Sim Kiang Chiok

KUCHING: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is bankrupt of issues, this time, making a mountain out of a molehill regarding the issue of missing Mandarin text on street signs.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan chairman Sim Kiang Chiok said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian was only a senator when he was already fighting to maintain the multilingual road signs in 2015.

“Now Dr Sim is a minister in charge of local councils and multilingual road signs policy continues to be maintained and reinforced.

“He has never reduced or changed the policy of multilingual road signs in Sarawak.

“How can DAP said that since 2015 and when Dr Sim became the minister, many more road signs were changed without any Mandarin words?

“This is very much illogical and a misleading statement,” he said on Monday (Aug 10).

He was responding to DAP member Julian Tan’s claims that the issue of Chinese road signs being removed still exists despite Dr Sim appointed into office to observe the local councils.

Sim pointed out that there were also Mandarin words on other streets like China, Ewe Hai, Carpenter and Bishopsgate.

He also mentioned that the DAP as a responsible opposition, should report to the local councils to amend any road signs missing the Mandarin text instead of relating it to Umno, PAS or any Malay agenda as well as trying to turn a small technical problem into a political issue.

“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is the only government that recognises Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to stress the importance of Mandarin and set up a Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) to look after the affairs and development of other religions in the state.

“Where is the proof of PAS’ Islamisation and Umno’s agenda through road signs, in our road signs?

“Why would DAP issue fear mongering and hate statements to gain votes? They are really politically bankrupt. No wonder Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei left them,” he said.

He also mentioned that it was ironic that DAP was consistently inconsistent and could not keep their promises to Sarawak such as returning its 20 per cent oil and gas royalties, returning 50 per cent tax collected in the state, allocating 30 per cent of federal budget for the state’s development and UEC recognition, to name a few.