1) TWO TUAI RUMAH, SARAWAK DISAGREES
Sarawak will not agree with the Pakatan Harapan government to have two longhouse headmen to govern a longhouse.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said the standard procedure for appointing community leaders had been practiced for many years.
In the case of the Iban community, it was clear that a Tuai Rumah is chosen by their respective leaders before their appointments were approved by the government.
The same goes for the Orang Ulu community but the selection of their community leaders is based on their own social norms.
He added that Pakatan Harapan’s actions seem to reflect their ignorance of the social and cultural structure of the people in Sarawak.
2) SOULS PROGRAM SHOULD BE CONTINUED THROUGHOUT SARAWAK
The Sarawak Youth Leaders SOULS program should continue throughout Sarawak to prepare youths to master leadership skills especially in the era of the digital economy and 4.0 revolution.
Sarawak Minister of Urban Planning, Land and Environment Administration, Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh said he fully supports the SOULS program being held throughout Sarawak.
In this regard, he who is the chairman of the Sarawak Bumiputera Child Opportunities Fund (TEGAS), adding that during the SOULS program, several members have succeeded and held positions such as the President of the Sarawak Dayak Graduate Association (SDGA), Deputy President of the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU). Members of the Malaysian Youth Parliament (APMB) are also involved in the Asia World Model United Nations (AWMNU).
He said this at the closing and certificate-handing ceremony of the SOULS Go-Gatter Bootcamp in Kuching.
The program, jointly organized by Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), is a proactive step in providing human capital in line with the establishment of the Digital Innovation Hub. 44 students from Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning were honored and selected by Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh.
3) API READING DECLINING
The Sarawak Air Pollution Index (API) recorded a decline in some unhealthy and very unhealthy areas as of noon today.
According to Ismail Mahedin, Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) secretary, three areas were still in the very unhealthy category, followed by seven in unhealthy category and three in moderate category.
The three areas of the very unhealthy category, Kuching and Samarahan recorded decreases with 241 and 213 respectively while Sri Aman registered 220.
The seven unhealthy areas included Sarikei (155), Sibu (137), Bintulu (149), Mukah (133), ILP Miri (125), Miri (126) while Samalaju area increased with a recorded 132.
The three areas in medium category, S. K Baram recorded 100, followed by Kapit and Limbang, with 97 and 93 respectively.
Meanwhile, sources from the Sarawak Department of Environment also noted that Sarawak and Brunei did not have hot spots, while the number of hotspots in Kalimantan and Sumatra amounted to 450.