KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women Wing has alleged that Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh is not an inclusive leader and team player.
“More importantly, we feel that he wasn’t committed and didn’t work hard enough when he was in a position to do so,” the wing said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 22).
They noted that Wong had spent 30 years with the Sarawak government, holding various portfolios including Finance Minister and Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly.
“According to Wong, Cabinet decisions are based on collective decisions of all Cabinet ministers, and we believe it is true because that has been the spirit of an inclusive government practised by the Sarawak government all this while.”
This meant that every Cabinet minister was allowed to speak up and must therefore speak up and push hard to be heard and included.
“We believe that good and constructive arguments must be put forward to convince other Cabinet ministers and we are certain that if the proposals are good, just, and people-centric, there is no reason for the Cabinet members to not agree and approve it.”
PRS Women said the Sarawak government was all for development, especially on narrowing the gap between urban and rural development.
As such, there was no reason for the Cabinet to reject or oppose good proposals and ideas, unless no proposal or idea was put up by Wong during his tenure as a Cabinet minister.
“You can’t hold a position just for convenience sake; it must come with commitment, strong will and hard work,” they emphasised.
Taking Wong’s constituency of Bawang Assan which he has represented since 1991 as an example, they pointed out the lack of infrastructure development despite its close proximity to Sibu town.
“This speaks volume of his commitment and seriousness as an elected representative and also after having served as Cabinet minister. It is obvious he did not work hard enough to push for infrastructure especially in the rural areas.
“If it had been that tough and unreasonable, we doubt Wong would have wanted to waste 30 years of his life holding various senior portfolios in the government.”