Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wong Soon Koh should stop telling lies and giving unbelievable excuses for SUPP's loss in Sibu

Media Statement by Chong Chieng Jen, DAP Sarawak Secretary and MP for Bandar Kuching in Sibu on Wednesday, 26 May 2010:

Wong Soon Koh should stop telling lies and giving unbelievable excuses for SUPP's loss in Sibu and face up to the fact that BN has failed the people after 47 years

It has become blatantly obvious that SUPP is still clueless why BN lost the Sibu by-election, for they have clearly lost touch with the needs and interest of the voters.

In his winding up speech in the Sarawak State Assembly, the 2nd Finance Minister made a litany of baseless and unbelievable accusations against the DAP and made no attempt to understand the fact that the people of Sibu has had enough of the decades of abuse, cronyism and corruption by the Barisan Nasional state government.

Wong Soon Koh made the laughable claim that the DAP is now extremely rich for we can fly over hundreds of campaigners to Sibu to assist in the Sibu by-election. We would like to inform him that nearly all DAP campaigners, be they Members of Parliament, state assemblymen or ordinary members, took care of their own expenses without burdening the party. In addition, in order to save expenses, most of them stayed either with party members in Sibu or in low-budget hotels.

Unlike Barisan Nasional leaders, we do not fly first class, nor stay at 5-star hotels which are paid for by the federal or state government, under the pretext of carrying out their government duties, despite obviously campaigning for the SUPP candidate.

Despite having nearly full control over the 3Ms, money, media and machinery, Wong Soon Koh has the cheek to accuse DAP of employing “dirty tactics” to win the Sibu by-election. Despite his claims he has provided absolutely no evidence of foul play to date. On the other hand, it is BN which has handed out cash liberally to voters in order to entice votes.

The DAP has consistently based our campaign on the fact that the State BN leaders have overstayed their welcome, that cronyism, corruption and nepotism are rampant in BN and that SUPP has failed to defend the key tenet of Sarawak's 18-point agreement to join Malaysia, the guarantee of freedom of religion. Are these dirty tactics or are these the ugly truth that BN leader refuse to admit?

Finally, Wong Soon Koh also accused DAP of intimidation tactics to scare voters from voting resulting in the very low turnout of 59.8%. Wong Soon Koh must be joking for DAP has neither the ability or the power to intimidate, but are instead victims of intimidation and injustice as BN has full control over the Election Commission and the police force. What is worse is that Wong Soon Koh is basing his claim on a wrong piece of information provided by the EC that the turnout is only 59.8% when in actual fact, the EC has already corrected this figure to 70% voter turnout, which is higher than the last general elections in 2008.

Wong Soon Koh should admit that the BN's defeat in Sibu is cuased by the ineffectiveness of SUPP in BN, the oppressive policies of BN and the rampant corruption, nepotism and cronyism of BN. The denial syndrome that BN has failed the people of Sibu and Sarawak will only result in a bigger loss for BN come the next state elections in Sarawak.

Chong Chieng Jen

Monday, May 24, 2010

改变,从砂拉越开始 – 诗巫宣言





这是全马来西亚唯一一个“家天下”- 由首长全权掌控全州经济及政治命脉的州属。


良好施政= 终绝泰益


行动党及民联主张良好施政,而泰益玛目所领导的国阵政府则以腐败施政见称。泰益的家族通过砂州日光集团(Cahaya Mata Sarawak)及其它的朋党公司,控制了大部份最高回酬的合约、生意,处处压榨着老百姓,也让小商人难以生存。

















国阵不会改变,它也不能改变。 国阵一旦改变,意味着国阵领袖的穷途末路。

Sarawak for Change-The Sibu Declaration Adopted by DAP Sarawak State Committee On 23rd May 2010 In Sibu, Sarawak

The Sibu Miracle on 16th May 2010 is the beginning of the awakening of Sarawak. From now on, no one will take us – the people of Sarawak – for granted. One small step in winning Sibu is one big step to winning power in Petrajaya, and a giant step forward to winning power in Putrajaya.

Sarawak is rich. It has the largest land mass in Malaysia and an abundance of resources such as timber, land, palm oil, gold, oil and gas.

But the people of Sarawak are among the poorest in Malaysia because of low pay, poor employment opportunities and a business environment which is monopolised by a selected few.

It is the only state in Malaysia where one family – that of the Chief Minister’s – practically has complete power over the state’s entire economic and political activities.

It’s time that we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Let’s chart a new future for Sarawak and Malaysia.


Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud will be in office for three decades by next year. It’s time that we take the mandate back from Taib and herald a new era of reform and rejuvenation for Sarawak.

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat stand for good governance. Taib Mahmud’s BN has a track record of bad governance. Taib’s family through Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS) and other crony companies control the most lucrative contracts and businesses, impoverishing the rakyat while making life difficult for small businesses.


DAP and Pakatan Rakyat believe in equal partnership in political coalition and in federal-state relations. The sole purpose of the existence of Sarawak BN is to prop up Taib’s empire whereas Pakatan Rakyat practices equal political partnership for the betterment of the rakyat. Nationally, resource-rich Sarawak has been given a raw deal.


DAP believes in Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) governance. We listen and engage with all citizens, not just those with the money. Less corruption means more for everyone. Sarawak is rich. By having open tender to all government procurements, timber extraction licenses and alienation of state lands for commercial and plantation purposes, all Sarawakians will be richer.
SENIOR CITIZENS’ BONUS – When DAP and Pakatan Rakyat become the Government of Sarawak, all Sarawakians above 60 years of age will receive a minimum of RM400 per annum in appreciation of their contribution to the state.


An annual RM 80 million allocation from the State budget will be set up to eradicate hardcore poverty in Sarawak.


When DAP and Pakatan Rakyat become the government in Sarawak, all schools regardless of background will be given allocations according to needs as practised in Penang, Selangor and Kelantan so that our children can have a bright future.


Pakatan Rakyat National Common Policy Platform commits to provide Sarawak 20% in oil royalties from Petronas, instead of the current 5%, if Pakatan Rakyat wins federal power.


When DAP and Pakatan Rakyat become government in Sarawak, all NCR land will be surveyed and titles (communal and individual) issued while all expiring leases will be unconditionally renewed. With lands accessible to the people and not cronies, we believe that the great economic potential of Sarawak will be unleashed.


The flood problems in Sarawak needs serious attention while long term investment in human capital and infrastructure is needed to make Sarawak a great economy. WIFI will be provided free to move Sarawak into a knowledge state.

BN will not and cannot change. For BN to change spells destruction for its leaders. But without change spells certain doom for all Sarawakians.The choice is clear. Sarawak for Change.