Hornbill Unleashed

May 17, 2017

Cyber gambling still abound in Lawas — Baru

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for baru bian sarawak dewan undangan negeriCyber gambling centres are still operating in Lawas despite the occasional reported raids on such places.

In stating this when debating on the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday, Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said there appears to be an enforcement issue here.

“Can the minister concerned please inform this Dewan (State Legislative Assembly) of the number of arrests made, cases prosecuted and convicted in Lawas during the past year? What measures are being taken to continuously monitor the town for such activities and to shut these places down?”

On telecommunication infrastructure, Baru said whilst the people of Ba Kelalan are thankful to the telecommunication companies for constructing the telecommunications tower in Long Semadoh, the network has been down for the last two months, resulting in a loss of communication for the people.

“The villagers have been patient but two months is really too long, and I hope the problem can be rectified without delay.”

As for roads, Baru said the Long Semadoh-Ba Kelalan road condition has deteriorated so much that some parts are impassable when it rains.

“The road had been handed over to JKR (Public Works Department) but has not been maintained. I would like to ask the minister concerned what the allocation is for the maintenance of this road and when repairs will be taken.

“I had noticed that rails are being placed along the road, but that appears to be a misplaced priority as it is impossible for cars to be driven at any speed along the road that is in such bad condition.”

He said the Lawas-Damit Road, for which repairs were supposed to commence in April, according to JKR, was still in appalling condition.

“The temporary road repair carried out consisted of throwing gravel on the potholes and broken parts of the road, which has not improved the road in any significant way. I hope JKR will take immediate measures to undertake proper repairs of this major road immediately.”

On schools, Baru said he is grateful to Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah for her visit to his constituency and especially to SK Long Sukang to see for herself the abandoned construction.

“I would like to know whether the retendering for the project has been done and when construction is expected to recommence, noting that this is listed as a project of the highest priority in the first Rolling Plan.”

In noting that the schools in Ba Kelalan and Lawas are old and dilapidated, Baru said only two schools in Ba Kelalan are made of concrete, the others being constructed of wooden boards.

“Several are very unsafe, and SK Long Luping is still without water supply. How can we hope to provide a proper education for the children in the rural areas when the facilities are so lacking? We are failing the people in a big way when we do not provide adequate educational facilities.”

On native customary rights, Baru welcomes the setting up of the committee by the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to look into the amendment of the law to recognise the rights of the people to their ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ territories.

He said the decision of the Federal Court in December last year that the concept of pemakai menoa and pulau galau have no force of law was misconceived and caused grave injustice to the native landowners of Sarawak.

“There is no other way but to amend the Land Code and I urge the government to ensure this is done no later than by the next sitting of this Dewan.”

Baru also said he supported the suggestion to build an interior highway from Baleh to link the three hydro-projects near the Sarawak-Indonesia border and propose that this interior highway be extended to link with the northern hinterland from Lawas to Ba Kelalan and Bario.

This, according to him, will open up the area for tourism and act as a catalyst for economic development.

“I would also like to suggest that the government seriously consider building a railway to link Kuching to all the major cities all the way to Lawas and eventually Sabah. This would make travel so much easier, and benefit all the people of Sarawak.

“Most countries have railway services that are the major mode of intercity transportation of both people and goods, and in many countries, the existence of railways help to bring about economic change, if not economic revolution.

“The excess power from the Bakun Dam can be utilised to power the trains, if we should have a railway line. Undoubtedly, the capital outlay will be high, but the advantages and benefits to the people and economy may justify the expense. I request that the government commission a cost-benefit analysis to be carried out for consideration.”

On another matter, Baru also called for allocations such as the RM5 million Rural Transformation Project allocation, the federal ‘Projek Mesra Rakyat’ allocation and the Minor Rural Programme fund to be made available to representatives from the opposition, who have the same duties to their constituents as the BN representatives have to theirs.

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


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