Sarawak’s Land Development Minister James Masing has been surprisingly interviewed by Radio Free Sarawak, a new and mysterious station that has emerged.
In the interview, Masing, a senior figure in the BN state government led by Taib Mahmud, says again that the recent log-jam along the Rajang River was a man-made disaster. He points out that the timber companies and the relevant government departments (for their lack of enforcement) are to blame.
The station transmits on the short-wave frequency for one hour a day.
“The Ibans are angry,” admits Masing. “I hope it’s a wake-up call.”
The anger, he adds, was legitimate. “Whether that anger will be translated to a change of government, that I cannot say. At the moment, it’s still manageable.”
He claims that democracy will arrive when the elections come. This reflects the BN mentality that democracy is only a once-in-five-years affair rather than an ongoing process involving the public participation and democratic decision-making.
You can listen to the full interview at the station’s website here.