Time to come together and rebuild our nation, state DAP president tells Sarawakians

KUCHING, Nov 25 – DAP’s Padungan State Assembly member Chong Cheang Jen today vowed to put aside their differences and rebuild the country for the betterment of the people following the formation of a unity government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. called upon to come together. ,

He said it was his sincere hope that the Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS) would be part of the unity federal government.

“The time has come for us to heal, reconcile, find commonalities and rebuild our beloved nation,” he said during the debate on the state budget 2023 in the Sarawak state assembly.

He said that the formation of a unity government could be a new dawn in Malaysia and even in Sarawak.

“However, a unity government cannot truly be a unity government without the participation of the GPS, the coalition governing Sarawak and the largest number of Members of Parliament from Sarawak,” he stressed.

Chong, who is also the state DAP chairman, said he firmly believed that only a government led by Anwar could lead the country to better political stability, establishing principles of good governance that would allow the country to progress. as well as attract foreign investment.

“And such a choice proved correct when he was named prime minister, with Malaysian shares rising the most in two years since March 2020 and the market rallied, with the ringgit gaining 1.9 percent against the dollar. ki, which became the best performer in Asia. since the announcement,” he said.

He said that if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin becomes prime minister after the 15th general election, the Islamic Party PAS will be a major force in the federal government.

“We will see our country moving towards a more conservative, extremist and religiously divisive direction which will threaten the fundamental social fabric of our country which is multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multilingual and multicultural.

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He said, ‘Then the pluralistic society of the country will be at stake.’

He said that Pakatan Harapan (PH) choosing Anwar as prime minister is by no means the right choice, but in politics, “although we all strive for the ideal we are forced to work in a non-ideal situation”. are compelled to.”

“Nevertheless, this does not mean that we are whitewashing or excusing the issues faced by some of the leaders of Barisan Nasional or other potential political partners, but we must stop the spread of extremism and toxic politics in our country. We have to do everything we can to stop it.” It will affect all of us, including Sarawakians,” he said.

Chong reminded Sarawaks that they cannot be so naïve as to think that the divisive sentiments in Peninsular Malaysia, such religious and racial extremism, do not affect them.

He said thousands of Sarawakian students are studying in public universities across the peninsula, exposing themselves to such negative and divisive sentiments in addition to continued migration to the state which risks such sentiments further infiltrating a harmonious society.

“As Sarawaks, we wish to have a multiracial federal government in Putrajaya that embraces pluralism and treats all Malaysians fairly, regardless of our race, religion or background, not one that incites, stokes hatred and plays with racial and religious tensions to further divide.” We Malaysians,” he said.

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