The Prime Minister is going to visit Song and Kapit districts on March 27, 2016. Both Song and Kapit districts are predominantly Iban districts, but I don’t think, for a moment, that the Prime Minister is visiting the two districts for the purpose of looking for an Iban wife.
There is no doubt that the Prime Minister will see a lot of Iban women in Song and Kapit, but he will treat them as the potential voters for the BN, other than as anything else.
As for the Iban women, either they are in Song or in Kapit or elsewhere in Sarawak, and for the Iban community at large, nothing will make them to trust the Prime Minister more than his policy initiatives that could help to raise the standards of living of their families and loved ones.
The women are often at the periphery of things, and as for the Iban women, they are even more at the periphery, as they live in the districts which lie in the periphery.
Far away from the centre
Both Song and Kapit are far away from the centre, and it is highly commendable that the Prime Minister is coming to visit these two remote districts.
From past experiences, we know that, in the rural areas of Sarawak, things will stand still when eminent people such as the Prime Minister come to visit. The people will stop all their activities. They will not go to their farms or to tap rubber.
On the day of the visit, thousands of man-hours of the people in Song and Kapit will be wasted, as they participate in the welcoming ceremony for the Prime Minister and his entourage.
How is the Prime Minister going to compensate them for this? What will he give them in return for their support, respect, hospitality, time and energy?
If the people were to be asked to make a choice between welcoming the Prime Minister and going to the farm, the majority of the people would choose the former.
Want to impress upon the Prime Minister
The people want to impress upon the Prime Minister that they are there for him, but they also want to know if he is there for them.
The people in the two districts must have entertained the thought that they are the luckiest people in Sarawak come this Sunday.
They know that it is during the election seasons that the politicians are the most generous, the most kind, the most humble, the most voter-friendly, and the most responsive.
The most generous
This is also the time when the federal government is the most generous too, and where all systems go. Projects are approved on the spot, and don’t have to go through the various levels of the civil service hierarchy for project endorsement and approval.
The people are expecting the Prime Minister to announce new projects rather than the already approved 11th Malaysia Plan projects or the 10th Malaysia Plan projects that have not been implemented yet.
What kinds of projects, promises or pledges, the Prime Minister is going to announce for the people in Song and Kapit?
Will the size of his promise depend on the size of the crowd that is coming to welcome him?
The lucky districts this time are the Song and the Kapit districts. The Prime Minister or his deputy cannot visit all the districts in one campaign period. What will happen to these ‘unlucky’ districts? Are they going to be put on the sidelines?
Politics like many things in life is a game of numbers. As in many games, the one with the biggest number will be declared the winner.
Are some districts going to be sidelined because there are not important in the scheme of things for the BN?
Some districts very luck
Some districts or constituencies are very lucky as they are visited by the federal leaders all the time, while some constituencies are only visited by them once in a blue moon.
Is this how the government prioritised its policy initiatives, its project implementation, and its use of public money?
We know that many politicians ignore certain areas in their constituencies because a sizeable number of people there are hostile to him and his interests or are not as friendly to him as the other people in other areas.
These areas are often neglected, forgotten, despised, and as a consequence, become the most underdeveloped areas in the constituencies.
It is very important that, in a mixed-constituency, for example, where the elected member comes from the majority ethnic group in the constituency, this kind of policy should not be practised by the individual politicians or by their political party, even though they know that the votes from the other ethnic groups are not crucial in ensuring them the election victory.
Every Malaysian, every ethnic group, every state, and every region, every district is equally important, and therefore should be given due considerations in the government priority setting. – Sarawakvoice.com