KUCHING, April 6: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen has provided financial assistance for a diabetic patient, who recently had one of his legs amputated, to help him tide over this difficult period.
Chong, together with his special assistants, Michael Kong and Sim Kiat Leng, paid a visit to the diabetic patient who works as a hawker at the 7th Mile Bazaar today.
“Recently, because of an infection, he had to have one of his legs amputated. As he is the sole earner of the family, the whole family is now in a dire financial situation
“I have allocated a sum from my parliamentary allocation to assist him during this trying time,” he said in a statement today.
Chong, who is also Stampin MP, added that for the long term, his office will help the patient apply for welfare assistance funds to reduce financial burden on the family.
“We are able to assist financially during this emergency period as a result of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between Pakatan Harapan and the Federal government, under which the PH Members of Parliament (MPs), despite being opposition, are given the same allocation to help our constituent as the government MPs,” he said.
Chong continued by stating that the MoU was formed as a result of the government’s razor-thin majority in Parliament, and it is critical for democracy that the government does not have a supermajority or a two-thirds majority in order to respect the true spirit of democracy.
“Regrettably, this is not the case in Sarawak, where GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) enjoyed a super majority, and thus the abuse of power to deny the opposition ADUNs (assembly members) their rightful constituency allocation,” he said. — DayakDaily