SIBU: DAP’s open challenge to Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Sibu branch to publicly debate the expulsion of assemblywoman Ting Tze Fui from the State Legislative Assembly has infuriated a state minister who has described it as “demeaning”.
Said second State Finance Minister Wong Soon Koh: “(Wong) Ho Leng is an MP (Sibu), a state assemblyman and the chairman of Sarawak DAP.
“I find his challenge to me demeaning. How can a man with such a high position say something of such nature?”
Wong, who is also Sibu SUPP chairman, was alluding to Ho Leng’s Christmas challenge to him to debate Ting’s expulsion at the Sibu Town Sqaure.
Ho Leng said if Wong was “afraid” to square-off with him, the latter could choose to debate with anyone of the six opposition MPs in Sarawak.
Said Wong: “I see no need to accept Ho Leng’s challenge because we will be going down to the people and telling to them how the opposition behaved in the House (state assembly). We want the people to see their true colours.”
Wong said he was aware that DAP has been going around sensationalising the Ting issue and using it to flog the political situation in Sarawak.
He said opportunitistic DAP was using Ting’s expulsion to make itself look like martyrs.
To counter this, Wong said SUPP was taking a leaf off DAP’s campaign style and would host a series of ceramahs to explain the situation to the public.
“We want the people to know who they (DAP) are too. We won’t let them (DAP) distort what happened in the House and the political situation in Sarawak.
“We have decided to go around ourselves and expose them (DAP) too,” he said.
Wong, who was a former Speaker, said Ting’s expulsion last month was as according to House procedures.
“Before she was expelled, she was given a chance to defend herself. But Ting did not want to withdraw her statement.
“As such, she was referred to the Privileges Committee. In the end, the House decided to expel her,” he said.