Chinese folks must not make things difficult for community, says mayor

Wee (second left) helping an elder resident up on his feet after presenting him with tangyuan.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 19: Chinese should not make things difficult for Chinese, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng emphasised this in responding to an unexpected attack by the opposition recently.

He felt that there was no need to go to the length of the pointless attack by the opposition which would create a never-ending debate as time was better used for more meaningful activities.

“I think it is better for the person not doing anything not to speak about the person doing something as people have sharp eyes to see.

“If you want to walk in Bintawa or areas affected by floods, I think I walk more than others because I make sure I take 10,000 steps a day,” he said before distributing ‘tangyuan’ or glutinous rice balls to residents of KMC Flat in Jalan Ban Hock in conjunction with the upcoming Winter Solstice festival here today.

Wee was referring to the criticisms by the special assistant of Democratic Action Party (DAP), Michael Kong, slamming MBKS for disappointing services in areas under its jurisdiction apart from Padungan.

Kong said that Wee should also take care of Pending, Batu Lintang and Kota Sentosa while urging the mayor to visit the other areas within the MBKS’ jurisdiction.

Kong also highlighted that Wee should push for equal development within Kuching South by convincing Chief Minister Datuk Patingfgi Abang Johari Tun Open to allow access of funds to all assemblymen regardless of political affiliations.

In this matter, Wee pointed out that he would not have known that there were so many problems that needed to be resolved had he not gone to the ground actively after helming mayorship for the last one year and three months.

“If I didn’t go down to the ground (to see and understand problems facing the community), why just take photos and post them on my Facebook?” he questioned.

Reluctant to go into length on the issue, Wee added: “If there is free time, let’s make more tangyuan and preserve and pass down our Chinese culture and traditions.”

“Our Chinese traditions did not teach us to curse others but to give our care to those in need,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the distribution of tangyuan was MBKS’ Caring Community programme aimed at spreading merriment of Dongzhi festival that is fast approaching.

The programme was jointly organised with the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division.

Federation president Dato Richard Wee as well as members of various Chinese associations were among those present. -DayakDaily