By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KUCHING: DAP and its coalition partners in Pakatan Harapan champion the interests of all, without forsaking Malaysians living in Sabah and Sarawak.
And in the Pakatan Harapan ‘New Deal’ manifesto, the opposition has also promised allocations for Sabah and Sarawak amounting up to RM 75 billion to catch up with the development of Peninsular Malaysia.
“The people of Sarawak, and even Sabah, do not need to beg for allocations from the federal government,” said Dr Kelvin Yii, Special Assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, the Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chief.
“When Pakatan Harapan comes into power in the federal government, we have promised to give such financial autonomy to the Borneo States, as well as autonomy in education and healthcare.”
Yii, responding to Michael Tiang, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister as well as SUPP, said what is more important is not the representation (in the party), but the policy of the party itself.
He said as important as the amount of representation in a party or committee, what is even more important is the policies and structure implemented, and whether it upholds the interest of the people as well as the interest of the state.
“There is no point if a party claims to be all Sarawakian, but they have no voice to uphold the interest of the people, and worse still, are the ones that sold off the rights and interest of the people in the first place,” he said.
Both SUPP and Tiang had claimed that DAP Sarawak only has a mere 3% representation in the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) and that it cannot represent the interest of Sarawak in the party.
Yii said Tiang had failed to do his homework properly, as there are two Sarawak representatives in the CEC, one is Chong Chieng Jen as the Vice-President and the other is Dr John Brian Anthony who is a committee member.
“That is about 7% of the whole CEC and if you add in the members of Sabah as well, we consist of close to 14% of the whole committee,” he added
He went on to say that the number of representatives notwithstanding, DAP as a whole had championed the return of the 20% oil royalty as well as 50% of all taxes collected in Sarawak, and such demands have been included in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto.
He said SUPP and all the other so-called local political parties in Barisan Nasional Sarawak not only sold off the rights and interests of the people and downgrade the State’s rightful status, but also continue to support a Prime Minister who is allegedly tainted with multiple financial scandals.
According to Yii, DAP and Pakatan Harapan’s track record of fighting against corruption, wastage and bad governance is good and in the interest of Sarawak, and DAP was against taxes like GST.
“What is the point if SUPP and these local-based political parties who claims to be local, but are powerless and subservient to the wishes of UMNO-BN,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
“UMNO-BN could have easily returned our rights if they wanted too as they have the power and numbers in Parliament, but yet they chose not to and made us to ‘beg’ and even passed three motions in DUN in the past three years just to ‘further negotiate’ with the Federal government.”