Kong calls on Foo to stop blaming opposition for Triso ferry incident

Michael Kong

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 4: Michael Kong, the special assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman has called on Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth secretary-general Milton Foo to stop blaming the opposition for the misfortune which took the lives of nine people during the Triso ferry incident which happened last Friday.

He believed there was no point in pointing fingers at each other and instead time and efforts should be spent on finding the cause of the problem and finding a solution to ensure that no such incidents will ever happen in the future.

Kong explained that for Foo to put the blame on DAP for the Triso ferry incident which took the lives of nine people on New Year’s Day is tantamount to the government blaming the opposition for any lack of development.

He alleged that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has neglected the infrastructure development for the people in Sarawak over the past 57 years after the country gained independence.

Kong said there were also constant recklessness of the safety measures and the implementation of some projects by the state government.

“For over 57 years, the leaders of GPS have neglected the basic infrastructure that the people of Sarawak have been crying for.

“With GPS being in the state and the federal government now, how long more do we need before GPS steps up and brings actual development to Sarawak?

“On top of that, there is a constant clear neglect of the safety measures and implementation by the relevant authorities.

“However, the state government is now putting the blame on the opposition. That is the most ridiculous accusation and excuse one could think of,” he said in a press statement today.

Kong was replying to Foo for blaming DAP on the cancellation of the Batang Lupar bridge project.

SUPP is a component party of the GPS state government.

On another note, Kong claimed that whether the former Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government did cancel the allocation for the bridge was just the words from the GPS.

Kong asserted that during the past 57 years, GPS or formerly known as Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak had made many promises which were unfulfilled, including building the Batang Lupar bridge.

“Foo has clearly shown his insensitive character to play politics with the deaths of the poor victims who drowned in this unfortunate Triso ferry tragedy.

“I plead with him to show more respect for the deceased and their family members,” he added. — DayakDaily