The Borneo Post
The Balingian by-election will be an interesting barometer to gauge PKR strength in the next state general election.
State PKR chief Baru Bian said the Balingian by-election will determine whether there was support for the change in guard (of the state Barisan Nasional leaders) and secondly it can gauge the change in the support of the people for the present government, especially in the context of the rising cost of living.
“The increase in the price of goods will be the main issue and we will be taking the issue to the ground and it will be very interesting,” he told reporters at a press conference after the party’s state liaison committee’s final meeting here yesterday. (more…)
Political observers believe that PBB will likely field a Melanau-Christian as part of the traditional arrangement inherited by the party from its predecessor Barjasa.
Following Taib Mahmud’s retirement from active politics, the predominantly Melanau based Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold of Balingian has become the focus of political pundits.
With the dust settled on who will be replacing Abdul Taib as the Chief Minister, all eyes are now on Balingian that could serve as the proving ground for the new chief minister and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Adenan Satem. (more…)
Sarawak’s new chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic) has yet to officially step into his office on the 22nd floor of Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, but there are already more expectations of him.
Those who think Adenan won’t stay long and is only a seat-warmer for “someone else”, do not expect much from the 70-year-old, who has a pacemaker.
But opposition lawmakers hope Adenan would be “more clean” than his predecessor, someone they could work with and who would make an effort to clean up what they claimed to be “a corruption tainted administration”. (more…)
Some older people may complain about the scarcity of foods which were commonplace in their youth, but are now delicacies. These include “ikan terobok” (the terobok fish) and “telur masin ikan terobok” (salted terobok roe). Suppliers claim that the destruction of mangrove forests has resulted in the loss of the fish habitat.
The mangrove forest forms a natural barrier against tsunamis and storms, and helps prevent coastal erosion and flooding. The roots of the mangroves absorb certain pollutants, and help maintain water quality. The mangrove forest supports a wide variety of life, including humans. Thirty years ago, mangrove forests were a common feature of our coastal landscape. (more…)
With the dismal performance in the 2011 state election still fresh in their minds, PKR Sarawak is realistic but hopeful when it comes to their chances in the soon-to-be-called by-election for Balingian, a coastal Malay-Melanau majority state seat.
“We admit and we concede we are the underdogs,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) told a media conference after chairing the party’s state leadership meeting in Kuching, today.
“(The Balingian seat) is probably one of the toughest Barisan Nasional seats (to win). (more…)
A local English paper dated Feb 25 reported Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that “the government will consider the suggestion and make a decision soon” in its write-up under the title of ‘Decision on ‘race’ in govt forms soon’.
The suggestion in question was mooted by Unity and National Integration Minister Joseph Kurup with the purpose of improving race relations in order to enhance national unity.
He added that government policies should not consider a person’s race and therefore race identification was not necessary in official documents. (more…)
Catholic Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing described MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s opinion that silence was not an option for PAS if Christians continue to be vilified in Malaysia as “remarkable by the standards of a Malaysian politician; extraordinary when you consider he’s a Muslim one.”
“Christian bashing has become a sport for miscreants from among the media and political class over the last few years, so Mujahid’s assurance that to his party silence is not an option is a pronouncement of historic moment,” remarked the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese. (more…)
It is bewildering for the MACC to claim that there is no evidence of corruption and abuse of power by the former Sarawak CM, says C4 director Cynthia Gabriel.
Former Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud should be cleared of his sins of corruption by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before being appointed as Sarawak’s Governor.
Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel quoted several ‘sordid tales of corruption’ such as the Japan transport scandal in 2007 and the Gunung Munung Park scandal. (more…)
Taib has grabbed the Governorship, but now he is worrying about his reputation.
In his outgoing speech as Chief Minister he chose to focus on the international bad publicity over his destruction of the rainforest; his rolling out of oil palm plantations and his self-enrichment in the process.
Clearly, this matter has spoiled his promotion party and it is preoccupying his mind.
As usual, he blamed “malicious attacks” by NGOs and he called on Malaysia’s “envoys” to repair his reputation across the globe.
Then he came out with some claims that have produced gasps and astonished laughter. (more…)
Taib Mahmud’s triumphant return to Sarawak as the new governor was marked by his son, Sulaiman’s first public appearance in years, and the non-attendance by a former CM contender
Controversy-ridden Abdul Taib Mahmud arrived here last night as Sarawak’s new governor and was greeted by a 500-strong waiting crowd including family members, the state Cabinet and senior government officials.
Earlier yesterday, Taib received his instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath before chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the state legislative assembly
Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as chief minister of Sarawak after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak today, marking another historical milestone for the state.
The ceremony began at 11.00am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)
I refer to the article that appeared in printed and online media by Datuk Seri Idris Jala on February 24, 2014 about his take on the ‘Allah’ issue.
Despite his assertion that the view expressed is in his personal capacity, there is little doubt that his view is that also of the present government, in which he is a Cabinet minister.
He strenuously explains that the 10-point solution is compatible with the state Islamic laws enacted in 1988, which prohibit the use of 34 words (as in the case of Selangor) including the word Allah. (more…)
The Education Ministry is mulling to introduce the Mandarin and Tamil languages as subjects in schools.
Second Education minister Idris Jusoh said the ministry wished to create a balance in language proficiency among the races in the country.
“Currently we are only emphasising on English, Higher Order Thinking Skills and other subjects,” he said.
Nevertheless, he said the plan had to be studied from all angles before it could be implemented. (more…)
Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as Sarawak chief minister after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak today in Kuching.
The ceremony began at 11am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath of office before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the State Legislative Assembly building here in the presence of Adenan. (more…)
With Adenan Satem’s appointment as Sarawak’s new chief minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has been quick to urge him to resolve three issues affecting the state.
They are: getting higher oil and gas royalties, abolishing the cabotage policy, and poverty eradication.
“If Adenan can resolve these three major issues for Sarawak, his era will be a more significant one than the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysian history,” he said in a statement today, referring to Adenan’s predecessor Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)
PAS leaders will continue to reach out to Christians because silence is not an option when the country is faced with ongoing religious controversies, said the party’s ambassador of peace Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Mujahid explained he has been continuously visiting churches because he refuses to keep silent when certain quarters are creating chaos and disharmony in society.
“We in PAS do not want to keep silent in a situation where the country is being destroyed by those who do not have knowledge,” said Mujahid (left) at a dialogue with non-Muslims at the Christ of the King Catholic Church in Sungai Petani yesterday. (more…)
The World Council of Churches has thrown its supports behind the Catholic church as it heads to the Federal Court on March 5, to defend its use of the word ‘Allah’ in the Malay section of Herald.
Just days before the Catholic church resumes it battle to use the word “Allah” at the Federal Court, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has thrown its support behind the Malaysian church, and described its resolution as an important milestone in interfaith relations.
The WCC, which represents more than 345 churches in 110 countries, said it stood in solidarity and in support of the church as it prepared to face the court on March 5. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
There are signs showing that different racial groups have been heading towards different directions in terms of politics and religion after the 2008 and 2013 general elections. Under the influence of extreme remarks from politicians, national unity is now facing a crisis of split decisions, making the future of the country worrisome.
To address the crisis, the government has put forward a national reconciliation plan, including setting up bi-partisan committees to discuss issues affecting national unity. However, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has rejected to participate in the discussion on the plan, adding variables into the move to quell politicisation practices. As Duke University Professor Donald Horowitz said, all reconciliation plans could be implemented only with the coordination and discussion involving politicians from different political parties and national reconciliation might not be achieved if the confrontation between the ruling and alternative coalitions in our country continues. (more…)
Outgoing CM Taib Mahmud’s expressed view of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) will relieve CM Adenan Satem of having to make a decision.
If there was any possibility of a future for Sarawak’s oldest Chinese party, SUPP, it ended yesterday when its ‘patron’ Taib Mahmud stepped down Chief Mnister.
The state’s longest serving chief minister Taib’s parting words of wisdom to Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) was to close-shop or alternatively re-unite under a new party. (more…)
He succeeds Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended yesterday.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, today presented Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, at the Istana Negara here.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. (more…)
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today presented Abdul Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem.
Abdul Taib – who stepped down as the Sarawak CM effective today after almost 33 years in office – takes office tomorrow as the seventh Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, succeeding Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended today. (more…)
Several protests were held in Kuching this morning against Abdul Taib Mahmud becoming Sarawak’s governor.
They were a curtain raiser to a bigger rally to be staged tomorrow in front of the old court house in the state capital, which stands across the river where the swearing-in ceremony would be held.
Organised by civil society movements, the protests comprised small groups armed with banners and posters. (more…)
Incoming CM Adenan Satem will be deciding whether or not to have a by-election in Balingian constituency.
Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has resigned as assemblyman for Balingian.
This was confirmed today by Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar during a press coneference.
Asfia said the letter was dated Feb 26 and is effective from tomorrow. (more…)
New corruption questions have emerged over the role of Taib Mahmud and son in a waste disposal deal with German firm
The evidence is piling up against soon-to-be governor, Taib Mahmud.
In a last ditch attempt to thwart Taib’s ascent to the ‘throne’, UK-based Global Witness, which was responsible for an incriminating covert video on business dealings by the Taib family, has released documents of more corrupt practices. (more…)
The author says the act of Sabah and Sarawak Governors kissing the Agong’s hand is strictly taboo and the highest insult to the people of these states.
The Barisan Nasional-Umno government has been involved in mind control experiments since Malaysia was formed.
Aside from distorting history and imposing this version via schools, they are also using other less obvious ways such as the “subliminal stimuli” technique.
The scientifcally proven technique uses any sensory stimuli below individual threshold for conscious perception. (more…)
Sarawak with its 25 parliament seats helped BN get a simple majority in the last election and there are fears that Taib may withdraw the seats
Under the federal constitution the appointment of the Sarawak Yang DiPertua Negeri is vested in the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
As Prime Minister, the coveted post then is Najib Tun Razak’s trump card when dealing with the state government of Sarawak. (more…)
Fresh allegations of corruption against Abdul Taib Mahmud have surfaced, a day before he is slated to resign as chief minister of Sarawak.
The veteran politician, who has been hounded by a slew of allegations throughout his 33-year reign as chief minister, is expected to assume the post of Sarawak governor.
The latest allegations surround a company linked to his son Mahmud Abdul Bekir, that was purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)
Sarawak PKR Youth have questioned how Sarawak is third on the list of states with the largest population of poor residents after 33 years of Abdul Taib Mahmud’s rule as chief minister.
Its representative Iswardy Morni said that this is despite having RM22 billion in the state reserves.
Citing Department of Statistics data, he said that although Sarawak is third behind Sabah and Kelantan, the absolute number of poor is much higher. (more…)
Taib has made clear that he expects to be appointed Governor tomorrow, with an audience scheduled to meet the Agong at the Istana Negara at 3pm.
He has informed people that he believes that this will elevate him to a similar status to the British Queen, dispensing advice and held in fond regard.
And, of course, he is making it clear he believes the position will offer him total immunity from any kind of prosecution over his 3 decades of kleptocracy in Sarawak. (more…)
Two international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today revealed documents which showed the involvement of outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) and his son in a lucrative waste disposal agreement signed 15 years ago with a German firm.
The revelation, coming just two days before Taib is expected to take over as the Sarawak governor, contains more incriminating evidence of Taib’s alleged corruption and abuse of power, said the NGOs, Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).
They said the documents disclosed that as part of the deal signed in 1998 between Trienekens and the state government, Trienekens engaged a local company – Sarawak Capital – owned by Taib’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, to provide up to US$2 million (RM6.6 million) worth of “consultancy services”. (more…)
Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) today said he had planned to retire in 2007, but decided to hold back his decision due to two ‘S’ factors.
The two ‘S’ factors were a crisis faced by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and the formulation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), a new development corridor in Sarawak which required precision planning to ensure its success, he disclosed.
“I wanted to retire way back. I had planned to retire in 2007 and I had the consensus of the leadership of PBB that I should groom (Tan Sri) Adenan Satem as my successor. (more…)
Abdul Taib Mahmud today ended his 33-year tenure as chief minister of Sarawak at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, the state’s administrative building, in a sombre mood.
Tomorrow, Taib will have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam at Istana Negara to receive his credentials to be Sarawak’s seventh yang di-pertua negeri.
In the brief but meaningful farewell, Taib and his wife, Ragad Kurdi Taib, who were accompanied by Sarawak deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu, minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Special Functions) Adenan Satem, who is also designated to be Sarawak’s fifth chief minister, and state land development minister James Masing, were seen shaking hands with about 300 government staff at the building. (more…)
Anti-graft watchdog Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the government to delay making Abdul Taib Mahmud the Sarawak governor until the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) clears him over a questionable deal.
C4′s directors have submitted a complaint to MACC today, based on allegations by NGO Global Witness that a company linked to Taib’s son Mahmud Abdul Bekir has been purportedly used as a conduit to receive up to RM6.6 million in commissions, for a waste disposal project involving a state government joint venture with a German firm. (more…)
DAP’s last-ditch effort to stop outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) from being appointed as the next head of state failed, after the Kuching High Court today ruled that it had no jurisdiction over the appointment.
Judge Chew Soo Ho dismissed DAP Padungan state assemblyman Wong Kin Wei’s application for an ex parte injunction, saying that the appointment is at the sole discretion of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the court had no jurisdiction to interfere with the prerogative.
Taib is scheduled to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam tomorrow afternoon. (more…)
John R. Malott
Like other friends of Malaysia overseas, I have followed the controversy over the use of the word “Allah” with interest, but also with great concern. For I believe that this issue, if left unchecked, has the potential to tear Malaysia and the dream of “Bangsa Malaysia” apart.
While there are racial and religious issues in every society, what makes the situation in Malaysia different is that it is the government that has condoned and even provoked these tensions for its own political purposes.
For years, UMNO justified its existence by saying that the Malays are under threat, and that only UMNO could defend “the Malay race”. (more…)
The goods and services tax (GST) frightens the opposition because it will actually lower prices instead of increasing them – but only after a year, says Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan.
Ahmad insists that the GST will lower input costs for manufacturers as the five to 10 percent sales tax will be simultaneously abolished when the GST kicks in at six percent on April 1, 2015.
“Prices will come down (but only) after a year. (more…)
Get a new operator for ferries between Marudi and Kuala Baram, says SAM
An environmental group has urged the government to revamp the ferry services across the Baram and Bakong rivers in Sarawak, saying the fares are too high and the safety features inadequate.
SM Mohamed Idris, president of Friends of Nature Malaysia (SAM), said in a media statement today that the government should consider calling for new tenders from other ferry operators. (more…)
Political insiders in Malaysia say Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak could be facing a fresh political crisis due to the murky dealings of a sovereign fund established five years ago to drive investment in strategic domestic industries.
A widening circle of critics, fed in part by exhaustive reporting on independent news sites such as Malaysiakini, say the fund may have run up as much as RM40 billion (US$12.18 billion) in debt and has few assets to show for it beyond what are described as overpriced acquisitions of independent power producers in Malaysia. (more…)
I refer to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s well-meaning advice to “just ignore extremists”.
With due respect sir, there are many Malaysians who will sincerely agree with me that that is not the way to deal with extremists.
Their inflammatory statements and worse still, their dangerously provocative and evil acts, based on racial and religious hatred, must instead be nipped in the bud! (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
The question about whether the School-based Assessment (PBS) will be continued has been clarified after Second Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said that it will not be abolished.
Idris said that the Education Ministry is currently studying ways to improve the system and the report will be out on April 1.
In other words, the new implementation of the PBS would be started, and whether it can fundamentally solve the existing problems will be tested in practice. (more…)
If Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak allowed Taib Mahmud to become Governor it would mean he is “personally endorsing rampant corruption in the timber and palm oil sector in Sarawak” said BMF.
Europe-based NGOs want the European Union and the European Free Trade Association to halt trade talks with Malaysia if outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is made a Governor.
Taib is scheduled to receive his credentials from the Yang DiPertuan Agung on Friday, after he steps down from his post as Sarawak’s CM. (more…)