Marudi Breakaway

The weekend was spent touring Marudi bazaar. It has been 28 years since my last visit to Marudi. Equipped with our cameras, Celcom broadband (yuppp.. the 3G service is excellent there), Digi internet (only running on GPRS) and maxis postpaid, we cruise our way upriver on the mighty Baram River. Here are some of my favourite shots.

I was flattered by the remarks by Sungai Brit folks. Ahh.. Uchu Keling brings water (rain) to the village! Hahahaa.. After 28 years I am saddened by the fact that majority of the longhouses in Marudi have yet to receive clean piped water from the government. Luckily it rain heavily late afternoon to cool down the heat and to supply us with free water.

More at my Facebook photo album.

Police report lodge for encroaching on own land

The villagers from Rh. Chabu, Lepong Ajai, Bakong at Miri Courthouse on Monday. We were informed that a police report was lodged against the villagers for encroaching into their own land!

The case will be mention on 8th March. As I was writing this post, the villagers are still looking for a lawyer. We have given Baru Bian’s contact to their spokesman.

Water supply needed for SK Rancangan Sepupok

This is a government school and it has never enjoyed treated water supply since its opening decades ago. The school is located in a Barisan Nasional stronghold constituency of Bekenu under YB Rosey Yunus and their parliamentarian is YB Tuan Haji Ahmad Lai.

It is sad to note the failure of the Education Ministry in providing treated water to this school despite its short distance from Batu Niah bazaar – the home of the famous Niah Caves.

Does the failure have anything to do with the school being in a Dayak majority area? To the residents of Rancangan Sepupok – it is!

A month ago, the Education Minister declared open a new multi-million dollar school in sub-urban Miri and here, just 100km from Miri, lies a school that probably never appear in the ministry list of schools requiring urgent assistance.

Read the full news report here.

Updates from Facebook on 24 Feb

Lukanisman Awang Sauni Hello Mr James, Fyi, Tahun Lepas, YB Hj Mat Lai berjaya membawa projek paip air dibawah kementerian luar bandar, sehingga rumah selan di skim sepupok. still on going projek, this year we will try our best to bring this project up to sk sepupok. BUT we need kerjasama semua pihak..Kertas cadangan sudah di hantar kepada Kementerian Luar Bandar.

Makluman projek bekalan air ke kpg tiris sehingga rumah entri sudah bermula.

Lukanisman Awang Sauni untuk isu sk sepupok sudah beberapa kali YB membawa perkara tersebut ke dewan parlimen dama ucapan pengulungan dan soalan lisan parlimen.

saya merasakan kerjasama juga perlu dari pihak kementerian pelajaran , pejabat pelajaran, D.o, S.A.o dan lain.

Thank you so much mr james highlight this issue to others!