurse uniforms were “too tight” instead of finding solutions to reform the country’s health care.
“This is against the fundamental rights and freedoms which are guaranteed in the Federal Constitution.
“These are some of the sentiments that infringed our rights and it will divide us. They do not offer any productive policies or solutions in Parliament,” Dr Yii said at the Sarawak Dapsy Convention 2023 today.
Meanwhile, over in Sarawak, he emphasised how party leaders and members must stick to its principles and continue to play its role.
If the State government could come up with good policies for the people, Dr Yii assured the party will support and offer their contributions.
However, if there are something wrong, such as elements of corruption and abuse of power, then they must step up and demand for transparency and accountability.
“While we continue to work on what is best for Sarawak and the interest of the people, we must not forget to expand our influence even at the national level because we need to protect our country as well. We must defend multiculturalism, and protect and uphold the principles Federal Constitution and Rukun Negara.
“This is our stand in Dapsy and DAP; to bring productive, positive and constructive politics. We want to focus on strengthening our country, making it a beacon in our world today and this change can start right here in Sarawak as we expand to West Malaysia,” Dr Yii said.
Among those who attended the convention were DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, national deputy Dapsy chief Young Syefura Othman who is also representing the National Executive Committee, Dapsy Sarawak chief Peter Hee and his vice chief Tony Chiew. — DayakDaily