State Departments – Land and Immigration – the worst abuses

Wednesday 13 April, 2016

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On today’s show, all the worst predictions of land rights activists and lawyers seem to be coming true as residents of Betong are suddenly discovering. We speak to Limidian of Betong who tells us how several communities in the area had agreed to the section 6 perimeter survey being pushed by the State Government and the Lands and Survey department as the answer to all their NCR worries. They were called to the Dewan Kalong Ningkan by Alfred Jabu to see the beautiful map of their newly surveyed lands. But this beautiful map hid an ugly reality contained in the tiny legend. Their land is now Native Communal Reserve – the alternative definition of NCR created by Taib to benefit Taib which makes it effectively state land and can be taken without compensation at any time for public purposes. One thing is clear: the bewilderment of the community tells us that they were not properly informed of the outcome before the survey was done, only now that it is too late. Will the section 18 survey follow? Who knows? But for now, the sword of Damocles hangs over their heads.

Then we speak again to YB Michael Jeyakumar from Sungei Siput. He has been coming to Sarawak for several elections now and tells us of the changes. Where once the rural folk were wary of the opposition, they are now more open. The winds of change are on the way, he says. After so many years of receiving so little from the government – no water, no electricity, no roads – the time has come to recognize the lack of utility in the Minister for Public Utilities!

The Baram dam cancellation has come at a very opportune moment in the run up to the election and, though the community have held a thanksgiving dinner, they are not fully convinced. After all, the words have yet to issue from the Chief Minister’s lips. Engan from Long Naah, Baram will not be sure it is anything but a political gimmick until he hears the final confirmation.

The ‘open dialogue Adenan’ is showing his dark side or at least his streak of fear as the run up to the elections see a slew of opposition politicians barred from entering Sarawak on the pretext that they are racists who will disrupt our harmony. But apparently, they are only racist in election period. Immediately afterwards, they will miraculously reform! We speak to Tuan Haji Baharudin Dato Moksen on this blatant abuse of power. Sadly, it seems that land and immigration, two of the areas which the State Government still has under their control are subject to some of the greatest abuses.

Then we speak to BK Ong, himself barred from Sarawak after serving here as a MAFREL observer for free and fair elections. He tells us how it is common to see civil servants and government cars circulating the constituencies around election time. Shouldn’t they be doing the jobs that they are paid for by the people? But yet, no matter how much evidence is collected and how many complaints are made, the MACC still takes no action. Any wonder why it never changes?

And when we say never changes, we mean never changes. Christina Suntai tells us how inconceivable it, in a bona fide democracy, that one party should stay in power for over 50 years like Barisan Nasional in Malaysia! BN wins at every election and has been the government since the formation of Malaysia. In the 2013 Parliamentary Election, BN won 47% of the popularity votes but won 133 seats. Pakatan, won 52% of the popularity votes but only managed to win 89 seats. How can this be, if BN is not cheating? Last Sarawak State Election, held in April 2011, the combination of votes from both PRS and SPDP parties tallied at 67, 813 votes but amazingly, they won a total of 14 DUN seats. PKR on the other hand, won more than these two political parties combined, a total of 117,100 votes, but only won 3 DUN seats! Now, what do you call this if not blatantly cheating? BN YBs should not be so proud strutting around, as they failed to get the popularity when compares to Pakatan. Additionally. Adenan Satem is making sure any other form of cheating remains undetected so he bars opposition party members from West Malaysia into coming to Sarawak. There will be plenty of cash to distribute as well, as Najib will use some of the 2.6 billion ringgits “donations” to ensure victory in Sarawak.

We end with Gerald Joseph of KOMAS who discusses the importance of youth voters who will ultimately be the ones to change the political landscape. But sadly, with 400,000 unregistered voter in the state, many of them young people, it seems that their voice will not be heard.

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“Angin perubahan” mula bertiup dikawasan luar bandar

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Photo credit: Hornbill Unleashed Blog

Seksyen 6,18 – suatu isu yang sering Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) utarakan selalu. Limidian dari Betong memberitahu kita bahawa projek getah atau IRAD digunakan untuk mengaburi mata penduduk akan “penyerahan tanah tanpa disedari”. Kerajaan jika betul ikhlas membantu rakyat, mereka sepatutnya memberikan satu seksyen yang sama dan bukannya menggunakannya tanpa penjelasan kepada penduduk kampung itu sendiri mengenai kesan perbezaan kedua-dua seksyen itu.

Ketua Cabang PKR Selangor, YB Mike memberitahu kita dalam lawatannya ke Marudi beliau melihat angin-angin perubahan telah datang ke kawasan luar bandar. Sebelum ini, agak sukar untuk melihat penduduk luar bandar untuk mendengar penjelasan Oposisi, kini menjelang Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN), penduduk luar bandar kini dapat mendengar penjelasan mereka. Bercakap mengenai pembangunan kemudahan awam, Yb Mike menjelaskan kawasan Marudi dipegang oleh Timbalan Menteri Kemudahan Awam namun nampaknya dalam pemerhatian beliau – penduduk Marudi rata-rata mereka tiada mempunyai bekalan air yang bersih malah sehingga kini masih menggunakan generator untuk bekalan elektrik mereka.

Seterusnya, Engan menjelaskan Kerajaan Negeri tidak betul-betul mengisytiharkan status Empangan Baram – adakah ia diberhentikan sementara atau dibatalkan serta-merta? Apa pun bagi Engan, apa yang diperjelaskan oleh Ketua Menteri Adenan Satem hanyalah bersifat untuk meraih undi semata-mata.

Debaran PRN kian terasa, Baharuddin dari PKR menjelaskan sekatan ke atas beberapa pemimpin Pembangkang seolah-olah menunjukkan Adenan yang merupakan Pengerusi BN Sarawak terasa bahang kempen yang mungkin akan menyerang kepimpinan Adenan yang tidak menunjukkan sebarang perubahan malah berubah kepada keadaan yang lebih teruk berbanding Abdul Taib Mahmud. BK Ong pula memberitahu kita bahawa penggunaan jentera kerajaan oleh parti yang memerintah sepatutnya tidak dibenarkan kerana parti yang memerintah tidak mempunyai kuasa selepas DUN dibubarkan.

Christina Suntai dalam komentarinya bercakap mengenai perubahan yang mungkin kita tidak dapat lihat dimana Barisan Nasional (BN) selama hampir 50 tahun telah mengagalkan sistem demokrasi negara. Penyalahgunaan kuasa dan perbuatan mempertahankan kuasa bakal membuatkan Sarawak khususnya akan terus mengalami kemunduran dan kegagalan!

Akhir sekali, Jerald Joseph dari Pusat KOMAS menjelaskan pengundi muda dapat membawakan perubahan dalam landskap politik negara namun dengan jumlah daftar pengundi muda yang rendah dan majoritinya masih belum berdaftar – ia memberi kesan kepada proses demokrasi negara yang dijalankan melalui pilihan raya.

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