KUCHING, Feb 22: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman Sim Kiang Chiok believes that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has cheated the people on many occasions with many promises yet to be fulfilled.
Thus, he believed that the PH federal government was not thrustworthy and deserved to be voted out in the next general election.
Sim observed that the latest broken promise was Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad saying he would pass the baton to Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after ruling for two years.
However, he pointed out the announcement by PH presidential council last night that Mahathir would stay on after the Asia-Pacific Economic (Apex) Summit which will be held in November whilst no exact date of power transition is fixed has caused more political uncertainties to the country.
“How can we trust what this PH federal government have said when they have broken so many promises on so many occasions already?
“The Democratic Action Party (DAP) has promised the voters, that after two years Anwar will take over Mahathir but it seems that DAP is toothless, shameless, and has no integrity to the voters.
“They have 42 parliamentary MPs, being the second largest party in the PH coalition of about 125 MPs.
“Nonetheless, they don’t dare to offend Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), the party that is headed by Dr Mahathir who have only 12 elected MP in the PH.
“The PH government is being rejected by people as seen in the by-elections at Tanjung Piai, Semenyih, and recently in Kimanis.
“The by-election results showed that the direction, performance are not desired by the people due to many U-turns and broken promises,” he said in a statement.
On the economic front, he noted the recent announcement of gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.6 per cent for the 4th quarter of 2019 was the lowest growth rate since 2009.
He believed the statistics showed that the country’s economy was not being managed well.
Besides, he observed that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) dividend rate of 5.45 per cent for 2019 was lower than the dividend rate of 6.15 per cent for 2018.
Thus, he believed the lacklustre performance of the fund was a reflection of the poor performance of the PH government.
On the local front, Sim pointed out that Sarawak DAP must keep their promise to change the prime minister after two years so as to salvage whatever credibility they had left.
He noted that they had failed with their promises which included getting 20 per cent oil and gas royalties and 50 per cent tax collected in Sarawak to the state, allocating 30 per cent of development fund in the annual budget to Sarawak, and recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as promised by the PH federal government.
He opined that DAP Sarawak should even think about pulling out of the PH coalition for failing so badly and betraying their supporters.
“Please stop insulting the voters’ intelligence for taking them as fools and for taking them for granted.
“They will do the right thing come the time when the power is back in their hands.
“Do not be surprised that this PH government will be changed and taught a lesson by the voters.
“PH is consistently inconsistent and have lost all their credibility,” he stressed. —DayakDaily