BINTULU MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has blasted Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s (PSB) decision to set up task forces to resolve urban issues, questioning what its leaders were doing while they were in government.
Tiong who is also Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president cited his PSB counterpart, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, who was a longtime state Cabinet member prior to the latter leaving the ruling coalition, Dayak Daily reported.
“PSB leaders have been part of the Sarawak government before but you would not see them actively resolving urban or even rural issues in the local council.
“Now we are seeing them setting up task forces as if they finally found some time to care about the public.
“Have they found some free time (now) after all their years of politicking? Or have they finally uncovered some skills they think they have? Were the ministerial posts that their president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh used to hold just some dream he had?” he asked in a statement, the portal reported.
Tiong, who is also Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, was commenting about Wong’s announcement on the setting up a southern region task force to mainly address issues and concerns faced by the urban communities.
“PSB announced (the initiative) with great fanfare. They made it sound like a momentous occasion but it is really just another ‘wayang’ to deceive the people,” Tiong added.
If PSB were really sincere in resolving urban and rural issues, he then pointed out that Wong would have then lent his support on the issues he had raised over the years.
“When Wong was a state cabinet minister, he would have realised long ago that there are many unresolved problems. Is now the moment for shameless self-promotion? Why is the political veteran Wong now making it clear that he intends to do something?” he asked.
Tiong, added that Wong’s pledge to set up the tasksforces only created a sense of helplessness among the public.
He could not understand why Wong, who was once Minister for Local Government and Housing, seemed to be waking up only now.
“Was urban and rural planning of Sibu within the scope of his portfolio then? Didn’t he discuss the issues with the relevant local departments like the State Planning Authority (SPA) to discuss local development blueprints on how to develop rural areas?” he further questioned.