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KUCHING, Nov 23: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Central Youth secretary Milton Foo urges Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) to make a stand in relation to Chinese participation in the Sarawak government.
This follows a statement made by Pending incumbent Violet Yong who criticised Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for calling on the Chinese to choose wisely in the upcoming Sarawak Election as the Sarawak government needs Chinese representation through Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP).
Foo thus asked Sarawak DAP to clarify what it means and questioned the opposition party whether it does not agree to the Chinese’s involvement in politics and they should be sidelined.
He said Chinese being represented in the Sarawak government has far-reaching implications especially during the current economy rebuilding process post-Covid-19, adding that this period requires all parties’ involvement and unity including from the Chinese in planning and implementation.
“How could Chinese be excluded from this? Are Chinese not part of the nation?
“Thus, DAP should be frank and transparent to Sarawakians on what is their underlying motive in the upcoming Sarawak election rather than just giving empty talks, promises and finding fault in the other parties,” he said in a press statement today.
He claimed DAP tried very hard to fight and to reorganise the Pakatan Harapan (PH) regime through political coup in the federal government, Sabah, Perak and Melaka.
In Sabah, Foo asserted, the Chinese strongly supported DAP, yet they were sidelined and excluded from the state government after the collapse of the former PH federal government.
He also said in Perak’s political coup, DAP’s 16 elected representatives supported United Malays National Organisation (Umno) to topple Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and former Perak Menteri Besar.
Yet, the new reshuffled state government only comprised representatives from Umno, Bersatu and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (Pas), said Foo, adding the Chinese were again sidelined.
As for the recent Melaka state election, DAP won four seats comprising Kota Laksamana (Chinese voters: 78.93 per cent), Bandar Hilir (Chinese voters: 76.53 per cent), Kesidang (Chinese voters: 56.96 per cent), and Ayer Keroh (Chinese voters: 49.16 per cent).
Foo noted PH had failed to get a majority of seats to form a new government.
Foo opined that if it was not for the two seats won by Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) which were Bumiputera-majority constituencies, the Chinese will not have any representative in the new Melaka government.
During the recent Melaka state election, Foo said DAP has publicised their PH election manifesto consisting of three core initiatives and 32 measures.
However, he pointed out that their election manifesto cannot be fulfilled by just shouting their election slogan or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“Until now, DAP never gave up any opportunity to gain regime, yet they mock Sarawak Chinese’s participation in the local regime as ‘empty talks and political joke’,” he pointed out. — DayakDaily