SUPP Stakan claims PSB seeking political mileage

SUPP Stakan branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok says the opposition was just seeking to gain political mileage by confusing the public regarding the recent amendment in the Constitution of the State of Sarawak (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

He said Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh’s remarks were misleading as the latter had said a third generation ‘Putri’, a Malayan, was eligible to stand in the state election.

“With the recent constitutional amendment, Malayans are not eligible to be a candidate in state elections,” Sim said on Monday (Nov 16).

He was responding to Soon Koh, who had challenged SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian to debate on the recent amendment.

“Which was why the change in the Constitution was to clear any doubts on the eligibility of future candidates.

“We do not want candidates like Lim Kit Siang of Democratic Action Party (DAP) who had stood in several states in Malaya and a DAP Penangite being elected into Sabah DUN in their previous state government.”

He also said it was interesting to see that the opposition lawmakers still wanted to argue on the recent amendment.

“The best time to debate was before the law was changed during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) last week.

“Why only now ask for debate again and not with the one who proposed for the change in our constitutional law.”

He said the amendment was already approved by more than the required two-thirds of the state lawmakers.

“Why waste ink and paper on the invitation to debate or waste the Internet data that was shared through our phones.”