My priority is protecting the people

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said his priority at the moment is keeping the people safe and ensuring that they get their Covid-19 vaccines.

“As the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China, I do not need to explain every single detail of what I do to help accelerate the vaccination rate and achieve herd immunity.

“My goal is simple: to do my best for the people and my constituency to ensure they are safe and healthy and obtain sufficient vaccine supply to deal with the pandemic,” he said on Saturday (June 26).

He was responding to Tanjung Batu assemblyman Chiew Chin Sing who questioned his role in the anti-pandemic effort in Bintulu.

Tiong said Chiew should instead focus on fighting the pandemic and not cast doubts on other people’s efforts.

“Voters are watching as they did during Pakatan Harapan’s 22 months in power. When Chiew was able to call his friends in the federal government at that time, he was also nowhere to be seen.

“During this extraordinary period, he is trying to show he is still fighting for the Bintulu people’s rights and interests,” he said.

The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president said for himself, he has tried to raise funds and get assistance for Bintulu folk. He said this included getting help from contacts in Peninsular Malaysia.

“They have given what support they can, even money, without asking anything in return. Some suppliers have even sent their medical supplies to Bintulu without asking for payment upfront.

“Chiew’s years of political experience and contacts should mean that he can surpass all of these and help us fight the pandemic too. But what have you seen him do?” he asked.

Tiong said his team has anticipated support from Chiew but has only received blind condemnation and had their efforts being ridiculed.

“This is not what it means to work together as a group to fight Covid-19,” he added.