SUPP man: Grant application for Open APs to all, not just Bumiputera firms

Adam Yii (file photo)

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 22: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) central publicity and information secretary Adam Yii calls on the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to grant application for Open approved permits (APs) to all domestic enterprises and not just Bumiputera ones.

In a statement today, Yii said MITI’s announcement on June 18 saying that starting July 1, any Bumiputera company, including those previously not involved in the automotive industry, may apply for an Open AP, is contradictory to Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) pre-election commitment to a multiracial policy.


“Since the formation of the unity government, emphasis has been on creating a harmonious, inclusive, and diverse society, which must be based on fairness and justice.

“Moreover, PH had strongly advocated for a multiracial policy during the election, promising to create an inclusive, fair, and diverse Malaysia,” he said.

Yii, who is also Pujut assemblyman, said that what is even more perplexing is that this policy originates from MITI, where Liew Chin Tong from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) serves as its deputy minister.

“Liew should review and amend the Open AP policy to treat all eligible enterprises fairly,” he said.

On June 21, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen called on the Sarawak government to demand that applications for Open APs in the State should not be restricted to Bumiputera companies only.

In a press statement, Chong said following MITI’s announcement, it is an opportunity for the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to prove its mettle and claim that it does not practice racial-based policies. — DayakDaily