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KUCHING, Feb 16: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth is not surprised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu)’s decision to accept seven MPs from Umno.
Its secretary-general, Milton Foo, believed this was merely their very first move in becoming ‘Umno 2.0.
“Following the recruitment of the seven MPs from Umno, it further corroborates that Bersatu is no different from Umno,” he opined in a press statement today.
“I also anticipate that there will be more ‘political frogs’ from Umno jumping to Bersatu.”
Foo questioned the silence of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak cum Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen over the recruitment.
DAP Sarawak, he said, had always shown their most vigorous objections to taking in any Umno MPs into the PH coalition as it is fully aware that the apex of Bersatu was indeed formed by ex-Umno leadership.
“As the chairman of DAP Sarawak cum Sarawak PH chairman, what is the stand of Chong Chieng Jen over such recruitment? The people of Sarawak deserve the right to know about the stand.”
Foo emphasised that the previous remarks from DAP Sarawak leaders that Bersatu was not Umno and would not become Umno were not only deceiving in nature but also the same gimmick used when DAP and PAS were in the same ally under the previous Pakatan Rakyat.
“One of the seven Umno MPs who jumped over to Bersatu is Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, who had made a highly controversial statement during the debate on Sexual Offences Against Children Bill in 2017. He argued that a rapist might repent by marrying the victim and take good care of the victim.”
This matter, he reminded, attracted acute criticisms from both DAP and SUPP Youth at that time.
“However, Shabudin is now with Bersatu, yet DAP remains surprisingly silent. This is an outright mockery of democracy and indeed a betrayal to the voters by taking in Umno MPs into PH through the back door of Bersatu.
“From this, it can also be seen that many decisions or policy makings in PH are indeed dominated by Bersatu, led by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.”
Even though DAP has 42 MPs in Parliament, Foo viewed that they were nothing more than a rubber stamp and is submissive to Dr Mahathir. — DayakDaily