KUCHING, July 2: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) must be quite disappointed that they are allocated only one minister and one deputy minister in the Federal Cabinet.
In giving her opinion, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said, “I think the number of ministers or deputies from Sarawak is quite disappointing for them.
“Under the previous government (Barisan Nasional), Sarawak was given much more ministerial posts compared to now, under PH. But whatever it is, although only two, we hope they will do their best and be responsible.
“I hope they will ‘walk the talk’ and fulfil their promises made prior to GE14,” Fatimah opined after the Special Olympics Sarawak Games 2018 briefing today.
Fatimah also extended her congratulations to Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian over his appointment as Works Minister.
She also congratulated Sarawak PH and Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who was sworn-in as Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs (KPDNKK).
Baru is also Selangau MP and Ba ’Kelalan assemblyman, while Chong is Stampin MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman.
“The Works Minister is a very important portfolio for Sarawak. We hope Baru will ensure that all of Sarawak’s projects that was planned and approved by the previous government will continue, for the sake of Sarawakians.
“We also hope for more proper roads, especially for those in the rural constituencies. If we compare with other states, Sarawak needs them more than others. I am sure he knows what the people face and the condition of the roads in Sarawak,” said Fatimah.
As for Chong, Fatimah hoped that he would ensure that the prices of goods in the rural areas would be same as those in urban areas.
“The price of goods in our rural areas must not be higher than what is sold in urban centres. Now that GST is zero-rated, we hope that it will be enforced accordingly by traders.
“KPDNKK must make sure that the price of the goods is right and not a burden, especially to rural folk,” she said. — DayakDaily