You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

— Abraham Lincoln, US President

Surely I am not the only one who has seen through the absolute baloney in the explanation offered by Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) over why they rejected the recent amendment to Article 16 of the Sarawak Constitution?

My question is why are we still explaining the purpose of the amendment when clearly it is
falling on deaf ears?

It’s not that the folk in DAP and PSB don’t understand — I’m sure they are all learned gentlemen. It’s just that they refuse to understand!

Clearly, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it all out. The recent amendment to Article 16 which is aimed to tighten the qualifications needed for an individual vying to be a member of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) was even presented in a flowchart form by some good people on Facebook.

At this point, even a schoolchild can clearly understand the purpose of the amendment given the repeated explanations made available through newspapers and other media outlets.

In the absence of facts, or any substance really, these people turned to fiction and invented
fictitious characters (Leila and Putri) accompanied by hypothetical arguments.

If anything, it just showed the level of desperation that they’re in when trying to justify why exactly they reject the amendment when 90 percent of the people in Sarawak already know what it’s about.

As Abraham Lincoln used to say, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”.

Unperturbed by the irony of Lincoln’s words was PSB supremo who recently challenged Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian to a debate on the amendment.

The PSB chief who once quoted Lincoln said contrary to Dr Sim’s assertion, the passing of the constitutional amendment bill was a “black day” for Sarawak, which his base absolutely gobbled up.

I mean if we were to debate the Bill, surely the place and time to do it is in the state legislature and during the recent sitting?

Why now? Why after the dust is settled and then say you want to debate? Clearly the Bill, which has been widely accepted has apparently affected PSB and DAP the most. A wise person would stop and question all this.

Surely PSB, being a local Sarawakian “nobody but us” party, would approve of the Bill as it prevents Malayans and Sabahans from ‘parachuting’ in to contest as an assemblyman? Is that not the case? Or are they now being subservient to DAP which has established ties with Malaya, whose opposition to the Bill, although not welcomed regardless, is at the very least understandable.

I am not suggesting anything; but the precedent is there. DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is said to have contested in every state in West Malaysia with the exception of Kelantan.

Current DAP secretary-general who was originally from Malacca was Penang chief minister for a number of years. Surely the party would like to keep their options open. Regardless of their motives, the DAP-PSB pact appears to be set in stone as one wouldn’t be able to live with the other come state election.

As one state leader put it during the recent DUN sitting, “Birds of a feather flock together.” They can’t help it because that’s what they are.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing also raised a poignant point last week saying that the pact would sideline rural PSB voters — not that there will be many.

“The PSB and DAP pact is a cooperation to attract urban-based Chinese voters. Such move will leave rural voters on the sidelines and later will be ignored.

“I sympathise with some Dayak leaders who have joined PSB. My advice to them is: Enough of being fooled; it is not too late for them to leave PSB as many had done,” he said.

The party that is backed by loyalists and symphatisers is fast losing track of its Sarawak identity and roots as it is swallowed by the politics of Malaya in its bid to establish its relevancy.

At this stage their political policy is “anything goes”. Let’s see where it takes them.