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Friday, September 12, 2008

"Blur and Unaware" State Secretary

SS not aware of sacking of headmen
The Borneo Post Press

KUCHING: State Secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot said yesterday he was unaware that seven village chiefs from the Bidayuh community in Bau-Lundu area had been sacked effective July 31.

“I’ve never heard about it. This is the first time that I’ve heard about it,” he told reporters here when asked to comment on the news that was reported in an Internet portal.

He said because he had no knowledge of the alleged sacking, he could not comment on the matter.

The Internet report claimed that the village chiefs’ services were terminated because they supported the opposition during the March 8 parliamentary election.

“They were all shocked to receive the letters terminating their services,” opposition State Reform Party (Star) president Dr Patau Rubis was quoted as saying.

The report also quoted Dr Patau as saying that three of the ‘ketua kaum’ or community leaders had approached him for advice and he had writtento Baya to inform him that the termination was wrongful.

Earlier, Baya who is the Sarawak Government Services Welfare and Recreational Council or Maksak chairman handed over packets of rice and ‘duit raya’ to 80 needy and elderly people to ease their financial burden during the Ramadan month and coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
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