Sarawak DAP presents assistance to Icom Square traders, urges State govt to follow suit

Dr Yii (centre) presents the assistance to a trader at Icom Square while (from left) Chong, Kong and Yong look on. Photo credit: Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen’s Facebook page.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 2: Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) this morning presented financial assistance to small-time food and beverage (F&B) traders at Icom Square here whose businesses were affected after a Covid-19 cluster was declared in the area.

The assistance was handed over to the various traders by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong Wui Wui and Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen. Also present was the special assistant to Chong, Michael Kong Feng Nian.


“Since the declaration of an official cluster in Icom Square, we were informed that the local hawkers’ businesses had dropped more than 50 per cent. Many of such stalls have closed and some have moved to different locations.

“We understand that the token that we give may be a small amount to most people. However, we hope that this act will raise the necessary awareness towards the importance of compliance to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the profound effects for any non-compliance,” said Dr Yii in a Facebook post today.

Chong (centre) presents the assistance to a trader at Icom Square while (from left) Kong, Yong and Dr Yii look on. Photo credit: Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen’s Facebook page.

Dr Yii also urged the State government to adopt a similar initiative of giving assistance on a larger and more comprehensive scale to help the different businesses affected by the pandemic.

“This includes different legitimate businesses that are not allowed to open during this period including gyms, entertainment, reflexology and spa (centres) among others.

“Good governance is measured when the riches and resources are properly distributed to the people especially during a time of need.

“There is no point claiming that they are a caring government if they do not help the people when they are struggling the most even with billions sitting in their accounts,” he added. — DayakDaily