By John Isaac
THE proposal to build a RM24 billion wall along the Malaysia – Indonesian border is another example of misplaced priorities by the GPS government.
What is even more disappointing is that this proposal was raised during the current Covid-19 pandemic when the people are suffering from loss of employment and income.
“Even the newly appointed President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, understands the need to redirect all government effort and attention towards helping the people during this fight against Covid-19.
“This is the reason why on the very day that President Joe Biden was inaugurated, he immediately signed an Executive Order to stop the construction of the US/Mexico wall,” said Sim Kiat Leng, who is the special assistant to state DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.
Recently, Deputy Chief Minister II James Jemut Masing said he wanted walls or fences to be built at strategic places along the Malaysia-Indonesia border to curb the influx of undocumented migrants into the state.
He said Sarawak had also proposed to build a 1,032km highway along the border from the Biawak Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) complex at the south of the state, all the way up to Lawas, its northernmost district, which is estimated to cost RM24 billion.
“Such a proposal by James Masing should be called off. Instead, the Sarawak State Government should prioritise the fight against Covid-19 and take steps to reduce the burden of the people.
“Rather than finding ways to spend the entire Sarawak state reserves on one mega project, the Government should instead come up with more innovative economic measures which will benefit all Sarawakians,” said Sim.
These would include providing micro-loans to the SMEs, purchasing medical equipment for our frontliners and providing better internet infrastructure for schools.
What the people need now is a government that can step up and take care of their needs.
“Hence, I call upon the State Government to disregard this illogical proposal during this difficult time.
Instead, let us focus purely on the global fight against our invisible enemy; Covid-19,” he added.