SUPP’S call for a Deputy Prime Minister II post to be given to GPS has been described as a self-deceiving move.
DAP Sarawak’s Michael Kong said though it would give some recognition of Sabah and Sarawak as one of the founding states of Malaysia, it should not be done just for the sake of it.
“How far will one go then? 2nd DPM, 3rd DPM, 4th DPM, the list can go on and on infinitely.”
He said the DPM position should be from either one of the Bornean states and creating a 2nd DPM position is making a mockery of it.
“Might as well create a 2nd Prime Minister as that would sound better than 2nd DPM,” he said in a statement today.
Kong said any appointments, be it Minister or even Deputy Prime Minister, should be based on merits and ability to perform, not merely for show or political support.
Meanwhile, Batu Kitang DAP chief Abdul Aziz Isa reminded SUPP that its members had in 2015, lodged a police report against Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for comments made after the Low Yat incident in Kuala Lumpur.
He said SUPP members Milton Foo and Michael Tiang made the report saying police needed to investigate irresponsible racial remarks made openly.
“Foo had also taken a similar stance against Ismail Sabri by saying that he is not fit to be a minister after making several racist remarks in nature.
“It is to be remembered that Ismail Sabri has not even apologised for his racist comments.
“This latest episode shows us that SUPP can conveniently sell out their principles and beliefs for their own political mileage and expediency.
“In doing so, just like Pas, SUPP is showing signs of a typical political turncoat.”
In a statement, Aziz said he also wondered why GPS was so faithful to their West Malaysian counterpart especially Umno despite the party being the ones who eroded Sarawak’s rights.
He said Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang came out with statements praising West Malaysian counterparts despite consistently criticising West Malaysian politics.
He said that despite GPS having four Cabinet members under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s cabinet, not a single bill was tabled to amend the Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution that downgraded Sarawak and Sabah to states.
He added that Lo’s statement on the appointment of Ismail Sabri also proved that GPS has failed its quest to reclaim Sarawak’s rights.
“To date, apart from Lo, many GPS leaders seem to be begging the federal government to return Sarawak’s rights. The biggest question which requires a convincing answer is that, if GPS is the true kingmaker then why do they need to stoop so low to beg for PN-led federal government to return its rights?”
“Instead of begging, why can’t GPS make it happen since they are part of the ruling party in the federal government? A kingmaker won’t beg, instead they would get what they want and play the game correctly.”
He said if a kingmaker failed to get what they want, then they should change their strategies.
Aziz said that regardless of how many ministerial posts given to GPS under Ismail Sabri’s premiership, if they can’t reclaim Sarawak’s rights, then GPS is deemed useless.