Bandar Kuching MP all set for his first trip to Parliament

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING, July 6: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii will push several issues during the parliamentary sitting beginning this July 16.

In a statement today, he said he would focus on healthcare, flash flood mitigation, and drainage plans for Bandar Kuching areas.

“I will also touch on having a cabinet committee to look into the devolution of powers to the state. In addition, I will ask about MACC’s (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) progress in their investigation into the alleged corrupt practices of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud,” he said.

He said one of the reforms that the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government intended to implement was to refine the role of the backbenchers.

“We will be vibrant and vocal backbenchers to keep the executive in check, unlike the previous backbenchers under the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government. They merely acted as ‘approval stamps’ rather than the rightful first line of check and balance towards the executive,” said Dr Yii.

He claimed he would push for the quick formation of the Special Cabinet Committee to looking into the devolution of powers to the state. Ideally, he said, the proposed committee, comprising experts from the different stakeholders, could carry out a detailed analysis and submit its findings to Putrajaya within six months of its establishment.

“I will also push the MACC, which is now under the purview of Parliament and no more under the Prime Minister’s Department, to make clear its intention and progress in their investigation into the alleged corruption, power abuse and unexplained wealth of Taib,” said Dr Yii.

He added that he would also ask about the progress of upgrading works at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), including its proposed lift replacements, and progress reports on the proposed hospitals in Petra Jaya and Sri Aman.

“On top of that, I will enquire about the ‘Skim Peduli Sihat’ proposed by the government. This scheme is meant for the B40 lower income group, where a ‘Kad Peduli Sihat’ reportedly worth RM500 annually will be given. Recipients can use the card to see panel doctors, including those in the private sector.” — DayakDaily