BN Backbenchers Club chair flays DAP for making Sarawak overtures

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: Opposition parties, especially the DAP, are well-known for making sugar-coated promises simply to gain political mileage, without the intention of fulfilling them.

State Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Abdullah Saidol is therefore urging DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to stop confusing Sarawakians with his promises, comments and allegations, and to focus instead on addressing issues concerning the people of Penang.

Nevertheless, the DAP can be expected to make more promises to the people in Sabah and Sarawak, as they are two states that are crucial for the party to earn more seats in the next general election, Abdullah said.

But Lim, who is also the Penang Chief Minister, has failed to deliver on his promises in his own state, such as making mandatory the declaration of assemblymen’s and MP’s assets; creating an affordable housing policy; building environmentally-friendly projects; abolishing toll and parking fees (in the evenings and weekends); ensuring meritocratic appointments for government-linked companies (GLCs); and many more.

“What (Lim) is doing in his state is the total opposite of what his party had promised. So, stop bluffing to our people here (in Sarawak),” he said.

Abdullah was commenting on DAP’s autonomy plans for Sabah and Sarawak, which promises to return 50 per cent of all tax receipts collected from the two states, if the Pakatan Harapan coalition and its allies form the federal government.

Sarawak, Abdullah said, as led by the newly-appointed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg, continuing the late Tan Sri Adenan’s policies, knows what is best for the state and its people.

“Political rhetoric may not work all the time, and the people can judge who has delivered, and wants to deliver more,” Abdullah added.