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October 2, 2010

Foundation charts path to help Penans before Sarawak Poll, Why?

By Malaysian Miror

Yayasan Sejahtera, a foundation which seeks to alleviate hardcore poverty in the country, is to implement a plan to uplift the life of the Penan people in Sarawak.

Its chairman,  Shahrir Abdul Samad, said the plan, which would focus on the Lusong Laku and Pulau Beruit areas, would be launched on Wednesday by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The comprehensive community development plan would encompass support for sustainable livelihood, basic food needs, building and rehabilitating of homes and, at the same time, provide basic community services, he said in a statement.

He said these initiatives were part of the efforts of the members of parliament in Sarawak to see development come to the interior areas of the state which were not readily accessible.

“Our programmes are decided through consultative ‘bottom-up’ planning and local participation,” said Shahrir, who had just completed fact-finding visits to Lusong Laku as well as Kampung Song Song in Kota Belud, Sabah.

He said the foundation planned to repair 20 longhouses in Lusong Laku and carry out a “food pantry” programme for 200 households in early December.

It was also looking at the possibility of a micro hydro source of electrical power generation, as well as padi farming and cultivation of other crops as a source of income, he said, according to Bernama.

Yayasan Sejahtera, created under the auspices of the Putrajaya Committee on GLC (government-linked company) High Performance, seeks to alleviate hardcore poverty by helping vulnerable communities create better lives for themselves by providing access to the necessary tools, skills and infrastructure.

It is also linked to the six National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak towards raising the living standard of low-income people, as well as upgrading infrastructure in the rural and interior regions.

Shahrir said that as part of the foundation’s effort to raise funds for its various projects, it welcomed donations from the public through the http://www.sejahtera.my or Maybank2u platform under Tabung Maybank Sejahtera.


  1. Khalid and Shahrir brothers? Another conflict of interest family fief in Parliament! What other MPs are related? This makes Malaysia into such a 3rd world country, wanna be like Singapore, Cuba and North Korea is it? Sickening and unethical . . .

    Comment by AgreeToDisagree — October 3, 2010 @ 3:55 AM | Reply

  2. How stupid do you think Penans are? Just give them back their lands and get out of the state. They don’t need charity, everything in Sarawak belongs to them by right. They need to get back what belongs to them. Also they need freedom from people who took their lands by writing fake laws. This is especially so with plutocrats (not smallholders though) who sequester *THEIR* ancestral land and thus wealth.

    Comment by AgreeToDisagree — October 3, 2010 @ 3:51 AM | Reply

  3. …Pulau Bruit is not a Penan village…the progra

    Comment by ezra — October 2, 2010 @ 8:30 PM | Reply

    • looking who is politicising Penan issue now?? BTW we are told that Lusong Laku has a Penan Service Centre established many years ago AND YET the Penans went hungry……Let the failings of the Sarawak Penan Affairs Committee speak for itself eh?

      Comment by cj — October 3, 2010 @ 12:39 AM | Reply

  4. “…Yayasan Sejahtera, created under the auspices of the Putrajaya Committee on GLC (government-linked company) High Performance…”

    The wastes and corruption in the GLC’s can feed all Sarawakians less Taib, cronies and families, umpteenth times over! Why waste your time Shahrir and ask money from rakyat again? Go help your brother Khalid! He needs you more than Taib!

    Comment by Watcha — October 2, 2010 @ 7:32 PM | Reply

  5. Why didn’t Sarawak BN think and do it earlier?Only after the sign of impending doom,that somebody think it appropriate to initiate the project.
    Now,whose mind is bankrupt.Surely every body know the answer.

    Comment by papayuk — October 2, 2010 @ 6:38 PM | Reply

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