Meradong rep believes “Premier” title an honour despite some comparing it with tissue paper brand

Ding debating the Sarawak Governor's address in the DUN today (May 23, 2022). Screenshot taken from a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, May 23: Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing believes that the title “Premier” is an honour bestowed upon a Head of State, despite the fact that some may ridicule Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for holding the title or comparing it to a brand of tissue paper.

Ding also congratulated Abang Johari on his official title change from “Chief Minister of Sarawak” to “Premier of Sarawak” during the special DUN Sitting on February 15, 2022, and said he felt proud when he saw the Sarawak flag flying high at the Dutch Shell headquarters (HQ) in the Hague.

“A convincing win in the 15th General Election (GE15) will go a long way for the Sarawak Premier to lead us on the road to recovery of Sarawak’s autonomous rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), as an independent entity unaffiliated with any political pact, has the added advantage of their Members of Parliament (MPs) being able to speak out without fear or favour and continuing to fight for more rights and privileges for Sarawakians.

“Moreover, because all of the GPS component parties are local, we can rest assured that they know what Sarawakians need and will always try their best to deliver,” he said today when debating the Sarawak Governor’s address at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here.

He went on to say that while Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Democratic Action Party (DAP) hate to be called a Malayan party, but the fact is that their HQs are in Peninsular Malaysia and everything they do needs the green light from their bosses in Peninsular Malaysia.

“They are never ‘Sarawak first’ and never will be. All their promises are hot air only as we have experienced after GE14. Therefore I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them,” Ding asserted. — DayakDaily