Be wary of DAP’s smear campaign

Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok

KUCHING: Members of the public are warned to be wary of the Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) smear campaign, which frequently twists facts to provoke public anger against the state administration.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok urged the DAP to stop their typical political dramas and showmanship regarding the state election.

He pointed out that DAP had accused Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) of stating that the state government wishes for the election to be held.

“These shameless acts have begun with DAP now claiming that Sarawak government wants an election to be held when all and sundry knows that GPS has done no such thing.

“Sarawak could have gone to the polls many times, notably in mid-2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was under control in the state. However, GPS decided to wait and when the term of State Legislative Assembly (DUN) expired, it was during the emergency period as declared by the Agong.

“However, the shenanigans of Pakatan Harapan (PH), including DAP and Warisan, which unnecessarily dissolved the Sabah state assembly had unleashed the most catastrophic wave of Covid-19 spike in the country which also heavily affected Sarawak.

“DAP seems to believe that Sarawakians forgot that not only did they support the dissolution in Sabah, but the Sarawak DAP also aggressively campaigned in Sabah, which could have resulted in an increase of Covid-19 infection in the state,” he added.

He noted that it was fortunate that the state government was vigilant in enforcing the mandatory 14 days quarantine upon arrival which managed to soften the blow.

“Now, the DAP even acts as if they know everything, claiming to know the exact number of people who have been vaccinated in the state.

“Even to the extent of using percentages and numbers to paint a picture of an informed opinion, whereas the numbers they have spewed out are interpreted to show low vaccination rates, when in reality, Sarawak is one of the most vaccinated states,” he said.

According to Ministry of Health (MoH), Sarawak will achieve its targeted vaccination rate at 99.4 percent, higher than the required rates which is 70 to 80 percent.

“In three weeks, from July 25th to August 15th, we will reach more than the needed immunisation rates, allowing us to lift further restrictions and return to normalcy.

“SUPP Stakan agrees with the chief minister that if a state election is to be held, MoH must agree that it is safe to hold the election while the election commission (EC) must provide the best guidelines so that Sarawakians can vote safely without causing another wave of infection like the one that occurred in Sabah in September last year.

“We ask DAP to have some compassion as fellow Sarawakians and to cease their fear mongering and fake news propagation so that we can all get better and stronger together,” he added.