*** Breaking News.. 6.45 pm *** ..Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting won’t be defending his MCA president’s post in the coming party elections. Ka Ting made the annoucement just an hour ago. His deputy, Chan Kong Choy, is also expected to make a similar announcement soon. It’s getting Interesting don’t you think..?
Chan Kok Leong, correspondent writes in Malaysiakini that Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) earned themselves another 30 days before action is taken against them for its rebellion. The full text :- http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85141.
Updated news from SABAH by Bugi, Todays function at Dewan Komuniti Kg. Unggun Jaya Menggatal was attended by over 350 members despite the strong Police Presence and also car boot checks. At Kampung Bantayan the crowd of 150 mostly Kadazandusuns filled the small balai raya. SAPP President Yong explain to the supporters and gave the reasons for their actions.
Three very strong statements can be derived from todays “meet the peoples session”
- Yong told the crowd that PM even asked him ,”Why so many people don’t like Musa (referring to SABAH CM) however Yong did not answer as he knows its PM who appointed Musa. In this respect he said that the people of Sabah should be allowed to elect their own leaders instead of being appointed or selected by KL.
- Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun refuted the claims that he pre-signed an empty letter on showing his lost of confidence on PM. He went on and stated,” I have written it and signed it myself before I left for my overses trip.
- He also touched strongly on the illegal immigrants issue and he told those present that he received threatening sms and one of the many includes,”Jangan kamu cabar suku kaum”
Meanwhile an SC member said that the party will give them the reasons and reply to BN when we receive the show-cause letter. In another related story it is without a question of a doubt that an Assistant Minister in Sarawak will know his fate at the upcoming SC meeting. Why related…..read on…!!!
Saturday July 5th would be the day Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President James Masing wields his full power. It has been a long time coming says PRS members from Masings camp.
Times have moved on. It is Masings move now. He will listen ( hmmm.. ) to his Supreme Council and receive feedbacks from the ground on what actions to be taken against Larry Sng(Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office.) Will this cause more headaches for CM..? PRS has 6 Members of Parliament and 8 Assemblymen and membership strength stands at 37618.
Timely huh! Larry will not be back from his overseas vacation till the 7th of July. What will be the action..? Showcause letter like what SAPP receive from BN? This will not be the first time as during the “war” amongst the factions showcause letters were “thrown” at each other asking for explanations and worst still they have to come and defend themselves before the Supreme Council. Ridiculous!! I still maintain that during times of war there should not be tribunals or courts set up for the purpose of passing sentences.
PRS Constitution Article V will be used and in it there are many provisions which allows for the expulsion of Larry. Masing has moved up a gear as there has been too much talk of a merger and he will try to use this as a bargaining tool against the wishes of the CM. The ROS has not given a written reply to the party headquarters and the general concensus is that many in the “Law fraternity are in agreement that the ROS letter to PRS has been widely interpreted to mean in effect the party’s supreme council with Masing as president prior to the sacking of the six SC members has reverted to status quo.”
- A written letter from ROS who is the “Legal President of PRS”.
- In respect of a confirmation from the Registrar of Societies on 7th September 2006 of YB Datuk Sri James Jemut Masings violation of Article VIII(15) (b) of the constitution of PRS.
When we were in Form three during our first term exams in our Junior Cambridge Year as students we did not take into account much of the 1st terms results. I for one being the “extreme one” felt unmoved when the principal read the results out in front of the class. LAST… in Class! Oh my God! Cannot be.., exclaimed my classmates..! To top it up this was the year before I sat for my Junior Cambridge. If I don’t pass I will not be in Fourth Year and all my parents dreams will perished.
Was it a dare..? Have I cracked up from too much expectations..? I planned,worked it well in a way it was to tell my parents don’t expect too much from your son. No.1 or No.2 was my own mark set and if I was placed No.3 I would go to my room and cry. That is pushing the limits but if I had not done that or for that matter my parents were not strict and send me out to live with my uncle I would not have today. The rests is history and I passed with flying colours. I thank them for that though it was a bit “extreme” at that time. Students don’t try it hehe.
When Baradan Kuppusamy wrote “Opposition pledges yet to be fulfilled” In Malaysiakini I said to myself that is only 100 out of a possible 1825 days. In football it’s just the first 5 minutes and there are 85 minutes still to go in regulation time. The full text:- http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85158 .
Yes, we know the people have given Pakatan Government the mandate to rule in 5 states and Anwar’s 82 to play the credible opposition in Parliament. We also know that there are pledges to be fulfilled as published and handed out to the rakyat in the election manifestos. We also know that the people who voted them in are saying,”They are the government now and they have to deliver.”
To me though its just 100 out of 1825 days available and also always remember “Rome was not built in a day” I will give them a chance but will you as VOTERS who voted them in, give them that benefit. I’m also not suggesting that you all voted for the opposition just to change the government. Protest Votes or call what you want,don’t cry over spilled milk. In Penang,Kedah,Selangor,Perak and Kelantan the government is Pakatan led while the BN is the opposition. Its reverse in the other BN led government states.
Our economy has suffered and prices have sky rocketed and we should above all be blaming the rogues and speculators of the oil industry. Economist should be able to tell you what is this about the meadowland,scrub and grassland. The profiteering of the oil by the middlemen has shaken the very institution of the commercial world. The speculative scarcity of oil has pushed it well over the limits.
So Malaysians we have to be fair to all whether its Pakatan or BN. Our legislators are doing their utmost in these challenging times for Malaysians. Former Selangor MB Khir Toyo only gave ” 3 out 10″ thats just a bit below the belt. Short but Extra Sweet Today from me Bagi Chance Lah!
I would like to reiterate that the PM knows what he is doing. This morning in our monthly PRS divisional breakfast gathering in a members “kopitiam of course“ the (35 out of 44) wanita wing and youth wing members had this to say to the PM.
140 to 82 “Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban” which means “If I still live I’ll fight” Why.? Malaysiakini article,”Federal gov’t shows who is boss” http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85150 is indeed timely and appropriate as the 5% oil royalty for Sarawak was mentioned besides the Penang Monorail and PORR which was shelved.
In our kopitaim talks members brought up and discussed on a wide range of topics in relations to the local political scenario ( mergers,haha), price hikes (avoid expensive,unreasonable shopping and eating outlets), Pak Lah( his reforms), Fuel increase (cutbacks and tightening on travels) and component parties unhappiness. We could have had 31 out of 31 Wins for BN in the General Elections. DAP won Bandar Kuching and till today fingers are still pointed.
Sure, we did help the our component party in the last GE but it was not enough to wrestle Bandar Kuching for reasons which we had earlier covered ( https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/159/ ) The 5% percent royalty was a hot issue as the members had a dig at the Penang Government especially on the monorail.
Some members of the youth wing said that Sarawak has been producing oil since 1902 but the Federal government gives us only a 5% royalty. There has been too many avenues for news and they said that Pakatan Rakyat’s de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim promised higher oil royalty to court BN MPs from Sabah and Sarawak. If Anwar can do that why not BN government? 5% to 10% “pun boleh” one of them said.
A vice chairwoman of the wanita wing Winnie chipped in, “Give to us Sarawak 20% and we can built a “Railway from Lundu to Lawas” You know, we only have dual carriageway from Kuching to Limbang( Trans-Borneo Highway hehe.) What lah! Penang talking of just a monorail to solve the transportation system of the state before it reaches critical stage ?
Colin, the youth chief praised the the PM eventhough he comes from Penang there are no “Preferential Treatment“. Thats more like it. Dont just bend for the sake of bending, there are other ways to overcome a problem. The way I see it weblog has this ,”I bet you that you will not get special treatment like Sabah and Sarawak, due to that there are not many BN MPs from the state to the Penangnites he said. (Well at least not many leaping frogs)
Imagine we have a railway track from Lundu to Lawas. Wouldn’t it be a romantic journey passing through all the beautiful countryside passing through all the major towns. As if this would happen during our lifetime we all laughed. Hold on… I interjected… tourism boosting for the state don’t you think?
I remember in 1986 when I was in the Sarawak Tourist Association,I mentioned painting the “sampans” (a small flat-bottomed boat with oars) with different colours and get advertisement on them. Well,being a “freshie graduate” I had to swallow and take the negative arguments. At least today the Kuching Waterfront looks bright and colourful. So I told them maybe when a few of you get into the Council Negeri as assemblyman this “rail project” would take off. Ruffling a few feathers again….
Oh yea! Absolutely power corrupts absolutely as KJ said in Parliament. Is there a point here? 140-82 is power to many other government but Malaysia seems to want “Absolute” which is 2/3rd. To end our kopitiam meeting our wanita chief Cilla (neuro science graduate) said on March 8 Malaysians gave a “Bloody Nose” to BN and there were calls for the PM to resign or go for reforms. She further added that the previous government under Tun really did more developments than any other PM.It was good and we were all very contented with all the facilities,subsidies and benfits which followed it. We had settled in our “Comfort Zones” Now its shaken and there are a lot of discomfort and worries.
There are three ways a person can react to this situation:-
- Accept the situation,complain and then retaliate
- Accept it and consider the current situation as a catalyst to do and try to earn more.
- Don’t care as they think they are not affected by it as much.
But we have to take note that the majority of Malaysians falls in the poor and middle class. Of course the “rich’will not be affected.Now its up to the government. It’s back to the basics,back to the people.The deferred project of the RM2 billion Penang monorail and RM1.5 billion Penang outer Ring Road is a good example that there will be more people centred projects. It’s not vinditive, she says as many have said. We have to hear our people cry and we know infrastucture development is good but these funds are needed more urgently.
Forget about the political and hidden agendas the government is correct in going for rural development and seeing that clean piped water is available,solving the woes of the natives, electrification projects instead of mega projects. Peoples daily requirements needs to be addressed and when people are happy they will be less trouble and less stress. We were all stitches as everyone been chirpy and well fed called her YB. Priscilla our secretary said we have a “Hannah’ in our midst. Hannah of course is the Subang Jaya YB from DAP.
Wow..!!! such strong words after taking Laksa ( favourite breakfast dish for Sarawakians ). I haven’t finish she said as this is an eye opener to our usual thinking and spending habits and its up to the people to work with the government. Better than a question,”What kind of spouse do i desire to have?” is the question,What kind of spouse do I aspire to be?”
An Assistant Minister in the State Cabinet once told me the first term as a YB the 1825 days will be easier than the following term. I’m positively sure that the PM is feeling this syndrome and as always I say he knows what he is doing.
We are expecting between now and Dec 16th the PM will go for the reforms as he prepares for the UMNO General Assembly. However he needs to consolidate,strengthen,secure his position within the party before he goes on with his reforms he promised Malaysians in 2004. Kopitiam was a good morning as we spend within our means. To our PM we agree he needs all the powers to stay in Office and we say “Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban”
The fate has been sealed by the Registrar of Societies(ROS) under the Societies Act 1966(Act 335) Section 13(1)(c)(ix) & regulations for Pasok. Malaysiakini’s report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/85097 one of Sabah’s oldest political party (30 years), United Pasok Nunukragang National Organisation (Pasok), has been deregistered effective May 27th so says ROS Md Alias Kalil today. Why…? How come SUPP,PRS.SPDP involved ? There are explanations of course forthcoming for these.
Firstly, According to Md Alias, he issued the revocation order following the party’s failure to resolve the leadership stalemate involving Cleftus Mojinggol, John Richard Jayasuria and Hendry Sabagang Rumpit who all had claimed to be the legitimate president of Pasok. The ROS stated that the party is at liberty to submit an appeal under Section 18 of the Society Act 1966 against the decision to the home minister within 30 days from the date of deregistration. Well this takes care of Part 1.
Part 2– On April 1st (ROS) chief Md Alias Kalil said the agency had decided not to de-register PRS after explanation from its leaders.The party has been embroiled in a bitter leadership feud for the past two years, has been operating with two presidents and two separate headquarters.Moreover,ROS had found the sacking of the six supreme council members by Dr James Masing, the party president, had contravened both the party constitution and Societies Act. Is the ROS so powerful or is it the Home Minister who makes the decision? Could it be that PRS has 6 MPs and 8 Aduns and it turned out to be a political decision?
Many questions needs to be answered and I do feel sorry for Pasok too. Many in the law fraternity are in agreement that the ROS letter to PRS has been widely interpreted to mean in effect the party’s supreme council with Masing as president prior to the sacking of the six SC members has reverted to status quo.
Is justice being served….? it must be noted that the Registrar of Societies comes under the purview of the Yang di Pertuan Agong while the Minister in charge of this supposedly independent ministry is the Home Minister. Call me “EVIAN” Bottled water or if you spelt it backwards “NAIVE” but we need written answers especially now with Judiciary being put to the sword and the Attorney Generals Office should be able to assist in helping with an explanation in writing.
Political or not the country needs to know how the decision is arrived at. It will be just another waste of public funds if the aggrieved members bring the “ROS to Court” since they are not given a true reflection of the ROS decision. The answer came when a reporter with a local daily gave a call to seek for more from the officer and he says.”Its all in the letter. Just through a Phone Call. Cannot be can it…?
Politics we know are not won by the rule of the thumb in this day and age and the Government under PM should be more transparent in handling political solutions. I have been consistent in that the PM is working his reforms but it is not all followed through.
Part 3– 19 out of 28 Parti Rakyat Sarawak Divisional leaders met in the party headquarters on 8th April 2008 and wrote a letter to ROS to demand the following:-
- A written letter from ROS who is the “Legal President of PRS”.
- In respect of a confirmation from the Registrar of Societies on 7th September 2006 of YB Datuk Sri James Jemut Masings violation of Article VIII(15) (b) of the constitution of PRS.
There is stil a QUESTION MARK on the above. It will be three months soon. Meanwhile,the merger story continues.
Part 4– Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan does not rule out the possibility of all four components of Sarawak Barisan Nasional would one day merge into one political entity.“If there is a possibility, then why not! If this is the better way for all of us, then we (should) do it,” Dr Chan, who is DCM, said when asked to comment on the planned merger between Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), and the possibility that a merged PRS-SPDP entity could one day join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).
Also because I think racial politics are less important today. People don’t make racial issue a critical issue (any longer), and they are being more and more open and do not feel racial politics are that important in Malaysia today especially in Sarawak,” A keen observer put it as why not adopt a short-cut measure and invite the YBs and members of the three parties SUPP,SPDP and PRS join PBB straight away? The next stage which is …
Part 5-Dissolve all the 3 parties.Some members from all 3 parties concerned questioned the viability of GC’s plan? Or is it a plan carefully worked out to ensure that “CERTAIN TOP” people benefit from this exercise. To dissolve a party its not just like the ROS giving a letter to be dissolved. There are a lot of steps to be adhered to. If I may PRS Article XX states with regards to dissolved/merged:-
- A resolution passed at the triennial delegates Conference attended by not less that 3/5ths of the delegates eligible to attend under the provisions of article V11 Clause 1(a) of this constitution and
- A 2/3rds of votes of the members present at such TDC as provided under Clause1(a) of this article
- Notice of dissolution shall be submitted to the Registrar of Societies,Mlaysia within 14days from the date of dissolution.
- All debts legally incurred on behalf of the Party shall first be settled in full before any balance of the assets may be dealt with as the TDC decided.
Of course members of the component party will say its easy as we are the Government but all actions are being fully covered and scrutinised by the opposition parties. Simple..? Yes, but all laws and bylaws are to to be followed. It has been said previously that when one is unhappy with another just start a party of your own. Gone are those days and if there is a properly conceive plan the party should be able to withstand any eventualities for at least 10-15 years. Previously all “foot soldiers” do not mind to be put in a boot camp. Ian Chin the High court Judge must have influenced me here. With the influx of young members,mostly professionals they do not want to be treated anymore like their forgotten “Brothers of yesteryears.”
When Pasok was hammered with the news of the deregistration one of the top aides in SAPP gave me a tinkle. He was saying that the PM has overcome the storm and news surrounding SAPP has quietened down. It led me to say to him ” Be Very Afraid and I Fear for SAPP ” as before the next wave there is calm. PM has not forgotten what SAPP has done to him. Could the ROS be coming after SAPP…?
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
- Some promoters of the Malaysian Dayak Congress Party have joined PKR. This is due to necessity, not choice. ( MDC unable to be registered)
- 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)
- 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)
- The preservation and development of the Dayak language and culture has to be prioritised
- 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………?
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…