Sarawak DAP elected reps not put off by lack of allocation, set aside 20 pct of salaries to give food aid

Chong (right) and Yong (left) present food aid to a family in this file photo.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 13: Despite not having access to funds and aid disbursed by the Sarawak government to elected representatives, the elected representatives of Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) have set aside 20 per cent of their salaries to help those in need in their constituencies.

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen in a statement today said the DAP elected representatives are providing food aid to those in need and those who have been missed out from the system.

“I have today together with YB Violet (Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong) distributed some food aid to those families in real need of the food aid.

“The joy and show of gratitude of those who received our aid is the best reward and encouragement for us to continue our work,” he said in a statement.

Chong (left) hands over food aid to a recipient.

Chong who is also the Kota Sentosa assemblyman, noted the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government had announced on June 5 a special allocation of RM250,000 for each constituency to help B40 families in need of food aid under the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0.

However, he noted the service centres of elected representatives in the opposition were not given the allocation and the food packages with the RM250,000 allocation.

Chong, who is also the Stampin MP disclosed the DAP elected representatives have each set aside 20 per cent of their ADUN and MP salaries to go into a Covid-19 Assistance Fund. — DayakDaily