Forget race card, Sarawakians’ bread and butter our focus, says state DAP leader

Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen (seated third from left) after chairing the Sarawak DAP committee meeting here today.

KUCHING: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan will be focusing on a people-centric agenda for the 2021 state elections, said Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen today.

He said the state PH would persist in its fight for better facilities, improved welfare, education and healthcare, and economic development for Sarawakians.

Chong’s response comes after Barisan Nasional’s win in the recent Cameron Highlands and Semenyih by-elections, which analysts said BN won by playing up racial issues.

“We have noticed a very dangerous trend in Malaysian politics whereby issues concerning race and religion played significant roles in determining the victory of a political party,” he told reporters after the Sarawak DAP committee meeting here.

According to Chong, who is federal deputy domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, PH would not succumb to the race card to win in the upcoming state elections.

“Under the PH government, we will put more focus on improving the people’s welfare.”

However, Chong acknowledged that the victory of a political party is determined by a combination of various factors.

Chong, who is also Sarawak DAP chairman, said the Cameron Highlands and Semenyih by-election results served as a wake-up call for PH.

He said though PH still holds power at the federal level, it could lose the administration if it failed to fulfil what was promised in the 14th general election manifesto last year.

“Of course, some of these promises are quite impossible to deliver but there are also some that can be done but have yet to be delivered.

“These are the things we have to look into. We have to put more effort into delivering our promises to the people.”

During the DAP meeting, Chong said the party discussed several strategies to take on Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the 2021 state elections.

“We will be working closely with other PH component parties and it will be a one-to-one fight against the GPS,” he said.