Sarawak “71 Pieces of Silver”

The rumour mill generated by some senior political figures in Sarawak are beginning to catch on like wild fire. The catch ‘Give us 71 Million dollars for 71 Independant candidates in Sarawak and in return we will do an MOU with you and pay you handsomely in the tune of 1 Billion when we wrestle the State.”

Any truth? They even said that they are in negotiation with a China firm to print the Tshirts for their supporters and distribute it throughout Sarawak. The wordings of the Tshirt will take the form of “Do you want Sarawak to be run by only ONE MAN.” There will be printed in different colours and design.

We check with our source again and asked him,”Your source reliable or not..?” He replied this guy is loaded and he is an established anti government business man who is not a local.” It’s cheap to throw in “71 Pieces of silver” as Sarawak has abundance of natural resources,land,oil and timber.  Imagine winning 25 seats by this independant group and they will certainly be the KINGMAKERS and they will be strong to negotiate with whichever parties that want to form the government with them,

We are under strict orders not to print the names involve in this Political Concept. There are very serious as negotiations are ongoing and it certainly will be a very tough outing for the State BN ruling  government. It will even be as close as the 1987 affair when there were only 48 seats available to wrestle.

One obviously will point to the fact that when its election time,”Every tree will be swaying left or right” Rumours or speculations will not come about if no one moves the idea. There must know what they are against besides BN there is also PR. Even in Australia there was a “hung Parliament” and dont rule out a same sort of scenario happening in Sarawak’ Land of the Hornbills”

You make your own assumptions……!!!!

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38 thoughts on “Sarawak “71 Pieces of Silver”

  1. Friends and supporters of Pakatan will not be distracted by some wild bush fire raging before election time. Malaysians4Change. Save Sarawak. Save Malaysia. Taib Must Go. Vote Pakatan4Change.

  2. It is only a true victory if there are challenges. If the air is calm and water is still when election is around the corner , then something must be very wrong.

    TQ audie61 for all this interesting info.

  3. Way too far fetched!

    Anyway, here’s another rumour, through the grapevine..check it out Audie.

    There’s talk of DAP YB Chong Chieng Jen looking to run against the incumbent George Chan in his backyard (piasau) in the next state election since george is most unlikely to contest in Kuching!

    true ka?

  4. Why Malaysians must reject UMNO dominated BN government in Putrajaya and in every states?

    No right thinking Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks,Kadazan, Dusun, Penan, Kelabit, Murut, Kenyah and Kayan and who can proudly call themselves Malaysian should continue to vote UMNO doninated BN mindlessly. Say NO to UMNO dominated BN government. Vote for change and a better tomorrow in Pakatan.

    The ultimate Malaysian debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja? — Nurul Izzah Anwar

    August 31, 2010

    Perkasa claims to defend Malay rights in a multi racial Malaysia. And these Malay rights are inalienable, non-negotiable and permanent. Those that disagree with their interpretation of these Malays rights are deemed treacherous and should leave Malaysia.

    In the spirit of Ramadhan and Merdeka, I would like to invite Perkasa to a Constructive Engagement for a new beginning for Malaysia with me.

    I would like to ask Perkasa, several key questions to better understand, and together seek real solutions for the crisis it claims the Malays are facing.

    I believe that Perkasa is the current vocal, and not necessarily the majority voice of the Malays. And by all indication, Perkasa is the alter-ego of Umno.

    If Perkasa can be engaged constructively and a resolution found, then we would have answered the acid-test of Malay concerns once and for all?

    To have an honest Constructive Engagement or dialogue, I suggest that we must decide on four fundamental principles.

    First, we must base our dialogue on an agreed standard reference document. Should it be the Malaysian Constitution? The Umno constitution? Or the Perkasa constitution?

    If we are unable to decide then our dialogue becomes futile and a monologue at best.

    However, looking at how Perkasa continues to refer to Article 153 (even brandishing a copy of the constitution in media events) we can infer that the Constitution indeed is the preferred standard reference document for this dialogue.

    Second, once we decide on the standard reference document, then we have to address the issue of constitutional interpretation?

    For example, nowhere in the written constitution is it mentioned specifically of the existence of the term ‘Malay rights’. Instead the only term spelled out is the ‘Special Position’ of the Malays in Article 153.

    The Article contains specifically, of the powers vested in the Yang di Pertuan Agong to ensure that places in the civil service and institutions of higher learning along with quotas in the allocation of scholarships, and permits or licences required for business and trade are reserved for the Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

    Another case in point is interpreting to reconcile the ‘Special Position’ of the Malays provisions with other non-Malay citizens with Article 8(1): “All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law”; and Article 8(2): Except as expressly authorised by this Constitution, there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent or place of birth in any law relating to the acquisition, holding or disposition of property or the establishing or carrying on of any trade, business, profession, vocation or employment.

    It would be ideal to have a mandated entity such as a Constitutional Court or at least a Constitutional Council appointed by the King to act as the final interpreter of any constitutional issues.

    The role of the King is central to the issue of constitutional interpretation, as Article 153 of the Constitution states that: “It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article.”

    However, it should be noted that the existing judiciary already acts as an interpreter of constitutional matters in Malaysia.

    For the purpose of this dialogue, both sides can present their interpretation of the constitution to be rebutted subsequently.

    Third, the dialogue be made public and presented to the people for feedback and validation.

    Again, it would have been ideal if a Referendum Process is legalised whereby such fundamental issue can be decided and resolved by the citizens and made binding to all.

    As an alternative, the public feedback for comments and recommendation mechanism through letters or the internet would have to do. It is not binding but it would be a measure of public participation, which can only enrich our democratic process.

    Fourth, the dialogue format is suggested as follows, I shall submit my point of view in the form of this open article to Perkasa for a rebuttal, and also later for Perkasa to provide their version for my subsequent rebuttal.

    The outcome shall be presented to the public for comments and recommendations.

    Then as a test of sincerity I invite Perkasa to a Publicly Televised Debate.

    Dialogue Safeguards

    I propose both Perkasa and I will indemnify all political parties from our views.

    Maybe Umno might disagree with Perkasa’s views or PR mine. And all political parties can participate at the comments and recommendations stage if it wishes.

    To avoid being seditious, I propose that our views are qualified as an attempt to seek clarification and not to challenge or repeal the Constitution.

    I believe that Perkasa and I are true Malaysians and Patriots, but that only our views may differ, hopefully for now.

    However, if Perkasa refuses to engage on this matter at all, then it is sufficient for the people and history to judge this dialogue as my sincere attempt to reach out to them for the sake of our country.

    My first question is; who is a Malay?

    Article 160 of the Malaysian Constitution, defines Malay as being one who “professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay customs and is the child of at least one parent who was born within the Federation of Malaysia before independence of Malaya on the 31st of August 1957.”

    Therefore, constitutionally, a Malay is one who speaks the language, practices the religion of Islam, and performs the rights and rituals of its culture.

    My question to Perkasa is, spiritually and intellectually, does a Malay accept injustices, power abuse, corruption, racism, anti-democratic laws, state institutional degradation to ensure that the Malays are a Supreme Race in Malaysia, with first class citizenship privileges not to be shared with other non-Malay citizens?

    My second question is; what are Malay rights?

    Malay rights is an ideological and philosophical and not a legal and constitutional construct.

    Article 153 only mentions the ‘Special Position’ of the Malays, and not the ‘Special Rights’ of the Malays.

    The term Malay rights is alluding to the unwritten ‘Social Contract’ that defines a ‘Malay Agenda’ which has been extended to include the term ‘Malay rights’.

    The Social Contract outlines certain privileges that the Malay community enjoys in exchange for granting citizenship rights to non-Malays during independence by the founding fathers as contained in Articles 14-18, Chapter 1 Part III- Citizenship, of the constitution.

    These privileges collectively, are referred to as the ‘Malay Agenda’ which includes provisions on the status of Malay rulers to be preserved, with the head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to be elected from His Majesties. Islam would be the national religion, and the Malay language would be the national language. The ‘Malay Agenda’ also includes provisions of economic privileges accorded by Article 153.

    It is also pertinent to note, that according to the Reid Commission that drafted the constitution, Article 153 was intended as temporary preferences to seek racial parity, subject to be reviewed after 15 years by Parliament as to its continued need.

    It then should have been reviewed in 1972 but was preceded by the 1969 race riots. Efforts were made, that no sunset clause be included for Article 153, and that under the Sedition Act (1971), it is illegal to be discussed even by Parliament.

    These economic privileges in the aftermath of the 1969 race riots, was then institutionalised into the New Economic Policy (NEP) which was then extended as the New Development Policy (NDP) from 1990-2000 and currently we are in the final year of the 3rd Outline Perspective Plan (OPP3 2000-2010) which also includes the National Vision Policy.

    However, we welcome the announced change from a race-based to a need-based affirmative action policy as outlined in NEM, but if past practices are any indication, the initial affirmative action stance along with an affiliation-based discrimination will still remain. We will continue to find that the actual wealth distribution will still be skewed to the cronies of the ruling elite.

    This has become a ‘Malay Right and Entitlement’ and the cornerstone of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, which continues to even overshadow the New Economic Model (NEM) initiated by the Najib government today.

    My question to Perkasa is, has the concept of ‘Malay Rights’ now become a permanent convention that supersedes even the written constitution in policy and practice that has to be accepted by all non-Malay citizens?

    My third question is; what is the Perceived ‘Malay Anger’ about?

    Can it be that the ‘Malay Anger’ built on ‘Malay Insecurities’, may appear to be racist in form, but in essence is a ‘Malay Siege Mentality’ defensive reaction, to the failure in achieving the NEP goals (reborn as the NDP in 1990, followed by the OPP3 and refined as the current NEM) after 40 years of implementation?

    Can it also be that the false sense of losing Malay Entitlement and Privileges has crystallised into a political ideology of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, that further divides the nation?

    Can it be that the Malays feel that they are getting poorer, marginalised and disillusioned in their own country in spite of the NEP and billions spent?

    Can it really be that the ‘Malay Anger’ is conveniently blamed on the industry of the non-Malays and reformed minded Malays?

    It seems that the ‘Malay Anger’ is centred on economic entitlements rather than on cultural, royalty, language, legal, educational, religious or political power deficiencies, where the Malay remains dominant and rightfully unchallenged, as seen from the official affirmative action policies, institutions and civil service population composition.

    Could it be that the real question nagging the Malay psyche is, what then is the value and utility of having the Malay traditional dances, Royal institutions, Malay language, Malay medium schools, Federal and State Religious bodies, Syariah court system, civil service and the Federal and State governments remain dominantly Malay, when the Malay feels poor?

    It is this imbalance of achievements that creates a dysfunctional Malay identity of being only Political Masters in name and not in wealth that keeps ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ alive.

    The ‘Malay Anger’ is purposely focused on the dismal achievements of NEP goals and targets that is used as the justification to continue it ‘permanently’ at all cost and beyond reason.

    Instead the angry Malays should focus on the diminishing ‘enabling’ factors to equitable and sustainable economic growth (as increasing the economic pie to achieve NEP targets is the main premise to wealth redistribution policies in NEP) caused by cronyism, corruption, wastages, leakages, wrong resource allocations (big projects phenomenon), racism, anti-democratic laws and state institutional degradation and abuse that in reality subverts and undermine achieving the well intended NEP goals.

    My questions to Perkasa are;

    Where does the real blame for the ‘Malay Anger’ lie? Is it with the NEP results or is it with its selective implementation, where only the ruling elite few and their cronies benefit to the detriment of the Malay majority?

    How can Perkasa explain just one example, which is the well documented NEP leakage of RM52 billion in equities originally allocated to the Malays that have been sold off?

    What impact has cronyism, corruption, wastages, leakages, wrong resource allocations (big projects phenomenon), racism, anti-democratic laws and state institutional degradation and abuse have in shaping the ‘Malay Anger’?

    Who has really betrayed the ‘Malay Agenda and Malay Rights’?

    My fourth and last question is; what is the end-game scenario that the unresolved ‘Malay Anger’ will lead to?

    In my final analysis, only through free and fair elections that the people can decide if ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ or ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’ shall define Malaysia.

    Once the next general election outcome is determined, and if ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is victorious, then some may choose to vote with their feet (emigrate with massive brain drain and a diminishing tax base), and some will choose to vote with their wallet (domestic capital flight compounded with decreasing FDI that further stunts our economic growth), which in turn will indicate the makings of a potential failed state with irreversible consequences.

    What is left will be a shell of a former Malaysia that could have been a great example of a democratic and pluralistic nation to the world.

    We are truly at a monumental cross-road for the soul of our nation.

    As a reminder of a possible way forward out of this ‘Malay Dilemma’, a Malaysian statesman, the late Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman once argued that “the question (of the ‘Special Position’ of the Malays) be left to the Malays themselves because as more and more Malays became educated and gained self-confidence, they themselves would do away with this ‘special position’.” Ismail believed the special position was “a slur on the ability of the Malays.”

    After 53 years, are we Malays not educated and self-confident yet?

    After 53 years, are we Malays still ignorant to the real causes of our problems yet?

    After 53 years, are we not Malay enough to act as the protector and provider of justice, equality, dignity, fraternity, liberty and peace for all who choose to co-exist as partners and fellow citizens yet?

    In conclusion, we the Malays must stand up and do what is right for Malaysia and our children as they face the challenges of a competitive borderless world.

    Would we be so blind and selfish to risk their future for our sins of the past and our deliberately induced insecurities of the present day?

    Then my last question to Perkasa is; Will you allow our country to remain in name as Malaysia or be renamed as Malaysaja?

  5. When election is near the corner, all sorts of story and information fly in the air; some can be very true, some not and some nonsense….

    However if someone has the wealth and ability to “buy” over all seats and form the next state government, the worry is he/she might also rule the state with privatised power limited to his/her cronies/family and teams ending up the state is more seriously and disasterously PLUNDERED…lands will be robbed, trees will be fallen, even grave yards have to move places…what more to say about the fate of the poor . Then, we are jumping out from the “ONE MAN” into another “ONE MAN”

    Whatever it might be, let us put our trust and bet our future on PR….first make collapse the corrupted governance of BN Sarawak

    70% of the 47 years, we have wasted by trusting BN and tolerated the 27 years of Local White Raja’s rule. In a world of rapid advancement and development, do we still regard ourselves blessed and grateful? Reality in Sarawak tells you and me all the facts and figures

  6. Figure this out.

    If there are 3-corner contests in all the 71 state constituencies, guess who is going to win.

    To someone who has billions, 71M is peanut.

    DAP & PKR (Kuching), quarrel some more and the voters will punish you!

    You think you seats “pao win”? Wait & see.

    • ah so good to hear Fairland Sarawak a song I used to sing in school with pride. Now as a grownup, I realise the lyrics contain democratic principles that we as loyal sons of sarawak should struggle to achieve

  7. Asking for RM71 millions and in return paying back RM1B is ridiculous and so unreasonable. It would be more sensible to ask for 30% i.e. RM300M. RM1 million for each constituency may sounds like a good sum, but …… Now, Taib is being forewarned and guess what? He will make full use of his huge wealth to defend his government. He can even throw RM10M or RM20M per constituency. His, is not only the advantage of money but the multipliers such as media, government departments, election commission, PDRM, community leaders and BN partners from Malaya.

    Bearing this in mind, let us try to examine this same matter in the financier’s perspective. Supposing the independents will not get sufficient number of seats to realize their objective, what is the alternative condition in place of RM1 billion? Will the financier just forget his money if the independents are not able to form the next government?

    That RM1 billion which the independents are “obligated” to pay the financier is the Sarawak’s rakyat money and this exercise is purely blatant misuse of state fund. Are we Sarawkian so stupid to allow this daylight robbery happening right in front of us? We must not tolerate this. There are numerous allegations of siphoning state funds by the current government, and allowing RM1 billion to be siphoned by the independents is beyond comprehension of any reasonable man.

    So, my humble conclusion is that, there can’t be any truth in the rumour as it is against the element of logic, sensibility and reasonableness. Anyway, I stand guided.

    • Audie61 and or staff will need to master the art of spinning that can be substantiated with documentary evidence. Malaysians are no longer living in their emotional caves.

      • Have you read this,”we received a number of hate mails already when we published this out…if you are not agreeble the cyber space is free and we will publish what we think is relevant at the time.rgds keep blogging
        With the state elections fast approaching, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB) is in a big dilemma as its registration has yet to be approved.

        “We will still contest as independent candidates in the 71 seats if our party is not registered in time,” said its protem secretary Mohammad Noh Bakri.

        “We have told you before that we will contest in 71 seats even as independent candidates. The party has already identified candidates for the elections,” he said.

        “It is the wish of our members that we contest,” he added, pointing out that the party membership has now reached more than 200,000.

        Mohd Noh said that they had made a number of appeals to the Registrar of Societies to speed up the registration.

        “But it seems that our appeals have fallen on deaf ears. This is clearly a violation of human rights,” he said without elaborating.

  8. If there is an ounce of truth in this story . it is very sad . We are the going backwards where money rules . This is how Sarawak has been rule for all these years !! Might as well forget about Sarawak for change , unleash the potential of youth and so on . Change we must but for the better !!

  9. Agreed, Buying the candidates or the elected representative and form a MONEY-MADE government is an INSULT to the people of Sarawak and those voters. If Sarawak government-for-the-people is a cheap stuff that can be traded (buy and sell), we need not talk about using every ballot in our hand to roll out our rights to choose our entrusted ones in the government and house of representatives. (This is total prostitution)

    We admit many of our less educated and poorer state peole could easily be lured by cheal cost of money (RM15 or 20 or 30 a vote) but the main reason is the fear against the “revenge” of the BN government to make their lives more difficult by taking away grants of assistance to the areas or longhouses not supporting BN, Example, the longhouse Tuai(s) fear loosing his positions, salary and the project allocation to their longhouses therefore electricity and water would not be given, roads would not be constructed, schools not built, chicken project not awarded and so on and so on…..We have felt sad and embarrassed by all these and yet now there is intention to “TRADE” the electoral seats and “Government”, where we are haeding in our course of state politic? Do we not heading total destruction?

    Dear people of Sarawak, you should wake up against all these political gaming…we have suffered too much too long. Poor African countries are heading the positive courses of improvement and development, are we replacing them back to the 60s and 50s? We need think of years to come and the fate of our later generation and our future society; we need waking up!

    We have been the STUPID PEOPLE, the lauging stalk and the bullied groups as well as the most backward state in politic of Malaysia….We then need to clear this name of STUPID PEOPLE

  10. “Racial polarisation in the country is not caused by the country’s vernacular school system but more by the government political, education and economic discriminative policies.” – an educationist said today.

    The prime minister and all the Umno ministers will never admit that polarisation arises more out of the race-based policies and privileges one race gets over another.

    Similarly, there are other areas of our daily lives where terminologies used have made us view certain practices as privileges rather than sacrifices. For instance, the bumi discount for houses.

    The total sale value to the developer is still the same. It is just that the non-malay buyer is likely to be required to pay for some of the discount given to the malays.

    But the longer the NEP policies continue and the greater the vehemence with which Umno politicians issue threats, terminologies will change and more people will talk about these practices or policies in words that may not sound as pleasing to the ears of the beneficiaries.

    Obviously, at that point we shall probably see a new round of discriminations and disagreements. Unfortunately, as long as only weak people take on leadership roles within Umno, threats will continue, NEP policies will be sustained and corruption will prevail.

    That unfortunately is the legacy we have as Malaysians.

    The basic building blocks of unity, whether you are uniting different ethnic groups in a country or trying to re-engineer a corporation of differing cultural values, are the same.

    The principal parties have to be treated as equals – nor special privileges no favours that would favour one group over another. Any privilege that is given should be given to all on the same basis – for example, special privilege given to the financially poor regardless of race or ethnic origin.

    It is only on this equitable footing that you can foster true nationalism and build lasting unity, since each component group will have the same stake in the nation and has equal likelihood in reaping the rewards or suffering the consequences.

    My recommendation to the government, not simply as a businessman but also based on pragmatism, is not to waste any more taxpayer ringgit on nationalism programmes until it has established the pre-conditions for its success.

    What is sad is that, after almost five decades of independence, we have been unable in Malaysia, to bring globally-vision leaders to the forefront – leaders who can see beyond racial boundaries to recognise the immense sociological and economic potential that can benefit all Malaysians.

    • That was what Lee Kwang Yew had been warning Tunku Abdul Rahman of the path Malaysia would be heading after Tunku sacked Singapore from Malaysia in 1965. His prophecy came true when Dr Maverick Mahathir became the country’s 4th PM.

  11. Is the language diversity in our educational system a stumbling block to so-called ‘national unity’? Despite the insistence of this idea by the self-interested ruling elite, it is simply wrong.

    And the common use of English did not stop Americans from fighting Britons in the War of Independence. And let us not forget the American Civil War – both sides spoke English.

    And to the contrary, we see Europeans of different mother tongues coming together in a democratic manner to forge a united continent in the form of the multilingual European Union with common standards of human rights, governance and democracy.

    English-speaking people with different mother tongues are also now living peacefully in five different sovereign and independent countries namely the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

    It is time for the Malaysia ruling elite and their ideologues to stop spreading the voodoo of that language diversity hampers national unity.

    The root cause of national disunity is none other than the existence of race-based political parties like Umno, MIC and MCA, which perpetuate race-based affirmative action policies and which only benefit the upper class BN gangs and their sons, daughters and cronies.

    • The issue of vernacular primary schools has little to do with national integration. The medium of instruction doesn’t matter. The biggest issue of vernacular primary schools is simply that the quality clearly points to the failure of Umno-led BN government, the legitimacy of the very philosophies and policies particularly its hegemonistic malay agenda.

      If the vernacular primary schools are allowed to expand, clearly the percentage of malays in these Chinese primary schools would expand striking at the heart of the malay agenda. It would increase integration but not the malay agenda.

      There is no proof that different medium of instruction decrease national unity. What would decrease national integration would be if they thought different philosophy – and for example – religion based schools. Even military schools have been shown to breed disintegration of its students from the larger population.

      The idea of teaching Mandarin and Tamil to attract non-malays to national schools is a non-starter. Firstly, again the medium of instruction is a low low issue compared to the quality of education, secondly, there is already a severe shortage of Mandarin and Tamil teachers that national schools would never be able to do even a half-past-six job of it.

      Thirdly, so long as Islamization of national schools is not stopped in its tracks, non-malays would always avoid it, simply because learning is just harder in a marginalized uncomfortable environment.

      Vernacular schools are allowed to continue as it is simply because removing it would be perceived and rightly so, as eroding the citizen rights of non-malays, i.e. the very right of education – the only upward mobility tool the non-malays has. Non-malays second class citizenship will become third class with things like further Islamization of this country.

      The issue of vernacular schools is not about national integration, it is about hegemonistic malay agenda. The fact it is an issue points to heart of our national problem.

  12. My school in the 50s and 60s when terms like bumis and non-bumis did not exist.

    Back then, there was a kind of kindred among school children then that does not exist today. We were racially different but we were all equal in every other way. Nobody was – special.

    Today when a non-malay student goes to school, he has already been told over and over again by his parents that, “You will have to do superlatively in order to get into a local university.”

    The child comes back having done creditably well, and doesn’t get the university course of his choice. But his malay classmate, with worse marks than him, gets more than he asked for.

    All these double standards and retrogressive policies were put in place by our selfish politicians whose aim, rather than uplifting the malays, was to perpetually stay in power for their own good.

    The end result is a new generation of Malaysians who are not united in the least.

    The first thing to be done towards a real Bangsa Malaysia is to pull down all divisions that categorise us along racial and religious lines.

    All, irrespective of race and religion, must be subjected to a truly merit-based system in every sphere of Malaysian life.

    All political parties that exploit any form of religion should be banned.

  13. Wong Soon Koh says, “Even if SUPP lost all its seats BN will still be government”. Our answers to Soon Koh is ..so? Actually what Soon Koh means was if Sarawakians want to sink SUPP make sure to sink PBB, SPDP and PRS too! Alright Soon Koh, we heard you loud and clear..we shall take hid of your advice and sink BN and send you guys together with Taib to the bottom of South China Sea. I didnt actually want to be so cruel..but..what choice do we have?

  14. Sarawak Energy: Norwegian CEO Assumes Responsibility for Controversial Mega-Dams
    Former Norsk Hydro manager Torstein Dale Sjøtveit to be paid 1.2 million US dollars per year for replacing the Sarawak Chief Minister’s brother-in-law as CEO of Sarawak Energy Bhd.

    KUCHING, SARAWAK / MALAYSIA, January 5, 2010, –/WORLD-WIRE/– Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, a Norwegian national who has formerly worked as an executive with the Norsk Hydro group, has recently been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sarawak Energy Berhad Group, a state-owned power monopolist in East Malaysia.

    In his new position, Sjøtveit will be in charge of implementing the Sarawak state government’s plan of constructing twelve new dams on Sarawak’s main river systems. The dams are bound to destroy the livelihood of thousands of natives and to further deteroriate Sarawak’s fragile tropical forest environment. Even before the completion of the highly controversial 2400 MW Bakun dam, construction work on another mega project, the 940 MW Murum dam, has started.

    The Sarawak government refutes all criticism of its excessive power generation plans. Last September, police detained fifteen native leaders who attempted to hand over a protest memorandum to the authorities in the state capital, Kuching.

    Bakun Dam
    Bakun Dam under construction
    “To dam the rivers constitutes a disruption of the native communities’ traditional way of life”, said Kuching-based indigenous lawyer, Baru Bian. “It is the destruction of their land and history. Their very existence and livelihood are being threatened.” Baru, who chairs the Sarawak branch of Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party (PKR), suspects the dam plans are also a “pretext for extinguishing native land rights in the watersheds of our main rivers, in the name of a public purpose. There is no real need for these dams as we have enough power in Sarawak.”

    In a first media briefing, Torstein Dale Sjøtveit said he had visited both the Bakun and Murum dam sites and found them very impressive. 54-year-old Sjøtveit replaces Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s brother-in-law, Abdul Aziz Husain, who has handed over to Sjøtveit without an official explanation being given.

    The Bruno Manser Fund has learned that Sjøtveit will be paid an annual salary of 1.2 million US dollars (tax free) and will be provided with free housing. Sarawak’s average annual household income is estimated to be around 10,000 USD (35,000 Ringgit) per year.

    For more information, please contact:

    Bruno Manser Fund
    Socinstrasse 37
    4051 Basel / Switzerland
    http://www.bmf.ch,
    info@bmf.ch
    Tel. +41 61 261 94 74

  15. Lee Kwang Yew made English the official language of Singapore by downgrading Chinese to the same “rank” as Malay and Tamil although Chinese was the majority and formed more than 70% of Singapore’s multiracial population.

    India also did the same by making English its official language. Will UMNO controlled BN government has the balls to follow these two progressive nations?

    • In Malaysia mastering English is consider as less patriotic to the country or will make you less Malays or an insult to National language BM.Soon Malaysians will speak Malayenglish,a new language,i nak duduk exam lah,harap dapat result yang baik.It is easy to learn BM nowadays in Malaysia by using direct translation from English like dedikasi,inovasi,destinasi.About 10 % of Bm are taken directly from English. Easy job for DPN.just copycat only after all Malaysians are great copiers or followers of others. Even our national anthem,Negaraku from Terang Bulan Indoesia 1 Malaysia, 1 Isreal.Nothing surprise at all even in language translations or any TV programmes.

  16. In Malaysia, political statements from Barisan Nasional are murky, mind-boggling and misleading. It is not as simple as “what you see is what you get”, in this case what you hear is not what it is. No wonder most people find the Malaysian political scene tiresome. It is akin to a long serial drama or soap opera with no end in sight as there is always a twist, double twist or even a triple somersault in every plot, sub-plot and plot within a plot.

    By Selena Tay, The Malaysian Insider

    • Precisely, one minute the Jala warned that Malaysia would be a bankrupt nation by 2019 if the already corrupted and bankrupt BN government did not withdraw subsidies to the rakyat and corporations and now the Nut Case in Permandu had just unveiled an ETP (economic transformation plan) amounting to trillion ringgit over the next 10 years as if money would be dropping from heaven or perhaps they have discovered that all the oil palm mills in Malaysia could be used for printing the trillion ringgit they needed?

  17. Doesn’t it concern anyone that straight “A” SPM students can hardly speak English, fail their university Matriculation and do poorly at international-standard exams such as GCE?

    By Aizuddin Danian

    The school system, fragmented by the need to have national schools, non-national schools, chinese schools, madrasahs (islamic schools), and everything in between is a mess of epic proportions. By trying to cater to everyone, we end up helping no one.

    The syllabus is poor (you can’t expect ill-qualified teachers to teach something beyond their own capacity to understand), the curriculum subject to political whims (English should have been made the language of at least half the subjects in schools) and the bar constantly being shifted in order to ensure a good Ministry of Education report card (doesn’t it concern anyone that straight “A” SPM students can hardly speak English, fail their university Matriculation and do poorly at international-standard exams such as GCE?).

    • I am not been racist but many of the national schools have high intake of Malay students and some as high as 80% or more. What would be the logical thing to do to show a good report card and ensure majority would proceed to STPM ? Notwithstanding the above, many of these school are also equipped with half past six teachers who had gone through the same process a decade ago. What do you expect when the passing mark for Maths, Science and English could be as low as 15 or 20 marks ? Hence if these smarter students could score an average of 50 marks for 15 subjects they would be given 15As.

      In the early 70s if students who could not pass the common entrance examination twice after a repeat, to proceed to Form 1, they would have no choice but to study in vocational schools. Now the idiotic Education Ministry under UMNO led BN was mulling to do away examination for UPSR and PMR?

  18. Ho :idea: Ho :idea: Ho :idea:
    :idea: Taller than the tallest tree :idea: Deeper than the deep blue sea :idea: RAKYAT support Pakatn Rakyat not bcoz they are rich or powerful BUT bcoz they care for all RAKYAT n fair to all + not RACIST :idea:

  19. NO HOLDS BARRED
    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    That’s the problem with some Malays when you take them out of the
    kampong and send them to school. They think that just because they
    went to school this means they have also received an education.
    Do they know that going to school means just that; that you have gone
    to school? It does not mean you are educated. After all, you can take
    the Malay out of thekampong but you can’t always take the kampong out
    of the Malay.
    And this is the problem with those Malays who are still sending me
    hate-mail and the Malays in Umno and the Malays in Utusan Malaysia and
    Berita Harian as well as the Umno Bloggers. They are still talking
    about getting me. Well, stop talking and come get me. But first go get
    an education and stop embarrassing the entire Malay race with all this
    stupid talk.
    And this includes the IGP and AG and Umno Ministers who are all
    singing the same stupid tune. They are all demonstrating that they
    know nothing about
    the law. And that is pathetic because they are supposed to be the
    lawmakers and enforcers and upholders of the law. Yet they are
    ignorant of the law.
    What do they plan to get me on? Do they wish to slap me with a new ISA
    detention order? Detention without trial does not apply in the UK .
    Furthermore, whatever I wrote since February 2009 was written outside
    Malaysia . And Malaysia does not have any jurisdiction on what I do
    outside the country. My host country would have to arrest and charge
    me in the event it feels I have committed a crime on its soil.
    For example, in the UK , I can enter into a gay marriage (now, even in
    church) and, like Elton John, can receive a congratulatory message
    from the British Prime Minister. Malaysia can’t extradite me for
    sodomy since what I did I
    did in the UK and not in Malaysia — where sodomy is a crime. So the
    crime must have been committed in Malaysia and must be a crime in both
    Malaysia and the UK — dual criminality — before Malaysia can
    extradite me.
    Or do they wish to slap me with new charges? What new charges? A crime
    under the Official Secrets Act maybe on the PKFZ Cabinet Papers that I
    published? Sorry, in the UK they have the Freedom of Information Act.
    So it is not a crime to reveal information of wrongdoing by the
    government. In fact, it is the opposite. In the UK it is a crime to
    hide information of wrongdoing. So here in the UK I would be given an
    award, not an arrest warrant.
    Maybe they want to re-charge me on the old charges that have been
    dropped (discharged not amounting to an acquittal)? Well, there
    were only two charges. One was for sedition and the other for
    criminal defamation.
    The UK no longer has the Sedition Act. This law was abrogated on 1st
    January this year. So, under the dual criminality clause, they can’t
    extradite me for that charge. So that leaves only one charge left, the
    criminal defamation charge.
    Okay, let’s talk about that one remaining charge then.
    I am alleged to have defamed Rosmah Mansor. But Rosmah is not a
    government officer. She is only the one-time mistress of Prime
    Minister Najib Tun Razak, a home-wrecker who stole another woman’s
    husband. Just because she is Najib’s sex partner this does not make
    her a Malaysian government official. So the criminal
    defamation law does not apply to her. How, then, can I get charged
    for criminal defamation?
    Would this mean if I were to defame half a dozen other women then I
    would face another six criminal defamation charges just because Najib
    also had sex with them and therefore they are now officially employed
    by the Malaysian government?
    Bila kata Melayu bodoh, marah. Tapi kalau dah bodoh nak kata apa lagi?
    Anyway, never mind. Come get me. Apply to extradite me. Then let’s see
    what the court has to say about that.
    What crime did I commit under
    the criminal defamation charge? I signed a statutory declaration at
    the Kuala Lumpur High Court in front of a lawyer and the court
    registrar. Then the lawyer sent it to the prosecutors in the Altantuya
    murder trial.
    In the UK that is not a crime. That is a duty. If you have information
    that a crime may have been committed — even if you are not too sure
    but there may be a possibility — then you must report it. And that is
    exactly what I did; I reported it.
    And in the UK those who report a crime are given immunity and cannot
    be charged for the crime of reporting a crime. But this is what
    happened to me in Malaysia — I was arrested and charged for reporting
    a crime.
    This is what the British
    court said:
    The utility of a properly managed system of informers is recognised
    throughout the common law world. As long as crimes are committed,
    informers have a role to play in their investigation and prosecution.
    They may either be professional informers, acting for self-serving
    purposes, or they may be ordinary citizens, motivated by
    public-spiritedness. Whatever their reason, it is in the public
    interest that nothing should be done which is likely to discourage
    persons of either class from coming forward (R v Rankine [1986] 1 QB
    861 at 865).
    You need more ‘enlightenment’? Then read the point below which
    explains the issue:-

    A person who reports a crime cannot be charged, like what they did to
    me in Malaysia . This is something that the IGP and AG (or the Umno
    Bloggers, Ministers, etc.) do not seem to know. And that is why they
    need more education on how the law works.
    And only after they have received this education should they attempt
    to extradite me. If not then even a non-lawyer like me is going to run
    rings around them. And that will buat Melayu lagi malu.

    ***
    Please help to spread the message if you wish to see changes for a
    better Malaysia . Forward to everyone in your email contacts list,
    asking them to send out via their email list too, so that more people
    will come out to vote wisely in the 13th General Election for a
    better Malaysia for your children and their children too.

  20. Make sense. Afterall Malaysian in general and Sarawakian in particular are LIVING IN CHINA TOMORROW. And Mariam Mokhtar in her blog did mention that Sarawak is mortaged to China by Putrajaya.

    Interesting to see the following sequence of governance: –

    Rajah Brooke – Japanese – British Colony – Malaya Colony – Chinese colony and so on and so forth . . .

    No thanks to the corrupt malaya government

  21. Have all read the F total racist statements from PERKASA, how do you feel? This PERKASAR has the Tun Mat blackhand backing…the most racist ever PM since the formation of Malaysia; now you all see his true face and colour. All dirt and wick revealed.

    PERKASA(R) is the cancer in the BN colon, the poison in Najib’s administration, and the threat to all other races. What does ISA has to say about it and its PH head?

    PERKASA is welcome to hold PENTAS in Sarawak, do their road-show to campaign their great motive and objective, then let us see what will happen. After 47 years of Malaysia and all through the beautiful history of BN governance, racial harmony is going from good to bad because UMNO politic has totally damaged it. Najib should act if he is to look into the future of the nation and stop the down fall of BN. The time is up, the cancer must be treated before it is too late

  22. S’waks voters hv to be extra gila in voting out BN from S’wak. As voters we only hv 2 seconds power during voting. So make sure u really use ur power of voting. God bless u all.

    • When DUN is dissolved the rulers become the subjects and the subjects become the rulers. We had given BN the power but they had abused it and we shall take back that power.

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