Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang yesterday took a swipe at two Dayak Iban associations for criticizing Salcra’s efforts to bring development to the communities in Sarawak.

“I’m very sad to say the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) and Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) are not giving any word of praises for Salcra’s success despite the fact that majority of its participants were from the Iban communities,” said Jabu who is also Salcra chairman.

Instead of commending and thanking Salcra for its efforts he said, Sadia had tried to disparage them by including representatives from the opposition and non-governmental organizations during their recent meeting.

“They made an appointment with Salcra for a briefing and I agreed. When the appointment date came, they brought three opposition representatives, five NGOs representatives (from India, Thailand and Europe) and two unknown persons,” he said.

This is regrettable, he said since the state government had acknowledged Salcra’s successes in implementing poverty eradication projects in the state.

On the other hand Jabu commended the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) who had been quick in praising Salcra and the state government for their efforts.

For their support, he said Salcra recently donated a few thousand to the association and had pledged its commitment to help the Bidayuh communities that were affected by the Bengoh Dam construction.

Salcra has been actively involved in various poverty eradication efforts among the rural communities – including a land development scheme in Tunoh Kapit.

The state statutory body also involved in the resettlement of Penan communities in Murum area to Sungai Penyuan near Belaga to make way for the Murum hydro power dam.

*Reporting by Anthony Joseph (BP) from Miri and edited for publication in Bintulu.Org