The PM came to Sg Asap today to announce a number of goodies to the long complaining re-settlers from the bakun DAam areas, but stop short of the full compensation as requested by the residents. While this may be a governmental priority constraint it also invite suspicion that the reluctance of Najib to answer the major part of the wish-list read out by the MP Lihan Jok, could reflect the PM’s less than full endorsement of Taib’s continuation in the throne!
The promises from Najib fell short of the expectation of the residents in the following comparisons:
1. Compensation-Najib agreed `in principle’ to waive the remaining half of the housing price for the new government built house in Sg Asap, amounting to more than RM40 000.00;
2. Rebuild the Bintulu-Sg Asap access road at Rm65mil;
3. Provide cash aid to Sg Asap students at slightly over RM1mil.
4. Build a school for a Penan settlement;
Other than that these items are up for `discussion’ with various parties-which mean they may never be implemented. These promises have been made for 10 years -and more discussion is probably reflecting a lack of will than lack of discussion; They are
1. Implementation of free electricity for Sg Asap residents;
2. Supply of free water to Sg Asap residents;
3.Provision of more lands to the re-settled residents who get only 3 acres only currently;
4. settle birth certificate and IC problems;
He totally ignored the following long standing demands from the re-settlers:
1. Compensation for fruit tress & communal forests;
2. Return the NCR lands next to the dam -but which is not covered by the Bakun Dam to the Sg Asap residents;
3. create sustainable socio-economic environment for the Sg Asap community;
CM Taib Mahmud counting on the PM to settle all the outstanding issues on Bakun Dam at the afternoon speech. But he must be quite disappointed if the resentment from the residents continue to weigh down on his chances in coming state elections. Yet the PM’s offers fell short of satisfying the residents’ requests-is it on purpose????
Despite that that did not stop Taib to blow his trumpet on his `new’ land policy-which is to consolidate all the NCR lands and invite the same failed land development agencies like FELDA, SALCRA, PELITA to help develop the lands!Many innocent villagers have surrendered their lands for `joint venture’ with companies who don’t out any dividend or very low dividends.
So: why is Najib reluctant to given his political friend a life-line? Is the campaign to oust Taib still running???
But the residents who came in the thousands from the various long houses here were probably the most disappointed-which mean that they may use their votes to penalise the non-deliveries of BN in coming state elections. Belaga was won by BN in last election by only 227 votes-1 of the slim-est majority in the last state elections.
The 1/4 attendants who are school students and another 1/4 of kids mixing in the crowd make the attendance look stuffed up. From reliable source the attendants are paid RM10.00 each to turn up.