KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing continues to stand by his criticism of Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah over the latter's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The outspoken MP reiterated that he had no malicious intention against anyone but merely wanted to keep the Health director-general accountable, even if it meant a backlash.
He added that he did not want to prolong the issue further but hoped everyone, regardless of political affiliation, would be united in fighting Covid-19 and rebuilding the economy.
"I had in no way meant to offend our frontline personnel. In fact, I specifically noted their selfless dedication in fighting the pandemic.
"What I had pointed out is the personal accountability and responsibility of the Health DG during this difficult period.
"I care nothing about the inevitable backlash a public figure like myself would receive if it means keeping you accountable to bring down (Covid-19) cases.
"Because the numbers are beyond serious now, the people’s sufferings are insurmountable and the economy going down the drain," he said Friday (Nov 13).
Tiong, who is Progressive Democratic Party president, also hit back at fellow Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leader Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who had said on Thursday (Nov 12) that he was shocked and ashamed when he heard Tiong asking in Parliament if the Health director-general was afraid to die because he did not go to Sabah at the height of the Covid-19 spike.
"As a member of GPS, who is considered a senior politician, (Karim) should understand the deeper issue before speaking.
"As elected representatives, we must be courageous in speaking up for the grassroots, even though doing so may attract censure from all corners," Tiong said.