According to Sarawak DAP, 'most' of the roads in the state were built during colonial times and not by the Barisan Nasional government.
According to state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen, despite 49 years of being in Malaysia, Sarawak was still without a dual carriageway and a Pan Borneo Highway.
Chong’s scorn on Sarawak MPs was in response to Mas Gading parliamentarian Dr Tiki Lafe’s censure of DAP.
Lafe, on Sunday, called DAP ‘stupid’ after the party accused him of not doing anything especially infrastructure development in Bau.
“They don’t have ears. They don’t have eyes. They don’t have mouths. If the allegations were true, DAP members, would have to walk all the way from Kuching to Bau because no roads would be connected to this suburban town.
“It took them only 20 minutes to Bau from Kuching. Did they walk to Bau?
“I feel angry with their allegation,” said Lafe. He also threw a challenge to Chong to contest against him in Mas Gading if he were to be renominated to defend the seat.
Reacting to the comment, Chong said: “All Sarawak BN elected representatives including Tiki should be ashamed of themselves when they talk about road development.
“Most of the roads were built during the colonial times and most parts of the roads are single lanes. What are you talking about upgrading the roads?
“Until today, after 49 years of the formation of Malaysia we don’t even have dual carriageway and Pan Borneo Highway.
“I think Michael Manyin (Infrastructure Development and Communications) is only talking about overtaking lanes along the Pan Borneo Highway and the total cost is RM100 million which is to be carried out in the next Malaysia Plan.
“A sum of RM100 million is nothing given the government development expenditure, and for this meager sum, he has been talking about it again and again,” said Chong.
‘Road were built before Lafe’
On Lafe’s challenge for him to contest in Mas Gading, Chong advised the Lafe to put ‘his house in order’ before challenging him to contest in the Bidayuh majority constituency.
“Don’t jump the gun as you may be dropped from defending your seat. It is better for you to put your house in order first,” ,” said Chong, who is also the MP for Bandar Kuching.
Chong was referring to Lafe who is now partyless after being expelled from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party in November last year.
He is currently a member of the unregistered BN Club which is Barisan Nasional friendly.
SPDP president William Mawan has made it loud and clear that Lafe will not be nominated to defend the seat.
Instead Mawan has submitted the names of Anthony Nogih, Deputy General Manager of Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) and Henry Jinep, a businessman as possible candidates to contest the seat.
Meanwhile, Mordi Bimol, who is a potential DAP candidate for Mas Gading described Lafe’s statement as ‘immature’ when he (Lafe) accused him being a ‘tool’ of DAP and not doing anything.
“Tiki (Lafe) compared what I am doing to what he has done as a three-term MP and talked about Bau-Kuching Road. There is no need to talk about the Kuching-Bau road as it was built before he even became an MP.
“He should talk more about kampung roads, rural development, their socio-economic development, healthcare and their education.
“He should have done about all these long time ago,” Bimol said, pointing out that he should be concerned how to bring about the income of the people to a higher level.