- Speculation on early election as PM visits S’wak
- Sarawak DAP to file motion to make 'Dayak' a race
- 行动党来届州议会 动议修改《砂拉越诠释法》
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Posted: 25 Feb 2015 07:44 PM PST
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's three-day visit to Sarawak, starting this evening, has sparked off speculation for an early state election as elaborate programmes have been laid down for him and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
During the visit, he is expected to meet with the state BN leaders to discuss the state's preparations for the coming state election although there is no mention of him meeting them in the programme.
Political observers said that all programmes arranged for Najib and statements made by BN leaders seemed to point to an early election.
Many had expected it to be held in September this year.
The term for the current state assembly should end in June next year.
Yesterday, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen (left) told newsmen that the visit by the PM indicated an early election for Sarawak and during the visit he would bring a lot of 'election goodies' and make many election promises.
"He will act as 'Santa Claus' distributing election goodies especially to the rural people," said Chong who is the Kota Sentosa State assemblyperson.
"But don't underestimate the intelligence of the rural people now - they know what is good and what is bad.
"We have gone through a number of elections, and we know the voters will not be swayed easily by such goodies and promises," he said.
As for the DAP, they would not be intimidated by the 'election goodies'.
Meanwhile, this evening the prime minister will open Sarawak Urban Transformation Centre and the following day he will fly to Sri Aman where he will lay the foundation of the much-talked-about Sri Aman Hospital.
After the function, he will proceed to Beladin to perform a ground-breaking ceremony for the Beladin Community Hall.
In the afternoon, Najib will fly to Serian where he will open the Selabi water treatment plant. He is also expected to announce the upgrading of Serian district into a division.
Tomorrow night, the prime minister and his wife will attend a Chinese New Year celebration with other BN leaders.
Some 40,000 people are expected to attend at the Dewan Masyarakat Kuching.
Before returning to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, he will visit Satok Food Centre, where he will hand over aid to victims of the recent floods.
Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:04 PM PST
Sarawak DAP will move a motion in the coming state legislative assembly sitting to seek the term 'Dayak' to define all indigenous races in Sarawak, other than Malays.
To do so, there needs to be an amendment to the term 'natives' in the Sarawak Interpretation Ordinance (SIO), state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference in Kuching today.
As it is, Sarawak natives already recognise themselves as Dayak, the Kota Sentosa assemblyperson said.
"It is with this strong sentiment that there is now the call for the term 'Dayak' to replace the term 'dan lain-lain' or the suggested 'bumiputera' in the race column of all government forms."
Chong (left) said the party wants Sarawak natives to be classified as two races – Dayak and Malay.
"All the previously referred to races, like the Iban, Bidayuh, etc, will be regarded as sub-ethnic groups under the unifying term for the race called 'Dayak'," he said.
"At the moment, the shocking truth is that there is no 'Dayak' race in the SIO."
DAP's proposal will also see sub-ethnic groups Berawan, Lakiput and Tering, now omitted from the definition of 'natives', to be recognised as 'Dayak'.
Under the SIO, the term 'natives' means Bidayuh or Land Dayak, Bukitan, Berawan, Bisayah, Dusun, Iban or Sea Dayak, Kadayan, Kelabit, Kayan, Kenyah (including Sabup and Sipeng), Kajang (including Sekapan, Kejaman, Lahanan, Punan, Tanjong and Kanowit), Lakiput, Lugat, Lisum, Melanau, Murut or Lun Bawang, Penan, Sian, Tagal, Tabun, Tering, Ukit and any admixture of these races with each other.
The proposal will not be the final draft, Chong said, and welcomes suggestions from Dayak NGOs, academicians and community members.
Sarawak DAP vice-chairperson Leon Jimat Donald (below, right) has been tasked to receive feedback on the proposal, which the party wants to finalise before the deadline for submissions to the secretary of the state legislative assembly.
Submissions must be made two weeks before assembly sitting. The date for the next sitting has yet to be announced but the Sarawak assembly traditionally sits in May and in November.
"Under the BN regime, the Dayak have been divided into small groups and marginalised, sometimes even totally forgotten in the federal government's policy-making process.
"It is time that the Dayak stand united so that their voices be heard and their plights be addressed properly by the ruling government.
"Hopefully, this amendment will be the first small step towards the unification of Dayak into a stronger political force, so that their interests may be better protected," Chong said.
Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:01 PM PST
Posted: 25 Feb 2015 05:59 PM PST
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