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January 24, 2011

Pakatan proposes RM1 billion fund for Dayaks

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Malaysia Chronicle

Pakatan Rakyat has proposed the setting up of a RM1 billion Dayak endowment fund if it wins the coming Sarawak state election, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng said in Kuching today.

“The fund is to redress the gross neglect, improve the economic welfare and uplift the educational standards of the Dayak community,” he said to reporters after the opening of the 15th Sarawak DAP annual convention.

Lim, who is also the chief minister of Penang, accused the BN government in Sarawak of marginalising and neglecting the Dayak community while their leaders and ministers enrich themselves.

“Pakatan, when it comes to power in Sarawak, wants to help the community which been marginalised and neglected for far too long,” he said.

“The people to manage the fund won’t be appointed by us. We will let the Dayaks to elect among themselves who should run and manage the fund,” he added.

The Dayaks make up of about two-thirds of Sarawak’s population of 2.6 million and live mostly in rural areas which are lacking in good roads and other facilities.

Earlier in his speech, Lim said the coming state election is a crucial crossroad for Sarawakians to choose between the BN’s politics of patronage, cronyism and corruption or Pakatan, a government centred on enabling the people with skills and education, empowering them with rights and opportunities and enriching the people by ensuring an equal share of the fruits of economic success.

He questioned why many Sarawakians are still poor and Sarawak is not the richest state in Malaysia when it is blessed with natural resources of timber, oil, gas and land.

“Unfortunately, Sarawak is also full of crocodiles of the two-legged kind. Politics of patronage, cronyism and corruption have also robbed Sarawakians of their birthrights,” he said.

Lim said over-logging resulted in contaminated rivers, while land is forcibly taken away from the natives, leaving them homeless or dislocated. Also town landowners worry about the renewal of lease premiums at a high price.

“The time has come to stop over-logging, increase oil and gas royalties from the present five per cent to 20 per cent and return land to the people and natives,” he said.

Two-party system

Lim said only a two-party system or a change in the government can guarantee that the people’s rights are respected.

“We propose an immediate stop to taking away native land and automatic renewal of lease premiums at nominal cost.

“In Penang, the State government wanted to give freehold titles to low-cost houses free of charge, but was stopped by the BN. Renewal of lease premiums is set automatically to 99 years at only 10 per cent of market value,” he said.

He said Pakatan, if it is elected to be the next government, would provide a fixed sum every year for all schools, including Chinese and Mission schools in Sarawak to ensure that they are well-equipped and provided with electricity and water.

“We will also provide transport subsidies for all school-going children in urban and rural areas,” Lim added.

He said Sarawak is rich enough to afford all these if corrupt practices are stopped.

“Like in Penang and other Pakatan-ruled states, we will fight corruption by implementing anย open tender system, separate business from politics and ban the chief minister, state ministers, MPs, State assemblymen and district councillors from being granted state land or contracts.

“We will implement good governance based on competency, accountability and transparency to restore prosperity in Sarawak,” he said.

Most investments

Lim said because of the good governance practised by the Penang government, the state now attracts the most investments in Malaysia last year.

“Penang replaced the previous champion Sarawak with RM12.2 billion investment in 2010. It was No. 4 in 2009 with RM2.1 billion but shot to No.1. On the other hand, Sarawak went down to No.4 with RM3.9 billion investment in 2010 from No. 1 with RM8.5 billion in 2009,” he said.

He said this showed that both local and foreign investors have confidence in the Pakatan government in Penang.

Selangor, another Pakatan-ruled state, is second with RM10.6 billion investment in 2010.

“In fact, the four PR states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan combined comprise RM25 billion investments or 53 per cent of the total investments in Malaysia of RM47.177 billion in 2010.”

Also read -‘Sarawak coming elections could be dirtiest ever’ – Malaysiakini

24 Comments »

  1. ON ELECTION OF INEXPERIENCED RICH YOUNG PUNK

    As they say you stand a pig for election and people will vote for it.

    Jemut is thick skin to say “There are few Iban millionaires but how many of them have started an education fund to help the Dayak? None! Then come a Chinese into our midst and he does it. What better investment is there then to invest in our young? Dato Sng put in RM1 million into the PBDS education trust fund. How much did Dayak contributes? โ€

    HOW ABOUT YOU JEMUT? – $1million contribution should be easy for you too?

    Be the first Dayak millionaire philanthropist in history to do something for the poor Dayaks?

    Comment by Headhunter1million — January 26, 2011 @ 2:50 AM | Reply

    • It should be the responsibility of the government which has been stealing land from the Dayaks and our oil.

      Comment by Headhunter18million — January 26, 2011 @ 2:52 AM | Reply

  2. “…The fund is to redress the gross neglect, improve the economic welfare and uplift the educational standards of the Dayak community”.

    There are several things here – educational standards, past gross neglect (which could be any nature)and economic welfare. How these would be put into action is another thing.

    More info would be required otherwise its too general except for the uplifting of educational standards which immidiately means vocational education, college or university bursaries. We had had this “bumiputra” definition problem last year about university entrance. Then of course the corresponding growth of jobs and opportunities.

    Could spatial economic rural growth support some of the immediate job needs?

    It being too general sounds like another election promise. Granted LGE is not one to say what he will not fulfill. The RM1 b could well generate income whilst projects roll out.

    But it’s not empty promises except a little more flesh to fill the bone.

    Comment by Watcha — January 25, 2011 @ 10:09 PM | Reply

    • Another thing … to look into is immediate attention urban-suburban social problems. Crimes associated with youth are on the rise. This needs to show concrete prospects of gains and success. Urban poverty is there and needs to be appropriately identified.

      Comment by Watcha — January 25, 2011 @ 10:19 PM | Reply

    • ‘….. LGE is not one to say what he will not fulfill ‘, the intention is good – but public decisions involving RM 1 billion will not be made by the Pakatan leaders alone, at the time when such decision is called (if PR wrest control of the Federal Government). Such decision will involve not only the Pakatan MPs but the general public at large.Thats what the the new “reformed” rakyat would want.

      Hence, for such pronouncement to have “more flesh to fill the bone”; the instinctive reaction by most people, including yourself (if I read correctly), is to seek the socio-economic rationale behind the fund. Also when economic imperatives is not too strong, it would not pass a parlimentary debate unless there is a grand “new deal” Sarawak/Sabah policy by PR to carry such initiative forward — especially if the present leaders who mooted such idea, were to disappear from the scene -or dislodge from their position,from within.

      Pakatan die-hards will not like this: but as I see it, at some level – whenever Malaya politicians would come to Sabah and Sarawak and would throw out bilion dollar promise here and there, without explaining themselves – its almost insulting. Its as if, that we are school children who would be happy to scamper away and to “main jauh jauh” and be forever satiated, on hearing the pronouncement.

      The magic word for me would be to address Malaya/Borneo issues, even use TLA (Mariam’s 3 letter acronym) if need be – to show a sustained policy and philosophical shift by Malayan leaders – from that of colonizer, to that of a true statesman who would sincerely look at the backwardness of Sabah and Sarawak, with the same emotional reaction as when they look at their constituencies in Malaya.

      To be sure, this LGE speech is a 1000 times better than Najib’s dowright degrading election promise in Sibu, but yet to hit the right note.

      Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — January 26, 2011 @ 9:26 AM | Reply

  3. Sarawakians of all tribes, do not vote for the Taib style Oligarchs in Pakatan! They too intend to steal from the Orang Asli in the end !!!

    Big deal on the billion offer and the crocodile smile on the ‘Face of Oligarchy’ LGE. Barisan can offer 2 billion if it wants to. 3rd Force however would offer to CONFISCATE the ill gotten wealth to redistribute the the Sarawakians. Sarawakians, DO NOT VOTE Oligarchs!!!

    EXPLAINING – OLIGARCHY (family dynasty) and NEPOTISM IN PAKATAN RAKYAT

    Three of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Lim Kit Siang (MP Ipoh Timur – Perak)
    Lim Guan Eng (MP Air Puteh – Penang)
    Chew Gek Cheng (Assemblyman Kota Laksamana – Malacca) Guan Eng’s wife
    Lim Hui Ying Guan Eng’s sister (Vice-Chairman)

    Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Karpal Singh (MP Jelutong – Penang)
    Gobind Singh (MP Puchong – Selangor) Karpal’s son
    Jagdeep Singh (Asssemblyman Dato Keramat – Penang) Karpal’s son

    Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

    Anwar Ibrahim (MP Permatang Pauh, Seberang Prai)
    Wan Azizah
    Nurul Izzah Anwar(MP Lembah Pantai – Kuala Lumpur) Anwar’s Daughter

    Also either Ngeh (Pantai Remis) or Nga (Sitiawan) must go to prevent 2nd degree nepotism and the kind of

    environment that caused DAP’s Kulasegaran to be kicked out possibly an act of racism but more likely at the order of the Lim Dynasty clique.

    For even stronger consideration, I also list seats that HRP demands :

    1. Padang Serai (Incumbent: PKR – N Gobalakrishnan)
    2. Batu Kawan (DAP – Ramasamy)
    3. Sungei Siput (PSM – Dr D Jeyakumar)
    4. Ipoh Barat (DAP – N Kulasegaran)
    5. Bagan Datoh (BN – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi)
    6. Cameron Highlands (BN – SK Devamany)
    7. Hulu Selangor (BN – P Kamalanathan)
    8. Kuala Selangor (PAS – Dzulkefy Ahmad)
    9. Klang (DAP – Charles Santiago)
    10. Kota Raja (PAS – Siti Mariah Mahmud)
    11. Rasah (DAP – Anthony Loke)
    12. Teluk Kemang (PKR – Kamarul Baharin Abbas)
    13. Alor Gajah (BN – Fong Chan Onn)
    14. Tebrau (BN – Teng Boon Soon)
    15. Lembah Pantai (PKR – Nurul Izzah Anwar)

    HRP might very well be aware of some things we are not aware of to list some surprising choices here as well, do not discount their reasons. But most importantly DO NOT VOTE OLIGARCHS and FAMILIY DYNASTIES. Political parties are not family clan associations and must adhere to ethical prohibitions against nepotism !

    Be an educated voter! Do not vote for family members in Pakatan! They will become another Taib Dynasty!

    Support any non-Oligarchs in Pakatan or good minded candidates in Barisan though. 3rd Force parties like Borneo Front/KITA/MCLM/PCM/Konsensus Bebas also can be good choices.

    Comment by AgreeToDisagree — January 25, 2011 @ 12:09 AM | Reply

    • A2D,

      You do have an aversion to political families !

      I have high regard for the selfless public service of the Kennedy political family. That serve to show that a political family does not necessarily equate with oligarch.

      As for nepotism; that’s stretching the causal relationship – “children voted into position in party ergo dad is behind it”.

      Sorry I have to disagree with you on this one, although I agree with many other things you write.

      Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — January 25, 2011 @ 10:22 AM | Reply

  4. This is a pragmatic approach to kick-start rural economy, and if the fund is disbursed under good management practice, along the line of business-oriented philanthropy like the Melinda and Bill Gate Foundation, it can make a big difference to rural areas.

    I would not have called it fund for Dayaks since that will invite suspicion on the part of some Dayak folks that Lim Guan Eng may be out on a fishing expedition for votes – and obviously the proposal may also not go down well with non-Dayaks, for obvious reason.

    Also, taking this from another perspective, it would complete the picture if such pronouncement is coupled with the principle behind it : i.e the fund is not welfare – proposed to be meted out to satisfy the increasing call by Sarawakian and Sabahan to be treated fairly within the Federation, BUT a rational action to redress development imbalance between Malaya and Borneo. Better still, if the economic policy that seek to balance East and West Malaysia development can be supported by sound technical argument.

    The part of the speech about preventing the chief ministers downward to councillors from being awarded government contracts and state land, is fine but that would have not stop the many plunder by proxy that has happened with the BN administration. Declaration of assets, declaration on possible conflict of interest, competitive bidding, short term contract (not perpetual) and implementation of the whistle blower act should have been include in the toolkit against abuse of power, and cronyism.

    Finally, at some point – all the promises will need to be “enshrined” into statement of PR accountability to the State of Sarawak, if it wins the State election, and in the spirit of CAT, the statements will need to address the ‘Competency’ to deliver, ‘Accountability’ of the delivery process, and ‘Transparent’ oversight for all $moneyed transactions.

    Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — January 24, 2011 @ 11:26 PM | Reply

  5. Yeah! Pakatan can do that. Easily! BN people are nothing but pick pockets! ๐Ÿ™„

    And the MACC is not helping the rakyat that much but conspire with BN, BTN to twist everything!

    You help them, you’ll help in your own and future generations future. It’ll pay back in you!

    Comment by Wayang Street — January 24, 2011 @ 10:59 PM | Reply

    • Worst they pick our “poor” pockets and make rent seekers richer!

      Comment by Wayang Street — January 24, 2011 @ 11:03 PM | Reply

  6. Imagine how many billions the PBB cronies, Taib, Jabu, Masing, George Chan could launder overseas? RM1.0 b is only a fraction. Anybody remembered how KK Int Airport was dead a couple of hours sometime ago? No record no nothing, nobody knew what had happened in those few hours! There was some some incident at Penang, all responsibility of Federal gomen.

    Time for us to reformasi. Make life worth living. Bring back the smiles and erase the mistrust and the distrust among Malaysians. Enrich the bouquet of cultures in Malaysia and we’ll someday become happier and more prosperous!

    BN is a dead idea! It doesn’t grow. It’s self defeating and will implode! Don’t tell RAis Yatim, he’ll rap you real hard! ๐Ÿ˜€

    # Global Financial Integrity – http://iff-update.gfip.org/

    Comment by moneychanger — January 24, 2011 @ 10:46 PM | Reply

  7. LET’S GATHER MORE SUPPORTERS FOR “PAKATAN” AND CHANGE TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT FOR SARAWAK AND FOR MALAYSIA.

    SAY NO MORE CORRUPTED PARTIES AND CRONIES OF BN.

    Comment by babai — January 24, 2011 @ 8:43 PM | Reply

  8. Todate, BN Sarawak is undecided on the poll date as information and preparation are not pleasing though they try to say “all are OK”. Buban has to consult more Bomohs, looking at more crystal balls, check Feng Shui books and ask Satan for hints. SBs are feeding them information, some true, some not true of course. SUPP say the Chinese voters are returning to favour them (you believe?) but do they not know more and more Dayaks are deserting and spitting on them; and PRS are you pretty sure your YBs are not going to fall off their seatsn this round, let us see.

    Oh, PR, beside your promise of the 1 Billion, please ensure there is immediate STOP of land grabbing and robbery. Let us have our rightful belonging and properties. We know it is a hard way ahead for you all, we thank you for what you are doing for us, and we will thank you by NOT VOTING BN-Sarawak. Please keep your words and promises. Wishing you all the best and His greatest Blessing

    Comment by Salah Satu — January 24, 2011 @ 5:33 PM | Reply

  9. Pakatan have enough economists to work out how to redress the gross neglect inflicted by the massive corruption of UMNO controlled BN government. While Pakatan offers logical and laudable economic packages to help the marginalised sector of society to move forward with pride and dignity, UMNO controlled BN continue to bribe the rural folks through a new method using the so called 1Malaysia NGOs to dish out goodies and bribes in all by elections and coming GE13.

    So bribery and corrupt acts have been outsourced to 1Malaysia NGOs and creating racial unrest has been outsourced to Perkisa and Perkasa. That is what UMNO is good at even Malaysians with little brain left can see for themselves how UMNO controlled BN under najib is destroying our beloved nation.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 24, 2011 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

  10. HOW TO SET UP 1 BILLION FUND AND WHAT HAPPENED TO PROMISE OF FULL AUTONOMY?

    (Quick comments)

    A. Suggest if the opposition gains power, the new gov’t must immediately start legal action to claim back all Taib family and cronies banl accounts and assets.

    B. Initiate a freeze on all their assets immediately here and overseas.

    C. Detain those engaged in corruption from Taib downwards including the small Towkay family cliques and other cronies.

    D. Initiate Sarawak “full autonomy” status

    GREAT “PROPOSAL” TO GIVE $1BILLION

    This is just a “proposal” and election promise. How are they going to keep this promise?

    1. However, we should still vote for Pakatan to get the change going as oart of the movement for self-rule.

    2. Also Pakatan has not talk about their promise for “full autonomy” any more. We want to see this in print in their election program.

    When the money is retrieved, it should be put into a central fund to be used for the re-construction of Sarawak economy including assistance to natives, over due compensation with compounded interest, etc

    It requires a properly thought out economic-social programme to cover this transformation.

    This task is not feasible for the new gov’t if the UMNO BN still controls the Federal Parliament. UMNO will interfere any block any moves to take back our country’s wealth.

    In the final analysis, a new S’wak Gov’t will be stuck with piecemeal solutions as in the other 4 Malayan states controlled by Pakatan.

    The issue comes back to taking back control of our country- self-rule and national independence.

    Why be satisfied with less?

    1. We have the wealth and develop Sarawak ourselves instead now our oil wealth etc contributes to developing Malaya.

    2. Why choose to remain a colony when we should be free and independent of foreign KL rule? Why remain slaves and controlled by this foreign master?

    Change our mindset and fight for a new independent Sarawak!

    Comment by Sarawakbaru — January 24, 2011 @ 9:53 AM | Reply

    • Yes, first thing to do is to freeze all the assets of the thief minister, families and cronies.

      2. In PR manifesto must include the “Full autonomy for Sarawak/Sabah”.

      3. Sarawak/Sabah to control its own Oil and Gas resources (No more PETRONAS) and all other natural resources.

      Comment by Jake doe — January 24, 2011 @ 6:38 PM | Reply

  11. These are all the goodies when Pakatan Rakyat take over the S’wak state government. So please spread all these to all levels of our society. I’m very sure the Pakatan Rakyat is very serious on all these. Let’s all vote for PR (PKR, DAP & PAS) this coming state election due in July 2011.

    Comment by Buduk — January 24, 2011 @ 8:23 AM | Reply

    • PR = PKR+DAP+PAS.

      This should be the way.

      No more headache and uncertainty with SNAP-The-BN Frog.

      Full autonomy for Sarawak and control of oil will be enshined in the manifesto.

      New Government. New Hope.

      Comment by NewHope — January 24, 2011 @ 7:06 PM | Reply

  12. Welcome this proposal, Encik Lim GE. You know we Ibans are best in fighting one another politic and now at home longhouses. We Ibans is the reason for the down fall of Sarawak politic as we never want to stay united, give-and-take. And we Ibans also the one who are ones who are “politically short-sighted” and we are blind to see robbers on our own home land Sarawak not until the fire has burnt to our ass-holes. General Ibans are crying in pain but political Ibans are sleeping in sweet on the little personal gain and positions they have been given (of course except some good and better Ibans)

    Unless Ibans wake up, we Sarawak is going to stay what we are. Big projects coming, only to fill up the pockets of BN-Sarawak crocodiles and we Ibans have to swim across South China Seas to find better living. The Chinese have no worry beacuse George Chan is taking full care of them (you believe or not?)

    1 Billion is not much but it can be used in many ways and areas to help. Taib has many times this “1 billion” but he is hoping to keep more overseas. Jabu too has many Billions but still eying more.

    Comment by Salah Satu — January 24, 2011 @ 7:47 AM | Reply

    • The Chinese have no worry because they can take care of themselves by being self
      -sufficient and depending on one another to do business such as running coffee shops, sundry & grocery shops, supermarkets, car repair workshops, and whatever business. We don’t have to depend on government for our survival. In fact, we can do much better without the bloody corrupt BN regime, suching in our tax
      payers’ blood and sweat money

      You bet that stupid, useless & good for nothing George Chan is taking care of the Chinese? He is taking more care of himself by sucking in millions into his pocket and then
      cuddling his orang ulu young wife at home.

      Unlike the Chinese, Ibans don’t have what it takes to be self-sufficient. That’s why they have to rely on government for help. That’s the difference. That’s why they must vote in a good government to take care of all their needs.

      Comment by Vigilante — January 24, 2011 @ 9:34 AM | Reply

      • Vigilante,

        The wind of CHANGE for a new government is blowing strong in Sarawak.

        The people of Sarawak will be better off under the new government.

        We will never never vote the evil BN to bully and oppress us again.

        New Government. New Hope.

        Comment by NewHope — January 24, 2011 @ 7:19 PM | Reply

    • RM1.0 b can return some RM20-RM75 annually which could go a long to needful situations.

      How much did Masing say they paid the Bakun Ibans? RM5.0? Mebbe Masing can later stand in line and apply for charity from new government! ๐Ÿ˜†

      Comment by moneychanger — January 24, 2011 @ 10:31 PM | Reply

      • Err .. RM20-RM75 millions!

        Comment by moneychanger — January 24, 2011 @ 10:32 PM | Reply


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