Is New Wine Better than Old?

A DAP Sarawak Youth leader was quoted to have said in an internet portal that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was actually Barisan Nasional (BN) old wine in new bottle.

PBB Publicity Chief Datuk Idris Buang came out to rebuke this by saying to him that he should look into at Pakatan Harapan’s leaders and component parties before he comes out with this statement.

Sure enough, there was a lot criticisms and comments directed to the DAPSY leaders statement and in a way this is another way of diverting the truth that is happening within the country. 

There is even an explanation on a nice caricature image which we picked up from the ever reliable cyber world. Let’s take our front row seats and enjoy the popcorns while it last.

We know technology is a tool which must not be abused but sometimes it helps to explain certain situations in perspective.

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An extracted statement below from an Internet portal will send some of our thoughts wondering into cyberspace and whether our MINDS have been misled.

Extracted fully:- 

After eight months of taking over federal power, a political analyst today noted that there has a general sense of disappointment with the performance of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Associate Profesor Bridget Welsh said with race relations continuing to be an underlying factor in the Malaysian political landscape, Harapan has indirectly sidelined some of its existing support base.

“Unlike US President Donald Trump who had responded to his political base and hold on to power, in Malaysia we don’t see that.

“So all sides are somewhat disappointed,” Welsh said at a forum organised as part of Help University’s Conversation on National Issues series themed “Building a New Malaysia: Agendas and Aspirations”.

Despite Harapan’s long list of promises, Welsh likened the country’s current state to the situation in Myanmar where expected democratic reforms have slowed down to almost a halt.

Welsh, who described the situation as being deeply worrying, attributed the general public disappointment to an overall fragmentation of the society and Harapan government’s perceived focus on attempts to increase Malay representation in Parliament.

In the ongoing nation-building process in a new Malaysia, Welsh noted that it is important to resolve the issue of leadership and move towards a peaceful transition of power from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, as has been reportedly planned.

“We have a power struggle going on for the succession between Mahathir and Anwar.

“This is one which has been going on and being fueled largely by people around them,” she said.

“It is a product of lack of trust between individuals within the system and this has actually been quite destabilising for the nation,” she noted.

Mahathir had repeatedly reassured that he would honour his “promise” to handover powers to Anwar.

The Port Dickson MP, meanwhile, had similarly called for an end to speculations of a rift between him and Mahathir.

Commenting further, Welsh projected possible scenarios of how the succession could play out, including a “numbers game” situation where she said both Mahathir and Anwar are currently at a stalemate.

“They will have to work together as neither individuals have enough numbers on their own. They are dependent on each other.

“But unfortunately the situation is fluid, many people don’t see that,” she said.

“Efforts to win people to different sides is ongoing and a lot of ‘frogging’ is ongoing,” said Welsh in reference to a spike in post-GE14 crossovers, mostly from Umno to Bersatu.

Responding to rumours of alleged attempts to boost Bersatu’s strength against other Harapan parties, its’ deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir had previously stressed that the party will not open its doors to Umno lawmakers looking to cause a rift within Harapan.

On the role of Umno and PAS as part of the opposition front, Welsh said the former has been rendered unviable following its election loss, while the latter’s Islamist stand is untenable as a national party.

Former G25 member Tawfik Ismail, who was also on discussion panel, expressed similar concerns on the “shared Umno genes” within Bersatu and other Malay-based parties in Malaysia.

“By accepting Umno into Bersatu you get the ghosts of Umno haunting you,” said the former Umno Sungai Benut MP, who noted that it would be very difficult to break apart culture of political patronage long associated with the largest Malay-party in Malaysia.

The first session of its kind to be organised by Help University, the panel also featured former ambassador Redzuan Kushairi, G25 member Sheriff Mohd Kassim, HELP University deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Zakaria Ahmad and Price Water House Coopers Malaysia partner Patrick Tay.

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GABUNGAN PARTI SARAWAK 09/01/18

Today 09/01/18 marks a New Beginning for the 4 Sarawak Local based Political parties in PBB,SUPP,PRS and PDP.

The unveiling of the New Logo of GPS means that this coalition will go into the next PRN12 as a UNITED FORCE AND LOCAL SARAWAK POLITICAL TEAM.

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“Lest We Forget, Tengok Belakang Sikit”

Seriously!!?

Even before the Grand Launching of Gabungan Parti Sarawak ( GPS) the stage has already been set for demands to be met to appease certain members of the coalition. 

It has been reported widely and commented also by political analysts in the news media, political blogs and it does seem to be cornering the dominant party in PBB.

The coalition partners in GPS are trying their utmost to arrest the shortcomings in the beginning even before ‘negotiations” are tabled to be discussed. In short according to this headlined:-

PDP WANTS ALL THREE STATE SEATS TAKEN BY PBB BACK 

ISN’T THIS ROCKING THE BOAT TOO?

Didn’t we hear the this kind of statement being uttered previously by the President of PDP towards his coalition partner and its extracted fully from the print media dated October 26th 2018,”it is shocking that a leader of one of the component parties decided to rock the boat instead of consolidating the ruling coalition’s power.

Tiong, who is Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president, said this when asked for his reaction to the recent outburst by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Masing when demanded for more even distribution of state seats among the GPS component parties.”

We refresh our readers further with this extracted statement

“Masing said there should not be a dominant party in GPS having more than half of the assemblymen in the State Legislative Assembly.

Masing pointed out that GPS must allow other parties to be involved and have their say.

In response, Abdul Karim, who is PBB vice-president, said: “If PRS feels that being a part of GPS would be too unbearable, they can always politely opt not to be a member

“You cannot call yourself a friend but at the same time tell your friend off. There are limits that PBB can take.”

Karim is spot on when he said this ,”These matters are supposed to be discussed in closed-door among ‘members’ who aspire to to be part of this coalition.

He meant it very well in a political sense as he does not want the dirty linens to be hung up for the opposition to capitalise. 

According to an Emeritus Professor he questioned the “operatives behind” the statements of the Party Presidents. They could be drilling into their minds by even having the audacity of equal distribution of seats amongst the 4 Parties.

Could this Happen,”82 seats divided equally amongst the 4 parties?”

Of course it will be far fetched and don’t rule this out as GPS is venturing into the unknown too.

Wan Junaidi, a former federal minister and former PBB supreme council member was also quoted to have said,”There is no point getting more allocation of seats but lose them to the opposition,” 

An aide to former MP Saratok even added in that PDP according to informed sources is none existent after the last GE14.

The party in Saratok area is as good as giving a free ride to PKR to win “tanpa bertanding in PRN12”

What has the party done to wrestle back Krian? What’s the Plan for the Saratok area in Totality?

They talk about the seats and trying to claim which are won by now the PBB incumbents in Bekenu, Batu Danau and Pakan. They have named SG Balan Rining to wrestle back Ba’kelalan from PKR Incumbent and Federal Works Minister in Baru Bian. 

I ask the party to “TENGOK BELAKANG SIKIT”

What happened in the last PRN11 and GE14?

It was also the “Last March for Barisan Nasional Coalition in Saratok, and in Malaysia” 

The party losts to PKR Ali Biju in the State Seat PRN11 and also the Federal Seat in PR14.

bn3The aide continued by quoting State Minister and also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (BPP) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah,”

He said PDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing was trying to rock the boat when indicating that PDP would not only be reclaiming three seats – Pakan, Batu Danau and Bekenu – from PBB but also aiming to stake claim on two others held by other components of GPS.

“I fully agree (that Tiong is rocking GPS boat). I hope PDP and Tiong (also Bintulu MP) could think more towards winning for GPS than just for their own (PDP) only.

PDP now holds only three state seats – Tasik Biru, Marudi and Meluan and they should concentrate their resources on maintaining these seats instead of going all,”‘gungho” by the “operatives behind.”

We know that it is the parties right to request for its’ traditional and former seats but it must be done through closed door and consensus.

THE POWER OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA IS HUGE AND NO ONE MUST DENY ITS VERY EXISTENCE IN POLITICS TODAY.

Many are using this technology to convey the message across first and create a ripple effect. 

SUPP too has come out openly to claim Opar,Mambong and Engkilil and Dr,Jerip who is Deputy President of Party Bersatu Bersatu (PSB) has said he left it to the wise decisions and full confidence of the Chief Minister for accommodating the GPS plus members.

GPS knows that it is a daunting task as it faces the next State elections as PH Sarawak has the full backing of the Federal government.

Every seat is now crucial for GPS and “lest we forget” about the lessons learnt in the last GE14.

When we wrote the article,”

“PILIHAN RAYA NEGERI SARAWAK 2021” 

we asked a Senior member of the GPS fold for his political insights and statement. He said for GPS to maintain relevance in Sarawak and especially to the rakyat,”There must not be Personal Feelings or Glory or even Individual Component Parties Pride going into PRN12.

There must also not be questions on how to run the coalition by openly fighting in and out and also within the parties involved and making terms to suit themselves.

This would be a clear cut for death.

Currently, the GPS ruling coalition controls 72 out of the 82 seat in the State legislative Assembly.

We certainly do not want a spilled over effect and if this happens it will be also a Last March for…..

 

Are we getting the Changes we Voted For?

Malaysians went to polls on May 9th 2018 and the Barisan Nasional Coalition was voted out of power. In an unprecedented victory, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, which had been the country’s federal Opposition prior to the election, won a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

What has Happened Since ?

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Extracted fully from an Internet Portal

We ushered in the new government with much pomp. Now I understand changing the government may be much easier than making the new government work.

I can see reactionary forces gradually taking centre stage. The ideals of Pakatan Harapan are either being sidelined or misinterpreted.

We think we are being democratic and tolerant by allowing racists and bigots to instigate and rant all day without considering the adverse consequences of such antics.

We have a politician advocating “winning by hook or by crook” and we think it is alright. The irony is this person is now entrusted to revamp our electoral system. Are we for real?

We have Cabinet ministers making statements on the succession plan for the prime minister, probably out of their own insecurity rather than for the stability and effectiveness of the PH government.

Why not urge Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim to work together instead of trying to pit them against each other?

Seriously, I think it is neither the place nor the occasion for any minister to make any comment when the prime minister himself has said he will relinquish the post to Anwar, probably within two years.

Any other comment probably implies bad faith and a personal agenda.

We respect the smokers’ right to protest and to take legal action against the government, but we are hesitant to right the wrong over the many protracted cases and issues inherited from the previous government, which include repressive laws, unsolved cases and unresolved grievances.

Every day we talk about insurmountable problems — scandals, debts, wastage, poor governance, etc, but have we even begun to harvest some of the low-hanging fruit?

Not only have we not solved the problems in the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), we are even trying to create new ones.

The tolls are as expensive as petrol on a per kilometre basis in Malaysia. Yet, all we can do is to freeze the increase but with compensation from the national coffers paid to concessionaires.

We blamed the previous government for “bribing” and for feeding the vote bank, but do we not see the same antics being used now?

Every day, it is special payments here, special subsidies there. Hello, please don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Everybody must work and everybody must earn a living.

Previously, when the government did something wrong, there were many vocal critics. Now, we don’t even have vocal critics around anymore. All are too busy trying to join the bandwagon.

TK Chua is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

New Frontiers for Engaging Youths

We have often heard of the phrase,”The Youth is Our Hope for the Future” The State Government of Sarawak knows that too.

The youth vote bank remains the FOCUS of the opposition to turn the tide to their advantage as they embark to wrestle the State from the ruling government.

The battle of the heart and mind is very much in the rural enclave and since 2014 the then Minister of Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan said his ministry have noted that the ‘important assets of the nation’  rural youths needed to be exposed with skills and expertise so that they too could contribute to the country’s development and progress of nation.

He was quoted then in his budget winding up speech that various programmes initiated by the ministry in collaboration with agencies have been focusing on inculcating individual values in volunteerism, artistic talents, sports, entrepreneurship, association and education.

“These aspects are important in preparing our youths to face future challenges with intellectual, physical, emotion, social and spiritual strengths.

Today’s Youth are different from the days when he was at the helm of the ministry and with the digital technology and dissemination of information, the YOUTHS today want to know the reason WHY THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING and be Involved. 

When Datuk Karim was made the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry Tan Sri Mawan was very enthusiastic and knows that this Youthful Idealism would be further realised as Karim himself said,” These is a very interesting portfolio which is very close to my heart. I’m a person who loves sports, travelling and arts.

I’m thankful and consider myself lucky that I have been given a portfolio which is of interest to me because if you’re not passionate about things, doing it might not be to your contentment,”

Furthermore,Karim’s role is to make sure that the youth support Abang Johari’s vision in developing areas like digital industry, e-commerce and faster Internet connection in the state. This will be realised for the benefit of the URBAN YOUTH enclave. 

mawan1In an exclusive interview since he joined PBB as supreme council ex officio Tan Sri William Mawan with glitter in his eyes says that Sarawak together with the Youths will go all out to defend Sarawak Rights as the BEDROCK AND THE FOUNDATIONS have been laid earlier.

Sarawakians in Totality are also thankful to the present ruling government for embarking on the Rural Transformation Programme(RTP) which is also in line with the Youth transformation programmes focus on engaging more rural participants.

He knows the present leadership under CM Abang Johari and Abdul Karim as the Minister they will continue as this is a NEW FRONTIER when we engage with the youths.

We must  not lose sight of the youths who are very determine in their ideas.We must not only care for their well being. These are important prerequisites and touch points for the YOUTH.

We must also RENDER the necessary assistance for them to organise projects, programmes,activities and willing to put the TRUST that they must know how to manage themselves.
This will have a Far Reaching Effect and Solution for the Government of the Day.”

The People makes the country and the Leaders that are voted in will determine that the close knit relationship with each other will ensure Sarawak will be heading to a greater and beautiful future as we wind down the year 2018.

Sarawak will look towards 2019 with greater anticipation and the New Frontier for Youths will be further achieved and realised by this engagement.

Tan Sri Mawan as a former Minister of Social Development holds dear to his heart the Youth of Sarawak and he wishes all of them a very Happy New Year 2019 and he will continue to support their endeavours.

Cheers to the New Year, which will hopefully be full of good luck and happiness for all Sarawak too. 

Saya Punya,”Lu Jangan Kong Kali Kong”

He who strikes first wins but though this is not always the truth. It does depend on the circumstances and someone must have read it wrongly on the very fundamentals of the principles in politics to their party leader on this matter.  

Knowing his character and persona some within the party faithful will have egged him on to strike the first blow even though the “solidarity of the newly registered GPS coalition” will be jeopardised

The political gossips have reached fever pitch and they are concerns amongst experts that someone has just thrown a “spanner in the works”.One must remember that GPS was born after the BN coalition lost in the last GE14. Previously there were 13 Parties in the BN Federal coalition and after the lost the coalition collapsed.

GPS a Sarawak Coalition of PBB,SUPP,PRS and PDP was thus born. However there have been certain issues which are already aired out openly.

Will this help the Chief Minister who is also the head of GPS?

In times of political uncertainty GPS must consolidate and must not be left swimming in the drain too by pure dissatisfaction and distrust even before a formal consensus is reached. There must be solidarity and not of a SINGLE PARTY INTEREST which will throw out all equations.

aIt was reported in a local daily that PDP’s move for the coming 12th state election, including to reclaim the seats rightfully belonging to the party and to claim for two more seats.

This has not gone down well with those close to the incumbents who won the seats when a ‘”formula” was reached by the then Sarawak and Federal BN Coalition. There were direct BN candidates fielded in some ‘new’seats to ensure ‘winnability’ for the coalition which the Presidents of the Parties were involved too.

A  senior assemblyman who was involved in the last elections said,”Let us not talk about which seat is ours and focus on winning only for GPS. Don’t talk about traditional seats or history.

Don’t bring the dead and buried to HUNT the living. It should be about members of GPS first instead and anything less than that will spell disaster for GPS. 

Could the seats diversion be also used to quell the internal bickering within PDP?

If it was it would be disastrous for GPS as even now another coalition partner is already questioning the statement,”

The Party President of PRS said the,” party will find out exactly which two seats the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) is lobbying for.

“We (PRS) will find out which seats they are lobbying for, and why.”

“Why are they eyeing them, what are the reasons behind it, and do those seats belong to them and were they there before?”

Don’t jump the gun first even before the formula’s are agreed upon in the first meeting scheduled next year. Aiyo,Itu GPS punya, bukan lu punya

Tolong lah jangan KONG KALI KONG

 

 

Sarawak “Down with the Enemy”

Word has it from the corridors of power that the Federal Pakatan Harapan (PH) will go all out to dethrone the present Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Ruling Government at the next 12th State elections due in 2021. 

Is it real? Can they do it? 

After only winning 10 seats at the 11th State elections in 2016 they are now focusing on overturning the 72 seats held by GPS. Of course, they have taken over the Federal Government in May 2018 and this has sent shivers down the spines of many associated with the present ruling GPS government.

Their social and political status are at risk and they know any wrong move on their part will mean “dark ages with little flickering light plus pressure of losing the elitist mentality and lifestyle”

Its a thought no doubt and its open to interpretations and after much sought political evaluation the ‘threat” is real but measures and strategies are already in place by GPS.

The ground movements and sentiments are very much back to normalcy as far as GPS is concerned. The PH jigsaw for Sarawak though completed but the coming of Bersatu in November 2018 has open up more options and given the GPS government more firepower to counter the incoming threat it poses. 

aenemyLiterally what Mahathir said”The Federal Government is still helping Sarawak a lot but the development funds have not been fairly distributed.” The PM has chosen his words very carefully but his words ‘is still helping Sarawak” does not augur well with many Sarawak civil societies plus well read educated Sarawakians.

What does he mean by that?

One does not want to be taken out of context but there is slight hint of cynicism with intonation of sarcasm on the part of the PM as Chairman to a political party in Bersatu.

He was also quoted in NST “He said the size of the state caused some elected representatives to neglect their constituents as they were unable to visit them often.

Fair enough with the statement. However, having said that the Sarawak elected representatives of GPS will not take it laying down. They are not reporting to him but to Sarawak Chief Minister and the hearsay,accusations,false rumours are made up by those who have “VESTED INTEREST”for their selfish political needs.

In all honest truth, they just want to be candidates in the next State elections representing PH or Bersatu. The GPS assemblyman are ready to face the might of the Federal Machinery and those who have serviced and look after their constituency will not have too much to worry.

Most of them if not all of them have already identified their areas of weaknesses and are positively working to overturn it.

The GPS assemblyman are already fined tuned to the pressures from the constituents,the mind games been played between Federal and State and also the cyber savvy games being used by the social media exponents. (Well versed in Sun Tzu Art of War hehehe but not INVOKES methods of strategy which greatly benefits GE13)

The Sarawak Political terrain is different as compared to Malaya as here we have at least 80 different ethnicity and in Malaya it is mainly made up of Malays,Chinese, Indians and a sprinkle of Orang Asli.

Invoke might have already started their homework but could they move from one area to another within weeks or days. Absolutely not, as the lack of infrastructure and difficult terrain plus Sarawak vast country does not permit that.

Invoke though have 2 years but the GPS assemblyman already have the information at their palms of their hands.

The Sarawak sentiments are at this present moment very entrenched with the Sarawak State GPS Government. The saying,”Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know” plays a very huge significance in the mindset of Sarawakians.

One can stir up the cooking pot but the opposition local leaders in PH knows that they face a ‘herculean task” ahead.They cannot fall back on GST,tolls,high oil prices and others which ‘worked for them” They will manifest and evolve something out we are pretty sure of that.

Can GPS lie on their laurels?

No, even though one can argue that the Sarawak sentiments are very much with the local based parties within GPS. It goes back to the drawing board and the winnable seats. Those GPS assemblyman who have under performed will face the wrath of the people and bear the consequences and these seats will be capitalised by PH.

Azmin Ali presently the PKR Deputy President and Minister in Mahathirs cabinet  has already hinted long ago in a speech at Grand Continental Hotel Kuching Sarawak,”infighting will ruin all chances of winning and its been proven in GE14.

Everyone knows that elections are won by the right perceptions ,strategies plus other relevant factors which are key elements but it is not our bread and butter to reveal it to the political stakeholders.

They have their teams in place in their 82 Sarawak seats and they will need to walk the extra mile as the upcoming political battle will not be a”WALK IN THE PARK “

Its very much an election between Sarawak State Government local based parties versus the Federal backed Opposition Parties.

Down with the enemy is about the SWING IN POLITICAL POWERS and not about SECESSION and getting back our rights and maintaining for Sarawak under Malaysian Agreement 1963.

Sarawak also wants to be independent in its financial acumen besides having more autonomy over health and education matters. Both hands needs to clap and not slander each other though from both different political platforms.

PM Mahathir had even rightfully said that Sarawak and Sabah were not asking for independence,but were seeking greater autonomy. This has been the line of order taken by the late CM Tok Nan and the present CM Abang Jo

Taking a segment in the page from an author who wrote in his book 1995 he pointed out,”Federalism is perceived as the mode of political organisation that unites several policies within an overarching political system, and is done in such a way as to allow each to maintain its own fundamental integrity.

The Federal system, as in the case of Malaysia, does this by requiring that basic policies be made and implemented through negotiation in some form, so that all members will have a share in making and executing decisions.

The term “federalism” therefore denotes the unification of separate states into a federal policy and also the permanent diffusion of authority and power within a nation among several state governments.”

The GPS Government and its current assemblyman knows that they have to get it right and spot on or the PH will spin everything to their advantage to woo the voters to their side.

Those who enter politics knows that this profession is not one of glamour or of fame and the words below are anything more than a guideline

Aristotle –
“Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship. Hence, they who contribute most to such a society have a greater share in it than those who have the same or a greater freedom or nobility of birth but are inferior to them in political virtue; or than those who exceed them in wealth but are surpassed by them in virtue”.

The enemy is within sight and we can take them out but the greatest ingredient  to stay relevant and continuity in which a former CM said is the process of leadership development.

The words,”we’ve to learn and keep learning how to be humble to serve our people,especially when we continue to face changes and challenges with the tide of time.

The threat is real with the new realignments of political changes in the Federal level but above all Sarawakians will want the preservation of the rights of Sarawak.

The people of Sarawak will justify their voices with a vote for religious freedom,free from racial abuses, free from security threats and above all living harmoniously and peacefully together by leaders that knows their needs and wants.

The defining word is already leaked out……..