by Sebanaku Sarawak
KUCHING: Kepala tidak ada otak - that is how the Pending assemblywoman Voilet Yong Wui Wui described the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) last week.
She was narrating a story of a factory owner who had to pay an exorbitant fee, which was 200% more than the original amount, to DBKU and Trieneken for what she initially thought as rubbish collection fees.
She was puzzling because the rubbish collection fees were supposed to be taken care by the assessment rate paid by industrial operators.
The thing that had caused her to lose her temper was when she was told by a DBKU staff that the exorbitant fees were for bigger rubbish bins of 1,000 litres. And before that, the industrial operators were only given 120 litres of rubbish bins!
She just could not believed what she had heard over the telephone.
She was wondering - how on earth DBKU and Trieneken never thought of giving the 1,000 litres of rubbish bins to the industrial operators???
So, her conclusion was both DBKU and Trieneken had no brain or their brains were filled with coconut water!!!
Apparently DBKU and Trieneken had committed a mistake in the first place. But they didn't apologise.
They just sent letters to the industrial operators demanding them to pay the exorbitant fees, or else... (as usual the letters would say legal actions would be taken against them).
Such despotic attitude by DBKU and its staff is not surprising because they are part of the government.
There is another story on a Malay businesswoman who had rented a stall from DBKU.
On the very day, when a DBKU officer called her to the deliver the good news on her application for a stall had been given the approval, the Malay businesswoman politely told the officer that she hoped to be allowed to start operating her business on the 1st day of the following month.
Upon hearing this request, the officer subtly threatened her by giving an impression that if she disagreed to start her business on the date stated in the agreement, i.e. on middle of the month, then the stall would be given to someone else.
The poor Malay businesswoman had no choice but to do the necessary preparation at the eleventh hour.
However, when she turned up at the place on the date as stated in her agreement with DBKU, she had a shock of her life.
The stall was in a pathetic condition!!!
She rang up the officer to complaint but the officer just told her that if she was not happy, then just write a letter to the DBKU director!!!
Oh my God!!! This is the mentality of DBKU and its staff that the Kuching denizens have to endure all these years.
They force the city folks to agree to do what they want and when things go wrong, they will start to find ways to wash their hands!!!
DBKU and its staff are arrogant because to them they are only answerable to the Chief Minister's Office; not the rakyat whom they are suppose to serve.
Therefore, it is not a surprise that Voilet Yong had said DBKU and its staff as "kepala tidak ada otak!!!"