By DD Team
KUCHING, Oct 8: Sarawak Legal Advisor Datuk Seri JC Fong has affirmed that he will not enter politics after his retirement this year.
“Well, I’m already 72-years-old and I’m looking forward to my retirement. And in any event after this year, I plan to take a good rest and see what comes next.
“I have no more interest to rejoin the political arena. When I was younger, yes, I was a participant in politics.
“As you know, I was once a member of SNAP (Sarawak National Party) in the 1970’s and I was quite active during the state election in 1974, when I was appointed as an election agent for (the late) Lo Foot Kee in Kuching Timor (state) constituency.
“And through our campaign, we created an upset in that election by defeating the then SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party)’s secretary-general (the late) Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Yong.
“So, I have no wish to go to politics. I leave politics to those who have more time and more money,” Fong told DayakDaily in an exclusive interview here today.
On Nov 15 last year, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong challenged Fong to contest against her in the next state election after she snubbed the latter’s challenge to face him over allegations she had made against him.
Fong had invited Yong to a meeting at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) cafeteria at 3pm on Nov 15, 2019 during which he wanted the former to waive her parliamentary immunity and repeat her allegations made during the then just concluded DUN sitting against him so that he could take action against her.
Yong, who is also the Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) organising secretary had said as an elected representative, it was her duty to bring up issues that concern the people of Sarawak.
Yong had claimed that some of the top shots in the state-owned oil company Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros)’s of having conflicts of interest as they have shares or hold directorships in companies that procured contract projects from national oil corporation Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) whom the state government was engaging with at the time to pay State Sales Tax on petroleum products.
During the DUN sitting on Nov 6, 2019, Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar had expunged Yong’s allegations from the Hansard. However, her debate speech on the 2020 State Budget when the allegations were made had gone viral on social media.— DayakDaily