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DAP committed to work with Warisan under PH’s ‘big tent’ approach


18 Dec 2021 By Wartawan Nabalu News KUALA LUMPUR: DAP is committed to cooperate with Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) not only at the individual party level but also at the coalition level of Pakatan Harapan (PH) under the “Big Tent” approach, said its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. He said the party views the national launch of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) into Peninsular Malaysia positively as part of the electoral process of free democratic participation. He said this is also a further integration of the regions of Sabah with Peninsular Malaysia, adding that Warisan is following in the footsteps of Parti Bersatu Sabah to expand to Peninsular Malaysia. “The national expansion of Warisan will inevitably result in Warisan adopting a Malaysian instead of the present Sabah-centric approach. “This is positive towards national integration as well as encouraging more nationally based parties to join DAP in fighting for Sabah interests. Nationally based parties will help to promote Sabah within the national context in that Sabah problems are also Malaysian problems. “DAP has been seeking higher and equitable allocation of national resources to reduce poverty, where Sabah remains the poorest state in Malaysia despite possessing the richest natural resources. “It is within that national context that when I presented two national Budgets as Finance Minister, I had allocated the highest development expenditure for Sabah in history not just in absolute terms but also in percentage terms,” he said in a statement today. Guan Eng stated that Whilst there may be unavoidably some differences, the two parties are united in opposing the focus on extremism and racism by the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) governments. “The failures in COVID-19 management and inability to pull the country out of the current economic recession are issues that bind us to defend the rakyat interest. “A good start will be on Monday in Parliament in taking a common stand against the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988(ACT 342). “ACT 342 has united all Malaysians to strenuously object against the harsh punitive measures for those failing to comply with the COVID-19 SOPs,” he asserted. The government’s ACT 342 will enhance the penalties for individuals to RM100,000 and corporates to RM1 million as well as imprisonment to seven years. Guan Eng stressed that such punitive measures are even harsher than causing death by negligence. “More importantly, harsh penalties have been proven to be ineffective in battling COVID-19 or ensuring SOP compliance. “Malaysia went through four total and extended lockdowns, declared a national state of Emergency and imposed harsh penalties and yet completely failed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic that finally resulted in 2,705,508 infections and a shocking death toll of 31,044 dead. “The government failed then due to failed leadership, double-standards in enforcement, abuses of power, policy flip-flops and policy U-turns. What makes the government think that imposing such harsh and draconian measures will work this time?”