BN federal ministers from sarawak Must give an explanation

Abdul Karim must take his colleague who are holding the Federal Ministerial posts to task in the passing of the Tourism Tax on hotel rooms.
I fully agree with Abdul Karim’s statement that such tax is not only unfair to Sarawak but also an encroachment to the rights of Sarawak.
However, the Bill for the said tax was tabled by Nazri with the full authority and endorsement of the cabinet which there are many Sarawak BN MPs sitting as ministers, namely:
1. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (MP for Santubong)
2. Fadillah Yusuf (MP for Petra Jaya)
3. Richard Riot Jaem (MP for Serian)
4. Nancy Shukri (MP for Batang Sadong)
5. Rohani Abdul Karim (MP for Batang Lupar)
6. Joseph Entulu Belaun (MP for Selangau)
7. Alexander Nanta Linggi (MP for Kapit)
There are also the following Deputy Ministers in the Federal Government, namely:
1. Nogeh Anak Gumbek (MP for Mas Gading)
2. James Dawos Mamit (MP for Mambong)
3. Masir Kujat (MP for Sri Aman)
4. Henry Sum Agong (MP for Lawas)
These are the Sarawak BN members in the Federal Government who had approved the Bill for the said Tourism Tax to be imposed, including Sarawak.
Why did they consent to such imposition of the Tourism Tax on Sarawak? In the past, it is also the Sarawak BN MPs who supported the implementation of GST to tax the people of Sarawak to enrich the Federal Government’s coffer. This only shows that within BN, the Sarawak BN can only do the biddings and follow blindly the directive of UMNO to the detriment of the general Sarawak people. It has happened once in the passing of the GST law and now again the Tourism Tax.
Were these federal Ministers and Deputy Ministers from Sarawak BN coerced by their UMNO counterparts into approving the Bill or were they in total ignorance of what they approved in Cabinet?
These are pertinent questions that Abdul Karim must see to it that these BN Federal Ministers from Sarawak answer and be held accountable to the people of Sarawak.
We DAP is in full support for the protection of Sarawak’s rights and interest. It is an irony that the Sarawak BN, purportedly to be the local parties and having their share of representation in Federal BN, yet it allows Sarawak’s interest to be sold out and eroded by the Federal Government.
While we are in full support of Abdul Karim’s statement, we hope he will not just stop short of crying foul in the papers, but make sure that these Federal Ministers and Deputy Ministers from Sarawak be held answerable to Sarawkians.

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa