Source: The Star (View expressed here is solely the opinion of the source)
SIBU: Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh deeply regretted that certain individuals were trying to bring shame to this town with their unfounded criticisms of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) and local Barisan Nasional leaders.
Speaking at the closing of the 10th Borneo Cultural Festival on Sunday night, he said these people criticised for the sake of criticising and for their own personal political agenda.
“They also spread hatred. This is very bad as they are trying to bring Sibu down and destroy it. They are doing it for their own selfish agenda. We should not allow this culture here,” he said forcefully.
Though Soon Koh did not name any name, those who faithfully follow local politics would immediately think that he was referring to state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong.
Soon Koh recently had a spat with Ho Leng on the University of Technology proposed for this town.
He dared Ho Leng to give up politics if the university take in its first batch of students in September next year.
On the other hand, he would quit as Sibu SUPP chairman if the opposite happened.
Political pundits are of course amused because they know that Ho Leng (being in the Opposition) plays the role of “watchdog” and not as project implementer, whereas Soon Koh (as a government man) is expected to see to it that the project got implemented.
On Saturday, Ho Leng stated on his Facebook page that he went to visit the site of the university. He said earth filling work was in progress there.
In the posting, he told Soon Koh and the Prime Minister that they were all watching closely.
As for Yap, it is true that he has been critical of SMC, and often accused it of not being transparent in its administration.
“SMC is not perfect. If there is any shortcoming, then find a better way to help instead of criticising and shaming the people of Sibu,” said Soon Koh. He, however, did not explain how criticising SMC would bring shame to Sibu people.