Speaker orders Yong’s comments on Sarawak civil service expunged

Yong (centre) speaking to the media. Violet Yong Facebook photo.

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nassar yesterday directed Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong to stop her debate in the legislature on the state’s budget for next year.

The speaker also ordered assembly secretary to expunge Yong’s comments about the alleged racial imbalance in the state civil service, citing sensitivities.

“I have heard you have gone on and on talking about race. You are entirely talking about race. Your speech has racial undertones.

“Sarawak is very tolerant of race,” the Speaker told Yong, Malay Mail reported.

Yong replied that she was talking about racial unity but Asfia did not buy the argument.

Yong had been talking about the position of the state secretary when she was interrupted.

Taking to Facebook later, Yong, who is from the DAP defended her remarks, saying that there was nothing wrong to ask that everyone regardless of race be given a fair chance in the service.

“Expunge my speech will not erase the problem. The imbalance composition in Sarawak Civil Service will always be there if our Sarawak State Government does not come out with policies to undo the shortcomings,” she added.

She went on to say that the late CM Tan Sri Adenan Satem had admitted to the racial imbalance in the state’s civil service and it was only right that the problem be resolved.