Come back to BN fold, Chinese urged


KUCHING: It is time for the Chinese community in Sarawak to have more Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives in the State Legislative Assembly and parliament.

At present, only Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and Datuk Lee Kim Shin are representing the community in the state government, but there is no representative at the federal government level.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, who uttered this on Friday, said the BN hoped to see more Chinese representatives come to the fore.

Hence, he added, the Chinese community must choose wisely in the 11th state election.

“I hope that after the state election, more BN Chinese representatives will return to DUN,” he said at a dinner gathering held in conjunction with the birth of Tua Pek Kong in Tanjung Embang here.

Daud, who is also Tupong assemblyman, stressed that all BN component parties hoped to see BN regained its strength in Chinese-majority areas.

“We can see that the opposition representatives have failed to provide assistance and contribution, unlike BN representatives.

“Most of them (opposition) only dig for faults and not work hard to help the people solve their problems.”

Meanwhile, Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, who was also present, said Sarawak was one of the most unique states in the country because its multi-racial population could do everything together under one roof.

“Based on mutual respects, all communities live in harmony. This is our strength,” said Fadillah, who is also Petra Jaya MP and PBB Youth Chief.

“The negative cultures from outside should not be followed. Every community in the state must continue to strengthen our unity.”

At the event, Fadillah and Daud each announced a grant of RM30,000 for the Tanjung Embang Tua Pek Kong Temple.