MP for Bandar Kuching, Sdr. Chong Chieng Jen, ADUN for Pending, Sdri. Violet Yong and myself visited the houses of the Kpg. Bintawa Tengah near to the Tun Mohammed Salahuddin Bridge at Petra Jaya, Kuching, that was destroyed by fire. We were told that the fire started at about 9.30 p.m., during to a strike by lighting. I was told similar fires also occurred in the area not long ago. An elderly man told me that the people in the kampung had made applications for some fire fighting equipment from the YBs in the constituency quite sometime ago, but, there had been no news about this.
BN government could spend millions of ringgit in many mega projects like Bakun and also sending someone to the outer space, but, had apparently forgot the importance of fire prevention and life savings.
It was a bleak Hari Raya for these people and I felt very sad for them. We gave them some personal donations, although not much, but we just hope we could contribute something to them. I am also pleased to see that other organizations like the Buddhist organization, Tzu Chi and PKR making some donations to the victims.