Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Boy Who Cried Wolf

With election over, I believe that those elected or not should put aside their political differences and work together for the benefit of the people who voted for them. After all, we vowed to be with the people and it was the voters who made their decision to choose their representatives.

Whatever differences we may have, I firmly believed that the people who voted us in deserve the best. Whatever the people’s decision, it has been made and it is for both the political divide representatives to help and care for them.

It was distressing to know that Dr. Sim Kui Hian, who in his public utterances, claimed to have the people in his heart, to look down on the DAP. When my comrade, Chong Chieng Jen, asked him for the plan of the proposed Health Metropolis recently so that our party can help pushed forward the project, Dr. Sim had jeered in a Chinese press statement, that he wonders and thus challenged, if DAP has the ability to implement it.

People should come first and if the project is good for them, DAP is more than willing to push for the government to turn it into a reality- unless what Dr. Sim was harping about on the Health Metropolis was just a gimmick to fish for votes in the first place during the election campaign. If he is sincere, then he can pass the plan to us as there is no harm for the DAP to push the project ahead for the people. I hope that the proposed plan is not sitting in his cabinet collecting dust.

And on another note, I hope that Dr. Sim will stop feeling sorry for himself about having no job. He has made several statements after the election through the media he is going to this country and that country doing consultation work. He appeared to be busy globe-trotting and that did not sound like a man with no job.

Even Penang Chief Minister, YAB Lim Guan Eng offered him a job in the Penang if the State Government did not want to hire him. The door of Penang is wide open and I think there will come a time when one really has to stop moaning trying to get people’s sympathy. Once or twice is enough and if it happens too many times, it does sound like the boy who cried wolf.

Meanwhile, on another issue, I hope that the authority concern would hasten up the job of repairing the road along Jalan Setia Raja. Due to the laying of underground piping work, certain portion of the road was left un-tarred.

With heavy traffic along the stretch of road, I hoped that the JKR would be considerate to ensure that the road is repaired as it is a nightmare for road users to drive along a road filled with potholes.

It also posed a danger to road users as at night with not enough street lightings, it would posed to be a danger for motorcyclists.

The authority should not sit on the problem to wait for an accident to happen.

Monday, June 6, 2011

New Sungai Apong Timber Jetty

There are times when I chose to ignore silly statements from SUPP but this is the time when I have to make clear my stand on the timber Jetty at Sg. Apong.

When Youth from SUPP Pending Branch accused me of claiming credit for something done by Dr. Sim Kui Hian, I wanted to say my piece. The credit of the timber Jetty goes to the people and the fishermen in Sungai Apong who deserved better facilities as they too are tax payers.

Way back in 2009, Wee Suk Phing came to see me telling me of the frustration of the timber Jetty which could not be used during low tide. He said a lot of tourists from both Johor and Singapore have to wade through the water to climb to the fishing boats during high tide.

Following his complaint, I wrote to the DID and Sarawak River Board with proposed sketch plan attached. I even raised the matter in the Dewan but no avail.

Without giving up, I wrote again in December, 2010 to the PM's department to ask for fund to upgrade the said Jetty.

When the Youth from SUPP Pending Branch accused me of claiming credit, Wee contacted me as he could not stand such unfair words uttered. Wee wants the people to hear the real side of the story.

When the government officials came to inspect the bridge in April, it was Wee who told them not to construct a floating bridge as proposed by DID's contractor as it is not practical. The bridge was then constructed according to the sketch plan proposed byWee. So now I am asking SUPP what the fuss is this all about. The fishermen wanted a bridge to be upgraded and it was done.

Dr. Sim's name was announced in March, 2011 as the candidate for 10th Sarawak Election. The period to bid for allocation of funds for government projects for year 2011 was closed then. Even when the authorities were interested in wanting to upgrade the bridge, Dr. Sim was still in his on-off mind whether to stand as candidate or not. This was proof of his interviews in all the local papers. So dont take credit unnecessary. Let the people be the judge of what is the actual happening of the situation.

For me, I am glad and happy for the fishermen to have a new timber Jetty to use instead of going through all the hassle of getting into the boat.

And before I forget, if the SUPP still wants to lay credit on the bridge, please build a billboard with Dr. Sim's photo and SUPP logo and have it placed at the entrance of the bridge. That is a suggestion from me.