Hornbill Unleashed

February 19, 2011

I can’t meet your needs, Taib tells Chinese


“Don’t hold me for ransom!” seems to be the stand Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has taken with the state’s Chinese community.

He said the Chinese in Sarawak cannot expect the government to give in to their demands.

“The government cannot give the Chinese 100% because it means that the others will not get anything. We cannot give the Malays 100% because that will also mean somebody will be left out.

“I cannot say that we give all the Dayaks 100% because that again means the others will be deprived.

“This is the reality of a multi-racial society and we have to remember that,” he said.

Taib is facing an uphill battle with the Chinese community in the state. Despite his many overtures, Taib has been unable to break through to the disappointed community.

For the first time in his political history, he is unable to lean on his anchor man George Chan, president of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP).

SUPP, which has traditionally been the beacon for the Chinese, failed Taib miserably in the 2006 polls.

SUPP was literally washed out in the Chinese urban areas where they won only 11 out of the 19 seats.

This time round a much stronger DAP has threatened to thrash SUPP, declaring that it had 15 seats “in the pocket”.

Persistent rumblings

Yesterday, Taib reminded the community that the “Chinese in Malaysia had a good future compared to others in other countries”.

“For this very reason, the Chinese here must have a good representation in the BN government to ensure its communal requests and interests are heard.

“It would be a sad, sad thing if BN did not have good, sober and well-thinking Chinese leadership,” he said.

Whether he likes it or not, Taib needs to secure the Chinese voters.

This time round the BN coalition in Sarawak is facing issues within and outside its walled-up fortress.

In its backyard are squabbling sibblings Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Taib’s own Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), and the persistant rumblings of discontent among the rank and file.

Already there are speculations of tough fights in several PBB-held seats, with strong likelihood of BN losing its constituencies.

SUPP, meanwhile, is still unable to convince the Chinese that it hasn’t compromised “its soul” to Taib.

At the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations dinner on Tuesday, party chief Chan begged the community to give them another chance.

Chan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the party would bring in a “host of new blood” to wrest back the eight seats it lost in the May 2006 state election.

“We will not fail the Barisan Nasional (BN)… I plead to the Chinese community to give us another chance,” he said.

Hammering away at Taib’s political frontier are DAP, PKR and a rejuvenated Sarawak Nasional Party (SNAP) – which, according to some observers, is giving Taib the chills. They have a bagful of information about Taib’s personal excesses and the wide ranging abuse by his deputies and senior leaders in his administration.

According to a local journalist, almost “every single leader in Taib’s administration has dirt on his back!”


  1. Tengku Razaleigh’s b’day greetings to Lim Kit Siang has a message for every politician especially old guys who have been in power for 30 years too long.

    “Politicians, and especially those who have been given the mandate to ‘rule’ or ‘govern’ the country, must be honest, trustworthy, clean and efficient.

    They must have PRINCIPLES and be consistent in their upholding and promotion of the principles for the good of the rakyat and the country and not be swayed or swerved by their personal interests and greed.”

    Every word applies to our own 74 year old man with young wife.

    Comment by Freeman — February 19, 2011 @ 6:45 PM | Reply

    • Sadly the opposite can be said of BN lawmakers and politicians who have been indoctrinated by UMNO once they are part of BN. Anyone living on the patronage of UMNO controlled BN government must be seen to be blind, deaf and dumb. They must be damn good in lying and making empty promises. Piece meal developmets will only be rolled out in exchange for votes.

      2011 will change all that and Nagypt shall be given the honour of being the first UMNO Opposition leader in Parliament. Sarawak will definitely get to see all the ill gotten assets and wealth of Taib and family members returned to the state and people.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — February 20, 2011 @ 11:51 AM | Reply

  2. I am greatly touched by this Tribute to YB Lim Kit Siang on his 70th birthday on February 20, from Tengku Razaleigh Hamza. I hope DAP Sarawak will translate this Tribute from Tengku into the Iban, Malay and Chinese languages to be shared with all Malaysians in Sarawak. Happy birthday YB Lim Kit Siang and may God bless you abundantly.

    Dear Kit — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
    February 19, 2011

    FEB 19 — After a long journey in your political career, weathering the often rough and tumble of Malaysian politics, you somehow managed to survive and carve a popular name, an icon among your admirers and a ‘political bug’, so to speak, among your opponents.

    So, you are now 70 years of age — not too young but not too old either — to go on treading the political journey.

    You have consistently upheld and stood your ground on matters relating to the fundamental rights of all the rakyat, irrespective of race, to free and responsible speech, the rights to enjoy a just and fair distribution of the economic and social wealth of the nation, and to political, judicial and legal justice.

    You have consistently and courageously spoken up against the corruption and the various misdeeds and defaults of the government and demanded actions, both in Parliment as well as outside it, depite the possible reprisals, the threats and even possible punitive actions that might be taken against you, which in fact you have suffered in the past.

    But you have not kept your silence; you continue to grow bigger and speak even louder.

    In the end, it seems to me you are the winner because, despite what your opponents say about you, as long as you know and believe what you stand for is good for the poeple and the country, you are on the right path.

    Politicians, and especially those who have been given the mandate to ‘rule’ or ‘govern’ the country, must be honest, trustworthy, clean and efficient.

    They must have PRINCIPLES and be consistent in their upholding and promotion of the principles for the good of the rakyat and the country and not be swayed or swerved by their personal interests and greed.

    The rakyat look up to a Wakil Rakyat or to a government leader not because he or she is a Malay, a Chinese or an Indian, an Iban or a Kadazan; they look up to you because of your principles — principles that they can respect, trust and emulate.

    On this auspicious day, may I quote Georges Pompidou who once said:

    “A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service”.

    Let me now say “Selamat Menyambut Hari Jadi Yang ke-70”, in other words “Happy Birthday to You”.

    Wishing you good fortune, good health and long life. May you continue to tread the rough and tumble of the Malaysian political road with even greater tenacity and thrust in the years ahead until we can all together ensure that no one in the country is allowed to create a situation of disaster of the type we have just seen in Tunisia and Egypt.

    * This is Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s birthday greetings to Lim Kit Siang who turns 70 on February 20, 2011.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 19, 2011 @ 6:27 PM | Reply

  3. Now the old Tahi is worry purportedly about the Chinese who may not BN strongly and tried to inform us that there is another 10 years to develop Sarawak into a developed country. He also worried about the support from the Ibans. As the Malays and Melanaus, Tahi will play the eleemnts of religious sensentivities and eventually they will come back to him. In any eveent, after we have seen all these years when the CM was in power, too much abuses of power and corruptions were put aside and none of them were ever charged and prosecuted in courts of law. Tell you families and friends that this time around, vote out BN and their cronies and let start afresh. WE have enough of the Tahi and his cronies/friends.

    Comment by Lobo — February 19, 2011 @ 3:38 PM | Reply

  4. ” give us another chance”, What!.. have no shame and face to ask. Wow! trying to rob and rape the county blind again… one too many cukup-lah…..

    Comment by sam — February 19, 2011 @ 2:29 PM | Reply

  5. Wahab Dollah who is worth at least RM150 million of shares in just these three listed companies Ta Ann, Shin Yang and Dayang Enterprise is dreaming of reviving his chance of being the next thief minister when his master the current thief minister is ousted. He has made known his interest and willingness to stand as a candidate in the Jemoreng state seat. What kind of progress and development can Sarawakians expect when the Taib Mahmud is lining up his closest aide to succeed his corrupted regime.

    All right thinking Sarawakians especially the marginalised Dayaks who forms the largest ethnic group must strongly oppose the regime by voting against and voting out UMNO controlled BN. Thrash them!

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 19, 2011 @ 11:32 AM | Reply

  6. The Chinese are definitely more smart and steady than us Dayaks in many ways. They live life averagely better than ours. We are jealeous of their success as they too are hard working. And, in politic, they too are more matured and daring to stand up againt wrongful and corrupted administration, and they have shown this well during Sibu-By-Election even when BN use helicopters and bombers to rain down tonnes of money and gifts along with tonnes of LIES.

    Congratulation to SUPP, you have the Chinese voting against you and you too will have Dayaks running away from you. They are in the look for a truthful family, safe lands and better future, simple as that, and these are those you have FAILED TOTOLLY to make and secure. SO we congratulate you to a CLOSE-DOOR ceremony very soon. Get ready your holes where you can ditch your heads in or a cliff to jump down.

    We observe you are trying to repair the damage and broken relationship with many Chinese communities and associations in many town, do you think the general people and voters are that STUPID as you Mr. George and your cronies are. Remind you, your big boss is now worried with problematic CHINESE VOTES, and it is because you SUPP have failed to function efficiently and honestly all these years.

    Your BN team: Old croc the greedy Goalkeeper is worried because many front lines strikers have broken legs, the midfield man Jabun is sick with heavy stomach and cant chase the ball away, the in-laws cheeky defender (SUPP) is suffering from foot-&-mouth disease, so THEY all let the ball rolling toward your net, and keep the Old Crocs NERVOUS and SHIVERING. Problem old Crocs says is to find a QUALIFIED and equally corrupted replacement. Fact is there many ALIKE and SAME SPECIES but He is not willing to let go

    Comment by Tuai Rumah 2010 — February 19, 2011 @ 8:47 AM | Reply


      The Sarawak United Peoples’ Party, or SUPP (Chinese: 砂拉越人民联合党; Malay: Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak) was established in 1959 and is today a mere shadow if its glorious past just 50 years ago.

      It is acknowledged that it was founded mainly by “leftists” and working class Chinese, many of whom were members of the underground communist movement in Sarawak.

      For the first decade of its existence, many of its members were deported (despite many were local born people)from Sarawak for communist activities. Several of its senior members moved across the border into Kalimantan where they took up arms against the Sarawak government.

      In the early 1960s, SUPP opposed the formation of the “Malaysian state”. Along with Partai Rakyat Brunei and National Pasok Momogun Party, SUPP sent a memorandum to the United Nations demanding that the people of Northern Borneo be given right to self-determination and that the status of the area would be decided in a plebiscite.

      SUPP was built on the blood shed by many of its members who took up arms for Sarawak independence from 1962 to 1990.

      It was the only Sarawak party at the time to have a clear programme for Sarawak Independence and indeed the members took action to achieve their ideal of an independent democratic Sarawak. It was in the aftermaths of the Brunei Independence Uprising 1962, that many patriots took up the fight against the British Malayan plan to essentially enable Malaya to annex Sabah and Sarawak and took control of their territory and oil resources.

      The freedom fighters have never been formally recognised because they fought against the idea of Malaysia. They were members if the Communist Party of North Kalimantan and Pasokan Rakyat Kalimantn Utara (People’s Army of North Kalimantan- PASOKAN) the unsung heroes of our history. They were the ones who dared to stand up against the UMNO regime which holds iron colonial control of our lives today.

      The UMNO BN rulers would never encourage this part of our history to be highlighted or honored. It would be affirming the correct stance of the underground independence movement against annexation of Sarawak and Sabah into Malaysia.

      The underground party was the reverse reflection of what is now the SUPP which is just a tame traitor party supporting the UMNO colonisation of our country. The current leadership has betrayed the interests of its members and Sarawak for personal gain and glorification.

      It is against this background that the SUPP is now struggling to survive, not struggling for the people as its name implies and not struggling for Sarawak Independence.

      From all current political observations the SUPP is in its death throes and the elections may write its final chapter as an irrelevant political party in Sarawak. This will similarly be the fate of all political parties that support UMNO colonial domination over our country.

      Comment by exSUPPmember — February 19, 2011 @ 2:00 PM | Reply

      • IF only Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had been the president of UMNO and PM for all Malaysians, the Malaysia today is surely a much better, well respected and progressive nation. Mahathir has destroyed this nation beyond repair and a change in government at Putrajaya is the only solution to save Malaysia.

        Comment by SK Subramaniam — February 19, 2011 @ 6:42 PM | Reply

      • yes, such a sad ending. supp has had its time in history. now we’ll just have to send it on its way coming SE.

        Comment by IamStupid — February 20, 2011 @ 1:26 AM | Reply

  7. What the *&^%@,

    What happened to 1 Malaysia vision.

    Well, that went well…a year…….two.

    Comment by katijah — February 19, 2011 @ 12:22 AM | Reply

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