Foo wants DAP to stop criticising each and every assistance plan by S’wak govt

Milton Foo

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KUCHING, Aug 6: Stop criticising each and every assistance plan the Sarawak government has put forward for personal political agenda, urges Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth secretary-general Milton Foo.

He said it is regretable that Democratic Action Party (DAP) is not being constructive as it condemns the recent Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 7.0 specially for Sarawak businesses while the Sarawak government is trying its best to help people from all sectors.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. The Sarawak government is trying by all means to cover and help as many groups of people in diversity. This time, it is special aid to SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Sarawak.

“The State government is not only open-minded but also willing to be consultative. That’s why Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi) Abang Johari (Tun Openg) took into consideration the suggestions and recommendations from various associations, including Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations (SFCA), Chinese Chambers of Commerce, Malay Chambers of Commerce, Dayak Commerce Chambers and so on.

“What the Sarawak government intended to do was to ensure the implementation of good policies that could directly benefit the people,” he said in a statement today.

Foo stressed that measures under BKSS 7.0 are constructive and economically viable to help businesses in Sarawak following suggestions from the ground through discussions with the associations.

He said the Sarawak government, through seven BKSS stimulus packages, has also showed its sincerity in sharing wealth with the people as “the wealth of the State simply belongs to the people of the State and no others”.

He thus expressed hope for DAP and its chairman Chong Chieng Jen to stop politicking while taking advantage of the pandemic for their own political agenda.

In a statement yesterday (Aug 5), Chong said the one-off RM10,000 special assistance to registered businesses in Sarawak is too little especially for medium and large enterprises as he described the aid as a one-size-fit-all package.

He also suggested the financial aids should at least cover 30 per cent of the companies’ monthly wage expenses until the end of 2021. — DayakDaily