Blog reader Mary, who says she was one of the victims of the resettlement in Sungai Asap, shares with us the plight of those displaced in Sarawak. Much of what she says ties in with what NGO activists have reported in the past. I reproduce her comments verbatim:
I am one of the victim that had been replaced in the new place (Sg Asap). I was still small that time which i don’t understant what really going on. My dad agree and my mum disagree made them fight like hell over it and made them splits. So, my dad follow those people who moved and my mum join the rest not to move and fight for more benefits. I really don’t understand the situation, most of people seems to get so excited to move. Now…. I must say that my mum were right!! Sg Asap’s villagers start to complains over a lot of things (Basic Needs) and my mum in the old place has no problem with anything.
Sungai Asap; Don’t like that place! People get even more suffer in getting food sources (everything is money) compared to our old place… Food are easy to get freely (from river, forest = natural food). Aware with kampung people who used to pactice simple life and does not have job affected them cruely. Compensation money (Not that much) is not last longer in their bank account because they spends it without earning. Water and electricity bills got to pay even burden kampung people who doesn’t have any job. I was thinking we should get everything free… We deserve a better life!! After all, we had sacrifice given out our land for what they used to say, so called DEVELOPMENT… Government use to promise us a lot of things that blinded our people and now most of them not come true;
1) Good Compensation = What we get still not enough if count per head in a family.
2) Free electricity & clean water = Those bills at our door every month.
3) Free houses (Long house)= They had deducted our compensation for the house! Plus +++ The Long House quality is suck!!