PBDSB Youth challenges Naroden to make public his assets

PBDSB Youth Chief Rapelson Richard Hamit

GEDONG, June 14: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) Youth today challenges Assistant Minister of E-Commerce Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais to declare his assets to the public, Inland Revenue Department and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Its chief, Rapelson Richard Hamit, said it was not sufficient to just declare his assets to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“He (Naroden) should declare his assets to the public, the Inland Revenue Department and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). If he just declares it to the chief minister alone, it’s just like (former Deputy Prime Datuk Seri Minister Ahmad) Zahid Hamidi reporting to (former Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak previously.”

In a statement, Rapelson also wanted Naroden to answer all queries pertaining to land-scandal allegations made against him.

“The public have the right to know,” said Rapelson, who claimed that Naroden’s party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), seemed more focussed on playing politics than tackling important matters, such as native customary rights (NCR) land issues.

Rapelson said this in response to Naroden’s recent statement that he had declared his assets to Abang Johari.

Rapelson also challenged Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing to declare their assets as such an “integrity and transparent” initiative would please Sarawakians.

On Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), he said he believed PBDSB had no interest in joining this new local alliance.

“As far as I am concerned, we (PBDSB) have no interest in joining Gabungan Parti Sarawak. We are firm with our decision to stay neutral. To me, metaphorically, it is just old wine being poured into a new bottle.”

Rapelson said PBDSB would continue to prod the federal government and Sarawak government to recognise the existence of the Dayak community, where ‘Lain-lain’ should be replaced with ‘Dayak’ in official forms.

He also called for the upgrading of the Native Court to be on par with the Syariah Court and the High Court and for the government to recognise “Pemakai Menua” and “Pulau Galau” as NCR land.

Turning to the federal government, he hoped it could restore Sarawak’s status as a sovereign territory, proclaim Sarawak as the rightful owner of all its oil resources, and continue to uphold religious freedom. — DayakDaily