Direct Candidates Directly Benefit PBB

Friday 1 April, 2016

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On today’s show, we look forward to the election as the dissolution date for the DUN is finally announced after much anticipation. We speak first to Nicholas Bawin on his views on the election to come. He sees the direct BN candidates as the only way to solve the tussles within the BN coalition. So long as this is a genuine way to listen to grassroots feeling, then this will benefit the people. But Bawin also sees it as benefitting Adenan himself. Despite giving him a few sleepless nights in the decision-making process, we imagine, PBB are likely to become ever stronger at the expense of all the other coalition partners. No wonder SUPP is up in arms! But ultimately, he says, the coalition partners may not be as important as the coalition leader to whom Adenan has so clearly hitched his wagon. The urban voters at least know too much!

Yesterday’s Balingian issue is still a bit of a mystery, just as much to the people of Balingian! But this is not unusual, says Tuai Rumah Jimin of Sungei Setuan Besai, Balingian, as there are a lot of open secrets in his area. It is common knowledge, for example, that huge tracts of NCR land are have been given over to West Malaysians, often in JV with Sarawakian companies – some for plantations and others for rearing swiftlets. Why is no objection raised by the communities and rightful owners? Because the Penghulu and Tuai Rumah are often on the payroll and afraid to lose their livelihoods. So they allow the community to lose theirs.

It’s April Fool’s Day and a happy anniversary to GST! Not many Sarawakians are seeing the funny side unfortunately! We speak to a few of you, some young, some old, some male, some female, some single, some coupled to see how this new tax has taken hold. Matthew Igoh from Layar tells us that he sees no benefit to GST so far for his increase in expenses. Joyce of Kota Samarahan has seen her family’s savings go up in smoke. She even had to pick up a second job just to make ends meet. 10%, she says? Have a heart, she begs, for the rakyat and not just for the needs of the elite. Apai May hits back at Najib who was in Kapit, Song and Kanowit over the weekend extolling the virtues of GST as the apparent reason the road is coming. If that is the case, says Apai May, we may as well just have paid for the road out of our own pockets! What happened to all the investment Sarawak has made over the last 50 years?

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

Semoa kita tau bejako!

Selamat Hari Jadi, GST!

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Dalam rancangan hari ini, Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) memulakan temubual bersama dengan Nicholas Bawin memberi pandangan mengenai calon terus atau “direct candidates”. Ia akan memberi kelebihan kepada Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) bukannya menguntungkan rakyat di bawah.

Seterusnya, Tr. Jimin dari Sungai Setuan Besai, Kuala Balingian memaklumkan bahawa beliau tidak tahu menahu tentang syarikat Greenpro Sdn Bhd. Namun menurut, Jimin bukan menjadi satu rahsia di Balingin kebanyakan tanah ladang dimiliki oleh orang semenanjung yang ada hubungan JV dengan orang sarawak. Menurut TR Jimin hampir semua kawasan Tanah NCR orang balingian telah diserahkan kepada syarikat ladang sawit. Memang ada penduduk tempatan menantang tetapi kerana kebanyakan Penghulu dan tuai rumah tidak menyokong maka tentangan mereka agak lemah. Ketua kaum takut kerana mereka makan gaji dengan pemerintah dan takut diberhentikan kerja. Bukan sahaja ladang sawit banyak orang semenajung membeli tanah di balingian untuk menternak burung walit.

Setelah Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) diperkenalkan setahun yang lalu. Kita mendapatkan komen dari generasi muda hingga berumur mengenai kesan GST terhadap negara. Matthew Igoh dari Layar memberitahu kita selepas GST dilancarkan perbelanjaan harian terganggu. Joyce Ann dari Kota Samarahan meminta kerajaan untuk mengutamakan rakyat dan akhir sekali Apai May menjelaskan GST mencengkam kehidupan rakyat.

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