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September 3, 2014

‘Claims on Bekir’s wealth a political conspiracy’

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Hafiz Yatim

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib has alleged that all the claims of his supposedly mass wealth made in his divorce proceedings is a political conspiracy by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and others.

The former Sarawak chief minister’s son named whitstleblower website Sarawak Report founder Claire Rewcastle- Brown (right), Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund, his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid and her lawyers among those in a political conspiracy to attack him and his father Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is now Sarawak governor, over allegations of corrupt practices.

He also accused Canadian couple Cullen Johnson and Elaine White of being involved in the conspiracy by providing forged and false documents allegedly of Abu Bekir’s assets.

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No, Taib Mahmud is not richest man in Malaysia

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Hafiz Yatim

Former Sarawak chief minister’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib denied today that his father, Abdul Taib Mahmud, is the richest person in Malaysia.

Testifying during his examination-in-chief by his lawyer Zainur Rijal Abu Bakar in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court, Abu Bekir (right) also denied that he had acted violently against his former wife, Shahnaz Abdul Majid.

“All the allegations she made are out of anger and these are all false and empty allegations. This includes the allegation that my father is the richest man in Malaysia. This is illogical,” he said on the witness stand. (more…)

Reconciliation not secession in Sabah-Sarawak solution

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Hazlan Zakaria

While some groups representing Sabah and Sarawak natives are talking secession as a possible answer to their grievances with the peninsular-based federal government, others see reconciliation as a better alternative to the matter.

To them creating better understanding between the estranged brothers and sisters of east and west Malaysia and moving towards reconciliation is a better idea.

This is the motive behind a Orang Lain-Lain tour of three artists from the Dun Layeh people from Long Pasia Sabah, as they journey through peninsular Malaysia to spread information and build understanding about Sabah and Sarawak to their peninsular brethren. (more…)

Petrol subsidy: why deny taxpayers?

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Pauline Wong

Can a system that divides a citizenry into haves and have-nots in the allocation of economic benefits be viable?

Malaysia seems bent on trying this out, starting with fuel subsidies. Secretary-general of the Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Ministry Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad had on June 1 announced that a new system would be put in place by Sept 1 that would ensure that subsidies only reach the intended target group – it must be assumed that he meant the have-nots.

The objective is to help the government save money that would otherwise go towards subsidising the rich and their expensive cars. (more…)

Growing up to be a proud and happy Malaysian is so challenging now

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Ng Kee Seng

I remember the days when I was still in primary school and friends were made freely without a thought for race or religion.

We would play marbles, hopscotch, catching male spiders for fights, and when holding the bat to play table tennis was an exciting experience. We also played football with anyone we could find around us.

We were oblivious to skin colour. It was all fun and play, away from the boring books and classrooms.

Today, for our children, it is all about the latest e-tablet! (more…)

Report made over ‘behead Dayaks’ postings

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Dukau Papau

The Dayak National Congress (DNC), a non-governmental organisation, this afternoon lodged a police report over two Facebook postings calling for the slaughter of Dayaks.

The postings on the page ‘JIM – Jemaah ISIS Malaysia’ said that this is as Dayaks are non-Muslims.

One of the postings dated last Thursday alleged that Sabah and Sarawak are “kafir” (non-believer) states where Muslims are “compelled” to “slaughter” non-Muslims. (more…)

Of Politics and Divorce – The Sarawak Case

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Global political conspiracy stemming from my divorce case, says Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib

Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today continued his testimony in the Shariah Court of Kuala Lumpur testifying that a global politically motivated conspiracy had evolved from his divorce maintenance hearings against him and his family, in particular, his father Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Governor of Sarawak and immediate former chief minister of the state.

“What was suppose to be a private matter in divorce maintenance claims before the courts was blown up into a global attack and slander to change the political landscape of Sarawak,” he said. (more…)

In Selangor, let real politics begin

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KJ JOHN

Since our history past, there have always been ‘royalists’ and ‘republicans’ in our midst. Nevertheless, when our federal constitution was framed and agreed upon, we created and allowed for the institution of the sultans. Nine states had sultans and Malacca and Penang were Straits Settlements; without sultans but with local, people-appointed governors.

Our royal institution was legally defined as ‘the Conference of Rulers.’ My question is, why call it a ‘conference’, and why call it ‘rulers’ and not it sultans? My answers are simple, but maybe the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), our accreditation of knowledge agency may not accept them. After all, they disallowed me to teach ‘the constitution’ for the Masters Programme at UCSI University when we offered the Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) at the university. (more…)

Rising prices making meat pricey for Malaysians

Yong Yok Moi contemplates the future as she and her husband Tee Seng Yean struggle to make ends meet due to the rising cost of living. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 2, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA, LOOI SUE-CHERN AND QUEK YIING HUEY

Yong Yok Moi contemplates the future as she and her husband Tee Seng Yean struggle to make ends meet due to the rising cost of living.

The official inflation rate might be 3.3% but most Malaysians are complaining that rising prices of essential goods, and staples such as meat, is forcing them to eat less for the same price paid months ago.That their money bought less than what it did six months ago was a universal complaint shared by the 14 families The Malaysian Insider met in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang as part of a survey on the rising cost of living in the country.

Another developing trend was that the less income a household earned, the less meat they could afford. (more…)

Be fair in covering Bekir’s mutaah case, reporters told

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Hafiz Yatim

Reporters covering the Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib versus Shahnaz Abdul Majid trial have been advised by Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab to be fair to the parties in their reports.

Justice Muhamad said he cannot prevent journalists from covering the hearing and he noticed that some reports on the trial had spelt his name wrongly.

“I am concerned that the story comes out before a decision is being made in the case, as if it is already true. Sometimes, when I look at the computer at 1pm, I find the report already out.

“It does not only come out here in Malaysia but is reported the world over. I would advise journalists covering the case to be fair in their reports,” he said. (more…)

Indonesian minister says ‘Allah’ ban going too far

Darshini Kandasamy

Prohibiting use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims is taking things a bit “too far”, says Indonesia’s newly-minted minister of religious affairs.

Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said the word ‘Allah’ should not be exclusive to any one religion.

“The ministry feels this (having such a prohibition) is going a bit too far. To me, anyone can use the word (‘Allah’).

“Muslims themselves (in Indonesia) are different, in their accents, in how they greet one another and how they mention God,” Lukman (left) said. (more…)

Sarawak minister blames police for events leading to riot in stadium

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak’s Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan (pic) has blamed police for the woeful crowd control that led to rioting at the Sarawak-Perak Malaysia Cup match in Kuching on Saturday.

Mawan said the police were not prepared to deal with a highly-charged match at the state stadium.

“Maybe because we are peaceful people (they did not expect such a level of violence),” he said today, adding that the riot damaged the state’s reputation.

Sarawak needed to win the match by three clear goals to overhaul the two-goal deficit having lost the first leg 2-0 in Ipoh on August 20. (more…)

English to be made compulsory pass at public universities

Bernama

A new policy is to be implemented making English a compulsory subject, besides Bahasa Malaysia, for students to pass at Malaysia’s public universities.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic), who is also the Education Minister, said he had discussed the matter with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak about a week ago and the details would be announced later.

“The basic knowledge is not enough for graduates if they don’t have the ability to communicate and write in English.

“Companies will have a certain benchmark. They want people who are not only qualified, but people who will be able to be the ambassador, who can communicate to the rest of the world and one of the important requirements is the ability to communicate in English,” he said. (more…)

With academic’s case, Najib’s sedition dragnet now an outrageous farce, says Anwar

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Anwar calls the recent slew of sedition and criminal charges by the Najib administration an attack on democracy. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 2, 2014.ANISAH SHURFA

Putrajaya’s move to widen the sedition dragnet and charge a law professor under the Sedition Act today has turned its recent clampdown on government dissenters into an “outrageous farce”, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

He said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his administration were responsible for the slew of charges, as they were “part and parcel of the executive”.

“Today, this wave of repression has taken on the hue of an outrageous farce with the prosecution of law professor Dr Azmi Sharom for expressing his academic opinion on the Selangor MB crisis,” said Anwar in a statement this evening. (more…)

Divorce proceedings part of a political ploy, says Mahmud Abu Bekir

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Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir caused a stir in court today when he raised the spectre of a political conspiracy in his divorce proceedings. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 2, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Temperatures rose at the divorce proceedings of Shahnaz Majid and Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir when the latter testifed today that his ex-wife’s claim for conciliatory payment had become a political conspiracy involving, among others, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

It began when Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib was asked by his lawyer Datuk Zainul Rijal about news articles quoting the Sarawak Report that had been attached as exhibits in his ex-wife’s suit against him.

The articles had appeared in Harakah in March 2011 under the headlines “Aset anak KM Taib terbongkar” (CM Taib son’s assets revealed), “Dari Mana Aset RM1 bilion dikumpul” (Where did RM1 billion in assets come from), “Siapa Taib Mahmud di peta kekayaan Sarawak” (Who is Taib Mahmud on the Sarawak wealth map) and “Kemewahan Taib Mahmud diselubungi misteri” (Taib Mahmud’s luxury shrouded in mystery). (more…)

September 2, 2014

Return our NCR land, plead Simunjan villagers

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Borneo Post

Sanabung (seated centre) together with representatives from Kampung Sungai Lingkau, Kampung Melanjuk, and Kampung Sekendu at the press conference. Nicholas is standing at the back.

Residents from Kampung Sungai Lingkau, Kampung Melanjuk, and Kampung Sekendu in Simunjan are appealing for their encroached Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands to be returned to them.

According to their spokesperson Sanabung Sampai, about 5,000 hectares of their NCR lands had been encroached by an oil palm plantation company, and the villagers have decided to take matters into their own hands. (more…)

How strong is the Merdeka Spirit?

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RAMON NAVARATNAM

As a proud moderate Malaysian I celebrated our 57th Merdeka with gratitude and loyalty to my country Malaysia.

I recalled prayerfully how I joined our beloved Tunku Abdul Rahman as a Universiti Malaya student at the Merdeka Stadium to shout proudly, “Merdeka, Merdeka!”

Yesterday, I felt good to hear our Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak addressing all of us as “beloved Malaysians” in his live message to the nation.

However, I have to confess that did not feel the same euphoria on this Merdeka Day as I usually do! (more…)

Sarawak minister blames police for events leading to riot in stadium

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak’s Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan (pic) has blamed police for the woeful crowd control that led to rioting at the Sarawak-Perak Malaysia Cup match in Kuching on Saturday.

Mawan said the police were not prepared to deal with a highly-charged match at the state stadium.

“Maybe because we are peaceful people (they did not expect such a level of violence),” he said today, adding that the riot damaged the state’s reputation.

Sarawak needed to win the match by three clear goals to overhaul the two-goal deficit having lost the first leg 2-0 in Ipoh on August 20. (more…)

Education, not politics, is Malaysia’s bane

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RAM ANAND

As I sat before a hot plate of curry mee for dinner, the friend I was meeting with over the meal asked me how it is possible for me to still enjoy my job.

“Because it’s interesting,” I said. He was absolutely convinced that there was nothing interesting about politics.

“It’s a circus, don’t you get tired?” he persists.

“What is a circus for you is interesting for me,” I retort.

It is a rather common notion that politics is a circus, and this is not limited to Malaysia alone. Many journalists would make up a crowd that would be the first to call politics “dirty” or “a circus”, if ever we ask for a show of hands. (more…)

Learn from Sarawak’s harmony

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Mariam Mokhtar

Last month, ‘Papa Orang Utan’, aka Peter John Jaban, the land and human rights activist, took his fight for greater recognition of Sarawak to England. Talking about the various abuses in Sarawak, he urged overseas East Malaysians to sign a petition to be forwarded to the secretary-general of the United Nations for self-determination. Sarawak is not treated as an equal partner in Malaysia.

He told Malaysiakini, “The people of Sarawak should wake up and stop giving their loyalty to undeserving people. I continue to broadcast on Radio Free Sarawak because my people are being manipulated. I cannot bear to see the loyalty and good name of Sarawakians being corrupted. I want to make the rural folk aware, before they lose all their rights. (more…)

August 30, 2014

Baleh Dam will be built first, not Baram

Lian Cheng

Baleh Dam will be built first instead of Baram Dam because all indications point toward that direction.

The Social Environment Impact Assessment (SEIA) studies for both dams have been carried out by SEB. The report for Baleh Dam has been completed and has been submitted to the Natural Resource and Environment Board for approval while that of Baram Dam hasn’t been finalised.

“Looking at the progress so far it looks like Baleh Dam will be built first as we have completed the site investigation while the land acquisition process is almost completed. We hope to start the project by next year,” SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjoveit told The Borneo Post recently. (more…)

August 26, 2014

Bruno Manser honoured on his 60th birthday

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Mkini

Bruno Manser, who was Sarawak’s most wanted man in the 1990s  and went missing in the tropical rainforests inhabited by the Penan community in the Upper Baram area has been a rare honour.

A team of Swiss scientists have named two recently discovered  animal species in the tropical rainforests of Borneo after Manser.

The Natural History Museum of Berne, Switzerland, made the announcement today, on the occasion of Manser’s 60th birthday. (more…)

August 25, 2014

Malaysians, just how much do your know about Asean?

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Cindi Loo

On the 47th Asean Day held in Malaysia on Aug 19, the Malaysian government or its representatives sitting on the Asean panel could have seized the opportunity to highlight promotions when the country takes over as chairman of the regional bloc next year.

Malaysia is about to embark on an important milestone of seeing the 10-member countries converging into a single market in the form of the Asean Economic Community by Dec 31, 2015, yet its immediate concern was that of an ill-informed group of Malaysian citizens who do not understand the true meaning of its place in the region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin was quoted by Bernama as saying the government would implement aggressive outreach programmes to raise awareness among Malaysians after a survey showed that Malaysians have the lowest level of awareness on Asean among the member countries. (more…)

The reality and hyperbole of high-income Malaysia by 2020

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Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 24, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily.

According to government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Malaysia is on track to achieve its high-income target of US$15,000 (RM47,414) by 2020, if not sooner, as a result of the policies under the National Transformation Programme (NTP).

That is like Manchester United football team coach Louis Van Gaal predicting his team will win the English Premier League this year as a result of his player buys and tactics. (more…)

Do Sabah and Sarawak really want to leave Malaysia?

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Prof James Chin believes that the movement for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia is real but disguises itself as secession is treason under the law. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 23, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Two prominent East Malaysian politicians have attempted to play down the desire expressed by some people for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia, but an academic and expert on the subject says the sentiment is fuelling an actual movement 51 years after the country was formed.

The politicians, Sarawak Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr James Masing and Sabah federal lawmaker Darell Leiking, claimed that the desire was more of a sentiment rather than an actual movement.

Leiking, who is Penampang MP, said the desire among young Sabahans for Sabah to secede is an accumulation of anger at how they have been treated by the Peninsula-based federal government. (more…)

Native Christians ‘converted’ by state policy

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Bob Teoh

When Juinah binti Paulus, a native Christian, went to the National Registration Department (NRD) to get her new identity card, the NRD changed her religious identity to Islam without her knowledge nor consent.

This is not unusual. Many native or bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak with bin (son of) or binti (daughter of) in their names, are automatically classified as Muslims in their identity cards, known as MyKad. Once this is done there is virtually no remedy, except to wait in an administrative purgatory.

Christians and non-Muslims consider this as backdoor conversion or “MyKad Islamisation”.

The NRD denies this is done as a government policy whenever it is confronted and put the blame on “technical glitches”. (more…)

Did Sarawak really negotiate oil, gas royalty hike?

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Dukau Papau

Has Chief Minister Adenan Satem failed in his effort to negotiate with Petronas for the 20% increase in oil and gas royalty?

The question was came from  Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen after reading Adenan’s  statement that the state has been offered 10% equity by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In announcing the offer recently, Adenan (left) said that this was the result of the State’s negotiation with Petronas to hike up the oil and gas royalty to 20%

Chong who is MP for Bandar Kuching and State Assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa warned the chief minister not to link the 10% equity with the 20% increase in oil gas royalty that the State has been asking for. (more…)

In the battle for Umno’s soul, money talks louder, not Dr M

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERThere is a sense in Umno that every passing day brings them nearer to losing power. And, therefore, for many of the party's leaders what is most important is securing economic security for themselves. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2014.

One day soon, it will be remembered that the great Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – the slayer of deputy prime ministers and a prime minister – was finally defeated not by an individual but by RM.

Ringgit Malaysia.

The former prime minister’s biggest miscalculation in withdrawing his support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in believing that Umno members are followers of men or ideals. Or that they are even concerned about the downward spiral of Malaysia.

They are not. And have not been for decades. (more…)

Don’t be ‘pound foolish’, DAP tells Adnan

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has been told not be ‘pennywise pound foolish’ by being veered from the 20 percent oil and gas royalty demand with the offer of 10 percent equity participation by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In saying this, the Opposition leader of Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen, advised the BN state government to hold firm to the unanimous decision of the Dewan Undangan Negeri in passing the resolution to press for 20 percent oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.

“The Sarawak Government should not be so content with the 10 percent share in MLNG 4 and treat it as a substitute for 20 percent oil and gas royalty,” said Chong,  the Sarawak DAP chief and the state assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa. (more…)

Kelantan by-election ‘a litmus test’ for Pakatan

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Mkini

Pakatan Rakyat needs to use the coming  by-election to prove that the coalition is still strong despite friction between PAS and PKR over the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

“The by-election is an important platform for Pakatan to recover its image in the eyes of the rakyat, especially in convincing them to stay with Pakatan,” Perak PAS Youth election director Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar said today. (more…)

Now ex-Perak MB Nizar faces criminal charges over 2012 speech

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V. ANBALAGAN

Former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (pic) will be charged with criminal defamation tomorrow for allegedly making disparaging remarks against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the defence forces in 2012.His lawyer Fitri Asmuni said Nizar had been ordered to be present in a Sessions Court tomorrow morning.”The police issued a warrant of arrest against Nizar at the state PAS headquarters before a state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) meeting last Friday. He was instructed to be in court at 9am,” Fitri told The Malaysian Insider.Nizar is alleged to have committed the offence at Taman Desa Pakatan in Ipoh between 9pm and midnight on April 23, 2012.

The current state opposition leader is said to have made the remarks during the run-up to the 2013 general election campaign.

The arrest warrant stated that a report was made against Nizar’s speech by an officer identified only as Major General Datuk Abdul Aziz three days after the alleged incident. (more…)

August 22, 2014

‘Nothing to be proud of in Petronas’ 10pct offer’

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See Chee HowDukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today warned Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem that he should not be too happy to accept the offer of 10 percent equity in the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Fourth Plant (MLNG 4) as the state government could be hoodwinked by Petronas.

“The 10 percent is merely an investment, but is blown out to hoodwink the state government and the general Sarawakian public into believing that Petronas is being generous to Sarawak.

“Sarawak should not settle for less than what the Sarawakians deserved, and the minute we settle for less, we get even lesser,” said Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (right) when commenting on Adenan’s statement that Petronas is offering Sarawak 10 percent in MLNG 4. (more…)

Longer tenure for timber licence

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM says this will ensure logging operators obtain Sustainable Forest Management certification

Tenure for the timber licence can be extended up to 60 years from the date of issuance as the state encourages timber players to practise sustainable forest management.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the long term timber concession will become an incentive for logging operators to obtain Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification.

He said one of the conditions that would be imposed is that licence operators should incorporate the requirement for certification within three years from the date of approval. Failure to comply with the condition shall cause the licence to be terminated. (more…)

August 21, 2014

Sarawak ‘invited tender’ projects smack of graft

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP has expressed concern that the construction of the RM150 million Samarahan Bridge will be given to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, as was done in three other multi-million ringgit projects.

“The Finance Ministry should not award the proposed bridge project to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, but award it by the ‘open tender’ process,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said.

Chong said this in reference to an advertisement in local newspapers last Saturday on the proposed bridge.

The Finance Ministry has in the past withdrawn the ‘open tender’ process after scores of applications had been received from contractors and changed it to an ‘invited tender’ process, where only 10 listed crony companies are invited to tender, he said. (more…)

Act against racism and religious bigots before it is too late

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Ng Kee Seng

If the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is trying to turn Malaysia into a regional militant state, then it is doing a hell of a great job.

If that is not BN-Umno’s intention, then it had better seize control of the situation and act against racism and religious bigots who are bent on destabilising national unity.

Peace-loving Malaysians have remained sane and calm because they value peace and harmony for a prosperous Malaysia. (more…)

Oh, Pakatan – what has become of you?

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gender-segregationNatesan Visnu

A year after 2013, the leaders who we trusted with our votes have betrayed the very essence of morality and public trust.

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski

gender-segregationThe 2013 general election was a waste of people’s time.

It was a meaningless election fuelled by big words – “Reformasi”, “Ubah”, “Ini Kalilah”, and long streams of propaganda that promised to be a true revolution. (more…)

Time to change the FPTP system?

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Many of us are familiar with the Malaysian electoral system of first past the post. We have had this system since independence and it’s seems to be stuck with us for life. It is about time to re-evaluate the electoral system for what it is worth. Many critics have viewed this system as anti-democratic and produces distorted results.What is the First Past The Post system?

Under the First Past The Post (FPTP), voting takes place in single-member constituencies. Voters put a cross in a box next to their chosen candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins. This system works on the basic concept of ‘winner takes all’, where each constituency is represented by only one elected member/representative. (more…)

Timber companies will soon have to toe the line

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timber sarawakNeesha Sangara

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma says that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability

Timber companies in the state must obtain internationally recognised forest management certification by 2017.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) in a statement said that it is 100 per cent in support of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem’s proposal that timber companies must get international certification.

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma said that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability. (more…)

August 20, 2014

Native oil palm growers hit by MPOB order

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Dukau Papau

The directive from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to mills in the Sarawak not to accept fresh oil palm bunches (FFB) from smallholders, especially those from estates in dispute, will cause thousands of native landowners to suffer heavy financial losses.

“The losses can run into the millions of ringgit that these helpless farmers have invested in their lands,” Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas) executive director Mark Bujang said today.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of oil palm estates are now in dispute between native landowners and joint-venture companies that are taking them over. (more…)

Adenan indicates early state election

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM tells BN elected reps to deliver promises by year end, prepare for state election

In an indication that the state election could be close, Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem directs Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen to deliver all their promises to the people and resolve local issues by the end of the year.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdullah Saidol said Adenan feared delay in deliveries and broken promises could tarnish the image of the state BN’s credibility and affect the chances of its candidates in the next state election. (more…)

Will Pakatan create another crisis?

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Lim Sue Goan

After one big round by PAS, it’s all back to the Pakatan Rakyat supreme council’s resolution made on July 23 on PKR president Wan Azizah taking over as the new Selangor menteri besar.

From lending full support to Khalid Ibrahim, the conservatives in PAS made a dramatic U-turn to confirm their stay within the People’s Pact while agreeing on the one and only nominee for the MB’s post. It is believed they have adopted a softer stance now for fear the party would experience a fatal split because of this incident.

The liberals within PAS were busy voicing up during the past few days. For instance, the party’s vice president Husam Musa said his party should not go down sinking with Khalid now that he was no longer a representative from Pakatan Rakyat while accusing Khalid of manipulating PAS. (more…)

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs. (more…)

Salleh calls on authorities to monitor agitators promoting separation of Sabah from Malaysia

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Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said yesterday called on the relevant authorities to monitor the activity of certain individuals and groups who are using social media platforms to incite people to separate Sabah from Malaysia.

Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said such an extreme ideology spread by those quarters via Facebook and Twitter should be monitored and controlled as it was dangerous and could shake the country’s stability and safety. (more…)

BARAM DAM BLOCKADE DAY 300

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DAY 300 – “No Consent To Proceed”!Sarawak Report

Grass roots campaigners and International NGOs joined forces in Kuala Lumpur today to ram home the realities about the Baram Dam, pet project of Taib Mahmud.
In summary, they pointed out the plan has no legal right to proceed and flies in the face of a long list of legal obligations that the Sarawak State Government has been doing its level best to ignore.
Baram is just the first of 12 proposed new dams to be built under Taib’s SCORE plan and it would inundate 400 square kilometers of jungle and displace 20,000 people.

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August 19, 2014

Dr Mahathir withdraws support for Najib government

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would criticise Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration even if it meant opening himself up to abuse. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 18, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lashed out at Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration, saying he was withdrawing his support for Najib as his criticism had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me,” wrote Dr Mahathir today on his popular blog, chedet.cc.

“I have no choice but to withdraw my support. This has not been effective so I have to criticise,” he said, adding that Najib was no better than his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Badawi. (more…)

Kpg Lebor Serian’s NCR landowners feel ‘discriminated’

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Borneo Post

Some villagers in Kampong Lebor Serian are crying foul over Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)’s decision to suspend their smallholder farmers’ licence to sell oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB).

According to one of the land owners, Jengga Jeli, on July 26 this year, he received a showcause letter from MPOB demanding an explanation why his smallerholder farmers’ licence should not be suspended or revoked for allegedly stealing FFB from a joint-venture (JV) company, TH Pelita.

The villagers of Kampung Lebor had won their case at the Kuching High Court and, subsequently, at the Court of Appeal that the disputed NCR land belonged to Kampung Lebor villagers. (more…)

What has race got to do with being a true Malaysian?

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Mike Tan

There never will be a true Malaysian, so says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A recent Bernama report stated that Mahathir believed that a true Malaysian would never exist as long as people continued to hang on to their own identity, culture and language.

He said that the situation was different in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand as “There, the people of various races, languages and cultures accepted one identity for the sake of the nation and their future.” (more…)

August 18, 2014

We know ‘bin’ doesn’t mean Muslim, Sabah NRD says of wrongful conversion claims

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Dusing reiterated his call on the NRD to rectify cases of Bumiputera Christians with 'bin' or 'binti' in their names being wrongly classified as Muslims in their MyKads. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaJulia Chan

The Sabah branch of the National Registration Department (NRD) today denied it had wrongly categorised Christians here as Muslims, insisting the changes were made after verifying records of the applicants.

Disputing the complaints raised by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah on behalf of 162 locals, Sabah NRD deputy director Adrian Allan Richard said the department was aware that the use of “bin” or “binti” in Sabahan names does not necessarily mean the person is Muslim.

As such, the department would not automatically “convert” their religion to Islam without checking their records. (more…)

NGOs must remain non-partisan

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JOSIE FERNANDEZ

With rapid socio-economic development and access to education, Malaysians are now more aware of their individual and collective rights. This has resulted in the growth of a vibrant civil society in Malaysia, despite a number of restrictive laws.

NGOs play critical roles as watchdogs of good governance, democracy, human rights, environment and many other issues.

In demanding greater accountability of government, NGOs have consistently raised questions about power, transparency, participation and democracy. (more…)

Sarawak native group takes minister to task for being sidelined

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

An Orang Asal think tank, the Dayak Informal Group (DIG), has taken the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office to task for dismissing its concern over an alleged marginalisation of the community in certain departments and agencies.

Richard Lias, a DIG spokesperson, said that the denial made by the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic) was not enough to put the issue to rest.

“Instead, the government must be transparent by providing the facts to counter the allegation and prove its sincerity and honesty. (more…)

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