KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak said it will continue to play its role to ensure that the principles of transparency, accountability, and good governance are carried out in the new government.
Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said that they were informed that there were some quarters who had insisted on the exclusion of any MP of DAP Sarawak from the cabinet of ministers in exchange for their support for Datuk Seri Anwar as the Prime Minister.
“We understand that in the general national interest of stability and stronger support, the Prime Minister acceded to such demand.
“DAP’s struggle is not for ministerial positions but to see that our ideals are implemented as policies for the betterment of the people and the country,” he said in a statement today.
Through its initiatives, Chong said DAP have prevented Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) from becoming the federal government, thereby saving the secularism of the country and the freedom of religion.
“We were able to do so by having successfully convinced the GPS to change from its initial support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister to Datuk Seri Anwar.
“Though Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) may have the ministerial positions from Sarawak, they are now subject to PH’s fundamental principles of transparency, accountability and good governance,” he said.
With the installation of this unity government led by PH, Chong, who is also the Stampin MP, said that he is confident that gone are the old days of opaque governance fraught with corruption and abuses.
“We also call upon our members and supporters not to be disappointed with the non-appointment of any of the MPs from DAP Sarawak in the cabinet of ministers.
“ While there are some quarters who wish for DAP Sarawak to be weakened and wiped out, we should work even harder to make sure that not only we will not be weakened but we will continue to grow stronger.
“We must persist in our ideals and continue in our struggle to make this country a better country for our children and the generations to come, a country that all Malaysians can be proud of,” said Chong.