Padungan rep to seek explanation on Sarawak govt’s involvement in dBazzar app, 9 other issues

Chong Chieng Jen

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 22: Padungan assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen is seeking an explanation from the Sarawak government on its involvement in the dBazzar e-commerce platform in the upcoming Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting.

He was referring to the issue of dBazzar app users allegedly not being able to withdraw their money.

“(I) want the Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg to state the rationale for the State Government’s involvement in DBazaar e-commerce platform and given that the State Government has previously endorsed the platform, whether the Government will compensate the users, affiliates and merchants who have now fallen victims to the said DBazaar platform,” he said, according to a digital copy of a letter directed to Sarawak DUN secretary sent to the media which was sighted by DayakDaily.

The issue is one of 10 questions Chong has submitted and is seeking written replies for in the upcoming DUN sitting.

Chong also wants to ask Minister of International Trade, Industry and Investment Sarawak Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan to state the take-up rate of Climate Inclusive Financing Development Programme funded by United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia and Brunei by SMEs in Sarawak, and provide details on the total funds available, the number of SMEs in Sarawak which have successfully obtained the financing, and the respective amount of financing each has obtained.

He is also seeking information on the status of the upgrading work of Jalan Batu Kawa which commenced in March 2021; a detailed breakdown of the costs for the Leadership Forum for Sarawak Civil Service and Sarawak Government Linked Companies that took place in Langkawi from Jan 26 to 28; statistics for tourist arrivals in Sarawak by country of origin in quarterly figures since Jan 1, 2023 until the first quarter of 2024 and the impact of the implementation of the visa-free policy for tourists from China and other countries since November 2023; labour share of Sarawak’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the government’s plan to increase the percentage of compensation of employees to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Sarawak.

Other questions include those pertaining to the long delay in amending the Sarawak Labour Ordinance to bring the rights and benefits of workers in Sarawak to be on par with workers in other parts of Malaysia; the rationale behind confining the proposed free tertiary education initiative to only four government-owned universities and its commencement in 2026 instead of 2024 or 2025; whether the State government will strictly enforce the provision of Electricity Rules 1999 requiring the installation of a Residual Current Device (RCD) (circuit breaker) of 10mA (or less) for electrical appliances installed at wet areas; and statistics on the number and percentage of the different age groups of Sarawakians owning a house or apartment unit, and to provide a detailed list of the State government’s schemes to facilitate the house purchases and the respective numbers of purchasers under such schemes.

The 19th Sarawak DUN sitting is scheduled to be held from May 6–15. — DayakDaily