Wee labels Yong’s salvo at MBKS as ‘cheap publicity’

Wee (centre) is seen in front of the Qmunity help booth set up at India Street this morning (Aug 10, 2020).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 10: MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng labels DAP Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong’s recent statement on Kenyalang Food Centre an effort of cheap publicity.

“The fact must be right, don’t write on any issue to gain cheap publicity,” he said, adding that those who have not contributed or helped the people should not be pointing their fingers at those who have worked hard even during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

During Yong’s visit to the Kenyalang Food Centre on August 2, she urged Kuching South City Council (MBKS) to send staff to be stationed at the food centre to help with measuring body temperatures and record the details of people who visited the eateries.

In her statement, she opined food stall operators and customers would only feel safe and assured if MBKS were to do this.


In response to the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak leader’s statement, Wee asserted that MBKS would only take suggestions and proposals that are constructive raised through a proper channel.

“We are all open up (to the people). We have IPeople (app), WhatsApp (line) and complaint services. You can even approach me during our weekly live (session) on Facebook at 1.30pm on Saturdays,” he added, before presenting Qmunity App QR codes to 62 business operators at India Street today.

On a related issue, he said if MBKS were to do as Yong suggested, council staff sent to Kenyalang Food Centre or other places will have to work from morning til noon and noon till midnight.

“For us it’s quite straightforward. We cannot afford to spend public money to engage extra staff to take care of all the eateries.

“For those operating the eateries, they should be able to either measure body temperatures themselves or combine to engage others to do it.

“The SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) in actual fact, is a guideline for the operators to follow, not for the council to do the SOP for the vendors,” he reiterated. — DayakDaily