By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Mar 24: President of the Federation of the Chinese Associations Datuk Richard Wee calls on political parties of both divides to put aside their difference to help the government fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the announcement of economic stimulus packages announced by both the federal and Sarawak government for the benefit of all Malaysians, Wee said all political parties should come together to assist to fight the dreaded disease instead of pointing fingers.
“As both the federal and Sarawak governments have unveiled the stimulus packages to benefit every Malaysian and in particular Sarawakians, it is time for political parties from both political divides to work together for the people in the fight against Covid-19.
“So, let’s stop pointing fingers at each other and let’s fight this pandemic together,” Wee told DayakDaily here today.
Although he did not mention any names, it is understood that he was referring to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen who has been trading barbs with Deputy Chief Minister cum chairman of State Disaster Management Committee Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on the standard operating procedures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak.
On the stimulus package, Wee said the Sarawak Economic Aid Package as announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday was more comprehensive in nature compared to the economic stimulus package as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Our is very competitive and well-thought out. As for the federal government, we hoped that either the prime minister or the finance minister will announce a blanket directive to all banks in the country to defer payment of loans for the next six months. This way, it will ease the burden of the business community,” he opined.
Wee, who is a prominent corporate figure, pointed out that the Sarawak stimulus package would carry the state through the next six months.
Meanwhile, Wee said members of his federation had been distributing food to healthcare frontliners at Sarawak General Hospital over the last three days.
He said the response to donate food for the frontliners has been overwhelming. —DayakDaily