KUCHING: Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom defended Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang against a blog and news portal’s unfair perception on the latter’s tone and body language at the just concluded Forum Jaku Iban 2011 (FJI 2011) here.
Mawan who is the Patron of the FJI 2011 said the blog and news portal were not correct to state that Jabu condemned and slammed the organisers or event managers when delivering his closing speech on Sept 17 2011 at Hotel Four Points By Sheraton.
By any standard FJI 2011 event was successfully managed, he said in his press statement delivered to press yesterday.
“Even so they must by all mean read the other side of the coin. Jabu donated RM10,000 and even advised the organisers or event managers to register their team with Registrar (of Society) and study the Iban alphabet.
I was told that the committee took the advices positively and constructively and intend to start Iban alphabet training centre here,” he said.
These are constructive advices and Jabu stated them passionately at the end of his closing speech, said Mawan who is Social Development and Urbanisation.
To the anti-government bloggers and news portal, Mawan said: “We must accept each other and let us not bring political differences to the forum talking about a very important subject – the Iban identity.”
Mawan was referring to the Iban Alphabet founded by the late Dunging Gunggu from 1947 to 1962 when he revised it. The alphabet is now developed by Assoc Prof Dr Bromeley Philip of UiTM Sarawak in computerised fonts.
Mawan reiterated that all Iban must accept each other when it comes to their identity, especially through language and the latest, ethnic or Iban alphabet.
“As the patron of the Iban language forum, I accept all responsibility and will also try to accommodate everybody. The forum is not the end of the matter and we must not look back and try to tussle each other that may slows down the process of establishing our own identity,” he said.
Bromeley, FJI 2011 Chairman of Papers Presentation, said he will start a class with Jabu’s first RM10,000 donation.
The committee members who will be his first few students will not be charged fee but still have to buy the software at discounted rate. Others may be charged fee.
Channel 180 Astro or TVi ‘Sitok Kamek’ will broadcast Bromeley’s interview on his alphabet system and the just concluded Iban forum at 6pm today (Saturday). He said this at a FJI 2011 committee post mortem meeting at Hotel Four Points By Sheraton here.
The above story will appear in The Borneo Post tomorrow (23 September).
Foot note: The Broken Shield stand by its news story, as the whole of Jabu’s speech which lasted one hour and four minutes.
The Broken Shield is given to understand by a reporter that two days ago, the organisers of Forum Jaku Iban were summoned to Jabu’s office asking them to defend him that the whole criticisms labelled by him against the organisers were not true.
But the organisers replied that they could not do that and suggested William Mawan Ikom, the patron of the forum and minister of social development and urbanisation to defend him.
Mawan was contacted and agreed to defend Jabu.
A statement was drafted and passed to him, and later distributed to the Press including the Broken Shield.
Please don’t try to dig a hole to cover another hole.
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