A harmonious new year ahead?

Monday 8 February, 2016

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On today’s show, we celebrate the first day of the year of the monkey with all our Chinese listeners and fellow Chinese here in Sarawak and round the world; so, we focus first on a few Chinese stories. Bongkerz Bong – so goes his facebook name – shares with us his views on how Sarawak should be proud of its racial unity. We eat together, we work together and we enjoy together, we even marry each other! Then Joffrey and Gabriel talk to us about Chinese education. Chief Minister Adenan Satem has promised that UEC will now be accepted by the Sarawak government, though it is still not recognized Malaysia-wide. They both tell us why this is a step forward in Sarawak. After all, many non-Chinese are already choosing to send their children to Chinese schools – yet another example of that fabled Sarawak harmony. Some believe they get a better education for their children, some that it simply adds another language string to their child’s bow. But either way, education should not be political but rather a means to elevate our nation. After all, in a professional environment, if the individual is more highly skilled, they should be the ones promoted, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Stanley Rentap returns with the second part of his interview with Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad about the issues in Kedah and their ramifications in the nation’s capitol and what we can learn from them. In today’s section, he discusses the conduct of the Attorney-General. Can a man appointed by the PM investigate the PM, he wonders – that is the question everyone is asking!

Then we hear from Tuan Haji Baharuddin Dato Moksen of PKR. Adenan is popular, he says, without a doubt! But when polling day comes, a man must be the sum of his deeds and not his words. Beware of choosing style over substance.

We end with Beneth from Sekuau who shares with us on the way community leaders are constantly dragged into politics. The result is disunity in the longhouses – a great loss to the community.

Once again, we want to wish everyone a happy Chinese new year. Tune in for all this and more, plus our Borneo Bulletin. Semoa kita tau bejako!

Tahun yang harmoni di depan?

Selamat Menyambut Tahun Baru Cina kepada semua yang merayakannya! Dalam rancangan hari ini, kita meraikan hari pertama dalam Tahun Monyet bersama dengan semua rakan-rakan kita yang berbangsa Cina di Sarawak dan seluruh dunia; jadi, kita fokus dengan beberapa cerita dan kisah mereka. Dikenali melalui nama Facebook, Bongkerz Bong, beliau memberikan pandangan beliau kenapa Sarawak harus berbangga dengan perpaduan kaum. Kita makan bersama dan bersuka ria bersana malah kahwin campur! Kemudia, Geoffrey dan Gabriel memberitahu kita mengenai pendidikan Cina. Ketua Menteri Adenan Satem menjanjikan Peperiksaan Sijil Bersepadu atau United Education Certificate (UEC) akan diterima oleh Kerajaan Sarawak, walaupun tidak akan diiktiraf seluruh Malaysia. Ia merupakan langkah ke hadapan di Sarawak. Lagipun, banyak orang bukan Cina menghantar anak-anak mereka ke Sekolah Cina dimana menunjukkan keharmonian masyarakat Sarawak. Ada yang percaya mereka perlu mendapatkan pendidikan yang lebih baik untuk anak mereka, ada juga yang ingin menguasai bahasa itu. Tetapi, pendidikan tidak boleh dipolitikan. Ia adalah persekitaran profesional, jika seseorang berkemahiran, mereka perlu dipromosikan tanpa mengira kaum, warna kulit atau kepercayaan.

Kemudian, Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad memberikan pandangan mengenai isu di Kedah dan pengaturan oleh ibu negara serta apa yang kita dapat belajar daripadanya. Dalam bahagian hari ini, beliau membincangkan perlakuan Peguam Negara. Bolehkah seseorang dilantik oleh Perdana Menteri dan menyiasat Perdana Menteri itu sendiri, beliau persoalkan – itu merupakan soalan untuk semua orang tanyakan!

Seterusnya, Baharuddin Mokhsen dari PKR memberitahu populariti Adenan tidak dapat disangkal lagi! Tetapi apabila pilihan raya datang, janji mesti ditunaikan dan bukannya hanya berkata-kata sahaja. Berhati-hati membuat pilihan.

Akhir sekali, Beneth dari Sekuaw memberikan pandangan beliau mengenai pemimpin komuniti yang diheret ke dalam politik. Keputusannya? Perpecahan dalam rumah panjang – kerugian besar kepada komuniti.

 


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