Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PESANAN GAWAI DARI BARU BIAN / BARU BIAN’S GAWAI MESSAGE 2016


GOTONG-ROYONG BAGI KEBAIKAN NEGARA


Salah satu tradisi penduduk asal Sarawak adalah 'gotong-royong', ia adalah konsep adat bekerja bersama-sama dan membantu satu sama lain untuk menyelesaikan aktiviti pertanian di kampung. Kaum LunBawangs memanggil ini "ngumum".

Konsep "ngumum" maksud bekerja bersama-sama diamalkan supaya setiap unit keluarga / dibilik di kampung ini mampu melengkapkan aktiviti pertanian masing-masing pada masa dan tidak dibebani untuk menyelesaikan kerja-kerja sendiri. Konsep ini juga memupuk semangat bekerja bersama-sama dan menyokong antara satu sama lain apabila diperlukan supaya setiap orang gembira, dan boleh mengharapkan hasil tuaian yang baik pada akhir tempoh pertanian. Terima kasih kepada "ngumum", tiada siapa yang datang meminta makanan dan tidak ada yang memerlukan, dan penduduk kampung mengalu-alukan bersama-sama untuk meraikan hasil tuaian yang baik atau "bergawai" (sambutan).

Dimusim Gawai ini, saya tidak tertahan dari mempertimbangkan perkembangan di negara ini dengan konsep "ngumum". Yang utama ialah skandal rampasan kekayaan negara ini oleh golongan elit pemerintah dalam saga 1MDB.

Kemudian terdapat ketidaksamaan yang besar dalam pendapatan dan pengagihan yang tidak sama rata kekayaan di negara ini, contoh suka-ramai baru-baru ini ialah hadiah sebuah Bentley berharga RM1.5 juta daripada isteri Gabenor kepadanya.

Pendedahan baru-baru ini tentang ketidaksamaan dalam perkhidmatan awam di Sarawakthat masih menjadi perdebatan di media sosial juga punca banyak rasa tidak puas hati dan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan rakyat Sarawak.

Semua di atas adalah tidak selaras dengan semangat "ngumum". Manakala "ngumum" berkonsep membantu antara satu sama lain, tetapi apa yang berlaku di negara ini mendedahkan bahawa mereka yang memegang jawatan amalan pihak berkuasa mementingkan mereka sendiri, manakala kebajikan rakyat tidak begitu dipentingkan.

DiGawai ini, di tengah-tengah peristiwa-peristiwa ini, nampaknya tiaada sebab yang baik bagi kami untuk meraikan di Sarawak; namun demikian, saya mahu bersifat yakin. Dalam konsep "ngumum" ia adalah kesanggupan dan keupayaan untuk bekerja bersama-sama yang membuat perbezaan dan membawa kepada kejayaan kepada penduduk kampung. Sama juga untuk negara ini, iatitu kuasa untuk membawa perubahan dalam kerajaan adalah dalam kehendak dan keinginan rakyat.

Keputusan PRN Sarawak baru-baru ini memberikan kita banyak untuk berfikir. Adakah kita akan biarkan ketidakadilan dan sikap mementingkan diri rejim sekarang teruskan? Atau adakah kita bersedia untuk bangkit bersama-sama dalam semangat "ngumum" pada PRU-14 untuk membawa perubahan?

Sarawak kaya dan luas dan hartanya harus dituai dan dinikmati oleh semua rakyat Sarawak pada asas yang lebih sama. Ia terpulanglah kepada rakyat untuk berkerja bersama-sama untuk menjayakan perubahan.

Selamat menyambut Gawai.

"Gayu-guru, Gerai Nyamai."

Baru Bian
ADUN N81 Ba 'Kelalan
30 MAY 2016 

GOTONG-ROYONG FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY


One of the traditions of the natives of Sarawak is the ‘gotong-royong’, which is the customary concept of working together and helping one another to finish their farming activities in the village. The LunBawangs call this "ngumum". The "ngumum" concept of working together is practised so that that every family unit/bilek in the village is able to complete their respective farming activities in time and none is burdened to finish the work on their own. This concept also inculcates the spirit of working together and supporting one another when in need so that every one is happy, and can expect a good harvest at the end of the farming period. Thanks to “ngumum”, no one has to beg for food and no one is in need, and the villagers look forward together to celebrating a good harvest or "bergawai" (celebration).

As we approach this Gawai season, I cannot help but to consider the juxtaposition of the developments in the country with this concept of gotong-royong. Foremost is the scandalous plundering of this country’s wealth by the ruling elite in the 1MDB saga, with no apparent consequence. Then there is the huge inequality in income and unequal distribution of wealth in the country, an example being the recent ostentatious display of wealth in the form of the gift of the RM1.5mil Bentley from the Governor’s wife to him. The recent exposure of the inequality in the civil service in Sarawakthat is still being debated in the social media is also the cause of much unhappiness and discontentment among Sarawakians.

All the above are inconsistent with the spirit of "ngumum". Whereas “ngumum” is about looking out for each other and helping each other, what is happening in this country reveals that those in positions of authority practise looking out for themselves first, while the welfare of the rest is secondary. This Gawai, in the midst of these events, there appears to be no good reason for us to celebrate in Sarawak; yet I want to be hopeful. In the concept of "ngumum" it is the people's willingness and ability to work together that makes the difference and leads to the success of the villagers. So it is in the country, where the power to bring about a change in the Government is in the people's will and desire.

The result of the recent Sarawak elections gives us much food for thought. Are we going to allow the injustices and selfishness of the present regime to continue? Or are we willing to rise up together in the spirit of “ngumum” in the GE14 to bring about a change? Sarawak is rich and vast, and her wealth should be harvested and enjoyed by all Sarawakians on a more equal footing. It is up to the people to come together to make this happen.

I wish all my Dayak friends a Happy and Joyous Gawai celebration.

“Gayu-guru, Gerai Nyamai.”

BaruBian
ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan
30 MAY 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

BARU BIAN: ENTICING THE CHURCH WITH MONEY IS SACRILEGIOUS

PRESS STATEMENT
6 MAY 2016

Barisan National has hit a new low with the latest promise of money for the churches in Ba’ Kelalan 2 days before polling day. They will stoop to the lowest level to get votes from the Christian Lun Bawang community. The Christian Minister who was sent in from Sabah to perform this heinous act should be thoroughly ashamed for allowing himself to be used as a tool by the BN.

Since the BN wants to influence our Christians, instead of insulting their intelligence by throwing money promises at the people, the Minister should explain why their Malay-speaking Christian brothers and sisters in peninsula Malaysia are not allowed to use the word ‘Allah’, and he should also explain why the Jill Ireland case was allowed to be dragged on for so long, not to mention the confiscation of the Christian educational material at Kuching Port and at LCCT several years ago.

The churches have been neglected by BN for decades and for them to suddenly be so generous with promises only shows their insincerity. I urge the Christians in Ba’ Kelalan to be steadfast and to hold on to their integrity and pride. Our votes are sacred and the BN must not be allowed to defile our churches by their cheap attempt at vote-buying.

This unsavoury act by the BN proves one thing. Voting for the opposition sends a message to the BN that the voters are waking up to their empty promises. Voting for the opposition wakes the BN up to the neglect the people have been suffering. Voting for the opposition ensures that the BN will pay more attention to the people’s grouses and finally consider the basic amenities that should have been provided years ago.

The voters of Ba’ Kelalan and the rest of Sarawak must make a strong stand tomorrow against the underhanded tactics of the BN. Continue to vote for PKR for a better government.

Baru Bian
N81 Ba’ Kelalan

BARU BIAN: PKR’S RESOLVE TO STRIVE FOR JUSTICE UNSHAKABLE


PRESS STATEMENT
6 MAY 2016

The caretaker Chief Minister may ban anyone he wishes, but we, Sarawakian PKR leaders, are here, and we will always be here to continue our quest to offer Sarawakians a better and brighter future under a government that upholds the rule of law and protects the rights of all Sarawakians.

The refusal of entry for Azmin Ali this morning is highly regrettable and we hope it will not jeopardise the inter-governmental relationship between Sarawak and Selangor.

Barisan National should note that we are made of sterner and stronger stuff than they give us credit for. We have been through more difficult situations than this throughout our years of struggling for justice and fairness for Sarawakians.

Lastly, we wish to offer our condolences to the family of Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Noriah Kasnon whose body has reportedly been recovered near the helicopter crash site. We offer our prayers for the rescue or recovery of the remaining persons who were in the helicopter.  The best news we can hope for as we approach the end of the last campaigning day is their safe return.

Baru Bian
See Chee How
Ali Biju
Francis Teron
Jazolkipli bin Numan
Nurhanim Mokhsen
Mohamed Salleh bin Shawkatali
Voon Shiak Ni
Athina Klaywa Sim
Abang Junaidi bin Abang Gom
Willie Mongin
Musa ak Ngog
Alex Sabena k Nipong
Jamilah Baharuddin
Abang Zulkifli bin Abang Engkeh
Nicholas Mujah anak Ason
Jubri ak Atak
Norina Umoi ak Utot
Nicholas Bawin
Kolein Liong
Yakup Daud
Vernon Kedit
Noel Bucking
Jemat Panjang
Semana Sawang
Thomas Laja
George Chen Nguk Fa
Abd Raafidin Majidi
Asini @ Hasni bin Yahya
Sim Eng Hua
Simon Joseph Usau 
Joshua Jabeng
Alex Lehan
Abun Sui Anyit
Abdul Jalil bin Bujang
Bill Kayong
Mohdak Ismail
Elia Bit
Roland Engan
Pauls Baya

Thursday, May 5, 2016

BARU BIAN: BN’S DIRTY TACTICS DEPLORABLE


PRESS STATEMENT

5 MAY 2016



The BN style of campaigning in the rural areas has not changed. Their agents have started their dirty tactics, even in my village Siang Siang in Lawas.



People are going into the villages at night, asking the voters for their ICs and threatening them by saying things like “Kali ini mesti pilih BN, kalau tidak, macam-macam akan terjadi, seperti biasiswa anak akan di tarik balik”. Bullying the voters is a despicable and wretched act of desperation by people who have nothing better to offer. It is an insult to treat people in such a demeaning manner and I am outraged and disappointed that BN campaigners are still using this shameful tactic.



The FELDA chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad is also engaging in the politics of threats in his speeches, as reported in online media. This is unacceptable, especially from the head of a government agency. I hope the people realize by now that BN has nothing better to offer than bribes and threats. Oppression and suppression of the people must stop if we claim to be a democratic country.



People like Mohd Isa and other BN politicians who threaten our people and engage in vote-buying with repeated and endless empty promises should be rejected by Sarawakians. Our people deserve to be treated with a lot more respect than this.



I urge the people of Sarawak to be brave and courageous on 7 May 2016. Do not succumb to the intimidation tactics of the BN campaigners. We must exercise our democratic rights to choose the people we believe in, for our future and the future of our children. Vote for PKR for justice and fairness for all Sarawakians.



Baru Bian

N81 Ba’ Kelalan


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BARU BIAN: ADVANCE EDUCATION? DILAPIDATED SCHOOLS AND DROPPING STANDARDS A LEGACY OF BN RULE


PRESS STATEMENT
3 MAY 2016

I refer to the promise of Adenan Satem and the Barisan Nasional (BN) in their manifesto to recognize and develop the potential of our youths for our future and to advance education and technical training.

After decades of BN rule, our rural students are still being taught in dilapidated schools, many of them with no proper electricity or water supply. The government can’t even offer our young generation decent facilities for a basic primary education, yet BN is not embarrassed to keep making the same promise election after election.

The 2014 Auditor General’s report stated that 85.5% of Sarawak schools are in a state of disrepair with schoolchildren studying in rotting or termite infested buildings or buildings with leaking sewage. The Education Blueprint 2013-2025 stated that ‘by 2013, critical repairs and upgrades will be completed across all 1,608 schools with critical needs’. It is now 2016, and in Ba’ Kelalan, 11 out of 12 schools are still in serious disrepair. SK Ba’ Kelalan, SK Long Luping and SK Long Sukang are still depending on old generators for their power supply and SK Long Sebangang suffers from lack of water.

As for new schools, 2 pieces of land in Long Semadoh had been officially acquired in 2003 to build SK Long Semadoh and SMK Long Semadoh but up to today, there are no signs that these schools will be built.

The Education Blueprint shows that Sarawak is at the 2nd last place in a comparison of performance across states for UPSR and SPM in 2011. In Sarawak, it is not uncommon that children start primary school without first attending preschool. I have been reliably informed that at UNIMAS, less than 50% of the students are Sarawakians. Why are there not more local students getting an education there?

Clearly, without a good foundation, the youth of Sarawak will not be able to handle advanced education if it is offered. To really make a difference, the government should make sure preschools are set up all in all rural areas, build modern boarding schools with the proper facilities and set up more colleges with City and Guilds standards or equivalent for vocational and skills training.

In our manifesto, PKR has promised to reform and improve the education system including immediately channeling RM1 Billion towards the renovation and upgrading of rural schools and dormitories, if we are given the chance to govern Sarawak. We will push for autonomy in Education so that we can bring back the high standards of education that we once enjoyed. Give your votes to PKR for a real change to our Education system. Our younger generation deserve much more than the dilapidated schools they have put up with for so long.

Baru Bian
N81 Ba’ Kelalan

BARU BIAN: POLICY DECISION ON CONVERSION CASES NEEDED


PRESS STATEMENT
3 MAY 2016 
I was glad to read the caretaker Chief Minister’s announcement that the PM would instruct the NRD to withdraw their appeal in the Rooney anak Rebit case after the matter was brought up at our press conference yesterday.  However, this should not be an isolated and one-off case which is resolved during this campaign period.
There are many other conversion cases that deserve the same attention from Adenan and the PM, if they are sincere in upholding the people’s rights to freedom of religion. 
As an example, in the case of Sharon Fiona Braoh @ Nur Shafiqah Abdullah, a Consent Order was obtained from the court that JAIS and the Majlis Agama Islam would state in writing that they had no objection for her to be released from the religion of Islam.
Despite being served with these letters, the NRD refused to amend Sharon Fiona’s IC and insisted that she obtain a letter of release from the Syariah Court. However, the Syariah Judiciary Department stated that they had no jurisdiction to issue the Sijil Peristiharan Keluar Islam as required by the NRD.
Sharon Fiona is caught in this game that is played by the NRD. There are several other cases where converts are trying go back to their former religions but are faced with many barriers. The PM must announce a policy that no Malaysian should be forced to remain in any religion against his or her will, and the caretaker Chief Minister must reassure Sarawakians that their freedom of religion is not merely illusory.
I suggest that a special council be set up to deal with matters of religion so that parties will not have to go through the long and emotionally draining court process to assert their rights to personal beliefs.
Baru Bian
N81 Ba’ Kelalan

RESPONSE ON ROONEY AK REBIT CASE


PRESS STATEMENT
2 MAY 2016

I refer to my statement this morning on the Rooney ak Rebit case and the response from the caretaker Chief Minister’s office this afternoon that he has spoken to the Prime Minister who has assured him that the appeal by the NRD will be withdrawn. 

Our concern has certainly caught the attention of the Chief Minister. However, we are not convinced that this issue has been resolved so long there is no clear policy on this. It should be policy that as long as the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and the Sarawak Islamic Council have no objections, the NRD should not interfere by insisting on the person obtaining an order from the court.

The series of events today goes to show the importance of a strong opposition in checking the activities of the government and government bodies. I urge voters to vote for PKR to increase our voices in the Dewan Undangan Negeri for better protection of our rights. 

Lynette Tan
Joint Director of Operations
PKR Sarawak

ADENAN, WHAT SAY YOU ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION, AUTONOMY AND THE NRD?


PRESS STATEMENT



2 MAY 2016



In the excitement of nomination day on 25 April 2016, many Sarawakians would have missed the news that the National Registration Department (NRD) has filed an appeal against the High Court’s decision recognizing a Sarawakian Muslim convert’s right to be legally known as a Christian again. 



In a landmark ruling on March 24, the Kuching High Court ruled in Roneey anak Rebit's favour and ordered the NRD to issue a new MyKad with the name he was born with and with the Muslim classification removed. The High Court held that his conversion as a minor was not of his own volition and he had the constitutional rights to exercise his freedom of religion. The High Court also held that Rooney was not subject to the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court as he could not be considered a Muslim.



It should be noted that of the 3 defendants in this case, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and the Sarawak Islamic Council did not appeal, but the NRD filed a notice of appeal on 22 April 2016. This situation perfectly illustrates the difference between the Sarawakians’ acceptances of the religious rights of all Sarawakians compared to the federal NRD attitude of refusing to acknowledge our rights. 



Now that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are virtually camping in Sarawak, they have the obligation to explain why the NRD insists on meddling with the religious freedom of Sarawakians. The NRD is under the purview of the Minister for Home Affairs, Zahid Hamidi. He should clarify whether he and the Prime Minister are on the same page as the caretaker Chife Minister on the issue of autonomy for Sarawak. 



This Rooney case is clear evidence that whatever Adenan may promise in relation to upholding the rights, safeguarding the harmony and preserving the beliefs of Sarawakians, he is not able to persuade the federal government to give Sarawakians the autonomy which is our right, and without this autonomy, Sarawakians are not free from the interference of the federal government and statutory bodies. 



Given the chance to govern, PKR has promised to uphold that while there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia, there should be no State religion in Sarawak, and the provisions relating to Islam in the pre-1963 Constitution of Malaya should not apply to Sarawak. PKR promises to protect the right to religious freedom and practice in Sarawak for all religions as guaranteed in the Federal and State Constitutions.



Vote for PKR to fight for real autonomy and real freedom of religion for all Sarawakians.



Lynette Tan

Joint Director of Operations

PKR Sarawak