By Karen Bong
KUCHING, July 4: Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (DAPSY) Kuching has been advised to focus on helping to strengthen the socio-economic development of Sarawak, instead of targeting and attacking Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) over petty matters.
SUPP Youth Central assistant secretary-general Liew Leong Yee emphasised that investigation on the party over civil forfeiture was a small matter.
“I am upset. As the youth, we should put our priority and give more time into serving our people and work on more ways to help enhance the economic growth of Sarawak so that Sarawakians can have a better livelihood,” he told a press conference at SUPP headquarters today.
Without SUPP’s name, he said there were still many Sarawak-based parties out there that would continue to fight for Sarawak and her people.
“We will be one of those who will continue to fight in getting Sarawak’s rights back so that we can achieve financial independence. What we want is economic growth and how to help Sarawakians lead a better and quality life,” he added.
Liew was responding to the statement by DAPSY committee member Sim Kiat Leng urging the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to investigate SUPP and see if there was any breach of the Societies Act 1966.
DAPSY lodged a report with RoS yesterday (July 3) following the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) filling civil forfeiture against 41 respondents, including SUPP, for allegedly receiving money linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Liew, thus, urged them to stop misleading the people with such deliberate attacks and allow the law to take its course on cases purportedly related to the 1MDB fund.
“There is no legal decision on the cases yet and they (DAP) are claiming that SUPP had received the ‘illicit’ money (RM180,000) from the fund is, in fact, obstructing the ongoing legal process on 1MDB by MACC and other authorities,” he asserted.
“They (DAP) should stop wasting time on insignificant problems and work on their promises for Sarawak. When can we (Sarawak) get back our rights?” he asked.
He also reminded Pakatan Harapan (PH) about its pledges, including the 50 per cent of all taxes collected and 20 per cent of oil royalties, which have yet to be fulfilled and delivered to the state.
Liew also reiterated calls for DAP to disclose the names of the eight food and beverage manufacturers in Sarawak that have been given permits to import sugar.
“We want to know so that we can check what brands and products, whether the prices have been lowered, as well as making public the information on the criteria and requirement to be eligible to apply for the permit,” he added. — DayakDaily