State led by capable leaders

Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing

KUCHING: Sarawak has a capable Cabinet led by a far-sighted chief minister who never fails to put the welfare and autonomous rights of Sarawakians first.

Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing said Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to make sure that all rights and privileges of Sarawak and its people are safeguarded, regardless whether or not it is a caretaker government or not.

He was commenting on recent claims by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak stating that the current state government is only a caretaker government until February 2 next year.

“I would like to thank Yang di-Pertuan Agong and our Head of State after consultations with the federal and state governments, as well as medical professionals on the localised Emergency for another six months.

“This is well received by Sarawakians as we are still under tremendous pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the contagious variants.

“As soon as it is safe, we will let the people decide who are competent, have worked and performed during this challenging time or who are merely continuing the old habits of politicking for their own position,” he said when contacted on Monday (August 2).

On PKR Sarawak’s claim that state elected representatives are no longer entitled to their salary and allowances, Ding said all state elected representatives are actively engaged with serving their respective constituency.

In saying this, he pointed out that all state elected representatives are still responsible for their respective constituency.

“As far as I know, all state legislative assembly (DUN) members will continue to enjoy the allowances and benefits. This is because they are still responsible in ensuring all requests from the people in their respective constituency are handled properly and all government projects are carried out satisfactorily.

“Moreover, all DUN members are actively engaged in the administration of Covid-19 vaccination programmes throughout Sarawak,” he said.

He added that the people in Meradong constituency are constantly reminded to stay safe while trying to get back on their feet again.

“We are still very much in constant contact with the people as my service centres are still opened. We also conduct onsite visits to vaccination centres (PPVs), markets as well as other public places regularly with full compliance to the standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said.