Elected Representatives Should Be More Proactive And Not Merely Hope for Hand-outs

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Press Statement By Michael Kong:

Birds of a feather flock together. Therefore it is only natural that Willie Mongin will come out to the public to support Larry Sng’s recent decision of supporting PN. By doing so, Willie Mongin is attempting to justify his own actions of jumping parties and betraying PH, the mandated coalition of the people.

The common excuse by deserters for their change of allegiance is that their respective constituency requires development. In the case of Larry Sng, he claimed that Julau being the poorest constituency in the country desperately needs it.

Bear in mind that Larry Sng was a Sarawak State Assemblyman from 2001 to 2011 under GPS (previously known as BN Sarawak). At one time, he was even the Assistant Minister in the Sarawak State Cabinet. If constituencies like Julau is still under-developed and poor, it is the doing of BN and GPS. So for Larry Sng to now join hands with GPS in supporting Muhyiddin Yassin and PN is akin to championing the person who started a fire that burnt down an entire village.

At the same time, it is too shallow for politicians to solely rely on allocations to serve their constituencies. Even without allocations, we have seen politicians like Hannah Yeoh, Steven Sim and Syed Saddiq taking the initiative to raise funds to run activities for their respective constituencies. This is the kind of elected representatives that we want to see; one that lead by example that we should not solely rely on allocations or cash handouts.

As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”

Michael Kong Feng Nian
Special Assistant to YB Chong Chieng Jen