KUCHING, Dec 16 – Kota Sentosa Assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has been suspended from the Sarawak State Assembly begining on yesterday evening until the rest of the sitting. Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar made the decision after accepting a motion moved by Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh to suspend Chong when the assemblyman, who is also Sarawak DAP Chairman, refused to withdraw his reference to the state budget as a “David Copperfield accounting”.
Earlier while interupting Wong’s winding up speech, Chong insisted that the state should be a ‘deficit budget’, but had been magically turned into a surplus budget by what the accounting profession called “creative accounting” and refered it as a “David Copperfield Accounting”.
Asfia then asked if Chong meant to say that the state budget tabled by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem last week was “an illusion”, he refused to admit it but insisted to refer the state budget as a “David Copperfield Accounting” budget. Later Asfia put to vote to suspend Chong, with the floor voting 32 in favour, 12 against, and one abstaining.