Adenan takes Sarawak DAP chairman to task: "He has an inflated view of himself"
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today delivered a stinging put-down against state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen for claiming that the proposed timing for the upcoming state polls is linked to the latter's ongoing court case involving the Bersih 4 rally last year.
Adenan, who is also Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, did not mince his words, and said Chong appeared to think very highly of himself.
"Chong has an inflated view of himself.
"He thinks he is that important to show that his presence will determine the date (of the state election).
"This is indeed an inflated view. It has nothing to do with his trials. Inflated opinion of himself," Adenan said.
Chong, who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman, had told an English daily that he felt the proposed timing of the state polls was connected to a charge against him under the Peaceful Assembly Act which may disqualify him from standing in the election.
Chong and Stampin MP Julian Tan, also from the DAP, were charged with taking part in an illegal street procession last August 29 during the Bersih 4 rally.
During a seminar to prepare for Sarawak BN election machineries for the state polls last night, Adenan announced that he had submitted a proposal to the EC for the state election to be held on April 30.
He had also proposed to the EC for the nomination day to be held on April 18.
On the proposed timing, Adenan said it was subject to the Election Commission's decision.
"I did not dictate to the EC what the date(s) are to be because it is their prerogative and not mine.
"I repeat. It is just a proposal that I made during an informal meeting with some members of the commission."