Bidayuh putih tulang lagi. Through Richard Riot, the Bidayuh have been fooled again after being given another broken promise, another lie and another insult from the Barisan Nasional. Or was it Richard Riot own fancy to be in Cabinet ?
On Apr 17, 2008, Member of Parliament for Serian Datuk Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP elected representative) is very optimistic that a Bidayuh will be appointed to the federal cabinet. On Apr 19, 2008, the Prime Minister has decided on the last 3 Deputy Ministers. None of the new Deputy Ministers are Bidayuh.
Bidayuh has been taken for free ride. Immediately after PM announcement for new Cabinet ministers line-up, Richard Riot disappeared and left the country. It was speculated that he may party-hop to another party after being disappointed that he was not in the list. SUPP has promised him a position in the Cabinet. Unfortunately, PM also down-size his Cabinet with fewer ministers. However, Richard Riot has a changed of heart and came back to Malaysia and re-pledge his undying loyalty to PM and the Barisan Nasional.
Some may question if it is relevant to have a Bidayuh representative in the administration of the government. Well, it is relevant if the Malays also whined that they need to uphold their rights and privileges. If the Malays want to uphold their rights and privileges, who is going to protect the Bidayuh rights (or the rights of other minority race) ? No body else other than the Bidayuh themselves.
Richard Riot has ruffle PM's feather by making a show to do party hopping, SUPP then panic and announce another promise package for Riot, Riot re-pledge his loyalty to PM, George Chan, and Taib and as reward, get the Bidayuh being fooled again. This just add to the list of Dayak delima.
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Extracted from: thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/19/nation/21002348&sec=nation (Apr 19, 2008)
Deputy ministers chosen
PUTRAJAYA: Pahang assemblyman and executive council member Datuk Maznah Mazlan has been appointed the new Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Maznah, who currently holds the state seat of Muadzam Shah, will be sworn in as senator soon.
“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has consented to the appointment of Datuk Maznah. She will be sworn in as senator in a ceremony scheduled soon,” said the statement.
Maznah, who was recently appointed to helm the portfolios of Women, Family and Community Development Committee and the Tourism, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee in Pahang, replaces former deputy minister Sabahan Datuk Ghapur Salleh.
Other appointments are Kudah MP Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri as the new Deputy Foreign Minister and Beaufort MP Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin as the Deputy Transport Minister.
“The appointments of these deputy ministers will take effect from the date they are sworn in and take the oath of secrecy in front of the King at 4.30pm next Wednesday in Istana Negara,” the statement said.
Lajim used to be the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister.
Abd Rahim takes over from Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar while Lajim replaces Datuk Anifah Aman.
Both Tengku Azlan and Anifah rejected the posts when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced the Cabinet on March 18. Ghapur announced his resignation eight days later.
Extracted from: theborneopost.com/?p=34117 (Apr 17, 2008)
Riot: Bidayuh rep likely to be in cabinet post
By Jacob Achoi
KUCHING: Member of Parliament for Serian Datuk Richard Riot Jaem is very optimistic that a Bidayuh will be appointed to the federal cabinet.
RIOT: I believe the Prime Minister will accommodate a representative from the Bidayuh community in the cabinet.
He said the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a recent Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting had said he wanted all communities to be represented in the cabinet.
“Although, it may not be very soon, I believe that the Prime Minister will accommodate a representative from the Bidayuh community in the cabinet,” Riot told reporters yesterday after receiving sponsored jerseys for the Under 16 School Development Football League from Lea Sports Centre at the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) secretariat.
Riot, who is FAS deputy president, was coy when asked by reporters whether he was among the names shortlisted for the post merely answering: “I reserve my comment”.
He however said he would not push the Prime Minister to appoint a Bidayuh elected representative to a cabinet post.
Besides Riot, the other Bidayuh MPs are Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit (Mambong) and Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading).
Dr Tiki served as Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, but was dropped from the post when Prime Minister announced the cabinet line-up last month.
The five-term Serian MP also pointed out that he was always happy despite reports that he was quitting Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), a component BN party.