DAP’s fight against corrupt practices and cronyism came with a cost

Chong – Picture from alchetron.com

By Emma Victoria

DAP sometimes finds itself least welcome by some political parties due to its principles and “no hanky-panky” stand in governance.

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the party had adhered to strict principles of clean and good governance in the past 20 months.

Thus, a lot of mega projects were slashed from its initial estimated costings to more reduced amounts by the Finance Ministry, helmed by Lim Guan Eng.

For instance, the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project was cut down from RM65.5 billion to RM44 billion, MRT2 project costs reduced from RM39.35 billion to RM30.53 billion as well as the LRT3 project (from RM31.65 billion to RM16.63 billion) and the Pan Borneo Project (from RM21.9 billion to RM18.8 billion).

There was a 18 per cent drop in the Plus highway toll rates without any future increment compared to the original Plus toll concession contract which gave rights to the concessionaire for a five per cent increment in toll rates every three years.

“There are few ex-leaders in the PH coalition parties who wanted the concession to be transferred to their cronies, but it was strongly opposed by DAP ministers,” he said in a statement today.

The bottom-line is because of DAPs’ insistence, road users got lower toll rates, and any future profits from the concession will ultimately benefit EPF contributors and government coffers through Khazanah.

However, all these came with a cost.

DAP  antagonised many of those who had bad intentions of abusing their ministerial positions for their personal or crony gains which made it uneasy for them to be in the government with DAP.

“That’s why some political parties would rather choose to work with PAS than with DAP.

(This is because they know) As long as DAP is in the government, it would always be a hindrance for corrupt practices and cronyism to flourish,” he added.

On the whole “backdoor government” saga, DAP emerged as one of the most principled political parties. 

All the 42 DAP MPs stood together defending the fundamental principles of Pakatan Harapan to ensure that the Government elected by the people in 2018 remained and would continue to work towards fulfilling the PH Manifesto until the end of the term.

“We may have lost the government, but we did not lose our integrity and principles.  We will continue our political struggle towards a cleaner and better government for Sarawak and Malaysia.

We may be despair at the current situation, but we must not lose hope for a better Sarawak and Malaysia,” added the Stampin MP.