SIBU: DAP lost heavily in the recent Sarawak election as the electorate was disappointed with the party and Pakatan Harapan’s performance while in the Federal Government, says state party chief Chong Chieng Jen.
The low turnout among Chinese voters and split vote among urban voters also contributed to the party’s poor showing, winning only two seats and losing five that it won in the 2016 state polls, he added.
“We acknowledge that the low turnout and split vote was due to the general sentiment of disappointment among the electorate in many of our constituencies.
“During the 22 months as Federal Government, DAP and Pakatan Harapan did not manage to meet the expectations of the people,” he told a press conference in Kuching on Wednesday (Dec 29).
He added that although Pakatan started to implement reforms and introduce people-friendly measures, it still fell short of expectations.
Chong thanked those who continued to support the party and apologised to those who felt disappointed by it.
He added that it would continue to do its best to ensure transparency, accountability, good governance and fairness in government and provide the right checks and balances.
The party’s two seats in the Sarawak assembly are Stampin (where Chong won) and Pending (won by Violet Yong).