Hornbill Unleashed

July 29, 2014

Alfred Jabu under fire for water shortage woes

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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Betong town and scores of longhouses and Malay villages in the Layar constituency have been hit hard by water shortage due to the prolonged dry weather but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang doesn’t think so.On TV3 on Thursday, he denied there were water woes in his constituency.

His denial had not only shocked longhouse folk and villagers, but also angered them, with some demanding that he should step down as deputy chief minister and as their elected representative.

Jabu has been deputy chief minister and their elected representative for the past 40 years.

Last week the Orang Ulu communities in Baram demanded that Jabu should resign from the cabinet as he had failed to help the Dayaks in terms of business opportunities and development.

“Absolutely, I agree with the people to demand he step down as deputy chief minister and as our elected representative,” said Vernon Kedit, Betong PKR division chief.

“It appears that he could not be bothered with the problems of the people even in his own constituency of Layar.

“Why he has not done anything to solve the woes in his own constituency?

“Worse, he told the world over TV3 that there is no water problem there. Obviously he was not telling the truth about the water crisis,” said Vernon.

“Is he trying to hide his lack of concern on the welfare of the people and his incapability of helping them, who are his loyal supporters?” questioned Vernon whose longhouse is one of the scores with no piped water.

He is weak as a leader otherwise he would have been chosen as chief minister to replace Abdul Taib Mahmud (left), he added.

Vernon cited a gawai Dayak incident in Betong where the people had shown little respect for the deputy chief minister.

The Gawai do was attended by more than 1000 people including community leaders and civil servants.

Vernon said: “While Jabu was delivering his speech, the people who became restless also started talking and did not listen to him.

“Jabu was very angry and told the crowd that if they did not respect him, he could resign as their elected representative.

“In spite of his anger, the people could not be bothered. Clearly the writing is in the wall for him,” added Vernon.

Meanwhile, Vernon checked with the local officials of public works department  who revealed that many longhouses and Malay villages, some in the heart of the Betong town, have been hard hit by water crisis.

Among the villages affected by water shortage are Kampung Masjid, Kampung Hulu, Kampung Tengah, Kampung Hilir, Kampung Pasa and scores of Iban longhouses along Betong road from the junction of Kuching/Miri trunk road.

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2 Comments »

  1. Unbeleivable that this dcm can just lie about the water problems in areas right under his nose and no shame to be known as a liar when his own longhouse suffers from water shortages!

    Time to own up and go while he still have a little bit of credibility left! His integrity has long ago deserted him!

    Comment by Brian — July 30, 2014 @ 8:34 AM | Reply

  2. This sound like Selangor. This water shortage should be the things of the past. Where are all our wealth from our natural resources when even this basic necessity we are not able to provide. Bye bye Tabu – your time is up. Spend more time with your grand kids and family before your time is up. We dont need any fish fries to be released in the river because all the rivers in Betong are all dried up. Let pass the baton to Douglas Uggah in Pesaka or James Masin in PRS. If you need younger one Stephen Rundy will do also from Pesaka. They still have the energy to release the fish fries and if no river will construct one.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — July 29, 2014 @ 11:29 PM | Reply


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