As I read my favorite dailies – The Star and New Straits Times, I found some interesting issues that I would like to share with my readers here.
The Star had “Be fair to all” and NST had “UMNO must speak for all races” as their front page headlines for the 18 November, 2006 editions.
The message is clear that UMNO (whom represent 15% of the Malay population in Malaysia – quoted from UMNO VP, Datuk Seri Ali Rustam) will voice out and push for some of the overdue issue that have been facing the Malays in West Malaysia and also our rural community in Sarawak.
One of the main problems faced by our rural schools is the lack of basic infrastructure like treated water supply and stable electricity. If I read it correctly from The Star’s report on Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, our Education Minister’s winding up speech, that he will ensure our ruralÂ schools have this infrastructure by end of 2007.
This is for sure an uphill task for the veteran politician if he is to implement it in Sarawak.
I observed from the various media coverage over the one week UMNO Convention, that Words just come so easy for the delegates during the convention, and we do hope that they have done a thorough homework before they even mention or talk about some of the issues, especially those that involve infrastructure and utilities.
Homework? If we watch some of the game show shown on national TV, it is sad to note that most of the question relating to Sarawak and Sabah failed to be answer by our West Malaysian brothers and sisters, and here we are reading in a national paper telling us that they will come in a huge bandwagon with water pipes and electrical cable!! Ha ha ha – I hope it is not a pre-election joke!
If the UMNO delegates were daring enough to ask the Information Minister to be replaced due to his incapability to elevating Islam Hadari through the programmes on RTM, then we may as well call for Datuk Seri Hishammuddin to step down from all his position in UMNO and the government on 31st December, 2007 if he fail to deliver what he have said during this Convention.
Or, the simple truth is â€“ Oppssâ€¦! It was only for the Malay schools, and UMNO did try to speak for all Malaysian and other races. But it comes to one point – the Malay Agenda comes first! And no one should question that based on their policies.
Nevertheless, the Dayak and other rural communities will be looking forward to see this happening in reality. We could only sit down and see how they announce additional budget, spend it, and make big opening ceremonies, while we keep on digging our soil for oil and gas, whack through NCR lands to build bigger plantations to fund their expenditure in propelling the Malay Agenda.Â Sometimes, I felt like to put the blame on early Dayak leaders for getting Sarawak to join Malaysia but who knew at that time that Sarawak have so much natural resources that can even support the whole of West Malaysia.
And, if this water and electricity issue did not happen as being planned, our Prima Minister has given his answer as quickly – No one is perfect.
With the Malaysian Parliamentary election coming up fast, it is a good development for the rural voters to decide whether to vote the Barisan Nasional under UMNO leadership.Â If we don’t see treated water flowing into our longhouses and rural schools; or the electric cooker failed to cook the newly harvested rice in the school dining halls for our children to eat after school. It is high time that we send a bigger delegate of opposition members from Sarawak to bang on UMNOâ€™s door.
And to our current MPs; the Education Minister have said it, so now its time for you to knock on his door and plan for the immediate implementation of rural water and electricity supplies. Ahh.. No, no, not those of gravity and diesel-powered generator set. The rural folks can afford that stuff especially the rural Kelabits who enjoy the most expensive items and goods in Malaysia. Who says KL is expensive??