Deputy speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who has been under fire for his stinging criticism of his fellow Sarawak MPs over their lack of participation in parliament debate said he will not apologise.
Last Friday, Junaidi was reported to have said that Sarawak Barisan Nasional MPs were performing below par and often shy from participating in debates unlike their colleagues from Sabah and peninsula.
Junaidi said BN MPs who had demanded him to apologize over the remark as “too much”, and added they should instead accept constructive criticism as what he said were based on facts.
Citing an incident, Junaidi said “no state BN MPs rose up to defend Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud when several members of the opposition verbally attacked him in a sitting.”
“To those who are offended by my statement … the door to my office is always open,” said the Santubong MP, a veteran politician.
In an immediate response to Junaidi criticism, on June 14, Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri said Sarawak Barisan Nasional MPs to discuss appropriate action against Junaidi.
“My colleagues and I are not happy. We will have a group discussion because that is a sweeping statement. We are not keeping quiet. You will see what is going to happen after this evening (yesterday) or may be tomorrow (today).
“From the way I read his statement in the newspaper on Friday, it looks as though only Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen speaks for Sarawak.
That is not fair. Of course, Chong has done his part as an opposition member but we also did our part as BN members.
People now think that all Sarawak MPs are not doing their part,” she fumed.
Nancy Shukri, implied that Junaidi comments had made them appear ineffective in the eyes of their constituents.