Hornbill Unleashed

January 15, 2011

PKR new Vice President shows his political skills


PKR Sarawak is hot on the trial to do the unthinkable – capture Sarawak from the BN after almost five decades. After its historical direct election that is now inked on Malaysian political history, PKR has moved forward to fill the many positions by appointments. Sarawak PKR has seen a few of that.

Those receiving publicity centers around the re-appointed State Liaison Chairman and renowned native land rights lawyer, Baru Bian. But it is the appointment of an unknown,
John Tenewi Nuek ( Photo Right ) as Vice President that caught many by surprise – it is more appropriate to say “confirmation” that Anwar Ibrahim still has lots of UMNO/BN in him. It is obvious that leaders do not have to have a track record of serving the people to be appointed to top posts, as the PKR appointment of the new Vice President confirms. It may as well be a BN appointment. After all, the UMNO/BN is famous for even perfecting such practice.

But beyond the appointment of people without track record to high position, it leaves to speculation that Anwar is still playing the racial card in Sarawak, just as he did in Sabah. How else to explain that of all the four Sarawakian appointees – Vice President (John), Sarawak Liaison Chief (Baru), MPP (Chee How and Zulrusdi Mohamad Hol) – only two have public records (just Google) of serving the rakyat in Sarawak irrespective of race, religion and gender and beyond party/electoral mean – Baru Bian and See Chee How ( Photo below ).

As the saying goes, you can take Anwar out of UMNO/BN but it is another thing to take UMNO/BN out of that person!

Questions for the new VP John Tenewi Nuek

Unless I am being lumped into the factions within the PKR Sarawak for such categorizing of the new Vice President, a rather typical reaction from those who rely solely on political cronyism and nepotism to rise (and fall), l should place on record the new Vice President’s “BN-Government-serving” record as Malaysia’s ambassador to too many countries and too irrelevant to be named here. There is none which points to Sarawak’s marginalized and oppressed people being represented. The new VP even said he “served the BN government” during his time in the civil service!

As such, he joins the countless former BN-rewarded civil servants who ‘is critical of Taib.’ “Being normal lah for disgruntled retirees who criticize after they are out of service” was how an activist academician puts it. “After all, even UMNO can be critical of Taib, so no big deal lah!”

The new VP is emerging from retiring now, it seems. With his new appointment, he needs to. So in probably the first since his appointment, see what the new VP said, as is quoted:

“As an ambassador, I served the BN government, and at one stage it was with full conviction and I was proud of it.

“But I have observed that the BN government has deteriorated.”

So the new VP had no problem with the BN government when he was serving under Mahathir? So it is only after Mahathir that the BN Government had deteriorated? Mahathir must be so very pleased with his loyalist in the new PKR VP!

John goes on, “For example, you must defend government policies, especially on ISA, explain to other diplomats Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘black eyes’, Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks on ‘shoot on sight’ rather than the word ‘shoo’ against the Vietnamese refugees, Bruno Mansur’s presence in Malaysia and on environment and so on.”

Can the former ambassador and new PKR VP share with all, especially Anwar, how he explained to others of Anwar’s ‘black eyes’? Did the then ambassador echoed Mahathir’s stance and the extent to which the Royal Commission had concluded showed the then PM lied? Did the then ambassador ‘lied’ in trying to defend the Mahathir BN administration’s cover-up and the extent in which public officers, like him supposedly serving the BN Government, doctored reports, and manufactured evidence just to try to convict Anwar? Surely the then ambassador can’t be holding on to any differing explanation other than that of the almighty Mahathir and his BN Government when “explaining” to other countries. To explain any differently to what Mahathir’s BN Government was trying to hide would be going against the very BN Governement that the then ambassador was serving. Certainly that can’t be the case?

Sarawakains’ questions to the new VP

The new PKR VP must be thanked for his openness in revealing what he had to do to be Malaysia’s ambassador. While there is no detail, he needs to furnish them to show to Sarawakians what he did to defend Malaysia in regard to Bruno Manser’s presence in Malaysia and on the environment.

Sarawakians have the right to know whether the then ambassador saw the issue as land rights matter or as how the Malaysian Government propagate Manser to be the evil man out to instigate the Penans to defend their land rights. So did the then ambassador defend Malaysia on NCR lands as how the Malaysian government and Sarawak government did?

Sarawakians know too well what the BN Government has been doing to NCR lands – grab – so being the new PKR VP, Sarawakians demand the retired ambassador reveals his stance on NCR lands. After all, if he didn’t already know, his “Bidayuh” communities could testify to him how little NCR lands are left dangling by thin thread as the same BN Government he had served continue to grab from the people. Hopefully, the new PKR VP can identify with the fact that it is the kampong folks who are holding onto those thin thread by being upfront in defending their rights, and in so doing with other Dayak communities, are defending all NCR lands throughout Sarawak.

Yes, the BN was not so bad before and in Sarawak, the same BN has deteriorated, ah, ah, ah, since Taib Mahmud became Chief Minister some 30 years ago.

Last message for Anwar

The PKR de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim must be congratulated for appointing a character such as John to be the new VP. After all, John Nuek says he is honoured by the appointment. In their first party meeting with all presence, it is expected that Anwar will have the new VP sitting near if not next to the PKR supremo to introduce the new VP as someone who had followed the Mahathir BN Government’s stance in saying that Anwar had self-inflicted his black eye.

The whole PKR must then congratulate Anwar for his forgiveness to the new VP for having defended Mahathir! The new VP should then be congratulated for being a ‘reformed’ man now, thanks to reformasi, no less!

For those in the PKR and outside who had been and are still ISA detainees, please forward your query to the new PKR VP on his stance in defending the need of ISA!



  1. This blog is a virtual university churning out PhDs in self-righteousness, mud-slinging and the art of condemning others, but not oneself, using the safety of anonymity.

    Can Apang please write about all the negative things about himself since he was born and in doing so, use his real identity on this blog? C’mon, man! You got no balls?

    Comment by Carol — January 17, 2011 @ 1:56 PM | Reply

    • Aiya Carol, you must have a PhD in stupidity. Why don’t you address the issues raised instead of insulting people who do a lot more than you can ever dream of doing? Why don’t you publish your name IC address and phone number?

      Comment by landowner — January 21, 2011 @ 10:51 PM | Reply

  2. If you are the boss, whom would you entrust leadership role to?

    To someone who proactively creates and refines with you, a dynamic vision for a greater Sarawak that is both realistic and achievable? To someone who can craft a grand strategy for Sarawak’s development with the intellect to fuse fiscal, technological, cultural, political and psychological elements? To someone who takes initiative to consistently brainstorm with you the pathways to achieve the party’s goals for a greater Sarawak? To someone who frequently goes through with you, the process of developing and revising the roadmap to a more prosperous Sarawak? To someone who examines with you how the education system can be reformed, and how science and technology investments should be organized to foster innovation, competitiveness and create more jobs? To someone who analyzes with you the statistics and demographics of the Sarawak’s population to better understand where GDP growth should be, the human capital and talent required to support that growth in the years to come and the education and training required to produce the skills and competencies required by the various industry sectors?

    Has Baru Bian or Keruah Usit or Apang or Tie Boh Low, taken Anwar on a broad look at the strategies for addressing likely political, social, economic and environmental changes in Sarawak over the next 5, 10, 20, 25 years? Have they developed and discussed the transformational vision for Sarawak, backed up with a truly comprehensive strategy for the years ahead? Is Baru Bian, or Keruah Usit or Apang or Tie Boh Low preparing for the task of running the largest state with the richest natural resources, and paradoxically, one of the poorest states? Does he have in mind the ministry of talents to govern and lead us to greater heights? Has Baru Bian crafted a roadmap to build a Sarawak of promise and opportunity? Has he developed a comprehensive strategic reform for reorganizing and strengthening economic development of Sarawak?

    Anwar has not seen these forthcoming from anyone, except from Granda. So, if you were Anwar, who would you pick for leadership role? The poisonous bloggers or the celebrity NCR lawyer or those with credible vision and detail, concrete roadmap?

    Most importantly, first and foremost, what is Baru Bian’s or Keruah Usit’s or Apang’s or TBL’s strategy for PKR to win state seats in the coming election?
    On the fringe of trivia, TBL, Keruah Usit and Apang (apparently same person using different anonyms) are apparently anti-Bidayuh, based on their blog postings that assassinate and belittle characters who are Bidayuh. TBL keeps mentioning the same single Padawan episode to conclude that Granda plays race politics. When Bau town was hit by floods, who brought the team of first responders? If Granda is so racist as depicted by TBL and Keruah Usit, he would not have been there to help. When the Tsunami hit Aceh, Granda worked with NGO’s in Klang Valley to overcome red-tapes to deliver the first shipment of 50 containers of bottled drinking water. When Pakistan was hit by another natural disaster, Granda sponsored 1,000 ShelterBox through an international NGO. Granda crosses not just racial boundaries, but international boundaries and he knows no boundaries. How does this compare to the tiny Padawan Municipal Council statement episode that TBL choose to highlight?

    When Granda met up with Harvard Professor Richard Veitor, did he discuss ideas on how to spearhead only Bidayuh economic development, or did he discuss at length about strategies for trade and industrial development for Sarawak and the greater Borneo? When Granda spoke with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, did they ever touched on Bidayuh prosperity or that of all Sarawakians? Did Granda attend forums on reforming education systems so that he could plan for reforms of the education system just for Bidayuh?

    The level of thinking that seem to flourish on this blog and other dissenting blogs cannot answer the call to greatness. Writers have every instinct to point blame, to drift into political pettiness and to latch onto simple explanations that have no merit.

    It’s not that the writers have pea-sized brains. It’s just that they want their brains to be pea-sized.

    Comment by Peen Keening — January 16, 2011 @ 4:17 PM | Reply

    • PK,

      I thought the subject was Mr John Tenewi Nuek, not Mr Granda ? Or is there a connection that we don’t know ?

      Also to be fair to Mr Apang article, he/she only parse what was said by Mr John Tenewi Nuek during the interview. That’s what the rest of us do, because there is lack of any other info on Mr John Tenewi Nuek, that can be used to read his political beliefs and philosophy.That there was no press release from PKR on the rationale for his appointment as VP, did not help to stop people from wondering and speculating.

      Your put down that “the level of thinking that seem to flourish on this blog and other dissenting blogs cannot answer the call to greatness”, appear to lift the veil of disguise of your contempt for the readers and writers in this website — or perhaps you would be contemptuous of any dissenting views against BN in general ?

      Whatever the case, may be …pro BN (or whatever) is fine …. provided the engagement can stick to the subject matter, instead of fishing for red herring … wouldn’t you agree ? Thats, humbly … from a pea-size brain to a Thai coconut-size brain 🙂

      By the way, as for Mr Granda, it would be great if he can speak for himself, be interviewed by HU and put forth his ideas, on why he would be the better PR liaison chief in Sarawak, rather than Baru Bian?
      To put up a proxy campaign (if indeed that were the case … what with the sms etc), would be rather unbecoming of a great man (as you put it) who may have great ideas, and a social activist at that !

      Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — January 17, 2011 @ 1:17 AM | Reply

      • Every man is a great man, each and everyone of us. We have our own merits and weaknesses. No need for bloggers to belittle others. If you only have a biased view of someone, please don’t write. How would you feel being assassinated by people hiding behind anonymous names? Why is there such deep lack of civility and humility in blogs such as this? Why can’t there be enriching, fact-based intellectual discourse? Why are we so-BN-ished when we hate them so much?

        Comment by Iskandar Zulbryner — January 17, 2011 @ 12:38 PM | Reply





      Comment by babai — January 18, 2011 @ 12:16 AM | Reply

    • Pea sized brain better than big mouth with no brain. Granda is so great that he has to praise himself on HU?

      Comment by Grandiose Granda — January 21, 2011 @ 11:07 PM | Reply

    • Oohh yah… Granda is a good friend of Entri…oooppp..sori Effendi Bin Abdullah; is Granda still with his old or brand new faith?

      Comment by lalalalala.. — January 22, 2011 @ 12:43 AM | Reply

  3. LoL, PKR is starting to have more and more dumb asses in the party.

    Comment by Bourgeois Revolution — January 16, 2011 @ 2:30 PM | Reply


      Comment by babai — January 18, 2011 @ 12:19 AM | Reply

      • Absolutely. The BN is not immune from time, the killer of all men and all kingdoms.

        Comment by Bourgeois Revolution — January 20, 2011 @ 10:31 AM | Reply

  4. Poltics are the rules of Law but when abused it becomes dirty.
    A country is belonged to the people not to the cronies, as a saying goes, beware of the many false Prophets amongst you, See afew among us.

    Comment by orangkampung — January 15, 2011 @ 6:19 PM | Reply

  5. meleis faction from kch can control pkr swk but for sure they will lose in GE just like ansari faction in sabah

    meleis/meleinau will never vote any1 apart from dacing as they want to keep the status quo, their power

    Comment by freeSARAWAK — January 15, 2011 @ 4:52 PM | Reply



    Comment by HH4million — January 15, 2011 @ 3:05 PM | Reply

  7. We, Sarawakians need a “wise-thinker” leaders to stand and step forward to Save Sarawak.TAIB the “Old Chief Minister of Thief and Corrupt” and also his cronies of BNs should be kick-off from running and control Sarawak’s government.We don’t want Sarawak become a corrupted state or listed as poor state.
    We even been robbed Billions by UMNO/BN CRONIES from Sarawak’s soils and oils since we enter Malaysia.Now,Sarawak is facing disaster from mountain trees and the rivers(logjam) and also issues of land grabbing of people’s NCR lands, etc.So, are these the future we want? Or do we have other choice? Do we need to change now or remain the same until it turn or get worst?

    Question to all, do we CARE our SARAWAK,our HOME,our CHILDREN for tomorrow..?

    Comment by babai — January 15, 2011 @ 1:39 PM | Reply

  8. good for PKR . hope he serves well.

    Comment by audie61 — January 15, 2011 @ 12:37 PM | Reply

  9. Being a VP does not automatically qualify him to be an election candidate. Let us give him a chance to prove his worth and how he can inspire the ” the brain dead” among the rural population who had mindlessly voted BN in the past.

    One immediate task for this VP is to immediately and effectively think like a ruling Government and not as an Opposition to just provide effective check and balance. Surely as a politician now, his biggest nightmare has just begun. All eyes will be watching you closely.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 15, 2011 @ 11:28 AM | Reply

    • Mata Kuching, I do agree with you. Give him the task to bring the voters to support the PR agenda in taking over Sarawak and should he is worth his salt, then let him be in the soup bowl or else just dump him off to the drain. Or if he is seen to be Trojan Horse, then whack him off the track immediately, before great damage are done to PR in Sarawak. BN must Go at all cost.

      Comment by Org Swk — January 15, 2011 @ 11:36 AM | Reply

  10. Cat? Who let the cat out? As an old mate of John, I read with interests why nobody seems to know him, where he comes from and how he gets to be the VP.

    Clue 1: John has a famous nephew … Granda Aing.

    Clue 2: Keruah Usit’s posting in MalaysiaKini “Anwar in quandary over Baru Bian’s post” which was carried here in Hornbill Unleashed.

    Anwar … sigh …

    Comment by Bidayuh Retired — January 15, 2011 @ 10:39 AM | Reply

  11. Hopefully this Cat will not transform into a big time Monster/Minister Frog later. I am very doubtful of these Mr. John Badawi (Tenewi) Nuek. I had never heard of him talking politic in the open. He is only known to talk within the box and that was control by Mahathir. There is nothing to be proud of that. I feel very uneasy about these PBB Trojan Horse in the making. Anyway I am reserving my judgment for the future to see. God Bless Sarawak.

    Comment by Org Swk — January 15, 2011 @ 7:58 AM | Reply

  12. The wedding of Taib to a new gracious woman not only celebrated in the city but at all divisions of Sarawak is a very political move. To stay in power you must have both the Miranda and the Credanda of Poltics. Miranda means beauty, happiness,attractions,entertainment for the people. Credanda means credibility in making progress of the economic and other developments of the state and for the people. Why the opposition hits him with corruption in obtaining immense personal wealth, he now fights back adopting the tactics of the Caesar the great Roman politician and Emperor. One of Caesar’s political moves was to keep the people well entertained to get their votes and he succeeded every time.Corruption in power and wealth may decrease Credanda but enough Miranda will still carry through to victory. Caesar always won because his opponents never attacked his generals, captains and supporters, to decrease both the Miranda and Credanda of the whole regime. The Sarawak has to find new ways to defeat BN there sas the present tactics and strategies are not enough.

    Comment by YPL — January 15, 2011 @ 6:09 AM | Reply


      Comment by Orangkuasa — January 15, 2011 @ 1:02 PM | Reply

  13. It is understanable that there are some people who are not agreeable to the appointment of John Nuek as the VP for PKR Sarawak taking into consideration of his track record or more accurately the lack of it.
    But it is also unknown to us what are the criteria on why Mr John Nuek was selected. Who are the other people that were proposed?
    It must be also mentioned that Dayaks to look up upon people who are/were in high position in the community, government (be it BN or otherwise) etc, and thus choosing Mr John Nuek is not entirely wrong if you look from this angle.
    There are many people who has been very active in championing the NCR issues, but some of these people are unknown in their own community.
    If this John Nuek does command a reasonable amount of respect within the Bidayuh community, then he is the man for the job. As someone pointed out, a cat is a cat as long it catches rats, thats what we are after now. We can start putting some better breed of cats once we catch the rats, slowly.
    Right now, there are not very many cats of high breed.
    Good luck to PKR in your quest to unseat the old rat, you will need plenty of it and lots and lots of bait.
    BTW, who, if this writer may, should be the VP instead?

    Comment by Empaling Demo — January 15, 2011 @ 1:49 AM | Reply

  14. Black cat, white cat,
    as long as it can catch mouse, it’s a good cat.

    So, who care who can liberate the oppressed people from the the evil BN. As long as the oppressed people of Sarawak are freed, he/she/it will be the hero.

    We want leader who can inspire.

    Comment by NewHope — January 15, 2011 @ 1:09 AM | Reply

    • white cat now, black cat after receiving millions and turn into a frog. NO THANKS!!!

      Comment by ah pek — January 15, 2011 @ 1:15 AM | Reply

  15. There are good grounds for Apang’s criticism of the new PKR vice president John Tenewi Nuek.

    Firstly, the appointment has been seen as some sort of autocratic move by Anwar Ibrahim and not sanctioned by the election process. Does PKR rule allow for this? The appointment must have been well thrashed out in the PKR boardroom- the “pros” and “cons” of enlisting someone from the “other side”. After all there has been one horrible mess already!

    Second, the “candidate” is from the background of defending the UMNO BN’s travesties against citizen’s human rights- as a diplomat. It must be hard if you did not have the convictions of UMNO!

    While only John can answer his position on NCR is there anything positive that can be said for him?

    It would seem that the best that one could say is that from being a career diplomat he has at first hand dealt with those issues now haunting him, he has the courage to change his position and take a stand- hopefully for all of us!

    There are not many of them around. Anwar was one of them!

    It is not politically wrong but may be harder for the “untainted” politicians and public to accept. But they have accepted Anwar haven’t they? They elected his wife as an MP?

    The most difficult and courageous thing for a person to do is admit that certain things are wrong and dares to stand up speak against it.

    Did John bide his time in the diplomatic service and waited for the right time to make his contribution? Ask him.

    Comment by Everyman — January 15, 2011 @ 1:09 AM | Reply

    • Everyman, HU readers,

      I believe PKR constitution allows the president to nominate 3 VPs – not an autocratic action.

      From PKR leadership point of view, it may well be that the idea is to put representative of the Bidayuh community, into the inner circle.The nominated VP position is largely ceremonial, so the job may suit him.

      The recent PKR party election has shown that it is still difficult, if not impossible – for Sarawakian PKR leaders to be voted into the VP position; human nature being what they are – parochialism is alive.

      But will the nominated VPs be able to “balance” the power of the PKR leadership committees so that the small number of divisions and cabang from Sarawak can still be represented in the national-level PR political bargain ?

      That remains to be seen. Currently, PR has included the 20% oil royalty in the 100-day plan which can be construed as addressing any rational Sarawakian a political goal. Not clear if it was handed as a gift (carrot) by PR, or if Baru Bian and his compatriots (in Sarawak and other oil/gas prod states) has anything to do with it.

      What does this angle got to do with Mr Nuek ?

      The Bidayuh may have higher expectation of what the man can do for them, than what he can realistically deliver. (I know, it sounds more like BN system of patronage, but notice how the community assert themselves in the recent Padawan case).

      Therein lies PKR quandry: if “community representative” like Nuek is not given sufficient political powers to be used to channel the Bidayuh community need, then the Bidayuh may not buy into PKR as an effective national level party, that has local presence, as the HSBC advert would have it. But if it does that, and start apportioning ministerial post to distribute political powers among the various ethnics, then it would be acting like BN.

      How about the Iban ? If they have no “representative” in any of the leadership position in PR component parties, would they be represented – and have their political goals, incorporated into GE/SE manifestos ? Perhaps the Iban should rally around local Sarawak party like SNAP instead, so that PR component parties would not have to weigh further appointments ?

      In another front: perhaps, Mr Nuek can be an “ambassador” for all of the other ranking civil servants, who contemplate to turn around from being loyal BN servant into its fierce critics,er ….whistle blowers ?

      Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — January 16, 2011 @ 4:15 PM | Reply

  16. aduh aduh aduh, another anwar divide-and-rule. oh well, what is new!!!

    Comment by ah pek — January 15, 2011 @ 12:56 AM | Reply

    • What’s new ?

      Headline in newspaper: your “ah pek” going to marry young & beautiful ah moi ?

      Declare holiday for Sarawak ?

      Comment by ah moi — January 15, 2011 @ 1:39 AM | Reply

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