WITH all this talk of ‘Impian Sarawak’ and the publicity that the party seeks for repairing a short rural longhouse road here and there, you would think the Democratic Action Party (DAP) would be all for more funding for rural development.
Every time there is a story about their projects, they accuse the government of not paying enough attention to rural constituencies or rural villages or longhouses. Not allocating enough funding for those constituencies, villages and longhouses. Not showing enough concern for those constituencies, villages and longhouses.
So when the State Government requested an additional budget of RM500 million for rural development during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, what did the DAP do?
They opposed more money for those rural constituencies, villages and longhouses!
This just shows clearly what ‘Impian Sarawak’ really means. It is not to ensure a better standard of living for rural folk.
It is merely a means to an end to fulfil the party’s greatest desire for power by trying to mislead rural Sarawakians – because the party realised after the last State Election that they could not rule by just appealing to the urban Chinese community.
The DAP merely wants to use rural folk to fulfil this dream – their Impian to rule Sarawak.
“We know that Sarawak is a very big state, as big as Peninsular Malaysia. There are many who are still living in poverty, especially those in the rural areas. That was the reason why we asked for additional allocation of RM500 million to develop the rural areas,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem.
“Unfortunately, the elected representatives from DAP opposed (the allocation). We don’t know why they opposed and what their reasons for opposing were. Do they not sympathise with the rural population? Do they hate the people in rural areas and hate the Bumiputeras?” he questioned.
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Talk is cheap. It is easy to criticise and to seek the limelight for shouting loudly from a soapbox.
At the end of the day, all this ranting does not build longhouse roads, connect village’s to the electricity grid, or connect communities to treated water supply.
Let ‘Impian Sarawak’ in its true definition remain a pipe dream for the DAP.
CM lambasts DAP over rural budget
By Jonathan Chia
Adenan says DAP reps’ rejection of extra devt funding show they don’t care for rural folk
KUCHING: The action by state DAP elected representatives in opposing the state government’s request for additional budget of RM500 million from the State Legislative Assembly for rural development shows that they are insensitive to the needs of the people in the rural areas.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said it also clearly shows that they do not empathise with the rural population who all this while are yet to experience the level of development that their counterparts in the city enjoy.
“We know that Sarawak is a very big state, as big as Peninsular Malaysia. There are many who are still living in poverty, especially those in the rural areas. That was the reason why we asked for additional allocation of RM500 million to develop the rural areas.
“Unfortunately, the elected representatives from DAP opposed (the allocation). We don’t know why they opposed and what their reasons for opposing were. Do they not sympathise with the rural population, hate the people in rural areas and hate the Bumiputeras?” he questioned at a ceremony to present land titles under Section 18 of the State Land Code to residents of villages in Samariang and Tupong state constituencies yesterday.
Adenan, who is also state BN chairman, said the gap between the rich and the poor in the state, which was getting wider, must be narrowed
“The gap between the urban and rural population are getting bigger, but it doesn’t mean that we want their income to be parallel but at least be narrowed.”
According to him, many Bumiputeras such as the Malays, Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus live in rural areas that are still very much left behind in various aspects.
“I’m thankful that the BN elected representatives supported the request. With the additional budget, there are many infrastructure developments that we can build such as the Bako, Sibuti and Long Lama bridges.”
On a related matter, Adenan said the state government would increase the allocation for welfare when he tables the state budget in November. He said this was because the monthly assistance of between RM100 and RM200 currently given to the needy such as the disabled in the state was not sufficient due to the higher cost of living.
Among those present at the event were Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Works Minister and Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, Assistant Minister of Resource Planning Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais and Semariang assemblywoman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, who is also political secretary to the chief minister.