Ucapan penggulungan YB Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom, Menteri Pembangunan Sosial

YB Tan Sri William Mawan

Menteri Pembangunan Sosial (Y.B. Tan Sri William Mawan anak Ikom): Terima kasih, Tuan Speaker. Before I go on further, I hope you don‘t mind me being personal. I have a slight problem with my dental gum, so in case my pronunciation is not very clear, or impair, I don‘t mind repeating what I say here outside the House. In case it‘s not clear.

Air selasih air tembikar,
Ikan seluang di atas para,
Terima kasih Datuk Speaker,
Memberi peluang saya berbicara.

Tuan Speaker, terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak atas ucapan pembukaan rasmi Mesyuarat Pertama bagi Penggal Kedua Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Ketujuh Belas. Penekanan Tuan Yang Terutama Tun agar sentiasa memantau dan mengawal isu-isu sosial demi keselamatan dan kesejahteraan rakyat amatlah dihargai. Saya sangat berterima kasih kepada Tuan Yang Terutama atas seruan supaya kepimpinan kerajaan tempatan dan di peringkat akar umbi turun padang dan berinteraksi dengan rakyat bagi memastikan penyertaan mereka dalam pembangunan sosial dapat terus dipertingkatkan.

Sebelum saya meneruskan ucapan penggulungan, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini juga untuk mengucapkan tahniah kepada Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri Ketua Menteri yang kita kasihi atas sambutan ulangtahun yang ke-76 pada 21 Mei 2012. Semoga Yang Amat Berhormat Pehin Sri sentiasa sihat sejahtera dan terus memimpin Kerajaan Barisan Nasional Negeri Sarawak.

CURRENT SOCIAL SCENARIO

Emerging Trends-Youth and Social Media

Social media has been proven to affect not only today’s youth but the majority of the world’s population. Overall, today’s youth are affected by the media in a number of ways, both positively and negatively. Facebook, blogs, twitters, forums, social networking and media sharing are the common „playgrounds? of our youth where they engage in building friendship, sharing information, voicing their opinions, showcasing their talents and creativity and keeping abreast of events around the globe.

The recent euphoria over the Facebook company‘s market share debut in the United State makes it the largest social network which goes to show the huge following it has not only in the United States but globally. On a positive note, social media has the potential to promote professional learning and therefore our youth should take advantage of the wide range of information for knowledge building and self improvement. But at the same time we should all play our role in educating our children on the general ethics when engaging in social media and importantly, about self censorship and the core rules of etiquette.

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I would like to response to the concern raised by the Honourable Member for Telang Usan on the influence of information from the internet or blog on our local culture. The influence of new culture spreading through the internet has indeed encroached into the local way of life amongst our younger generation. The need to ensure that our local culture and customs are preserved and do not erode over time would require all relevant parties to work together towards this common aim. Actually with the onset of the information technology, effort in preserving our culture is made easier as the internet can be used to store all the knowledge of the various communities in the form of the database accessible to anyone, anytime and anywhere. In this connection, my ministry will work closely with NGOs in planning more awareness seminars and workshops focusing on the youth in the future.

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Wong Judat declares he’s still with BN

YB Wong with his supporters during the recent party TGM in Bintulu.

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: SPDP vice president Wong Judat yesterday asserted that he was still a BN man and very much in SPDP, casting aside aspersions that that he had put himself in a position that had become an affront to the ruling coalition.

The Meluan assemblyman also denied that he was contemplating leaving BN and SPDP.

“How can I quit BN and SPDP? I am a strongman of SPDP. I am a strong BN supporter. I brought the seat of Meluan to SPDP and therefore to BN,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Wong was clarifying a news report that he was ‘supporting’ the newly registered Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) as he was seen shaking hands with SWP prime mover Datuk Sng Chee Hua, who is tipped to contest under SWP ticket against BN possible candidate Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum in Julau in the coming 13th general election.

On this, he explained that the meeting with Sng at the function in Nanga Entabai, Julau on April 28 was by chance and not by design.

He said the function was a BN ‘Leader-Meet-The People’ session organised by Tuai Rumah Budul, and disclosed that he (Wong) had the letter from the longhouse chief to prove that he was invited to grace it.

“It was not an SWP function. It was my function as a BN assemblyman meeting the constituents,” he explained.

“I still keep the letter of invitation for all to see. It (the Nanga Entabai event) was a BN Leader-Meet-The People function. It was a friend’s event. It was therefore not a SWP function. And Datuk Sng just happened to be there,” said Wong, adding that he would explain the situation further on May 6 at Pakan, Julau.

“I will explain everything in Pakan,” he said. Pakan is an SPDP state seat currently held by its president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom who is also a senior state minister.

When told that Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) secretary-general Datuk Wilfred Rata Nissom was unhappy with the latest development in Julau, Wong replied that several quarters had capitalised on the issue.

On his take on Salang, Wong said it was indeed true he had personal problems with the PRS vice-president, whom he (Wong) described as not a winnable candidate for BN in the coming polls. He, however, said he had no problems with PRS as a party.

On April 14, Mawan told the press that the personal vendetta between Wong and Salang was real and it was manifested at a particular function where both men (Salang and Wong) were jostling over a microphone to explain what had happened to the stalled RM3 million Nanga Entabai-Rantau Limau road project.

Wong initially won Meluan as an independent by beating Sarawak National Party (SNAP) candidate, the late Geman Itam, in 2001 state polls. Subsequently he joined SPDP when SNAP was deregistered in November 2002.

Wong was known to be vocal at the grassroots level, making him a popular leader with the locals in Julau.

Sng, on the other hand, is a former Julau MP (1995 to 1999) during the era of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) before Salang, the then PBDS treasurer-general, took over from Sng. Salang is currently a federal deputy minister.

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