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KUCHING, April 29: DAP Sarawak is baffled by the ‘Jurassic’ arguments of SUPP’s representatives in blaming them for the lack of infrastructure improvements in the Kota Sentosa community when these problems should be addressed by GPS and the local governments.
Michael Kong, a special Assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, has expressed his “utter disappointment” to see on social media how Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) representatives and supporters have the cheek to blame Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen for the poor living conditions of some of the residents within the N12 Kota Sentosa constituency.
“To see politicians lack the understanding of the roles of the local authorities and the State government but instead constantly blame the DAP (Democratic Action Party) for not being able to bring development or improve the public infrastructures of the community is baffling.
“While these ‘Jurassic’ arguments may hoodwink many in the 70s or 80s, I believe that in today’s society, the people are very well informed and can judge for themselves,” he hit back in a statement today.
With most issues tied to development such as land, roads, drainage and others, Kong pointed out that improvements can only be implemented by the local councils and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) State government.
“If indeed SUPP was a capable and considerate party, immediate action could have been taken to help these people.
“What is more astonishing is that some quarters would argue that they will need to be elected into office in order to resolve these issues.
“These illogical politicians should realise that issues related to the local government and housing fall directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Local Government and Housing which is now being helmed by (Datuk Seri Dr) Sim Kui Hian,” he added.
With GPS being part of the Federal government, Kong stressed that State government, local authorities and SUPP have all the power and authority to make things right.
Despite not being in the government, he emphasised that DAP Sarawak has over the decades been helping the public in different ways even without any form of funds or allocations from the State government for opposition-held constituencies, as compared to GPS’ yearly allocation of RM5 million per constituency held by GPS.
“DAP has to resort to an honest way of helping these people, such as seeking donations from the public or digging into personal savings.
“What GPS — particularly SUPP — should learn from all these years of experience is to perform their duties for the public regardless of their political affiliations and/or party identification.
“Bring on the much-needed development to the entire Sarawak regardless of whether it is held by GPS or the opposition,” he argued.
Kong claimed that people are sick and tired of the constant threat by GPS and their representatives that development will come only to those who vote for them as this tactic does not work anymore in this day and age.
“If SUPP chooses to continue to put the blame on DAP and advance ‘Jurassic’ arguments, it will not only show how outdated and irrelevant SUPP is but also speaks volumes of their representatives,” he added. — DayakDaily