Hornbill Unleashed

August 9, 2014

PR has Biblical reminder for BN

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baru bian sarawakWinston Way

Baru Bian would very much like to retire to his village in the highlands and BN could perhaps hasten his departure by implementing certain suggestions he had in mind.

Ba’Kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian has advised his opponent in the last state election, Nelson Balang Rining, that “man does not live by bread alone” in response to the latter urging voters to return the seat to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) if they want development in the area.

“There are more important things in life than mere projects and development,” said Baru in referring to principles and the dignity of the people.

Baru, who also heads PR and PKR in Sarawak, was commenting on a statement by Nelson in the local media on Thursday.

The senior lawyer in private practice pointed out that while ignoring Nelson’s undemocratic call, he had a duty to point out that the BN’s mantra on development does not hold water. “They had the seat for 50 years until the people voted for the Opposition in the last state election,” said Baru.

The question that arises, according to Baru, is what the BN was doing in Ba’Kelalan for the five decades they held the seat. “Furthermore, although Ba’ Kelalan has fallen to the Opposition, the MP for the area is still from BN.” He implied that perhaps the MP was sleeping on the job.”

An example of the BN’s incompetence, if not discrimination, can be seen in the fate of two schools that he visited on Friday morning, continued Baru.

“SK Long Sebangang has no piped water although the JKR water pipe runs past the school.

“SK Long Tuma is crumbling before our eyes and the wiring is a dangerous mess.”

Baru confided that he would very much like to retire to his village in the highlands and that BN could perhaps hasten his departure by implementing certain suggestions he had in mind.

He listed them as tar sealed road from Lawas to Bario; titles for all NCR land from Lawas up to Bario; and mini hydroelectricity facilities in all villages; upgrading of all schools.

Nelson’s claim of RM 300 million of projects to Ba’Kelalan an empty boast

Other suggestions: secondary school for Long Semadoh; doctors for all rural clinics because there are none at the moment; tackle widespread drug abuse; and cancel all timber licences in Ba’Kelalan to safeguard the environment.

“The people of Ba’ Kelalan are mature voters. They will make the right choice, as it’s their prerogative,” said Baru. “It is unbecoming to try to entice them with promises of projects.”

Nelson’s claim that he brought RM 300 million of projects to Ba’Kelalan is an empty boast, he added. “It is one thing to talk about projects, but the actual implementation of such projects is often a totally different matter.”

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