We have to understand that government aid is not permanent, says Masing
KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has come out in support of Assistant Minister of Modernisation of AgricultureDatuk Mong Dagang over the later's decision to stop government aid to farmer Frusis Lebi.
Masing told The Mole Mong had already explained his actions and he understood why the letter was issued.
Masing is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president while Mong is PRS Youth chief.
“People might be ill-informed on the matter. We have to understand that government’s aid is not permanent. It needs reviewing too. Legally, there is nothing wrong in the stopping of the aid.
“The opposition's been having a field day politicising the issue because they know not everyone has facts and figures as well as reasons why such decision needed to be made.
“I have already met Mong and we had discussed about it. I told him to get the records straight before the issue is blown out of proportion by Opposition parties," Masing explained.
Asked to comment on the content of the letter, Masing said it was better to let Mong handle that.
Yesterday Mong admitted writing a letter to Agriculture Department asking them to stop giving aid to farmer Lebi, following complaints from villagers.
He said the action was taken based on complaints from villagers that the farmer from Sri Aman abused the government aid and was actively instigating other villagers to go against the government.
The letter, dated December 8 last year was signed by Mong stating the aid should be stopped immediately as the farmer was an active Opposition operative in his village.
The letter has gone viral in Facebook, and Twitter.
In a news report by The Borneo Post on Saturday, Lebi described the action as unfair and unjust.
Lebi also lodged a report at the Sri Aman police station together with Sri Aman DAP chairman Leon Jemat Donald and other DAP leaders.