Hornbill Unleashed

November 15, 2010

Radio Free Sarawak…Go live now !

By Aidila Razak

Sarawakians in the interior of the state will now have an alternative source of information with the Radio Free Sarawak beginning transmission today.

The broadcast is being transmitted out of London, and consists of only one hour of programming from 6.30-7.30 am Sarawak time on the short-wave frequency 7590 kHz.

The same news, current affairs and commentary programme will be repeated the same day from 6-7pm local time on 15869 kHz.

dayak of sarawakAccording to one of the organisers, Ong Boon Keong, the content will be produced by local NGOs and community leaders in Sarawak and sent to London to be transmitted.

“We started this project a few months ago. We had our first test broadcast this morning, and found there were still improvements to be made in terms of clarity,” he said when contacted.

He said many people in the interior of Sarawak get news via short-wave radio, which is largely defunct in developed parts of the world.

ong boon keong“We found that many use short-wave radios to tune in to RTM broadcasts,” he said, adding that Radio Free Sarawak intends to fill the gap created by one-sided content from the national broadcaster.

It is understood that this is not the first attempt to bring foreign-transmitted local content into Sarawak. However, previous attempts were unsuccessful.



  1. The time has come for our Dayaks/ Iban especially, ti nadai kala ninga berita bendar tang berita bula pengelama 30 taun, diatu ulih ninga lalu milih berita bendar mantai ke penyai Perintah Sarawak, BN ke diatu. I suggest beri tiap pintu rumah panjai di menua pesisir siti radio, ngaga kempen ari rumah panjai agai rumah panjai sebuah sebedau Piliharaya ti ka datai. Suruh sida ninga berita RADIO FREE SARAWAK, awak ke nemu nama utai ke nyadi. Suruh sida nutup Berita TVI, TV2, TV3 engau rancangan ke MUJI perintah aja2. The true lies must be destroyed immediately. Agi idup, agi ngelaban perintan BN Taib, anang takut…semina Petara aja ulih nentu ka seput kitai, ukai Undang2, ukai polis enggau ukai Taib!Uchu ichit wit kitai dudi ari ila kini ke penunga enti enda ngubah nasib kita maya PilihanRaya tu enda di tentu ke enggau betul. Kasih amai bansa asal kita di menua Sarawak tu….O ha..o..ha 7X…..Aram kitau ngayau chara ke diatu…, ngena pensil undi….Idup dayaks…

    Comment by kuta batu — March 15, 2011 @ 3:37 PM | Reply

  2. congratulation – to Radio Free Sarawak. Joined the sw bands for the many unofficial radio like Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Afghanistan, North Korea Reform Radio, Democratic Voice Of Burma and Voice of Tibet.

    Comment by Pete Ng — January 5, 2011 @ 11:42 AM | Reply

  3. sarawakians love secularism and live peacefully.It is the UMNO gomen who forced islamzation on sarawak.

    Comment by lone — November 20, 2010 @ 8:15 AM | Reply

  4. Congrats to the radio!!!!!!

    Comment by Kevin Shah — November 20, 2010 @ 12:56 AM | Reply

  5. Pakatan should consider donating one million Transistor radios to all the interior and longhouses in Sarawak. Educate the rural folks about their rights, inform of NCR Landowners recent court victories and BN lies and empty promises. Advise these folks to take whatever BN offer including money as these are their entitlements and long overdue benefits of rural Sarawaks but vote for change and vote for Pakatan.

    New Independence Day coming !

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 18, 2010 @ 8:20 PM | Reply

    • Sarawakians shall stand united and stand by PAKATAN for change…a new Independence.

      Comment by Asri Rahman — November 18, 2010 @ 8:26 PM | Reply

  6. it is a good move and should not overboard in airing any information to the listeners

    Comment by kpt99 — November 17, 2010 @ 11:47 PM | Reply

  7. Good morning Sarawak!

    I found this after reading my Sarawak email alert..

    The Voice of the Malayan Revolution (VMR) began transmissions in 1969 during the heyday of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and six years after the Left in Singapore and Malaya had been decimated by…

    Its a book.

    This brings us to the question of how the book came to be. The materials contained within were provided to the Rajaratnam School of International Studies by the ISD, the successor to the Special Branch of the….


    Have a nice day in Sarawak everyone!

    Comment by Kate — November 17, 2010 @ 2:17 PM | Reply


    I listened in on the podcast and was slightly disappointed.

    Yes it appears the first broadcast was a bit of a “Chat Show” with the Raja Petra Interview. I was surprised this appeared as the main news item – It was OK but too long since the broadcast time is only one hour- more suitable as current issue matter. It did sound just like another DJ show on RTM! It also sounded too casual.

    Why have they not done a proper first introduction on the Radio etc. its aims and obectives? What sort of regular programming?

    May be it’s early days. Give the RFS more time and see what the contents are.

    In my mind they should broadcast:

    1. Daily news items which the Gov’t controlled press do not print or highlight e.g. on land rights struggle with interviews of the people involve. Even the You-tube has this with the Sebangan NCR land struggle. Interview the Sarawak people who are on the ground…More people oriented stories on their living conditions, daily struggles for survival and aspirations.

    2. Series of short background articles on Sarawak land, people and history, their culture and music etc. This would serve to inform and unite all our people on understanding each other and the need to unite for change.

    3. Short political commentaries on current developments the “patriotism” and “pendatang” issues and the political system

    4. Broadcast Sarawak Report on Taib scandals and expose. The ulu people need to know all these otherwise they remain ignorant of the facts and respectful to the Big Whitehair chief!

    5. Current affairs- log jams, Rajang issues. Bakun issues, Lawas NCR issues, follow ups on all these..explain the impact of these disasters on everyone.

    I am sure they have these in mind.

    Here waiting for more!

    Comment by Abang — November 17, 2010 @ 2:14 PM | Reply

  9. If we have to go underground to listen to RFS then the Neo-Nazi era is coming our way. Give the BN another round of power, MAYBE concentration camps would be constructed implement their evil ‘ketuanan’ agenda.

    Comment by harukpasa — November 17, 2010 @ 10:25 AM | Reply

    • I thought the neo-nazi era has already arrived!

      Kamunting Detention Centre is the most notorious.

      In the 1960s & 70s the gomen constructed “new” concentration camps in Malaya and Sarawak. Think there is in the 13th mile (Siburan?) outside Kuching called “new village” and 2 million people had to live in 500 “new villages” in Malaya (see KK Soong’s article).

      People were living in these concentration camps for years under a type house arrest with restrictiions on their movement. They a British idea modelled on the German Nazi concentration camps except they didn’t gas people.

      Can’t post pictures here as no facility to do so. Anyone with better information our there?

      YOu never know with Perkasa on the rampage they might invent an excuse to put

      Comment by Anotherheadhunter — November 17, 2010 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

  10. Quote Raja

    Do you know if they will JAM the broadcasts? Unquote

    Quite possible if its not used positively. Use it to get your messages accross how Sarawakians feel about what is happening in Sarawak. But don’t get too deep into personalities (slagging off individuals) or it may all end in tears. (taken of air).

    I have the player on my site but obviously I won’t understand your language. I have to listen to ‘English’ Netherlands . I have not heard it yet due to committments.

    Good luck everyone, this is your moment.

    Comment by Kate — November 17, 2010 @ 3:09 AM | Reply

  11. Can someone please provide a transccription of the first RFS broadcast? Thanks!

    Comment by Anotherheadhunter — November 16, 2010 @ 11:08 PM | Reply

    • Thanks Admin..Listened in on the net.. real cool…feel real proud that we have a voice now! Hope it will be used for the good of the people.

      Comment by Anotherheadhunter — November 17, 2010 @ 5:06 AM | Reply

  12. http://radiofreesarawak.org/

    Comment by Admin — November 16, 2010 @ 8:19 PM | Reply

  13. Hey man!.

    If gomen says RFS does not broadcast gomen stuff – could RTM agree to broadcast our stuff – be fair to everyone and return the favour?!

    I also heard Malayans had their own alternative radio many years ago called “Voice of the Malayan Revolution” in English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese. Is that still broadcasting and on what wavelength?

    Comment by headhunter6million — November 16, 2010 @ 12:54 PM | Reply

    • Sorry to disappoint you brother I hear it was closed down long time ago. It used to report on the bad deeds of the current gomen like they do on Swak websites.

      Comment by headhunter1million — November 16, 2010 @ 9:50 PM | Reply

    • The Voice of the Malayan Revolution is longer broadcasting.It used to broadcast back in the 1970 and 80.If I not not mistaken the Radio Station is based in Beijing China.It used to broadcast in all the 4 major languages.Hope to tune in to Radio Free Sarawak one of these days.Have to get a radio with SW reception as most of of our radios only can receive the FM and MW band.

      Comment by Sammy — November 17, 2010 @ 12:53 PM | Reply

      • Now you know why they stopped selling Short Wave Radios! They are worried about the truth out there being told and everyone can listen in.

        You can get RFS on the internet- just not immediately current lah. This is just a community radio.

        Cannot compare with VOMR the Malayan Communist Party’s radio. The radio promoted the overthrow of Kuala Lumpur rule by armed force and installing a socialist system and sharing out UMNO BN members’ wealth with the poor. So naturally the last part was not very popular with UMNO whose sole purpose to stay in power is to plunder our resources.

        There was a big secret jungle war against the communists both in Malaya and Sarawak till the late 1980s. Some ex-service men in one of HU pages said that they were “freedom fighters”- as the fought Japanese occupation in Malaya.

        The government kept the truth from us and used Dayak troops to fight for them and kept UMNO in power. Now the war has ended everything is forgotten including the Dayak soldiers who died for UMNO.

        Comment by headhunter1million — November 17, 2010 @ 2:03 PM | Reply

  14. Must be able to reach all the interiors of Sarawak and should speak in their local dialects.

    Comment by lano — November 16, 2010 @ 12:49 PM | Reply

  15. Is it available over the internet for Sarawakian overseas?

    Comment by sam — November 16, 2010 @ 12:45 PM | Reply

  16. The choice of jamming or not jamming depends on the minister of propaganda.Should he does the jamming,then obviously it only prove the BN has a lot of things to hide,which will expose their half century of mismanagement,looting and other scandals.Any way I am looking forward to the incoming broadcasts,to see how it will rock the boat.

    Comment by Papayuk — November 16, 2010 @ 12:18 PM | Reply

    • U R RIGHT! They might jam or declare RFS illegal and scare the people as usual with ISA! But if they do this then more people will listen in just out curiosity…

      RFS should broadcast a list of the bad things they did from Sarawak Report exposes…

      The broadcasts can be posted in the internet so we can use computer to listen in ?

      The report does not say when the newcasts begin? Has started now??

      I already email news to my network of 100 friends ask them to re-email…..

      Comment by headhunter1million — November 16, 2010 @ 12:46 PM | Reply

  17. World is modern you have alot of choice do them all.

    Comment by JdSigar — November 16, 2010 @ 12:04 PM | Reply

  18. This is fun. If the stormtroopers jam it, we’ll have to use another way.

    Comment by Bourgeois Revolution — November 16, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | Reply

  19. So the war of words begins!

    The news of RFS SW F7590 gave me such a liberating feeling! Great idea and way to reach everyone…

    This is tuning in and listening to a human voice over the air. It is more thrilling than the ability to let loose on the Net! You can do more with You Tube etc but with the Voice of Radio Free Sarawak – Wow!

    Back to the 40s when the voice of freedom is heard. You know people huddling to tune in to listen.. soon the authorities will break down doors to arrest people who listen….They will have to break down many doors Haha..

    May be they will ban it. But if London allows the broadcast it will be hard to justify. Suppose it will be just news and comments which the gomen black out all the time.

    This is great news! Hoo Haa! Just tune in.

    Someone do a CYBER TV FREE SARAWAK?

    Comment by Anotherheadhunter — November 16, 2010 @ 11:21 AM | Reply

  20. Puji Tuhan……if the MONEY MONKEY jam it, I’m sure the producer would already have emergency plan on that. Modern technology lah…

    Comment by Flying Dove — November 16, 2010 @ 9:47 AM | Reply

  21. sabahan and those in penisular can listen to it as well because the wave is sent directly from london to sarawak through earth’s atmosphere.

    Comment by Vir — November 16, 2010 @ 8:09 AM | Reply

  22. Do you know if they will JAM the broadcasts?

    Dunno, could do with ‘white noise’, or log it.

    Comment by Kate — November 16, 2010 @ 1:54 AM | Reply

  23. ..pls include the rest of malaysia too…we need rockin free radio too mann !

    Comment by raja — November 15, 2010 @ 10:21 PM | Reply


    HOORAY! Now the people can be better informed. Wishing you every success! Sure include Sabah!

    Do you know if they will JAM the broadcasts?

    Comment by ABANG — November 15, 2010 @ 9:39 PM | Reply

  25. Excellent idea. Why not include Sabah.

    Comment by smelly — November 15, 2010 @ 8:17 PM | Reply

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