Saturday, July 27, 2013

Penan ‘county’ rep did not read report

Winston Way

July 26, 2013
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau puts his foot in his mouth when he confessed to not having read the National Task Force Report on social problems in Sarawak.
KUCHING: A knee-jerk reaction by a Barisan Nasional assemblyman has left him and federal Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim in an embarrassing position.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau who came to Rohani’s defence after a local opposition representative chastised her for misleading the Asean Commission on women and children, candidly confessed that he had not even read the National Taskforce Report which also addressed sexual abuse of Penans.
“I did not read the Taskforce Report but I’m sure the government took it seriously and at times may have to adjust to suit the local environment,” said Ngau.
The National Taskforce Report recommendation listed steps to combat problems in areas of sexual abuse, birth registration and citizenship, healthcare and education.
Ngau’s “confession” led PKR’s Batu Lintang state rep See Chee How to declare him a “failed assemblyman”.
Ngau was quoted by a local daily as saying that the government had been engaging with Penan community through dialogues and meetings “to make them understand why they must accept development” for many years now.
“Lots of efforts and numerous programmes have been carried out by various government agencies to address issues highlighted not only by the Taskforce committee but also issues brought up to me as their representative,” Ngau reportedly said.
Ngau was responding to See who had previously claimed that the government had done nothing more than funding an empowerment workshop in Sarawak and that Rohani had allegedly lied when she told the 7th Meeting of the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children that the recommendations listed in the National Taskforce Report had been executed.
In his Facebook posting this morning See chided Ngau’s defence of Rohani.
He cited Ngau’s confession as a sign of the true character of the Telang Usan assemblyman.
“(It is the) confession and proof of a failed assemblyman. Criticizing the opposition (me) but he admitted: ‘I did not read the taskforce report …
“This is one single most important cabinet report affecting the people of his constituency, he didn’t bother to read but quickly jumped up to defend the mediocre minister, and is making it worse for her now,” posted See.
~ Free Malaysia Today

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