GPS strongly against lying to win, Masing tells state PH leaders

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Nov 13: Infrastructure and Port Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) strongly opposes the principle of ‘enti enda bula, enda menang’ (if you don’t lie, you cannot win).

Masing who is Deputy Chief Minister hit out at state Pakatan Harapan leaders, namely Krian assemblyman Ali Biju and Ba’kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian for the way they do politics.

“I quote, ‘I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth nor power nor position — is of supreme worth,’ unquote.

“Echoing this quote, we, in the Sarawak GPS government strongly condemn the tagline, “enti enda bula, enda menang (in English it means if you don’t lie, you cannot win)”.

“In GPS, we don’t use the ends to justify the means,” said Masing who attributed the quote to US business magnate J. D. Rockefeller while giving his winding-up speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) today.

Masing who is Baleh assemblyman, alleged Baru had given two different explanations at two different venues and occasions for the cancellation of the building of three major bridges — Batang Lupar Bridge, Rambungan Bridge and Igan Bridge.

“Allow me to give one example. When the Member for Ba’Kelalan was asked by the Member for Krian in the recent Dewan Rakyat sitting on why the three (3) bridge projects, namely Batang Lupar Bridge, Igan Bridge and Rambungan Bridge were cancelled by the federal government, his response was, and, I quote, ‘RM500 juta untuk Jambatan Batang Lupar (perkongsian kos 50:50 dengan kerajaan negeri); RM305 juta untuk Jambatan Igan dan RM100 juta untuk projek membina Jambatan Rambungan” unquote.

“And he continued to say, ‘..keputusan kerajaan yang membatalkan ketiga-tiga projek berkenaan di mana ia berasaskan fakta bahawa projek-projek itu terletak di bawah bidang kuasa kerajaan negeri.

“Dengan erti kata lain, ketiga-tiga jambatan tersebut bukanlah berstatus jalan persekutuan yang berada di bawah bidang kuasa langsung Menteri Kerja Raya,’ unquote (Ref: Parliament Hansard dated 14 October 2019, page 27-28),” said Masing.

Masing went on to say, during the Question-and-Answer session dated November 6, 2019 in the current DUN sitting, Baru’s explanation to Coastal Road Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi on the three same bridges was quite different.

“I quote part of his (Baru’s) response “…there is no money,” unquote. (DUN Hansard, 6 November 2019, page 11). Two different answers to the same question by the Minister of Works who is the Member for Ba’Kelalan.

“GPS leaders will never do such a thing,” said Masing.

He said GPS will continue to do its level best within its capacity and within its capability.

“We will not hide our weaknesses by not telling the truth,” said Masing. — DayakDaily