Yong: When will bipartisan cooperation be realised locally in Sarawak?

Yong ... In difficult times like this, our people are in need of assurance in that they are in good hands and that there is good governance.

KUCHING, Sept 15: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong is urging Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders to realise bipartisan cooperation, as recently achieved between the Federal government and Pakatan Harapan (PH), at the local level in Sarawak.

She said doing so would show the State government’s sincerity in putting the people’s welfare first for the same reforms to be implemented in Sarawak without excuse and delay, since several ministers have lauded the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

“GPS secretary general Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi praised the MoU and was quoted saying that ‘the people are to benefit because the funding is for them and also to enable the MPs to serve them better’.

“(De facto Law Minister Dato Sri Dr) Wan Junaidi even suggested it would be better to look at the move through a welfare stance for the people in need, especially during these difficult times due to Covid-19 and went on to say that this cooperation has been hailed as a historic event,” she noted.

“For decades, Opposition members are deprived of any funding allocation to properly manage their own constituencies, what more to say about initiating programmes for the general public.

“In fact, when Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (Tun Openg) first helmed the Chief Minister post, he even promised to look into the issue in providing allocation to the state opposition ADUNs (assemblymen),” she said in a statement today.

On Sept 13, the Federal government and PH coalition signed a historic MoU to ink their bipartisan cooperation for political stability and economic recovery.

The MoU comprised six initiatives from empowerment of Covid-19 plans, administrative transformation, parliamentary reforms, Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63), judicial independence and the establishment of a steering committee. — DayakDaily