Monday, April 30, 2018

SUPP says Lim’s statement a joke and insult to Sarawakians

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) has branded the statement made by DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng to have only one representative in the proposed Pakatan Harapan government’s cabinet, as a joke and insult to Sarawakians.

Party president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian questioned why there only one representative from Sarawak when there are six ministers from Sarawak in the present cabinet.

“This offer made by Pakatan Harapan (which also includes DAP) reflects their attitude that West Malaysians come first. They never reflect that Sarawakians come first.

“At the moment, we have six Sarawakian members in the federal cabinet. But you just offer us only one,” he said at a press conference today.

He pointed out the next federal government cannot be formed without Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) which, according to him, will surely win at least 25 seats.

These seats won by Sarawak BN can decide who gets the majority out the 222 seats nationwide to form the government, he added.

“It’s unfortunate that SUPP did not win any Chinese seats in the last general election to allow a Chinese representative from Sarawak in the cabinet. Before that, we always have a Sarawakian Chinese representation, from Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui, Tan Sri Stephen Yong, Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding and Tan Sri Peter Chin.

“As long as a Chinese from Sarawak BN wins in this coming election, I am confident that this tradition of having a Sarawakian Chinese in the federal cabinet will continue,” he said.

Yesterday, Lim had said at a public talk at RH Plaza that he shall recommend to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to appoint DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen as a federal minister if Chong wins his seat and PH takes over Putrajaya.

Chong, who is DAP candidate for Stampin, is locking horns with Dr Sim who was nominated as BN candidate for the seat.

On another matter, Dr Sim condemned the attack on the car belonging to BN candidate in Bandar Kuching, Kho Teck Wan.

“This is unhealthy culture. We believe in fair election, but we don’t believe in vandalism and negative campaigning and doing harm to others,” he said.

He also said the social media plays a big role in this election, since the handphone is now considered ‘taiko’ in dissemination of news.

He however cautioned that 50 percent of Internet news portals are controlled by the opposition through the Red Bean Army.

“SUPP is not a tycoon party and we do not have the luxury (to control the social media)

“But I am going to expose this dirty tactic of fake news but them. Just follow my Facebook page,” he said.

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