No issue with TYT’s appointment, says deputy minister

Clockwise from seated left: Abdullah, Jack and Samuel sharing a light moment with medical staff and a blood donor at the blood donation drive held in Plaza Merdeka Shopping Mall, Kuching on Jan 30, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Jan 30: There is no issue with regards to the appointment of Tun Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar as the Sarawak’s Yang di-Pertua Negeri (TYT), says Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Corporate Affairs, Information and Sarawak Public Communications Unit) Datuk Abdullah Saidol.

“I think any news on the TYT’s appointment should not be an issue because it is in accordance with the Constitution.

“We also welcome the new TYT and hope that he can fulfil the role well as Sarawak is getting aggressive in development activities,” he told reporters at a joint blood donation drive at Plaza Merdeka Shopping Mall here today.

He also mentioned that Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) will look into organising a special interview with the new TYT to enable local journalists to get to know his personality close-up.

“He has always wanted to hear more and update himself about the current developments in Sarawak and probably, he will be meeting the people and attending some programmes soon,” he added.

Meanwhile, the blood donation drive was jointly organised by Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) and Ukas as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in collaboration with the Blood Bank of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Plaza Merdeka Management Sdn Bhd.

Donors are expected to comprise members from Association of Churches Sarawak, Federation of Sarawak Temple Associations, Kuching Division Journalists Association, Malaysian Buddhist Association Sarawak Branch, Malaysian Hindu Sangam Sarawak Branch, Pullman Hotel Kuching, Sarawak Sikh Temple Association, Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Sarawak and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Kuching, Sarawak civil servants and members of the public.

According to SGH Blood Bank medical officer Dr Lu Siew Ling, the blood bank at the hospital is currently within the safe level.

“However, we still need all the donors to come and donate blood continuously because the hospital needs to supply at least 70 to 75 blood bags to cater for patients daily.

“We also know that the collected blood bags have expiry (date) so we need to make sure that the blood we collect each day at least is sufficient to supply to the patients,” she explained.

The Blood Bank also welcomes walk-ins at SGH from Mondays to Fridays.

Also present were Unifor director Datuk Jack Aman and Ukas director Samuel Simon. — DayakDaily