KUCHING, Nov 15: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has made an apology for words uttered during the debate on the 2021 Budget on Nov 11.
“To ensure the smooth running of the Dewan Rakyat and in the interest and harmony of the country, I apologise if there was any indiscretion in my words during the debate on the 2021 Budget,” he highlighted in a statement today.
He added he did not intend to deny the noble practices of all the doctors, nurses, frontliners including the Health Ministry director-general.
He explained he had only wanted to debate on the Covid-19 issues that have been worrying the people to ensure more effective implementation of things.
“I do not want the noble Dewan Rakyat affairs to be disrupted because of me,” he added.
In the debate on Budget 2021, Tiong claimed that Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had never been to the ground during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic because he was “fearful for his life”.
Tiong even questioned Dr Noor Hisham for allegedly not visiting the hospitals and temporary hospitals in Kota Kinabalu as Sabah continues to clock among the highest number of new daily cases in the country.
His statement has drawn criticism from other elected representatives and members of the public who have slammed his words as disrespectful towards the frontliners who have made many sacrifices towards keeping the people safe. — DayakDaily