Chong explains absence of Sarawak DAP reps in cabinet

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Sarawak DAP chairperson Chong Chieng Jen provided his explanation on the absence of representatives from his party’s division in the federal cabinet line-up unveiled last night.

“We were informed that there were some quarters who insisted on the exclusion of MPs from Sarawak DAP from the cabinet, in exchange for their support for Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister.


“We understand that in the general interest of stability and stronger support, the prime minister has acceded to such demands,” said Chong in a statement on Facebook today.

Chong, who is also the Stampin MP and Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chairperson stressed that DAP’s struggle is not for ministerial positions, but to see their ideals implemented as policies for the betterment of the country and its people.

Saved the country’s secularism

He noted that DAP, through its initiatives, has saved the country’s secularism and freedom of religion by preventing Bersatu and PAS from forming the federal government.

“We were able to do so by successfully convincing GPS to change its initial support from (Perikatan Nasional chairperson) Muhyiddin (Yassin) as prime minister, to Anwar.”

According to him, DAP will continue to play its role to ensure that principles of transparency, accountability, and good governance are carried out in the new government.

“We call upon our members and supporters not to be disappointed with the non-appointment of any of the MPs from Sarawak DAP Sarawak in the cabinet of ministers.

“While there are some quarters who wish for Sarawak DAP to be weakened and wiped out, we should work even harder to make sure that not only we will not be weakened but we will continue to grow stronger.” – Malaysiakini