BINTULU: Member of Parliament for Bintulu Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing has expressed his disappointment that his earlier opinions on the appointment of local councillors and community leaders were merely treated as an allegation by the minister concerned.
Yesterday, he reiterated his earlier press statement at the Miri BN fellowship night organised by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) was to voice out numerous views over the appointment.
He said certain leaders had failed to heed the long neglected grouses and still losing their sensitivity even after losing most the Chinese majority seats in state and general elections.
He said the state BN component parties were allocated quota to nominate their candidacies for such councillor and community leader posts through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, but yet such posts were retained by non-BN component assemblymen, like in the constituencies held by former SPDP assemblymen.
Tiong regretted that minister concerned had instead pushed such responsibility to the Chief Minister, State Cabinet and SPDP president.
“We cannot tolerate our party president being the scapegoat for the matter,” he said, adding that the other state leaders had been indirectly blamed because one of them failed to fulfil his conferred duties in fair and justice manner.
“Please bear in mind that if one tries to create all sorts of problem in other house, he must not regret or be angry if others do the same thing to him the next time around,” he stressed.
Tiong said the issues of appointment of councillors and community leaders had long been an underground issue,??he challenged the ministry concerned to carry out public census on how people in Sibu felt over the appointment of the deputy chairman of Sibu Municipal Council.
“To voice out these people’s opinion, I am not fighting for my own political mileage, nor do I have any interest to be appointed as community leaders or a councillor,” he said, adding that most of the eligible and recommended candidates from Bintulu constituency were not appointed.
He said this phenomenon had been prolonged for the past six to seven years, and inquired what had happened to the quota for the appointees recommended by the state BN component.