Chong chided for negative remarks

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Despite the state government’s best efforts to ease the burden of Sarawakians during the Covid-19 pandemic, Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman, Chong Chieng Jen will always have something negative to say.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this in response to Chong’s recent statement that the RM10,000 one-off financial aid for active businesses registered in Sarawak provided under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 7.0 package was too little to help medium and large-sized companies.

“Nothing that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) does for the people of Sarawak will be seen positively by Chong. He will always have something negative to say.

“Nothing seems right to him as far as GPS is concerned,” said Abdul Karim when contacted on Saturday (Aug 7).

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister pointed out that the GPS state government had tried its best to lighten the burden of Sarawakians during the pandemic and, at the same time, ensure that the safety and welfare of all Sarawakians were looked into.

“It is a known fact that Sarawak’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is the best in Malaysia and this is acknowledged by all,” he said.

The minister also noted that the state government’s economic and social programmes through its seven BKSS packages were the most systematic, far-sighted and beneficial to all sectors of society.

“And yet, it is still not good enough to Chong. Maybe we should wait for him to list down what his alternative plans are, if he has any for Sarawak,” said Abdul Karim.