No development without change

Saturday 16 April, 2016


On today’s show, we pick up the project of the century – the iconic Pan-Borneo highway which is being pushed through as the supposed election winner of all time. Abdul Aziz Isa of DAP tell us that this isn’t the only win being pushed by the Pan-Borneo as crony companies continue to reap rewards from the mega-project. With no transparent tendering process, part of the contract has gone to Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd, a company with more experience in finance and plantations. At least CMS have some experience in road-building, he says, even if that is born of a long history of projects won from position rather than competition. But it seems that many ordinary folk are losing out as compensation payments are not reaching the mark. Nevertheless, costs spiral further. The pathway to heaven or the highway to hell?

It may be NCR land issues that are the real election decider as communities are suddenly waking up to what land rights activists have been saying all along. We speak to the three Tuai Rumah from Betong, of Batu Pesok, Lempaong and Rantau Lelayang Panyun, who blew the whistle on the Section 6 perimeter survey and its real effect – converting Native Customary Rights into Native Communal Reserve for the benefit of the State Government. They blame the whole State Government but their special fury is reserved for Jabu who was the one that led them down the garden path. So now, after a lifetime supporting BN, they are changing their allegiance.

A leopard doesn’t change its spots – so the saying goes. A BN government doesn’t change its policies either, just because it changes its Chief Minister. Our Jako Kenang from Ayak Bujang Tuai looks at the spate of immigration abuses, worse than they ever were under Taib; so much for being more open to the opposition. Upai Giak Tubau says there is little wonder that there is little change when the line up is 90% the same.

Then we take a look at Gedong, a new constituency with an old problem. After being called up to court to answer questions about land being grabbed from his constituents, Naroden Majais’ name is mud in Simunjan. The answer has been to split the constituency and let him stand for the people he hasn’t yet gone round to letting down! Surely a tainted candidate should not be considered a winnable candidate? Only in Bolehland! We speak to the Amanah candidate in Gedong, Rafelson Richard Hamit who shares the Naroden vs the Community story with us and tells us how he will focus on righting the NCR wrongs in his area. Then Laja and Jenga, both of Gedong, share their dismay that Naroden, of all the potential candidates in the state, could have got the thumbs up from Adenan.

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

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