Umno-PAS combo a threat to Sarawak’s social structure, says Chong

Sarawak GPS leaders (Sarawak Voice Pic)

By Emma Victoria

HAVING Umno and PAS in the federal government is a recipe for the destruction of the fundamental social structure and system in the country, and will not benefit Sarawakians, the state DAP said today.

“The scandalous corrupt practices of Umno can be epitomised in the 1MDB case and the famous “RM2 million is just my pocket money” statement in Court,” its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said. He was alluding to ex-Umno Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s recent court testimony that the quantum is like “pocket money” to him.

“That was the reason why the voters in 2018 voted against the BN. It was a rejection by the people of Malaysia and Sarawak of a corrupt regime,” he said in a statement here today.

“What the GPS has done now by supporting the Umno –PAS government is not only putting the corrupt regime back in power but at the same time putting the religious bigots in power.

“It is a double whammy against the interest and rights of Sarawak. Thanks to GPS, PAS is now part of the federal government and sitting in the cabinet deciding on the general policies of the country.

“This surely will pose a threat to the secularism of our Federal Constitution and also that of Sarawak’s social structure,” said the Member of Parliament for Stampin.

There is no way that GPS can shield Sarawak from the policies and laws implemented by the Federal Government.

For instance, children’s education, the healthcare system, financial system, business ecosystem, all of these are part and parcel of our everyday lives and they will all be subject to inputs from PAS ministers and their ideology in the cabinet, he added.

Therefore, he said claims by GPS that it is fighting for Sarawak’s rights are just pulling wool over Sarawakians’ eyes, when it can support and be part of a government that will compromise the basic social structure of Sarawak.

“In 1976, the GPS, under their previous body of BN, has compromised Sarawak’s rights in respect of our natural oil and gas resources. This time, the GPS has done greater injustice to Sarawakians by putting PAS in Federal Government,” he said.