Abang Jo slams Opposition for not keeping promise to recognise UEC once in power

Abang Jo (centre) arriving at the proposed site of the Kota Sentosa Hawker Centre.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Dec 8: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has criticised the Opposition for not keeping their promise to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) once in power while Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has already done so.

“Certain quarters said when they become government, they will recognise UEC, but where is it? They already became government (once), but nothing came out.

“We (GPS) in Sarawak, (Pehin Sri) Adenan (Satem) recognised it, I also recognise UEC,” he said.

When Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian proposed to help Chinese schools in Sarawak, Abang Johari said he had approved the annual funding of RM10 million without hesitation.

Abang Johari stressed that this is the way GPS does things: “We say it, we do it, unlike certain quarters that never made good on their promises which only leads to the suffering of the people.”

“That is how we do things. We have always delivered what we have promised,” he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kota Sentosa Hawker Centre at Jalan Liu Ban Shang here today.

Details of the proposed Kota Sentosa Hawker Centre at Jalan Liu Ban Shang.

The hawker centre, a single-story building to be populated with 26 food stalls and 52 tables with a seating capacity of 208, is located right in the heart of Kota Sentosa Township on a triangulated site of about 678 square metres.

Several features are incorporated such as high ceilings for better ventilation, accessibility from all four sides, ramp for the disable and goods service, as well as retractable roofing to have an open air food court when weather allows.

Meanwhile, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang said the RM2.4 million project is scheduled to be completed by July 14, 2022 which is about eight months away.

He said the objective for the construction of this hawker centre is to accommodate the number of increasing hawkers who have been trading at Kota Sentosa open space fronting the present Kota Sentosa market.

“Due to the number of hawkers which keeps on increasing from time to time, the current trading area that the Council has designated to them has become insufficient.

“Therefore, the Council has to find another suitable site for them to trade and this site which we are here this afternoon has been identified to be converted into a hawker centre,” said Lo. — DayakDaily