BN “Timely Festive Greeting…??”

The management and staff  of audie61 would like to wish all our muslim friends and readers,”Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri” Please drive home carefully “Maaf zahir dan batin, Pandu cermat pasti jiwa selamat.”

It seems the UMNO SG has certainly found the appropriate time to get noticed and be the talk of the Raya Holidays in Sarawak. He seems to be rubbing more salt in to a very delicate situation and this internet report will not win him many friends amongst the ‘closest aides” to CM Taib.


Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident it will keep Sarawak regardless whether Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud leads the ruling coalition, its secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

But Tengku Adnan reminded state party leaders to be aware of public sentiment outside the coalition and to assess the political situation carefully.

“Whether he is there or not there it makes no difference; BN will still win in the next election. But as you know, recently PBB came out with a statement saying that he should carry on,” he said in an interview with The Malaysian Insider.

“It is not for the party to say,” he added, noting that the coalition wanted to keep its two-thirds majority in the Sarawak assembly.

Taib, who has served as Sarawak chief minister for the past 29 years, is said to have been under pressure from another leading BN Sarawak member — the Sarawak United Progressive Party (SUPP) — to step down due to his unpopularity in urban areas where the Chinese-dominated party is contesting.

Tengku Adnan, also Umno secretary-general, however stressed that federal party leaders would not interfere in Taib’s final decision.

“In Sarawak, I believe that Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud will evaluate what the people really want. He is a statesman, I believe he does not want to destroy Barisan Nasional. It is up to him decide. As you know, we do not like to meddle in the component party members affairs,” he said.

  Taib has helmed the Sarawak administration for close to three decades. — file pic

Taib leads the Sarawak BN and also its largest party, the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB).

 All PBB branches expressed support for Taib’s continued leadership of the state in its next polls, soon after he declared that he would step down if he was no longer needed.

SUPP leaders have recently met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to express their concern on issues affecting the state BN.

Its president and Sarawak deputy chief minister, Tan Sri George Chan, had said this week they received strong support from Najib and would be meeting with Taib soon.

Chan, however, did not elaborate on the details of his meeting with Najib, who is the national BN chairman.

“We also know what is happening there. We know the situation there. I believe the chairman and the prime minister must have spoken to the chief minister, telling [him] the actual situation in Sarawak and what we need to do in order for us to remain in power,” said Tengku Adnan.

He also dismissed talks of SUPP abandoning the state BN ahead of the next Sarawak election.

“The situation with SUPP is because they felt that they are no longer effective in the state because of some shortcomings in the state itself. But they have not left [the] state BN, they are still a component member of BN Sarawak and their state assemblymen are still in the Cabinet of Sarawak,” said Tengku Adnan.

“We hope that they will still stay on as a component member of BN Sarawak, irrespective of whatever their feelings are and their performance in the last election,” he added.

Tengku Adnan also reminded the SUPP that they are in a real partnership where no component party will be left out.

He also said that the party and the Chinese community would still be represented even if SUPP does not do well in the next election.

“We have been ‘married’ for a long time. We cannot simply ditch our partners just because they are not doing well,” said Tengku Adnan.

The Chinese make up only 26 per cent of the Sarawak population, but they reside mainly in urban, more developed regions of Malaysia’s largest state.

There are two Chinese SUPP ministers in the Sarawak Cabinet and five assistant ministers.

The current term of the Sarawak assembly expires in July next year and the government is expected to call for state election by the end of this year.

The opposition collectively won nine seats in 2006, seven of which are Chinese-majority.

“We are in a real partnership. We don’t have a loose arrangement. Take for example Gerakan. We appoint the president as a minister,” said Tengku Adnan referring to Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon who was made senator and appointed to Cabinet despite failing to win a federal seat.

He also played down the fear that the Chinese would not be represented in the next Sarawak government, adding that SUPP’s problems could still be mitigated.

“I still believe if certain things [are] done now, maybe Sarawak needs new faces in certain parts. Maybe George Chan has been there too long, maybe Wong Soon Koh also has been there too long,” said Tengku Adnan.

“Maybe they need some new faces, but as I said, we are also taking risks with new faces,” he added.

Chan, 74 has been a state assemblyman since 1983 and was appointed deputy chief minister in 1996, while state Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, 68, first won his state seat of Bawang Assan in 1991, and has been in the Cabinet since 1996.

Tengku Adnan also reminded the state leaders to solve the native customary rights (NCR) land issue, which has been used by the opposition in its campaign.

“The RM20 million given for land survey, I said, yes, people will applaud, but at the end of the day they want to see their land titles. We need to perform,” said Tengku Adnan.

Najib in his recent visit to Sarawak announced an allocation of RM20 million for the surveying of NCR land.

The measure was to ensure the government’s recognition of the Sarawakian natives’ land ownership.


5 thoughts on “BN “Timely Festive Greeting…??”

  1. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to all Muslims in Malaysia

    BN Secretary General Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan is definitely well aware of situations in Sarawak which give advantage to the opposition PR to cry loud on those issues. However, Sarawak BN, PBB and its chief seems to attempt to sweep the problems under the carpet of the Dewan Negri and let all the bullied to continue to be bullied, those robbed continue to be robbed. This old general is good in making the brother parties fighting one another so that their PBB stay strong and in control of all benificial opportunities for their beloved YBs and his family members and cronies…..So, dont balme the people and the 26% Chinese from swinging away from supporting BN as nothing seems to be improving and Federal is staying dumb and mute

    The next State poll will tell many truth though State BN is gearing its best to once again showing Feneral how great and amusing the Taib administration can “PLAY” & “CHEAT” in elections in the state. An awakening call is ringing well and good, and SIBU is the door step; not because PR or DAP is better but that people have cried out their silent voice on the ballot papers

    SUPP will be badly defeated both by PR and BN too. The fact and reason need not to be described and repeated. It definitely fall to the TSUNAMI of dissatisfaction of current State BN administration. Likely, some PBB/PRS/SPDP strong holds will face tough battle and defeat. Time is running and time is up. I believe our SB boys have relatively clear information on all areas, some may be paitned YELLOW and some RED

  2. For the first time in the history of Sarawak Barisan National and Taib/Ministers’ Hari Raya Open House, not only one but two buses are provided free to shuttle any well wishers but mostly will be hungry “ghosts” to visit these co-called leaders. What does this imply? These goons who hope to attract as many visitors to visit Taib’s open house know it will only boost their ego and that the numbers of visitors will not translate to a show of support for PBB/BN and Taib.

    Wishing all Muslim brothers and sisters especially those who had endured sufferings and poverty that they may be blessed abundantly. Selamat Hari Raya Adilfitri.

  3. Not Only Taib Mahmud Must Go. UMNO dominated BN government led by Najib must go too. Malaysians are not only voting against certain personalities but voting for Change and voting against the current system and corrupted regime.

    Najib’s new cash cow

    It does appear that the graft accusations swirling around town have hit a raw nerve. Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the operator the Malaysia Today website, has been at forefront of a series of articles exposing the ramifications behind several huge privatization deals. His website has been blocked and is down for a third straight day.

    Not only has he accused Mahathir, Badawi and former finance minister Daim Zainuddin of helping Tajudin pilfer from MAS, Raja Petra also alleged that Najib was now using the national railway company as his new cash cow.

    Najib inked a controversial railway deal with S’pore
    “A deal to supply coaches worth RM1.4 billion went to a company involving Najib’s wife Rosmah and two other women. The coaches were said to be worth only RM300 million and do not function,” Raja Petra wrote in a recent article.

    On Friday, Mahathir – who is the patron of Perkasa – defended the group after Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan disavowed links with it. His comments generated talk that his rift with Najib might widen as result of this dispute.

    “Perkasa members are Umno supporters. It would not help Umno’s cause to turn them away,” Dr Mahathir told the New Straits Times.

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  5. According to a joint NGO statement, Taib is “one of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats” who has “systematically plundered the rich Borneo jungles for timber”. “Most of the state of Sarawak has been illegally absorbed into the possession of his cronies and family members through ‘privatisations’ and the handing out of palm oil and timber concessions, via arbitrary state acquisitions of native lands.” This has resulted in “environmental destruction, serious human rights violations and poverty.”

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