Monday, November 24, 2014

DUN 10-19 NOVEMBER 2014: MINISTERS' RESPONSES TO ISSUES RAISED BY BARU BIAN

17 NOVEMBER 2014

ON THE TEACHING OF ETHNIC LANGUAGES

Menteri Kebajikan, Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga (Y.B. Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah):
MEMARTABATKAN BAHASA KEBANGSAAN

Tuan Speaker, to quote what Nelson Mandela had said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.

Perkara seterusnya di bawah watching brief saya ialah berkait dengan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Cawangan Sarawak. DBP akan terus memberikan tumpuan kepada penghasilan penerbitan dalam bahasa etnik Sarawak khususnya yang berkait dengan pemeliharaan dan kelestarian bahasa, sastera tradisi dan budaya masyarakat Sarawak dan menyebarluaskan penggunaan bahasa kebangsaan dalam pelbagai bidang di Negeri ini.

Untuk merealisasikan usaha ini, DBP dengan kerjasama beberapa agensi lain akan terlibat dalam menggerakkan Jaringan Kearifan Tempatan ASEAN (ASEAN Local Knowledge Network ) yang telah diusahakan oleh pihak Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dengan adanya projek sebegini kita berharap khazanah peribumi Sarawak akan dapat dimartabat, dilestari dan disebarluaskan kepada masyarakat umum dan ASEAN menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan.

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat N.70 Ba’ Kelalan, memang sudah ada peruntukan ataupun provision bagi membolehkan bahasa etnik diajar melalui program Pupils’ Own Language (POL) dan bahasa tambahan. Syarat yang perlu dipatuhi adalah pertama, terdapatnya permintaan daripada ibu bapa, kedua, bilangan murid tidak kurang daripada 15 orang, ketiga, mempunyai prasarana dan tenaga pengajar terlatih, keempat kemantapan sistem bahasa, dan kelima, bahan sokongan seperti bahan bacaan dan rujukan. Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat N.70 Ba’ Kelalan juga, setakat ini terdapat 2 buah taska komuniti di Sarawak yang menggunakan bahasa ibunda sebagai bahasa pengantar utama iaitu bahasa Kelabit di Taska Permata Negara Tawaq Raut, Bario dan bahasa Bidayuh di Taska Bahasa Warisan Kampung Benuk, Penrissen.

DBP Cawangan Sarawak sedang rancak melaksanakan penyelidikan dan pendokumentasian terhadap 24 bahasa sukuan. Kita juga telah menerbitkan daftar kata dan kamus etnik di Sarawak. Selain itu, pihak DBP telah membina Sistem Pengurusan Bahasa Sukuan Sabah dan Sarawak yang boleh dicapai melalui laman sesawang DBP , prpm.gov.my untuk tujuan pendokumentasian dan penyebaran bahasa-bahasa etnik di Sarawak kepada masyarakat khususnya untuk tujuan rujukan dan penyelidikan.

Tuan Speaker, pada tahun 2014 Anugerah Sastera Negeri Sarawak telah diwujudkan semula setelah kali terakhir diadakan pada 2009. Anugerah ini juga mencerminkan kesungguhan serta keprihatinan Kerajaan Negeri untuk sama-sama membangun dan memantapkan pertumbuhan sastera kebangsaan di Sarawak. Ini bertujuan menggalakkan penulis pelbagai kaum di Sarawak mendekati bidang penulisan dengan lebih serius dan bertanggungjawab bagi meningkatkan dan memajukan sastera kebangsaan di Negeri ini. DBP juga memberikan Anugerah Kepimpinan Bahasa dan Sastera, Anugerah Penulis Sarawak (penulis mengikut genre) dan Anugerah Penulis Sarawak (mengikut bahasa penulisan dan pengkaryaan). Dengan adanya anugerah sebegini kita berharap para penulis akan terus mengetengahkan pelbagai nilai budaya dan peradaban yang dimiliki oleh masyarakat pelbagai etnik Negeri ini untuk dikongsikan bersama.

ON SCHOOLS
Menteri Kebajikan, Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga (Y.B. Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah):

RESPONS KEPADA SOALAN-SOALAN AHLI-AHLI YANG BERHORMAT
Saya ingin mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi terima kasih kepada keperihatinan Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat yang telah mengutarakan isu-isu berkaitan dengan bangunan dan kemudahan sekolah di Sarawak. Oleh itu saya ingin memberi respon kepada isu-isu yang dikemukakan.
Sebagai respon kepada Ahli Yang Berhormat N.23 Lingga, N.24 Beting Maro, N.25 Balai Ringin, N.28 Engkilili, N.30 Saribas, N.38 Jemoreng, N.51 Balingian, N.52 Tamin, N.69 Batu Danau dan N.70 Ba’Kelalan, pihak Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sarawak telah memohon peruntukan untuk kerja–kerja pembaikan di sekolah-sekolah di kawasan DUN masing-masing. Jumlahnya adalah bergantung kepada spesifikasi projek mengikut audit fizikal yang telah dijalankan oleh pihak JPN. Untuk makluman, beberapa buah sekolah telah diluluskan peruntukannya pada tahun ini iaitu SK Meludam, Betong (RM 20 ribu), SK Sebemban, Betong (RM 250 ribu), SK St Dunstan, Sri Aman (RM 40 ribu), dan SMK St Patrick, Mukah (RM 150 ribu).

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat N.70 Ba’ Kelalan, kesemua 17 buah sekolah di kawasan Ba’kelalan telah menikmati kemudahan internet, 14 dipasangkan dengan 1Bestarinet dan 3 lagi menggunakan School Broadband mulai tahun 2013. Memang diakui bahawa penerimaan signal sangat lemah bagi sekolah-sekolah di kawasan pedalaman termasuk kawasan Ba’Kelalan oleh kerana mereka menggunakan teknologi VSAT.

Manakala, bagi bangunan baharu SK Long Sukang, setakat ini pihak perunding dan kontraktor belum menyerahkan bangunan tersebut kepada Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, kerana kerja-kerja rektifikasi sedang dilaksanakan atas arahan pihak berkuasa tempatan dan juga oleh pihak BOMBA, seperti surat arahan bertarikh 13 Jun 2014. Bangunan tersebut akan dicadangkan untuk diserahkan sebaik sahaja kerja-kerja rektifikasi siap.

ON THE RAPE OF PENAN WOMEN AND SCHOOLGIRLS

Menteri Kebajikan, Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga (Y.B. Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah): 
Tuan Speaker, berkenaan isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Yang Berhormat ADUN N.70 Ba’Kelalan mengenai kes penderaan seksual terhadap wanita Penan di Sarawak, Kementerian kami akan merujuk perkara ini kepada Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga & Masyarakat Malaysia.

SPECIFIC ISSUES ON ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

Menteri Kemudahan Awam (Y.B. Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Bin Ali Hassan):

With regard to the findings on Murum turbines by Norconsult, as raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’ Kelalan, these are actually imperfection of tiny pores, pits and hairlines on surface of the turbines which are hardly visible to the naked eye. These imperfections are not structural defects and could not lead to any “catastrophic breakdown’ as alleged.

Rectification works at the site have been carried out. The red-dye penetration test, magnetic particle and ultrasonic inspections have confirmed that the works were completed successfully. The works were inspected and confirmed satisfactorily by Norconsult.

These repairs which were done on site were further verified by Murum HEP Independent Review Panel engaged by SEB. The verification was also supported by the Grid System Operator’s Technical Team reporting to the Regulator of the Ministry. Both parties are satisfied with the repair works carried out by the contractor.

In the case of the Lawas and Trusan dams as mentioned, both dams are still in the feasibility study stage. When the projects reach the next stage full Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) will be conducted.

LONG LELLANG ROAD

Menteri Kemudahan Awam (Y.B. Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Bin Ali Hassan):
For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’Kelalan, the government plans to build a proper road to connect to Long Lellang. The length of the road is about 55 kilometres and the estimated cost is RM550 million. Construction of the road is only subject to approval and availability of fund.

18 NOVEMBER 2014

ON TOURISM

Menteri Pelancongan (Y.B. Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg):
Tourism Related Issues Raised by Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat
Tuan Speaker, I would like to thank Ahli Yang Berhormat from Pantai Damai, Demak Laut, Kedup, Jemoreng, Sadong Jaya, Ba’Kelalan, Lambir, Lingga, Batang Ai and Saribas for raising issues related to tourism development in their respective constituencies. My Ministry and the relevant agencies will follow up on those matters raised. There are issues that need further indepth study and also the question of funding. All the issues raised will be considered by the Ministry. With that, Tuan Speaker, thank you very much for the tourism industry.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Menteri Kerajaan Tempatan dan Pembangunan Komuniti (Y.B. Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh):
Tuan Speaker, Ahli Yang Berhormat for Tamin, Ba’Kelalan, Engkelili, Kidurong, Repok, Opar, Pujut, Meradong, Pantai Damai, Balingian, Daro, Semariang, Batu Kawah, Ngemah, Dudong, Padungan, Saribas, Semop, Demak Laut, Pending, Balai Ringin, Sadong Jaya, Batang Ai, Krian, Beting Maro and Nangka have highlighted various issues and concerns relating to infrastructure and municipal services and have requested my Ministry and the relevant Local authorities to either provide, maintain or to enhance the various infrastructure and services in their respective constituencies. The issues and concerns raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat are noted, and in the interest of time, I will not respond to them individually but instead I will provide the general comments on what the government has done to address some of these issues. I also like to inform Ahli Yang Berhormat concerned that I have responded to some of the issues raised during the debate either in the oral or written answers. As the Minister in charge, I will take up these issues and concerns with the respective Local Authorities and departments under my Ministry, so that the necessary follow up actions can be taken immediately or in phases depending on the availability of fund.

For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat concerned, the State Government has provided a total allocation of RM62.78 million in 2014 for the 23 Local Authorities under my purview to implement 134 development projects such as the upgrading of roads, drains, public toilets, markets/ hawker centres, car parks, community halls, footpaths, bus sheds, waste management facilities and landscape projects.

Apart from these grants, my Ministry have also received an allocation of RM49.12 million for this year from the Federal Ministry of Urban Well- Being, Housing and Local Government, (KPKT) for the 26 Local Authorities in Sarawak to implement 406 development projects. The KPKT have also provided an allocation of RM874,928 for the Local Authorities in Sarawak to implement 121 environmental health programmes. The Local Authorities in Sarawak have also received further grant totalling RM130 million for 2014 specifically for maintenance of drains, roads and road furniture under the Malaysian Road Records Information System (MARRIS).

Tuan Speaker, under the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiatives (NBOS7): My Beautiful Neighbourhood, we have also received additional funding of RM1.47 million from KPKT for the Sarikei District Council and the Kapit District Council to upgrade and to improve infrastructures such as roads, drains, street lighting and futsal court at two low cost flats namely Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Taman Exora Indah, Kapit and Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Taman Susur Jambu, Sarikei to improve the quality of life of those residents staying in these flats. I wish to assure Ahli-Ahli Yang Berhormat that with the limited fund that we have and which have to be spread among the 26 local Authorities in Sarawak, we will try our best to address some of the pertinent issues in phases.

I can assure Ahli Yang Berhormat, that my Ministry will try our best to continue to bid for more funds from the Federal government to implement more development projects and programmes for the benefit of the people of Sarawak.

Wages in Plantation

Menteri Kemajuan Tanah (Y.B. Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing): 
Tuan Speaker, with regards to the wage issue relating to the plantation sector raised by the Ahli - Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’ Kelalan and Kota Sentosa, there is also a need for these Ahli Yang Berhormat to understand the industry well. In any business, (Plantation business is no exception) sustainability depends very much on productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of operations and costs. Thus, wages are not paid without basis.

The plantation industry had long moved away, from the old daily-rated system. As mentioned earlier, in any business, as we all understand, productivity is greatly emphasised. It is for this reason that the plantation industry is now implementing a productivity-linked wage system. This system is translated into piece-rated works and contract work. Piece- rated works include pruning, manuring, and weeding, whereas contract works is set aside for harvesting of FFBs. The daily-rated system is only applied to the upkeep and maintenance of the oil palm nursery.

Tuan Speaker, from the data that we gathered, with contract or productivity-linked wage system, plantation workers can receive higher wages. For a harvester in an oil palm plantation, the productivity should range between 1.5 tonnes to 3.0 tonnes per day.

The wage rate of FFB harvested ranges from RM24 to RM31 per tonne, depending on the age of maturity and the height of the palms. With productivity of 1.5 tonnes at the lowest wage rate of RM24 per tonne, and 26 working days per month, the harvester would get daily income of RM36 or above RM900 per month. At a productivity level of 3.0 tonnes at a wage rate of RM31 per tonne for 26 days a month, a harvester would receive daily wage of RM93 per day or income above RM2,000 per month. This income is not inclusive of the incentive accorded by the plantation houses when workers exceed certain productivity level or targeted productions. There are in fact locals worker capable of or already earning beyond this level of income.

Sadly, Tuan Speaker, the majority of our local people prefer to work on daily-rated basis, and mostly in general maintenance activities. No matter how hard they work or how productive they are, they cannot get more than 30 days wage per month. The daily-rated system as I mentioned earlier on however is seldom used.

Unfortunately, not many of our local workers want to work more than 15 days a month. Additionally, from the report that we have received, local harvesters can only harvest about less than one tonne per day on average. As such their wages would be greatly affected.

Tuan Speaker, productivity should be emphasised as it is one of the prerequisites for better income in the plantation sector. I am not suggesting that our people are not hardworking or lazy. The regimented works schedule in the plantation does not seem to fit well with our local culture and works ethics. At the same time most of the local would already have their own gardens of cash crops well before the oil palm estates are established close by their villagers or on their NCR land. Thus, they do not necessarily depend solely on working in the estates. More often than not they would not work the full eight hours in the oil palm estates as they have to tend to their own individual cash crop gardens in the afternoon. This contributed to the shortage of labour in the palm oil industry, Sir.

Tuan Speaker, our people must change and be led to embrace the culture of being productive, not only in the plantation sector, but also in any other sectors as well.

19 NOVEMBER 2014

BEKALAN ELEKTRIK LUAR BANDAR SISTEM ALTERNATIF (SOLAR HYBRID)
Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang):
For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’Kelalan, the solar hybrid system at Long Sukang is experiencing some ground issues such as site relocation and blockade by the locals that have resulted in the delay of commissioning as scheduled by the end of 2013. The contractor had resolved the issues and now the project had been completed. The testing and commissioning of the project will be carried out by the end of December 2014.

This design and build project was awarded by Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLW) to their appointed contractor and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) serves as the project technical adviser to ensure that all the system design fulfils the SESCO standards, requirements and guidelines. The contractor is responsible for performing the 
system testing and commissioning and Sarawak Energy Berhad will take over and operate the system after successful 30 days continuous reliability run. The defect liability period is two years during which period the contractor is responsible for system and equipment maintenance. On the rates, all consumers shall be charged at SESCO Standard Published Tariff.


ON NATIVE COURTS

Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang):
(pg 28) The State Government is fully aware of the issues raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan thus in order to address those issues in the State Government is taking a few measures:

(a) The new office complex as I’ve said for both Mahkamah Bumiputera and Majlis Adat Istiadat would be ready for occupation and expected to fully function by January 2015, where the completion of this complex, training could be provided to enhance the capacity and competency of our Presiding Officers.

(b) The State Government is improving the Court facilities at the Divisional and District level. With the completion of such facilities together with our move to employ more Presiding Officers, the rate of disposal of case could be enhanced. On the manpower side of entering measure, the State Government is re-engaging suitably retired Sarawak Administrative Officers as Presiding Officers utilising their extensive experience in dealing with native cultures, traditions and values. At the same time, because of their training and working experience they are conversant with court procedures and court works.


Manpower (pg 23)

Once the office infrastructure is properly in placed, then the government will prepare a long term plan and strategy to address the various needs of our Native Courts. However, under the present circumstances and with the shortcomings that we have, we have to

depend on the services of retired Sarawak Administrative Officers, or other officers, who are deemed capable to assist in dispensing the court cases.

The retired Sarawak Administrative Officers, are recruited on interim basis, as Presiding Officers taking into consideration their vast experience and training. Sarawak Administrative Officers who are re-engaged as Presiding Officers had been trained in various aspects of law including Native Customary Law and other civil laws and court works. They have passed different level of law examinations and they have handled many court cases. They are very capable and well qualified as First Class Magistrates.

Besides, while in service they were posted to various Sub-Districts and Divisions and are thus very conversant with practically all situations including challenges and problem in the rural areas. While they are equally conversant with the different local culture, customs, traditions and the value systems of the multi racial and multi religious communities in Sarawak.

Therefore with such background, they are deemed the most capable and competent to assist Mahkamah Bumiputera Sarawak in administering and discharging their duties with utmost responsibility and integrity.

TRAINING
Mahkamah Bumiputera Sarawak regularly conducts training relating to various aspect of Native Adats to the Native Court Presiding Officers, and Court Assessors. In 2014, five training sessions at various places in Sarawak were attended by Ketua-Ketua Kaum and Ketua Masyarakat. They are trained on how to interpret the various Community Adats and at the same time how to conduct and preside a Court hearing. Such training is critical as they can either sit as Presiding Officers or helping as assessors at higher Court.

This programme is an ongoing exercise. In 2015 with an allocation of RM2.6million such courses and training will be intensified, taking advantage of the facilities that we have at Kota Samarahan. Thus in so doing, the competency and capability of officers involve in the administration of justice and the Native Court system would be enhanced.

Re-Engagement of Retired Officers
Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang):
For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan, the re-engagement of retired officers is to retain specific competencies and talents as required by the State Government. The Government has invested a lot in them and the vast knowledge and experience some of their talents will be wasted if we do not continue to employ them while we are training and developing new officers.

e-Recruitment Online Application
Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang):
For the information of Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan, the online system of recruitment practiced by State of Sarawak Public Service Commission is actually to facilitate the application of jobs in the civil service. This is because the ongoing recruitment process allows applicant to apply for any post that commensurate with the education qualification even when there is no such vacancy at the time of application. When such vacancy arises the application will be processed accordingly. I would like to reiterate that although online application is practiced, written applications are still accepted, I repeat written applications will continue to be accepted.

In this regards in early January every year, the State Public Service Commission of Sarawak put up notifications in local newspapers on the list of posts that can be applied through the online portal, which is e-Recruitment. The same notice is also extended to every Resident Office, District Office and Local Council for public notifications on their respective notice boards. The successful candidates will be notified through various channels namely email, telephone calls, sms or letter of correspondence. In fact, online services for job vacancies and application are not a disadvantage to the rural population because with the system there is no restriction to their job application as long as their academic qualification meets the scheme of service for the posts applied.

DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME IN LAWAS
Timbalan Ketua Menteri dan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar (Y.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang):
On the issue of drug abuse in Lawas as raised by Ahli Yang Berhormat from Ba’kelalan, based on official report from PDRM Sarawak, drug abuse in Lawas is under close monitoring and supervision by the police.

With regard to a murder case which occurred in a pub in Lawas recently, the case is considered solved as the assailant had been arrested. This unfortunate incident happened as a result of excessive drinking where a quarrel took place resulting in the unfortunate death of a Lun Bawang youth.

As for Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan's inference that in Lawas crime index is the highest in the State is quite misleading. From the official record of crime figures received from PDRM Sarawak for, this year from January 2014 to 31st October 2014, Lawas registered only 45 cases of index crime. Crime rate in Lawas is at the ratio of 1:2 per 1,000 population. Sarawak is 6:1,000 population.

As for the involvement of some Lawas police personnel in crime as alleged by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan, I wish to reiterate here that without concrete proof and material evidence, a person should not be implicated. As this is a serious allegation, I would therefore advice Ahli Yang Berhormat for Ba’kelalan to lodge a police report.

~ Unedited Hansard [http://www.dun.sarawak.gov.my]







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