DAP organised a seminar in Siburan, just 17th mile out of Kuching-but no one turned up. Many things could have happened eg if DAP want participation the party could well do the function in a village or where he rural people are. It is not easy for rural folks to come out from their village to attend party functions like this. Another thing is: DAP had not done its homework before its function. If the party did not do any organising in that area eg open some branches or divisions, it is inconceivable that they can attract attendance even in a town area -Siburan town itself is not small. Next possibility is: DAP’s Dayak partners are not doing their job…..? There is also a limit to try to win a community’s support by working merely with their `leaders’ or `intellectual’. There is no substitute to doing the organising locally, unless they can find local organisers.
Rude awakening for DAP’s rural dreams
Posted on October 10, 2011, Monday
No one shows up for party’s Dayak seminar
KUCHING: It was a rude awakening for the Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) dreams of penetrating rural areas in the state when not a single person turned up to attend its Dayak Consultative Council (DCC) seminar yesterday.
The DCC seminar was scheduled to be held in a local restaurant at Siburan (Mile 17, Kuching) at 1.30pm.
By 2.30pm, no one from the target audience showed up and the organisers were forced to finally call it off.
The seminar, organised by DCC, aimed to prepare for DAP’s move from strictly urban Chinese-majority areas into Bumiputera and rural areas in the coming parliamentary election and to supposedly provide related consultative services to rural folk.
Among those from the party present at the venue were state DAP chief Wong Ho Leng, secretary Chong Chieng Jen, Serian branch chairman Edward Andrew Luak and DCC chairman Dr John Brian Anthony.
At a press conference held after the seminar was cancelled, Wong admitted that it would be a great challenge for DAP to penetrate Sarawak’s rural areas in the coming parliamentary election.
Siburan is located in the Bengoh state constituency, which is presently held by the Barisan Nasional (BN) under the Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) Dr Jerip Susil, who is Assistant Minister of Public Health.
Bengoh, along with Tarat, is under the Mambong parliamentary constituency, which is currently held by BN under Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit, who is Deputy Minister of Tourism.
Besides Mambong, the DAP has also expressed interest in contesting in Mas Gading, currently held by BN through the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe – National Service Training Council chairman, as well as Serian.
DAP has set up a centre in Serian to try to wrest the seat from BN’s Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
SUPP’s Datuk Richard Riot Jaem, who is Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, has held the seat for five terms since 1990.
All three parliamentary seats are Bidayuh majority areas.