KUCHING: Senator Datuk Idris Buang suggested that the state BN government nominate non-elected representatives from the Chinese community to sit in the State Legislative Assembly after SUPP suffered its worst defeat in the just-concluded state election.This could be done through amending the state constitution to include a provision for such nomination. He added that the community should be represented in the government even though most of the Chinese BN candidates lost in the election. ‘Though their representatives lost badly in the just-concluded state election, their representation could still be done by amending our constitution to appoint representatives from the community in the State Legislative Assembly as non-elected members,” Idris told The Borneo Post here yesterday. In the election, SUPP lost 13 out of 15 urban seats it contested leaving behind only two representatives from the Chinese community in the State Legislative Assembly. The biggest casualty among them was SUPP president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan who lost his fortress at Piasau to a DAP newcomer Ling Sie Kiong by 1,590 votes. However, SUPP still has four other representatives from its Bumiputera constituencies. The two SUPP leaders who managed to pull through were its deputy-secretary general Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh in Bawang Assan and Datuk Lee Kim Shin in Senadin. Its four other Bumiputera elected representatives who won the election were Datuk Francis Hardin in Simanggang, Dr Johnical Rayong in Engkilili, Dr Jerip Susil in Bengoh and Ranum Mina in Opar. The provision suggested by Idris is similar to what neigbouring Sabah had done by amending its constitution decades ago to provide for the appointment of six members to its legislative assembly. Idris, who is a lawyer by profession, said Sarawak should live up to its reputation as the most racially harmonious and tolerant state in the country by amending its constitution to appoint suitable individuals to the legislative assembly so that those appointed as non-elected representatives would be able to take care of their respective communities.“This will show the true 1Sarawak spirit which is also reflected in the 1Malaysia concept,” added Idris. On another issue, Idris said the state BN chairman and Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has been given the mandate to continue leading the state government, should not be pressured by any quarters to retire from active politics.“He has been given the most honourable mandate by the people to continue leading the state. “So when he decides to call it a day, it should be left to his discretion and wisdom as he knows best when the timing is right and conducive to his party as well as to the people of Sarawak,” he said. Idris insisted that Taib, being a veteran leader, knew best when to hand over the baton to a new leader. He also stressed that PBB and BN had always emphasised team spirit and not individuals. “That’s the reason why we need a strong representation from the Chinese community in the state cabinet. “So by amending the state constitution, the Chinese community would be well represented,” he said. Meanwhile, Idris also called on the BN government to ensure that the state’s autonomy on immigration be further enforced to prevent the opposition from Peninsular Malaysia entering the state and be employed during election time as they had brought along with them an unhealthy political trend which if left unchecked could harm the racial and religious harmony of the state. “During the last general election, we detected the flaw in our Immigration law when many members of the opposition were actually employed here even though they claimed that they were not engaged to work and get paid,” he said. JomoSama sangat-sangat TIDAK SETUJU dengan cadangan tersebut. Orang Cina/Pengundi Cina memang tidak mahu sokong BN, apa lagi untuk membiarkan wakil mereka berada dalam kabinet negeri. Mereka mahu jadi PEMBANGKANG.. biarlah mereka rasa bagaimana manisnya hidup sebagai pembangkang.