Patrick (left) shows a letter which bears the village headman’s consent to conduct the Impian Sarawak Medical Camp. Also seen are (from second left) Edward, Chong and other committee members Pius Luwi and Mark Mado.
KUCHING: The Village Safety and Development Committee (JKKK) of Kampung Mentung Merau, Serian is seeking an apology from Augustine Bareng Jengka who has shouted abuse and made unfounded allegations against their committee members during a meeting on Jan 11.
The meeting said a JKKK member Patrick Ahon was called by Augustine (a contract officer at the State Security Office) for their role in assisting the DAP’s Impian Sarawak Medical Camp in the village on Jan 7.
“In the meeting, I and the other coordinators were openly and rudely scolded for allowing the medical camp to be held in the village. Words like ‘kurang biradat’ (lack of manners) and ‘Kai hormat’ (no respect) and for bringing unwelcomed visitors to the village and others were labeled on us,” said Patrick whose statement was read by DAP Serian branch chairman Edward Luak at the DAP headquarters here yesterday.
Besides hurling abuse at the committee members, Augustine also alleged that the camp could be bringing bogus doctors whose treatments might endanger the lives of the people.
The medical camp, he said, provided free medical and dental treatment and services to the rural people and was only meant for residents of Kampung Mentung Merau and the surrounding villages.
The village headman, Stephen Juwe, was also informed and had in fact given his consent for the camp to be held in the village, which involved three medical doctors and three dentists.
“More than 160 individuals sought medical and dental treatments as consultations, treatments and medicines were dispensed free of charge,” he added.
Meanwhile, DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen said he was appalled by Augustine’s action, saying it was ridiculous to scold anyone especially those from the rural areas from getting free medical and dental services.
Augustine’s action also contradicted what Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had said, which was to look into the plight of the rural folk.
“Developments are not only about money and infrastructure. It is also about education and health,” said Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman.
He also gave the assurance that doctors and dentists participating in DAP’s Impian Sarawak Medical Camp were qualified doctors, many of whom were specialists in their fields.
Dental service was essential to the rural folk as most of them would find it a burden to travel all the way to the nearest town to seek treatment.