On the main issue about enforcement against illegal gambling centres, the MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang, has been most irresponsible to say that the Council has no enforcement power.

On the complaint by Voon Siak Ni that my special assistant Abdul Aziz has used some vulgar words (in Tagalog language) on his facebook while commenting on her, I have immediately looked into the matter upon hearing the complaint and requested Abdul Aziz to publish an apology statement on his facebook.
Abdul Aziz did not know the true meaning of those words used by him. But when he was told of the true meaning of such words, he quickly removed the words and also published an apology to Voon Siak Ni and all those who have read the words on his facebook.
Though there may be different political stand and opinion, in no circumstances should vulgar words be used and I will not condone my special assistant or political secretary using such words. I have also given Aziz a very stern warning on this matter.
As to Voon Siak Ni’s threat of defamation action, that is her legal rights and it is up to her to take whatever action deemed fit. Whether the words uttered by Abdul Aziz is defamatory of Voon, that will be a matter of interpretation by the court of Law.
On the main issue about enforcement against illegal gambling centres, the MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang, has been most irresponsible to say that the Council has no enforcement power.
On 18-11-2013 (one and half year ago), when Wong Soon Koh, acting in his capacity as the Minister for Local Government, tabled the Local Authorities Amendment Bill 2013 to increase the councils’ power to impose fines from RM2,000 to RM500,000, Wong Soon Koh told the Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak that the increased power was to enable the local councils to combat illegal gambling centres more effectively.
For that purpose, the Bill was passed by the Sarawak DUN. Yet, now Lo is telling the people that MPP has no enforcement power.
In light of the words of Wong Soon Koh in DUN, Lo’s statement simply makes no sense.
I have called for the reduction and review of entertainment licences in DUN and Adenan has promised to look into the matter. He has also asked for a bit more time for the Government to tackle the problem.
Had it not been Lo Khere Chiang, on 1-5-2015, trying to bully YB Christina Chiew by making baseless accusation against her, I would not have brought the matter up in the press but to wait and see what Adenan will do.
Nevertheless, the recent exchange of words in the press is also a blessing in disguise. It exposes Voon Siak Ni’s “press consultant” role for MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang when it comes to drafting press statements to attack DAP.
It is good that this covert relationship be revealed to the public and that we DAP know where we stand when it comes to dealing with these two persons.
Whether Lo will act against illegal gambling outlets or not, it is his discretion. Since the matter has been brought up in DUN, we will follow up in the next DUN sitting. At the end of the day, it is Adenan Satem and Wong Soon Koh who will be answering on this issue in DUN.
10-5-2015
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa