“I am ashamed of my GPS colleague,” says Minister

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah – Picture from Malay Mail

By Emma Victoria

DATUK Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has challenged his colleague in the GPS, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing to spend a day at the front-line with medical workers, wearing the full personal protective equipment (PPE).

He said if Tiong should go to the ground if the latter was confident that he can do better than the frontliners.

“I watched his debate specch in Parliament and I was “shocked and ashamed” as he is one of our GPS leaders and also a Sarawakian,” he told reporters when met at the state assembly building yesterday.

“Don’t say things like ‘takut mati’ (afraid of dying). I don’t agree with his words.”

Karim, also the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said Tiong should be mindful of his words and should not have expressed his frustrations against Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham and other frontliners, who had scarified and worked hard for the country in the battle againt Covid-19. 

“He shouldn’t have hit out at civil servants that way,” he said.

On Wednesday, Tiong had claimed, while debating the Bill for Budget 2021, that Dr Noor Hisham hardly visited his constituency during the Covid-19 period, before wondering aloud if the latter “takut mati” or feared death and if that was the reason for his alleged absence.

Karim said generals don’t go to the front-line with the soldiers to fight as they work behind the scenes.

“So, it is the same goes to our health DG, we can’t expect him to be everywhere or on the ground whenever there is an outbreak.

Besides, he had gone to Sabah in September before the state state election there. So how could you accused that he never go to the ground” Karim said.