Fuss over hall nothing to do with GPS, says SUPP Youth chief

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party Youth chief Michael Tiang.

KUCHING: A Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leader has refuted claims by the state DAP that the coalition denied the latter the use of a hall in Sibu to distribute TV decoders to the people under a federal government initiative.

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party Youth chief Michael Tiang said the state government had never stopped Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) from holding activities that would benefit the people.

“Initially, their programme was supposed to be held at Rejang Park in Sibu, to which we had no objection.

“But they decided to relocate to Dewan Suarah instead, which is not under the Sibu Municipal Council. We have no jurisdiction over it,” Tiang told FMT.

He added that it was the manager’s call whether to allow Sarawak DAP use of the centre.

In a Facebook post, Pending assemblyman Violet Yong had accused GPS of being “selfish” in barring Sarawak DAP from using the hall to distribute the decoders.

She said the event on Nov 22 had to be cancelled at the last minute as the gate to the centre was locked and people were not allowed to enter.

“This is not the first time that GPS has ‘sabotaged’ activities organised by PH in the state,” she told FMT.

“The state government will never rent any state premises for us to run our activities. They will give us a lot of excuses.”

However, Tiang said Yong should speak to the manager about the matter, adding that it had nothing to do with GPS.

“Sarawak DAP should not simply blame the state government for everything,” he said.

Last month, Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen also said GPS had refused to cooperate during the launch of the “Buy Malaysia Products” campaign which ran from Oct 18 to 20.

Chong, who is Sarawak DAP chairman, said organisers had tried to rent mobile toilets from the Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) but were told that none was available.

PMC later denied rejecting any requests for such facilities, with its chairman Lo Khere Chiang saying no official application was received from either Chong or his ministry.