Thursday, August 22

‘DAP’s go-rural dream will remain just that’

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FINAL DAY: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu Numpang and Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (left) arriving at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex for the last day of the DUN sitting yesterday.

DEPUTY Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu reiterated his confidence that DAP’s dream of going to the rural areas would fail and remain just that – dream.

He said people in the rural areas, particularly the Ibans felt insulted when DAP purposely chose to exclude the Iban language from their electricity tariff signature campaign form.

“The member from Kota Sentosa (Chong Chieng Jen) in his speech on May 7 said that they purposely omitted the use of Iban language in their campaign pamphlets.

“The Ibans themselves have told me that this shows that Chong does not respect the community. The community, therefore, has every reason to be angry with DAP because the party does not respect them and their language,” he said in his winding-up speech yesterday.

He added that even the government recognised the (Iban) language as having equal importance as Mandarin and a language that was now taught in schools. Chong, he added, chose to ignore the Iban language for inclusion in the campaign pamphlets.

“Where is the so-called sincerity of DAP to the community? The Ibans and the Dayak community in general will certainly reject any DAP’s attempt to bring its brand of politics to the rural
areas.”

He also regretted that DAP had engaged on selfish and cruel political tactic to deny the Dayaks from enjoy opportunities brought about by their participation in the government land development programme through their NCR land.