KUCHING: The Sarawak government will assist the family of Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong Ho Leng in paying some of his medical expenses incurred outside the country.
Wong, who is former Sarawak DAP chairman and former MP for Sibu, is now healing from a brain tumour in a hospital in Singapore.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Chief Minister Adenan Satem said: “We are assisting Wong regardless of whether he is from Barisan Nasional or the opposition as the government makes no distinction between them. After all, we are all human beings and we do get sick.”
According to Adenan, all elected representatives are entitled to free medical service within Malaysia. If they sought treatment outside the country then they are obliged to pay for the bills themselves.
“If treatment is in Malaysia of course the state government will pay all the medical expenses but this one is incurred in Singapore, therefore, the family have to pay on their own.
“This is where we have agreed to assist the family to pay part of the medical expenses,” said Adenan adding that the actual amount was as yet not known as the “the bill is still running”.
Adenan said he was responding to a request letter from Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who is also MP for Bandar Kuching and assemblyman for Kota Sentosa, seeking the assistance of the state government to pay for Wong’s medical bills.
Chong meanwhile expressed his gratitute to Adenan and the state government.
“I appreciate the assistance given to cover part of Wong’s medical bills,” he said.
Karpal a ‘great loss’
Meanwhile, Adenan said he, on my behalf of the state government, had sent a letter of condolence to the family of the late MP for Gelugor Karpal Singh who died in a tragic road accident on April 17.
He said the late Karpal Singh has been a prominent lawyer and a bold politician respected by both friends and opponents.
“His demise is a great loss to the legal profession and the country’s political scene.
“On behalf of the state government of Sarawak and myself, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the members of his family,” said Adenan.
The chief minister said he have also written to the widow of the late Dunstan Endawi Enchana who passed away recently.
According to Adenan, the late Endawi who was the first member of the state cabinet in 1963 and the deputy chief minister from 1977 to 1979 had contributed a lot to the state and his community.
“We have lost a leader who has been very influential in Sarawak politics and had helped to improve the standard of living of the Dayak community,” he said.
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