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!

Oh YB, if you can’t drink it, what makes you think we can?

Lain diminta lain dihantar

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Walaupun dijanjikan dengan bekalan air bersih, namun masalah kekurangan air yang dihadapi penduduk di rumah panjang Skim Rancangan Sepupok dan Suai masih berlarutan berikutan air yang dihantar tidak selamat untuk diminum.

Penduduk Rumah Panjang Selan Undau ketika dihubungi berkata, air yang dihantar menggunakan tangki itu tidak selamat diminum kerana ia dipam terus dari sungai.

“Apabila dijanjikan bekalan air, kita mengharapkan ia adalah air bersih dan selamat digunakan. Rupa-rupanya air sungai yang kekuningan dan berkelodak.”

”Jika begini, tiada bezanya kita mengambil air dari sungai-sungai berhampiran,” katanya sambil menambah setakat ini mereka sudah menerima dua tangki air sungai.

Sementara itu penduduk dari Rumah Panjang Ngindang Entili yang berhampiran berkata, nasib mereka lebih buruk kerana sehingga hari ini mereka belum menerima bekalan bekalan air hatta setitis.

”Kami difahamkan ketua rumah baru menulis surat dan mengisi borang permohonan. Sepatutnya dalam keadaan begini, kerajaan perlu mempercepatkan bantuan tanpa perlu melalui prosedur-prosedur yang remeh dan menyusahkan penduduk kampung,” katanya.

Ketua Rumah Panjang Ekok Junau dari Suai pula memberitahu, nasib mereka seperti sudha jatuh ditimpa tangga kerana mereka juga belu mendapat bantuan dan keadaan bertambah buruk apabila satu-satunya sungai di kawasan mereka dicemari oleh kilang kelapa sawit.

”Mujurlah dua dalam tempoh tiga hari hujan turun. Kami tiada pilihan selain menadah setiap titis air hujan untuk keperluan harian.”

”Namun jika musim kemarau kembali, kami terpaksa menggunakan air sungai yang sudah tercemar,” katanya.

Beliau memberitahu, kerajaan sepatutnya proaktif dalam menyebarkan maklumat mengenai bantuan mendapatkan bekalan air.

Sementara itu, seramai 3,629 penduduk di Niah yang menghadapi kekurangan bekalan air ekoran musim kemarau sejak tiga minggu lalu menerima bantuan bekalan air pada minggu lepas.

Dalam pada itu, Bilik Operasi Bencana Alam Miri ketika dihubungi memberitahu, mereka tiada menerima aduan mengenai kekurangan air sejak hujan turun beberapa hari lalu.

Source: Sarawak Update

Educational Talk for rural Ibans

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Last Saturday (14 March) we held an educational talk for the residents of Cr. Selan ak Undau longhouse at Sepupok, Niah. The talk was facilitated by members of RumahDayak.com, who invited speakers from the Dayak Association Miri, Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Special Studies Group. The event was supported by members from RuaiKitai.com and PEGARI Iban Production.

We would like to thank the speakers; Mr. Alexander Isut (President, Dayak Association Miri), Mr. Martin Entamin (Vice President, DAM), Mr. Elluson Ludan (Secretary-General, DAM), Mr. Seli Mohamat (MPOB Miri), and Mr. Mathew Benson (Headmaster, SK Lutong).

The talk was the first one ever organise by any NGO at the longhouse and was an eye opener to its residents especially the students and parents.

Here are some of the photos that I took during the event.

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Mr. Mathew Benson motivating the students.

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Earlier, Mr. Martin Entamin lead the talk with his Wawasan 2020.

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Mr. Alexander Isut delivering his talk – Savings for Education.

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A section of the parents listening to Mr. Elluson Ludan.

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Mr. Elluson Ludan delivering “Roles of Parent in Promoting Education”.

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Mr. Seli Mohamat from MPOB delivering – Career in the Palm Oil Industry.

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A word of thanks from the village head, Cr. Selan ak Undau.

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Closing speech by Penghulu Bau.

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Souvenir for the speakers.

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PEGARI Iban Production donated some reading material for the longhouse’s library.

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We also managed to visit Cikgu Juan’s longhouse and met the father of Micheal Nangkai, who is currently with Shell in Houston, Texas. Micheal’s dad was selected as the Model Parent of the Year for Miri Division in 2007.

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Thank you to all the residents of Rh. Cr. Selan for the warm hospitality.