Irrelevant to talk about politics when debating Supply Bill, Kota Sentosa tells Pending rep

A squabble took place between Yong (left) and Yap in DUN today (Nov 23, 2022).

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By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, Nov 23: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong was told off by Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap for bringing up politics inappropriately during the debate on the Supply Bill 2023 in the august House today.

The squabble ensued between the two rivals straight after Yong from Democratic Action Party (DAP) criticised the ‘Sarawak First’ slogan for sounding hollow now and that it seemed to be a gimmick to entice the public.

“Where was the so-called ‘Sarawak First’ when Premier (of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg) is the first to fly to meet (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) from Bersatu and (Tan Sri Abdul) Hadi Awang from PAS in order to be with PN (Perikatan Nasional) to form the next Federal government.

“And now where is ‘Sarawak First’ when even issues like cement shortage is not solved but left hanging. The two words, ‘Sarawak First ‘ is now a mockery for Sarawakians,” she said.

Yap then stood up to tell her off, saying that members are not in the House to talk about politics when elections are over.

“This is an august House and it is irrelevant,” he said and called the Deputy Speaker Datuk Idris Buang to make a ruling over the matter.

Resisting, Yong schooled Yap for not knowing that members can debate on anything “under the sun” when debating on the Supply Bill as she referred to Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing who had earlier spoken about DAP which was also politically motivated and the Deputy Speaker had allowed it.

“So what is wrong for me to raise my concerns and views. Apparently he (Yap) is still considered a newbie, so learn ok. Please learn.

“This honourable member from Kota Sentosa (Yap) has not learned despite being in this House for the second or third sitting,” she replied.

Earlier on, Ding when debating the Supply Bill, pointed out DAP’s political hypocrisy where Pakatan Harapan (PH) had invited Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to form the new government, despite creating the ‘GPS Menang, Zahid Senang’ propaganda during the 15th General Election (GE15).

He said this went to show how low DAP could stoop to continue their dream of becoming the government-of-the-day, to the extent of heavily criticising their political enemies.

Idris called for order and told Yong to carry on with her debate. — DayakDaily