Hornbill Unleashed

November 18, 2011

SCORE will turn Sarawak into another Sabah

Filed under: Human rights — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Joseph Tawie

The import of 600,000 skilled workers to support SCORE will ‘impact the cohesion of the ethnic community’ in Sarawak.

Sarawak will be another “Sabah” beset with problems of immigrants if the state government goes ahead with its plans to import 600,000 skilled labourers to work in the much- talked about Sarawak Corridor Renewal of Energy (SCORE) by 2030.

“This figure represents 20% of the Sarawak’s population, and an influx of such a number of people will have an impact on the cohesion of the ethnic community of Sarawak,” said Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, who is the Sarawak PKR chief.

Bian, who issued the warning, was referring to Sabah which is riddled with immigrants’ problems.

According to the 2010 census, there are more than 1.037 million immigrants in Sabah and some 737,000 others are “Project IC” citizens.

Sabah and Labuan have a population of 3.309 million.

Local native-born Sabahans are now increasingly marginalised in every aspect of their lives.

Debating on the 2012 state budget, Bian, who is also the Pakatan Rakyat’s shadow Land Development and NCR Minister, said: “As the state is short of skilled labour, the government plans to bring in 600,000 skilled workers to drive the economic activities generated by SCORE.

“What is the political impact of importing these workers when over 30% of Sarawak’s labour force lacks the functional literacy to integrate into the economy?

“To what extent will they be economically excluded or marginalised? How will the foreign workers assimilate into our society?

“There is a need to conduct a social impact study to ensure that the economic benefits generated by SCORE are diffused to the people of Sarawak.

“We are concerned that Sarawak will be another Sabah. We would like some clarification and assurance from the minister on these issues,” he said.

No information on Score

Bian said that every day Sarawakians read news about SCORE, but todate nobody knows the actual details of the development plan including “what it is all about or what it involves”.

“There appears to be not much of transparency about this mega project. From reading news release and articles on SCORE, the project appears to focus on the manufacturing sector or secondary sector because it aims to use the power from the Bakun Dam,” he said.

He added that the secondary sector in 2006 accounted for 31.5% or RM13.24 billion of the state’s GDP, according to the 2009 yearbook of statistics.

“Based on these figures, I was informed that the projection for secondary GDP for 2025 is RM42 billion and this implies a compound growth rate of at least 10.3% since 2006.

“However, this is not happening. The historical yearly compound growth rate during the 2002-2007 period was only 3.35%.

“And according to the Chief Minister’s budget speech, the state economy is expected to record a favourable growth of 4.5% in 2011.

“Sarawak does not have the critical mass of skilled manpower to sustain such a high growth rate at 10.3%, because according to the 2009 yearbook of statistics, as of 2008, 33.7% of the labour force, more than 223,000 or 24%, is in the primary sector and less than 10% in the plant and machine, operator and assembler sector,” Bian said.

Basic needs not met

According to Bian, experts on SCORE projected that by 2040, the manufacturing sub-sector will account for 47% of the GDP of the state.

This, he said, was hypothetical. He cited China and South Korea as examples.

He said that in 2008, the manufacturing sector in China was 32% of her GDP and South Korea 25% despite the fact that these countries invested heavily in human resource development.

Bian added that in 2008 only 4,439 out of 513,387 students in Sarawak enrolled themselves in seven technical or vocational schools.

“It is difficult to believe that the import of 600,000 skilled migrant workers will help increase GDP contribution of the manufacturing sector to 47% by 2040 exceeding that of China,” he said.

He said that Sarawak was still lagging in terms of basic necessities for the people.

He said that some 500,000 people were not connected to the electricity grid and 450,000 have no access to treated water.

Education facilities, road infrastructure and health services are in urgent need of improvement, Bian said.

“What is the justification for SCORE if the state cannot even settle and solve these most basic and more pressing needs?” he asked.




    Comment by babai — November 20, 2011 @ 8:43 PM | Reply


    Comment by Headhunters — November 20, 2011 @ 6:37 PM | Reply


    Bian Baru has sounded the alarm again of the UMNO transmigration plan under SCORE to overwhelm the Sarawak people. We know it will be Muslim workers who will eventually be given early citizenship to increase UMNO power base as happened in Sabah.

    He has questioned the relevance of the SCORE project to Sarawak. Other new reports have raised issues of more corruption and UMNO’s covert plan to subvert them minds of the young by force feeding young students with its brand of religion. These are issues of freedom and self-determination abused by the UMNO PBB BN regimes.

    Mismanagement or over priced public projects are linked to big time corruption which feeds on deliberately mismanaged projects to channel funds into the pockets of UMNO politicians and Taib and cronies.

    Soon it will be the 49th Anniversary of the Brunei anti-Malaysia Uprising on December 8th (1962).

    The message of those who led the uprising in opposition to the British proposal to create Malaysia must now have a solid ring of truth.

    They opposed Malaysia because it was merely the re-colonization of (Brunei) Sabah and Sarawak under UMNO rule. It was changing the old colonial master for a new one in 1963.

    48 years passed and here we are all complaining exactly about what the freedom/independence movement said would happen.

    The reality is we have been re-colonized and suffer all the consequences of being plundered, misruled and mismanaged by the UMNO/PBB BN regimes and now threatened with the Sabah solution of mass transmigration into our country Sarawak.

    “Malaysia” symbolises the abuse of our right to freedom and independence.

    Brunei was lucky to escape this cruel fate of new colonial enslavement to the UMNO regime installed in Malaya by the British in 1957. It survives as an independent state without any need to be part of “Malaysia”. So has Singapore.

    Sabah and Sarawak are many times bigger than Brunei and Singapore. They have greater natural resources but have been reduced to be 2 of the poorest surviving colonies in S. E. Asia when even small East Timor had gained its independence from Indonesian colonial rule.

    The many news reports and criticisms by opposition leaders on the sickening official corruption, abuse of power and foreign plunder by UMNO and foreign multinationals have aroused the awareness and anger of the ordinary people.

    The question is WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

    Voting in the rigged “parliamentary democracy” has got us nowhere. Yet we are fervently encouraged by the opposition leaders to uphold this “unholy” system.

    Should we not explore other alternatives for a more pro-people government system?

    The option given by Pakatan Rakyat is to preserve the status quo- further colonial rule “with a human face”- offering more sweet promises etc.

    Many Sarawak intellectuals and politicians support this idea of being colonised with more “development” which would bring about a “better” Sarawak as they promised with the Malaysia proposal.

    We have not learned anything!

    This is an unfortunate state of mind. It is strange that we should not entertain getting out of Malaysia and become free and independent.

    We can be our own master instead of subjugation by a foreign master namely Kuala Lumpur.

    Sarawak (& Sabah) brothers and sisters of all races and you who are well educated we must seriously look at the ways and means to free our country Sarawak from the UMNO Malayan colonial bonds.

    There are many great dangers now facing our nation (yes an independent nation for 100 years in 1941).

    These come in the form of a foreign invasion to overwhelm us in the form of 600,000 foreign workers under the SCORE project (designed by UMNO and traitor Taib) and 80,000 so-called religious teachers from Kuala Lumpur to supervise our thoughts especially in the schools.

    Our whole government and education system have been already been Malayanised. We are fast losingour Sarawak identity under this colonization process.

    You all know that this in not a joke nor an attempt to create panic. But we should in fact start to PANIC over what will happen to us as happened to Sabahans.

    If you still continue to walk away from these monsters and not confront them we will lose completely the Sarawak we loved. The trees are mostly gone, the rivers polluted and the environment being poisoned by the money making activities of the timber thieves, foreign process plants ….Our freedom was lost in 1963.

    This is the time we must all stand up, unite and commit ourselves to fight for freedom and take back our country Sarawak!

    Comment by SARAWAK INDEPENDENCE — November 18, 2011 @ 5:13 PM | Reply

  4. SCORE is no doubt a result of vested interests where the people’s real needs are not being attended to by the gov’t. Much like Najib’s hyperbolic high-income country, the math does not tally. Typical of many M’sian leaders who only talk but cannot count or do. Baru, continue to highlight such important issues to the people so that Sarawakians will be en enlightened lot and knowledgeable. Champion justice and human rights. Fight against oppression, injustice, corruption and abuse of power. May God be with you and all those, whether in DUN or elsewhere, who truly work for the common good. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Hornbill — November 18, 2011 @ 11:09 AM | Reply

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