In the context of building mega dams in Sarawak-which is loosely termed as `development’ in the media and by the politicians does it mean that any objection to the way these developments are carried out eg where it deny the ancestral lands of the natives, can be considered `blocking’ `rural development’? If that were the case there will be a load of `fighting’ expected as in many people’s mind what is `development’ for the ruling parties is destruction to the culture and environment of rural Sarawak! Most people can see that such s0-called `development’ is only serving to enrich the few top politicians and the developers linked to the top politicians. The affected people just have to step aside to make way for these top politcians to `bring development’ to the rural Sarawak area concerned. Such days where the people resigned to the rampaging of rural Sarawak-where so called `peace’ prevailed in Sarawak, may come to an end soon. Rural Sarawakians are no longer subservient to these robbers of the people’s wealth!
Rural devt will go on, says Jabu
by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 31, 2011, Wednesday
KUCHING: If there were any attempts by the opposition to block rural development, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu warned that he would be the first to stop their efforts.
Describing the opposition’s focus on penetrating the rural areas for political support as a mere disruption to the people’s progress, Jabu who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president reminded the opposition that the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery in the rural areas is ready for the next general election.
Jabu said this when asked whether the BN is taking notice of the political development the opposition is making in the interiors of late.
“We are not worried with the progress the opposition is making as we are standing on the principle of standing together to meet the needs of the Bumiputera and to develop systematically the rural areas in line with the vision and wishes of the nation’s top leadership,” he told reporters when met at the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s Hari Raya Puasa open house held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.
To provide what was lost in the rural areas in the past, he explained that the government would ensure that by the year 2020, the rural population would have progressed.
“It is time for the rural areas to experience development. We are going ahead with it and if there are any moves by the opposition to block it, I would be the first one at the forefront to fight them,” highlighted the Layar assemblyman who was clearly not impressed with the opposition’s focus on penetrating the rural areas for support before the next general election.
Based on his constant meeting with community leaders in the rural areas, he is confident that support for BN remains high as the people’s livelihood was very much in the forefront of BN’s thoughts, said Jabu.
In conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, he urged the people to continue upholding the spirit of unity.
“All festivities such as Hari Raya, Gawai, Chinese New Year, Christmas and such can be seen as a very good platform where everybody celebrates with an open heart and shows respect towards one another. It is a good avenue to nurture goodwill.
“During celebrations such as this, I am very happy to see parents bringing their young children to go house visiting. This is a direct way to teach and instill the spirit of unity among the people which is the basis of stability for the nation,” he said.
Hoping that efforts laid by the nation’s founding fathers be continued by today’s generation, Jabu wished for a continuation of political stability and racial harmony.
“Not many countries in the world can enjoy such peace that we have in Malaysia. I pray that the country would continue to enjoy this stability while maintaining the good relations, tolerance and unity of the nation overall.”