‘Don’t chastise us’

Datuk Abdul Karim

KUCHING: Opposition party leaders from the Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) are told not to criticise the state government leaders’ intention to contribute their salaries to the State Disaster Fund.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the initiative was noble and served to help the state curb Covid-19.

“To DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen and PSB president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, there is no need to chastise us as we want to help.

“If you too want to help, please do so — donate your salaries too. If the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) assemblymen are willing to donate two months of their salaries, you should do so as well,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after monitoring the distribution of food aid to constituents at Dewan Kampung Sampun Tebun, Asajaya on Sunday (June 6).

Abdul Karim said the move by the state government showed that it was concerned about the people’s plight.

“In doing so, the State Cabinet, state government assemblymen and those in civil service have agreed to donate two months of their salaries to the State Disaster Fund,” he said.

To DAP and PSB’s assertions that the move was simply a political gimmick, the Asajaya assemblyman said it had been emulated by other state governments nationwide, including Penang which was governed by the DAP.

“It is not only the Sarawak GPS leaders donating their salaries, the Penang DAP government leaders are doing the same although their contributions are smaller.

“If they (Sarawak DAP) say we (GPS) are only trying to attract publicity, how about the Penang government? Is it only doing it for publicity as well?” he asked.