Longhouse heads want radio stations to halt broadcast
Posted on January 22, 2013, Tuesday
SIBU: Folk in Ngemah constituency are not on the same frequency with both Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and Radio Kenyalang (RK) as they know these stations are only spinning lies.
Tuai Rumah Sandai Lamit claimed this was because RFS was always making wild allegations against the government.
“We are at odds with the issues that they raise as we know that they are not true.
“We, the longhouse folk, know that the government has always assisted us and brought development projects to uplift our quality of life.
“It is best that they (both stations) stop their broadcast as their efforts can do more harm than good, causing confusion to people,” Sandai asserted.
Another longhouse resident Luang Baring echoed Sandai’s opinion, saying that both stations were up to no good.
Luang believed that RFS, aired only in Iban language, had something up its sleeves.
“Why only in one language? I think they are trying to sow the seeds of discord among the Ibans,” he noted.
TR Boniface Vincent also did not believe in what the stations had been airing, describing the information as not reliable.
“The information that they (these stations) relay are not true and unfounded,” he said, adding that it was one-sided.
Both stations had come under heavy fire, with the latest development seeing PRS Youth lodging a police report against them at Sungai Maong police station in Kuching on Sunday.
PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Masing had described both stations as “illegal entities” that spread lies as well as poison the minds of people, especially Ibans in the rural area.
PRS Youth information chief Danny Bungan wanted the broadcasts by the radio stations stopped because they were misleading and poisoning the minds of the rural people.
RFS founder Clare Rewcastle, however, was not about to remain quiet over the police report, reiterating that the radio station was entitled to broadcast its programmes from London and had not committed any criminal offence.
Clare stood firm that all RFS had done was defend Dayak’s right to information and expression.
PRS Youth deputy chief Ellison Silo Bilun figured if the brakes were not put on RFS and RK, people would eventually be swayed by them and the country’s safety would be affected.
Ellison was reported to have said the party’s supreme council would also work together with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the possible actions to be taken against the radio stations while PRS Youth would be doing follow-up with MCMC on the matter.