Saturday 2 April, 2016
Picture credit: asianbordertraveller.blogspot.com
On today’s show, we look at ICs or the lack thereof, one of the carrots dangled at election time. Taskforces have been assembled and dispatched to the furthest reaches of Sarawak where JPN officers had declared their shock at the number of applicants, over 50 years after the formation of Malaysia. Mujan tells us how he has delivered a memorandum to the headquarters of JPN in KL, pushing them to progress the huge number of Sarawakians still left in limbo by the department’s unrealistic and inflexible documentary requirements. Apparently, their new solution is to ask applicants to undergo a DNA test! Would you let JPN sequence your genome and exactly what kind of proof do they expect to find there? Besides, at RM1,500 per test, it seems like applicants are likely to wait even longer than the 50 years already gone by!
Then Suhaili shares the story of Mat ak Lidi, a man so poor that he has had to give his four children up to people in his village. But Mat is without an IC and his situation is poisoning the chances of the next generation who, as a result, have no IC either. Suhaili was touched by Mat’s story and has chipped in with advice and support to help in his quest to be recognized in his own country. Perhaps others out there feel inclined to help too.
Fahmi Fadzil of PKR focuses on the Penan, the community who are arguably most affected by JPN’s systematic failures. He tells how he and Zuraidah Kamaruddin are putting pressure on the government to rectify this appalling state of affairs, giving the community its rights in full.
Najib has come out with another classic – if only we had a better education system, then we could get better jobs and then we wouldn’t feel the rising cost of living! Ahem, Mr Prime Minister, but exactly whose job is it to improve educational standards? And how do you expect to do that with slashed budgets and wages kept low by imported labour? Ayak Bujang Tuai gives us his jako kenang on the subject, while Jissin Nyud, President of STU, gives us a comment on this and also on the rumours that many Sarawak student teachers, posted in West Malaysia, will not be able to return to Sarawak for the annual visit after funding was suspended.
We end with a report from our friends in Sabah. Nousi Iun of TAKAD tells us how the community of Upper Papar were given the hard sell on the necessity of having the Kaiduan dam, apparently largely due to the problem of water leakage. Surely there must be a better way to plug the waste?
Tune in for all this and more, plus our Borneo Bulletin.
Semoa kita tau bejako!