One of the biggest complaints from the Sarawak voters is the 10 000 re-settled residents from Bakun-who are unhappy due to unpaid compensation for their assets like fruits trees and house. As though to show that the Federal Government has finally become sympathetic to their grouses the PM will visit Sg Asap this Saturday afternoon to give away RM7mil to 15 long houses. The occasion cannot be unlinked from the imminent state elections. Yet the settlement is far from complete for all the re-settled communities in Sg Asap. And they also miss out the community which chosed to move away-but to a place of their own choice, as well as those who choose to just move slightly above the dam’s water at Naah Jalai. So much for a pay-out to get votes more than to deliver full justice. It is more in keeping with politicking purpose to keep the residents on the look out for compensation than to satisfy them once and for all.
The news from the ground also said that the PM will arrive in Bintulu on Jan 14th, go to Kapit on Sat(Jan 15th) morning before heading to a gymnasium in Sg Asap. The destination of the trip will be in Rumah Belur in Sg Asap-the model long house of Sarawak. It is a question if the PM want to see the problems of the long houses there or to avoid seeing them.
The constituency of Belaga where half the voters are located in Sg Asap is a likely Opposition winnable seat given that the combined opposition votes were higher than the BN’s vote. The winning majority at 275 is a slim majority that can easily be overcome should there be a one-to-one challenge.
But the visit to Sg Asap said to start from afternoon may not last long because he may want to drop by the CM’s wedding dinner scheduled on the same day-most likely to be later in the evening.