Fighting graft: Start with own leaders, Sarawak chief minister told

Brolin Nicholsion

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KUCHING, Dec 6: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Socialist Youth Serian chief, Brolin Nicholsion, has expressed his support to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in the state’s effort to fight corruption.

However, he believed that Abang Johari should fight corruption starting with the state Cabinet and other state ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders.

“I am very happy when the chief minister is really keen to fight corruption and uphold the integrity amongst the state civil servants. This is a good move as I agree with what the chief minister said, that corruption will only maim our beloved Sarawak’s progress.

“I would like to suggest to the chief minister that he should start with his own Cabinet and within the GPS coalition to prove that he is really into it and that it is not just a political gimmick,” Brolin said in a statement.

He added that GPS only started to fight corruption when Pakatan Harapan won the 14th general election and if GPS is serious in fighting corruption, it should target not only small fish but “big sharks”.

Brolin deemed corruption as a cancer that will destroy the confidence of the people and the fabric of the society.

“As the leader for all Sarawakians, practise transparency by start with your own Cabinet and GPS lawmakers. Prove to Sarawakians that you guys are really clean from any corruption.

“How do you want to fight corruption when some of your lawmakers still haven’t declared their assets?” he said, in reference to the three GPS lawmakers who have yet to submit their statutory declaration of assets despite the Dec 5 deadline.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Arif Md Yusof, in a media statement yesterday, revealed that a total of 62 MPs including the three GPS lawmakers — two from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and one from Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) — have yet to submit their declaration forms.

Brolin said Sarawak needs a clean and transparent government and only with a government that upholds justice and transparency can the state progress.

“The worst disease in the world today is corruption and the cure is transparency,” he continued. — DayakDaily