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The cat is out of the bag. Finally, Abang Johari reveals himself as the mastermind behind the BN’s dirty tactic to attempt to disqualify Dr Ting Tiong Choon using their brute majority in the Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak

The cat is out of the bag. Finally, Abang Johari reveals himself as the mastermind behind the BN’s dirty tactic to attempt to disqualify Dr Ting Tiong Choon using their brute majority in the Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak.

Wong Soon Koh is only a front and the errand boy used by Abang Jo and the Sarawak BN government when he moved the ministerial motion in Sarawak DUN to wrongfully disqualify Dr Ting.

When the motion was tabled in DUN on 12-5-2017, Abang Jo tried to give the public perception that he has nothing to do with it by absenting himself from the Dewan.

In the first mention of the case in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kuching, the State Government also tried to disassociate itself by claiming that the action has nothing to do with the State Government. That was why, the Court allowed the State Government to be withdrawn as a party to the action. Yet, today in the papers, it is the State cabinet (the Sarawak Government) who decides to appeal against the decision of the Kuching High Court.

Now that the Dewan’s decision has been declared unconstitutional and unlawful by the Kuching High Court, Abang Jo can no longer hide behind Wong Soon Koh.

Today’s announcement by Abang Jo that the Sarawak State Government will appeal against the High Court decision is evident that this shameful motion to disqualify Dr Ting was tabled in DUN Sarawak with the approval and authority of the whole cabinet.

Dr Ting’s incident is another proof that Abang Jo falls far short of the standard set by his predecessor, the late Adenan Satem. When the late Adenan Satem became the Chief Minister of Sarawak, his first few major policies were all people-centric, for the benefit and welfare of the people of Sarawak.

However, as for Abang Jo, when he became the Chief Minister, his first agenda in DUN Sarawak was an assault to democracy by using the brute majority of the BN ADUNs in the Dewan to wrongfully and forcibly remove a rightfully elected ADUN, thereby taking away from the voters of Pujut their choice of the elected representative.

Not only is Abang Jo not up to mark if compared to the late Adenan Satem, he has also shown utter disrespect to the democratic choice of the voters in Pujut.

Worst of all, the BN Sarawak, under his leadership is now contemplating to resort to Federal Government’s intervention into Sarawak DUN, a matter which so far lies within the exclusive jurisdiction of the State, by asking the Federal Department of the Ministry for Home Affairs to revoke Dr Ting’s citizenship so that he be disqualified as an ADUN. Such attempt tantamount to a “betrayal” and “surrendering” of our fundament State autonomy to the Federal Government.

Therefore, I call upon Abang Jo to behave like a statesman, and stop the meaningless persecution of Dr Ting and at the same time turning the DUN Sarawak into a circus show of clowns. The Sarawak BN had lost in the people’s court during the State Election and lost twice in the Court of law thereafter.

It is time for the Sarawak Government to move on to more meaningful agenda and stop wasting people’s money and time on trying to forcibly disqualify Dr Ting. Let him concentrate his time and energy on serving the people of Pujut and respect the decision of 8,899 Pujut voters.

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman & MP for Kuching
Media statement by Chong Chieng Jen in Kuching on Monday, 19th June 2017