There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.– Martin Luther King Jr., activist and civil rights leader
Fresh from getting their hopes to unseat the Perikatan Nasional federal government through a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dashed, Sarawak DAP are back to their old tricks again.
This week, the state DAP chief again stoked fears into the hearts and minds of Sarawakians, claiming that horrible and horrendous things would happen with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state coalition being in bed with Umno and PAS.
He then played up the ‘corrupt practices’ under Umno’s administration and the 1MDB insinuations, as if we are living in 2015.
What he tried to do did not work — at least to the extent that he hoped it would. Of course, the crusaders (NGOs, political minnows and weird characters) are overjoyed.
How could they not? This is the same old song that they all too often indulge in.
These would be the same people who would not think twice about ‘rolling’ on the streets in ‘peaceful’ demonstrations, thinking that big bad governments are tyrants and that pigs can fly.
Perhaps the party forgot three things; one is DAP has little to no credibility left in speaking out about Sarawakians and Sarawak’s rights.
Secondly, the opposition reeks of said ‘naivety and ridiculousness’ through its political manoeuvring during these unprecedented times — trying to unseat a sitting prime minister while the nation is at war with invisible forces? Come on!
Lastly, talking about ‘horrible and horrendous’, if you are at all aware of the 22-month Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, ‘horrible and horrendous’ pretty much summed it up for Sarawakians. How would you feel if each and every day, the Malayans are looking to outfox Sarawak into giving them more than the state already has?
You have an oil and gas company, at the orders of the Perdana Putra to fight the East Malaysian state tooth and nail to deny their rights to its State Sales Tax.
You also have a party secretary-general who is finance minister literally castrating the state’s investment potential by saying that the state is going to be bankrupt in three years, when the records and ratings suggested otherwise.
What about the Federal Village Community Management Council? Have we
conveniently forgotten about that? Implemented at the expense of our local authorities’ ordinance just to appease the party bosses in Malaya?
How noble of them to say GPS has betrayed and caused injustice to Sarawakians when DAP and by extension, Sarawak PH, have done exactly just that.
In the absence of a credible opposition in Sarawak, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) is looking to fill that void.
Instead of being an actually credible opposition as their ‘sympathetic pundits’ would play them up to be, they are being petty.
With the state government sparing no expenses in shoring up Covid-19 threats, they are attacking GPS left, right and centre with insinuation of irregular practices in the state budget and rural development projects.
They are latching on the Second Trunk Road issue like there is no tomorrow; saying that rural development should be an afterthought, when ironically, they themselves are claiming to be a party fighting for rural Sarawakians.
What you see is an example of “throwing everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach.
It is really unbecoming and I must suggest, even a cry for help — PSB is a party with vast resources and first-hand experience in the state and federal government, but has no idea what to do with it.
Instead of fighting for issues that would benefit Sarawakians; issues that would expedite rural development and methods and mechanism to protect Sarawak’s rights, they are trying to emulate DAP and political minnows.
If their leaders’ efficiency, speed and commitment in responding to GPS leaders’ hurtful comments to put them in their place is even half of what it was when they were part of the state government, they might not be ousted in the first place.
Perhaps their party chief would still be Second Finance Minister, instead of being an armchair forensics accountant, which he has relegated himself to be in the last few weeks.
Even perhaps, if PSB rural leaders would play nice with each other, they might not even get sacked by Parti Rakyat Sarawak, their former party.
At the end of the day, folk like me just want to see food on the table, political stability and live in harmony. This trend of pettiness has to stop, it is not helping anyone.