Longhouse fires - just too many!

Saturday 19 March, 2016

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On today’s show, Thomas Jalong of JOAS shares with us some fire prevention tips specifically geared towards longhouses. His own longhouse having been burnt down due to a short circuit, Thomas cautions that electrical wiring in longhouses be best done in compliance to the standards set by the Malaysian Wiring Code. He thinks the Fire Department can also play their part by educating and training the community on fire fighting measures.

Next, Sylvester speaks his thoughts on the RM26 million allocation for the development of a light industrial park in his hometown, Marudi. While any kind of development is appreciated, he thinks Marudi has more pressing issues like proper roads and electricity and clean water supply, which are but basic amenities.

John Brian reassures listeners and opposition supporters that the seat negotiations between the component parties of Pakatan Harapan are progressing smoothly. There is a system in place, he says, of negotiation, failing which mediation and finally, if necessary, arbitration with a Council President. There will be no three-cornered fights on the PH side at least, he says.

The Orang Asli, a small minority in the peninsula, are among the most marginalized. Yusri Ahon of JOAS shares how up to 60% of the community are turning away from the ruling coalition after years of neglect, especially in the area of education. No one can forget the tragic case of the Orang Asli students lost in the jungle last year after fleeing their boarding school in fear. Yusri shares how any allocation made to his community gets swallowed up in management costs leaving precious little for actual projects for the people.

We check back in with Puan Nur Assyurah who now has two community tuition centres, one in Mukah and one Balingian. With students travelling up to 10km, her registrations are climbing and climbing. A genuine community service, genuinely needed.

Tune in for all this and more, plus our Borneo Bulletin.

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Thomas Jalong dari JOAS memberitahu kita mengenai pencegahan kebakaran khususnya di rumah panjang. Pihak bomba perlu memperbanyakkan latihan untuk orang kampung bersedia akan risiko kebakaran. Kecuaian manusia kadangkala tidak dapat dielakkan tetapi pendawaian di rumah panjang perlu melalui piawaan atau standard yang ditetapkan agar tidak berlaku litar pintas. Thomas yang rumah panjangnya terbakar akibat litar pintas memberi pengajaran kepada rumah panjang lain agar ia tidak berulang lagi.

Pendengar setia RFS, Sylvester dari Marudi memberitahu kita pandangan beliau mengenai peruntukan sebanyak RM26 juta untuk pembangunan industri ringan di Marudi yang dibawaka dalam Laporan Borneo Post bertajuk RM26 million for light industry in Marudi. Beliau tidak menolak pembangunan tetapi kenapa kerajaab tidak menyelesaikan isu atau kekurangan kemudahan seperti air, elektrik dan perhubungan jalan raya dibeberapa kawasan sekitar Marudi. Masih banyak yang perlu dilakukan – selesaikan projek untuk rakyat luar bandar terlebih dahulu. Jika kawasan industri itu dibuka, bagaimana jika kemudahan asas tidak menampungnya?

John Brian memberitahu bahawa Pakatan Harapan iaitu PKR, DAP dan Amanah dalam peringkat perbincangan dalam pembahagian kerusi untuk pakatan itu akan menemui penyelesaian tidak lama lagi. Beliau berkata tiada pertindahan kerusi akan berlaku dalam Pilihan Raya Negeri yang akan datang.

Orang Asli diramal akan mengalih undian mereka kepada parti pembangkang dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke 14. Yusri Ahon memberitahu bahawa 60 peratus Orang Asli bakal melakukannya kerana hampir 50 tahun kaum dipinggirkan dalam arus pembangunan.

Kita kembali dengan pengusaha Pondok Tuisyen Komuniti Percuma di Mukah. Nur Asy Asyurra memberitahu penerimaan masyarakat di Mukah semakin baik dan ada pelajar sanggup sejauh 10 kilometer datang ke tempat beliau untuk belajar.

 

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