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Deal with Sarawak’s real problems, PKR tells Najib

 | February 27, 2016

See says Najib should not 'just come here to toss yee sang, eat and go back'.


PETALING JAYA: Sarawak PKR has urged the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, to return to reality and address the pressing issues faced by Sarawakians when he visits Sibu this weekend.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who is Sarawak PKR vice-chairman, said the PM should not waste the opportunity to do something concrete for Sarawakians when he attends the national-level Chinese New Year celebrations, Borneo Post Online reported.

“Sarawakians are made poorer and suffering the strains of the Goods and Services Tax. The persistent neglect and delay in federal allocations to Sarawak for provision of basic amenities and infrastructural development in the state will continue to raise the level of Sarawakians’ cynicism towards and revulsion of the Federal Government.

“After the hype of the ‘yee sang’ tossing, I hope the prime minister would come back to reality and address the pressing issues faced by Sarawakians. Don’t just come here to eat and go back,” he said.

See had also urged Najib to make substantial federal allocations to the state for flood relief and to speed up flood mitigation projects. He should also look into overcrowding at Sarawak General Hospital, he said.

“The State Disaster Relief Committee must be commended for their excellent response in carrying out the evacuation of flood victims and its relief works. I am hopeful the prime minister would make substantial allocation for the committee to beef up its facilities across the state.

“He (Najib) should also take note of the damage to access roads and public facilities and amenities. Although it has not been disclosed, I believe it (the damage) is quite substantial. He must make sure that allocations are there for reconstruction and restoration works. He should also make immediate financial allocation for all flood-affected families,” he said.

He also suggested that Najib immediately allocate funds to improve the infrastructural facilities in the hospital.

“We really hope that the prime minister would come with material support to address all these problems,” he added. “… and not just make more empty promises to Sarawakians.”


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