I was told that this was an annual subsidy given by the government to all kampong people in the Serian District, but, why these poor kampong people had to suffer because of this? I wrote a letter to the Serian Agriculture Officer, who later on phoned and gave me assurance that the subsidies will be released soon. I shall monitor this matter, but, the damage had already been done, because, this time they will go all out to help the Opposition win the next election. They told me that they had suffered far too long and felt cheated in the hands of the BN and no BN people had bothered to reseal the road that led to their kampong for the past many years.
BN government and the people in authority may need to be cautious in any discrimination implementation of policies and exercise of power. These subsidies may not be much, but, it meant a lot to the poor people in the kampong. If they are not happy, this may escalate into serious security problem. Now, rice is very expensive and coupled with the recent increase in petrol and diesel, people in the kampong hardly earn enough to eat and by depriving these subsidies, I am afraid that this could bring many serious security problem in Serian District. There will be an increase in crime and people may go to the streets to show their anger when subsidies are not forthcoming! I hope the Serian Agriculture Officer will see this problem be solved soon before it would be too late with kampong people assembling with banners and making noises infront of his office.
Such discrimination should be stopped and the BN government should not forget what had happened to Tambunan in Sabah many years ago when the Sabah BN government withdrew all development projects in Tambunan just before the election. It caused the downfall of the state government.
The Lunas by-election some years ago should also be fresh in our mind. It was said that many roads in the Lunas constituency had been neglected by the BN government, but, when a stiff challenge was made by PKR and the Opposition, PKR won the by-election because one of the issues was the neglect by the BN government of the infrastructures in the constituency.
Likewise in Batu Lintang, when just before an election in 2004, the authorities when trying to please the voters of Batu Lintang resealed the roads of the housing estate where my house was, but, the resealing of the said road stopped just infront of my house. They skipped the resealing of the road, but, chose to continue, the resealing of the end part of the road only, thus, leaving the unsealed part of the road an uneven gap. Maybe, the BN people just wanted to teach me a lesson because I was an Opposition man. I just kept quiet and did not complain, but, the motorists grumbled! This was because not only was this discriminatory, but, they disliked the bumpy road and potholes on the road which the authorities had refused to repair and reseal. I guess their grumble was later on turned into votes for me in Batu Lintang and this was how Batu Lintang fell to the DAP in May 2006 state election! My votes in that area and in Sg. Maong increased tremendously.
BN government can go on to discriminate people, but, people are no more stupid!