Thursday, 24th June 2010
Acting on a report published in Borneo Post yesterday, Wednesday, 23rd June 2010 about a new requirements for a supply of school ration for Jan 2011 to Dec 2012, Remaung6Renjer conducted a check with MOE website. It was found that the clause Makanan Bermasak Islam (Muslim cooked Food) was included in the tender document. With that the grievance of the three Iban contractors, namely Kilau, Gira and Empati yesterday was true.
MOE Tender Advertisement which indicated about the Masakan Makanan Islam as the requirement to enter the tender....Just imagined what will happen to the Iban entrepreneurs? NGILING TIKAI!
The government particularly the Ministry of Education must look into this matter thoroughly. The sensitivity of the other races especially the non-muslim must be also considered. We understood that the requirements were set by the MOE officers who are mostly from the peninsular Malaysia and whose understanding and knowledge about Sarawak are very minimum but the mistake can be avoided if the MOE officer from Sarawak is consulted before included the requirements.
With this new tender requirements most if not all of the Iban contractors will lose their businesses.
The new ruling is not applicable in Kapit (schools without muslim students) and in particular unfriendly to Iban or other indigenous Bumiputera Contractors who are non-muslims. Moreever, this is not in the policy of 1Malaysia as advocated by Prime Datuk Seri najib Tun Razak. This is contrary to the government policy of fair distribution of business opportunities to all. According to the new ruling, we, the bumiputera Iban's entrepreneurs, are barred from the department's tender. said the three of them in highlighted their grievances.
As of today, none of the dayak leaders be it from Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), came forward to handle their grievances. Even Jabu and Masing the most "bad mouth" Iban leader , also remained quiet about the issue.
We hope that the grievances of the non-muslims bumiputera entrepreneurs relating to the food tender is well looking at by the MOE.
AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN