By ABDUL AZIZ ISA
COMMENT: I attend a talk conducted by the Health Department and Association of Veterinary Sarawak at Al-Abyad Mosque, Matang Jaya recently and I bumped into Tan Kai, the Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sarawak.
He told me that DAP is politicising the rabies issue in Sarawak.
As far as I am concerned, DAP didn’t politicised the rabies outbreaks issue. It was Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Barisan Nasional who have politicised the issue.
First, it was BN’s appointed Speaker that booted our Stampin MP Julian Tan Kok Ping from the Dewan Rakyat just because he was asking about rabies outbreaks in Sarawak. Is it wrong for a MP to voice out their opinion on behalf of the rakyat?
Second, when DAP questioned our Dr Sim Kui Hian, the Local Government and Housing minister cum SUPP President on the shortage of anti-rabies vaccine, he blamed the Health Ministry. However, his statement was denied by the Health Ministry’s director-general. Is Dr Sim trying to run away from his responsibility?
Third, in comparison, when rabies virus broke out in Penang, Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister took stern action and no deaths were recorded among Penangites. However in Sarawak, five people were pronounced dead in less than three months. This shows how weak our State Committee for Natural Disaster is in doing their job.
Fourth, many complaints were already lodged by the residents to the local councils regarding stray dogs in areas such as MBKS, DBKU and MPP. Until now, no action has been taken on stray dogs which have the potential to spread rabies virus. What is our councillor doing? Why didn’t they call an emergency meeting to discuss the issues? Furthermore, I have not seen MPP Chairman Lo Khere Chiang for the past few weeks.
Tan Kai should know that DAP is not the government of the day. We have no executive authority in the state and federal levels; however we still have our duty to voice out our concerns on behalf of the rakyat. They should allow our DAP MPs to discuss this matter in their Parliament.
As Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Kai should advice his boss Dr Sim to instruct all five local councils such as North Kuching City Hall (DBKU), South Kuching City Council (MBKS), Padawan Municipal Council (MPP), Bau District Council (MDB) and Samarahan Municipal Council (MPS) to call an emergency meeting on stray dogs instead of pointing fingers at DAP.
• Abdul Aziz Isa is Petra Jaya DAPSY Chief and Special Assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, DAP Sarawak chairman