Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Simoi, what have you done for the Sri Aman Malays???
by Sebanaku Sarawak
KUCHING: It is indeed very difficult for an female religious teacher, ustazah, to be an elected representative.
There are so many prohibitions which an ustazah has to observe.
However, she is lucky to be an elected representative in a multiracial state like Sarawak of which the religious tolerance is considered as very high.
Thus, her supporters from other religions have no problem to accept her as their leaders - or to be accurate as a person being chosen by the top leadership of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) to be their leader.
To the certain extent, YB Simoi Peri should be given a pat on her back for her 'openness' because it is not easy for an ustazah like her to be an elected representative for a constituency which has many non-Muslims.
However, in her eagerness to get the support from the non-Muslims, she has given an impression to her Muslim supporters that she is neglecting them.
She is said to give more of her time to the non-Muslim but not to the Muslim.
To make the matter worse, she is accused of applying a remote control management for the Muslim area - i.e. depending on her boys to look after the Malay area for her.
This has caused many of her Malay supporters to start making noises about her.
They want to talk to her - not to her boys.
The villagers want to hear her answers for their queiries and not the standard answer from their boys - i.e. "we will let YB know about this".
The Sri Aman Malays, especially those who are residing in the Sri Aman town, are worried with the influx of the Chinese who are buying the Malay lands like nobody business.
The Sri Aman Malays do not want Sri Aman to be another Sibu.
They want YB Simoi Peri to help them to address the matter.
It is not that they want YB Simoi Peri to buy all the available Malay lands in the area but at least she could sit down with the villagers to carry out a brainstorming session on how to address the matter.
As a matter of fact, she comes from one of the Malay villages in the Sri Aman town, and therefore it would not difficult for her to understand the local Malays' anxiety despite of the fact that she is now residing in Kuching.
And her 'I-don't-care' attitude towards the river erosion problem which is faced by the villagers who are residing along the river bank also contributes to the unhappiness among the local Malays towards her.
Because of the erosion, the edge of the riger is now getting closer to most of the houses - but she is doing nothing.
The matter has been highlighted to her boys but it seems that YB Simoi Peri does not see the problem as a major threat to the villagers.
Some of the voters are already putting the blame on YB Simoi Peri for not looking into the issue of compensation on lands taken by an oil plantation company.
Many of them had their lands, which they inherited from their ancestors, taken without getting fair compensation.
They want YB Simoi Peri to help them to fight for better compensation from the oil plantation company - but and again YB Simoi Peri is occupied with other issues.
There are talks that a former Sri Aman District Officer Drahman is to stand in the coming election on the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ticket.
Many Malay voters are pleased upon hearing this rumours because they know the former DO.
Drahman is considerably famous among the Malay voters because of his past service when he was attached with the Sri Aman District Office.
And there are also talks that PBB is trying to get Drahman not to contest in the state election to ensure that YB Simoi Peri would not lose in the election.
May be Drahman should strike a deal with PBB - get YB Simoi Peri to address all the problems which the Sri Aman Malays are facing now or he would stand under the PK ticket.
Some of her supporters tried to defend her by saying YB Simoi Peri is a new elected representative and therefore she could not be blamed for all the problems.
However, how many terms she has to be the elected representative before she could make an effort to address all the issues?
Does she need to be there for 20 years before she could start to do anything? Or only when Sri Aman town has become another Sibu town?
Being new elected representative is not a good excuse - in fact it should not be used as an excuse - because when the constituents voted for her, they expected her to tackle their problems 'now' and not only to start doing that in her second term as the elected representative.
Is she taking the Sri Aman Malays for a ride? Another 'clone' of Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar?
* Rohani picking on Julaihi & co
* Pas sokong Simoi