Friday June 22, 2012
Policy implementation needs green light from all PR parties
KUCHING: Non-Muslim voters need not worry about the hudud law should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) come into power because all three parties must agree to it before it can be implemented, said Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen.
The Bandar Kuching MP said any party within PR could not implement a policy if there was objection from one or more parties.
This was the reason why the hudud law which PAS envisioned to introduce was not included in PR’s Orange Book, he said.
“The things stated in the Orange Book are the ones we all have in common. All three parties DAP, PAS and PKR must agree to a governing policy of Pakatan. That’s Pakatan agreement.
“SUPP Youth chief Tan Kai seems to be ignorant of Pakatan’s agreement. He just wants to pick bones with us and make up stories to mislead himself and the people,” he said here yesterday.
Chong was commenting on Tan’s recent challenge for him to declare whether DAP was supporting the hudud law and the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Tan said clarification from Chong was important as both the issues were not contained in PR’s Orange Book.
Chong said the Orange Book clearly stated that PR would give fair allocation to all vernacular and religious schools, adding that he would further clarify DAP’s stand on the Unified Examination Certificate at a press conference here today.
On seat allocation for the impending parliamentary election, Chong said DAP, PAS and PKR were all equal partners in PR but a seat would be given to a particular party that held bigger winning chances.
He brushed aside talk and news analysis that DAP was getting too demanding and arrogant in parliamentary seat negotiations after winning 12 seats in last year’s state election.
“Our decision will be based on who has the better chance to win — that is the underlying principal,” he pointed out. Chong admitted that not all was smooth-sailing in PR’s seat negotiation in the state but he believed that they would iron out any differences soon.
“I would not be telling the truth if I said that there’s no problem. It is normal for any party wanting to contest in more seats but as far as DAP is concerned, we’re not asking too much.
“All we’re asking for is to contest in 12 to 14 seats which we feel we’re confident in winning for PR and have candidates to contest. It would be weird for a winning party in the state election not to contest in the parliamentary election, wouldn’t it?”
There were some overlapping interests between PKR and DAP during the last PR seat negotiation for Sarawak a few months ago but PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would decide on behalf of PKR, he said.
“So, we’re still waiting,” he said, adding that no one would know much until election time drew nearer.