Tan Kai lodges police report over fake messages relating to PDA 1974

Tan showing the police report outside Tabuan Jaya police station.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 23: Political secretary to Chief Minister Tan Kai has today lodged a police report with the Tabuan Jaya police over fake messages claiming that the one-day State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting had accepted the validity of Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA).

He said the report was lodged as the information and allegations spread through WhatsApp were false and to enable the police to conduct an investigation into the matter.

“I have received several messages (in Chinese) through WhatsApp two days ago saying that the Chief Minister had used the one-day DUN Sitting on May 11 which lasted for two-hours only to acknowledge the validity of the PDA 1974 in Sarawak.

“In addition, the messages also alleged that all state lawmakers present (at the DUN Sitting) only kept quiet when it (the PDA 1974 matter) was brought up,” he told reporters after lodging the police report at Tabuan Jaya police station today.

Tan shared that the viral messages also claimed that only former second finance minister,  Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh had been vocal and urged the DUN Sitting to be more transparent.

“The messages also claimed that the Sarawak state government and Petronas had reached an understanding and agreement to validate the PDA 1974 in the DUN Sitting and that all Sarawakians were clueless about it,” he added.

In refuting the messages, Tan pointed out that the one-day DUN Sitting only tabled and passed two Supplementary Supply Bills without debate.

“The PDA was not mentioned in the sitting and only (Batu Lintang assemblyman) See Chee How questioned about the development of PDA and (Ba Kelalan assemblyman) Baru Bian brought up other matters while Wong was absent from the sitting.

“In reply to See, the Speaker had asked him to refer the matter to the Consultative Committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in which he accepted,” he elaborated.—DayakDaily

The messages Tan had received which have been compiled in an image.