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Saturday, May 12, 2018

PH Sarawak claiming PBB intention to join PH ‘absurd’ and ill-founded rumour

KUCHING - Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs) Abdullah Saidol has termed rumours of PBB joining Pakatan Harapan (PH) as absurd.

He said PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s self-flattering assumption that PBB intended to join PH was “outright hogwash”.

He asked why Chong had the jumpy reaction to an ill-founded rumour.

“If Chong wishes to unilaterally catch thieves and corrupt politicians, perhaps Chong should also investigate those leaders in their own den too. Don’t be hypocrite and double standard.

“Referring to corruptions and misdeeds as mentioned by Chong, maybe he was talking about their own new Prime Minister whom DAP and PKR had fought and demonised vigorously during the tenure of that leader as Prime Minister for 22 years.

“In actual fact, DAP and PKR are the ones who whitewash those corrupt leaders currently collaborating with them in PH,” he said in a statement today.

Abdullah said Chong’s talks about DAP’s long history struggle along the lines of integrity and suggested that those who wished to hop over to PH must be vetted by MACC was an irony.

“Another ironic fact is that all PH’s candidates were never been referred to and vetted by MACC before being nominated.

“PBB is part of a legitimate BN Sarawak coalition, which is currently an elected government of Sarawak. Just in case they forgot, Sarawak is a party to an agreement that conceived this country called Malaysia.

“Should also be acknowledged is that BN Sarawak component parties are all local based and ware founded by our very own capable Sarawakian leaders from various local ethnic groups.

“PBB and our comrades in BN Sarawak had genuinely experienced long grown-up political history and going through the evolution of modern Sarawak unlike those political parties in PH Sarawak who are being remote controlled by their leaders from Peninsular Malaysia,” he said.

Abdullah stressed that PBB will maintain its political integrity and will not act like “frog”.

“We are not desperate because we know where our political strength lies. We Sarawakians are always proud of ourselves and will stay united in diversity. We appreciate the democratic principle of mutually agreed to disagree.

“We respect the people’s verdict with an open heart and pledge to work even harder for the interest all Sarawakians,” he said.

He said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had said it clearly that the state government of Sarawak is prepared, within the ambit of a federal system to administratively cooperate with the elected PH federal government.

“We will ensure such cooperation will not be detrimental or diminish Sarawak’s interest and must be in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

“Sarawak government will also closely monitor the progress of PH’s effort to fulfill their manisfesto or promises especially that relates to Sarawak’s interest,” he said.

He reiterated that the state government under the leadership of Abang Johari will not abandon or stepback its solid desire to pursue the devolution of powers from the federal government and to regain all legitimate rights of Sarawak either those enshrined under the MA63 or as stipulated under the Federal Constitution.

“We will consider all available options to ensure our demand will earn the desired attention, respect and result. All this political enthusiasm of Sarawak government is nothing else but for the interest and future of all Sarawakians. May God bless and save this country,” added Abdullah.

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