Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen has denied that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs and assemblymen are prohibited from visiting schools in the state.

He claimed that in fact, in the past one year, many GPS and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) elected representatives were given permissions to enter schools. 

“There were 515 permissions granted to GPS and PSB elected representatives to enter schools and attend events.  By comparison, only 170 permissions were given to PH elected representatives to enter schools in the state.

“Before PH took over government, the opposition elected representatives were totally banned from entering schools.  I had personally been invited by the PIBGs but were cancelled last-minute because of the mere fact that I was then an opposition elected representative,” he said in a press statement issued yesterday.

He further alleged that such prohibition then happened not only in Sarawak, but also in Penang and Selangor where PH was the state government. 

In those days, PH state governments’ allocations to schools had to be given outside the school compounds, he explained.

Chong Chieng Jen

“The current PH Government did not impose any prohibition against the opposition elected representatives from entering schools. 

“Just that, procedurally, the schools have to seek prior permission before allowing elected representative to enter school premises.  Such rules apply also to the PH elected representatives,” he added.

Chong said under the new government, political parties were no longer allowed to enter schools as they liked and it applied equally to the PH leaders as well.

He said there was nothing unfair in the new policy, adding schools, should not, in the first place, be used by any political parties to conduct campaigns.