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KUCHING, Aug 25: SUPP Kota Sentosa chairman Wilfred Yap hopes that the new federal government, with the strong support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Members of Parliament (MPs) in its formation, will provide Sarawak with a bigger share of development funding in the 2022 Budget.
Yap emphasised that it is only appropriate and fair that the new government should prioritise infrastructure development in Sarawak to enable the State to catch up with other states in Malaysia.
“With the recent appointment of Dato Sri Ismail Sabri as the 9th Prime Minister, it is hoped that the new government would always place the needs of the people as top priority and revise the policy-making process to include more checks and balances through consultations with all stakeholders in their field of expertise and rely specifically only on scientific data which takes into account public interest,” he said in a statement today.
Yap noted that in Ismail Sabri’s inaugural speech after taking his oath of office, the Prime Minister has emphasised on “Keluarga Malaysia” and in the true spirit of inclusiveness of “Keluarga Malaysia”, the new government will no longer drag its feet but also prioritise the restoration of the special rights of Sarawak and Sabah as stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
To prevent inconsistencies in the country’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic and to kick start the economy, he also expressed hope that the new government will ensure an integrated framework for sharing of data and other resources amongst the various ministries and government agencies.
He pointed out that it is also crucial and pragmatic for the new government to ensure a coordinated and cross-sector approach amongst the various ministries and State governments to prevent confusion and U-turns as was prevalent in the previous government.
On an unrelated matter, the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief thanked the Public Works Department (JKR) for acting upon complaints to clear overgrown weeds and deepen the earth drains along Jalan Lapangan Terbang here, as a temporary solution to the flash flood problem experienced by Borneo Garden residents.
“However, SUPP PCB hopes the authorities concerned will provide a long-term solution by allocating development funds for the upgrading of all the existing earth drains along Jalan Lapangan Terbang to keep up with the needs of the fast development in the area,” he added.
He gave assurance that SUPP PCB is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing problems or who comes across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it.
Anyone requiring assistance may call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or visit the SUPP Head Office to request for assistance. — DayakDaily