As the people who live in the cities, the people who live in the rural areas need a wide range of facilities that can help to improve the quality of their life.
They don’t need LRT, MRT, ELS, theme parks, and other luxurious modern facilities. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t need those facilities that can help to make their life pleasant, comfortable, and worth living.
It is true that life in the rural areas are not as sophisticated as the one in the city, but this doesn’t mean that life there is simple. Life is a complicated matter, but it is also a very delicate one too.
Facilities such as treated water, electricity supply, roads, schools, telecommunications, and clinics are as important and crucial for the rural people as they are for the city people. Unfortunately, many communities in rural Sarawak are yet to enjoy these facilities, and when these facilities have been made available, maintenance has been slacked and inadequate.
Dr. Sim Kui Hian, the State’s Minister for Local Government, has highlighted the heartbreaking situations of rural clinics in Sarawak. Based on what he said, one polyclinic in Sri Aman is not connected to the power grid as it has electricity supply for only 6 hours daily from 5pm to 11pm.
If this particular polyclinic only has 6 hours of electricity supply daily, then it is suffice to assume that experiences in the other rural clinics in the state are the same. If this is the case, how is this impacting on the quality and the potency of the medicines that have to be stored in the refrigerators?
In the political system that we adopted, it is quite unusual for a minister to raise the issues affecting the other ministerial portfolios, but the health of the people is dear to him. Health is a federal matter in Malaysia, so there is nothing wrong for a state minister to be forthright about the problems affecting the people’s health.
Is it a mistreatment of the people in the state if they are to be denied these facilities? He is correct to say that the state needs to keep up with the pace of development in the other states.
We seldom hear of the politicians in the state talking about the health of the people. Health and social issues seem to be second matter to them. They prefer to talk more about the more glamourous projects, but clinics and the health of the people are seldom part of their agenda.
It is good that we have someone like Dr Sim who is an expert in the health and medical field willing to bring the predicaments faced by the rural clinics in Sarawak into the public domain.
Clinics are important not only for curative and preventive purposes, but they are also the symbols that the government is taking care of the well-being of the people.
Are the problems faced by a polyclinic in Sri Aman representing the snapshots of the government’s performance? Has the government come short on its promises and on how quality service is to be delivered?
If not tackled adequately, the plights of the polyclinic in Sri Aman are going to court criticisms from the people, the opposition, and the alternative media. There are bound to be some political repercussions somewhere as consequences.
The people’s angst over the lack of facilities in rural Sarawak can make the people to become fed up with the authority.
It is certainly going to draw condemnation from the people if the government is turning a blind eye on the issues affecting the people that have been highlighted to the public.
The pressure on the government is growing in the run up to the next parliamentary election which has to be held in or around April 2018.
The expectation of the people in the state now is sky-high that the government is able to deliver on its promises. The bar of expectation of the people on development in the state is set at even a higher level as the country gets closer to the year 2020, the year Malaysia is supposed to become a developed nation. The BN should be on its toes as stiff competition for votes is getting tougher. – Sarawakvoice