MUKAH: Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu has described the call by Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) for Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down as going against the people’s wish.
SHE’S THE FAIREST: Kumang Gawai Mukah 2011 Louisa Irene Sigie with other winners of the Kumang and Keling Gawai Mukah after the prize presentation ceremony. Also in the picture are (from left) Saudi, Jabu, Dr Rundi and Minjo.
As such, he said Taib has every right not to entertain MoCS’ call which he said “was coming from the mouth of frustrated individuals advocating politics of backwardness and hatred against the wish of the majority of Sarawakians.”
For this, Jabu suggested that MoCS change its name to ‘Movement of Change for Backwardness in Sarawak’ to better reflect their ignorance, frustration and denial.
Turning to opposition parties from Peninsular Malaysia, the PBB deputy president called on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to reform the party first before spreading its ‘reformasi’ agenda to Sarawak.
“What is the meaning of ‘reformasi’ if PKR still depends on Anwar’s leadership despite all the controversies and scandals as widely reported?” he asked, while reminding the opposition not to engage in rough and dirty tactics to win the hearts and minds of the local people.
“If you test our patience, don’t blame us for reacting,” he warned. Jabu made the remarks in his speech as guest-of-honour at the Mukah Pre-Gawai Dayak 2011 Unity dinner organised by Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) and Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) Mukah branches in collaboration with Mukah Resident’s and District offices.
The dinner was also attended by Assistant Minister of Public Health Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Resident Saudi Narani, Mukah district officer Mohamad Nawawi, Dalat district officer Yussibnosh Balo, Mukah/Dalat walikota Ali Suhaili, organising chairman Minjo Simanding, heads of government departments and community leaders.
Saying it was him who coined the theme ‘Segulai Sejalai’ (Unity and Togetherness) for Gawai Dayak festivals, Jabu hoped that members of the Dayak community would embrace the theme as their driving force to achieve greater success in their various undertakings.
At the function, Jabu announced his personal grant of RM10,000 besides the RM5,000 from Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas and RM5,000 from Dr Rundi, who is also Kemena assemblyman.
Additionally, Jabu also sponsored RM1,000 for a song by Saudi and raised more than RM10,000 for his ‘Ngajat Iban’ performance.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Louisa Irene Sigie of Rumah Garit, Jalan Selangau-Mukah won the coveted Kumang Gawai Mukah 2011 title in the beauty contest held in conjunction with the unity dinner at Kingwood Resort Mukah.
She walked home with RM1,000 plus a crown, sash, trophy, certificate and a brochure for a one-night stay at Kingwood Resort Mukah.
In second place was Senorita Seti Belong, 22, of Rumah Geruna, Sungai Temesu, Jalan Selangau-Mukah followed by Herly Edwin, 18 of Kuarters JKR Mukah in third place.
They walked home with RM500 and RM400 respectively and a trophy, hamper and certificate each.
In the male category, the Keling Gawai Mukah 2011 title was won by Mcgyaiver Saong Bakar, 20 of Rumah Bakar, Sungai Badengan.
Mcgyaiver walked home with RM800, a trophy, a certificate and a one-night-stay at Kingwood Resort Mukah brochure.
In second place was Caniggia Kion Maxwell Embuar, 19 of Taman Li Hua Fasa 2 followed by Jhonny Tinggang, 22 of Kampung Tellian in third place.
Cannigia Kion received RM400 while Jhonny walked home with RM300. Each received a trophy, hamper and certificate.
Jabu gave away the prizes at the dinner.
Besides the Kumang and Keling contests, the audience of more than 1,000 were entertained by two popular and recording artists, James Ruai (Iban) and Claudia Geres (Bidayuh), and also local band Band D’Sago.
Source: The Borneo Post