King Wei gets pat for explanation

Abdullah Saidol

ASSISTANT Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit) Abdullah Saidol has commended Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei for revealing his thoughts on the proposed amendment to the Sarawak State Constitution, which was tabled in the DUN sitting on Tuesday.

“The courage and honesty of Wong King Wei, formerly a Democratic Action Party (DAP) assemblyman, in revealing his true position on the amendment should be appreciated.

“As an experienced lawyer, he revealed that Chong [Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa)] and Violet [Violet Yong (DAP-Pending)] had tried to confuse the public by giving inaccurate facts and perceptions regarding the amendment,” said Abdullah today.

He said Wong, who was now an independent assemblyman had given an explanation with clear and correct facts.

Wong, in debating on the Supply Bill yesterday, said Chong and Yong had ‘misinterpreted and twisted’ the real purpose of the proposed amendment to the Sarawak State Constitution.

The Bill, which was tabled by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, on Tuesday, proposed to amend Article 16 of the State Constitution to clarify the phrase ‘resident in the state’ and to lower the age of individuals eligible to be elected to the Sarawak DUN from 21 to 18 years.