Hornbill Unleashed

December 9, 2011

Allow longhouse chiefs to disburse funds

Joseph Tawie

Inevitably the federal government always ‘unconsciously’ forgets Sabah and Sarawak when making national plans.

Why is the federal government asking rural hardcore poor Dayaks to fill up Internal Revenue Department (IRD) forms before collecting their gift of RM500?

Strange as it may sound this is one of the conditions listed for recipients of the government’s RM500 aid announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently.

In addition Sarawak’s poor must also contend with the cost of travel to the nearest IRD office to collect their gift.

Chiding the federal government directive, state PKR chief Baru Bian said: “This is the most practical way to disperse the money to those families in the rural areas.

“Calling them to town to fill IRD (Inland Revenue Department) forms is not only not practical, but it is also exerting a financial burden on the rural people.

“Just to take RM500, they may have to spend much more than that. Moreover, all the rural families do not pay income tax and thus do not have any IRD form.”

Bian suggested that the government use the offices of district officers, elected representatives and Tuai Rumah (community headmen) to disperse RM500 to the families in the rural areas earning less than RM3,000.

Bian, who is also the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, was commenting on the RM500 which is to be given to families whose combined incomes are less than RM3,000 per month.

“The only way to solve this problem is just to distribute the money through their elected representatives or Tuai Rumah as almost all the rural people earn less than RM3,000.

“There is no need to fill the form. Let the money be their Christmas gift,” he said.

The money was part of allocation mentioned in the 2012 budget by Najib, who is also the Finance Minister.

‘They always forget Sabah and Sarawak’

While welcoming the financial assistance to the poor people, Bian said that the government should have taken into consideration the situations in Sarawak and Sabah when deciding on how to disperse the money.

“It is possible that when Najib announced the whole thing, he must have forgotten about conditions in Sarawak.

“I think unconsciously they (federal leaders) always forget Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Bian believed that the distribution of the money as far as Sarawak is concerned cannot be done before the general election.

“If you ask them to fill the IRD forms, even after the election, it will not be completed.

“It is possible also that they want to use the money as ‘candies’ for the coming election,” he added.

Out of 2.4 million people, about 70% are living in the rural areas who are mostly Dayaks. Some 50% of them are in the hardcore category.




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    Comment by QUERY — December 9, 2011 @ 11:23 PM | Reply

  2. Long house chiefs are mere stooges of BN and they will never be able to do a good job without resorting to intimidating the rural folks to vote for BN in return for receiving this one off payment which has been an inducement in disguise to fish for votes by BN.

    Comment by Irene Kana — December 9, 2011 @ 6:55 PM | Reply

  3. Here we go again! The sicko Lambong Sarawak the wild child who picked up bad words from his parents and after years being sexually molested and physical violence grown up to become ignorant racist overwhelmed by insecurity and so afraid of his own shadows.

    Comment by David — December 9, 2011 @ 4:08 PM | Reply

  4. This is another instigation article, typical chinese using dayak name, malay names, like to instigate dayak people, malay people, as if they think they are smart,……. If this type of article in China mainland or in Taiwan, surely this chinese writer will be locked up behind the bar by the Chinese authority. Please leave the political matter under the purview of dayak and the malay……. chinese just consentrate to find money, money only, until you all die………

    Comment by Lambong Sarawak — December 9, 2011 @ 2:17 PM | Reply

    • @Lambong Sarawak, if no one focus on making money to drive the economy and technology eveyone will be sitting under trees, barter goreng pisang, coconut or belacan all day long..

      Comment by ku — December 10, 2011 @ 5:39 AM | Reply

  5. So meaning the 70% of the Sarawak has “Nothning Up Here” and that why the vote for BN for the past 40 years!
    Their suffering is their own choice…..biar lah mampus!

    Comment by HH4H — December 9, 2011 @ 12:50 PM | Reply

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