Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No loss for Sarawak’s rural villages as BN counters DAP’s Impian projects

Villagers and Impian Sarawak volunteers move a rock to make way for a piping project in Kampung Long Luping, Lawas, Sarawak. DAP says its initiative will ultimately benefit rural people even if it cannot deliver votes in the face of Barisan Nasional's machinery. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015. 

With DAP's Impian Sarawak gaining traction in remote communities, it was only a matter of time before Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) would have to respond to counter the impact of the opposition party's popular initiative to provide rural folk basic amenities such as water supply and roads.
The Sarawak BN's message is simple yet deceptive: it tells villagers that it is useless to support DAP because Impian Sarawak projects are inferior in quality. Whereas, the BN will provide better roads, water supply and other services.
The message is being spread by Sarawak’s ministers to all villages and is repeated in the BN-controlled regional press, in order to nullify Impian’s impact ahead of state elections next year.
The Impian project, however, was started by the opposition party to deal with deficiencies in Sarawak BN’s own government delivery system.
The BN campaign caused heads to shake in DAP, but its leaders argued that Impian would ultimately benefit Sarawak’s most deprived communities.
Development race
Political analyst Dr Faisal Syam Hazis has in the past warned that BN would go on the offensive once Impian Sarawak took off in late 2013.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem urges Sarawakians not to be taken in by DAP's Impian Sarawak, as the state prepares for elections. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem urges Sarawakians not to be taken in by DAP's Impian Sarawak, as the state prepares for elections. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.

In a development race where the Sarawak government has bigger machinery and more resources, the state would win, said Faisal, formerly of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
In November last year, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem did just that. He announced allocations worth more than RM655 million for minor rural projects.
Last April, Adenan urged Sarawakians not to be taken in by Impian Sarawak.
This was followed by Sarawak BN ministers and politicians dismissing Impian projects as publicity stunts.
But Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jien does not think BN’s new narrative against Impian is a problem.
Despite Sarawak BN’s messages in the local media, it has not stopped demand from villages towards Impian projects.
It is learnt that Impian is currently planning 16 projects which include infrastructure, education and medical camps throughout the vast and remote state.
“It’s good that we managed to wake BN up from their slumber and forced them to pay attention to their neglect of the poor and rural areas,” said Chong.
On the other hand, there is already a mentality in Sarawak that the party you vote for has to provide for you no matter if it is the government or the opposition.

“So if you don’t do anything about it to show you can deliver, then people go back to the BN anyway.”
State DAP chief Chong Chieng Jien (right) says Impian Sarawak is to address real problems faced by Sarawak's rural folk, while the project's coordinator Tony Pua (left) says the party is not in it for the votes. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 10, 2015.

No loss
The Impian programme, Chong said, was never meant to compete with the state government in providing basic amenities to rural folk.
It was aimed at meeting needs of the rural people in the interior who were locked in a cycle of poverty that made them reliant on patronage politics.
“You can’t go into the villages and talk about good governance or fighting corruption because their concerns are more basic than that.
“You need to show them something tangible,” said Chong, the Bandar Kuching MP and state assemblyman for Kota Sentosa.
By providing a water supply system or building a road, Impian would free them of worrying about those basic necessities, said Chong.
“Then they can start thinking about bigger issues such as good governance, higher education and jobs.”
If the competition spurred by Impian is able to jolt the Sarawak government into meeting those basic needs, then the DAP initiative would still have fulfiled its original aim.
“In the end the rural folk are the beneficiaries,” said Chong.
DAP national publicity chief, Tony Pua, who coordinates all Impian projects in Malaysia, insists that the party is not in it just for the votes.
“Even if it does not make a political difference for us, it makes a real difference in the lives of people who have had to live with no electricity, water, roads. And that cannot be seen as a loss.”
 – On themalaysianinsider  November 10, 2015.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Impian Education Camp – BE Our Volunteer

More education camps are coming up this year-end school holidays. If you are keen in making learning fun, interesting and enjoyable, help us inculcate that for the rural communities of Sarawak.
Volunteers are needed to facilitate our activity-based program modules, or help us with administrative / logistics / photography / food and beverage matters.
Your expenses will ONLY include your return transport to the camp sites. All applications must reach us by 10th November 2015.
For more information, please email to impian.edu@gmail.com

For those who are interested, please fill in this form:

Water Project in Sg Iran, Song

Volunteers Wanted! - Water Project in Sg Iran, Song

We're looking for volunteers to join us for the project which involved civil works. Dates are 21 Nov - 29 Nov 2015.

Due to inaccessible road for this location, all transportation is rely on ekspress boat and longboat. Volunteers who wish to participate must acquired certain level of tread water.

Deadline for registration : 13 November 2015

For those who are interested, please fill in this form:http://impianmalaysia.com/registration/index.php

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DAP throttles on with Katibas centre, anoints Paren for Song

The opening of DAP Katibas Service Centre on Saturday by Chong (second left). Next to him his Ling. Paren is on the right.
SIBU: Sarawak DAP opened its service centre in Song last Saturday as it took another step to infiltrate the heart of Sarawak to serve the rural populace.
Called ‘DAP Katibas Service Centre’, this is the third one opened for rural folks in the Upper Rajang Reach. The first being the Kapit service centre opened in 2013 and the second in Belaga. Its political education director and Sibu MP Oscar Ling confirmed yesterday they were making inroads to the Song community as local lad Paren Nyawi had been active there since the beginning of the year.
“We are ready with the folks of Katibas to face the next election. During the service centre opening last Saturday by our Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Chong said Paren’s candidacy would provide an alternative for Song.”
He said Katibas was a BN stronghold for more than five decades, and Chong said Paren’s candidacy would be a healthy race between DAP and BN.
Paren has a striking personality — a native known to all the folks of Song. He is not only a local who grew up and received his education in Song, but also a celebrity after he won Mr Borneo Hornbill Festival 2011 title.
“With the opening of DAP Katibas Service Centre, it will be easier for the people to work with DAP on issues that affect them.”
Apart from the service centres, DAP Sarawak has opened the throttle with centres to serve the rural community in the Upper Rajang Reach. Ling said they had also opened others elsewhere in Sarawak, including the ones in Mas Gading, Betong, Belaga, Sungai Asap, Lawas and others.
On theborneopost November 3, 2015, Tuesday

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Friday, October 16, 2015


行动党砂州主席张健仁指出,由于竞跑起点处停车位不足,组办单位安排参赛者在距离起跑点2-3公里处停车,再由罗里载送参赛者到起跑点。 从10里巴达旺镇到该地点,大约是1小时的驾车时间。
他说,由于人数众多,载送须时,虽然8公里的竞赛时间在7:15点开始,而5公里的竞赛时间是在7:30开始,张氏呼吁参赛者尽量早点报道。 至于行动党的竞赛组的工作人员,则将会在当天(18/10)早上5:30在现场进行注册、点名和其他工作。
张健仁表示,这条6.5公里的山路Kampong Muk Ayun, Puncak Borneo (Mambong),是由行动党“砂拉越之梦”(Impian Sarawak)义工团和村民统筹统办修建的,耗时约6个月总共耗费约20万令吉。
“由于资金的短缺,我们只能做到4轮驱动车或摩多车可通行的山路。 若当天有下雨,4轮驱动车要行驶也不是很安全。 因此我们鼓励参赛者竞跑结束后,最好还是步行走出Kampong Muk Ayun尤其是若之前有下过雨。”
张氏感到遗憾,砂州政府每年拨款几亿令吉进行乡村发展工程,尤其是今年就拨了11亿5000万令吉做小型乡村发展工程,但是,这Muk Ayun甘榜距离10里巴达旺市镇只是约1小时车程,却无路可直通该甘榜。 如果没有行动党的“砂拉越之梦”计划,这些村民每天还需步行出入。
“无论如何,就让我们当天(18/10)放下各人的事务,一起来体验一下甘榜人民的生活,以及甘榜Muk Ayun的风景。城乡同步,迎变砂州。”


张氏说,从国阵政府还没在国会提呈《消费税法案》时,行动党就坚决反对消费税的实施。 行动党的理由很简单,就是因为消费税将是百货通胀,使平民百姓生活百上加斤。
张氏说,人联党和国阵的国会议员在国会支持消费税,人联党的其他领袖包括其主席也都在支持消费税的落实。 今天,人联党的古晋支部突然告诉人民他们要反消费税。 令人感到莫名其妙。
“人联党要自打嘴巴,这是它自家门的事情,我没兴趣管。 但是,它要消遣民众,就人人有权对它的行为和它领袖之前甚至现今的矛盾立场,提出质问。”
张氏说,人联党古晋支部发动签名反对消费税,到今天为止,它的党主席还是噤若寒蝉没有出声。 它的国会议员兼部长里查也没有表态。
“如果说现今人联党才大梦初醒,发觉消费税是对人民不利的,那我要恭贺他们的觉悟。 但是,如果它只是在做戏,在面对民众时反对,其领袖到了纳吉和阿德南面前时就支持,那就是政治道德沦亡,无可救药。”