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Transcending political divide

State government contributes RM1 million to medical bills of former DAP state chairman Ho Leng

Asfia (fifth right) presents the cheque to Chang. Also seen are her children Julie (second right) and Gabriel (third right), Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong (far right) and (from left) Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo, Samariang assemblywoman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Jemoreng assemblyman and political secretary to the Chief Minister Abu Seman Jawie and DUN Deputy Speaker and Tarat assemblyman Datuk Roland Sagah.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government transcends political divide by contributing RM1 million to the medical bills of ailing former DAP state chairman Wong Ho Leng.

“I think that today (June 5) is a very special occasion, because the Sarawak government, in extending help to opposition politicians has transcended a political divide, which I hope will continue in the future, and this role model behaviour should be emulated by all.

“Despite the political differences, this occasion truly is a testimony of how strong the harmony and understanding of the state’s citizens are when it comes to the matter of welfare and health,” Wong Ho Leng’s wife Irene Chang told reporters after she was presented with a RM1 million cheque by DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar at his office in the State Legislative Assembly complex yesterday.

Wong, who is also Bukit Assek assemblyman had received radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore from Jan 8, 2013 prior to his move to Rejang Medical Centre, which amounted to RM1.4 million. This spurred Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem’s decision in his winding-up speech on May 15 to assist him with RM1 million.

Chang said that Wong, diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2012, is improving.

“He is unconscious at the moment at Rejang Medical Centre, Sibu, but I believe that he will be well soon, in the sense that he is fighting to recover and holding on strongly.

“I believe his fighting spirit against his illness is so strong because of the support and encouragement given by the people in the nation, especially from the state,” Chang said.

Maintaining a calm and collected composure, Chang said she and her family had received tremendous support from family members, DAP members from Peninsular Malaysia and the state as well as friends, and thanked them and the state government on behalf of her family and husband.

“All these people have actually helped us through this, but I also personally believe that if not for our faith in God, he might not have gone through all this at the moment or even be here, but I believe that God has been sustaining him all this time,” Chang said.