Sarawak BN leaders have to think twice about doing things their ‘normal’ way

KUCHING: The time has finally arrived to end Barisan Nasional’s blatant abuse of power and rampant corrupt practices in Sarawak, leader of the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) Francis Paul Siah said here today.

“Sarawakians have waited for decades for this moment. For too long, certain BN leaders in Sarawak have acted with impunity as if they were lords and masters over the land. The reign of the “untouchables” is over”, he said in a statement.

Siah stressed that a top priority of the federal Pakatan government has to be the revamp of the MACC into an independent, accountable and fearless agency with “teeth”.

“Put the fear of God into those who are corrupt. Those who abuse their powers to enrich themselves and their families must not be allowed to escape the long arm of the law.

“Sarawakians expect the Pakatan government to clean up the mess created by greedy and corrupt BN leaders, past or present. We expect nothing less,” he said.

The MoCS leader also welcomed the statement by Sarawak Pakatan chairman Chong Chieng Jen that the state Pakatan would not accept any of the Sarawak BN parties joining Pakatan, including PBB.

“Accepting PBB into Pakatan is akin to Umno joining Pakatan at the national level,” he said in a statement.

Chong said Pakatan has fought very hard against the “corrupt” state BN regime, and that allowing them to join the ruling federal coalition would “whitewash” Sarawak BN’s corrupt deeds.

As for individual BN members joining Pakatan , Chong said they would be accepted after vetting by the MACC.

Siah congratulated Chong for his bold and astute stand, saying that the Pakatan leader spoke for the majority of Sarawakians.

“Seriously, the experience of running an opposition state would do PBB and their partners some good too. They have been too comfortable for far too long.

“From now on, Sarawak BN leaders have to think twice about doing things their ‘normal’ way, such as cutting deals for their cronies and awarding large tracts of prime land to themselves”, he said.

On the meeting between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday, the MoCS leader said if the meeting was to discuss politics, then Taib as the governor has no business whatever to meddle in politics.

“If that is true, then Taib has brought the office of the governor into disrepute,” Siah added.