1st April 2009
4 MAFREL Alvin Morris, Desmond Peter, Rheena Sallang and David Barieng Jacques, together with 2 local observers Seli and Sawing went to Rumah Panjai Ruai Atas to attend Program Komuniti Belia Remaja (Y2Y) and Program Berambeh Bersama KPSU at Tuai Rumah Nessaw ak Budol. In attendance were Menteri Muda Pelancongan dan Hal Ehwal Belia, Tuan Haji Hamden Haji Ahmad, YB Mong Dagang replacing parliament member P.203 Lubok Antu, William Nyallau anak Badak.
MAFREL group arrived half an hour before the VIP’s and greeted them together with the longhouse folks. Tuan Haji Hamden Haji Ahmad arrived in government vehicle (Ford) QSG 3158. The are many other government vehicles used by the VIPs to the function. The plat numbers are QSG 2686 (Toyota Landcruiser), QSG 1530 (Isuzu), QSG 3376 belonging to Kementerian Belia dan Sukan.
There were 48 participants from Y2Y and approximately more than a hundred villagers present. There was a P.A system provided by Jabatan Penerangan. The Tuai Rumah spoke first urging villagers to vote for BN because they believe it will bring more money into the village because they need repair the longhouse. Next was YB Mong Dagang before Tuan Haji Hamden gave short speech about the benefits of Y2Y and emphasised on educating the younger generation as well as keeping them from getting involved in social ills. After the speeches, Tuan Haji Hamden handed out prizes to the winners and runners up for the karaoke competition held the night before.
RTM, the Police, Jabatan Penerangan as well as the bomba were present.
On the day before(31st March 2009) MAFREL members Henry Gerijih, Peter John, Rheena Sallang, Desmond Peter and Bernadette Stella were doing observation and taking pictures of posters and flags, in and around town as well as the BN operation room, and PKR operation room. Pictures were taken at both operation rooms. As for the BN operation room, MAFREL members managed to take pictures of government vehicles used by the workers. Then we moved downtown to Lubok Antu town and took pictures of government vehicles moving around in town.
Report from; Peter John Jaban’s team