Dr Sim’s ability to manage food aid questioned

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK DAP has questioned Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian’s ability to effectively manage the delivery of food aid to needy families outside his own constituency.

Party chairman Chong Chieng Jen said Dr Sim, the Batu Kawa assemblyman, has been tasked to oversee the aid delivery in four other constituencies besides his own.

“What does Sim Kui Hian’s service centre know about the demography and the needs of the people in Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang and Kota Sentosa?” Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman asked in a statement. The four seats are all held by the opposition.

To make matters worse, Chong said one of Dr Sim’s assistants has recently tested positive for Covid-19. That would probably require Dr Sim’s service centre to be closed for sanitisation and those who had come in close contact with his assistant be quarantined.

“If that were the case, how then can his service centre be effective in managing the distribution of food to all the DUN areas?” Chong, who is also Stampin MP, asked.

Chong also refuted allegations that the opposition had been politicising the food aid issue as it was the GPS government which had barred non-GPS assemblymen from managing the RM200,000 aid budget allocated to each constituency.

According to a memo from the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry dated Apr 3, the fund for all constituencies held by the opposition will be managed by GPS lawmakers from adjacent areas.

This means Dr Sim manages RM1 million in aid fund for the five constituencies besides his own.

“If the GPS State Government is sincere about working together to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, why discriminate against the opposition ADUNs in this allocation?

“Not only are the opposition ADUNs not given the allocation to manage, we are also not given the information about the delivery of the food assistance by the State Welfare Department,” Chong added.

He said Dr Sim and Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah should be held accountable.

Chong wanted the duo to reveal the names of the aid recipients, how much was allocated from each family and why opposition lawmakers were deprived of resources to help the poor.

“From the photos shown by many on social media, the total amount of food items given by the State Government is less than RM30.00 per family,” he added.