KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen said yesterday that SUPP’s claims of “no Chinese representation in the government means no fundings” were not true.
He said this was never more evident than what was published in the newspaper yesterday which quoted Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk James Dawos Mamit as saying that the government did not help fund the Sarawak Intercultural Mooncake Festival at Carpenter Streethere simply because the organiser did not apply for the funds.
Dawos was also quoted as saying that his Ministry was fair and not politically motivated when it comes to such matters.
He made it clear that all applications for funds would be given due consideration.
Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said one of the organisers, SUPP Kuching branch chairperson Datuk Lily Yong, should know that she had to apply for the funds in the first place.
“Hence, SUPP leaders are misleading the people by saying that without Chinese representation there would be no funding for the Chinese community,” he told a press conference.
Chong said in future those who wished to apply for funding should write to the District Office and forward a copy to the DAP.
“It is a simple procedure and we will help you with the follow-up. Soon after you submit your application letter, the department will reply to you,” he said.