PM-PH meeting first step towards cooperation and consensus – Chong

By S. Harrish

PAKATAN Harapan Sarawak unanimously views the meeting between Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and PH leaders Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu, as a positive political development in the country.

Sarawak PH chief Chong Chieng Jen said this would be the first step to change from the previous domineering top-down way of governing to one that seeks cooperation and consensus from both sides.

“Such a change will not be possible if there is one dominant party or a very lopsided number of representatives between the ruling coalition and the Opposition,” he said in a statement today.

Chong said it was pertinent upon the Government to quickly set in motion concrete institutional reforms and economic revival policies proposed by PH so as to restore public confidence in the political system of the country and to save lives and the economy in the current Covid-19 pandemic.

To save the economy, businesses and jobs, he said the new Government need to inject more funds into the system and there must also be a mechanism to ensure it reaches the people and businesses.

The state DAP chief said that to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Government must also immediately implement mass testing and contact tracing strategy instead of the current restrictive number of testing strategy.

“In other words, the Government should make free testing available to all.”

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said that to restore public confidence in the political system, the Government must also enact the anti-hopping law to curb all party-hopping activities in future.

“It is only when the voters are assured that the winning candidates will not party-hop after being elected that they will have the confidence in our electoral system and the desire to vote.”

He added that Undi 18 must also be implemented immediately.