Rabies outbreak: S4S berates Putrajaya for refusing aid to Sarawak

Tan Kok Chiang

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KUCHING, August 13: Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) is disillusioned with the federal government for not granting medical aid to the state to help curb the deadly rabies threat.

Its Kuching spokesperson, Tan Kok Chiang, said Putrajaya only seemed interested in taking the state’s oil and gas resources.

He lamented that after 55 years in the federation, the federal government had the nerve to turn a blind eye to the state’s rabies plight, which thus begged the question, “Are the lives of Sarawakians so worthless?”

In a statement, Tan speculated that the federal government’s refusal to render aid could be to create panic or to rip off the state of its oil and gas resources.

“Just in 2017 alone, the federal government raked in RM50 billion from Sarawak’s oil and gas. Is the federal government trying to say that the cost to fight rabies is more than RM50 billion?” he asked.

Tan opined that Sarawak had been suppressed by the federal government since Day 1, adding that Sarawakians should not let the matter drag on.

“What is even more ironic is that the previous government that is known to be very corrupt would provide vaccinations and other medical needs as well as specialists to help Sarawak. Yet this new and clean government cuts off aid.

“The patience of Sarawakians is running out. The recent policies of the federal government are driving Sarawakians to opt to leave the federation,” claimed Tan. — DayakDaily