By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Aug 14: The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia has reverted the Iban WaiFM to its original programming.
The good news was revealed by Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Ali Biju today.
“I have just received a letter from the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“The Minister acknowledged receipt of my letter dated yesterday regarding the urgent issues of reprogramming at WaiFM and referred to our productive discussion.
“The Minister in his letter informed me that he has instructed RTM Malaysia to immediately revert to the original programming at WaiFM.
“And I have been informed that as of today, WaiFM has reverted to the original programming. This is indeed good news for the listeners, especially for those living in the interior of Sarawak,” said Ali in a statement issued here today.
A such, he thanked Saifuddin for taking swift and decisive action to resolve the matter immediately.
“I will continue to do my best to bridge Sarawak issues with the Federal Government in my capacity as a Deputy Minister at the Federal level under the premiership of YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” added Ali, who is also Saratok MP.
When contacted, Sadia-Rajang’s chairman Bill Jugah expressed his appreciation to the government for acting promptly in the interest of the common people.
He also cautioned any state-owned body or government-linked companies to adhere to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to embarking on any course of action that may cause an effect to the population, be it detrimental or otherwise.
“A true government is to serve the people. If the people feel burdened or disadvantaged by the government, then the people have an inherent right to express their displeasure without fear or favour in order to set things right,” said Bill.
The issue surfaced when Sadia Rajang deputy chairman Tuah Lumpoh and Bill highlighted the matter to DayakDaily last Monday.—DayakDaily