The call by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chief whip, who is also the Deputy Prime Minster, Fadillah Yusof to suggest that the GPS candidate be allowed to walk free to retain the Jepak Seat unopposed in the state elections is “a way to kill democracy”. GPS at the moment is in control of the Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) and it was a nearly clean sweep in the last 12th Sarawak Elections.
Given the current political scenario, technically, there is no opposition voice in the DUN.
DAP could not at the moment be considered the opposition voice in Sarawak, because at the federal level, GPS is a partner of DAP. By this arrangement, DAP could not more be an effective mouthpiece of the opposition. Now, with PSB by intending to merge with PDP will be going back to the fold to join the GPS government, Sarawak now see no effective opposition voice.
Since GPS is already controlling the DUN, instead of GPS seeking opposition to withdraw from contesting, I hereby urge GPS, if they believe in democracy, be gentleman enough to withdraw from contesting so that there will be an opposition voice in DUN.
PBK will be contesting in this Jepak by-election and I hereby urge voters in Jepak to support our candidate, Stevenson anak Joseph Sumbang and to let PBK have the voice to speak about our right to freedom and independence in DUN. If Sarawak could be set free and independent from the federation of Malaysia, Sarawak could be more prosperous and progressive than what it is now. Freedom and independence will not see us beggars from time to time for development and fund from the federal government.
VOON LEE SHAN
President, Parti Bumi Kenyalang