Lau: What has Wong Soon Koh done for Sibu in three decades?

Lau (left) has criticised Wong for not doing enough for Sibu.

KUCHING, April 23: What has Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh done or spoken up for Sibu on the lack of investments in its hospitals over his 30 years as an elected representative, questioned Senator Robert Lau.

Lau raised this question when he said Wong has finally found his voice after three decades but ended up “barking up the wrong tree” by directing his anger at Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) on Sarawak’s health autonomy issue.

“He has finally found his voice to speak up on the federal government’s unfairness towards Sarawak after so long.

“Alas, he directed it not at the real target, the federal health ministry, but rather chose to aim his anger at SUPP whom he was a senior leader for a quarter of a century until about seven years ago,” he said.

He noted that despite the many chances of meeting former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad back in 2018, Wong did not request for the return of Sarawak’s health autonomy or for the federal government to recognise the State Sales Tax (SST).

Touching on SUPP, he said Wong had left him SUPP Sibu branch with a bank account that was in overdraft when the latter “abandoned ship” to join Teras and later United People’s Party (UPP) and finally PSB.

Lau questioned Wong on his promise to develop Sibu and the vision to turn Sibu into a city when he headed the Sibu visionary team.

“He had been the leader of Sibu for 20 years after the defeat of the late Tan Sri Wong Soon Kai. During these 20 years he headed several important ministries in Sarawak, including the second most powerful ministry, the Minister of Finance.

“He was proud of that position when he was appointed for that post replacing Dr George Chan. He said that position will be good for Sibu’s development. What happened to Sibu under his watch?” he said in a statement today.

Lau said Sibu definitely did not get better or richer during this period especially in Bawang Assan, the state constituency Wong has been representing since 1991, where there is not one street light along the main road.

He urged Wong to admit and own up his failings and take the responsibilities for his doings. — DayakDaily