“PBDS Baru”

Dr John Brian Anthony wrote a letter to Malaysiakini http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/85039 to inform us the reasons why ,”Dayaks may have to set up their own party?” I received a number of emails and calls from various dayak leaders specially in my article”milking the cow” when I included in the lists of eight reasons especially (no.2) why history will record SAPP’s daring act. In Dr John’s letter he has something similar that “they are more like political cowards with loyalty to their self-interests only”

Why has this suddenly happened in the political landscape of Sarawak? Could it be just the merged entity of SPDP-PRS? Obviously not but, Sarawak BN chairman and CM Taib Mahmud who  spoke of the possibility of a merged PRS-SPDP entity one day “joining” Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), of which he is the president. A member of the component party said very bluntly,”What CM says you have to read in between the lines,meaning he is against a merged entity as he still wants to practise the divide and rule policy.”   

A keen observer who send us a letter since Taib has expressed the wish for the two parties after their merger to  join his party PBB, why not adopt a short-cut measure and invite the YBs and members of the two parties SPDP and PRS) join PBB straight away. Was Taib really serious? Or was he being influenced by other events such as the political tsunami after the March 2008 elections, the expansion of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to Sarawak or the promises made by PKR and DAP for a Dayak to be made the chief minister of Sarawak?

However, the past few days there has been calls by members of the BN coalition coming up to echo the CMs call for a merged entity amongst who were the father and son “team” of Donald and Snowdon Lawan. Donald a local entrepreneur and a former YB for Bukit Begunan he said it is high time for the Bumiputras to unite under one political party. Snowdon currently assemblymen for Balai Ringin meanwhile said that he shares his father’s view but he added that the whole idea is to remain relevant to represent the people. One might argue these are just their personal views in support of Taib while the other dayaks beg to differ.

It must be noted that both Presidents of PRS and SPDP are supportive of joining PBB one day but there are just a “hint of cold feet.” Besides that many Chinese and Indian politicians within the ranks of both parties are upset and unhappy with the statement of CM. Everyone knows that Multi-racialism is the way forward and that racial parties should be phased out which is in keeping with the trends in Malaysia like Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

These are some other interesting points put forward by Dr.John and they include 

  1. Some promoters of the Malaysian Dayak Congress Party have joined PKR. This is due to necessity, not choice. ( MDC unable to be registered)
  2. The current Dayak-based party working within BN is filled with well-fed representatives with comfortable lives.( They rather keep quiet as being too vocal they might jeorpadise their positions.Rule of the thumb)
  3.  The parties which claim to represent the Dayaks are too mindful of hurting the feelings of other races while other race-based parties champion their own race agenda (MCA and MIC)
  4. The preservation and development of the Dayak language and culture has to be prioritised
  5. Dayak participation in the civil service has to be increased and they should be able to occupy top positions. A Dayak should have equal chance of becoming chief minister ( When was the last Dayak CM..? )   

Are this enough for a basis for a new party. PRS faction leaders came up with a new entity when they were engaged in infighting. The name,”GOLD- Gegasan Organisasi Landasan Dayak.” It has not seen the light of day just yet. “MDC-Malaysian Dayak Congress.” ROS has delayed its registration for various reasons. So what about Parti Bangsa Baru Sarawak(Baru) like UMNO (Baru).

There are calls by the dayak community for the government to look into the “real” plight of the people or the dayaks will pursue their own political party which is according to Dr. John a Dayak party that truly serves the Dayak community. All is not well on the ground and there are a lot of unhappiness amongst the dayak community. Will it happen………?

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“It hasn’t stop yet.Penang and Bakun.Next.?

It seems that our Government under PM Abdullah is going through a really HOT and  shaky ride. I want to keep track but it has been more than 100 days after the General Elections things should have stabilised. We have had the rice dilemma, Mahathir leaving UMNO, Tengku Razaleigh’s challenge to PM, fuel price hike, 129 BN to 78 Pakatan in Parliament, SAPP threat of no confidence vote against the PM, Altantuya denials and to cap it up the press and media boycotting the Parliament’s lobby in protest of a new ruling. There are others though….but hope we don’t get fried by then…

Malaysiakini reported today that the government is postponing two major projects in Penang – the RM2 billion monorail and RM1.5 billion Penang Outer Ring Road (Porr) and this can be read in details at :-http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85072 .

Not to be outdone Sime Darby drops costly Bakun Project. Why..? It will not take an equity stake in the controversial Bakun hydro-electric dam project as the board is of the view that the project economics do not fit in with their business strategy.

Sime Darby’s group chief executive Ahmad Zubir Murshid said “We are withdrawing our proposal to take up an equity interest in the project but will continue in our role as a contractor to complete the construction of the dam.”He went on to say that Sime Darby will not participate in the costly plan to supply energy from the Bakun dam through undersea cables to peninsular Malaysia.

Sime Darby leads a consortium in the construction of the six billion ringgit (1.8 billion dollars) project in the eastern Sarawak state on Borneo island. The 2,400 megawatt dam was approved in 1993 and is expected to be completed in 2010. Mahathir was quoted back then as saying,”Bakun will not only provide the cheapest source of energy,but will also serve as a catalyst for the country’s industrialisation programme.”

Its 3 months before September 16th for Pakatan to fulfill its takeover bid date and 5 and half months before UMNO General Assembly. Will Pak Lah and BN be able to sustain an avalanche of more dramatic events in the coming months. So far he is able to fend off all attacks and BN is holding up well. Next please…

PBS betrays SAPP for MCA..Where is UPKO.?

Payback time..!! Though its 14 years later after the PBS fiasco where Yong left to form SAPP Pairin, today was ready to thrust the sword back at Yong. Tony Thien Sarawak and Sabah Malaysiakini correspondent files this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85010 ” Pairin Kitingan has moved a motion for Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) to be expelled from Barisan Nasional during the ruling coalition’s management committee meeting yesterday.”

Whats more it was reliably told to us that VK Liew (President of LDP) had a hand on the sword when he seconded the motion. DPM Najib who chaired yesterdays meeting was not forthcoming in his interview with the media on the actions taken but most would agree that a show-cause letter is likely to precede for the expulsion of Sapp.

Where was UPKO….? Interests generated and gossips gathered momentum in the “Land below the Wind”. However it is not known whether the party, which is led by Minister in the PM’s Department Bernard Dompok, was invited to the meeting or whether it had chosen to stay away. Our correspondent Bugi Wijaya was quick to point out that though the fuel rumours hit Sabah yesterday the sentiments of the people is,”I can bear without fuel for 3 days but I cannot bear for not voting against the BN.”

UPKO has been quietly supporting SAPPs motion as it is known that their grassroots have voiced out openly that it takes a non KDM person to voice SAbah’s unhappiness and where are our leaders like Dompok? The people of Sabah are happy for SAPP but they seems to be unhappiness with MCA jostling for higher positions in the State Adminstration. Meanwhile,Gerakan Sabah has also issued a statement to ask SAPPs to withdraw the threat of motion of no confidence vote against PM. Why the sudden upsurge of support to the Sabah State BN?

It must be the anticipated expulsion of SAPP from BN. The lobbying for the “to be vacant positions previously held by SAPP” has indeed intensified. It has been speculated that MCA sole representative for Sabah Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai the current assistant minister to the Chief Minister cum assemblyman for Kepayan will be the ideal choice to replace Tan in his ministerial post.

The presence of Khoo’s Kepayan constituency People Development Leader Lu Yan Tong MCA (front dark blue with yellow sleeve tshirt) at a Sepanggar BN protest over their MP Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun’s support for the no-confidence motion against the PM shows the close relationship between UMNO and MCA.

Why has PBS and LDP betrayed SAPP too? It is most likely LDP will get a Assistant Minister’s post replacing YB Melanie Chia Chui Ket of SAPP. However, the real kingmaker Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will most probably be the first to stake their claim on whatever positions they want before the others.

On this note, Bugi Wijaya says the mosquito party will moved from the bungalow to be a squatter unless they are welcomed into a terrace house. Well, that’s the price to be paid and in politics only the strong will survive. There is more excitement to come from Sabah and we are waiting for the ACA to move in on Yong. According to a party member as we await the GUILLOTINE , SAPP has moved its machinery towards the interior in the meet the people sessions and they have had big crowds attending their functions.