With the Sarawak Barisan Nasional 'using the police force as its tool', DAP is patting its back now that they have an 'insider' on their side.
KUCHING: Retired Special Branch police officer Raymond Tambi Subah’s decision to join Sarawak DAP is likely to boost the party’s campaign in Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Melanau-centric Mukah and Balingian constituencies.
Subah is himself a Melanau from Dalat and his experience as a intelligence officer will be an asset to DAP’s plans to manouevre its way in both areas.
Following its historic victory in the April 2011 state elections, when the party wrested 12 of the 15 seats it contested, DAP said that it will be expanding its reach deeper into Sarawak.
To that end, it immediately moved to set up the Dayak Consultative Council inviting Dayak professionals and grassroots leaders to share their thoughts on Dayak development and help DAP strategise a blue print to take the community forward.
They also pledged to setup a RM1billion fund for Dayak welfare if they came into power.
Since then the party slowly grown in its non-Chinese support.
According to Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen, thus far “30-40% of DAP members are non-Chinese” and the numbers are slowly growing.
He said having Subah, who was formerly attached to the Mukah District Police Headquarters, was a coup.
“Raymond (Subah) being an ex-SB officer knows the ‘in and out’ of the working of the Special Branch.
“That definitely will help the party’s struggle, especially now when the government is using the police force as an additional political tool of the Barisan Nasional, ” Chong said.
‘Wealth centered at top’
Speaking to the media here today, Subah said as a Melanau, his primary mission now “is to get the ball rolling and to encourage more bumiputeras especially those in the rural areas to join the party.
“We must tell the people that not everything is right with the present government,” he said.
Subah said his main concern was the poverty amongst the natives and the uneven wealth distribution in the state and in Malaysia as a whole.
“There has to be fairer distribution of wealth. We want to have a broader base so that more people can join and benefit from the state’s wealth and resources. Now the wealth is centred at the top and you know who is at the top.
“My mission now is to let the rural and coastal people know what is really going on in the present government,” he said.
Asked why he chose to join DAP, Subah said it was because the party had ‘integrity’.
“Some of them (leaders) are prepared to go to jail because of their belief and their struggle,” he said.
Meanwhile also joining DAP today is physicist Dr Gerald Lim. Lim, 40, was appointed as a special assistant to the Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong.
SUPP did nothing
Lim, who spent 23 years studying and working in New Zealand and Canada, is currently a consultant and involved in research work.
He said he joined DAP “not only to attract more professional people to join the party, but to offer professional advice in order to strengthen its base.”
A native of Sibu, Lim said he was surprised to see that the town had not changed much since he left 20 years ago.
Expressing disappointment with Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) which ‘governed’ Sibu for 24 years until May 2010, Lim said: “I left Sibu more than 20 years ago, (now I am back and) Sibu has not changed much in terms of development.
“SUPP has not done much, so what development are they talking about?”