Sarawak DAP blasted for accusing CM of spewing rhetoric

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP is trying to divert the people’s attention from the party’s internal problems by labelling Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Abang Openg's recent warning to all elected representatives to perform or be replaced as mere “rhetoric.”

State Barisan Nasional (BN) Backbencher chairman Abdullah Saidol said Abang Johari's stern warning to all Aduns to deliver or be fired is a reminder that the ruling coalition should not take for granted its big win in the last state election.

"I don't see this (warning) as rhetoric. What's wrong with (Abang Johari) wanting all the Aduns to do their duty and responsibilities (seriously)?"

"I don't think DAP cares much about that, because their only concern is winning seats and taking over the government by all means," he said.

Abdullah Saidol, who is also the Semop assemblyman, was responding to State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s dismissive comment on the Chief Minister’s statement.

"I think he must be aware that lately, many political leaders and followers amongst DAP around the country are quitting the party.

“So, he's trying to do something to avoid people from questioning the mess in his party," he said.

Abdullah Saidol said Sarawak BN will introduce many new faces to ensure that the party is in touch with the people’s concerns. It will ensure that performance-based and people-centric representatives are in place for the people, not for winning seats.

This is unlike the DAP, which features the same old faces and family members who have been in control for many years, he said.

"When it comes to playing politics, DAP's performance deserves a compliment. But I think they are losing steam, because people are not interested in them anymore," he added.