Enough integrity in BN to solve Indigenous land issues?

Friday 8 April, 2016

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Photo credit: Malaysia Kini

On today’s show, we report on a new land case with a new twist. Matek anak Geram tells us how the plaintiff in this case, a Melanau with land not far from Mukah town, applied to Lands and Survey to get his land surveyed. He followed their instructions and paid his fee of RM1,000, only to find that his lot number overlapped with another owner. Actually, the other owner is a Lands and Survey officer himself! It seems like every sector of Sarawak’s population have their own land issues.

Way back in 2008, Suhakam made 50 recommendations on how the BN government can rectify the issues surrounding indigenous people’s land in Malaysia, both East and West. Then a long, long period of silence until today, the announcement appears that Paul Low, Minister of Integrity, has been appointed to oversee the commission that will implement these recommendations. Why him? Is the argument that he is the only one with the integrity required to complete this task? With Paul Low’s obvious lack of expertise, Nicholas Mujah ak Ason of SADIA says that he will need to bring in the appropriate experts on Adat and land issues to complete his work. Let’s hope he has the integrity to do so.

Haji Jofri Jaraee of PAS confirms that his party will be contesting in 11 seats in Sarawak, despite the breakdown in their coalition with Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, he himself will be standing in Pujut, Miri and intends to take advantage of both sides, BN and DAP. They can divide up the Chinese vote, he says, and he will take the 30% bumiputera vote home! However, he wants to make clear that PAS is not just a Muslim party. They have one non-Muslim candidate after all!

Christina Suntai shares her views on the stark contrast between Iceland and Malaysia. Recently, the Prime Minister of Iceland resigned from his high office because his wife was found to have an off-shore bank account. Meanwhile in Malaysia, a member of Parliament, Rafizi Ramli was arrested and detained without a lawyer, because he has challenged the management of the 1MDB development fund and revealed secret documents to include the failure to pay gratuity to retired members of the arm forces. Ten policemen were deployed to arrest unarmed Rafizi meanwhile in Sarawak, the fate of four kidnapped Sarawakians remain unknown. Is our Police Force too busy to look after our safety because they are too busy investigating and arresting opposition members and whistle blowers?

Around this time every five years, and frankly most of the rest of the time, the government-controlled media, print and TV, is churning out puff pieces about what a good job the government is doing. Anyie, originally Sarawakian but living in Shah Alam for several years, tells us how the media is painting the picture that the powers that be want portrayed. He makes the contrast with Indonesia where a freer press has contributed to a difference in society, in politics and in religion, where choice is higher up on the agenda.

Then, we put the spotlight on health provision in the rural areas. YB Dr Michael Jeyakumarj, MP for Sg Siput, shares his experience as a flying doctor in Sarawak many years ago. The service is now no more and he laments its loss to the rural folk. Then Abun Sui updates us on the clinic in Long Busang. Long promised, long awaited and now up, thanks to a gotong royong by the community despite the RM3 million Khairy Jamaluddin offered on his visit. But the clinic still stands empty without equipment or staff. Some day, maybe? Another long awaited project is the Sri Aman hospital. Leon Donald has been talking about this for years, it seems, and will be for years to come, it seems. In the meantime, they rely on the under equipped Klinik Desa – not enough equipment, not enough staff and not enough ambulances. Try not to get sick in Sri Aman!

If you are in the Bekelit area tomorrow morning at 9am, drop by, for the community are holding a miring ceremony. Andrew Dom updates us.

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

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PAS yakin menang dalam PRN Sarawak?

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Photo credit: Sarawak Live

Dalam rancangan hari ini, kita membawakan masalah tanah yang merupakan perkara terbesar melanda negeri Sarawak sepanjang masa. Isu ini tidak pernah berhenti sejak pemerintahan Abdul Taib Mahmud sebagai Ketua Menteri selama 33 tahun dan dengan Adenan Satem yang menggantikan beliau, masalah tanah tetap berlaku! Matek Geram melaporkan dari Mukah mengenai kes tanah seorang penduduk di Mukah yang berbangsa Melanau terpaksa ke Mahkamah kerana tanah yang disukat oleh Jabatan Tanah Survei telah menyebabkan pertindihan kawasan dimana kawasan itu disukat melebihi kawasanya walaupun pembayaran dan segala peraturan telah dipatuhi. Nicholas Mujah SADIA HQ pula menyambut baik dengan pembentukan komiti untuk menangani masalah tanah Orang Asal. Akhirnya penantian mereka selama hampir 8 tahun bakal berakhir dan harapan beliau agar komiti itu nanti mesti disertakan dengan pakar tanah dalam adat dan konteks Orang Asal dan Asli di seluruh Malaysia.

Selepas itu, Persuruhjaya PAS Sarawak Jofri Jaraee mengesahkan bahawa parti itu akan bertanding di 11 kerusi DUN PRN Sarawak kali ini dan beliau sendiri akan bertanding di DUN Pujut kawasan majoriti Cina. Mengakui undi Cina akan berpecah dikalangan calon BN dan DAP maka ini akan memberi kelebihan kepada PAS dimana pengundi bumiputra seramai 30% di kawasan itu. Menuglas dakwaan mengatakan PAS pro BN, Jofri menegaskan bahawa PAS tidak pro BN malahan jika PAS pro BN mereka tidak akan bertanding melawan calon-calon BN. Menurut Jofree, PAS telah berada 20 tahun di Sarawak dan menegaskan PAS untuk semua kaum. Ini terbukti dengan PAS meletakkan calon bukan Islam di kawasan kakus iaitu TR Clement Bayang.

Seterusnya, Christina Suntai dalam Jaku Kenangnya hari ini mengenai isu semasa di Sarawak. Anyie pula memberikan komen beliau mengenai kebebasan media di Malaysia yang semakin menurun. Ini tidak baik untuk rakyat kerana hanya mendengar pandangan sebelah pihak sahaja. Michael Jayakumar pula memberitahu kita mengenai “Doktor Terbang”, kawasan Sarawak yang luas memerlukan lebih banyak perkhidmatannya.

Dalam mendepani Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) akan datang, RFS menyemak semula “kad laporan” parti memerintah. Abun Sui memberikan kita perkembangan mengenai projek Klinik di Long Busang yang indah khabar daripada rupa. Leon Donald pula berkata Hospital Sri Aman bakal menjadi “Warisan Sejarah” jika pembangunannya tidak disegerakan.

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