MIRI, Nov 12: Democratic Action Party (DAP)’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) respects Sarawak DAP’s decision to remain as the opposition in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN), despite being part of the Unity Government together with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), under the leadership of Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
This was disclosed by National DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke during the opening of the Sarawak DAP convention in Miri earlier today.
Loke who is also Minister for Transport Malaysia, has described Sarawak’s political development as unique, compared to West Malaysia and Sabah, after the formation of the Unity Government in the last General Election.
“CEC respected DAP Sarawak’s decision …after the election, they had conveyed their position to remain as opposition at the State DUN,” Loke disclosed.
Loke suggested that Sarawak DAP needs to think of taking the approach of political model or collaboration as a way forward to ensure that the party would create a better future for Sarawak and Malaysia.
“I know, it’s not easy, but Chong (Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen) must continued to engage to look into new models together with the national leadership to co-exist with one another in a balancing force to ensure the betterment of Sarawak and Malaysia,” Loke pointed out.
Loke emphasised that DAP needs to continue to play a constructive role for the betterment of this nation and Sarawak.
He cited the need to defend progressive forces throughout political parties to ensure Malaysia remains a progressive country and society where each person is able to embrace other people’s cultures and religions, as well as the need to build alliances.
Also present at the convention were Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, deputy chairwoman Alice Lau Kiong Yieng, vice chairman Mordi Bimol, vice chairman Oscar Ling and secretary Alan Ling. — DayakDaily