KUCHING: DAP State chairman Chong Chieng Jen has labelled SUPP an ‘oppressive’ and ‘suppressive’ party after looking at the new local councillor line-up.
Although he did not name anyone, he was apparently referring to SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also Minister of Local Government.
“We are now reverting to the old ways, where local councillors are from the ruling political party to serve their political master,” said Chong at a press conference here yesterday.
He opined that this approach had been shown to be ineffective and inefficient in solving the people’s problems. In the past, Chong recalled, when SUPP lost badly in state polls, the voices of non-governmental associations and Chinese associations could be heard.
“Now that SUPP has regained some seats, all the voices from the people, associations and non- political party members within the council have been deprived.”
On another matter, Chong was irked by the presence of policemen at their mobile service centre at Trinity Hub at Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli recently.
He claimed that the mobile service was merely to listen to the people’s grouses and to conduct new voter registration.
The policemen eventually left after discussing the matter with Stampin MP Julian Tan, who led the service that day.