By S. Harrish
SUPP has been accused of knee-jerk reaction when they are criticised of not doing enough for the people in the Stampin Resettlement Scheme in Kuching.
Sarawak DAP chief’s special assistant Sim Kiat Leng claimed that SUPP’s public complaints bureau chief Wilfred Yap was only seen doing photo ops at Hui Sing and 7th Mile in the area previously.
“However, after a Facebook post by DAP’s Michael Kong about the deplorable conditions there, within 40 minutes Yap uploaded four separate postings showing him looking at issues there.”
Sim said that while doing so, Yap has started to blame the DAP for the poor living conditions of residents there.
“I am surprised but at the same time saddened to see that such a long serving SUPP member does not understand that the poor maintenance of Stampin Resettlement Scheme falls within the jurisdiction of the local council and also the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
“As the government of the day, all the works including development and maintenance of public infrastructure are the responsibility of the local authorities,” he said in a statement.
He said Yap chose to ignore the fact that SUPP was part of Sarawak government for 57 years yet they have failed to provide the people of Sarawak with better infrastructure.
“To pin the blame on PH that held the Federal Government for 22 months is irresponsible and naive.”
Sim said that Yap, as a lawyer, ought to know the separation of powers between the legislative and executive arms.
“Although the DAP has been voted by the people to be their representative particularly for Kota Sentosa, its role is to speak on behalf of the residents on issues that affect them.”
He said state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen was instrumental in defending the property rights of the house owners in Lorong 2 of the resettlement scheme area.
Meanwhile, Yap responded in a statement today that SUPP had frequently met the residents to hear and help solve their problems.
“Their problems are always communicated to the relevant authorities for immediate action to resolve them.
Yap, who is also SUPP Kota Sentosa chairman, said he did not want to be dragged into a childish blame game with the DAP on the plight of residents in Stampin Resettlement Scheme.
“The real issue for the residents is whether DAP is effective as a channel to the Government for securing development funding in Kota Sentosa when compared to constituencies represented by GPS/SUPP elected representatives.”
Yap said even though Kota Sentosa was represented by Chong, he would continue to speak out for the people there.
He added that SUPP public complaints bureau was always ready to help anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest.