Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Low Lying Power Cable Problem at BDC Resettlement Scheme

I am tired of excuses given by authorities when they are incompetence and inefficient especially so when they know they are are monopolizing the trade.

In July, I went to see a resident at the BDC Resettlement area after he complained about the power cables hanging dangerously low over his house. I checked a number of houses in the same area and found most of them are facing the same problems.

After writing to SESCO on July 7, I received a reply from them telling me that rectification works are due

for the lines near the houses I went to and others, and occurred as a result of the soft ground condition and drainage clearing activities, which has caused the poles to sink further.

The SESCO also complained of having no proper road reserve and their intention to plant the poles at the edge of the drain is subjected to soil erosion and pole sinking problems.

It further on went to explain that there are strong objections from the land owners to use their land to place and plant the poles.

Now, would these same people want the poles to be planted in their own house before doing that to others?

Do not tell me about the road reserve. Do something about it. I understand that when the area was initially planned, nothing is perfect.

The thing is to do upgrading work and maintenance so that the lives of these people would be improved. If money and resources were not squandered by the present government, there would still be funds to be used to improve the lives of everyone, including the BDC Resettlement residents.

SESCO should be coordinating with the respective Local Councils to improve on the drainage and the planting of poles.

For once, do something decent for the people instead of moaning and complaining, giving one thousand and one reasons why things cannot be done.

If there is a will, there will be a way.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

'SUPP is scared of Taib


Wed, 01 Sep 2010 06:00

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is in a quandary – should it continue to support Taib Mahmud as chief minister and the leader of the state Barisan Nasional or not?

“To continue backing Taib will mean losing the support of the Chinese voters. Not doing so will incur the wrath of the chief minister and its members will lose their positions and businesses with the state government,” said an observer.

“SUPP is really in a fix,” he said.

Early this month, SUPP wanted to meet with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to exert pressure on Taib to resign or the party would pull out of the state BN.

Meanwhile, Sarawak DAP treasurer Violet Yong accused SUPP of being scared of Taib when it failed to make its stand on his leadership.

“SUPP leaders are afraid of the chief minister and do not dare to make their stand. As a party, it cannot claim to represent the Chinese community because it has lost its credibility,” said Yong, the state assemblywoman for Pending.

“Other leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) have expressed their support for Taib’s continued leadership, but SUPP leaders have remained silent.

“The people, especially the Chinese, want to know its stand,” she said in response to a statement by SUPP secretary-general Sim Kheng Hui.

'Not her business'

Sim had accused Yong of being too vocal and that she might be pushed aside the way it was done to Batu Lintang state assemblyman Voon Lee Shan.

“Yong is undergoing a similar situation which Voon faced before he was suspended,” Sim said, adding that he could not understand why Yong had to ask SUPP to make its stand following public support for the chief minister by PBB, PRS and SPDP.

“Like these three parties, SUPP is also a BN component party.

“This is not her business, but BN’s business. I suggest she gives due attention to Pakatan Rakyat, particularly the states it is now ruling.

“There are so many problems in the Pakatan governments and it is time for her to stop directing SUPP what to do,” he had said.

Reacting to Sim’s statement, Yong accused Sim of trying to divert attention away from the real issue – the issue of whether it would support Taib’s leadership or not.

“Clearly Sim is scared of Taib,” she said, adding that it was not Sim’s business whether she was going to be sidelined or not.

“Nobody sidelines me. I am still the DAP state treasurer,” she said.

Asked whether DAP wanted Taib to be replaced, Yong said Pakatan’s aim is to change the whole government, which is already rotten.

“That is our ultimate aim. Whether we can do it is up to the people,” she added.