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DAP Sarawak shows its true colours as Chinese-only party

THE State Democratic Action Party (DAP) has publicly shown its true colours as a Chinese-only party.

Yes, despite trying to paint itself as a party championing Dayak rights, the party only really cares about Chinese rights!

Just in case there was ever any doubt of the party’s Chinese-only mentality, just look at the line up of its so-called DAP Candidate Select Committee.

The members of the committee are Wong Ho Leng, Chiew Chin Sing, Chong Siew Chiang, Chong Chieng Jen, David Wong, Fong Pau Teck and Ting Tze Fui.

Hmm … I guess the DAP’s so-called Bumiputera members have no place in decision-making!

The facts are clear that the party’s Bumiputera members are only window dressing to be paraded about when they are politically useful.

DAP has indeed proven that it does not care about them otherwise.

DAP has indeed proven that it has no respect for their opinions otherwise.

DAP has indeed proven that it cannot move past its Chinese-only mentality!

Yes, despite claiming to be a multiracial party, the DAP has also made it very, very clear that it is only really, really interested in urban Chinese seats!

Despite being in so-called partnership with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the DAP has declared for all the world to hear that it wants not only the Stampin parliamentary seat but also that of Miri. Both of which are of course Chinese-majority seats!

This is after PKR has made it clear that it is also interested in those seats because hey PKR also wants seats in Putrajaya — we all know that the opposition coalition of (in)convenience known as Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is more likely to find success in urban Chinese seats.

But we all know that as opposition top-dog in Sarawak, the DAP is not about to be generous because it too wants seats in Putrajaya.

So the DAP is insisting that PR should let the party contest in Stampin and Miri.

State DAP Chairman Wong Ho Leng told a press conference yesterday that it was “very obvious” which party should be given certain seats in the coming polls.

Wong also lamented that state PKR leaders lacked the authority to make the final call and chided de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for being too busy to attend such meetings.

“We (DAP) are busy, but we also have to understand that Anwar is a busy man who hardly has time for seat negotiation talks. In any case, we will continue to negotiate with state PKR leaders, and Anwar would be involved if need be,” Wong is quoted as saying.

Ah, I guess Anwar realises that there is no point negotiating with a party that is not willing to negotiate!

DAP has already made up its mind and isn’t about to give up the seats that it feels belongs to them simply because they are Chinese-majority seats.

Really, the party should just stop pretending to care about the State’s Bumiputera community and drop its claims of being a multiracial party.

Like the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.

The Borneo Post’s report:

DAP to PKR: We want Miri, Stampin in coming 13th GE

By Lim How Pim

KUCHING: DAP Sarawak insists that Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan) should let them contest in Stampin and Miri come the 13th general election.

Its chairman Wong Ho Leng told a press conference yesterday that it was ‘very obvious’ which party should be given certain seats in the coming polls.

Asked if his apparent frustration could be taken to mean that the DAP and PKR could not see eye-to-eye on certain seat arrangements, Wong brushed it off by saying: “There is no dispute and never was there any. This applies to both Stampin and Miri.

“Perhaps, I shall put it this way. It is very obvious which party should be fielded in certain seats,” he said at the DAP headquarters here.

Wong, who is also Sibu MP and Bukit Assek assemblyman, said the DAP Candidate Select Committee would finalise its list on May 6.

He, however, pointed out that the candidate list would not be made public. Only the chosen candidates would be notified.

“In Pakatan, we share the understanding that candidates will be announced only after negotiation concludes.”

The Committee comprises Wong, Chiew Chin Sing, Chong Siew Chiang, Chong Chieng Jen, David Wong, Fong Pau Teck and Ting Tze Fui.

Asked what would happen if negotiation talks among state Pakatan parties stalled, Wong said the normal procedure would be to bring the matter up with the national leaders for a decision.

Wong lamented that state PKR leaders lacked the authority to make the final call, and compounding to the situation is that their de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is too busy for such meetings.

“We (DAP) are busy, but we also have to understand that Anwar is a busy man who hardly have time for seat negotiation talks.

“In any case, we will continue to negotiate with state PKR leaders, and Anwar would be involved if need be.”

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