I am willing to work with govt to serve the people, says DAP’s Chang

Irene Chang

By William Isau

SIBU, Dec 16: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) incumbent for N51 Bukit Assek Irene Chang asserts that she is the right candidate who voters should vote for this Saturday (Dec 18).

Speaking at a press conference here today, she said although she is in the opposition, it does not means that she together with Sibu MP Oscar Ling, Lanang MP Alice Lau and N54 Pelawan incumbent David Wong could not serve the people.

“Even though we are in the opposition, it doesn’t mean that we cannot work with the government, especially with the government departments to serve in the best interest of the people,” she said.

Chang said as a lawyer, she in her last five years of office, had used her legal knowledge to help the people with legal matters as “they do not know who to approach” to solve their problems.

“We work as a team. They will refer to me for issues that involve legal advice. I believe I can do further in the next five years,” she said.

At the press conference she presented her performance ‘report card’ following calls from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) election candidates.

She said the transit shelter at Rumah Maksak for the homeless here came to fruition after she had requested the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development to set it up.

“My team and I were successful in pushing the ministry to set up a transit shelter for the homeless. We have more and more homeless people. We need to find a solution for it. We cannot just let their number increase,” she added.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, she said she and the other three elected representatives had at their own cost, arranged for a private company to sanitised 138 houses and kindergartens and had also helped over 3,000 people get vaccinated, as well as providing assistance to resolve MySejahtera problems.

The DAP elected representatives had also sought sponsors to enable people to take swab tests.

“We have also donated body temperature scanners to schools and donated ten of thousands of facemasks to the people and given out food aid to the people affected by the pandemic,” she said.

If reelected, she intends to push the State government to secure autonomy over health and education matters from the federal government.

“I will continue to be the eyes and ears of the people like when I exposed (the matter of) the faulty ventilators sent from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu and Bintulu Hospital,” she said.

Other things she planned to do include pushing for a cardiac unit to be set up in Sibu and lifting up the standard of living of Bukit Assek residents. — DayakDaily