More rural representatives become heavier burden on the rural folks?
|More representatives for rural areas-more burden?|
The assumption of giving more rural representatives to the rural areas and voters is that the bigger number of representatives will allow these representatives to speak out for the rural folks who face under-development in all aspect of their lives. However the reality seems to be the opposite in Sarawak! Far from speaking out for the rural folks who voted them into the legislatures the representatives become more the speaker of the government to the people, and worse, filter out many allocations to the rural areas such that it gives an original meaning to the `trickle down’ theory in economics! Let’s look at the evidence -which is coming out in a new film on rural Bengoh!
From the start the Assemblyman and Member of Parliament of Bengoh had been selling the Bengoh dam project with scant regards to the people’s vehement objections. In a recording stretching from 2005 the Mambong MP Dr James Dawos had been selling the idea that the rural Bengoh had finally seen `development’ coming to the area and that the people affected are going to be better off than those who are not affected by it. In the same speech he also said that the people must move away from their ancestral land in order to avoid polluting the reservoir. So what good is there for the people if the development come to the area-but the original people have to move out completely? The `representative’ of the people, who also sit in the resettlement committee, hardly spoke for the people-but add pressure to the people to sacrifice for the good of others in the city!
Then the Assemblyman Dr Jerip Susil who had been to the affected villages only once-by helicopter, during his state election campaign period. Wonder if he paid for the expensive air transport-or he abused the government’s machinery? Did he report this in his account of campaign expenses? His message was also to pressure the people to leave-by dangling carrots which are not approved by anyone at all. Among his promises is the offer of free housing. However the official offer was just offer of `Housing for the Poor’-which not all may qualify as the standards are very stringent. In anycase the folks are supposed to be compensated for their lose-not for their poverty, as though it is done out of compassion!
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