Chong: Good governance safeguards are being dismantled


Chong receiving the membership application forms from Nethiyananthar Belilingam

By S. Harrish

THOSE who wanted to abuse their government positions for personal gains did not get their way when the DAP was a part of the Federal government.

Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said that during the 21-month Pakatan Harapan rule, the Finance Ministry practised very strict compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures on government procurements and awards of government contracts.

“All ministries, state governments and their agencies have to comply with the MOF circulars on their procurements and contracts,” he said in a statement today.

He said many requests for exemption from open tender process for certain projects and procurements were turned down.

“Exemptions were granted only in very rare occasions with strong justification.

“That is why, as the Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng was not popular even amongst some of his colleagues in the cabinet. But we owed it to the people to ensure that their tax money is not squandered and plundered.

“As long as we hold firm to this principle in governing, there will be very little room for corruption and self-enrichment for politicians.”

He said that under the new federal government, the safeguards set up by PH for good governance are being slowly removed.

He added that cases like 1MDB may re-emerge and people may hear more of “RM2 million is just my pocket money” coming from ministers.

He said that despite all these, DAP will not lose hope and will continue to soldier on for the betterment of the country and Sarawak.

Chong said the party received more than 100 new membership applications from the residents in the Batu Lintang state constituency today.

They comprise mostly the Indian community who are applying to form the DAP Stapok branch.

He said many political party leaders have made DAP, the bogeyman to justify their traitorous act of betraying the people’s mandate.

“DAP has been labelled as anti-Malay and the GPS would rather work with Pas than with DAP.”

However, he said the people still regarded DAP as the best safeguard to protect tax-payer money.