Michael Tiang

KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen is twisting facts when he accused Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) of partnering with Perikatan Nasional (PN) to form the present government.

In pointing this out, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth chief Michael Tiang explained that GPS partnered with PN in order to stabilise the nation as well as lead it in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Before DAP Sarawak can accuse GPS of working alongside PN which includes PAS, I would like to remind Chong and his colleagues from DAP Sarawak that it was DAP Sarawak that first brought PAS into Sarawak’s political landscape in 2001 when they were together under the same political coalition called Barisan Alternatif,” he said in response to Chong’s recent remarks in a statement today.

Tiang said that was not the only time DAP Sarawak ‘opened up’ the gate to let PAS into Sarawak. They cooperated further when DAP formed Pakatan Rakyat with PAS again in 2008.

“Since then, DAP brought in more Malayan parties like Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Parti Amanah and later Bersatu into Sarawak which aimed to disrupt Sarawak politics which was only meant for Sarawak local parties since the formation of Malaysia,” he said.  

“With the people’s mandate, what had they done for Sarawak in their 22-month of ruling as the new federal government? The government collapsed without making any contributions to our state’s wellbeing and development.

“Sarawakians should not therefore let DAP get away with its lies but hold it accountable,” he said.

Tiang added during this difficult time of Covid-19 pandemic, DAP Sarawak was not only busy  creating lies and misinformation about the Sarawak government’s efforts in giving out food aid to the needy but Chong had even complained about Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s requirement on the need for Sarawakians returning from Malaya to get a police permit.

“I would like to remind Chong that he shouldn’t forget that there were two DAP MPs from Sarawak who contacted the virus in last March while traveling back from Malaya.

“Shouldn’t he have learnt the lesson that anyone including Sarawakians who travel from Malaya back to the state are exposing themselves to the great risks of being infected with the virus?” he asked.

Tiang added, “Shouldn’t it be right to say that the safety of three million Sarawakians in the state outweighs any individual’s rights and convenience to enter Sarawak?

“Is DAP Sarawak suggesting that Sarawak should now relax all the entry restrictions while we are cautiously preparing ourselves to fight the second wave of this pandemic?”