IN 2011, when Sarawak last held a state election, Wong Ching King resigned as a secondary school teacher because he believed in the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and wanted to join its ranks.
Five years later, Wong has awoken from his stupor and realised that his sacrifices have been for nought.
Having been a part of the party’s machinery, he has totally lost confidence in the state DAP leadership.
“Sarawak DAP leadership has trampled on my dignity as a party member and the autocratic style of the leadership of certain state DAP leaders has destroyed the unity of branch members and has compromised the public’s confidence towards DAP Sarikei branch in particular,” Wong told reporters.
Wow! Strong words from someone who was once so obviously a true believer.
It gives some insight into a party that has been good at throwing mud at others, not just the Barisan Nasional (BN) but also its so-called partners in the opposition coalition.
If the party led by Chong Chieng Jen is already autocratic when it has nothing to rule but itself, imagine what it would be like if it were ever voted into government.
Wong has realised his mistake. Hopefully Sarawakians will not fall into a similar trap.
The story from The Borneo Post:
DAP Sarikei secretary quits party
SARIKEI: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarikei secretary Wong Ching King quit the party yesterday because he has totally lost confidence in the state DAP leadership.
Wong, who resigned as a secondary school teacher to join DAP in 2011, said he relinquished all party posts including as a special assistant to Sarikei Member of Parliament Andrew Wong Ling Biu.
“I have prepared my resignation letter, which I will send to the party’s secretary-general via email later today (yesterday) and followed by a hard copy via courier service,” he told a press conference.
“Sarawak DAP leadership has trampled on my dignity as a party member and the autocratic style of the leadership of certain state DAP leaders has destroyed the unity of branch members and has compromised the public’s confidence towards DAP Sarikei branch in particular.”
He said it was sad that certain state DAP leaders, Sarikei branch leaders and members totally failed to uphold the basic principles of the party.
“I have also not yet made any decision on how I would be involved in the coming state election apart from exercising my right as a registered voter in N45 Repok. I will make the announcement if there is a new development,” he said.
The story from The Star:
Sarawak Polls: Rupture in Repok
By Jocelyn Tan
SARIKEI: The sudden resignation of DAP secretary for Sarikei Wong Ching King from all his party posts has cast a pall over the party’s chances of holding on to the Repok seat in the state polls.
The former teacher blamed the “autocratic style of certain state DAP leaders” for his decision but it is believed he was unhappy that he would not be the candidate for Repok.
It is understood that a woman in her twenties has been nominated by the Sarikei DAP division to contest the seat.
The woman is believed to be the personal assistant to a local DAP leader and MP.
Ching King’s resignation will complicate the situation for the party.
On top of that, SUPP, which lost to DAP in the last state election, is putting a new face to contest in Repok. Last Friday, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem named Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii as the Barisan Nasional candidate. Huang, a tycoon, has been moving around the last few months to prepare for the election.