Is Joseph Salang the  Sarawak Federal deputy minister under ACA investigation as he is the only one of the five  who had not denied or are all the denials by the other four deputy ministers dubious as they  had included the deputy minister under ACA probe?


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Parliament, Friday): Is

Deputy Transport Minister Douglas Uggah Embas, who announced that the five deputy ministers from Sarawak will meet in Parliament during the special sitting on Monday to discuss their next course of action following the  revelation by the  

Will the meeting of the five Sarawak deputy ministers in Parliament demand that the deputy minister being investigated by the ACA should own up publicly to spare the other four deputy ministers from being unfairly placed under a cloud of corruption, or are all the five  going to unite to demand action against the ACA on the ground that it should not have made any such revelation? 

Be that as it may, the Sun today reported that  two  other Sarawak deputy ministers have denied that they are under ACA probe, namely Housing and Local Government deputy minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew and  Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Joseph Entulu Belaun.

This leaves Joseph Salang Gandum as the only Sarawak deputy minister who has not denied being under ACA proble, raising the pertinent public interest question whether he is the one referred to by Mohd Jamidan.   

Joseph Salang should clarify without any delay or he has only himself to blame if he is generally regarded in Sarawak and in the country as the deputy minister from the state under ACA proble, which would adversely  affect his effectiveness and usefulness as deputy foreign minister. 

If Joseph Salang denies that he is under ACA probe, then we are back to square one, as it would render completely useless the first round of denials by the five Sarawak deputy ministers – raising a new issue of  one of the five Sarawak deputy minister telling a public lie, unless the ACA had misled the people and country about a deputy minister from Sarawak under ACA investigation. 

Whatever the real picture, such merry-go-round can do the nation’s reputation and the government’s commitment to a system of national integrity no good. The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, should cut the Gordan knot and announce the identity of the Sarawak deputy minister under ACA probe and what he proposes to do with him until the deputy minister could be cleared  of corruption by the ACA.


* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman