Hornbill Unleashed

May 3, 2010

Rosmah’s potential political mileage

By Sarawak

MALAYSIA’S middle income groups have easy access to alternative news media and can retrieve information about the country in order to obtain a balanced picture of the various political parties.

Not so, the rural voters in the villages, kampongs, estates, interior and with the next battleground in Sibu, the longhouses dotted along the Rejang and its tributaries.

Rural areas lack communication facilities, power supply and the infrastructure that most urban Malaysians take for granted. Some longhouses are only accessible after a few hours by boat along the river, or drive, inland.

How will the parties tackle this problem and reach those communities which have issues they want addressed? Have they the resources, the time and the manpower to tackle such a massive undertaking?

Nevertheless, urban voters can apparently still face problems with information dissemination. A nine-part TV2 Mandarin documentary series to be aired from 26 April to 7 May, was forced off the air on 28 April.

This documentary focused on the social impact suffered by over 10,000 indigenous people of Belaga who were forcibly relocated to the areas of Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan in 1998, for the controversial Bakun Dam. Two episodes were aired on 26 and 27 April. The rest was halted.

Chou Lam, the producer, expressed disappointment that the Sungai Asap people were unable to voice their problems. He was told that his documentary was pulled as it would have been harmful for the coming Sibu by-election and future Sarawak state election.

But we ask, “Harmful to whom?” It can’t have harmed the Sungai Asap inhabitants who were shortchanged when they were resettled. Their lives and livelihood are already damaged. Can they be further harmed and things get any worse?

rosmah-mansor-5Only a few benefitted from the large sums of compensation given to the people affected by Bakun. The majority received a pittance. Furthermore, the government retained the compensation due to them for their lost homes, s o that could be forced to pay the resettlement housing. From the outset, people expressed dissatisfaction with the quality and size of their houses in the resettlement deal.

These people who sacrificed their ancestral lands and way of life for a hydroelectric dam project dreamed up by the people in cities were even denied discounted rates or a free electricity allowance. The Penan were unable to pay, so had their electricity cut off and have been forced to live without current for most of the last 12 years.

The prime minister and his wife apparently have a hectic program supporting the Sibu people in this by-election.

But there is one remaining point to remind Rosmah Mansor and it refers to the petition that was hand-delivered by three Sarawak women activists in early March.

Rosmah claims to actively champion womens’ issues and advocate their rights and interests. Therefore, her support in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the sexually abused Penan children and girls would have gained tremendous political mileage.

That alone might have scored the winning coup in Sibu.

WAITING ANXIOUSLY,

9 Comments »

  1. If current BN/UMNO lead still remains in power…..will end up Greece! So wake up Sarawakian/Sabah…..we have the resources to stand alone…we dont need UMNO…..especially you SABAHAN!!!

    Kenapa harus kita hidup menagih simpati dari kerajaan BN/UMNO, walhal kita lebih kaya daripada negeri2 lain….

    what Sabahan 3rd poorest states?

    Sarawak berhutang kepada kerajaan persekutuan?? what all this…..

    Comment by Anak Sarawak..... — May 16, 2010 @ 1:38 PM | Reply

  2. 1st lady my foot.fat prostitute is correct. i fcuk her for rm150/- in d 80s when she was a gro in jln raja chulan.dun believe? ask lim chooi tee (youngest bro of chooi seng, founder of magnum).

    Comment by liewricky — May 9, 2010 @ 4:55 AM | Reply

    • Be great if someone stil keeping picture of her back then….. I am sure they will make millions of $$ now…..

      Comment by FBI... — May 16, 2010 @ 1:07 PM | Reply

  3. Just wondering what is in Rosmah’s mind if she could get the Cicak King in her cleavage!

    Comment by NgapSayot — May 4, 2010 @ 6:16 PM | Reply

  4. Yes I read FAT Mama clinched the inaugural “International Peace and Harmony Award” in recognition of her “extensive charitable work and to celebrate the important links between Malaysia and the US”.

    – Must be a joke, that schemer charitable? …hmmm she must have donated her old bras the ‘penguin series’ for charity sale and JJ could have grabbed them all! 😀

    Comment by Jong — May 3, 2010 @ 11:53 PM | Reply

  5. He was told that his documentary was pulled as it would have been harmful for the coming Sibu by-election and future Sarawak state election.

    He had said it was ghosts at RTM and Ministry Of Lies! No one owned up. The spineless cowards!

    “After this mysterious event and protest by various stakeholders, including Sungai Asap natives, journalist groups like CIJ, student organizations, NGOs, etc, Deputy Information Minister Heng Seai Kie decided to look into the matter, promising to investigate this particular haunting business.

    Unfortunately, this is not the end of the ghost story.

    After a series of denials and confused answers from the RTM director-general, instead of investigating the inner ghost responsible for the whole affair , he “might have” had hired another ghost, perhaps the Chinese officer who was introduced to us, to oversee the Galeri Mandarin programme.

    This new actor was introduced to the Galeri Mandarin team members at a April 29 meeting. That introduction was confined to only his name and role.

    I dare not say the DG “had hired” this guy for the job because he may deny it, again. So we can assume some ghost perched higher in the hierarchy had issued the instruction to hire an ex-minister’s secretary tasked with the mission to conduct a spy-like dirty job, most importantly, by wasting taxpayers’ money with absolutely no benefit to anyone, least of all the public.

    I suggest that Heng probe this, as well: why the immediate action from RTM top management to take the programme off the air and not find out who was responsible for that stupid instruction? Why, on the contrary , had he/she hired a spy to oversee Galeri Mandarin production team? “Mkini

    Suppression of freedom of expression and information is a very strong tool of dictators. If Najib said in Sibu there is hope, you got to be mad to even think about it. The Police are shooting down teenagers and surely other innocents now dead or those we are yet to uncover.

    Najib cannot do any reform of our institutions and will never do it because its suicide for him and all the cronies. That Rosmah is poking her fingers everywhere is an affront to the simple folks voting in Sibu. The woman’s a disgust!

    Najib is no better than Razak his father who raped Sarawak of its democratic rights and stole its rich mineral wealth. Like father, like son, what!

    All those Chinese (and Malays, Dayaks, etc) who “ampu” Taib to deliver Sibu seat are no less than bandits, robbers and gansters!

    Comment by Watcha — May 3, 2010 @ 6:00 PM | Reply

    • “Najib is no better than Razak his father who raped Sarawak of its democratic rights and stole its rich mineral wealth.”

      Datuk Mahfuz Omar, PAS MP held a Press Conference in Parliament lobby today, pointing out the very question we should be demanding answered of the Limbang oilfields scam – “Did DUN Sarawak ever consent to the giveaway?”

      Of course there is complicity – Rahman Yakub, Taib Mahmud and all the Sarawak BN gangsters just … gave away, (surely there must some consideration) Sarawak sovereignty to those UMNO goons and Brunei!

      Tell your Sibu friends to KICK OUT BN !!!

      Comment by Watcha — May 4, 2010 @ 4:04 PM | Reply

  6. We in Sarawak have been blessed with resources. However these resources have not been used to meet the needs of her people, the so called leaders signed away everything for a pocket full of change. The money is being used to finance bailouts of UMNO cronies, sponsor stoopid F 1 races, building magnificent buildings in the middle of the Malayan jungles. Our people are made to stoop for handouts from the Najib & Rosmah adminstration. Meanwhile the SUPP are welcoming them into Sibu like royalty! Wake up SUPP you are sleeping with the enemy.

    Comment by don't know who — May 3, 2010 @ 1:00 PM | Reply

  7. For those who’s agains Taib & BN in Sarawak.

    I found this on youtube and it’s Sarawak’s Local Indie Band

    The song slightly tell about BN and Taib’s legacy!

    -complete with lyrics

    Comment by Rosli Dhoby — May 3, 2010 @ 10:30 AM | Reply


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