Incorporate checks and balances in government policies

Yap (third right) and Green Heights Neighbourhood Watch (KRT) members at the site of the cleared earth drains at Jalan Lapangan Terbang.

KUCHING: The new federal government should revise all policy-making processes to incorporate checks and balances through consultations with stakeholders in their fields of expertise and rely only on scientific data while taking into account public interests.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kota Sentosa branch chairman Wilfred Yap, in making the suggestion, also hoped the new government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will always place the needs of the people as top priority.

Yap, who is also SUPP Public Complaints Bureau chief, hoped that in the true spirit of inclusiveness of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’, the federal government would no longer drag its feet but instead prioritise the restoration of the special rights of Sabah and Sarawak as stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“It is hoped that with the strong support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs in the formation of the new government, Sarawak will receive a bigger share of development funding in the 2022 Budget, as development funding has been lacking under previous governments.

“It is only appropriate and fair that the new government should prioritise infrastructure development in Sarawak to catch up with the other states in Malaya,” he said on Wednesday (Aug 25).

To prevent inconsistencies in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and to kick start the economy, he hoped the new government would come up with an integrated framework for sharing of data and other resources amongst the various ministries and government agencies.

“It is also crucial and pragmatic for the new government to ensure a coordinated and cross-sector approach amongst the various ministries and state governments to prevent confusion and U-turns, as was prevalent during the previous government in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and in the management of economic recovery,” he said.

On an unrelated matter, Yap shared that he had recently received a request for assistance from residents of Borneo Gardens, Jalan Lapangan Terbang here to bring their predicament over the flash flood they were currently facing to the attention of the relevant authorities.

“SUPP PCB thank the Public Works Department (JKR) for clearing the overgrown weeds and deepening the earth drains along Jalan Lapangan Terbang as a temporary solution to the flash flood problem of residents of Borneo Garden,” he said.

He hoped the authorities concerned would provide a long-term solution by allocating development funds for the upgrading of all the existing earth drains along Jalan Lapangan Terbang to keep up with the needs of the fast development in the area.