Chong: Alcohol ban issue is proof GPS subservient to Umno-PAS

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By Chew Lip Song

THE controversial proposal to ban the production and sale of alcohol to curb drink driving goes to show that Perikatan Nasional’s agenda is dominated by Umno and PAS, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said today.

He said that the ban on alcohol has always been PAS’ objectives and the party was only using drink driving as an excuse to further its extremist agenda.

Besides PAS, the Stampin MP said Umno had also proposed federal laws to regulate the sales and consumption of alcohol, although the matter lied within the jurisdiction of state governments.

“By now, it should be crystal clear to the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and all Sarawakians
that the PN Government’s agenda is dictated by UMNO and PAS,” Chong said in a statement.

He added that this was the second time alcoholic drinks have been targeted by the PN although the federal coalition came to power less than three months ago. The first was when the Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Ministry revoked a permit to allow a brewery to operate following objections from Umno and PAS.

“Although the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs is from GPS, he has to give in to the demands of his UMNO and PAS colleagues in the cabinet,” Chong added,

He said the religious bigots and extremists in PAS and UMNO have no consideration or respect
for those of other religions and cultures and would take every opportunity to impose their way of life onto the others.

“The GPS in the federal government with PAS and UMNO despite having ministers in the federal cabinet is powerless to stop the UMNO PAS’s agenda. For the sake of their ministerial positions, the GPS can and will only go along the UMNO PAS’ agenda in the cabinet.

“The call to ban the sales of alcoholic drinks is only a sign of things to come. With UMNO and PAS dictating the agenda of the federal government, there is bound to be more and more policies imposing the ideologies of PAS onto the others and Sarawak will not be spared.”

Chong said although GPS claimed it not formally partnering with Umno and PAS in PN,  it is already in the federal cabinet and cannot be absolved from the blame in any decisions made by the Umno-PAS-led Cabinet.

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