By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 13: GPS leaders today rebutted Sarawak PH chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s accusation that they were holding placards inside the DUN complex as a telltale sign of their impending defeat.
According to Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh who was seen holding the placard behind Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during the latter’s winding-up speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today, he did it to remind Chong of the promises the Kota Sentosa assemblyman made during the DUN sitting sometimes in 2017.
“We just want to remind him that he has not fulfilled his promises which he made inside the DUN on 9th November 2017 regarding the 50 per cent sales tax to be returned to Sarawak and the 20 per cent petroleum royalty once they (Pakatan Harapan) take over Putrajaya without we having to beg for it,” Len told DayakDaily after the adjournment of the DUN sitting here today.
The Kuala Rajang assemblyman asserted that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders had nothing to fear from PH in Sarawak as the state ruling coalition has solid grassroots support.
“Far from it. We are stronger than he has ever thought as most Sarawakians are behind us especially the sentiments of Sarawakians who wants to safeguard Sarawak’s rights under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) and against the implementation of MPKKP (Federal Village Community Management Council),” he said.
Len’s assertion was supported by Datuk Liwan Lagang, the Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Supply.
“We want to remind him (Chong) of his inability to fulfil the promises he made here during the DUN sitting which was recorded in the Hansard. He should be ashamed of himself. That reflects who is,” said Liwan.
Chong had told a news conference after today’s DUN adjournment that the GPS leaders carrying placards inside the DUN chamber was a sign of their impending defeat in the coming state election.
“This type of behaviour is a typical opposition behaviour in the Dewan. And I would like to congratulate all these GPS ADUNs for learning to become opposition so fast and so quickly. This is a telltale sign of a government which will turn into an opposition (side).
“It happened to Umno last time in Parliament despite the fact that they were then the government of the day. Because when you are the government of the day you don’t do things like that,” said Chong who is also Stampin MP. — DayakDaily