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Chong: No comment until end of mourning period

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 11:50 PM PST

KUCHING: The state DAP will withhold any congratulatory notes or comments on the appointment of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as the new chief minister until the end of the 7-day mourning period for the passing of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Its state chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, issued the statement in response to querries from media organisations which had asked him to comment on the appointment of Abang Johari as the new chief minister on Jan 13.
"To me, it is most inappropriate that the appointment of a new chief minister be made so soon after the passing of Adenan, especially given that the state government has just announced a 7-day mourning period.
"Why can't the state BN wait out the 7-day period before plunging into the joy that comes with the new appointment," he said through a press statement yesterday.
"Afterall, there is no danger of BN losing its power during the period. Why the rush? One day the state was in mourning and the next it was in congratulatory mood. Wouldn't the latter diminish the notion of mourning?" he added.
Chong said all governments had a system and mechanism to operate for seven days without a chief minister.
"Sarawak has three deputy chief ministers. Couldn't the three of them take up the job for the time being – for seven days? There is absolutely no reason to have the appointment and swearing-in to be made so soon.
"For the time being, I will not say anymore about Abang Johari's appointment. I will not forward my words of congratulations yet.There are plenty of time for that after the seven-day mourning period.
"Let us, during this time, sit back, cherish the memory of Adenan and reflect on the things that he has done during the past three years, and think of those that he has yet to do which we must do, for the betterment of Sarawak," he said.
TheBorneoPost January 15,2017

Chong lodges police report against false online accusation

Posted: 14 Jan 2017 11:49 PM PST

Chong (centre) and Yii (left) hold up statement and printout of the online report respectively. Also seen is Aziz.
KUCHING: State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday lodged a police report against an online write-up that accused a DAP Sarawak leader of questioning the funeral cost of former chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said none of the DAP Sarawak leaders had queried the late Adenan's funeral cost.
He also made it clear that the website which published the false news report was not run by Pakatan Harapan.
"I have checked with the leaders (in Peninsular Malaysia). The website www.suarapakatanharapan.com is not operated and administered by us," he told reporters when lodging the police report at the One Stop Centre at Jalan Simpang Tiga here yesterday.
Also with him were his special assistants Kelvin Yii and Abdul Aziz Isa.
Chong pointed out that the late Adenan was one of the very few Barisan Nasional leaders who deserved a state funeral.
As such, he reiterated that DAP Sarawak would never question the funeral cost of the late Adenan.
Chong said the website's operator intended to 'give false impression and perception that the website belongs to Pakatan Harapan'.
He added that the false online report had shown disrespect and contempt towards the late Adenan.
Chong opined that any true Sarawakian who took a look at the content would discover that the writer of the report did not understand the state's politics.
Chong also provided the press with printouts of the online report. Not only did the report fail to name the DAP Sarawak leader but it also spelt the immediate former chief minister's name as 'Adenan Satim'.
The opposition leader said the untimely demise of Adenan also saddened the DAP.
"Using such fake website and news, I would say, is a very low political tactic. Only very low-life political party would do it," stressed Chong.
He thus called upon the authority to look into the website's owner.
Asked if he would take legal action, Chong said: "The police will have to investigate first. They should have the information."
TheBorneoPost January 15 ,2017

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