DAP urged to rebuild bridge it burnt over the hudud issue.
KUCHING: PKR Sarawak, in friendly fire with DAP Sarawak, has taken the position that the latter has found itself between a rock and a hard place, if not a quagmire. “It’s only option was to rebuild the bridge that it has burnt over the hudud issue.”
“Our common enemy is Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak and not each other,” said PKR Sarawak Deputy Youth Chief Simon Siah. “PKR is consistent in our position. We hope that DAP remains true to our shared original struggle, which was to topple BN.”
“DAP Sarawak Chairman Chong Chieng Jen should not continue to flirt with BN. He has been doing quite a bit of this lately and openly too.”
He was commenting on a statement by Chong who urged PKR, in particular its Chief Baru Bian, to sever ties with the local chapter of PAS.
Revisiting the hudud issue, Siah reminded that PKR had reiterated its clear and consistent stand on hudud last week with reference to the Federal Constitution. “We further stated that we would write to Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to pass a bipartisan motion in the Sarawak Assembly that hudud would never be implemented in Sarawak.”
“If Adenan fails to table such a motion, PKR will do so. We have already written to Adenan.”
Siah wants Chong to take note that PKR never left the opposition alliance in Sarawak and that it was DAP which made the first move in October last year to sever all ties with it and PAS. “Last week, it boldly announced that it had abandoned Pakatan Rakyat,” said Siah. “In less than a week, DAP has suddenly discovered that it was now in a quagmire of its own making.”
Siah stressed that unlike DAP, PKR was a democratic party where decisions were based on consultation and consensus. “Chong advising Baru not to be so adamant in clinging on to Pakatan Rakyat, as a coalition, was uncalled for and smacks of arrogance and interference.”
Baru’s “Sarawakians First” letter to Adenan on the bipartisan motion on hudud was dated March 25, the same date as a press statement on a March 24 meeting of the PKR Sarawak Leadership Council which took a firm stand on hudud.