“When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.”
I was both amused and bemused by Baru Bian’s statement in the papers. Amused because Baru Bian’s claims seem absurd and bemused because while making the statement, it was obvious Baru never looked into the mirror to reflect upon his own achievements in Ba’ Kelalan – which is close to zero.
Close to zero is what it is. One of Baru’s recent trips to Ba Kelalan was on the 6th April 2016 which was to SK Ba’ Kelalan in the village of Long Langai to present some books for the schoolchildren. While that is a good gesture, why has Baru, as the incumbent assemblyman there, turned a blind eye to the condition of the school? The hostel where the schoolchildren sleep, teachers’ quarters are all in dilapidated condition. With a limited grant from the State Education department, the school is being kept in operational condition thanks to the hard-working and very dedicated teachers under the leadership of the school’s principal, Puan Bulan Dawat, and the efforts by the parents of the schoolchildren who often provide the manpower to assist the teachers.
In the village of Buduk Nur, the request for chairs for the village’s multi-purpose hall made in 2011 to Baru also fell on deaf ears. “Nanti kita fikirkanlah” (We will think about it later) was what Baru was reported to have said to his voters. From then until recently, villagers would have to move chairs from the neighbouring church into the hall and back whenever there is a village event held inside the hall. In these modern days where many of the young adults have almost all moved out of Ba Kelalan for studies or to work, getting the manpower to clean up the hall let alone move chairs and tables back and forth every time they are needed at the hall is not easy.
That has changed. Inside the multi-purpose hall at Buduk Nur now are two sets of wireless public address systems donated by the current Chief Minister of Sarawak, and chairs and tables bearing the words “Ikhlas dari Pejabat Perdana Menteri” (Sincerely from the Prime Minister’s Office). Looking at these two gifts, I doubt they cost much – a state assemblyman could easily have afforded to buy these PA system, tables and chairs. Or he could have gotten someone to sponsor these items, but no, for five years nothing happened.
I would be absolutely wrong to say that Baru never gave anything to the people of Ba Kelalan. He did some good.
The above are water tanks supplied by the 1M4U project, an initiative founded by the Prime Minister in 2012. Villagers said that Baru claimed to them that it was through his initiative that the villagers had received these poly tanks. You won’t see these poly tanks at every house that is in need, however. They were given only to supporters and houses of single-mothers, earning him the nickname “ADUN Janda” (The Assemblyman for divorced women).
Early this year Baru presented several houses with solar power units that could generate enough power to light two bulbs all night long, or charge up to two mobile telephones simultaneously during the day. This time he made it clear that the gift was from a corporate sponsor.
So what else can be read on Baru Bian’s report card?
To say that the Barisan Nasional has done little to develop Ba Kelalan in the 48 years preceding his tenure is in a way naive bordering reckless of Baru. While it may be true that Ba Kelalan did not get much under the previous Chief Minister’s administration, Ba Kelalan fared relatively well under Barisan Nasional. Going by my layman timeline, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s Universal Services Provision fund helped bridge the digital divide in rural Sarawak in among others Bario and Ba Kelalan. With the introduction of the Internet and telephony to Ba Kelalan, tourism in Ba Kelalan prospered. Between January to May of 2014, Ba Kelalan’s homestays hosted 2,962 visitors earning close to RM656,000. The Ba Kelalan villages of Long Langai, Long Lemutut, Long Ritan, Long Rusu, Buduk Bui, Buduk Aru now has 24-hour electricity supply thank you to the government’s initiative to install micro-hydro systems there. The airport at Buduk Nur was built when Barisan Nasional was representing Ba Kelalan. The Long Luping to Ba Kelalan road was built with the assistance from the Ministry of Defence in 2010. That road is now in bad condition because among others hardly any maintenance is done there. What, in the last five years, has Baru Bian done to make sure the road is in good working condition?
That is five years versus Adenan Satem’s two years in office. Baru should not compare Adenan Satem with his predecessor. If I want to be petty and make comparisons, Adenan has given Buduk Nur two PA systems. What has Baru given Ba Kelalan himself? And Adenan, who hails from the Sarawakian political party called Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has the support of Najib Razak who is from the Peninsular’s UMNO, the only Prime Minister to have made an average of eight trips to Sarawak per year since assuming office, and given billions of Ringgit back to the people of Sarawak to improve their livelihood. Both are from different parties within the Barisan Nasional coalition.
In contrast, Baru who is from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) which is a Peninsular political party, cannot even get the backing of his leadership in the Peninsular to get the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a chauvinist political party that is the de facto party in command of the Pakatan Harapan (PH), also from the Peninsular, to ask DAP to refrain from contesting in five seats that PKR is contesting in the upcoming Sarawak State Elections. I doubt if Baru could call the shots in Sarawak even without being subjugated and undermined by those in the DAP.
Baru Bian may be Barisan Nasional’s candidate Willie Liau’s uncle. But Baru Bian was born and grew up in Long Semadoh, a village 40km away from Ba Kelalan. Baru lives in Kuching, 1,200km away where he has his law practice and spends most of his time making name for himself taking on giant oil palm corporations such as IOI disguised as protecting native rights.
While Baru Bian should just remain an activist, Willie Liau who is also a lawyer is the right person for Ba Kelalan and he knows that only someone who is with the government can drive things through. Unlike Baru, Willie is from Ba Kelalan’s village of Buduk Bui, like another famous Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) name – Datuk Nelson Balang Rining. Unlike Baru, Willie lives in the district capital of Lawas, a 125km road trip away. As mentioned by Tua Kampung Yudan Meru of Long Muda to BERNAMA recently, “Baru is a good man, but he is standing on the wrong platform. He is our brother but if he wins, it will be the same story… the people will suffer – until when? Willie is strong. I hope he wins big in Ba’Kelalan.”
If you look at the faces above, even DAP’s Emperor Lim Kit Siang, the only dinosaur still alive since 1969, has that grim look on his face. He is confident DAP will lose seven of 12 seats held by DAP in Sarawak. Claiming that Adenan Satem is throwing money around and promising development, which is what the people of Sarawak actually want, DAP has thrown in a challenge:
If you look at the above photo, the red steel bridge costing RM60,000 will soon end up as a bridge to nowhere. Firstly, it does lead to nowhere as the land across the Batang Undup river is empty. Secondly, if you look at the erosion of the riverbank and the curvature of the river, you know that that bridge will sooner or later lead to nowhere as the banks will continue to get eroded by the river flow. Without sheet pile protecting the soil, soon the end of the river would be good as a fishing platform. If there is no anti-rust coating beneath that red paint, it would go much sooner than a wooden bridge or a steel bridge treated with anti-rust.
If the above are the ones who will be calling the shots, Baru Bian is better off as an activist on his own, working with non-governmental organisations, or work hand-in-hand with the state government for the betterment of the indigenous people of Sarawak if he is truly sincere.
As the Lun Bawangs would say, “Aleg ninger buek tang arang gawa’!” (Don’t listen to voices from the sky). Put both feet firmly on terra firma and do good for your people for once. Don’t give them honeyed words like those who have evil mind wanting to subjugate you.
Sekali tu DAP mantaika pengangkun kediri ketegal kering runding dataika sanggup ngelaban PKR ba sekeda sitak. DAP sanggup bechakar mulut lalu bejaku bejaie ke bansa enggau agama. Diatu kitai nemu Pakatan Harapan semina betuping bula ketegal gila kuasa deka nyadi perintah.
Udah terang menoa Sarawak ari menya mina seitu nengeri ti lantang enggau rayat ti beserakup tang diatu mayuh penyarut ketegal DAP mantaika isu bansa. Sida iya ukai amai asal ari Sarawak. Nya mih chara enggau gaya ti enda manah tu enda manah ba kitai. Tulak parti tu.
Ba Pulau Pinang, ukai aja urang bumiputra tang bansa bukai mega mampu meli rumah enggau tanah ketegal rega diletak ke seida kelalu tinggi. Rayat ti idup mensekin merinsa nadai ruang bejaku. Rayat ba Pulau Pinang nadai hak bejaku ketegal ditindas.
Bayang ke enti Pakatan Harapan merintah menoa Sarawak. Pati tu ukai parti Sarawak. Parti tu parti ngembuan ideologi semenanjung. Udah semesti iya kitai rayat mensekin ditindas lalu nadai endur nyelepak ke diri dalam pengidup.
Sarawak deka ngundi. Maya Sarawak ngundi 7 April tu, tentu ke Sarawak diempu parti ke ulih nirika agenda Sarawak. Tulak parti ari Semenanjung baka DAP ti semina deka nyadi raja dataika kitai merinsa ensenak.
Kitai sebilik di Sarawak ukai DAP. Kitai tu ngembuan ugama kristian, Islam, Buddha enggau ke bukai ti idup beserakup ba menoa kitai. Kitai enggau belayak diri sebilik. Kitai enggai bemunsuh enggau kaban belayan ti ketegal charut bepechah ketegal ngasut pangan diri ketegal DAP.
Buai DAP. Tulak Pakatan Harapan! Terus tan ke penyerakup kitai ba menoa Sarawak.
Sarawak memilih lagi.
Kali tok, sifat tamak DAP dapat kita lihat bila sidak nya dengan sengaja sik peduli dengan rakan sidak dari PKR. Di sia sidak PKR bertanding, di sia juaklah sidak DAP tok bertanding juak. Pabila apa yang di maok sidak sik dipenuhi, lalulah DAP nyumpah seranah rakan sidak ya, lalu nak main ngembak sentimen hal perkauman dan ugama. Toklah yang membuktikan bahawa Pakatan Harapan Rakyat tok sebenarnya cuma topeng ajak untuk sidak DAP bagi mancapai kuasa memerintah.
DAP bukanlah suatu parti yang memperjuangkan nasib semua rakyat seperti apa yang dipadah sidak. Sidak DAP tok parti rasis yang memperjuangkan nasib sigek kaum ajak. Sebagai contoh, kerusi DUN Pending dimenangi hanya kerna DAP dengan terang nyebut sidak adalah parti untuk suara satu kaum ajak.
Ternyatalah Sarawak yang sejak dolok lagik negeri yang harmoni, kinektok dah diperkenalkan dengan hasutan perkauman yang di embak sidak DAP tok, sebuah parti yang bukan nya asal dari Sarawak. Budaya pecah belah dan perkauman tok wajib kita tolak.
Di Pulau Pinang, bukan ajak kaum Bumiputera, kaum-kaum lain yang sik berkemampuan terpaksa pindah keluar dari sia sebab harga rumah dan hartanah yang melampau. Rakyat miskin memang sik ada peluang bersuara langsung. Malah, wakil rakyat Pakatan Harapan di Pulau Pinang yang maok memperjuangkan suara rakyat miskin pun sik diberik peluang meluah masalah rakyat.
Bayangkan ajak kalau Pakatan Harapan berkuasa di Sarawak tok. Parti bukan Sarawak seperti DAP akan berkuasa. Suara golongan Bumiputera Sarawak serta mereka yang miskin sik kira kaum, akan ditindas.
Sarawak akan memilih. Apabila Sarawak memilih pada 7 haribulan kelak, tentukan Sarawak memilih dengan tepat. Tolak parti dari Semenanjung nun seperti DAP yang tamakkan kuasa ajak dan akan membawa perpecahan .
Keluarga kamek urang urang Sarawak tok bukan seperti DAP. Kamek urang di sitok ada ahli keluarga yang Kristian, Islam, Buddha dan lain-lain, yang mewakili rupa wajah perpaduan negeri Sarawak tok. Bayangkan kalau kamek urang tok bergaduh, berkelaiee adik-beradik dan keluarga berpecah-belah hanya kerana oleh hasutan parti sidak DAP!
Tolak DAP! Tolak Pakatan Harapan! Kekalkan perpaduan keluarga Sarawak!
Among the things promised to Sarawakians is to provide free transportation to school.
This reminds me of the same thing DAP promised to Penangites in 2011:
Penangites were delighted. Penang became the first state to provide free transportation for workers on both sides of the Penang Channel. Every single pro-Pakatan blog showered Lim Guan Eng’s administration with praises. DAP won Penang for a second term in 2013.
A mere four years later, came the crunch:
Now that the poorer Penangites no longer occupy the island because of rising costs of living, Lim Guan Eng could do as he pleases, just as he did with the land at Taman Manggis allocated for housing the poor. The BEST FIZ service he gave to voters to win the 2013 elections…well, fizzled. You can read more about it HERE.
It would be interesting to see how DAP plans to give free transportation say for example in this remote village in Sarawak I visited earlier this month:
DAP only has the urban voters in mind where a very small portion of the Sarawak Bumiputra would benefit from this. And as Violet Yong, the DAP rep for Pending (a suburban area of Kuching) said in 2013, it is the voice for one race.
I would go with Adenan Satem’s manifesto for BN for being more people friendly, realistic and holistic – encompassing all races! So much for calling BN a racist party.
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Tony Puaka has just been labelled “PATHETIC” by Ambiga and Maria Chin.
Also labelled as pathetic are other members of the Public Accounts Committee from Pakatan namely its Deputy Chairman, Tan Seng Giaw, Kamarul Baharin Abbas, William Leong Jee Ken, and Takiyuddin Hassan.
You can read more here.
I’m just trying to imagine Tony Puaka’s reaction to the statement. I can actually imagine it already.
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YAB PM NAJIB RAZAK :-
7 April 2016
STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT ON 1MDB
Following multiple grave allegations made against 1MDB, such as Tun Mahathir’s claim that 42 billion had gone missing, the Cabinet under my instruction asked the Auditor General in March 2015 to conduct an independent investigation into 1MDB’s financial accounts.
To ensure that this was a transparent process, we also instructed that the findings be passed for review to the Public Accounts Committee – a bi-partisan body that includes opposition parliamentarians.
After an exhaustive process, the PAC has today released a report with its findings to Parliament. This report represents a consensus by the PAC members, and its findings are based on facts and hundreds of hours of reviews and investigations.
I would like to thank the National Audit Department and PAC for producing a comprehensive, conclusive and definitive report.
Having reviewed it, I note that the PAC’s report shows that 42 billion is not missing from 1MDB, as had been alleged by Tun Mahathir.
However, the report has identified weaknesses in 1MDB’s capital structure and management. We will study and act on the report’s recommendations. We must ensure that lessons are learned, and action will be taken if any evidence of wrongdoing is found.
Equally, it is now clear that Tun Mahathir’s allegations against 1MDB have been false. He was motivated by personal interest, not the national interest, and a desire to unseat the government.
We will continue to focus on our economic plan and strengthening the economy – which has continued to show resilience in the face of global challenges.
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The PAC has cleared the Prime Minister of any involvement in the 1MDB issues and has clearly stated that it was a governance issue where a former CEO needs further probe done on him.
The PAC also includes Tony Pua, the incorrigible and habitual liar, much like his Squidward friend who was arrested by the police yesterday. Tiny Pee or Little Wee as I would like to call him based on his name Tony Pua Kiam Wee, who is part of the PAC and also signed and agreed to the report, is still trying to hoodwink the public. He is not interested in the truth, he is just bent on destroying the BN through manipulating the public’s perception on the issue.
If I were 1MDB, because the PAC report is already out in the open and is no longer subjected to the OSA, I would start suing big time liars such as Mahathir, Rafizi and Tiny Pee. Then we will see this big liar with Little Wee.