Hanging in the balance
by Raymond Tan, email@example.com. Posted on June 11, 2012, Monday
Sibu voters must see through the smokescreens erected by the opposition before it’s too late
SIBU: SUPP Sibu Branch chairman Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh has warned that destructive political force would change the face of Sibu if BN-SUPP candidates were totally wiped out in the coming general election.
Speaking at SUPP Sibu Parliamentary Constituency training course yesterday to gear party members for the coming polls, he described such a possible doomsday in Chinese as “a change of the sky”, meaning all aspects of life under the sun would change if the destructive force descended.
He said of the four state (Bukit Assek, Pelawan, Dudong and Bawang Assan) and two Parliamentary seats (Lanang and Sibu), the opposition had already grabbed four.
Wong, who is also Second Finance Minister and Minister of Local Government and Community Development, said this had left BN-SUPP in Sibu with only two seats — Bawang Assan and Lanang.
“If the opposition grabbed both parliamentary seats (in the coming polls), it will leave me struggling alone in the state government. This will not only be about the end of SUPP, but, most importantly, the end of the political future of Sibu people, particularly the Chinese.”
Wong warned this upheaval was possible because the opposition had been instigating the people to go against the government.
He said they had been misleading the people by hiding the truths and feeding them with half truths in order to lure them away from the government.
He said some leaders had even taken to the streets to protest in Kuala Lumpur and had returned to boast about it in the recent State Legislative Assembly sitting.
“But I have spoken against it strongly in the august house because resorting to violence has never been the culture of the people of Sarawak.”
Wong said that their Chinese forefathers had fled their homeland in China more than a century ago to settle in Sarawak because they were escaping from political and social unrest which came about following the downfall of the Qing Dynasty.
“Now, there are people here who are resorting to extreme measures to bring back the second wave of unrest. Why resort to riot and blood? Why can’t they let the people choose their future and leaders in a peaceful and democratic way?”
He said SUPP party members must rise with the people to break the lies the Opposition had been spreading.
“This election is not only the life-and-death battle for SUPP, but, for the political future of Sibu.”
He said he believed that when the election dust settled, BN would still rule the nation by confidently putting Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak back at the helm.
He said if by then the Chinese had been misled by the Opposition to surrender their power in the political mainstream, they would be the only people left out in the government.
“By then, they would have lost all political strength that the SUPP had gathered for them in the half century of struggles and working with people of the other races.
“The basis of political power sharing would have been gone and the Chinese will be stripped of their rights and benefits.”
He said by then, the political benefits they had been enjoying would be peeled off one after the other from them and given to those in power.
“This can happen if the Chinese do not have enough power and representation in the government.”