Thursday, 17 May 2012
Jabu in heated exchange at Sarawak assembly
A heated exchange of words erupted at the Sarawak state assembly sitting in Kuching today when Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu’s remark that the opposition was suppressing the state’s native landowners from enjoying a better life was not taken well by his targeted audience.
State opposition leader Wong Ho Leng stood up to object to Jabu’s remark which started the heated exchange during the assembly's question-and-answer session.
When Jabu (right) refused to listen to his objection, Wong continued to accuse him of stooping so low by making such a remark.
“As low as you deserved it!” Jabu retorted.
Assembly speaker Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar who initially had a hard time to call for order, eventually managed to calm things down to allow Jabu to continue answering the questions.
Replying to questions from Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (BN-Pantai Damai) and Joseph Mauh (BN-Tamin) earlier, Jabu said a total of 74,199 household heads in Sarawak had been registered to receive welfare assistance under the eKasih system.
To a supplementary question from Abdul Rahman, he said the government had identified skills training as one of the means to address urban poverty in the state.
He said Sarawak had applied for three more community colleges to be set up in the state in addition to the five now.
Training provided by the colleges could also prepare children from urban poor families for jobs in the technical field, which were expected to increase drastically over the next 15 years, he added.