Sarawak Opposition Parties “Look At the Lists”

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In the last few months let alone last few weeks a lot has been said about the Opposition parties or “Personalities” not seeing eye to eye.The “PAKATAN” concept in Sarawak will be a failure or it will be justs a mere ” ..HALLUCINATION..”

Correct me if I am wrong BUT its not so much the Pakatan parties of PKR,DAP and PAS but in Sarawak it seems that the EGOs of certain individual/individuals is a stumbling BLOCK says a Veteran Chinese politician to audie61 when we had lunch this afternnon.

In the Chinese newspapers its all news about SUPP having a “dirty war””hidden hands” interfering in the Dudong branch controversy. DAP Sarawak are rubbing their hands as if the 4d Jackpot of 20 million is theirs.   

PAS Sarawak are claiming around 25 over seats  too while DAP has claimed cheekily 27 seats and that leaves 19 seats for PKR. What about the local based opposition party SNAP..?? Hmmm this is interesting but we do not want to be attacked without any reason and its bests for the leaders to wake up and look closely at the lists below which we first posted November 30th 2008. Make up your minds or else no matter what you say BN WILL BE VICTORIOUS..

PERSONAL POLITICAL EGO NEEDS TO BE CHECKED OR THE TEAM BN or PAKATAN SUFFERS….The people will have the FINAL SAY..Too much infighting will see that the partys show is “THE END”

  • N1 OPAR (7379) Ranum Ak.Mina (BN-SUPP)
  • N2 TASIK BIRU (14983) Peter Nansian (BN-SPDP)
  • N3 TANJONG DATU (7973) Adenan Satem (BN-PBB)
  • N4 PANTAI DAMAI (12073) Abdul Rahman bin Junaidi(BN-PBB)
  • N5 DEMAK LAUT (10080) Abang Draup Zamahari Rauf(BN-PBB)
  • N6 TUPONG (14787) Haji Daud Abdul Rahman (BN-PBB)
  • N7 SEMARIANG (13498) Sharifah Hasidah bte.Sayeed Aman (BN-PBB)
  • N8 SATOK (10835) Abang Johari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg (BN-PBB)
  • N9 PADUNGAN (24512) Dominique Ng Kim Ho ( PKR)
  • N10 PENDING (29503) Violet Yong (DAP)
  • N11 BATU LINTANG (24783) Voon Lee Shan (DAP)
  • N12 KOTA SENTOSA (18934) Chong Chien Jen (DAP)
  • N13 BATU KAWA ( 16237) Tan Joo Phoi ( BN-SUPP)
  • N14 ASAJAYA (12016) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (BN-PBB)
  • N15 MUARA TUANG (14303) Haji Mohammad Ali Mahmud (BN-PBB)
  • N16 BENGOH (20077) Dr Jerip Anak Susil ( BN-SUPP)
  • N17 TARAT (15171) Roland Sagah Wee Inn ( BN-SUPP)
  • N18 TEBEDU (11793) Michael Manyin Anak Jawong (BN-PBB)
  • N19 KEDUP (15994) Frederick Bayoi ak.Manggie (BN-PBB)
  • N20 SADONG JAYA (6917) Haji Wan Abdul Wahab bin Wan Sanusi (BN-PBB)
  • N21 SIMUNJAN (9846) Mohd Naroden Majais (BN-PBB)
  • N22 SEBUYAU (7549) Julaihi Narawi (BN-PBB)
  • N23 LINGGA (7545) Hajah Simoi Binti Hj Peri (BN-PBB)
  • N24 BETING MARO (7267) Haji Bolhassan Haji Di (BN-PBB)
  • N25 BALAI RINGIN (8244) Snowdon Lawan (BN-PRS)
  • N26 BUKIT BEGUNAN (7644) Mong anak Dagang (BN-PRS)
  • N27 SIMANGGANG (9849) Francis Harden anak Hollis (BN-SUPP)
  • N28 ENGKILILI (9477) Johnicol Rayong ak.Ngipa (Independent)
  • N29 BATANG AIR (7997) Dublin Unting anak Ingkot (BN-PRS)
  • N30 SARIBAS (7145) Dr Hj Wahbi bin Hj Junaidi (BN-PBB)
  • N31 LAYAR (7415) Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang (BN-PBB)
  • N32 BUKIT SABAN (6876) Robert Lawson Chuat ak Vincent Entering (BN-PBB)
  • N33 KALAKA (13379) Abdul Wahab bin Aziz (BN-PBB)
  • N34 KRIAN (10429) Peter Nyarok Anak Entrie (BN-SPDP)
  • N35 BELAWAI (8004) Hamden bin Ahmad (BN-PBB)
  • N36 SEMOP (9162) Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar (BN-PBB)
  • N37 DARO ( 7411) Murni Suhaili (BN-PBB)
  • N38 JEMORENG (8545) Gani @ Abu Seman bin Jahwie (BN-PBB)
  • N39 REPOK (16750) David Teng Lung Chi ( BN-SUPP)
  • N40 MERADONG (14584) Ting Tze Hui (DAP)
  • N41 PAKAN (9034) William Mawan ak.Ikom (BN-SPDP)
  • N42 MELUAN (11169) Wong ak.Judat (BN-SPDP)
  • N43 NGEMAH (7849) Gabriel Adit ak.Demong (Independant)
  • N44 MACHAN (9966) Gramong Juna (BN-PBB)
  • N45 BUKIT ASSEK (26002) Wong Ho Leng (DAP)
  • N46 Dudong (21819) Dr Soon Choon Teck ( BN-SUPP)
  • N47 BAWANG ASSAN (16844) Wong Soon Koh ( BN-SUPP)
  • N48 PELAWAN (22559) Goh Chung Siong ( BN-SUPP)
  • N49 NANGKA (12973) Awang bemee bin Awang Ali Bassah (BN-PBB)
  • N50 DALAT (11423) Fatimah Abdullah @ Ting Sai Ming (BN-PBB)
  • N51 BALINGIAN (11326) Abdul Taib Mahmud (BN-PBB)
  • N52 TAMIN (10900) Joseph Mauh ak.Ikeh (BN-PRS)
  • N53 KAKUS (9417) John Sikie anak Tayai (BN-PRS)
  • N54 PELAGUS (13898) Larry Sng Wei Shien (BN-PRS)
  • N55 KATIBAS (8146) Ambrose Blikau (BN-PBB)
  • N56 Baleh (9731) Dr. James Jemut Masing (BN-PRS)
  • N57 BALAGA (6691) Liwan Lagang (BN-PRS)
  • N58 JEPAK (12049) Talip Zulpilip (BN-PBB)
  • N59 KIDURONG (23726) Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP)
  • N60 KEMENA (13338) Dr Rundi Stephan Utom (BN-PBB)
  • N61 BEKENU (10095) Rosey Haji Yunus (BN-SPDP)
  • N62 LAMBIR (11245) Aidan Wing (BN-PBB)
  • N63 PIASAU (17256) George Chan Hong Nam ( BN-SUPP)
  • N64 PUJUT (20098) Andy Chia Chu Fatt ( BN-SUPP)
  • N65 SENADIN (16925) Lee Khim Shin ( BN-SUPP)
  • N66 MARUDI (12425) Sylvester Entri Anak Muran (BN-SPDP)
  • N67 TELANG USAN (12793) Lihan Jok (BN-PBB)
  • N68 BUKIT KOTA (13328) Dr Abdul Rahman Bin Ismail (BN-PBB)
  • N69 BATU DANAU (6889) Palu @Paulus Palu Anak Gumbang (BN-SPDP)
  • N70 BA’KELALAN (6284) Balang Rining (BN-SPDP)
  • N71 BUKIT SARI (9373) Awang Tengah Ali Hassan (BN-PBB)

In 2006 Sarawak State Elections there was 54 Straight Fights,13 3-cornered,1 4-cornered,1 5-cornered and 2 YBS were returned unopposed.

Just in case you forgot the mathematics we bring you back in time,”It was so near yet so far as in 1987 it was 48 constituencies the opposition wrestle 20 out of 28 and now there are 71 seats. A state women oppposition leader told audie61 a couple of months ago and it is still very fresh in my mind,” They will not be another better chance for us to realise this dream of wrestling the state from BN. 1987 was close but now we need to work even harder” Could the States oppositions HALLUCINATION turn to Reality……. 

Related:- http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/112981

https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/ming-court-1987-of-a-reverse-version-ref-malaysiakiakini/

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22 thoughts on “Sarawak Opposition Parties “Look At the Lists”

  1. Audie,
    DAP is asking for 25 seats, not 27 seats. Remember DAP were junior party in 2006. Just 12 seats. PAS claiming 25 seats. You mean that Nasarudin shit can secure a seat in Sarawak.

    Audie,
    The party needed to be gunned for staking seats is PAS. Frankly, I felt that PAS can’t make any headway in Sarawak. Gun down Sarawak, Stay out of DAP. Share among PKR & SNAP on teh remaining seats. Plenty to go around.
    Last check leaves to 2 seats. Batu Kawa & Padungan. Perhaps, to give face to Dominique (I don’t like this fella). Give up Batu Kawa to DAP, DAP would leave out Padungan.
    Of course, my personal opinion. I don’t represent DAP.

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  3. audie 61,
    plesae accept consructive criticisms.we are not attacking anybody for that matter.just honest view brother!!
    Phyllis this is not a joke !!!your fellow penan sisters are raped victims under taib mohd ‘s bn govt who is in cahoots with logging concesssioanires.

    zainuddin
    the dream will be a realty this time.

    psl read below as Lim guan eng ghas done malaysia proud and is taking charge for the penan rape victims
    to recliam justice form taib mohd.
    The Penang state government has vowed to redouble its anti-corruption efforts and reforms following the recognition by Transparency International (TI) in its 2009 Global Corruption report (GCR 2009) released Wednesday commending the state government’s efforts in fighting corruption.

    Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said in a statement the state government was humbled by the recognition given by the world-renowned body and pledged to ensure anti-corruption reforms are institutionalised and more professionals are appointed to key bodies.

    The report stated that the Penang state had introduced several measures to improve the regulatory environment with regard to government procurement, in what is referred to as a CAT — Competent, Accountable and Transparent — government.

    It stated that Penang was the first state government to implement the open tender system for government procurement and contracts.

    “As an example, in civil works, contractors are able to bid in an open tender process and to review the successful contractors and object if they are not satisfied. Furthermore, the Penang government has issued a directive whereby all administrators and state executive councilors are not allowed to make any new land applications.

    “It has also invited professionals to serve on various boards, such as the Penang State Appeals Board, and has established a Working Professional Committee comprising individuals from five different professional bodies to improve land procedures,” the report stated.

    Lim said fighting corruption generated savings for the people.

    “TI’s recognition of anti-corruption efforts by the Penang state government through CAT governance is backed up by savings of nearly 12% of the 2008 Penang state budget of RM36 million from operating expenditure.

    “This RM36 million savings has allowed the state government to carry out social programmes and implement its people-oriented government of 3Es namely to enable the people with skills, knowledge and education to provide equal opportunity for all to create wealth, empower the people with fundamental rights, basic freedoms and responsibilities with full observance for the rule of law and enrich the people by sharing wealth and economic benefits to pursue socio-economic justice,” Lim added.

    He said apart from RM36 million in savings from operating expenditure, the two local authorities in Penang are expected to save another RM34 million over three years.

    “These additional savings were achieved from the transparent negotiation over the price of solid waste disposal that reduced the rates agreed to by the previous BN administration by a further 42.4%,” he added.

    Lim said the Malaysian government would profit from the recommendations from the GCR 2009.

    “Of great concern is the observation by Pemudah, the government’s special task force to facilitate business, citing a World Bank study, estimating that corruption could cost Malaysia as much as RM10 billion a year — an amount equivalent to 1% or 2% of GDP. Pemudah notes that, per capita, Malaysia spends only RM5 (approximately US$1.50) on anti-corruption efforts.

    “Pemudah also notes that the ACA (now Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) investigated only 10.1%, or just 7,223 cases, of 71,558 reported between 2000 and 2006. The number of people successfully convicted was only 0.7%, or 524, of those suspected of corruption.

    “The GCR 2009 concluded that this illustration of the Malaysian government’s inaction in the light of the serious corruption allegations, along with its seeming inability to catch the big fish instead focusing on the ‘small fry’, suggests that what anti-corruption efforts exist are mere tokens,” Lim added.

    He said RM10 billion in losses from corruption per year is a huge sum and there must be greater commitment from the federal government towards fighting corruption to ensure that 27 million Malaysians can benefit from this RM10 billion dividend from successfully combating corruption.

    Corruption rampant with guys like Taib Mohd:
    Ultimately, it is citizens who has to bear the brunt. Consumers around the world were overcharged approximately US$300 billion through almost 300 private international cartels discovered from 1990 to 2005.”

    Honeymah Dylyani, Malaysian Mirror

    Corruption remains a top scourge in Malaysia, where nearly half of the corporate respondents in a survey admitting to having paid bribes or knowing someone who had done so.

    The South-East Asian nation is not alone in this dilemma, where precious funds are being bled and siphoned away from the system, helping to perpetuate a vicious cycle of poverty where the rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer.

    According to the Global Corruption Report 2009 published by Transparency International, corruption is most rampant in developing and transition countries.

    And companies there have supplied bribes estimated at up to US$40 billion annually to corrupt politicians and government officials.

    “The government has recognised the problem and promised to curb corruption, but results have so far not met the expectations,” Paul Low, president of Transparency International Malaysia, told a press conference unveiling GCR.

    “Ultimately, it is citizens who has to bear the brunt. Consumers around the world were overcharged approximately US$300 billion through almost 300 private international cartels discovered from 1990 to 2005,” he said.

    Corruption the No 2 obstacle in Malaysia

    In Malaysia, business leaders rank corruption as the second most problematic factor for doing business in the country, with 47% of corporate respondents in the Transparency International Malaysia Transparency Perception Survey 2007 admitting to having bribed someone or knowing someone who had done so, mainly to avoid inconvenience.

    Revolving doors between public office and the private sector, another practice documented in the report, provide a smooth path to deceitful public procurement deals where non-competitive bidding and opaque processes lead to immense waste and unreliable services or goods, Paul said.

    Many of the countries found at the bottom of TI’s yearly Corruption Perceptions Index – which measures perceived levels of public-sector corruption in over 170 countries – are not only victim to unscrupulous governments but to major firms that are more than willing to enter into corrupt deals with these governments.

    These intricate webs, involving more than simple bribes, are possible because companies believe that they can get away with such criminal practices.

    “Society believes that nothing can be done. There is a sense of hopelessness and the people entrusted with the authority and power to change things are not committed or are unable to do so,” said Paul.

    “It also does not help that the anti-graft body have time and again failed to catch the ‘big fish’ who are said to be the real culprits behind graft cases.”

    written by KARMANNGHIA, September 24, 2009 14:33:57

    it has been an open secret since donkey years back, just look at the pariah dentist who lives in a 24 million mansion, how he accumulate his wealth over so little time, if not enough, look at the satay king of Klang, how he built himself a palace.

    Almost everyone knows that they are ripping off the public, starting from mamak roti’s time to the present, send these thieves to Sg. Buloh after the next general election, just like Taiwan’s chen sui bian.

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    written by Sinewy, September 24, 2009 14:37:47

    Where in the world can someone get several hundreds of millions ringgit commission on broad daylight with Parliament approval for just being a middleman for a country to purchase military gears?? Yes you can, in this BODOHLAND called Malaysia, you need to go through a malaysian middleman with no technical and military knowledge to buy sophisticated arms because it is in the MalaysiaBoleh spirit of things and may be it can go into that Book of Records….and you will pay him hundreds of millions ringgit for his service while all the stupid UMNO/BN MPs will eagerly raise their hands to approve it..
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    written by KingSolomon, September 24, 2009 15:10:45

    Look at China now, very prosperous, superb infrastructure, countless high-rise buildings, beautiful landscaping in most cities, cheap public transport, cheap prices everywhere. Some senior govt officials are still corrupted, no doubt. But the difference is they don’t take bribes from the people or public funds; they take from corporations. The punishment is very severe – execution.

    Let get PR to run the nation, and then implement the same punishment here.
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    written by harryo, September 24, 2009 18:23:13

    Corruption in Malaysia can never be abolished.It has been there for 52 years.
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    written by zanie, September 24, 2009 18:41:54

    Harryo,

    Yes it can be abolished. We stay united and boot BN out. From there we rebuild this beautiful country of ours to make it prosper like our neighbour Singapore and ensure the police are as efficient as that of Hong kong’s. Hopefully Musa Hassan would be put into jail for conspiring with the underworlds!
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    written by ROBERTNGTG, September 25, 2009 15:43:39

    According to the Global Corruption Report 2009 published by Transparency International, corruption is most rampant in developing and transition countries.

    And companies there have supplied bribes estimated at up to US$40 billion annually to corrupt politicians and government officials.

    BUT THE MSM PORTRAY ALL THESE RULING POLITICIANS WHO HV BEEN AROUND FOR DONKEY YEARS AS PURE, CLEAN AND WHITE AS ANGELS. WHERE GOT CORRUPTION??? PSSSSST…
    WANT US TO NAME THE BLOKES/DEALS BROKERED??
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    written by VVijay, September 25, 2009 16:19:01

    The credit for making corruption part of Malaysian culture should go fully to the Barisan Nasional. The irony is that we also have the highest number of places of worship per capita in the world. Malaysia Boleh! The nation must never forget Tun Mahathir’s contributions! God save Malaysia!
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    written by born2reign, September 26, 2009 14:54:49

    Corruption is Islamic.
    Beer is unIslamic.

    We are in a wrong country. We think like the Westerners based on Christian teachings,
    we should just accept the Middle-eastern principles based on the Quran, then we will live peacefully with corruption as a way of Muslim lifestyle.
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    written by Tok Din, September 27, 2009 04:36:26

    Yes, it is an incurable form of cancer; it will kill the nation and all of us.
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    written by lynn, September 27, 2009 21:46:27

    Malaysia is so ridden with the cancer of corruption, the people are just so burned-out, they don’t care anymore. We have so much apathy, so much indifference. We are an Islamic country, yet we have so many serious billion-ringgit corruption cases over the years by govt ministers. Malaysia is a confirmed failed state.

    After all those comments and fatcs about the dirty BN govt in sarawak AND REST OF MALAYSIA.
    CM LIM’S EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP PENANG:THERE IS NO DOUBT
    PENANG CM WILL LEAD THE CHARGE TOWARDS A PR CLEAN GOVT IN SARAWAK.

  4. OUR PR REPS IN SARAWAK IS RSIKING THIER FAMILIES AND LIFES TO DEFEND JUSTICE IN SARAWAK(lIM GUAN ENG’S GOVT HAS JUST DONATED RM 300KTO THE PENAN RAPE VICTIMS WITH SARAWAK PKR AND DAP REPS SUPPORTING)
    READ BELOW:
    It was a rude shock for the state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng when he discovered an explosive firework, which failed to ignite, at his house compound at 7am today.

    “This type of explosive, which can produce a powerful and deafening explosion, is more dangerous than a molotov cocktail,” he told reporters at his house at Ipoh Road.

    Wong, a practising lawyer and the assemblyman for Bukit Assek, said he had lodged a police report over the matter.

    “I never expected that I would be a target. The police asked me whether I made enemies recently; honestly, it is impossible for a politician not to have political enemies,” he said.

    He believed the explosive could have been thrown at his house after 1am as he did not notice anything when he returned from a gathering at about midnight last night.

    “Thank God it failed to explode although it had been ignited,” said Wong who has been staying there for the past 19 years with his family.

    He said that this was not the first time that DAP politicians in the state had been targeted.

    “Recently, molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of the house of Bandar Kuching DAP member of parliament Chong Chieng Jen.

    “I condemn these unscrupulous acts,” he said
    READ THIS AS WELL:

  5. OUR PR reps in Sarawak IS RSIKING THIER Families Defend AND JUSTICE TO Lifes in Sarawak (Guan LIM ENG’S Donated Govt RM HAS JUST THE 300KTO WITH Penan rape victims Sarawak PKR AND DAP reps SUPPORTING)
    READ BELOW:
    It was a rude shock for the state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng when he discovered an explosive firework, which failed to Ignite, at his house compound at 7am today.

    “This type of explosive, which can produce a powerful and deafening explosion, is more dangerous than a molotov cocktail,” he told reporters at his house at Ipoh Road.

    Wong, a practising lawyer and the Assemblyman for Bukit Assek, said he had lodged a police report over the matter.

    “I never expected that I would be a target. The police asked me whether I made enemies recently; honestly, it is impossible for a Politician not to have political enemies, “he said.

    He believed the explosive could have been thrown at his house after 1am as he did not notice anything when he returned from a gathering at about midnight last night.

    “Thank God it failed to explode although it had been ignited,” said Wong who has been staying there for the past 19 years with his family.

    He said that this was not the first time that DAP Politicians in the state had been targeted.

    “Recently, molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of the house of Bandar Kuching DAP member of parliament Mrs. Chieng Jen Chong.

    “I condemn these unscrupulous acts,” he said

  6. The DAP today signalled its intention to go for the country’s largest demography, the Malays, by organising an Aidil Fitri open house and launching its second Malay-majority branch.

    Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng opened the party’s second Malay-majority branch in Taman Terata and exclaimed that DAP is for all Malaysians.

    “We will fight for all races as long they are Malaysians, we will fight for their rights,’ he said at the Aidil Fitri open house in Kg Cheras Baru here.

    The Penang chief minister added that the party has also not forgotten about Sabah and Sarawak.

    “I hope they will be brave in bringing reformation like how we did in peninsular Malaysia so that we ca have change,” he said.

    He asked the federal government to fight graft at all levels to ensure a prosperous economy.

    “The government must stop hiding those are guilty of corruption and take actions against them,” he said.

    Lim explained that Pakatan Rakyat will fight for women’s rights unlike Barisan National (BN).

    “Look at the Penan girls, they are getting raped at will under Barisan National’s rule. But that will not happen under Pakatan Rakyat. Under our rule, we will not allow our women to raped. This issue is very close to my heart because we always struggle for women‘s rights,” he said to a rapturous applause.

    Lim also blamed the mainstream media for it’s negative coverage of Pakatan Rakyat and the Penang government.

    “They did not report when Transparency International praised the Penang government for its fight against corruption through the CAT system. CAT is Competency, Accountability and Transparency. I urged the government to implement the CAT system for the whole country,” he said.

    Lim then received a token of appreciation from 30 members, mostly women, from Taman Teratai branch.

    The spokesperson of the new branch told the audience that DAP is willing to fight for the people unlike BN.

    “We joined DAP because we want to fight for women’s rights. I am very happy that they fight for our rights,” Nadia Bidin said.

    Earlier hundreds visited the open house for a feast despite a heavy downpour.

    Lim and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang welcomed Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and fellow colleagues from the Pakatan Rakyat.

    On the way to the hall, Khalid was greeted with a silat performance. Inside the hall, Khalid was greeted by DAP advisor Chen Man Hin, DAP vice chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw, Puchong MP Gobind Singh and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

    The guests of honour were delighted with a Nasyid performance as they sat for their at their table.

    As soon the group began singing, heavy rain began to pour outside the hall. People from the outside began to crowd into the hall so that they could listen to Lim’s speech.

    Gobind even stood up so that an old lady could have his seat. After the speech, Lim proceeded to give duit raya to children at the open house.

    An hour after Khalid left, Datuk Hasan Ali appeared and was greeted by both Lims. Hasan however refused to give any comments.

  7. THOSE WHO CODEMN PR SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES AS THEY RSIK EVERYTHING TO BRING CHANGE TO THE COUNTRY WITH MEASARABEL RESULTS LIKE IN PENANG’S CAT
    POLICY OF GOOD GOVERNANCE AND SELANGOR SELCAT COMMITTEE TO QUESTION CORRUPTION OF BN’S GOVT IN SLEANGOR.
    this is the sin of the sarawak bn govt with collusion of the logging firms:
    Sarawak PAS has described as “disrespectful and unbelievable” the action of an oil palm company that destroyed 55-year old Timah Julai’s orchard while she was celebrating Hari Raya.

    “It is purely disrespectful, unbelievable and inhumane for the company to bulldoze her orchard not only during her absence during Hari Raya but also doing it at night,” its secretary, Saidin Massudin Sahini, said.

    “The company should have waited after Hari Raya or at least after she has collected all her rambutan fruits.”

    Nine children to feed

    According to The Borneo Post, Timah Julai, a single mother suffered losses of some RM100,000 after part of her orchard at Sungai Maloi in Pujut Tanjung Batu was bulldozed while she and her family celebrated Hari Raya.

    She learnt of the incident from another villager and immediately went to her orchard on Monday, the second day of Hari Raya.

    “It was devastating. Almost everything that I worked so hard was destroyed. This was my only source of income after my husband passed away in 2006,” she wept.

    “I have nine children, four of them are still schooling and under my care. How am I supposed to put them through school now that my only source of income is destroyed.”

    All my rambutans gone

    Timah’s orchard was not the only one bulldozed as 30 other villagers had also their land bulldozed by the company, which they accused of encroaching into their land passed down to them from their ancestors.

    The villagers had approached the company’s workers politely and managed to stop them from encroaching further into their land.

    Timah said that she had been developing her land since 1980 and claimed that this was her ancestors’ native land on which they had been relying to “put food on the table and put my children through school.

    She also said that seven bulldozers belonging to the company were used to destroy their orchard at night on the eve of Hari Raya while the villagers were busy with their preparations.

    “All my rambutan fruits were destroyed. I thought of selling them, but now they are gone,” she said and called on the government to intervene.

    When contacted, Saidin said: “I have sent someone to see Timah and want to find out more details about the case. We will see what we can do to help her?

  8. hey guys
    i guess everybody is sick of the negativity of bN.
    time to vote them out and bring about change in sarawak.feloow malaysians will not suffer the darkness of bn again.satrt with sarawak.

  9. pls read more of BN crimes in Sarawak:
    The release of the Global Corruption Report 2009 published by Transparency International has recognised the Penang State Government’s Anti-Corruption Efforts Through its Governance CAT (Competency Accountability And Transparency) deserved praises for a year-old government to make such Headway, said State Assemblywoman for Pending , Violet Yong who congratulate the Penang government.
    Yong in a press conference yesterday said the recognition is backed by the fact that the state government saved nearly 12% of the 2008 state budget of RM36 million from the operating expenditure which allowed the state government to carry out social programs.
    She pointed out that the open bidding system, awarding of contracts with transparency earned the respect and rewards of the Penang government to have such policy.
    The fact that the adminstration and Exco members were not allowe to make any new land application has set a good example shown to the people, said Yong.
    Yong said Sarawak has been independent for over 45 years and the State budget is 10 times more than Penang, yet we are still under developed. She said it is high time the State Government emulate the action of the Penang government to improve and stop corrupted practises.
    Calling to the Sarawak government to have an open tender system, Yong added that money saved could help the people in a big way. She said in a Council sitting, she has asked for the information of percentage of rural households in the state who has the aid of electricity supply and treated water.
    The answers she said for Treated Water supply in Kuching is 64%, Samarahan 73.5%, 38.2% Sri Aman, Betong 54.7%, 38.8% Sibu, Mukah 69.8%, 60.8% Sarikei, Kapit 18.4%, 37.8% Bintulu, Miri 30.3% and Limbang 44.8%.
    On electricity supply, Kuching has 94.2%, Samarahan 38.9%, 38.6% Sri Aman, Betong 81.2%, 61.8% Sibu, Mukah 59.4%, 43.7% Sarikei, Kapit 24.9%, 20.5% Bintulu, Miri and Limbang 32.0% 59.3%.
    Yong pointed out that the percentage shown is embarrassing to Sarawak government considering the fact that the state is so rich in natural resources and there are a number of people are still living in darkness in rural areas.
    Meanwhile, MP for Kuching, Mrs. Mrs. Chieng Jen Chong Supp asked to stop fighting and get on with the promises they made to the people.
    Chong said on June 28 this year, a 9-year-old boy had been electrocuted due to exposed wires outside the District office sri Aman stadium. The boy’s parents had asked for the assistance of Chong who wrote to the District Council to pay compensation of RM50, 000.
    “More than two months had lapse and there was no reply either to accept or decline. Assistant Minister of Food Industries and Local Government, Datuk David Teng had seen the family and supp asured that would take care of the situation and help to Ensure the rights of the deceased, “he said. The whole thing was published then in the early month of June in a Chinese paper.
    Chong said justice delayed is justice denied as in this case. The family, he added, had not heard from supp or David Teng. He said he would continue to write to the District Council on the follow-up.
    By Rosita Maja

    The Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minsiter in charge of Penan affiars, Alfred Jabu Nmpang children, has refused to accept a memorandum concerning the Plight of Penan girls and women, who reportedly had suffered sexual abuse by logging company workers.

    The memorandum was from the National Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women, or Women’s Chief, Hajjah Zuraidah Kamaruddin.

    Hajjah Zuraidah Kamaruddin, the Member of Parliament for Ampang, Traveled to Kuching to visit Sarawak state leaders and government departments.

    She Expressed the serious concern by the Justice Women’s Wing over the rape and sexual abuse of Penan girls and women in Sarawak, as revealed by the national Ministerial Task Force Report, released almost three weeks ago by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.

    On September 25, a delegation of Keadilan women’s leaders, led by Zuraidah, went to Wisma Bapa Malaysia to present the memorandum to Jabu, the Chairman of the State Cabinet Committee on Penan Affairs.

    The delegation arrived at the entrance to House of the Father of Malaysia at half past nine in the morning. The delegates said they were trying to seek justice for Penan women who had been found to have suffered sexual abuse.

    However, the delegates were refused entry into the premises by security guards, who closed and locked the gate to the building.

    A security guard said he had instructions from Jabu’s office to pass a letter to the PKR Women’s delegation. Jabu’s letter stated that he would not meet the delegates as he “had prior Appointments”. In his letter, Jabu Advised the PKR Women’s delegation to turn to the police for inquiries and advice on the issue of rape and other crimes.

    One of the security guards even shouted “Bring the policy center it (just take it to the police station)!” In an apparent attempt to intimidate the group of PKR women.

    Zuraidah then contacted Jabu’s office by telephone, asking a member of Jabu’s staff to come down to the main gate to accept the memorandum on Jabu’s behalf. According to Zuraida, an Unidentified staff member answered her rudely, saying, “I do not want to be involved in your squabbles!”

    Zuraidah Kamaruddin and her delegation strongly condemned the lack of courtesy and unbecoming behavior of Jabu’s office.

    Later, the delegates visited the office of Sarawak Minister for Social Development and Urbanisation, son of William Mawan Ikom. On this occasion, the Minister’s secretary accepted the memorandum with courtesy, although Mawan did not meet the delegation himself.

    The delegation held a brief discussion at the Sarawak Women’s Bureau with the Bureau’s Assistant Director, Herlina Jamahari Magic. Herlina said that Women’s Bureau would produce proposals shortly to help the Penan girls and women, and submit them to Jabu’s Ministry.

    Herlina Zuraidah Kamaruddin handed a copy of the memorandum and told Herlina Zuraida that will continue to urge the Federal Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to do more for the Penan survivors of sexual crimes.

    The delegation then delivered a copy of the same memorandum to the Sarawak Education Department. A senior officer in the Department was filling in for the State Director of Education, who was still on leave for Hari Raya.

    The senior officer, who requested not to be named, accepted the memorandum on the State Director’s behalf. He said the department had summoned the Headmasters of the schools in the area where the sexual abuse of Penan girls was reported, for a meeting on the issue. He promised that his Department would do its part to examine the problem and look for solutions.

    The delegation suggested to the senior officer that the Education Department should arrange for the schools to set up the Penan “Parents and Teachers’ Liaison Committees. Such committees, the delegates pointed out, would allow the schools to identify and address the challenges faced by the deprived community – for example, to improve transportation arrangements for poor Penan students.

    Zuraidah and her delegation pledged to continue to press the Federal and State governments to honor the recommendations set out in PKR Women’s memorandum on the Plight of the Penan girls and women.

    Although the women’s delegates were greeted with insults from harrassment and Jabu’s office, they Expressed satisfaction that the memorandum had been delivered to other relevant departments.

    The delegates said they were also encouraged by the initial positive reception, by some departments, to PKR’s urgent call to put an end to the sexual abuse suffered by the Penan girls and women in Sarawak.

    Plight of Borneo’s Penan -Malaysia’s Penan tribe resist logging firms
    Filed under: Native Customary Rights, Politics, logging — hornbillunleashed @ 12:00 AM
    Tags: penan women, penan, indigenous land, indigenous people, Human rights, anti-logging, Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia

    Armed with spears and blowpipes, hundreds of indigenous tribesmen in the jungles of Borneo island have mounted a last-ditch attempt to try to save their land from logging.Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Sarawak on the Penan, some of whom still live as nomadic hunter-gatherers in the rainforests of this Malaysian province.

    IN DEPTH

    Spears versus bulldozers in Borneo

    They have been battling loggers since the 1980s, when large-scale industrial logging commenced in the Malaysian state. At times the Penan have faced intimidation and violent crackdowns at the hands of security forces hired by logging firms and Malaysian police.

    Meanwhile, vast tracts of Sarawak’s rainforest has been stripped of its valuable timber. Now forestry firms are eyeing forest lands for conversion to oil palm plantations, which will likely leave the Penan even worse off since these estates support less game than even logged-over forest.

  10. Penan school girls have claimed they have been raped, sexually abused and taken advantage of, on their way to school. Could you keep quiet if this happened to your daughters?

    Many quarters of civil society have fought hard to bring the issue to the attention of the Malaysian government and the relevant authorities. The issue has been highlighted for more than a year!

    We heard Rosmah Mansor, Mrs PM, say “to me…no child should be left out or deprived of the opportunity to learn,” in one of her speeches in June.

    Why are you, Rosmah, still keeping quiet on the reports of rape of Penan schoolgirls and women?

    And you, Rosmah continue to profess “I have often wondered why so little attention has been paid to this all-important matter of nurturing, caring and educating our children.”

    And you went on to ask “why is it that nations have been willing to spend billions on the physical development of their cities and towns, but have been hesitant to spend more on nurturing and developing the very people who will ensure the survival of the nation?”

    Why indeed? Why does the government spend millions for election campaigns, but declare that there is not enough money to investigate the pleas for help of Penan girls and women?

    Sarawak police have been reported as telling NGOs the police cannot afford Penan-Malay interpreters to conduct investigations!

    Are the Penan girls and women not entitled to seek justice for such accusations of grave crimes against them? Isn’t rape – an expression of power of the rapist over the victim – one of the worst crimes against humanity?

    Isn’t it the responsibility of the government to ensure that crimes are investigated, and the fear and suffering of the people relieved, whether they live in Baram or Batu Lintang?

    Is this deprived Penan community destined to be abused for generations to come, without any investigation? Can we still support a government of this nature, where justice is not seen to be flowing for every single race and community in Malaysia?

    Isn’t it the duty of the government to ensure that social justice should be applied at all levels including the poor, the deprived, the mistreated and the marginalised in society?

    Can justice ever flow like a river in Malaysia?

    Rosita Maja has been writing to Rosmah through Rosmah’s website at the Prime Minister’s Office every day. The emails have been appealing for Rosmah’s attention, to address the issue of the alleged sexual abuse and rape of Penan girls and women.

    The emails have been sent in the hope that Rosmah can take concrete action to fulfill her benevolent vows for Malaysian children of tomorrow.

    People First, Performance Now? Fat hope.

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    the hippo wants to help the penan girls but she has to do some shoppings first.

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    Comment by liewricky — August 31, 2009 @ 6:18 AM | Reply

    Do the right thing. There are many ways to skin a cat, and many roads that lead to Rome. Do not be distracted by others who professed to have found their way to the ears & hearts of the powers that be. That is the old way, the BN way, i.e to discuss behind closed doors and “every body coming out a winner” save of course the parties that was the subject of the discussion!

    Keep it up Rosita, Constantly remind Rosmah of the magnitude of her position & person, be her conscience, someone once said deep inside everyone is a desire to do good, maybe its the same with Rosmah. Happy digging Mon Ami.

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    Comment by Homeboy — August 26, 2009 @ 9:00 AM | Reply

    Rosita, Seems its fallen to deaf ears. Have told you how to do it/go about it to grab PM’s wife attention. Believe me it will work..

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    Comment by audie61 — August 25, 2009 @ 5:46 PM | Reply

    If all the appeals are not attended by rosmah , then a proven fact that she is all out JUST for her own selfish publicity. Nothing more.

    All her chanting of doing good and charity be seen a shame to herself and her husband.

    People’s First ? Performance now ? Prove it !

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    Comment by Angelina Kuching — August 25, 2009 @ 11:41 AM | Reply

    Dear Rosita,

    I admire your persistence in appealing to Rosmah and thank you for being so concerned about the Penans’ sisters. I hope Rosmah will not mind, I did not address her first Lady or sound titles. Even the US president, his people only address him Mr. President. Malaysia is just a humble country, so I just casually call her Rosmah. Stop dragging, back to Rosita, my question is what is the point for you to keep on appealing to somebody who shows no interest, instead of, her coldness makes me feel cold? You are hearing no response. Don’t you think you are wasting your effort, brain cells and time?

    Go to the right channel and go to the right people. Malaysia is not alone on earth. Do not waste time, as in a second or a minute, unforseen or tragic happening will, can or may occur. Salvation mission should come first!

  11. for all you BN supporters to take note:Audie 61 if you are listening:it is time get to pay attention of
    the penan gals rape cases. this is done under the administration of the TAIB mohd BN government.
    it is time audie that you write abouit the penan gals plight.Time to vote out the BN sarawak in all 71seats satring with this seat:N51 BALINGIAN (11326) Abdul Taib Mahmud (BN-PBB)

  12. We, PKR Wanita Keadilan Malaysia, are gravely concerned about the issue of the sexual abuse of Penan girls and women in Sarawak.

    These heinous crimes and extreme violations of human rights perpetrated upon Penan girls and women must be stopped immediately, and perpetrators must be prosecuted as soon as possible.

    The long-standing problem of systematic marginalisation of the Penan people, which has been well documented by many quarters, including SUHAKAM, must be stopped.

    We, PKR Wanita Keadilan Malaysia , hereby urge the Sarawak Government to look into the following issues with urgency, and we demand immediate action.

    1. PREVENTION OF SEXUAL ABUSE

    The government must provide transportation and appoint trustworthy vehicle drivers to drive the schoolchildren to school, and back to their villages.

    Schools should employ more Student Management Assistants (Pembantu Pengurusan Murid) and assign them to escort Penan schoolchildren back to their villages.

    Relevant agencies should conduct awareness campaigns on sexual abuse and violence against women: among parents, staff in schools, and officers in relevant government agencies, including the Royal Malaysian Police, the Health Department and the Social Welfare Department.

    The Education Ministry must build more schools in rural areas to cater for the needs of the children, and to ensure that they do not have to endure long journeys to go to school.

    2. NEED FOR A JOINT POLICE–NGO MISSION

    We urge the police to work together with relevant Non-Govermental Organisation (NGO) activists to conduct a Joint Police-NGO investigation, to travel to affected communities to meet the Penan rape victims. We urge the Police to ensure that the rapists are prosecuted under the law, as an urgent priority.

    3. RESPECT FOR THE LAND RIGHTS OF THE PENANS AND OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

    We urge the Sarawak Government to respect and recognise the rights of the Penan community and the indigenous people, instead of prioritising commercial interests over the survival of the Penans, and the other indigenous peoples.

    We also urge the Sarawak Government to respect and observe the rights affirmed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the UN General Assembly. UNDRIP, to which Malaysia is a signatory, includes the right of indigenous people not to be forcibly removed from their lands or territories, and the right to participate in decision-making.

    COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINAITON OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW) AND THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD.
    The Federal Government must work together with the State Government through the various ministries, including the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Ministry of Education, the Royal Malaysian Police and their agencies, the National Registration Department, the Resident’s Office and District Office, the Sarawak Women’s Bureau, the Social Welfare Department, the Health Department, the Education Department, the Information Department, the Immigration Department and other relevant government authorities, to incorporate principles and policies abiding by Malaysia’s obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    These ministries must ensure that the provisions of both conventions are adhered to, so that the security and protection of Penan children and women are assured.

    We urge the Malaysian government to curb this systematic practice of sexual abuse, and to take immediate action to prevent continued exposure of the Penan community to the risks of such heinous crimes, and to reduce the vulnerability of Penan girls and women.

    The Malaysian government must discharge its responsibilities effectively to the Rakyat. Safety and security for the Rakyat are of paramount importance. Failure to provide security will speak volumes of the Federal and State governments’ negligence in safeguarding the Malaysian people.

    Finally, we in PKR Wanita Keadilan Malaysia, strongly condemn the negligence of the Sarawak Government pertaining to the problems of the Penan communities and other indigenous peoples.

    We urge the Government of Sarawak to immediately implement the recommendations of the national ask force set up by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development in 2008, and work closely with the Federal Government to monitor the implementations. If these measures are carried out, there is hope for a brighter future for the Penans and other indigenous peoples of Sarawak.

    “WANITA BERDAYA HARAPAN NEGARA”
    Salam Reformas
    An explosive (firework) was thrown into my garage early this morning. Powders were strewn all over the tiled floor. Luckily, the explosive did not let off. Otherwise, the consequences could be disastrous.

    The yellowish round explosive landed right beneath one of the cars.

    Upon discovery of the carnage at 7a.m., I had reported the matter to the Police. The police had also recorded my statement and taken the explosive for further investigation.

    The Police asked whether I suspected anybody. Honestly, I didn’t.

    The Police asked whether I had made any enemy recently. Honestly, it is impossible for a politician not to have political enemies.

    I told the police that as a politician I had to do my job. As an opposition politician I have to be a “watchdog” for the people and I have condemned money politics, corruption, lack of transparency and accountability etc etc etc. I have made many statements against politicians from the BN for their underperforming. The statements are made without fear or favour through the media as well as in the Dewan Undangan Negeri.

    As a lawyer I have to handle court cases, and I have some cases which involved high profile personality on the other side.

    This is not the first time that politicians from DAP Sarawak is under threat. Recently, Molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of house belonging to DAP Sarawak State Secretary Chong Chieng Jen. Fortunately, apart from some damage, there was no loss of life.

    I condemn these unscrupulous acts.

    Wong Ho Leng
    27/9/2009

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    2 Responses to “Explosive in my Garage”
    Iban Sibu Says:

    September 27th, 2009 at 5:57 am
    YB Wong HL, I am shocked to hear this. What has Malaysia degraded into – police state? Corrupted state – yes that is proven, but a police state? So much for 1Malaysia.

    One of the concerns many of us, Dayaks, have is the inability of various factions to form a united front in Sarawak. We are concerned that PKR is not performing as expected. We are also concerned that DAP failed to perform its role as a champion for all races, as it does in the Peninsula. I am saying this because there is undeniably a close correlation between this explosive and the power that resist your role in cleaning the state of corruptions and crony governance. But your role alone can’t remove this entrenched evil. You need others, YB Wong. I am also saying PKR needs you as well.

    I am from the older generation and I witness how poverty had destroyed the independence of the Dayaks. Poverty in spirits, materials and visions and BN has thrived in this poverty. Independent minded Dayaks like me, who had existed without assistance from this corrupted government needs a platform to operate. Yet we are sad that this same platform we had hoped for is fragmented.

    YB Wong, evil is indeed in our beloved Sarawak. I don’t know what other country I can go to, or other country I can call my own. Yet everyday I see destruction in the guise of development, I see corruption in the guise of one project after another. Look at Durin Bridge, Airport Road, Sarawak Trunk Road – what word can we use? Where has our Federal Budget gone to? Where has our timber money gone to? Where has the 5% oil revenue been spent on?

    YB Wong, that explosive is an intimidation that only cowards are capable of. I am glad you and your family members are not hurt. Lets see if the police do an intense investigation into this criminal act.

    mabuk Says:

    September 27th, 2009 at 6:22 am
    If there are laws on firecrackers, fireworks and bombs of all sorts including weapons of mass destruction, your case will be made much stronger. The tsunami effect has not ended. It has affected Tiong and Ong. It has affected Samy. It has affected UMNO. It has clearly affected SUPP. Don’t forget SAPP. The hot soup is boiling. Now we see if the culprits will be disciplined by the laws or they will be set free by the people who are supposed to put into the effect

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    Thursday, September 24
    Ng says Jabu should resign as minister

    KUCHING: A State PKR leader Dominique Ng has described as farcical and negligent, the attempted denial by some senior Sarawak cabinet members, especially Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, a Deputy Chief Minister, of the findings of a federal report confirming the occurrence of rape against Penan girls in 2008.

    “Jabu who is the minister responsible of Penan affairs should resign from all his posts to take full responsibility for the whole debacle which has now brought tremendous shame to the people of Sarawak,” said Ng, who is the state assemblyman for Padungan.

    “The whole cabinet should tender an apology to the Penan people of Sarawak,” he stressed, when commenting on the reports of rape and sexual abuse against Penan girls and women.
    He added: “The State government should immediately release the long overdue report in its entirety. It must give a just account to all the people of Sarawak and Malaysia.

    “Police and court action must immediately proceed to return justice to the victims and their families,” he said, pointing out that the Police must be seen to be effective in combating crime, and public confidence in the criminal justice system in Sarawak must be restored and promoted by due promptness and effectiveness of the relevant authorities in action.

    “The persecution and the sorry plight of the indigenous people of Sarawak occur repeatedly and this is a situation that cannot be tolerated by all decent Malaysians.

    “State cabinet ministers concerned should be ashamed of their futile attempts to camouflage the commission of such insidious crimes against our own Sarawak people.

    The international reputation of our beloved Nation and State has been severely compromised,” he said.

    The occurrence of rape of the Penan girls was raised by Ng in the Dewan Undangan Negeri, Sarawak, during its November 2008 sitting after the initial exposure by the Bruno Manser Fund website in mid-September.

    The Star newspaper had on 6 October reported on and confirmed the allegations based on its own on-site journalist investigation, which State cabinet ministers, MPs and State assemblymen had described the reports as “untruths”.

    Even when the reports on the rape have been released and are found to contain some “truths”, there are some Cabinet ministers especially Jabu who question the credibility of the reports. – The Broken Shield

  14. Another 11 more Iban NCR land owners from Abok in the Pantu District in Sarawak have been arrested on Friday 18 September for harvesting oil palm fruits from their own land.

    The arrest was made following a police complaint filed by the Pelita-Tetangga Akrab oil palm plantation.

    This is the second arrest this month in the district. On 4 September six Ibans from Kasindu were picked up together with their three tons of oil palm fruits on a similar offence. They have been released after their statements were taken.

    Cobbold John, an NCR land owner and oil palm planter said that a group consisting of 20 Iban males and five women in the group of 32 people last Friday was rounded up and spent a night in the custody of the Police. They were then allowed to go. Eleven others have their statements taken and are going to be charged.

    “This is a clear case of harassment,” said Nicholas Mujah, Secretary General of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association. “They are not going to be charged and yet they will have to spend one night in the custody of the police. It shows that the companies are able to exert influence over the police and government.”
    The communities’ farm land was taken by Pelita-Tetangga Akrab in 2003 in a joint venture to plant oil palm, despite immediate protest and the filing of a court case by the communities affected. Though they have claimed to do this JV with the community, the vast majority of the communities had rejected the project and their right to free, prior and informed consent ignored.

    As a desperate measure, the villagers have taken to harvesting the oil palm fruits that were grown on their land. Though numerous reports and complaints to the police have been made by the villagers, these have fallen on deaf ears.

    “The government wants the natives not to leave their NCR lands idle. But when the native communities want to develop their own land by planting cash crops such as oil palm, they are being penalised”, said Mark Bujang, Executive Director of Borneo Resources Institute, Malaysia (BRIMAS).

    In Sarawak, native land rights are recognized by the Sarawak State Constitution and their rights to these lands have been reaffirmed through several key judgments in the Malaysian Courts. – The Broken Shield

    Source: http://www.thebrokenshield.blogspot.com

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    Thursday, September 17
    The State government the destroyer of Forests?

    Kuching: The Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS) has called on the State Government of Sarawak to halt its current development policy and practice of developing its 1.7 million hectares of oil palm plantations as its development is tantamount to the build–up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

    In a statement emailed to The Broken Shield, its executive director, Mark Bujang said that over the recent years some 750,000 hectares of land had been planted with oil palm trees, about 70% of this are in deep peat soil area in Sarawak.

    “With this massive clearing of peat swamp forest and conversion of peat soil land for plantations, thousands of tons of carbon dioxide are going to be released into the atmosphere,” he said, pointing out to a study conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2007 on the role peat lands play in human-induced climate change, found out that the world’s estimated 988 million acres of peat land (which represented about three percent of world’s land and freshwater surface) are capable of storing some two trillion tons of carbon dioxide.

    This, he said, was equivalent to about 100 years worth of fossil fuel emissions.

    Sarawak’s peat land is one of the most fragile wetland systems in the world, Bujang said and added that 95% of peat land in Sarawak is deep peat that is more than three metres deep.

    He said: “The state government of Sarawak’s target of planting one million hectares of land with oil palm next year is very alarming.

    “As such, the widespread conversions of peat bogs into plantations will seriously affect environment especially when the stored carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere from drained or burnt of peat lands,” he said.

    BRIMAS he said had over the years carried out field monitoring on oil palm plantations and found out the nature of development activities taken place on peat lands are very destructive with extensive clearing of peat swamp forest and drainage of lands.

    These activities, he added, had resulted in total loss of biodiversity as most of the plantations have taken the easy way out of clearing the lands through open burning.

    “Hence Sarawak is continuously facing and experiencing poor air quality due to haze when there is dry weather,” Bujang pointed out.

    He went on to say that the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO) proposals to amend the RSPO principle and criteria with inclusion of specific measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be lauded and supported by all parties including the Sarawak oil palm owners association.

    BRIMAS also called on the State government to stop issuing new licences for planting of oil palm over any peat land area in the state, he said, and also urged the government to stop the oil palm plantation companies from further clearing of forest for new plantations.

    “By doing so, the government could avoid the accusations of being labeled as destroyers of the forest and ecosystems by opening up lands for oil palm plantations. Not only that, the government could stand high to prove to the global community that it has taken credible efforts in protecting and restoring peat lands in reducing our country’s carbon footprints as the world braces for global warming,” Bujang said.- The Broken Shield

  15. Comments by Sarawak Headhunter in red.

    Nearly 50 years after independence for Sarawak, we see a comparison with the ‘Highland Clearances’ in Scotland during the 18th century when the highlanders were driven off their lands for capitalistic sheep farming.

    Highlanders of Sarawak, beware! Not even Idris Jala can save you!

    The English did it with brutality and thoroughness through “butcher” Lord Cumberland and even obliterated the ‘wild’ Celtic mode of life.

    Even if not so ‘wild’, there goes the Sarawak highland native mode of life, just as surely.

    What we have seen in Sarawak recently has the same capitalist logic, namely, to drive the indigenous peoples out of their native customary lands so that these lands can be exploited for their commercial value and the indigenous people can be “freed” to become wage labourers.

    Freedom to be slaves to the dams and their owners, Taib Mahmud and family and their insatiably greedy “industrialist” cronies.

    Thus, even though the accursed Bakun dam had been suspended in 1997 due to the financial crisis, the government still went ahead to displace 10,000 indigenous peoples to the Sungai Asap resettlement camp in 1998.

    Well, there is a reason for this – the contract for the Sungai Asap camp had already been given out to a multinational company. After all, the whole Bakun area, which is the size of the island of Singapore and home to the indigenous peoples, had already been thoroughly logged…

    And just how much would timber from a virgin forest area the size of Singapore have fetched? The size of Singapore is about 646 sq kilometres, equivalent to 64,600 hectares or 159,626 acres. Based on a conservative yield of 30 tonnes per acre, that would amount to about 4.8 million tonnes of timber, worth RM2.1 billion at RM450 per tonne, if it was all classified as MLH.

    Clear felling could easily yield twice the tonnage, while better species than MLH could be sold for between twice to more than quadruple the price of MLH (depending on species). Easily at least RM5-6 billion worth of timber would have been stolen in this manner, just from Bakun alone.

    Any benefit to the state? Only nominal, since the bulk of the timber income would have been siphoned off and deposited into overseas bank accounts, in this case by Taib and Ting Pek Khiing.

    See Sarawak Headhunter’s post on “Timber – How Do They Cheat?” to get an idea of the scale of the stealing that has been going on and perpetrated by Sarawak logging companies.

    Was any real accounting done? Does anyone trust Taib Mahmud?

    All this happened while Dr Mahathir was the prime minister. Wasn’t he a liability to the BN government then?

    What liability? From their point of view of course he was an asset worth billions.

    I was part of the fact-finding mission to Sungai Asap in 1999 and even then we could see the destruction of so many unique indigenous communities and their cultures, including the Ukit tribe.

    There was only one word to describe what had been done to these indigenous peoples and their centuries-old cultures… wicked!

    Evil more like it! That’s how Taib likes it!

    Banned from my own country

    As a result of my concern for the indigenous peoples and the natural resources of Sarawak, I was told at Kuching airport in August 2007 that I could not enter Sarawak. So much for 1Malaysia! So much for national integration! So much for nearly 50 years of independence! I was not even welcome in my own country.

    As a threat to a multi-billion RM a year scam, of course you wouldn’t be welcome. This is the land of divide and rule, not integration.

    What independence? The natives of Sarawak have just traded one colonial master for another, albeit one of their own – Taib Mahmud – who has lorded it over them for more than 28 years. Taib has raided, looted and plundered Sarawak’s timber resources, while the other Malayan colonial master BN has done the same to its petroleum resources.

    Once Taib is gone, it won’t be long before Sarawak starts asking for real independence.

    But the contracts for the resettlement scheme and the logging are chicken feed compared to the mega-bucks to be reaped from the mega-dams. Even before the Bakun dam ever got started, Malaysian taxpayers had to compensate dam builder Ekran Bhd and the other “stakeholders” close to RM1 billion in 1997.

    How much does it cost to pay our ‘mata-mata’ (police) to investigate the alleged scandalous rape of our Penan women?

    The contracts from building the Bakun dam and the undersea cable run in excess of RM20 billion. Malaysian taxpayers won’t know the final cost until they are told the cost overruns when the projects have been completed.

    But if the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal is anything to go by, the leaks and non-accountability all along the line will result in Malaysian taxpayers paying billions for the same kind of daylight robbery.

    That is the name of the game and that is what we get for voting in such a government and continuing to keep them in power.

    In the early 90s, when the government was trying to assure us that there would be no irresponsible logging in Sarawak, I pointed out in Parliament that if the government could not monitor the Bukit Sungai Putih permanent forest and wildlife reserve just 10 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, how did they expect us to believe they could monitor the forests in Bakun?

    Likewise today, if the government cannot monitor a project in Port Klang just half an hour from Kuala Lumpur, how can they assure us that they can monitor a project deep in upriver Sarawak and through 650km of the South China Sea?

    How can we be assured that we will get to the bottom of politically-linked scandals when the Sarawak police tell us they don’t have the resources to investigate the rape of Penan women and girls?

    How can we be assured that the Sarawak state government cares about its indigenous peoples and its natural resources when NGO activists are banned from entering Sarawak to investigate a part of their own country?

    Taib Mahmud and his evil regime do not care and neither do the Malayan colonial masters in Putrajaya.

    It makes no economic sense

    In 1980, the Bakun dam was proposed with a power generating capacity of 2,400MW even though the projected energy needs for the whole of Sarawak was only 200MW for 1990.

    The project was thus coupled with the proposal to build the world’s longest (650km) undersea cable to transmit electricity to the peninsula. An aluminum smelter at Sarawak’s coastal town of Bintulu was also proposed to take up the surplus energy.

    In 1986, the project was abandoned because of the economic recession although the then PM Mahathir announced just before the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that this was “proof of Malaysia’s commitment to the environment”.

    So what happened to that commitment, Mahathir?

    Mahathir a man of commitment? Mahathir has all his life been committed only to grandscale corruption and deception.

    In 1993, with the upturn in the Malaysian economy, the government once again announced the revival of the Bakun dam project. To cushion the expected protests, then Energy Minister S Samy Vellu gave Parliament a poetic description of a “series of cascading dams” and not one large dam as had been originally proposed.

    Before long, it was announced that the Bakun dam would be a massive 205-metre high concrete face rockfill dam – one of the highest dams of its kind in the world – and it would flood an area the size of Singapore island.

    The undersea cable was again part of the project. There was also a plan for an aluminum plant, a pulp and paper plant, the world’s biggest steel plant and a high-tension and high-voltage wire industry.

    Have feasibility studies been done to see if there will be adequate local, regional and international demand for all these products?

    Six years later, after the economy was battered by the Asian Financial Crisis, the government again announced that the project would be resumed albeit on a smaller scale of 500MW capacity.

    Before long in 2001, the 2,400MW scale was once again proposed although the submarine cable had been shelved. Today we read reports about the government and companies still contemplating this hare-brained undersea scheme which is now estimated to cost a whopping RM21 billion!

    Once it is all under the sea, who’s going to know exactly how much it really cost? That’s the whole idea. If there are no mass protests, the costs could double or triple without any problem – it will all be justified.

    More mega-dams to be built

    The recent announcement that the Sarawak government intends to build two more mega-dams in Sarawak apart from the ill-fated Bakun dam is cause for grave concern.

    Malaysian taxpayers, Malaysian forests and Malaysian indigenous peoples will again be the main victims of this misconceived plan. We have been told that some 1,000 more indigenous peoples will have to be displaced from their ancestral lands to make way for these two dams.

    Apart from the human cost, ultimately it will be the Malaysian consumers who pay for this expensive figment of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s wild imagination. Indeed, enough taxpayers’ money has been wasted – Sarawak Hidro has already spent some RM1.5 billion on the Bakun dam project.

    It is no longer a figment of Taib’s wild imagination but is in the process of being implemented right now. Only his defeat in the next State elections will stop it.

    Right now, the country is being fed conflicting reports about energy demand.

    There is supposed to be a 43 percent oversupply of electricity capacity in peninsular Malaysia. Experienced Bakun dam watchers will tell you such conflicting and mutually contradictory assertions have been used by the dam proponents to justify every flip flop of this misconceived project.

    Apart from the economic cost and the wastage, how are investors supposed to plan for the long-term and medium term? What is the long-term plan for Bakun? Can Bakun compete with the rest of the world or for that matter, Indonesia?

    All this doesn’t matter.

    The suggestion for aluminum smelters to take up the bulk of Bakun electricity have been mentioned ever since the conception of the Bakun dam project because they are such a voracious consumer of energy. Even so, has there ever been any proper assessment of the market viability of such a project with the cheaper operating costs in China?

    This also does not matter.

    Does it matter that the co-owner of one of the smelters is none other than Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS) Bhd Group, a conglomerate controlled by Taib’s family business interest?

    This doesn’t matter either.

    Sarawak’s tin-pot government

    Clearly, Bakun energy and Sarawak’s tin-pot governance do not give confidence to investors. First it was Alcoa, and then Rio Tinto – both giant mining multinationals – had expressed second thoughts about investing in Sarawak.

    “Investing in” or “stealing from”?

    Concerned NGOs have all along called for the abandonment of this monstrous Bakun dam project because it is economically ill-conceived, socially disruptive and environmentally disastrous.

    The environmental destruction is evident many miles downstream since the whole Bakun area has been logged by those who have already been paid by Sarawak Hidro.

    The social atrophy among the 10,000 displaced indigenous peoples at Sungai Asap resettlement scheme remains the wicked testimony of the Mahathir/Taib era. The empty promises and damned lives of the displaced peoples as forewarned by NGOs in 1999 have now been borne out.

    The economic viability of the Bakun dam project has been in doubt from the beginning and the announcement to build two more dams merely reflects a cavalier disregard for the indigenous peoples, more desecration of Sarawak’s natural resources and a blatant affront to sustainable development.

    Does anyone think that they really care?

    When will Malaysians ever learn?

    When the damage becomes too big to be repaired, mere reform is out of the question and revolution is the only answer.

    Dr KUA KIA SOONG is director of Suaram. He was member of parliament for Petaling Jaya from 1990 to 1995.

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    Dam Facts

    FACT SHEET
    BARAM HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM PROJECT
    The Sarawak Government plans to build more hydro-electric dams purportedly to meet the state’s future industrialisation needs. In addition to the Bakun dam project, the Sarawak Government are planning to build another 12 hydro-electric dams at Ulu Air, Metjawah, Belaga, Baleh, Belepeh, Lawas, Tutoh, Limbang, Baram, Murum and Linau rivers including an extension to the Batang Ai Dam.

    Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), 65 percent owned by the Sarawak is spearheading these dam projects.

    The project

    The Batang Baram is the second longest river in Sarawak. The river drains much of the Sarawak northern region as it originates in the central Iran Mountains at the Sarawak/Malaysia-Kalimantan/Indonesia border. It flows westwards through tropical rainforest in the Baram District to the South China Sea. The Miri Resort City is located at Baram delta.

    The Baram Hydroelectric dam site is located along Baram River at about 306 Km from the river mouth. The location of the dam across the Baram River will be between the inflows of the Sungai Patah and Sungai Kahah from the left and Sungai Hit from the right, as going upstream.

    The height of the main Baram dam would be 162 m above foundation level. The dam structure across the Baram River has a crest length of 685 m and the crest level is 180 m above sea level. The construction would be designed as a roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam. Due to the topographical conditions in the project area, a 70m high Saddle dam will be constructed approximately 5 Km south-west of the project site.

    Who will be affected by the Baram dam?

    If the project goes ahead, an anticipated number of at least 20,000 indigenous peoples will be affected and displaced by the dam. These peoples are the Kayans, Kenyahs and Penans whose longhouses and villages are situated along the course of Baram River valley, locally known as Telang Usan. Their settlements are located below, above and around the project site.

    The downstream longhouses/villages are Long Laput, Sungai Dua, Sri Kenawan, Uma Bawang, Long Miri (Daleh Pelutan), Long Pilah and Long Kesseh. In the upstream and within the dam reservoir area are Long Na’ah, Long Liam, Long San, Long Selatong (Kiri & Kanan), Long Apu, Long Julan Asal, Long Julan Pelutan, Long Anap, Long Palai, Long Je’eh, Long Moh, Long Sela’an and Long Semiyang as well as some villages in Akah River that are Long Beku, Ba Abang, Long Tap and Long Tebangan.

    The Baram dam would submerge an area of 38,900 hectares (389 sq km) of land and forest. The area is mostly native customary land, and consists of temuda, cultivated lands, gardens, villages, churches, graveyards, community forests and sites of historical significance. The people are going to lose their longhouses, villages, properties, lands and forests as a result of submergence and displacement by the Baram dam.

    The construction of the Baram dam will create a catchment area of 896,600 hectares (8,966 sq km). Within the catchment area are some major settlements of indigenous communities: the Kenyahs, Kelabits, Sabens and Penans.

    The dam will submerge the existing government schools, Medical clinics, airstrip and other building facilities. There are also logging companies actively operating in the area.

    Baram Dam Project Features:

    Main dam

    Type RCC

    Crest of dam 180 m a.s.1.

    Height of dam 162 m

    Length of dam 685 m

    Saddle dam

    Type Rockfill

    Crest of dam 180 m a.s.l.

    Height of dam 70 m

    Length of dam 1,290 m

    Reservoir

    Normal water level 178 m a.s.1.

    Minimum water level 177 m a.s.1.

    Total storage volume 13,2 x 109 rn3

    Reservoir area 389 sq km

    Power plant

    Installed capacity 830 MW

    Design discharge 684 m3/s

    Design head 138 m

    Average energy generation 5,848 GWh/a

    Turbine type Francis –vertical axis

    Number of units 4

    Catchment Areas 8,966 sq km

    FACT SHEET

    THE MURUM HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT

    WHAT AND WHERE IS IT?

    The Murum hydroelectric project (Murum HEP) involves the construction of a 944 MW hydroelectric dam. The dam is the 1st of 12 new more dams to be built by the State Government of Sarawak. The construction work of the dam has been going on since mid-2008. The dam site is on the Murum River, a tributary of Balui River, about 60 KM upstream of the Bakun Hydroelectric project in Belaga District, Kapit Division of Sarawak.

    PHYSICAL FEATURES

    The Murum dam is a 141-metre-high Roller-Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam that would be 547 metres above sea level, with a length of crest of 510 metres and crest width of 10 metres. It will flood 24,5000 hectares of land comprising native customary land and forest. The dam catchment area is 275,000 hectares of mainly the Usun Apau Plateau, the ancestral land of several Indigenous communities in Sarawak.

    WHO IS AFFECTED?

    The project will inundate and require the forced relocation of about 1,000 Penans. There is also some Kenyah-Badengs, who were affected by Bakun dam but have opted for alternative resettlement after refusing to move to the government Bakun Resettlement Scheme at Asap-Koyan in upper Belaga River in 1998.

    WHO IS BUILDING IT?

    The Sarawak Government has the sole vested interest, being the project proponent and the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), 65 percent owned by the Sarawak state. The Murum Dam project had been awarded to China’s Three Gorges Project Corporation, which reportedly submitted the lowest bid among eight companies.

    The estimated cost of Murum dam project is RM3 billion (875 million USD). To be completed in 2013.

    Kenyataan Akbar Penan Murum

    Telang Usan Hotel

    Kuching, Sarawak.

    Tarikh: 15 September 2009

    Salam hormat. Selamat pagi kepada tuan-tuan, puan-puan dan suadara-saudari kalian.

    Saya bersama kawan-kawan sangat gembira kerana berpeluang dapat berjumpa dengan semua kalian pada majlis yang sangat bersejarah ini. Bagi kami, ini adalah kali pertama sampai ke Bandaraya Kuching.

    Untuk makluman semua, kami adalah wakil semua penduduk kampung-kampung Penan di kawasan Sungai Peleiran-Murum, Daerah Belaga, Sarawak. Kampung kami adalah Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu, Long Malim dan Long Uba dengan bilangan penduduk adalah kurang lebih 1,000 orang.

    Kami datang ke Bandaraya Kuching kali ini bukan datang dengan senang hati namun penuh dengan kebimbangan, kerisauan dan ketangisan. Kami membawa keluhan-keluhan hati semua penduduk kampung Penan di kawasan Sungai Peleiran kerana sangat bimbang dengan kehidupan kami sejak bermulanya kerja-kerja pembinaan projek empangan Murum dijalankan.

    Sekiranya projek empangan Murum masih diteruskan, maka takungan air akibat empangan akan membanjiri tanah adat kami termasuklah kampung-kampung, harta benda, kebun-kebun, tanah huma dan temuda, buah-buahan, tapak perkuburan dan sebagainya. Kawasan hutan dan sumber-sumber yang mendukung kehidupan kami akan turut musnah. Sekaligus, kami akan dipaksa untuk berpindah ke suatu kawasan yang belum kami ketahui dan tidak bersesuaian dengan keadaan kehidupan kami.

    Kami masyarakat Penan juga mahu mencapai kemajuan sepertimana masyarakat lain di Malaysia, khasnya Sarawak. Selama ini, kami sentiasa memohon kepada kerajaan untuk memberi projek pembangunan seperti Sekolah, Klinik Perubatan, Paip air bersih, Pertanian dan sebagainya. Kami tidak pernah memohon pembangunan projek empangan hidro-elektrik seperti empangan Murum.

    Kami sedar bahawa projek pembangunan empangan yang telah dibina di Sarawak telah dengan nyatanya gagal memperbaiki keadaan hidup masyarakat yang terlibat. Contohnya, penduduk-penduduk di Skim Penempatan Semula Batang Ai dan Bakun Asap-Koyan sedang menghadapi banyak masalah, kesusahan dan kesempitan dalam kehidupan harian mereka yang sehingga kini masih belum dapat diselesai oleh pihak kerajaan.

    Kami juga menyaksi bahawa keadaan kehidupan masyarakat Penan Talun, Long Belangan di Skim Penempatan Semula Bakun Asap-Koyan lebih teruk lagi dibanding dengan sebelum-nya mereka dipaksa pindah akibat pembinaan empangan hidro-elektrik Bakun.

    Bagi kami masyarakat Penan di kawasan Sungai Peleiran-Murum juga akan tidak terkecuali dari masalah-masalah dan impak-impak projek empangan sekiranya kerajaan masih hendak meneruskan pembinaan empangan Murum.

    Kami sangat bimbang akan kesan-kesan dan impak-impak projek empangan Murum ke atas masa depan masyarakat dan generasi kami.

    Dengan ini, kami menuntut Kerajaan untuk menghentikan pembinaan empangan hidro-elektrik Murum demi kesejahteraan hidup masyarakat kami pada masa sekarang dan sehingga ke anak cucu kami kelak.

    Sekian, terima kasih.

    Kenyataan akhbar dibaca oleh:

    Sui Along,

    Wakil TK Along Ju dan 6 kampung Penan yang lain di kawasan Peleiran-Murum, Daerah Belaga, Sarawak.

  16. MIRI: Some 200 schoolchildren and 1,300 Penans living deep inside the Bakun region face safety risks daily because a recently-constructed 15m wooden bridge across a seven-metre deep river is about to fall apart.

    The bridge across Sungai Linau, the only link with the outside world for the natives living in the Lusong Laku Penan settlement in Kapit in central Sarawak, is being eroded by rising river water.

    The bridge was built by a multi-billion ringgit timber concessionaire last month after it dismantled an iron bridge upon completion of its logging activities in Bakun.

    The Bakun dam, some 200km from Lusong Laku, will slowly be flooded next month, and the timber firm has pulled out all its heavy machinery, trucks and workers from the area.

    On the way out, its workers also dismantled the iron bridge and left the folks in Lusong Laku stranded. Following widespread criticisms, the company built a wooden bridge as a replacement.

    “When the rainy season comes, the wooden bridge will not be able to withstand a flood,” said Ulu Rejang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo.

    “I am worried about the safety of the folk there, especially the schoolchildren (of SK Lusong Laku).

    “The river water has been rising steadily due to heavy rain,” he added.

    Lusong Laku chief Penghulu Jati Jarang sent a message out from his settlement that the bridge needed to be reinforced with supporting structures at its base and sides.

    He added that the base of the bridge was wobbly, and there were no side railings.

    “The wooden bridge is only four logs put together. One slip and it is a seven-metre drop into the river,” he added.

    Billy Abit said if the wooden bridge was to be washed away, the people across the river might end up with another food crisis.
    Written by Admin

    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:33 am
    Posted in Uncategorized

    Tagged with logging, Penan

    SUPP too comfortable in BN: Chong
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    By Lee Ya Yun
    Source: Borneo Post

    MP says slumbering party will come to its senses only if it loses more seats
    KUCHING: What Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) needs now, if it is to serve the people more effectively, is “greater competition”, said state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen.

    He said SUPP was feeling comfortable in the BN and was slumbering away.

    He said the party should be woken from its slumber and that the surest way to achieve this would be to give it “greater competition”.

    “SUPP should be given greater competition, only then it will come to its senses. The competition I mean is, let it lose more seats in the state election, only then it will think seriously of the people’s need and act accordingly,” he told a press conference here.

    Chong said a competition where SUPP lost more seats would eventually benefit the people.

    For example, he said, the Chinese community was given more allocation in education only after Gerakan and MCA, two Chinese-majority parties in the peninsula, lost badly in the March 8 election.

    The Bandar Kuching MP said this in response to SUPP secretary-general Senator Datuk Sim Kheng Hui’s statement on Sunday that if SUPP were to be badly defeated in the next state election the Chinese community in the state would lose their fighting ground.

    Sim said the state constituencies under the party were more ‘shaky’ compared to those represented by other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties.

    “The seats that could really be shaken are those allocated to SUPP. If SUPP is badly defeated in the coming state election, while other BN component parties successfully defend theirs, the Chinese community will lose their fighting ground,” he said.

    In the 2006 state election, SUPP lost eight out of 19 seats it contested, losing six to DAP. BN managed to defend 62 out of total 71 constituencies.

    Chong pointed out that the statement made by Sim had been repeated by SUPP in the past but problems affecting the Chinese community did not show major improvement.

    “The Sarawak Chinese community already gave SUPP the chance to fight for their rights for the past 50 years. However, they can’t settle many issues and problems even during the peak of the party,” he said.

    He pointed out that the four main issues faced by Chinese community in the state were Chinese education, land titles, government projects and security.

    He explained that the government until today refused to recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC) of the Chinese independent schools although other countries like Singapore already recognised the certificate.

    “Besides, the issue of land titles is not only affecting Chinese but also the natives in Sarawak. What people require is automatic renewal and low renewal fee.

    “The third issue is about government projects where the open tender is still a problem faced by many Chinese contractors,” he said, without elaborating.
    Written by Admin

    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 am
    Posted in Barisan Nasional, DAP

    Tagged with Chong Chieng Jen

    PBB leaders don’t see PR as a threat to S’wak BN in next election
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    By Mohamad Abdullah
    Source: Borneo Post

    MIRI: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said peninsula-based Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition parties are not a threat to the state Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next election.

    He said the state BN had shown its sincerity in helping the people through their struggles and brought tremendous development to Sarawak and its multi-racial community.

    “Pakatan Rakyat is not a threat to the Sarawak BN government in the next election as its agenda is different, merely to disrupt the peace and harmony of the people here and condemn BN leaders for their achievements in bringing about progress,” Daud told The Borneo Post yesterday.

    The state BN under the leadership of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, he said, was always ready to face any treat from the opposition.

    He was commenting on the recent efforts of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to set up a PR pact in Sarawak.

    The Tupong assemblyman said BN component parties were ever ready and always work hard for the people.

    “Everybody or any party can form any pact because we practise democracy,” he said.

    However, Daud said history had shown that opposition groups trying to topple the state BN government would fail as the people were not on their side.

    This was because, he explained, the people could see through the opposition’s agenda and realise they would not bring any benefits.

    Daud, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, said the current opposition pact comprised parties that were too busy with their own political agendas to work for the people.

    He said the state BN government, made up of PBB, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), had continued to work closely with the people, to identify and address their needs.

    “BN doesn’t think that Pakatan is an issue in the state, as the people can judge for themselves our progress under the BN government’s leadership,” said Daud.

    Fellow PBB vice-president Lihan Jok said as a Sarawakian born in 1967, he could understand and feel the work the BN government had done for the state’s multi-racial community.

    “Good things are happening under the BN government and there is no other alternative than the BN government to implement progress and development for the people,” he said.

    The Telang Usan assemblyman called on the people not to be hoodwinked by the opposition, which was only capable of harping on sensitive issues to disrupt peace and harmony among the people.

    He urged Sarawakians to rally behind BN leaders, especially for the second wave of development under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which was Taib’s roadmap for development in the state.

    Lihan said in his constituency, there were good programmes put in place by the government, adding that the BN government had also introduced stimulus packages for greater rural development.

    He warned the people not to gamble with their future by voting for the opposition.

    “I still believe that Sarawak is a peaceful state and I do not see any other alternative (other than BN) to govern,” he said.

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