1. JAKARTA DISPATCHES 10,000 TO FIGHT FIRES
In view of the haze that hit Sarawak, Indonesia had dispatched more than 10,000 personnel consisting of corporate employees, firefighters, volunteers, soldiers to fight the fires.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan said the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also met with the Malaysian Consulate at the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta yesterday to give an update on Indonesia’s firefighting efforts.
According to Consulate General in Kuching vice-consul Ringgi Perdini, nineteen plantation companies suspected of causing the fires are being investigated by Indonesian authorities.
Ringgi disclosed that the Indonesian government dispatched 18 helicopters to conduct water-bombing missions in affected areas.
She explained that the Indonesian government viewed the situation seriously and had been monitoring through satellite images.
2. UNIMAS TO INVESTIGATE POOR FOOD CLAIMS
The poor quality of food served during the orientation week received major criticism and complaints from new students of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Sim Kiat Leng, special assistant to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs assistant minister Chong Chieng Jen during the press conference yesterday explained that during the orientation week, Unimas appointed a caterer to provide three meals a day for the students with the costs of RM20 per student per day.
According to him, the meals provided to the new students were grossly below par and not comparable to the prices paid by Unimas.
Claiming such meals as ridiculous, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen, meanwhile, added that the university had agreed to conduct an investigation into the matter and hoped that the investigation would be carried out swiftly, independently and with accountably.
3. MALAYAN PARTY ALL SET FOR STATE POLLS
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is always ready for the state election, even if it is held tomorrow.
This, was stated by Sarawak PPBM interim chief Datuk Seri Azman Samaon where he said that the preparations for the election are not done at the last minute as they even have started preparing the day after the last election.
He maintained that although there were no designated seats allocated to the party, it would be decided following a discussion with other Pakatan Harapan component parties in the state.
Azman also asserted that Sarawak PPBM’s presence would not sideline the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg and targeted to achieve 100,000 members in the state by the end of the year.