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May 29, 2010

PKR must move faster or it will lose Sarawak


If  PKR continues with its “current stroll pace”, it will lose Sarawak altogether, warned veteran Sarawak politician Daniel Tajem, in the run-up to the party’s national convention which begins in Kota Baru yesterday .

“PKR must move faster and be more effective in Sarawak. It should focus on the Dayaks and spread its reach,” he said, adding that the recent Sibu by-election on May 16 had shown up PKR’s shortcomings.

Tajem, who is also Sarawak PKR adviser, said the PKR campaign in Sarawak and during the by-election had failed to reach out to the Dayak Ibans who lived in 110 longhouses in the Sibu constituency.

He said during his visit to several of these longhouses, he was told that there was only “one party, only one logo, the BN”.

“They have not seen the rocket, PKR or PAS logos. All they know is BN. So you cannot blame them. They do not know anything else,” he said.

A post Sibu by-election report indicated a slight rise in Iban voter turnout in the by-election compared with the 2008 general election.

However, the rise also translated to an increase in Iban support for Barisan Nasional..

Tajem, who has been in politics for 40 years, believes that the time is right for PKR in Sarawak, but this was only possible if PKR sets aside personal issues and showed itself as a defender of the Dayak community.

The Dayak community makes up just over 45% of the state’s population.

“Sarawak is for the taking. If Anwar (Ibrahim) wants it, then the party needs to commit money and manpower to power the machinery.

“It cannot be a solo act anymore,” Tajem told FMT today.

Tajem’s view comes at the heel of Kanul Gindol, a former PKR official in Sabah, who said that the party was “good as dead” in the state.

Sabah, Sarawak on the agenda

Gindol, who is also the organising secretary of Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMA), said yesterday that Sabah PKR leaders were not doing anything.

“They are sitting around waiting for orders from Anwar, “ Gindol had reportedly said.

An earlier FMT report had quoted sources saying that PKR Sabah leader Jeffrey Kittingan may quit the party.

However, speculations are also rife that his brother Pairin, who is Sabah deputy chief minister, is ill and there is the matter of who will take over from him as Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) chief.

PBS is a coalition partner in Sabah BN.

Meanwhile, Sabah and Sarawak will also be on the agenda of discussion at the national convention in Kelantan.

Over 1,500 delegates from the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak will converge in this east coast state.

The convention is expected to allay fears among its partners, Sabah and Sarawak included, about its commitment to solidarity and change.



  1. YES…I fully adgree with Jong about Mr Jeffrey Kittingan….if he can back stab his own brother and own people….then what do you think that he can do to others? Otherwise…if he had an agreement with his brother…. either one must stay on the opposite side…..one with govt and the other with opposition!

    I guess in general….dont bet on any Sabahan politician!

    Comment by suara rakyat... — May 30, 2010 @ 3:12 PM | Reply

    • A few Sabahan friends told me Jeffrey had always wanted to become the CM of Sabah if not the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sabah. Interesting! For any Malaysians who know Jeffrey personally or who had followed his political path, it will be hard for us not to stand a pole away when dealing with him.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — June 7, 2010 @ 8:52 AM | Reply

      • In general..Sabahan politician are the Frogs king……BN or opposition…are the same!

        See what happen to the 2 year term as CM…??? They will sell their soul to the highest bidder.

        Comment by Suara Rakyat... — June 7, 2010 @ 12:09 PM | Reply

  2. Ho 💡 Ho 💡 Ho 💡
    Ho 💡 Ho 💡 Ho 💡

    Comment by Ho Ho Ho — May 29, 2010 @ 9:15 PM | Reply

  3. It’s not possible to gain influence in the rural areas of Sarawak unless you seize control of the State Government. The Sultan of Brunei, the White Rajahs, Imperial Japan and the British Crown had seized the central administration in Kuching before they can assert their authority throughout the state. The natives are not bothered about things outside their village. If there are quarrels outside, they’ll definitely choose to stay out of it. But tell them that their longhouses and the forests will be taken away from them to be given to oil palm companies and timber loggers, then probably, they’ll think seriously in helping you. They are simple but not stupid, brave but shy, friendly but foolhardy, sincere but innocent, loyal but subservient. I think they are not an easy bunch to deal with. In towns and cities, you can say ‘Wake Up!’. In the jungles, you’ll probably have to say ‘Gang Up!’

    Comment by Fabian Ngui — May 29, 2010 @ 1:51 PM | Reply

  4. Well, all comments r logicals with times. As suggested by Mata Kuching, ur great but then we got to really understand the ground people aspiration. The Rakyat is the power, so their aspirations must be heeded to. They’re the giver to the power so we’ll get back to them to decide which of the PR component party will they raelly want to represent them in the coming up state election. Not for me or u or anyone else but we’re free to suggest for the good of future Sarawakians.

    I share very much what Datuk Daniel feels about the shortcomings in the just Sibu Parlimentary by-election. The PR actually have not reach the rural populations and also the native population within the urban areas. PR just cannot be so complacence by the winning outing in Sibu. A lot of thinkings and strategizings got to be laid down properly and appropriately and even timely. Where are the PR policies? Where are the SOP for the PR to really administer all these policies? By now the PR must be able to list down who’re their potential candidates, why do we need to wait till the last minutes. PR cannot be like UMNO/PBB/BN? They’re there for the last 50 years in the country’s politics. PR must move ahead and PR must do things in an extraordinary way/ways. It’s just like business, sellingor marketting of products. For BN it’s a long old times branded products but then PR is just a new and may be scientific laboratory-tested products. So to say it needs more times. So put forward these products to the market for market testing. Or else PR may be not be a competitive products due to lag of exposer. Times are precious for PR. Move..move…move. I’m sure PR have all the substances and the professionals. Get the leads. Leaders….Leaders….Leaders….I know there’re alot of wes but then don’t forget PR need one outstanding I for the leeway. God Allah SWT bless u all.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — May 29, 2010 @ 12:47 PM | Reply

  5. A repost from a report in Malaysian Insider.

    The heading, “Vote BN for bankruptcy”, will be an appropriate Gawai message and reminder to the rural poor in Sarawak and Sabah who are among the poorest in the country.

    The removal of subsidies will severely inflat all goods and services to the rural community who have been excluded from benefiting from the leakages and wastages of UMNO controlled BN government and now they shall be included in sharing the burden and liabilities due to the government misrule and mismanagement.

    Vote BN for bankruptcy, warns Pakatan
    By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
    May 29, 2010

    KOTA BARU, May 29 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders used dire forecasts of a gloomy future if there are no subsidy cuts to warn that voting for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election would lead the country to bankruptcy.

    A government minister this week had predicted Malaysia could be bankrupt by 2019 if it does not begin to cut subsidies for petrol, electricity, food and other staples, which cost RM74 billion last year. But the Najib administration is waiting for public feedback before deciding on actual cuts.

    DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said it was not subsidies but BN’s corruption and abuse of power that has led the country to current financial crisis.

    “I cannot imagine if DAP, PKR or PAS had made the announcement that country will be bankrupt by 2019. If we did, Umno would have labelled us as anti-nationalist and traitors. We probably would have been locked up in ISA and given free food.

    “Remember Vision 2020? We were supposed to become a developed nation by 2020 but unfortunately one year before 2020, we are already bankrupt,” he told a crowd last night in Tanah Merah, a two-hour drive from the Kelantan state capital.

    Lim was one of many PR leaders in the state speaking at ceramahs ahead of the PKR convention this weekend.

    Thousands of people had slowly filled the football field in Tanah Merah to hear the PR leaders, with supporters of all ages coming with families and straw mats sitting in between the two goal posts across the field.

    Surrounding the field were stalls bustling with people buying goods, from traditional medicine to perfume. There were also children zigzagging through the crowd selling peanuts and refreshments.

    The bustling night bazaar proved to be an ironic backdrop to arguments that the country’s economy is broken and needs reforms.

    Lim declared that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Economic Model (NEM) is an admission that the country has been in an economic stagnation for the past 10 years.

    “Yes, we do believe that we must gradually reduce the country’s subsidies but how can we be certain that the proposed formula will solve the problem because these are only the symptoms. The core problem is the years of corruption practised by the Barsian Nasional government.

    “Therefore, the first step is not to abolish subsidies but abolish all forms of corruption!” he said.

    The government also announced that slashing subsidies for petrol, diesel, gas, electricity, sugar and flour, among other staples, would save the government RM103 billion over the next five years.

    Lim also dared Najib to a “dollar to dollar” challenge.

    “I challenge the prime minister and BN government that the country can save RM103 billion if the government abolishes all forms of corruption and misuse of powers. This is because a study has shown that the country has been losing RM10 billion to RM28 billion every year through corruption. So does Najib have the political will?” asked Lim.

    PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Umno’s misuse of state funds has forced the government to legalise gambling.

    “Back then, they said that they cannot legalise gambling because it was against but today they are legalising because Umno has no money. Their excuse is that they need to legalise betting to help curb illegal gambling. Something must be wrong with their heads.

    “The world today is upside down, we have a Muslim government that wants to legalise betting but we have Chinese who are against it. They don’t understand that the poor people will suffer. This is why we are against Barisan Nasional. They have no principles,” he said.

    Anwar also ridiculed Najib, saying that his political foe is misleading the public.

    “Now they want to take back our subsidies because the country is heading towards bankruptcy. The prime minister had earlier announced that the economy was making a strong recovery but now our country is near bankrupt?

    “They should fight against corruption but not take away the subsidies. They only know how to take. They take away land and seize oil away from Kelantan. They are just thieves,” he said.

    He said the government must remove commissions and not subsidies.

    “Every year the country loses RM20 billion from what? From commissions made from building houses, stadiums and buying submarines. Whose money is this? That is our money! We should eliminate commissions and not subsidies because subsidies affect the poor and not the rich,” he said.

    PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat condemned the government for sanctioning betting because it was against Islam.

    “They say that they want to legalise betting so they can monitor gambling. How you can expect a man to supervise another man? It is like asking a cow to supervise another cow. Who can control man? Only Allah,” said the Kelantan mentri besar.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 29, 2010 @ 9:57 AM | Reply

  6. Perhaps PKR should voluntarily reduce or scale back their ambition for the coming Sarawak state election by reducing the number of seats to contest and let their partners in DAP and PAS to lead the “assault” against UMNO controlled BN led by Taib Mahmud. Pakatan should have a council of “wise and just” men and women selected from among their leaders who are trusted and well known. The council will be given the responsibility of selecting of candidates for the consideration of the people. Pakatan should not depend on the hullabaloo of political conventions and campaign propaganda to get their members to elect self serving candidates from their respective partners. Pakatan should diligently examine the character, beliefs, actions and motivations of their prospective candidates who not only have high moral integrity but also a sound understanding of and implementing our constitutional principles.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 29, 2010 @ 9:22 AM | Reply

    • Exactly, can’t agree more Mata Kuching! There should be more “WEs” and less “I” and be seen to be working together as a united force under one umbrella – PAKATAN RAKYAT.

      Comment by Jong — May 29, 2010 @ 9:58 AM | Reply

  7. HaHHa, I was waiting for this lah: “PKR Sabah leader Jeffrey Kittingan may quit the party”.
    This opportunist, another of Anwar’s handpicked point man, never fail to amaze me! He switches party loyalty as frequent as he changes his shoes? I think he should be dubbed the father of all bullfrogs!

    Comment by Jong — May 29, 2010 @ 1:52 AM | Reply

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