Hornbill Unleashed

May 3, 2016

Voting to win bets or to pick the right candidate?

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Sarawak voters will be electing their representatives on May 7. And punters are already busy placing bets on the election results, hoping to make some quick bucks.

SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is contesting in Batu Kawah, has cautioned voters in the area.

China Press quoted Dr Sim as claiming that a syndicate is prepared to pour in up to RM10 million for election betting to see him defeated.

Dr Sim has claimed that the racket has encouraged punters to bet with voters in Batu Kawah. As long as Dr Sim loses, voters win their bets.

Not all Chinese are gamblers but those who love gambling are mostly Chinese, as a columnist wrote inChina Press. (more…)

Sarawak PKR mulls judicial review over entry bans

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Simon Siah (left) with Sarawak PKR joint director of operations and PKR Batu Kitang candidate Voon Shiak Ni (right) holding up leaflets depicting voters' rights. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe state chapter of PKR will consider taking legal action against the Sarawak government for barring the party’s non-native leaders from entering the state.

Simon Siah from the Sarawak PKR legal team said this after party vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar was ejected from the state shortly after landing today.

Siah said the state government was also abusing Section 66 of the Immigration Act by limiting how long opposition leaders may remain in the state, and his party will evaluate whether it should file for judicial review.

“We will study this option after the state election on May 7,” he told reporters at a press conference today. (more…)

Wrestling for supremacy in the Land of Hornbills

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So finally, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) are locking horns in six constituencies – Mulu, Mambong, Ngemah, Simanggang, Murum and Batu Kitang – in Sarawak’s 11th state election.

Such a situation has incurred the wrath of many opposition supporters who prefer to see straight fights between Pakatan Harapan (PH) and the Barisan Nasional (BN) in all the 82 seats.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang expressed his disappointment to Free Malaysia Today: “It is unfortunate that PKR leaders are not able to adhere to what has been solemnly and seriously agreed by both parties.”

There also seemed to be a leadership crisis in PKR when party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she had never issued authorisation letters to the PKR candidates for the disputed seats. However, deputy president Azmin Ali insisted the president mandated him to issue the authorisation letters. (more…)

The Friday that S’wak Barisan Nasional almost exploded

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Some people love the dramatic, the unexpected, the extraordinary, the so-called little known truths so much that they would go to the extent of creating these to cast aspersions on people whom we, the general public, perceive as men and women of principle and integrity.

This is what is happening in Tasik Biru where an “open letter” has appeared, alleging money, in the millions, was paid to secure the seat for Harry Henry Jinep’s candidacy and Dr Penguang Manggil’s in Marudi.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem is not known for any lavish lifestyle. He, his wife and children do not drive around town in fancy cars. They do not make headlines with their purchase or control of conglomerates and the building of any business empire.

In fact if we care to look back at the years after he quit his federal post on Feb 14, 2006, Adenan was spending a lot of time for himself, his family and his garden in the middle Samarahan where he was surrounded by many familiar people – people who had voted him as their assemblyman since 1987. (more…)

Next Chinese DCM: Is it going to be Dr Sim or Soon Koh?

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A victory in Batu Kawah for the BN-SUPP candidate Dr Sim Kui Hian would certainly guarantee the doctor turned politician a place in the state cabinet.

It could even be the post of deputy chief minister which was taken away from SUPP following its worst electoral defeat in the last election.

Chief Minister and state BN chairman Adenan Satem has given this promise. The promise is not only aimed at wooing Chinese voters in Batu Kawah, it also creates interest among voters and the general public elsewhere.

For the past five years, no Chinese was appointed as deputy chief minister. The last deputy chief minister from SUPP was Dr George Chan. (more…)

Adenan: NRD won’t fight Christian man’s bid to drop Muslim status

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Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the National Registration Department will end its challenge against a Sarawak Christian’s bid to remove “Islam” from his identity card. — Bernama picThe National Registration Department (NRD) will end its challenge against a Sarawak Christian’s bid to remove “Islam” from his MyKad, Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today.

The incumbent chief minister said he was informed of the decision by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

The case of Dayak Bidayuh convert Roneey Rebit had led churches in the state to question Adenan’s previous pledge to protect the religious freedom of Sarawak’s natives, ahead of the May 7 state election.

“I have indeed spoken to the prime minister today on the matter, who gave me the assurance that the appeal by NRD will be withdrawn,” Adenan said in a statement.

“I must apologise for the delay as I only got to know about the matter today,” the chief minister said. (more…)

Sarawak churches thank Adenan but blast NRD for meddling with religious freedoms

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The Association of Churches in Sarawak has welcomed the chief minister’s announcement that the NRD is withdrawing its court appeal against a Dayak Bidayuh man who reverted to Christianity from Islam. — File picThe Association of Churches, Sarawak (ACS) welcomed Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s announcement today that the National Registration Department (NRD) is withdrawing its court appeal against a Dayak Bidayuh man who reverted to Christianity from Islam.

Its secretary-general Ambrose Linang however panned the NRD’s initial decision last month to pursue the case against Roneey Rebit to the Court of Appeal.

“There really is no need for NRD to file appeal in the first place because any such appeal is seen as interfering in the religious freedom of Sarawakians,” Linang toldMalay Mail Online when contacted.

He said as far as he knows Roneey’s case is the first to be taken to court after the NRD refused to process his application.

He hoped the NRD will, from now, process any application from Muslim converts who seek to revert to their previous religions. (more…)

Taking Tun M’s police escort boosts him

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You know how a child throws a tantrum and takes away all his toys just because he is not winning at the game? Or the time when someone messes the scrabble board, just because he knows he cannot find words that will get him marks?

This is exactly how our ministers act when they are criticised on their policies. Instead of defending their policies and government with proper statistics and results, or admitting defeat, they decide to pick on the petty things and be a bully.

Case in point is the withdrawal of police escort for former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad effective last April 28. While the escort is a common courtesy accorded to former PMs, Mahathir’s privilege has been retracted after he led the signing of the Citizens’ Declaration calling for the resignation of PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Former New Straits Times group editor Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin first reported this in his blog. (more…)

Adenan promises Penans will have own elected representative

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem mingling with BN members and supporters from Telang Usan, Mulu and Ba'kelalan, in Miri, May 2, 2016. — Bernama picSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today said that efforts will be made to have one more state seat specifically for the Penans so that each minority ethnic group is represented in the state assembly.

He said that now, it could be said that almost all minority ethnic groups in Sarawak had elected representatives, either in Parliament or the State Legislative Assembly.

“The Kayan have and also the Kenyah, Lun Bawang and Bisaya,” he said at a gathering with people from Telang Usan, Mulu and Ba’kelalan, here.

In fact, he said, for the 11th Sarawak state election, two new seat were created for the orang Ulu (minority ethnic groups) following requests by the state government, namely Mulu for the Kelabit and Murum for the Kenyah. Polling is this Saturday.

“This is your opportunity to have a voice in the State Legislative Assembly,” he said. (more…)

May 2, 2016

Entry restrictions during Sarawak Elections period

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 2:30 PM

Whoever becomes the ruling government after Polling Day of the Sarawak Elections runs the risk of being labeled as illegitimate. In a democracy like ours, free and fair elections are integral and governments elected into power are deemed legitimate as a result of being there by the ‘will of the people’.

ROSE has received reports from various west Malaysians entering Sarawak in the last couple of days  have not been given the 90-days social visit pass but instead have had this shortened ridiculously to the 5th May 2016. Those affected appears to be opposition political parties and activities and according to DAP it is designed to stop campaigners and polling and counting agents to come in from West Malaysia. If so this will certainly have an impact on manpower and resources of the political parties who might be handicapped by such seemingly arbitrary and unreasonable restriction.

Polling and Counting Agents are usually either party workers or volunteers who are authorized by election laws to be the candidate’s representative or agent inside each room where the polls take place and votes are counted. (more…)

PKR denies sending SMS about Adenan paying money to release kidnap victims

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

See Chee HowThe PKR has denied ever having sent messages to inform the public that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has paid the ransom money to the kidnappers of four hostages from Sibu.

State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How, who is the party’s candidate for Batu Lintang, clarified the matter during a press conference yesterday.

He said PKR media relations coordinator Liza Bong lodged a police report on Saturday, stating that her mobile number might have been hacked or manipulated in some way to send the messages.

Bong, who just came back here from the UK to help See with the campaign for the next state election, said she was using a DiGi prepaid mobile number during her time here.

“Today (April 30, 2016) from 3.35pm, I have been receiving messages from unknown persons,” she said in the police report. (more…)

Vote BN or suffer for next five years, Dayak leaders say

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Ten kilometres from the heart of urban Miri, in a rural village, an Iban ceremony took place.The villagers, or at least the village SUPP branch, wanted Iban deity Keling to bless BN’s candidate for Piasau, Sebastian Ting, in the hope that he would retake the seat from DAP this Saturday.

In a speech after the ceremony, Kampung Api-Api SUPP chief Jemat Ibat appealed to the villagers to vote for Ting.

“Don’t be fooled by the opposition. They have a way with words, but we know the only one that can help us is BN,” Jemat said.

Edward Mampo, chief of neighbouring Kampung Pasir, echoed this sentiment, and told reporters this was their last chance to get a BN rep. (more…)

Lack of water, electricity bigger deal than BN infighting

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Voters in Pakan appear to be least bothered by any infighting between candidates linked to BN who are vying for the state seat in this Sarawak polls.

Malaysiakini’s visit to the constituency – located in Nanga Wak, about 74km away from Sibu – found that this was because the villagers are primarily concerned over the lack of clean water and electricity supply.

There are also areas in the village that lack proper access to the main road.

In the battle for Pakan, BN is fielding incumbent assemblyman William Mawan, who is facing DAP’s Rinda Juliza Alexander and SPDP’s Dr Jawie Jenggot who is contesting as an Independent.

In the 2011 state polls, William had defended the seat he held for 25 years on an SPDP ticket. (more…)

Days of hope dashed – what hopes for Malaysian workers?

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On May 1, 2008, I wrote about the ‘days of hope’ following the 12th general election in Malaysia. The Pakatan Rakyat coalition comprising PKR, DAP and PAS had effected the ‘political tsunami’ by winning 89 of the 222 parliamentary seats, its biggest electoral victory yet.

The marginalised and racially discriminated communities in this country had finally revolted, fired up by the Hindraf demonstrations. It was a long time coming. The masses in the Indian community have long suffered dispossession, evictions and low wages. They have witnessed the neglect of Tamil schools and disrespect for their places of worship.

Indians have borne the brunt of police violence, with an average of 1.3 police shootings per week and Indians making up 60 percent of these shootings. Until the 2008 elections, they had dutifully voted for the MIC. (more…)

Azmin defiant of ‘arrogant’ Adenan, to try luck on May 4

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Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali today reiterated he will proceed to try and re-enter Sarawak on May 4 without writing an appeal letter as requested by incumbent chief minister Adenan Satem.

“Why should I appeal? It is my right as a citizen of Malaysia to travel around the country.

“Adenan’s request is just a sign of his arrogance. This is an insult to a parliamentarian, to Malaysians’ right to move around the country,” Azmin told reporters this morning, when met after officiating the Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) May Day rally at its headquarters in Subang Jaya.

Adenan, through a statement from his office yesterday, had expressed willingness to consider extending the entry permits for both Azmin and DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Azmin yesterday responded saying Adenan was disrespecting the offices of the menteri besar and chief minister of a Malaysian state. (more…)

Oldest candidate Soon Koh lies low and dances in longhouses

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While other candidates campaign in quite a high-profile manner, Wong Soon Koh, the BN direct candidate who is defending his Bawang Assan seat for the fourth time, approached voters quietly, without alerting the media.

He did not hold ceramah in town areas like his former colleagues in the Sarawak United People’s Party and the opposition.

He did not publicly inform the voters about his campaign via newspapers.

It seems he is fighting an invisible campaign – just ‘vanishing’ in the outskirts of the town and rural areas, in the Sarawak BN traditional stronghold of Sibu.

On the fourth day of this Sarawak state poll campaign, he visited three longhouses and danced and laughed with the Iban community. (more…)

Baru: What has BN done in Ba Kelalan the past 48 years?

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Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has asked BN to enlighten the people on what they have done to develop Ba Kelalan over the last 48 years before he won the seat in 2011.

Baru, who is PKR Ba Kelalan candidate, said perhaps, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem should present the report cards of the previous BN elected representatives in Ba Kelalan so that the people could see their achievements.

“Did the BN provide proper schools, good roads, electricity, infrastructure, treated water, industries and economic development in those 48 years? Most Sarawakians have never heard of Ba Kelalan before 2011.This is how much attention the BN government has paid to this remote area,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Baru said Ba Kelalan had never been given so much attention until he won the seat in 2011. (more…)

Sarawak Election: 24,604 early voters to cast ballots on Tuesday

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A total of 24,604 early voters will be casting their ballots on Tuesday in the 11th Sarawak state election.

Election Commission secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said they comprise police, General Operations Force and military personnel and their spouses.

They will be voting at 79 polling centres involving 100 polling streams from 8am until 5pm.

The figure does not include early voters for the Bukit Kota and Bukit Sari seats which were won uncontested by Barisan Nasional candidates.

“The ballot papers (in the early voting) will not be counted at the respective polling centres but instead will be kept in a secure place, that is police lockups. (more…)

Can Christians still vote for the Adenan team with a clear conscience?

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Roneey anak Rebit was born to Christian parents in 1975.

At the age of eight, his parents became Muslims by secondary conversion; as a result of which Roneey was automatically made a Muslim.

However, the 41-year-old Bidayuh man is today a Christian, faithfully attending a church in Sarawak, but on his identity card, he still carries the Muslim name Azmi bin Mohd Azam.

To reflect his true religious identity, Rooney attempted to apply to the National Registration Department (NRD) to have his identity card corrected. However, the application was rejected by NRD.

When the case was brought before the Kuching High Court, judge Yew Jen Kie ruled in favour of Rooney. However, the joy of the Christian community in Sarawak was shortlived when on April 22, the NRD appealed against the decision. (more…)

Use votes to protest against wage discrimination, PKR veteran tells voters

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PKR veteran Dr Syed Husin Ali has called on Sarawak voters especially salaried people to use their votes to veto those in power to protest against wage discrimination.

At a press conference yesterday, the former national PKR deputy president pointed out that workers in Sarawak as well as Sabah and Labuan had been short-changed due to the lopsided minimum wage levels since the policy was implemented in 2013.

“The wage levels are RM900 in the Peninsula and RM800 in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan. It is unfortunate that the issue has not been addressed by those in power,” he said.

“While workers on both sides of the South China Sea are carrying out the same jobs, it is unfair for their remunerations to be lopsided,” he stressed. (more…)

In appeal to enter S’wak, Rafizi says will bash Najib and spare Adenan

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PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, in an appeal to be allowed entry into Sarawak, has promised that he will not criticise Chief Minister Adenan Satem in any way.

Instead, Rafizi said he will only focus his criticisms on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the federal government.

This is contained in a letter addressed to Adenan after the chief minister said he may consider allowing opposition leaders into the state if they asked “politely”.

“I request your good will to allow me to enter Sarawak at least for the purpose of campaigning in this state election even if you are not prepared to cancel the order barring me from Sarawak since April 2014.

“I assure you that I will not criticise you, your family, or administration led by you. (more…)

DAP risks losing seven seats, says Kit Siang

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DAP may risks losing more than half of the 12 seats it won in the 2011 Sarawak state polls, admitted party supremo Lim Kit Siang.

Six to seven seats are at risk, he said when campaigning for four DAP candidates in Sibu.

This is because BN conglomerates are wooing the voters with money and they are riding on Adenan’s popularity, he said.

“The situation in some of the constituencies is alarming, they seems to be confident, they are using conglomerates, money, threats, the Adenan factor and Najib factor,” he said.

Lim however refused to name the particular seats he was referring to, except to say, “They want to take Meradong and Repok.” (more…)

Nazri, advise Adenan to fight Opposition fair and square

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On April 29, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz said that he supported Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s decision in banning DAP leaders and members from entering Sarawak.

It is not a surprise for Nazri or any other BN minister to express support for Adenan, a fellow BN leader.

However, Nazri’s reason for supporting Adenan’s blanket ban on DAP leaders is totally wrong and unacceptable.

Nazri has said that DAP is chauvinistic and racist and will play up racial issues that will threaten racial harmony. This must be the worst excuse for supporting a decision that is a clear abuse of the state’s immigration powers.

How has DAP become chauvinistic when it pursues relentlessly and aggressively the 1MDB issues? Is DAP racist when it brought in electricity and water for the native community in Sabah and Sarawak? Is DAP racist when it rebuilt houses for the Malay flood victims in Kelantan? (more…)

DAP will sink without PKR, analysts say

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Former law minister Zaid recently wrote in his blog that he was planning to invite DAP’s Lim Kit Siang to dinner to ask him to abandon his dream of keeping together the current electoral pact between DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah). — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDatuk Zaid Ibrahim’s call for DAP to cut ties with PKR and Pakatan Harapan will not augur well for the secular party as it will sink without the opposition alliance, analysts have said.

Pundits have labelled Zaid’s suggestion as “cynical” and “simplistic”, and aimed at poking fun at the current spat between PKR and DAP over the clashing of seats in the Sarawak election.

“DAP and PKR are fighting in the Sarawak polls and you see several overlapping seats, but to ask DAP to leave the pact because of this, I don’t think it is right as it is a very simplistic suggestion,” political analyst Associate Prof Dr Jeniri Amir toldMalay Mail Online.

“DAP will not last for long if they are alone,” he added. (more…)

Lim lists four issues of the 11th Sarawak State Election

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I want to discuss four issues of the 11th Sarawak State Election.

The first issue is that of the Sarawak Chief Minister after the May 7 Polling Day.

This question is as good as decided on Nomination Day on April 25, because there is no doubt whatsoever that the Chief Minister of Sarawak after the May 7 Polling Day will be Adenan Satem and nobody else.

Only the mentally weak or deficient would think that Adenan would not the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years.

In Siburan yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Adenan should be given five more years as Sarawak Chief Minister and it is not fair if Adenan is only given two years. (more…)

Allowing dual system of taxis and e-hailing vehicles

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Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi said the Transport Ministry will assist taxi associations in developing mobile apps and encouraged taxi companies to do the same.

He added the move will open up the market by encouraging healthy competition while avoiding monopolisation of the market, and the first such app would be launched next month.

He urged taxi operators to embrace technology to remain competitive in a market revolutionised by mobile app-based services, such as Uber and GrabCar.

In an online survey by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), 80 per cent of the respondents preferred e-hailing services such as Uber and GrabCar over taxis. (more…)

May 1, 2016

Workers and voters cannot be shortchanged anymore

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1 MTUC and workers celebrate Labour Day this year with trepidation. Drastic increase in cost of living and low wages has seen a fall in standard of living.

2 Income disparity has widened and household debt has worsened alarmingly. A large proportion of our not very high income goes to debt repayment.

3 We call on all workers and their families to vote wisely in the 11th Sarawak State Election. MTUC is pro labour. We are not anti-business or any political party or the government. We want to work with the government and any political party to ensure that economic and development policies benefit Sarawakian workers as well. A high income nation must be for everybody.

4 It is very sad that wage levels have lagged behind inflation, have fallen behind productivity increases; there is an erosion of minimum labour standards, right to form trade unions is severely restricted, the income disparity is getting wider.


Barring led to rise of young politicians

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In barring Opposition politicians from entering Sarawak, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is simply following a ‘tradition’ of his predecessor.

Initial reactions of the barring were that these barred entries would affect the Opposition’s campaigning processes. However, it looks as though the situation has taken a different turn.

According to a DAP analyst, the barred list made up of a majority of the DAP leadership has in some ways affected the campaigning machineries.

Most would wonder if the party’s election strategies were ruined without guidance from party leaders who have gone through the Sarawak Election prior to this year’s election. (more…)

Zahid pledges RM500k for school if BN wins, says opposition ‘dry taps’

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has pledged RM500,000 for a school in Miri if BN candidate Lee Kim Shin wins in the Senadin constituency.

“I am weighing the allocation for the SMK Riam Road, the only condition is that BN wins,” he said, whispering the caveat into the microphone.

This is on top of the RM1 million in allocations the deputy prime minister approved for two schools and RM200,000 for a night market in the nearby Pujut constituency tonight

He made the development promises while visiting a night market to campaign for Pujut candidate Hii King Chiong. (more…)

Jabu: DAP enemy of rural folk

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The people of Sarawak especially in the rural areas must reject the DAP in the state election on May 7 because the party is staunchly against rural development planned by the Barisan Nasional government, said Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu.

Describing DAP as an enemy of people living in rural areas, Jabu, who is also PBB deputy president, said various development plans for rural folk by the government including development of Native Customary Rights (NCT) land since 1996 never got the support of the DAP.

“When we develop rural areas, the people who hate rural areas are from the DAP.

“In the state legislative assembly (DUN), I have repeatedly said the DAP suppressed and oppressed the opportunity of NCR land owners from participating in BN poverty eradication programmes,” he said at a ceremony to open the national registration department’s micro-office for Bario today. (more…)


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The Sarawakians are holding the Malayans to ransom

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It is a sad and bitter fact that the people of Malaya are held to ransom by their cousins in Sarawak.

So, how can one convince the Sarawak electorate that they hold their own destiny in their hands?

Equally, how do you tell Sarawakians that they can free the Malayans from the tyranny of the Umno Baru rule in Malaya?

If only the Sarawak people knew the depth of suffering of the Malayan people. Sarawak is BN’s safe deposit…but who will tell the Sarawak people not to vote BN, especially when goodies and handouts rain from the sky, once every five years, before a general election or a snap election?

If you earn RM300 per month, and you are given RM100, when you attend a BN ceramah, this “gift” is a king’s ransom. No “ifs”. No “buts”. (more…)

Najib fighting for his political life in S’wak

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Najib Abdul Razak is fighting for his political life in the Sarawak state election on May 7.

This is why he is campaigning as if the 11th Sarawak state election is the 14th parliamentary general elections, as he himself had declared on nomination day that the Sarawak polls on May 7 will be a ‘precursor’ to GE14 in two years’ time, which will decide his future as the prime minister of Malaysia.

This is also why he has aided and abetted Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem in the abuse of Sarawak immigration autonomy powers, although Najib should know more than anyone else that it is unconstitutional, illegal, and against both the word and spirit of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement to ban Malaysians who are not Sarawakians from entering Sarawak for the sole purpose of carrying out “legitimate political activities”.

Najib is doing a third thing in the ‘fight for his political life’ in the Sarawak state election – bringing the entire cabinet of 37 ministers to campaign in Sarawak under the guise of holding the cabinet meeting in Kuching next Wednesday. (more…)

Only hardcores will vote for opposition

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

While Barisan Nasional (BN) and the Opposition continue to gear-up for polling day on May 7, could it end up in a scenario where only the politicians are ready for the elections whereas their constituents are not too interested to cast their votes?

In a usual setting, there would be mudslinging between the two parties that are contesting in an election, except in the Sarawak Election, a partial highlight of the election is the infighting within Pakatan Harapan.

While Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen is confident that although Merdeka Centre’s survey showed that Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s approval ratings was at 81%, he says that this would do little to affect to their campaign for the May 7 polls.

Chong, who by comparison scored a mere 36%, insisted that the survey by Merdeka Centre had not taken into account the current voter sentiment on the ground. (more…)

Trio battle for hearts and minds of Batu Kitang voters

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“It was like seeing your ex-girlfriend with a new man,” said Elantirayan Ganesan, a DAP volunteer, on being informed that the party had to give up Batu Kitang as part of an agreement with PKR two weeks ago.

Elantirayan was one of several loyal university friends of DAP’s candidate Abdul Aziz Isa, 27, a social science graduate of Unimas, who had invested time campaigning the area daily since last year.

Carved out of Batu Kawah and Kota Sentosa, both DAP-controlled, the newly delineated Batu Kitang is located in the sub-district of Padawan, which is located to the south of Kuching.

It is the target of three key contenders – candidates from DAP, PKR and the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), which is fielding a long-serving bureaucrat. (more…)

Azmin: Adenan disrespectful for asking counterparts to write in to extend stay

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Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem asking his counterparts from Selangor and Penang to write in to request for an extension of their stay shows the leader’s lack of respect for their office.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali says Adenan’s remarks indicates “arrogance” and “recklessness” on the chief minister’s part in wielding his executive power of autonomy over Sarawak’s immigration.

“I can understand that this is election season and in politics, a leader has to do whatever that is legally permissible to secure final victory for his party.

“However, in taking this arrogant stand towards his fellow Malaysian leaders, Adnan has crossed the line and exposed himself as being reckless in the use of his executive power,” said Azmin in a statement today. (more…)

‘Nonsense’, Azmin says of formal request to extend stay in Sarawak

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PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Amin Ali said he will not submit a formal request to the Sarawak chief minister to extend his stay in Sarawak. — Picture by KE OoiDatuk Seri Azmin Ali said today he will not submit a formal request to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for an extension of his  stay in Sarawak upon its expiry on May 2.

“He has issued a statement to say that if I want to extend my stay, i need to apply to him first for consideration.

“Nonsense. I will not apply to him,” the PKR deputy president said at meet-the-people session at Siburan, about 40km from Kuching.

Azmin, who is also Selangor mentri besar, said the state belongs to the people of Sarawak.

“I wish to remind Adenan not to make enemies of me, and don’t make enemies of the people. (more…)

A disastrous ‘miring’: Signs of bad omen for Gerald Rentap?

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Iban elders who are considered experts in interpreting omens say that Gerald Rentap Jabu, the BN candidate for Layar, may be facing several hurdles before he can win the seat following a disastrous “miring” ritual.

The ritual was held before nomination day at Penom longhouse in Betong.

Douglas Uggah, the BN candidate for Bukit Saban and Rentap performed the “miring” ceremony, where two sets of “piring” (offering ingredients) were prepared for them.

It has always been the practice of Ibans to perform a “miring” to seek blessing, protection, courage, strength as well as victories from their “petara” (gods) before they go for headhunting expeditions, or before starting to farm, hunt etc.

Depending on the purpose of the “miring”, either chickens or pigs are slaughtered. For headhunting expeditions and elections, pigs are slaughtered and their livers are examined on whether they portend good or bad omens. (more…)

Sarawak political machine will keep propping up Najib

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On May 7, residents of Sarawak, the larger of the two Malaysian states located on Borneo island, will be going to the polls. Sarawak is the only one of Malaysia’s 13 states to hold its state and federal polls separately.

This is the first election in Malaysia since the emergence of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) crisis engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Many Malaysian and international pundits are using the results of the upcoming Sarawak polls to see if the 1MDB scandal will affect Malaysian voter behaviour. Najib has taken a personal interest in the polls, visiting Sarawak more than 50 times since he took power in 2009.

It is fairly obvious that he is looking for a big win in Sarawak to use as political capital and momentum for the next federal polls, due in 2018. (more…)

In appeal to enter S’wak, Rafizi says will bash Najib and spare Adenan

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PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, in an appeal to be allowed entry into Sarawak, has promised that he will not criticise Chief Minister Adenan Satem in any way.

Instead, Rafizi said he will only focus his criticisms on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the federal government.

This is contained in a letter addressed to Adenan after the chief minister said he may consider allowing opposition leaders into the state if they asked “politely”.

“I request your good will to allow me to enter Sarawak at least for the purpose of campaigning in this state election even if you are not prepared to cancel the order barring me from Sarawak since April 2014. (more…)

Pakatan’s Sarawak squabble shows BN still best choice, Ikatan says

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Abdul Kadir pointed out that BN has over 14 member parties and yet it has still successfully remained united even through difficult times. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPakatan Harapan’s failure this week to achieve consensus in its first electoral contest as a pact proves it is not a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional (BN), Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) chief Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said.

The former Umno leader said the breakdown in seat negotiations for the Sarawak polls between Pakatan Harapan partners DAP and PKR shows the opposition alliance’s inability to resolve even a “basic issue”.

He said it also exposes fissures in the pact that claims to be Malaysia’s sole alternative to the ruling BN coalition.

“They keep coming up with excuses for their dismal performance. They are a disgrace.

“This proved that we don’t have an alternative… the best is still BN because they (Pakatan Harapan) keep quarrelling,” Abdul Kadir told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

It’s not Hang Tuah, it’s ‘Hang Tu-ha’ or ‘Hang Toh’, says don

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It seems the dust is not going to settle anytime soon for legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah.

His existence and lineage have been the subject of intense debate not only in academia but also in the popular realm.

And with the launch of a new book by Universiti Malaya’s Emeritus Professor Ahmat Adam, it would seem that even his name has been mispronounced for at least two centuries.

A historian by training, Ahmat told Malaysiakini that while this finding might not rest easy on some people, the laksamana’s name has to be set right.

“Malaysians have mispronounced ‘Hang Tuah’ for 200 years and it might be difficult for them to accept something new – that’s human nature – but we have to correct history,” he said in an interview after the launch yesterday. (more…)

How we can really give meaning to brand Kuala Lumpur

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At a glittering ceremony, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mhd Amin Nordin launched a new brand identity for the city: “Kuala Lumpur: exciting. surprising. enticing. A City of Contrasts & Diversity.”

He announced that landmarks with these words will be installed at Dataran Merdeka, Bulatan Semantan and Jalan Sungai Besi. But the tag line is more than a mouthful.

It reminded me of the longest abbreviation listed in the Guinness Book of World Records more than 40 years ago, which was S.K.O.M.K.H.P.K.J.C.D.P.W.B. for Syarikat Kerjasama Orang-Orang Melayu Kerajaan Hilir Perak Kerana Jimat Cermat Dan Pinjam-Meminjam Wang Berhad.

The words “contrasts and diversity” may encapsulate what Kuala Lumpur has to offer but the majority of Malaysians and visitors alike would be hard pressed to understand their meaning, let alone picture it. (more…)

BN will win two-third majority in Sarawak election, Mustafa Ali says

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Mustafa said his prediction was based on BN's ability to attract voters in Sarawak by solving issues in the state, especially rural areas. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS, regarded as Barisan Nasional’s biggest rival in the mainland, has conceded that BN will win the Sarawak election by a two-third majority.

PAS central election director Datuk Mustafa Ali said his prediction was based on BN’s ability to attract voters in Sarawak by solving issues in the state, especially rural areas.

“I feel BN will continue to govern Sarawak and win by a two-third majority, there may be places where the party will lose seats but overall BN will be in power,” he told reporters at the Kelab Wartawan Terengganu (KAWAT) office, here today.

Mustafa said PAS viewed the people of Sarawak as a community that focused merely on local issues instead of national issues.

He said the leadership qualities shown by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem since taking over the Chief Minister’s post had instilled the trust and confidence of the people.

“Tan Sri Adenan Satem has a feel good factor to win over the people of Sarawak,” he said.


Stop lying about ties to BN, Adenan warns Serembu candidate

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Adenan said that Nyomek should use his own name during his campaign period and not claim to be a BN member. ― Picture by Aizyl AzleeSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today warned a candidate contesting in the Serembu state seat to stop telling lies about campaigning for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state election.

According to Adenan, Datuk Peter Nyomek Nyeap who is contesting as an independent candidate had been telling people around that he will be part of Barisan Nasional (BN) after the election.

“Do not to vote for him, he is telling you lies. According to sources he had been telling to the people that regardless of the outcome, he will join BN.

“My message to him is clear, I would like to say no thank you,” Adenan said at a talk at Kampung Bijuray Mongag.

Adenan said that Nyomek should use his own name during his campaign period and not claim to be a BN member. (more…)

Adenan says will review formal requests to extend Azmin, Guan Eng’s stay in Sarawak

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PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said yesterday that while he was allowed entry into the state, after many other opposition leaders were not, he was only allowed to stay for four days and would need to leave by May 2. — Picture by choo choy mayTan Sri Adenan Satem said today he will review the requests by Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng to extend their stay in Sarawak during the election period once a formal request is received.

Press secretary to the Sarawak chief minister Ambrose Cheng added that such requests in the past have been decided on a case-by-case basis.

“Datuk Patinggi Adenan have in the past considered on case by case basis extending the stay of non-Sarawakian (sic) and he is willing to consider extending both the Chief Minister of Penang and Mentri Besar of Selangor’s stay here upon receiving their formal request,” he said in a statement today.

PKR deputy president Azmin said yesterday that while he was allowed entry into the state, after many other opposition leaders were not, he was only allowed to stay for four days and would need to leave by May 2. (more…)

Umno can win next GE by forming pact with PAS for ‘Malay unity’, ex-minister says

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PAS and Umno have recently continued dalliances ostensibly for Malay and Muslim unity, which have become more overt and frequent since the Islamist party fell out with former allies in the opposition. — Picture by Saw Siow FengUmno stands a good chance of winning the next general election if it were to form an alliance with Islamist party PAS, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said today.

“Umno can win the elections when they combine with PAS, when they combine (for) Malay unity,” news portal Malaysiakini quoted the former information minister as saying.

Zainuddin added that an Umno-PAS pact would boost both parties’ chances at securing votes in the 14th general election because “Malays are concerned about their survival”.

Talk of collaboration between the two political parties resurfaced last year when PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa claimed that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had approached Umno to form a unity government in Selangor during the state’s mentri besar crisis in 2014. (more…)

‘Watch the game with Chee How’ at Porkies tonight

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It’s the game probably most Leicester City and Manchester United (MU) fans are waiting for.

The Foxes now riding high on the English Premier League (EPL) will take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford tonight (May 1) in what could be a historic moment for English football.


April 30, 2016

Baru reminds voters of the role of opposition

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Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has reminded the people that for a truly democratic government to work, it would require the voices of the opposition in the State Legislative Assembly to monitor the actions of ministers and provide the necessary check and balance.

In a press statement yesterday, Baru who is also PKR Ba’ Kelalan candidate said the people should vote for a stronger opposition to have a more effective and responsive government.

He cited the decision to withdraw the proposal to gazette areas in Ulu Trusan as forest reserves as an example of the success of the opposition’s representation in the Legislative Asssembly.

“The people were extremely angry when they heard about the proposal and in record time, we gathered around 3000 signatures for a petition against this proposal,” said Baru.

The petition he said was then personally handed to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Aug 4, 2015.

The suspension was announced on Aug 14, 2016 in response to questions raised by him (Baru) in DUN on Dec 16 2015.

“Without a strong opposition, the government would not have withdrawn the proposal,” he added.

The same situation applies to the proposed Baram Dam as the government cancelled it after two years of opposition and blockades by the people.

The Borneo Post Online

Oppositions at each other’s throats in Bukit Semuja

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If you talk to the naysayers and those who don’t agree, for whatever reasons, with John Ilus’ candidacy, of course they will be saying the BN direct candidate for Bukit Semuja will lose the election.

But no matter what they say – that he is a political greenhorn, that he is not getting the support of some influential people in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), and that BN votes are split between him and former PBB veteran Frederick Bayoi Manggie, thus giving DAP’s Edward Luak the edge – I am sticking my ground that John will prevail.

Indeed it’s the third day of campaigning today and I have yet to see those so-called influential local PBB leaders coming to John’s operation centre.

Yes, maybe they are not coming to offer their help after all. Maybe they have still to get over the feeling of disappointment at not being picked as candidate. (more…)

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