What happened to PH’s promises to Sarawak? Rep asks Chong

Lo Khere Chiang

KUCHING, May 11: Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang today reminded state Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Chong Chieng Jen on Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s unfulfilled promises to Sarawakians after one year in office.

He said there was still no official recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), no word on the rights of Sarawak to territorial government and no rights for the state to petroleum and revenue.

“On Promise 7 to `provide targeted petrol subsidies’, we are still waiting for petrol prices to be reduced to 1.50 as promised in PH’s manifesto.

“How about the rights of Sarawakians to equitable basic infrastructure and land development and rights of the people to quality education?” he asked in a statement today.

Lo also questioned the whereabouts of rights to equitable economic development and the empowerment of youths, women and minorities?

On Chong’s recent statement that budget cuts for several projects were necessary to save Malaysia from `bankruptcy’, Lo remarked, “Bankruptcy? Please explain to us in Sarawak on the privatisation of national assets in the name of Bumiputerism, revival of the national car project, flying cars, RM1.6 billion Kulim Airport, 49 development projects in Sandakan worth RM2.28 Billion and many more.”

Lo also raised the issue of unfairness in the matriculation policy. He said the educational pathways to university for Bumiputras and non-Bumiputras just got wider.

“Where is the meritocracy, which represents a vision in which power and privilege would be allocated by individual merit and not by social origins? Why are Chong and DAP keeping quiet about this?” he asked.

Lo also raised issues relating to Petronas, the Goods and Sales Tax (GST), and Sales and Services Tax (SST).

“Sarawakians, let us all rally behind Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to regain Sarawak’s wealth and rights pursuant to MA63. Only GPS can and will sincerely protect and take care of Sarawak,” he said. — DayakDaily