DAP citing wrong reason for its poor show

DAP citing wrong reason for its poor show

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen is ignoring the obvious in attributing his party’s poor performance in last Saturday’s election to low voter turnout and dismissing the effect of Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s popularity, according to political analyst Jeniri Amir of Universti Malaysia Sarawak.

Speaking to FMT, Jeniri said the main reason for Barisan Nasional’s impressive victory was that Adenan was popular with all communities, including the Chinese. He said this was shown in the reduction of votes for DAP in its Chinese-majority strongholds.

He was commenting on Chong’s statement that low voter turnout, not the so-called Adenan factor, was the main reason for DAP’s loss of five seats.

Jeniri said there was no guarantee that voters who did not turn up would have voted for DAP.

“If what Chong is saying about lower voter turnout is true, then DAP would not have been able to retain the seven seats that it did,” he said.

He noted that the Election Commission had said the voter turnout was 70%. This was close to the turnout at the 2011 state election, he pointed out.

Jeniri said the opposition needed to accept that Adenan’s popularity was the main factor in the polls, which saw BN winning 88% of the seats as well as the popular vote.

“The opposition parties need to do some soul searching,” he said. “If they keep harping on issues that have no relevance to Sarawak, like 1MDB and the RM 2.6 billion issue, they’ll not be able to improve their performance.”

Jeniri also dismissed PKR Vice-President Xavier Jayakumar’s assertion that a lack of opposition unity cost DAP the five seats.

Referring to multi-cornered contests where both DAP and PKR fielded candidates, he said, “Even the combined number of votes for DAP and PKR would not have been able to defeat BN.”

Chong: DAP must find new ways into rural seats

Chong: DAP must find new ways into rural seats

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak must learn a lesson from its defeat in yesterday’s state assembly elections and find new ways into the rural areas, says the party’s state leader Chong Chieng Jen.

Chong, who stood for re-election in Kota Sentosa, said last night: “I won the seat, but DAP Sarawak had lost the battle. We accept the defeat”

The party fielded candidates in 31 seats, venturing out of its mainly-Chinese urban strongholds, but only seven of its candidates were elected, for a loss of five seats from the previous election.

In a note of appreciation to his supporters, Chong promised to continue fighting in the state assembly for a better check and balance on government policies and actions.

When asked if infighting between the DAP and its opposition ally PKR had led to the party’s defeat, Chong said that a post-mortem would be conducted later. Chong attributed the loss to the low voter turnout at the elections.

“We must learn a lesson from the defeat, and come up with new directions on how to break the rural barrier,” Chong said, noting that rural politics in Sarawak was not easy. “We just have to take it and pick up the pieces and get our act together,” he said.

DAP kalah kerana % keluar undi rendah

DAP kalah kerana % keluar undi rendah

PETALING JAYA: Pengerusi DAP Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen mengakui prestasi parti itu teruk pada Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak ke-11.

“Saya menang kerusi Kota Sentosa, tetapi DAP Sarawak kalah dalam perjuangannya. Kami terima kekalahan ini.

“Saya mahu mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pengundi-pengundi saya. Saya berjanji akan teruskan perjuangan kami di Dewan Undangan Negeri bagi memberi semak dan imbang yang lebih baik kepada dasar dan tindakan kerajaan,” katanya.

DAP hanya memenangi tujuh daripada 31 kerusi yang ditandinginya pada PRN kali ini berbanding 12 kerusi pada 2011.

Parti itu turut kalah di kerusi Batu Kawah, Repuk, Dudong, Meradong dan Piasau.

Ditanya jika perbalahan dalaman antara DAP dan PKR adalah punca kekalahan parti itu, Chieng Jen berkata, ‘post-mortem’ akan dijalankan.

Beliau menyumbang kekalahan parti itu kepada peratusan keluar mengundi yang rendah.

Menurut Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya, hanya 52% pengundi yang keluar mengundi setakat jam 4 petang Sabtu, sejam sebelum pusat pengundian ditutup.

“Kami perlu mengambil pengajaran daripada kekalahan ini dan merancang haluan baru untuk memecahkan halangan di kawasan pedalaman,” katanya sambil menambah amat sukar untuk menembusi kawasan pedalaman.

Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Satem turut menyatakan DAP kehilangan sokongan di kawasan pedalaman dan bandar.

DAP attributes its losses to low turnout

DAP attributes its losses to low turnout

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen has admitted his party did badly in the 2016 Sarawak election.

“I won the Kota Sentosa seat, but Sarawak DAP has lost the battle. We accept the defeat,” said Chong in a note of appreciation to his voters.

“I would like to thank my voters. I promise to continue our struggle and fight in the DUN (state assembly) to provide better checks and balances on government policies and actions.”

DAP won only seven of 31 seats it contested in the just concluded election, compared to 12 in 2011. It lost the Batu Kawah, Repuk, Dudong, Meradong and Piasau seats.

When asked if infighting between DAP and PKR had caused the defeat, Chong said that a post-mortem will be conducted.

Chong attributed the loss to the low voter turnout at the elections. The Election Commission had said only 52% turned out to vote at 4pm, an hour before the polling stations closed.

“We must learn a lesson from this defeat and come up with new directions on how to break the rural barrier,” Chong said, noting that rural politics in Sarawak was not easy.

“We just have to pick up the pieces and get our act together.”

Chief Minister Adenan Satem has also noted that DAP had lost its support in both the rural and urban areas.

In final swipe, Chong says Najib’s future at stake in Sarawak

In final swipe, Chong says Najib’s future at stake in SarawakKUCHING: The DAP’s final push in Sarawak’s elections came last night with a reminder from its state chairman Chong Chieng Jen warning Sarawakians that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s political survival depended on the state elections.

He called for a stronger opposition presence in the state assembly so that Chief Minister Adenan Satem “will not go astray and continue on the path of former chief minister Taib Mahmud”.

Speaking to a strong crowd of almost 7,000 people here in Kuching, Chong said: “Adenan had became chief minister for two years and we can already see his true colours.”

He accused Najib of bringing the whole federal cabinet to the state to assist in Barisan Nasional’s campaign, saying “that this proves that he wants to leave an impression in the state polls that he is still in control”.

“If BN wins more in this election, then Najib can go back to West Malaysia and convince Malaysians that Sarawakians are still strongly supporting him as the Prime Minister.”

He reminded voters that the state elections was vital for Najib’s political survival. “If the ruling government were going to do better in this polls, then Najib can prolong his political lifeline,” he said.

He added that the people’s lives under BN rule was worsening, as the cost of living is rapidly rising. “A bad government makes people’s lives harder. As BN had ruled Malaysia for 53 years, our currency is dropping and our lives are getting worse,” he said. “A good government should make people’s lives easier and wealthier.”

He urged voters to make a strong presence at polling to send a message to Najib. “Let us not allow our votes to be used as an excuse for Najib to prolong his political life. Show Najib clearly that we want him to resign.”

Chong also took the opportunity to remind DAP supporters of the party’s promises in its manifesto, which they pledged to offer free bus rides to all Sarawakians.

“If we have free buses, that will save you RM 300-400 a month and that’s an increase in income. This can be done because Sarawak is rich in resources and this should be shared among the people.”

Chong also took a swipe at Adenan who had defended the Chinese community against slurs of being “pendatang”.

“It feels good when he said that the Chinese are not ‘pendatang’. But why do we feel that way? Because in BN and Umno, we have many ministers making stupid and racist statements. And here he comes, once in a blue moon saying that you’re not a pendatang.”

The Kota Sentosa candidate reminded the people that regardless of whatever racially-tinged statements made by leaders, they would always be Sarawakians.

“We are born here, we live here and we are going to die here. This is our country and our state. We are all Sarawakians,” he shouted to which the crowd cheered loudly in agreement.

Batu Kitang candidate: Don’t use my grandma against me

Batu Kitang candidate: Don’t use my grandma against meKUCHING: DAP’s Batu Kitang candidate Abdul Aziz Isa slammed SUPP’s Lo Khere Chiang for dragging his grandmother, Mazuyin Abd Manan, into the election campaign.

Labelling it as a form of “dirty politics”, Abdul Aziz accused Lo, who is also contesting in the constituency, for recruiting Mazuyin to smear his reputation.

Last week, Mazuyin made a surprise appearance at Lo’s ceramah in Batu Kitang, condemning her grandson’s move to contest under the Opposition’s banner and pledged her support to SUPP.

Mazuyin had also called on the people  not to vote for Abdul Aziz.

Abdul Aziz advised Lo to be more mature when fishing for votes.

“I would like to ask him to be a gentleman. He is already 56 years old, more than double my age,” the 26-year-old said at a press conference.

Pesent was DAP Sarawak Chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

Abdul Aziz said it would have been better for Lo to debate him on policies instead of “using” his 75-year-old grandmother.

He went on to state that differing political views among family members were a common occurrence.

“The same goes for my grandmother. She’s a strong Barisan Nasional supporter and, naturally, I can’t convince her to vote for DAP.”

Chong echoed similar sentiments, saying that people from different generations may have clashing political ideologies and accused Lo of capitalising on this situation to his advantage.

“I think Lo owes Abdul Aziz an apology for resorting to such low tactics.

“Lo is much older, yet he doesn’t have any political maturity.”

Batu Kitang candidate: Don’t use my grandma against me

Batu Kitang candidate: Don’t use my grandma against meKUCHING: DAP’s Batu Kitang candidate Abdul Aziz Isa slammed SUPP’s Lo Khere Chiang for dragging his grandmother, Mazuyin Abd Manan, into the election campaign.

Labelling it as a form of “dirty politics”, Abdul Aziz accused Lo, who is also contesting in the constituency, for recruiting Mazuyin to smear his reputation.

Last week, Mazuyin made a surprise appearance at Lo’s ceramah in Batu Kitang, condemning her grandson’s move to contest under the Opposition’s banner and pledged her support to SUPP.

Mazuyin had also called on the people  not to vote for Abdul Aziz.

Abdul Aziz advised Lo to be more mature when fishing for votes.

“I would like to ask him to be a gentleman. He is already 56 years old, more than double my age,” the 26-year-old said at a press conference.

Pesent was DAP Sarawak Chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

Abdul Aziz said it would have been better for Lo to debate him on policies instead of “using” his 75-year-old grandmother.

He went on to state that differing political views among family members were a common occurrence.

“The same goes for my grandmother. She’s a strong Barisan Nasional supporter and, naturally, I can’t convince her to vote for DAP.”

Chong echoed similar sentiments, saying that people from different generations may have clashing political ideologies and accused Lo of capitalising on this situation to his advantage.

“I think Lo owes Abdul Aziz an apology for resorting to such low tactics.

“Lo is much older, yet he doesn’t have any political maturity.”

DAP kecewa Putrajaya tangguh isu royalti Sarawak

DAP kecewa Putrajaya tangguh isu royalti Sarawak

KUCHING: Pengerusi DAP Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen dukacita dengan tindakan Putrajaya menangguhkan usaha menaikkan peratus royalti minyak untuk Sarawak.

“Pada fikiran saya, perkembangan ini telah mengecewakan semua rakyat Sarawak yang tahu mengenainya.

“Ini menunjukkan kerajaan tidak mahu akur dengan tuntutan rakyat Sarawak,” katanya kepada FMT ketika ditemui selepas berceramah di Pekan Bau.

Semalam, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata keadaan pada ketika ini tidak mengizinkan royalti minyak untuk Sarawak dinaikkan ke paras 20%.

Ini kerana negara mengalami kerugian kira-kira RM40 bilion dalam bentuk hasil akibat penurunan harga minyak mentah sejagat.

DAP bagaimanapun menepis alasan itu.

“Walaupun pada saat genting ketika ini dimana mereka perlukan undi kita, mereka tetap tidak mahu serahkan kepada kita, apa lagi selepas pilihan raya,” kata Chieng Jen.

Menekankan hujahnya, Chieng Jen berkata usul menaikkan royalti minyak ke paras 20% diluluskan secara sebulat suara dalam sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri.

“Sekalipun dengan sokongan 100%, kerajaan Persekutuan tidak mahu berganjak dan serahkan royalti minyak itu,” jawab Chieng Jen.

Chieng Jen sempat membidas Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Adenan Saten yang dikatakannya omong kosong.

“Beliau (Adenan) hanya ada janji-janji yang indah untuk membuatkan kamu rasa senang. Tetapi selepas itu kamu masih susah.

“Apa sahaja alasan mengenai harga minyak mentah yang rendah hanya untuk menangguhkan isu,” dakwa beliau.

DAP kecewa Putrajaya tangguh isu royalti Sarawak

DAP kecewa Putrajaya tangguh isu royalti Sarawak

KUCHING: Pengerusi DAP Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen dukacita dengan tindakan Putrajaya menangguhkan usaha menaikkan peratus royalti minyak untuk Sarawak.

“Pada fikiran saya, perkembangan ini telah mengecewakan semua rakyat Sarawak yang tahu mengenainya.

“Ini menunjukkan kerajaan tidak mahu akur dengan tuntutan rakyat Sarawak,” katanya kepada FMT ketika ditemui selepas berceramah di Pekan Bau.

Semalam, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata keadaan pada ketika ini tidak mengizinkan royalti minyak untuk Sarawak dinaikkan ke paras 20%.

Ini kerana negara mengalami kerugian kira-kira RM40 bilion dalam bentuk hasil akibat penurunan harga minyak mentah sejagat.

DAP bagaimanapun menepis alasan itu.

“Walaupun pada saat genting ketika ini dimana mereka perlukan undi kita, mereka tetap tidak mahu serahkan kepada kita, apa lagi selepas pilihan raya,” kata Chieng Jen.

Menekankan hujahnya, Chieng Jen berkata usul menaikkan royalti minyak ke paras 20% diluluskan secara sebulat suara dalam sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri.

“Sekalipun dengan sokongan 100%, kerajaan Persekutuan tidak mahu berganjak dan serahkan royalti minyak itu,” jawab Chieng Jen.

Chieng Jen sempat membidas Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Adenan Saten yang dikatakannya omong kosong.

“Beliau (Adenan) hanya ada janji-janji yang indah untuk membuatkan kamu rasa senang. Tetapi selepas itu kamu masih susah.

“Apa sahaja alasan mengenai harga minyak mentah yang rendah hanya untuk menangguhkan isu,” dakwa beliau.

Chong: Failed bid to raise oil royalty a disappointment

Chong: Failed bid to raise oil royalty a disappointmentKUCHING: DAP Sarawak Chairman Chong Chieng Jen has expressed disappointment over the Federal Government’s move to reject the Sarawak Government’s bid to increase oil royalty for the state.

“I think it is a total disappointment for all Sarawakians to hear about this right now.

“It just shows that the Federal Government isn’t going to accede to the demands of Sarawakians,” he told FMT when met after a ceramah in Pekan Bau.

He said the motion to increase the state’s oil royalty to 20% was passed unanimously by the state assembly.

“And even with 100% support, the Federal Government would not budge and increase the oil royalty.

“Even at this critical time when they need our vote, they still won’t do it, what more after the elections.”

Chong remained sceptical over the issue, saying Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s pledges to the people were merely empty promises.

“He (Adenan) only has beautiful promises to make you feel nice. But after that your life will still be difficult.

“Whatever he said about low crude oil prices is just excuses to delay the issue.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Razak said now was not a suitable time to increase Sarawak’s oil royalty.

This was due to the loss of RM40 billion in national revenue caused by the significant drop in global crude oil prices.