By Chew Lip Song
BINTULU MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has apologised for his remarks during debate in the Dewan Rakyat last week.
Without going into specifics, Tiong said has never denied the important roles played by frontliners such as doctors and nurses, including Health Director-General Tan Sr Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in combating Covid-19.
“I had only wanted to debate on Covid-19 and expressed the worries felt by the people and to ensure that our efforts are effective. I do not wish that, because of me, the Dewan Rakyat’s proceedings become affected,” Tiong said in a statement.
To ensure that the legislature’s smooth proceedings, he said he’s apologising if he had said things that were inappropriate during his debate on Budget 2021 last week.
On Wednesday Tiong during debate, accused Dr Noor Hisham of being “afraid to die” for not coming down personally to Sabah to monitor the Covid-19 situation.
His remarks prompted an outcry in the Dewan Rakyat with lawmakers protesting the statement made by Tiong when debating the Budget 2021.
He said Dr Noor Hisham “takut mati” because he did not come down to Sabah and did not declare a lockdown in prison.
Tiong also questioned the DG’s reluctance to visit hospitals and assist those on the front line while accusing him of only hogging the news.
PBB’s Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah has since distanced Ganungan Parti Sarawak from Tiong’s remarks but Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri James Masing stood by the Bintulu MP.
Parti Sarawak Bersatu president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh had called on Tiong to resign.