Star VP: Jabu barking at wrong tree

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: Despite having been an assemblyman for over 35 years and holding the second highest seat in the Sarawak state administration, Alfred Jabu Numpang is still ‘barking at the wrong tree’, claimed a former parliamentarian.

Disgusted at the way Jabu wasted ‘precious’ time during the recent Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, former Mas Gading MP Patrick Anek Uren said Jabu is yet to act like a deputy chief minister.

“Jabu is always barking at the wrong tree and wasting his precious time.

“As DCM, he has all the powers to do as he pleases. There are more pressing issues and should correctly be placed on the shoulders of a person with the stature of a deputy chief minister.

“Surely as deputy chief minister, now for decades under Abdul Taib Mahmud (Sarawak Chief Minister) and before that under Abdul Rahman Yakub, Jabu should be able to get things done,” said Uren who is also Parti STAR vice-president.

“As DCM for so many decades, Jabu should use his good office to talk with Najib for a better share of Petronas dividend instead of the mere 5 % for Sarawak.

“And more Dayaks should be given high positions inside Petronas and contracts in that sector as well.

“Jabu should also question why contract jobs in the construction industry are only given to  certain groups favoured by the BN top leadership,” he said alluding to the 5% oil royalty, the 18-point Malaysia Agreement and Sarawak perennial issue of poor roads, infrastructure and utilities.

Petty Jabu

Uren’s angst was focussed on Jabu’s 15-minute ranting in the DUN last Wednesday.

Jabu had flew into a rage and slammed the opposition DAP for ‘suppressing and oppressing’ natives.

Jabu also verbally attacked Repok assemblyman Dr Wong Hua Seh for ‘suppressing and oppressing’ the Iban language when he (Wong) had failed to call for the Iban language to be used for labeling the weedicides and pesticides.

Wong had suggested during the debate that weedicides and pesticides should be labelled with English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia in order to warn the farmers of the danger these pesticides posed to health.

But petty Jabu had latched on to this and raged away for 10-minutes.

Said Uren: “Why is Jabu so insisting on DAP mentioning the need for labels on pesticides to be in ‘Iban’ language? Surely as deputy chief minister, now for decades, Jabu is able to do that.

“Anyway why talk on such mundane matters in the DUN, a pure waste of time?

“On the other hand I would question Jabu why he has not dared raise important issues like the 18 point pre-Malaysia agreement, and or the mere 5% of oil revenue from Petronas.”

Dayaks in doldrums

Uren said Jabu knows that Sarawak still needs a lot of development like roads to the interior areas, including to Kapit and beyond.

“And the trunk road between Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri and beyond is now in poor state of disrepair. All these need money and more of it. Surely these are important issues” said Uren.

He also pointed out that despite almost 50 years ‘under’ Malaysia, the Dayak’s participation in economy was still negligible.

He said Dayak workers while remaining the mainstay of the state’s workforce were a neglected lot.

“For them it is just for survival. Many of them are not given EPF and or Socso contributions and benefits. And in the agriculture sector they are also mere workers in the plantation sector.

“A very small number is engaged as owners directly in, and even with very insignificant land sizes of when they are in, oil palm plantation for instance. And none in the O&G,” he said.

Uren added that it was about time that Jabu called for more shares, benefits and better positions of employment be given to Dayaks at least within the shores of Sarawak.

“The real problem is that there is no genuine concerted effort by the government, of which Jabu is a very much part of its core, to develop economies of the indigenous people,” he said.

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8 Responses to Star VP: Jabu barking at wrong tree

  1. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    Now our ultimate response: we call a giant curse on UMNO, PBB, Taib’s families, on all his cronies and supporters, not forgetting Speaker Asfia who blocks and switches of PA mircrophones against opposition, Jabu (blood-sucking for decades), Masing, Tengah, Hamed Sepawie, Naim, CMS, Sarawak Energy, Stephen Rundi, Len Talip, Abdul Karim…etc, The wealth stolen from Sarawak is endless & countless. Morgan Stanley in Singapore as saying that the Malaysia might have lost as much as US$100 billion since the early 1980s to corruption (RM300 billion = RM300,000 million). All these when many natives don’t have electricity & clean water. Let those politicians & cronies die violently, then burn in hell.

  2. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    RM33 million an hour! RM800m/day. Malaysia Chronicle: “For the first decade… Malaysia has lost a staggering RM1.08 trillion (RM800m a day) in illicit outflows which is the 4th highest in the developing world…The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reported in Jan that RM930 bil flowed out of Malaysia from 00 to 08. An economist at Morgan Stanley Singapore: Malaysia might have lost as much as US$100 bill since the early 80s to corruption (RM300 billion = 300,000 million).

  3. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    While the rural poor in Sarawak don’t even hv electricity, drinking water, an economist at Morgan Stanley in S’pore: M’sia might have lost US$100 billion since the 80s to corruption (RM300 bil = 300,000 mil).eg: Perwaja RM10 bil. Forex fiasco 90s RM30 bil. Bank Bumi RM10 bil. STAR-LRT bailout RM3.2bil. RM38.5 bil compensatn to hwy companies. Putra transp RM4.4bil. PKFZ 12 bil. Wang Ehsan RM7.4 bil. Bailouts of Airline RM7.9 bil. Likely RM30bil with S’wak’s CM & cronies in power for 31 yrs…endless list.

  4. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    In New Zealand, PM John Key flies economy class. Taito Philip Field, an MP was jailed for a few years for corruption (eg using aspiring immigrants to paint his houses), and after 31 years your Sarawak Chief Minister is still flying private jet, Rolls Royce, walking and talking proud and indirectly stealing billions from you. In NZ He would have been in jail 30 years ago. Why are you so gullible & forgiving? For me, NOT ANOTHER HOUR!

  5. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    On 30 Nov ‘73, the UN General Assembly opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.[1] It defined the crime of apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” . The blacks are only 14% of US population, if Obama can be US President, an Indian or Dayak or Chinese can be a Malaysian PM…think about it! How tragically you’ve been treated.

  6. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    African Apartheid is rampant in Malaysia. It has neither transparency (non-corruption) nor real human rights, neither freedom of the media nor true democracy. eg: 99% of National Oil Petronas’ staff are Malays (only 50% of the population – Wikipedia). ‘Bumiputra’. How can a race be treated superior to another, especially when they work the least. The crime of apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity” committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.”

  7. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    Despite a registered letter from some 15 NGOs demanding arrest of Sarawak’s Taib Mahmud after 31 years of plundering, Ref: PM, MACC etc, pretend all the massive multi-billion corruption & plundering are non-existent. They support deception, cheating & multi-billion thefts on a grand scale. They tortured & murdered Teoh B.H over an issue of few thousand $, while few hundred millions of Scorpene Submarine bribes & Mongolian’s blasted murder went unpunished. Where is their integrity, sense of shame. These are beasts of the lowest form. Let them burn in hell. In the meantime no one has any gut to say or do something!

  8. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    After some 31 years of plundering & thefts amounting to multi-billions, your CM & his cronies is still there! What are you people in Sarawak doing about it? Where is your gut?

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