‘Be grateful’ call not the way

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  • Wednesday, 09 Jun 2010

MIRI: The Sarawak DAP has hit out against the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) for asking urban voters to be grateful to the ruling government for giving the rakyat jobs and development projects.

Sarawak DAP information chief David Wong said yesterday that the statement by SUPP organising secretary Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui two days ago showed that the SUPP still had not changed and not learnt any lesson from its defeat in the Sibu parliamentary by-election on May 16.

“The SUPP and the rest of Barisan Nasional are still out of tune with the rakyat. SUPP has not humbled itself. Asking the rakyat to be grateful is like a boss talking down to his employees.

“The party still fails to realise that the projects and social-economic development must be carried out as part and parcel of its responsibilities to the rakyat,” he said.

Wong was commenting on Chin’s outburst during a Gawai celebration here where he slammed constituents who had voted against the ruling government, especially those in urban Sarawak.

Chin, who is Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water and Miri MP, said these voters were ungrateful and had forgotten that it was the Barisan government that had given them jobs, good education and a safe country to live in.

Wong said yesterday it was obvious that the SUPP leaders were still living in the past. He said it was not a question of gratitude as it was the voters who put these Barisan leaders in their posts to serve the people.

“These leaders are obliged to bring development for the people. The issue now facing the rakyat is no more just about development projects or jobs.

“The most critical issues are about good governance, fair policies to all races and religion, stopping corruption, cronyism and nepotism,” he told The Star.

Chin’s remarks also drew criticism from some members of the Miri Taxi Association.

Also, some SUPP veterans here agreed that the party cannot demand gratitude from the electorate.

A senior party leader here said SUPP leaders must show that they had the guts to speak up against injustice and fight for the rights of the minority.

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