Making a case for Pakatan with Perak experience on Sarawak NCR situation

As a Semenanjung dweller, I do not have the full grasp of the NCR issue in Sarawak. However, I do appreciate that this is a key issue in the coming Sarawak GE, sufficient for strong and seemingly undemocratic actions to be undertaken:


S’wak stops NCR activist from entering state
Tashny Sukumaran | April 3, 2011

Activist Steven Ng says the refusal to allow him to enter the state was a BN ploy in view of the coming state election.

If that is the case, then I have to make a case for Pakatan administration. Please note that these intiatives were done after polling, not immediately before:


Perak clearing land title backlog

The Star) - THE Pakatan Rakyat government has cleared about 14,000 of the 16,000 applications for land titles since taking control of Perak in March.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state executive council met every Wednesday from 9am to 7pm to clear the backlog.


On a villager’s suggestion that the state government should reduce the quit rent in view of the current reduced rubber and oil palm prices so as to encourage more people to pay up their quit rent, Nizar said this could not be entertained as the National Land Code only allowed a review every 10 years.

He said the villagers would not have a hard time settling their quit rent had they done so when the prices of rubber and oil palm were good.

Instead, some villagers were known to have used the money they gained from the previously higher rubber and oil palm prices to renovate their houses, he said.
Hulu Perak district officer Datuk Abdul Karim Osman told the group that up to December 15, RM7.6mil in quit rent had been collected, exceeding the RM7.4mil collection target.

Abdul Karim said quit rent arrears stood at about RM300,000 and suggested that pay-ment defaulters start paying up in installments.

A cattle rearer, who only identified herself as Kak Ton, lamented that her animals had no grazing ground, claiming that the State Agriculture Development Corporation (SADC) had taken over such a site at her village in Tawai, purportedly to build a bamboo-processing factory.

Nizar said since he also headed the SADC, the latter would have to find another site for the proposed factory. Since the site had been gazetted as a grazing ground, it should remain so and Kak Ton could allow her animals to graze at the site, he said, drawing instant applause from the crowd.


At the gathering, Nizar also handed over more than 40 land titles of which 12comprised permanent new village land titles.


I am already hearing detractors saying Perak and Sarawak are different states. Yet these same detractors could well be screaming 1Malaysia and Rakyat Diutamakan. Nizar’s administration has already proven to be innovative, determined and action orientated. Even Perak MCA’s Mah Han Soon claimed that PR has solved a problem within a year that BN could not solve in 50 years.

Once Pakatan’s Perak administration hence the people’s choice was dismantled in the most unsavoury manner, it is back to square one.


Perak bn gov’t scorches Pakatan policies

It looks like the Perak BN government is bent on destroying all people-friendly policies implemented by the previous Pakatan Rakyat administration.

When Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir took his office in February, he was reported as saying that BN would continue the people-friendly policies implemented during Pakatan’s 10-month rule.

However, this turned out to be a broken promise as about nine people-friendly policies have either been scrapped or put on the back-burner.

DAP state secretary Nga Kor Ming is disappointed with BN’s about-turn on the following Pakatan-implemented measures:

* 3,000 applications from residents of new and planned villages to convert their land titles from leasehold to freehold cancelled.

* 817 elected village headmen had their term of office terminated. The village chiefs have since filed a suit in the Ipoh High Court to be reinstated.


* The open-tender policy for approving government contracts, land and logging concessions reverted to the old system of closed tenders.

* The giving state land to religious schools and Chinese independent schools also scrapped.

* The policy of giving RM1,000 to the dependents of senior citizens who die too has been buried.

* The process of legalising the 134 new villages put on hold.

“Just because Barisan is jealous of our people-friendly polices, it does not mean that they have to penalise the innocent people and make them suffer just to show their anger at us,” said Nga.

Nga also took to task Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for his “makan angin” trip during his one-day visit to Ipoh on Thursday while the country was facing the worst economic crisis in history.

“He just comes to eat, drink and takes a walk to meet the people in Little India. He can utilise this precious time to plan how to overcome the economic crisis and bring the nation back to a sound economic footing,” he added.

Humayun Kabir, Mkini

It is time for Sarawakians to decide whether systematic, considerate and consistent polices is superior to ad hoc and once off sweets before polling.

It is time for Sarawakians to demand Pakatan Sarawak and Central to affirm if similiar people first approach can be learned, adapted and implemented from Perak to Sarawak.

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