They take the oil and still we owe them?

Thursday 17 March, 2016

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On today’s show, we react with shock at the fact that JPN have reacted with shock to the number of stateless Sarawakians there are. And that is only in one kampung! According to a report in the Borneo Post, JPN were described as ‘taken aback’ by the huge number of applications, more than six times what they were expecting. What is it that that they think all the NGOs and this very radio station have been complaining about all these years? Anyie Teli and Ngajang Miden, both from Sungai Asap, despair at JPN’s chances of success. The JPN office in the area has been closed for some time following a break in and this time, under prepared despite so many years in the job, they only sent a handful of staff to process more than 600 applications. This problem has been ongoing for so long, with JPN denying legitimate citizens their rights over a disproportionate fear of foreigners. Strange that they are just now implementing a taskforce to fix it, so close to the election!

Sarawak has been making quite an international impression this week and now Samling, our homegrown timber company, is continuing the trend overseas as complaints are lodged against them in New Zealand over their poor practices, accusing them of failing to provide economic opportunities in the region they are being allowed to log, a basic requirement under their Forest Stewardship Council certification. These complaints could lead to the company losing their sustainability certification, following the loss of the same in Guyana in 2007 and its later blacklisting by the Norwegian Pension fund. We speak to Nicholas Mujah ak Ason of SADIA about the international standards this company is failing to live up to and on why they can still carry on regardless in Sarawak without censure.

The question of what Sarawak owes the Federal Government still has our commentators up in arms. Both John Brian and Zainal Ajamain react with horror at the thought. Since the Federal Government take all the taxes and the revenue, including that from oil on which the economy of the entire nation is based, it is pure cheek to demand billions in debt repayments. John Brian hates that the state is not trusted to manage its own finances, especially since the Malaysia Agreement only gave charge to Federal over three areas, foreign policy, national security and Defence. Zainal Ajamain goes further. State Government should be demanding a full breakdown of the debt and making sure we all know what we are being asked to spend on.

People are apparently fleeing the country with record numbers of EPF withdrawals due to migration. Now stories are circulating that the super rich are also searching for greener pastures as unemployment starts to creep up, property investments fall and the economy tanks. Listen to our commentary from Bujang Beraoh Ngumbang on how the rich have become richer, and the poor poorer and now may be left carrying the bag.

We end with YB Yeoh Yee Bin of Damansara Utama who is here in the state with Impian Sarawak. She makes a mockery of the RM2.5 billion apparently owed to Federal over implementation of infrastructure such as water and low cost housing. In fact, she says, the Federal allocation for minor rural projects should be sufficient to make a difference. But the effect is not seen on the ground. Another black hole between promise and implementation!

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

Semoa kita tau bejako!

Ramai orang membincangkan masalah dari menyelesaikannya!

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Dalam rancangan hari, Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) memulakan temubual bersama Anyie Teli mengenai 600 orang di Sungai Asap belum mempunyai kad pengenalan. Anyie menjelaskan bahawa permohonan yang banyak hingga 600 permohonan itu membuktikan keseriusan masalah ketiadaan kad pengenalan di Sungai Asap dan perkara ini tidak mampu ditangani oleh Barisan Nasional (BN). Dahulu pejabat Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) di Sungai Asap tetapi ditutup dengan alasan pejabat itu telah dipecah masuk dan peralatan pejabat telah dicuri. Kenapa BN masih belum dapat menangani masalah ini, tetapi mampu membawa masuk 1.5 juta pekerja asing?

Kemudian, pengerusi SADIA HQ Nicholas Mujah mengenai kenyataan rasmi oleh Lembaga Pemberian Hutan (FSC). Amat menghairankan kenapa syarikat pembalakan diberikan lesen untuk meneruskan projek mereka?

Seterusnya, John Brian Anthony dan Zainnal Ajamain menjelaskan bahawa punca Sarawak banyak hutang. Menurut John Brian, Sarawak tiada hak menguruskan kewangannya sendiri. Walaupun sarawak mempunyai banyak hasil bumi. Tetapi hampir semua hasil itu dipunggah ke putrajaya dan cukai juga dikutip oleh kerajaan pusat. Sarawak hanya mendapat serba sedikit hasil daripada royalti. Keadaan bertambah buruk apabila berlakunya rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa oleh orang-orang politik. Di peringkat persekutuan rasuah berleluasa dan hutang negara mencecah RM854 billion maka perkara yang sama juga berlaku diperingkat negeri. Pemimpin kaya raya hasil dari kontrak kerajaan, tetapi negeri dan rakyat miskin. Zainnal pula berpendapat bahawa isu hutang negeri ini tidak patut timbul kerana Sabah dan Sarawak membentuk Malaysia sebagai sebuah Persekutuan. Persekutuan yang berhutang dengan kedua-dua wilayah Borneo itu bukan sebaliknya.

Akhir sekali, Adun Damansara Utama Yb Yeo Bee Yin memberitahu mengenai Projek Impian Malaysia membantu penduduk di Sabah dan Sarawak. Yeo juga turut memberitahu usaha membawa Impian pada mulanya menerima kesan negatif tetapi ia perlahan-lahan diterima oleh penduduk luar bandar. Apa yang membuat beliau tertanya ialah kenapa ramai orang lebih banyak membicarakan masalah dari menyelesaikannya? Mengenai hutang negeri, ia tidak wajar ditimbulkan, sepatutnya Kerajaan Persekutuan memberi bantuan yang sewajarnya dan bukan dalam bentuk pinjaman kerana semua cukai ditanggung bersama!

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