Dissolve assembly now, DAP dares BN

By Joseph Tawie, Free Malaysia Today

Exasperated at Barisan Nasional’s continuous crowing of its twin wins in last Thursday’s Galas and Batu Sapi elections, Sarawak DAP has challenged the state BN to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly within a week and call for polls if it was “so confident” of the people’s support.

“I challenge the state BN government to call for the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly within one week and hold election within one month, if the ruling party is confident that the people are coming back to support the BN,” said DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen.

The irritated call from the opposition stemmed from last Friday’s sitting of the State Legislative Assembly where “one BN assemblyman after another” stood up to glorify the party’s wins, attributing it to a return of the people’s faith in BN.

“If you (BN) don’t dare, all this song of praises regarding BN’s two victories is only self-deceit.

“After the Nov 4 by-election, several state assemblymen started to sing their praises in the assembly…

“This is totally wasting taxpayers’ money, given that there are 16 days only in the year for the assembly to discuss important issues,” said Chong, who is also Kota Santosa assemblyman.

On the defeat of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition in Batu Sapi, Chong said that the message from the constituency is very clear: there is no place for any independent in Malaysian politics.

“Sabah Progressive Party is regarded as an independent as it stood alone. Yong Teck Lee, who stood as its candidate, has been Sabah’s chief minister, and regarded as a force, yet he came last.

“The people rejected an independent as clearly shown by the result of the by-election,” he said.

An optimistic Chong said the outcome bore well for the shaping of a bipartisan political front in the country.

“The people are mature enough to see that independents are just opportunists who are interested in raising issues for personal gains at the expense of democracy,” he added.

SUPP spineless

On land issue, Chong expressed regret that the BN had again rejected the Bill on Land Law Reform, which the DAP had proposed to table at the sitting of the State Legislative Assembly.