Sarawak’s B40 group needs more help from govt – Kong

By S. Harrish

THE Sarawak government has been told to do more to help businesses and also the B40 group in handling the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

DAP’s Michael Kong, who is a special assistant to Sarawak party chief Chong Chieng Jen, said many of the those from the B40 group were daily pay workers and due to multiple stop orders and SOPs, they were left without a steady income.

In highlighting the issue, he cited the sufferings of a family in Kampung Stampin who lost their house recently.

“Built on the riverbank, the constant flash floods since December last year has finally taken a toll on their house as it was no longer safe to stay.

“Till now, they have only managed to gather enough money to build a structural frame and roof of a new house. The house is far from complete but for now, at least they have a roof over their head albeit without any walls, kitchen or even a toilet.”

Kong said that due to their pitiful situation, DAP Stampin was looking into ways to help the family have a safe house to live in.

“Of course, being in the opposition, we are financially constrained and would appreciate all the help that we can get from the general public to help them as well.”

He added that the state government should come up with more financial initiatives for Sarawakians and urged it to dig into its reserves and come up with a comprehensive financial assistance package for the people.