17 OCTOBER 2017
The DPM’s announcement that the government will build a hospital in Bangladesh for RM3.5mil, and to be completed within a month’s time is a bitter pill for folks in Sarawak to swallow, especially those in the rural areas.
Why does this UMNO/BN government persist in sending our money overseas when the people are still crying out for basic facilities in Sarawak? First the PM went to America and pledged to help Donald Trump strengthen the American economy by buying aeroplanes and investing our EPF funds there. Then the DPM went to Bangladesh and promised to build a hospital. Do they not know that there is urgent need for funds in Sarawak?
There are 1,454 schools in Sarawak, of which 1,020 are dilapidated and 415 in critical condition. The teachers, parents and students are crying out for better facilities. We need better roads in the rural areas, but according to the ministers, the federal government does not have the funds to pay for them. We need more rural clinics with trained staff, and more hospitals to serve the people, but there doesn’t seem to be any urgency on the part of the federal government to provide for us. Our hospitals do not even have enough funds to stock up on adequate medicines for patients’ prescriptions but the DPM is quite happy to dish out RM3.5mil to build a hospital in Bangladesh?
Sarawakians are beginning to wake up to the sad reality that we have been short-changed for 54 years, still being one of the poorest and least developed ‘states’, constantly having to ask the federal government for funds for our development. We are aware that the UMNO leaders come to Sarawak making many promises especially near election time, but conveniently forgotten once the election is over.
There is a saying, ‘Charity begins at home’, but we are not even saying that now – we just want what should be our rightful share of the funds and resources first. The actions of the PM and DPM clearly show that the UMNO/BN government is more concerned about building up their badly tarnished image than in providing for the people of this country.
What more reason to make sure there is a change of government at the upcoming elections?
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak / ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan