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November 21, 2017

Uggah ‘ill-advised’ on statement govt will never take people’s land – Baru

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State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who he claims to be new to native customary rights (NCR) land issue, may have been ill-advised when he recently said “the government will never take the people’s lands from them”.

From the natives’ perspective, thousands of acres of NCR lands acquired or created in accordance with their customs had already been taken or continued to be taken by the government, said the opposition leader.

He cited the landmark case of Nor Nyawai as an example where the customary concept of ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ had been affirmed as having ‘the force of law’.

“Meaning this customary concept is lawfully accepted as a basis for NCR claim over land in Sarawak. The decision in Nor Nyawai was eventually affirmed in the case of Madeli Salleh at the Federal Court. (more…)

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Sarawak’s Penan mapping their way to land rights recognition

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Sarawak’s Penan mapping their way to land rights recognitionSARAWAK’S last nomadic tribe, the Penan, have again pressed the state government to recognise their customary rights to land and a forest sanctuary they want called Baram Heritage Forest, by presenting to the government a “detailed community map” 15 years in the making.

A group of nine Penan chiefs, led by Ajeng Kiew, a penghulu of Baram Sungai Patah, flew from the remotest parts of Baram to present the set of 23 maps to Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas last Friday at the state legislative assembly building.

For some of the Penan chiefs, it was the first they had ventured away from their forest homes, let alone fly in a plane.

“For us Penans, it is a historical achievement to have produced these maps,” Komeok Joe, spokesman for the chiefs and the map’s production coordinator, said today. (more…)

Penans want Baram Heritage Forest to be established

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A call has been made for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to continue his predecessor the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s effort to establish the Baram Heritage Forest (BHF).

In making this call yesterday, Komeok Joe, who is Keruan Association coordinator, said this was the wish of the Penan communities in Ulu Baram, who also wanted their rights as an indigenous group respected.

According to Komeok, the Penan communities from Ulu Baram, represented by a delegation of 10 individuals including himself, handed over 23 well-outlined maps on the Penan communities to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas last Friday at the State Legislative Assembly Complex in the presence of representatives from the Chief Minister’s Office and state Land and Survey Department.

“We appreciate the deputy chief minister for taking the time to discuss with us and receive the Penan communities’ maps. We hope that the government will take this matter seriously,” he told a news conference at the state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) headquarters here. (more…)

Tell Pakatan earlier of any problems, Dr M says after Zahid snub

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PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had attempted to see Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier today, but was directed to secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim instead. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe government should have informed Pakatan Harapan (PH) of any problems dragging its registration so it could be resolved earlier on, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged today.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman had attempted to see Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier today, but was directed to secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim instead.

“We were told that why PH has not been registered with the Registrar of Societies is due to the internal issues with PPBM and DAP,

“Had they informed us earlier we would have done our part to resolve it, since we need sufficient time [as a registered entity] to prepare for the upcoming general elections,” he said outside the ministry’s main gate here. (more…)

No need to table 1MDB’s financial statements, Putrajaya tells Parliament

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In January, 1MDB confirmed the appointment of its new auditor — Parker Randall. It was the fourth auditing firm appointed by 1MDB after a controversial end to its previous three auditors: Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitt. — Reuters picThe financial statements of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) does not need to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today in a written reply.

Najib said the audited statements of 1MDB between 2009 and 2014 had been filed with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), while the rest are still not audited since police had seized documents from the strategic fund’s office in 2015.

“Any parties who need the financial statements of 1MDB should refer to documents from that source,” Najib said, referring to CCM.

“For everyone’s information, 1MDB’s financial statements were never tabled in Dewan Rakyat and are not required to.” (more…)

Citing ‘sacred patrimony’, churches reject unauthorised DBP translation of Bibles

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The CFM reiterated that BM is the language of the majority of Christian Malaysians, emphasising that the Arabic word for God ‘Allah’ has been used in the Christian context locally and regionally ‘since time immemorial’. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) expressed today its outrage that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) can provide an “official translation” of its holy book in Bahasa Malaysia (BM) which forms part of the “sacred patrimony” for its adherents.The umbrella organisation representing 90 per cent of churches nationwide condemned the proposal by a legal representative of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) as another attempt to infringe upon the constitutional right of Christians to manage their own religious affairs.

“The Holy Bible and the Al-Kitab in Bahasa Malaysia form part of the sacred patrimony of Christians and any attempt by any person not authorised by the Christian churches to provide an authoritative version will be firmly rejected.

“This is not just an outrage to Christians and their sensibilities. It will be a most heinous form of offence against what all Christians believe to be divinely inspired Scriptures, the Word of God,” CFM said in a statement signed by its chairman and Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Julian Leow Beng Kim. (more…)

No need to follow Sarawak’s route on rights, Sabah minister says

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had said that the federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the MA63. — Bernama picA Sabah minister has cautioned his state against copying Sarawak’s approach to restore state rights that has been taken away by Putrajaya.

Instead, Minister of Special Tasks and chairman of the State Rights Committee Datuk Seri Panglima Teo Chee Kang welcomed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s commitment to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We have our own ways of dealing with Kuala Lumpur, which can be more effective and result oriented,” Teo said, as reported by The Borneo Post.

“Therefore, there is no need to pass a resolution in the State Legislative Assembly as done by our neighbour state, for doing so will not add any strength to the legal basis of our claims, as our substantive rights are already clearly embedded in the Federal Constitution.” (more…)

Putrajaya to act if petrol, diesel price exceeds RM2.50 for three months

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The government will intervene if pump prices for RON95 petrol and diesel remain above RM2.50 per litre for three consecutive months. — File picture by Azinuddin GhazaliThe government will intervene if pump prices for RON95 petrol and diesel remain above RM2.50 per litre for three consecutive months, the Finance Ministry said today.

RON95 and RON97 petrol are currently RM2.38 per litre and RM2.66 per litre, while diesel is retailing at RM2.25 per litre.

The ministry said the federal government understood the effect of the rise in global oil prices that have now breached over US$60 per barrel, which it said would affect pump prices locally.

“Based on the recent trend of rising global crude oil prices, the government will identify appropriate measures to reduce the impact of this hike, if the retail price for RON95 and diesel exceeds RM2.50 per litre continuously for three months. (more…)

Deborah Henry: School syllabus needs to be revamped

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Deborah Henry believes the Malaysian education system must improve to allow better opportunities for children to succeed in life. — Picture by BowerhausThe Malaysian education system must improve to allow better opportunities for children to succeed in life, said Fugee School co-founder Deborah Priya Henry.

She said her wish during Universal Children’s Day was for children to be given equal opportunities to reach their full potential.

Henry said the Malaysian school syllabus needed to be revamped for this to be achieved.

“It is obsolete. In this day and age of internet and technology, every other sector has evolved to incorporate these elements but the education system has not,” she said.

“It is archaic and needs restructuring. Schools must decentralise the classroom structure and allow children to learn based on topics of interest. (more…)

Zahid: Pakatan needs to resolve DAP, PPBM problems before registration

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Pakatan Harapan (PH) needs to resolve several issues before it could be approved as a formal coalition. — Bernama file picPakatan Harapan (PH) needs to resolve issues with the DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) before it can be approved as a formal coalition, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The deputy prime minister said among the issues that the Opposition coalition needs to address includes the final report of the DAP’s re-elected central executive committee and PPBM’s amendment to its party constitution.

Ahmad Zahid said the Home Ministry has already ordered the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to let PH know of any necessary requirements they need to meet.

“PH must respect all rules which has been set. The application cannot be passed because a few issues among them have not been resolved. (more…)

Minister: Putrajaya needs more support for English-medium schools’ return

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Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he personally believes English schools are vital for human capital growth but feared that the issue could be politicised. — Bernama picA federal minister said today he backs calls for English-medium schools to be reinstated, but said the federal government will need more support to realise the policy.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he personally believes English schools are vital for human capital growth but feared that the issue could be politicised if “only politicians” supported the idea.

“We cannot run from the fact that English is an international language that would give our children a competitive edge and Malaysia was once considered a nation of high English proficiency,” Rahman told reporters after delivering his keynote address at a conference on the workforce here.

“But now many are saying our graduates are unable to speak the language… however, all parties must speak up,” he added. (more…)

With absent MPs, BN almost loses Budget 2018 vote

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Due to many BN MPs being absent, the government managed to win by just one vote the debate on a part of Budget 2018 in the Dewan Rakyat on November 20, 2017. — Picture of Facebook/Wong ChenThe government narrowly won, by just one vote, the debate on a part of Budget 2018 in the Dewan Rakyat today as few Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs were in the House.

Media reports said G. Manivanan (PKR-Kapar) called for a division vote when the government was wrapping up the debate on the Supply Bill’s portion for the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry at the committee stage.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that government lawmakers rushed back in after Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee ordered for the House bell to be rung for two minutes.

The Bill was approved with 52 MPs in favour and 51 against; two abstained from voting. (more…)

November 20, 2017

Teenager detained over alleged Facebook threat against Sarawak chief minister

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Police detained a teenage boy on suspicion of posting a threat against Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Facebook today. — Reuters picPolice detained a teenage boy on suspicion of posting a threat against Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Facebook today.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the suspect, aged 14, was taken to the Kuching district police headquarters by his father at 2.30 pm after receiving news that police were closing in on the boy.

“Police had seized a mobile phone belonging to the suspect which was believed to have been used to upload the threatening posting.

“The teenager was released on police bail late this afternoon after his statement was recorded,” he said in a statement here.

Dev said police had received seven reports lodged over the posting so far.

The case was being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, he added.


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Pan Borneo Highway, catalyst for new leap in Sabah and Sarawak, says PM

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (second right) launching the 19.6km Pan Borneo Highway Project’s Sixth Working Package connecting Putatan with Inanam in Padang Putatan, Sabah, November 18, 2017. — Bernama picNajib Razak said he believed the Pan Borneo Highway project would be the catalyst for a new leap to the demography and socio-economy of Sabah and Sarawak encompassing a higher quality of life, the development of a new economic corridor and the opening of new opportunities for the local communities.

The Prime Minister said it was in line with the Government’s Pledge on April 13, 2013 to provide a more efficient and safer network of roads for residents in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Therefore today again, the Pledge has been realised,” said Najib in his blog posting, najibrazak.com.

Najib yesterday launched the sixth package of the Pan Borneo Highway project stretching 19.6 km to connect Putatan with Inanam costing RM900 million and described it as another historic moment for Sabah. (more…)

Sarawak govt proposes longhouse, village chiefs to set up community firefighters

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Image result for iban longhouse sarawakThe Sarawak government has proposed that longhouse and village chiefs in the state establish community fire-fighting teams in their respective areas.

Sarawak Local Government Ministry Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said the setting up of such teams was needed as a preventive measure for fire particularly in the rural areas, such as in Marudi in Miri division.

“It is also needed for longhouses and villages with many residents but away from the Fire and Rescue Department,” he said when launching the Marudi Community Firefighter at the George Ijus Jawa Longhouse in Kampung Kejaman, Baram today.

Penguang also said the George Ijus Jawa Longhouse was suitable to have its very own volunteer fire-fighting team as it has 76 doors with over 600 residents.


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Najib explains federal government stand on Malaysia Agreement

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Dato Seri Najib Razak (centre) at the annual meeting of Parti Bersatu Sabah in Penampang, Sabah, November 18, 2017. — Bernama picNajib Razak said today the federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The Prime Minister said that if anything had been taken inadvertently, it must be returned. “This is our struggle. It is not the struggle of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) alone. It is our joint struggle. I share your sentiments,” he said when opening the PBS 32nd annual delegates conference here.

Also present at the opening were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman; Deputy Chief Minister and PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan; Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and leaders of other Barisan Nasional component parties. (more…)

Shafie Apdal: Let Sabah, Sarawak Christians use ‘Allah’

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syafie-apdalParti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal today said the BN-led government should let Christians in Sabah and Sarawak use the word “Allah” in their worship and make sure it is not misinterpreted to the detriment of Muslims.

Speaking to Christian leaders during a gathering here, Shafie said he had held the view even when he was still a member of the federal cabinet.

“If need be, we should allow the word to be used in Sabah and Sarawak, no matter the religion or race. Only in the peninsula, that word cannot be used by followers of other faiths,” Shafie said.

“In Sarawak, it’s not only Muslims but Christians are also using the word. (more…)

PM: Christians in Sabah, Sarawak can use ‘Allah’

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Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the Appeals Court’s decision on the use of the word Allah does not affect Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.

Najib said the contents in the 10-Point Agreement decided by the federal cabinet on the matter would be maintained for the two states.

“…recently when the Appeals Court made its decision on the use of the word Allah, it did not at all touch on the practices of Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, in fact the 10-Point Agreement is still being maintained,” he said.

Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said this when opening Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) 28th Delegates Conference in Penampang near here today.

On Oct 14, a three-man bench of the Appeals Court in Putrjaya in hearing an appeal by the government had ruled that the Catholic church in the country could not use the word Allah to refer to God in its weekly publication The Herald. (more…)

Anticipating RoS troubles, Wan Azizah moots PPBM using Pakatan logo

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PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Parti Pribumi could contest in GE14 under the logo of Pakatan Harapan if the Registrar of Societies (RoS) fail to recognise the opposition party. — File picture by Yusof Mat IsaParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members can contest under the Pakatan Harapan ticket should the Registrar of Societies (RoS) fail to recognise the opposition party before the 14th general elections, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.The coalition president said PPBM was part of the Opposition pact and therefore would not be neglected should such circumstance arise.

“We have already faced this before when they caused problems with DAP. If it comes to that, Pribumi can contest under the logo of Pakatan Harapan,” she was quoted as saying in The Star today, referring to PPBM.

“We will face it together should RoS make any sudden moves,” she added.

Last Friday, the RoS termed PPBM’s youth wing’s name “Armada” as illegal, explaining that using such a term was an offence and could lead to serious implications including deregistration of the party. (more…)

November 19, 2017

Reject Territorial Sea Act 2012 to safeguard Sarawak’s territorial integrity – See

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The state government must be serious in safeguarding Sarawak’s territorial integrity by rejecting the application and enforcement of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 in Sarawak, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

“It it is only by claiming the full rights to Sarawak’s continental shelf in accordance with the Federal Constitution that the state can maintain full control of the use and development of all resources belonging to Sarawak, including the full licensing rights to oil and gas exploration and development.

“Most importantly, we must not shoot ourselves in the foot by agreeing to the limitation of our territorial sea to 12 nautical miles,” he said.

Elaborating on his opinion, See pointed out that the Territorial Sea Act 2012 cannot impose the provisions of the Continental Shelf Act 1966 [Act 83] and the Petroleum Mining Act 1966 [Act 95] on Sarawak, because Sarawak has its various Orders In Council made in 1954, 1958, 1960 and 1962 adopted by the Sarawak Legislative Assembly and the Sarawak Land Code, which have legally delineated and determined Sarawak’s territorial boundary, and the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 with regards to oil mining on and in its Continental Shelf. (more…)

Sarawak govt to table comprehensive Land Code changes next May

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (centre) says the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR by having its own Bill to amend the Sarawak Land Code, November 17, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieA comprehensive amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to territorial domain and communal forest reserves will be ready for tabling in the May 2018 sitting of the State Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

He urged the indigenous communities, Dayak non-governmental organisations and interested individuals should let the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land task force look at the issues holistically and thereafter work out proposals to amend the Land Code to resolve the current problems.

“In the meantime, I would like to appeal for patience from all parties,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state legislative assembly meeting.

Uggah said the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR and will table the Bill to amend the Land Code. (more…)

Sabah, S’wak judicial independence under MA63 breached, says PBS

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Joseph-Pairin-Kitingan-sabah-sarawak-ma63-1Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) says that interference in the court systems of Sabah and Sarawak, has strayed from the guarantees under the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

In a speech at the PBS delegates’ conference today, the party’s outgoing president Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that under the MA63, Sabah and Sarawak had a special position at the High Court, separate from that of the High Court of Malaya.

“In the beginning, the Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak was called the Chief Justice of the High Court of Borneo, but the title was changed to what it is now.

“This has deviated from the original provision under the MA63,” he said. (more…)

Najib explains federal government stand on Malaysia Agreement

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Dato Seri Najib Razak (centre) at the annual meeting of Parti Bersatu Sabah in Penampang, Sabah, November 18, 2017. — Bernama picDatuk Seri Najib Razak said today the federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The Prime Minister said that if anything had been taken inadvertently, it must be returned. “This is our struggle. It is not the struggle of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) alone. It is our joint struggle. I share your sentiments,” he said when opening the PBS 32nd annual delegates conference here.

Also present at the opening were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman; Deputy Chief Minister and PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan; Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and leaders of other Barisan Nasional component parties.

Najib, who is BN chairman, said the people of Sabah had the right to talk about or discuss their rights in the MA63 without fear of any action against them. (more…)

Call for DBP to fix bible like salt in wound, says Christian group

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Malaysia is possibly the only country in the world in which “Allah”, the Arabic word for God, is exclusive to Islam, after the courts here ruled in favour of the federal government’s decision to ban the Catholic Church from using it in a newsletter. — Picture by Choo Choy MayAn Islamic council’s suggestion for Dewan Bahasa Pustaka to “correct” Christian bibles in Malay was “presumptuous” and “insulting”, said the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF).

The group noted that beyond contesting Christians on their right to use the Arabic word for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) was now seeking to dictate how they should be allowed to worship.

“Mais’ attempt to deny the use of, “Allah”, by Christians is already very upsetting to the Christian community and going on to suggest that a government agency like ‘Dewan Bahasa’ should translate the Holy Scriptures only adds insult to the injury.

“We urge the government to make it clear that it will uphold the rights of the Christian minority religion guaranteed under our Constitution,” the NECF said in a statement. (more…)

November 18, 2017

Sarawak top contributor to national agriculture sector in 2016, DCM says

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state’s contribution to the national agriculture sector rose from RM11.8 billion or 14.3 per cent in 2010 to RM14.7 billion or 16.8 per cent in 2016. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak’s contribution to the national agriculture sector has improved to be the highest among states in 2016 from its third ranking in 2010, the State Legislative Assembly was told today.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state’s contribution rose from RM11.8 billion or 14.3 per cent in 2010 to RM14.7 billion or 16.8 per cent in 2016.

Winding up debate for the ministry on the State Budget 2018, he also said that the agriculture sector contributed 13.5 per cent to the state’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016, with crops contributing 68.1 per cent; livestock, 4.5 per cent; fisheries, 5 per cent; and forestry and logging, 22.4 per cent.

“The growth in the crop sub-sector was mainly dependent on commodities, especially oil palm, rubber, pepper and sago, while poultry and swine were the main contributors to the growth of the livestock sub-sector,” he said.
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MA63 still intact

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The federal government cannot amend the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on its own because it is an international treaty signed by four parties — Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah and the United Kingdom (Singapore, the other signatory, opted out of Malaysia in 1965) .

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg stressed that since MA63 has not been amended by all the signatory parties, therefore the terms and conditions has not been changed.

“Sarawakians have been too trusting. Now, Sarawakians are even more vigilant, because many of our native sons and daughters are now highly educated, can read and write, and are aware of what is going on.

“We do not want wool to be pulled over our eyes. We can see clearly now. We will do due diligence in all our agreements. (more…)

Sarawak government wants DPM to lead task force on special rights

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Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (centre) said the state government preferred the deputy prime minister to be the leader of a federal task force to negotiate matters relating to the state’s special rights and constitutional safeguards. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak government wants Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to lead a federal task force to negotiate matters relating to the state’s special rights and constitutional safeguards.

“The other side should be headed by the deputy prime minister or a very senior minister who has the authority,” Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg told reporters today after the state assembly adjourned its eight-day session.

He said the state government had initially considered Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, both of whom co-chair the technical committee on the devolution of power to Sarawak and Sabah.

But Abang Johari’s administration then decided the two were “not high ranking enough”. (more…)

Sarawak govt to table comprehensive Land Code changes next May

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (centre) says the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR by having its own Bill to amend the Sarawak Land Code, November 17, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieA comprehensive amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to territorial domain and communal forest reserves will be ready for tabling in the May 2018 sitting of the State Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

He urged the indigenous communities, Dayak non-governmental organisations and interested individuals should let the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land task force look at the issues holistically and thereafter work out proposals to amend the Land Code to resolve the current problems.

“In the meantime, I would like to appeal for patience from all parties,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state legislative assembly meeting.

Uggah said the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR and will table the Bill to amend the Land Code. (more…)

Land identified for Communal Reserve

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THE state identified 804,826 hectares to be gazetted as Communal Reserve for agriculture under Section 6 of the State Land Code.

Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said out of the figure, 643,017 hectares have been gazetted under the new Native Customary Rights (NCR) initiative.

The second phase of the new NCR initiative will involve the issuance of individual lots, a total of 16,351 individual lots (17,776 hectares) have been surveyed to-date.

“A total of 6,024 lots (5,261 hectares) received land titles under Section 18 of the State Land Code,” said Awang Tengah during his ministry’s winding-up speech yesterday. (more…)

Flexing muscle, Sarawak CM tells Petronas to get licenses to operate in state territory

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg told the state legislative assembly that Petronas must obtain the necessary licenses from the state government to operate within its territory. — Reuters file picNational oil corporation Petronas must obtain the necessary licenses or leases from the Sarawak government to operate within its territory, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

“The power of the state to issue mining leases remains in the State List of the Federal Constitution. We must exert our mining rights,” he said in his winding speech at the state legislative assembly.

The chief minister, however, did not state when Petronas must apply for the licences or leases.

He said even though the Petroleum Development Act 1974 has vested the rights to exploration and export of petroleum to Petronas by the federal government, it does not mean that the oil corporation has the right to simply enter into Sarawak’s territory, be it land or sea. (more…)

November 17, 2017

Baru: Fine for ‘bad’ Bahasa Malaysia a flawed proposition

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Image result for Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has described the reported proposal for the imposition of a RM1,000-fine by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) for the use of incorrect Bahasa Malaysia via the amendment to the National Language Act 1963 and Education Act 1996 as a ‘flawed proposition’.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said the proposal would seek to punish and not educate the public.

“It is a draconian move that will cause resentment and avoidance of Bahasa Malaysia by the public. Is there any other country that imposes a fine such as this for the improper use of their language?

“In the first place, what is the definition of ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there a gold standard documented somewhere for the poor public to follow? Who is to judge what amounts to ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there going to be a degree of acceptable ‘improperness’ beyond which the fine will be imposed?” (more…)

No issue about using ‘Allah’ for God

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Christians in Sarawak are free to use the word ‘Allah’ for God.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said yesterday the usage of the word Allah among non-Muslims in the state remains a non-issue.

“In Sarawak, there is no issue. Don’t create an issue,” he told reporters after the handover of funds for houses of worship at the State Legislative Assembly here.

Uggah, who is also minister in charge of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), was asked to comment on news reports quoting a proposal by Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla for Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to prepare an official Malay translation of the Bible to correct Christians alleged error in using the word ‘Allah’ for God.

Haniff had claimed the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak had wrongly used ‘Allah’ for God in Bahasa Malaysia, arguing that they should use ‘Tuhan’ and that this would not deprive them of their rights. (more…)

Why should Mais, DBP write Malay Bibles for Christians? Sarawak DCM asks

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Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing says it will be a mockery to Christianity if Mais and DBP were allowed to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia, November 16, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing asserted today that Christian Malaysians find it totally unacceptable if Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) were to translate the Bible into Malay as suggested by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).“They would not understand the essence of Christianity, so why should they want to write the Bible for us?” he told reporters here when responding to a recent argument in court by Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla that DBP can produce the official Malay translation of the Christian holy book for Malaysian consumption.

Masing added that it would also be a mockery to Christianity if DBP were allowed to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia.

“They may have some officers with doctorate degrees in religion or whatever it is, but they are not qualified to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia.

“In the same breathe, I have a doctorate degree in anthropology that does not qualify me to write about other religions,” the Sarawakian said. (more…)

Fine for ‘bad’ Bahasa Malaysia a flawed proposition – Baru

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Image result for Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has described the reported proposal for the imposition of a fine of RM1,000 by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka for the use of incorrect Bahasa Malaysia via the amendment to the National Language Act 1963 and Education Act 1996 as a ‘flawed proposition’.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said this proposal seeks to punish and not educate the public.

“It is a draconian move that will cause resentment and avoidance of Bahasa Malaysia by the public. Is there any other country that imposes a fine such as this for the improper use of their language?

“In the first place, what is the definition of ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there a gold standard documented somewhere for the poor public to follow? Who is to judge what amounts to ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there going to be a degree of acceptable ‘improperness’ beyond which the fine will be imposed?” he asked in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Chong retracts word ‘gratification’ in DUN

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen retracted is allegation against the State Secretary following a motion moved by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim moved the motion to seek the approval of the Assembly members to suspend Chong from the remaining session of the current sitting after the member for Kota Sentosa uttered the word ‘gratification’ at the sitting against State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Gani.

“I retract the word ‘gratification’ but the question is that all the applications for permanent residence in the state are

sitting on the desk of the State Secretary,” said Chong, in reply to Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamed Asfia Awang Nasar’s question if he wished to retract the word. (more…)

Sarawak DCM: Anyone can translate Bible, just not Mais

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James-Masing-bible-mais-1Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing has no issue with the Bible being translated into Malaysian languages, as long as the translation is not done by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

Speaking to FMT, Masing said this was because he believed Mais would not be able to fully grasp and understand the nuances of Christianity.

“It can be translated into Malay or even the Chinese language. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) can also publish it.

“But I will not agree to Mais being the translator,” he said.

Masing also questioned the fear surrounding the usage of the word “Allah” by Christians. (more…)

No GE14 for you without AGM first, RoS warns PPBM

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Members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s supreme leadership council pose for a picture at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya November 2, 2016. — Picture by Zurairi ARParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) may not be allowed to contest in the 14th general election if it fails to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) first, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) said today.

RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim said PPBM, which has been a registered political party for more than a year is in violation of its own constitution and the 1966 Societies Act for failing to hold its AGM within a year after its formation.

“Bersatu was formed more than a year ago (September 2016), if we follow the constitution, they must have an AGM. The excuse that there are weaknesses within the party’s inner structure is of no concern to us.

“They should be prepared, not give excuses about party troubles. This must be resolved immediately so that they gave hold their AGM and take part in the general election,” Sinar Harian Online quoted the official as saying. (more…)

November 16, 2017

See praises state’s financial achievement, urges caution on reserves management

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SEE Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) has commended the state administration for the financial performance this year.

According to See, the state has an increase in revised revenue by RM779 million and no revision in ordinary expenditure and the 2017 revised budget is expected to register a surplus of RM394 million against the original estimated deficit of RM385 million.

“There is a positive gain in the actual revenue from the hill timber premium comparing to the estimated income from the same source, to the tune of RM93.8 million,” he said in his debate on the state budget during the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

However, See pointed out that the RM100 million revenue from hill timber premium appears to be far short of the revised target of RM300 million. (more…)

See’s private motion on Bengoh Dam dismissed

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Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar has dismissed the private motion of See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) who wanted the state government to immediately appoint an independent consultant to examine the seepages and determine the potential risk of the Bengoh Dam and called to audit its safety.

See also wanted the state government to reveal the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and conduct workshops on the ERP with the people living at the dam’s downstream.

In dismissing the motion, Asfia said See has taken an alarmist view – that the briefing by the consultant of the Bengoh Dam is misleading, contradictory and self-serving.

“On Monday, the Minister of Utilities, his deputies and state officials took almost the entire day to hear briefing from the dam consultants and experts,” he said in ruling See’s private motion yesterday. (more…)

PH Women wants 30 pct women representation in leadership

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The newly formed Pakatan Harapan (PH) Women wing is urging the state government to help materialise a 30 per cent representation of women in leadership and decision-making positions.

Speaking on the sidelines of the DUN sitting yesterday, Irene Chang (DAP-Bukit Assek) said this was one of the main goals of PH Women – to bring about the movement of gender equality that would help create a higher quality society.

“We have all heard of the saying: Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her food, she will give you a meal. If you give her a house, she will give you a home.

“We believe that if more women are involved in nation-building, this nation should prosper. So we want more women, especially educated women to become leaders with the right mindset to make the right decisions at the right time,” she said. (more…)

Mais: Dewan Bahasa can prepare BM Bible to correct Christians’ ‘Allah’ use

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File picture shows lawyers for Jill Ireland walking out of the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya after the court ruled in her favour, on June 23, 2015. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayDewan Bahasa dan Pustaka can prepare an official Malay translation of the Bible to correct Christians’ alleged error in using the word “Allah” for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) asserted in court today.Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla claimed that the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak had wrongly used “Allah” for God in Bahasa Malaysia, arguing that they should instead use “Tuhan” and that this would not deprive them of their rights.

“That’s why we submit it should be sent to Dewan Bahasa. That will also be in line with para 2 of 2011,” he said, referring to the government’s 10-point solution issued in 2011 which had said bibles of all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia, can be printed in Malaysia.

“The government is also interested in allowing for Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles. If Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles is allowed, Dewan Bahasa would then prepare text to be approved by the Christian community, we would then not have this issue for generations to come,” he said. (more…)

Lawyer gives reason why a declaratory relief is needed in ‘Allah’ ban

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A lawyer representing Jill Ireland today cited actions by the Home Ministry officials in raiding a Sabah church as the reason why a declaratory relief on the use of the word Allah for the Bahasa Malaysia speaking Christian community, is needed to be given by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Lim Heng Seng, who represented Ireland, showed news portal reports last week which quoted Parti Cinta Sabah president Wilfred Bumburing, criticising the ministry official’s visit to the church and urging the church officials to not use four terminologies, namely Allah, Baitullah, Kaabah and Sholat.

“Furthermore, they advised the church officials on how to design a book on Christian teachings and what font size to use on the cover design,” Lim said in reading what Bumburing’s remark. (more…)

Sarawak govt accepts e-Wallet cashless payment, first in Malaysia

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari uses his handphone to scan an utility bill at the launch of SarawakPay, a cashless mobile payment solution, November 15, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak took another step towards digitalising its economy with the launch today of SarawakPay, a cashless mobile payment solution implemented by the state government to empower the state’s digital economy agenda.

With SarawakPay, payment is made by way of electronic wallet (e-Wallet), credit card or internet banking.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said the e-Wallet, licensed under PaymentGalaxy®Wallet and governed by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), is the first e-Wallet system to be implemented by a state government in the country.

He added that users can top up their SarawakPay e-Wallet balance through online banking or credit card. (more…)

Chong: State govt rich but ordinary people poor

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Image result for Chong Chieng JenA GOOD government entails enriching the people and not enriching the government at the expense of the people.

Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) said the Penang government was a prime example of this unlike that of the Sarawak government.

“To be a good government, it’s about how to enrich the people.

“But a government that only enriches itself but impoverish its people is not a good government.

“What we have in Sarawak is a rich government but poor people.

“This is not a sign of good government,” he told a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly’s Media Room yesterday. (more…)

Ali asks for breakdown of jobs created by SCORE

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Image result for KRIAN assemblyman Ali BijuKRIAN assemblyman Ali Biju wants the state government to give a detailed breakdown of the number of jobs created by Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and number of Sarawakians who have benefitted from this mega-project.

He said previous speeches had repeatedly reminded the august House that the much-touted SCORE would create two million jobs in Sarawak.

He said if indeed SCORE did create employment and become the main catalyst for economic growth of the state, then Sarawakians should not be made to wait till they see SCORE empower Sarawakians economically.

Ali also asked the government on how they would reconcile the small number of job vacancies with the huge number of unemployed jobseekers in the labour market today. (more…)

Adenan a better leader than Abang Johari, says DAP rep

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david-wongEven after his death 10 months ago, the late Adenan Satem, fondly known as “Tok Nan” to Sarawakians, is still remembered for his many people-centric policies during his tenure as chief minister of Sarawak.

Most of the state assemblymen, from both Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition, who are currently attending the state legislative assembly sitting, had only good things to say about Adenan’s leadership.

David Wong (DAP-Pelawan) said among Adenan’s most notable contributions was the revision of the electricity tariff structure for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors to cushion the rising cost of living.

He also commended the former chief minister for abolishing payment on certain land quit rents which had a huge impact on the people. (more…)

Sarawak Speaker rejects Opposition motion on Bengoh dam seepage

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The Bengoh dam when it was under construction. — Picture courtesy of www.yeobeeyin.comThe Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker rejected today an Opposition assemblyman’s emergency motion for the state government to appoint an independent consultant to look into alleged seepage in the Bengoh dam.

Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nasar said although the motion tabled by PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How on the RM310 million dam was definite and of public importance, it was, however, not urgent.

“The Minister of Utilities (Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom) is in the know as he and his staff spent hours attending the briefing by the contractor and consultant, and therefore, there is no urgency,” he said in rejecting the motion.

He said See has taken an alarmist view that the contractor and consultant was misleading, contradictory and self-serving. (more…)

Cop apologises to missing pastor’s family lawyer for evidence fabrication claim

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A police observer had to publicly apologise to the family lawyer of Pastor Raymond Koh (pictured) after wrongly accusing the counsel of fabricating evidence during the Suhakam inquiry into Koh’s disappearance. — Picture courtesy of Facebook A police observer had to publicly apologise to the family lawyer of Pastor Raymond Koh for accusing the counsel of fabricating evidence in a Human Rights Commission Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into Koh’s disappearance.

ASP Nuzulan Mohd Din claimed that a photograph from Berita Harian Singapore’s website, which depicted two Malaysian police officers in black balaclava without Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) insignia arresting a suspect, was fabricated by lawyer Jerald Gomez.

He then threatened to take action against Gomez under Section 192 of the Penal Code. Section 192 that covers fabricating evidence in a judicial proceeding and that is punishable by a seven-year prison term.

“PDRM’s investigated the website and we found that it had a different photograph instead of what was submitted by the lawyers. (more…)

RM402m allocated to EC for GE14

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Ahmad Zahid had earlier indicated that GE14 will be held next year. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe government has allocated RM402 million to the Election Commission (EC) for the 14th general election, a minister said today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said however said that the Commission will request for extra funding from the Finance Ministry “should there be unexpected matters”.

“For your information, the funding to execute the 13th general election was RM460 million. Whereas the funding given to the Election Commission for the 14th general election in 2018, is RM320 million,” Azalina said in a written reply to DAP’s Sarikei MP Wong Ling Biu.

“Additionally, the EC was also given RM82 million in 2017, for early preparation. The total allocation requested for the 14th general election from the Finance Ministry is RM450 million.” (more…)

November 14, 2017

About 1,000 attend NCR rally at Old Courthouse compound

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Some 1,000 people congregated at the Old Courthouse near the Kuching Waterfront yesterday for the peaceful native customary rights (NCR) land rally aimed at creating greater public awareness of the frustration of the natives of Sarawak over the alleged exploitation of their native land.

Organised by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia), several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also turned up to support the cause. The rally included talks on the issue by 10 speakers.

According to the rally organising secretary Mark Bujang, it was held to call for the amendment to the provisional leases and demand for the return of NCR land to the natives.

“The provisional lease is not in the NCR Land Code and we want the government to make an amendment to it, and also to recognise (the existence of) ‘Pulau Galau’ and ‘Pemakai Menua’ and to include communal forest as part of NCR land. Additionally, land without a title belongs to the government,” he said when met during the rally. (more…)

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