KUCHING: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (pic) has dismissed as untrue a report in an online news portal that he would become chief minister should Pakatan Harapan win the next state election due in 2021.
"Both the Sarawak and national Pakatan have never discussed the candidate for Sarawak chief minister.
"This is another fake news created in an attempt to cause discord and unnecessary argument among the Pakatan component parties," Chong said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 29).
The SarawakVoice website reported earlier on Wednesday that Chong would be the new chief minister if Pakatan took over the state government.
The website claimed that this was revealed by Kedah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy chief Anuar Abdul Hamid, who was reported as saying on Monday that Pakatan had agreed before GE14 that Pribumi would take the lead in Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Johor, PKR in Selangor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan, DAP in Penang, the Federal Territories and Sarawak and Amanah in Kelantan, Terengganu and Melaka.
The Sarawak government is currently led by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), a new state-based coalition formed by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) when they pulled out of Barisan Nasional on June 12.
Chong said the Pakatan leaders were currently focusing on the administration of the country to save it from the "wreckage" caused by the previous Barisan government.
"As for Sarawak, GPS is the main culprit as to why many parts of Sarawak are still so backward in terms of development.
"Like the nation, we also need a change of state government to stop the exploitation of the rakyat's rights and the state's wealth by the GPS government," he said.
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