Hornbill Unleashed

February 26, 2011

Minister recycling same answers, says PKR


Sarawak PKR has lambasted State Planing and Resource Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan for his comments in a local daily.

KUCHING: A Sarawak minister who accused the opposition of harping on the “old issue of NCR land” is himself recycling the same answers for the past decade and treating the people as if they were ignorant of their rights, said Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How.

Slamming Second State Planning and Resource Management Minister, Awang Tengah Ali Hassan for his remarks, See said: “It is not an old issue.

“In fact, it is cropping up frequently. Every week we have court judgments against the state government, ordering it to give back the native customary rights (NCR) land to the people.

“For Awang Tengah to say that, he is treating the people as if they are living 10 years behind. He is the one who is recycling and saying that the NCR land is not the issue.”

Awang Tengah’s condescending remarks, which had appeared in the local papers recently, had riled several quarters here.

See said that the judgments against the state government are not an old issue and concurred with his party chief Baru Bian that there was an increasing number of NCR cases waiting to be heard in court.

“Every week, there are new cases. But Awang Tengah still uses the same old comment he used 10 years ago that the NCR land is not an issue.

“He is, in fact, recycling his answer,” he said.

Land grabs

On land grabs, See said this too had seen a sudden increase.

“Land grabs are also not new. For the last few months since last year, it appears that the state government has redoubled its efforts to acquire more land.

“We want to find out why and what are the reasons for these (sudden) fierce efforts.

“Is it something to do with the fact that someone is going to leave at this time that you actually have more land grabs?” he asked.

He said that Awang Tengah can deny, as much as he likes, about land grabs but the reality speaks for itself.

“Look at Sempadi, Sebangan and elsewhere where land grabs are obvious.

“They (government) know about native customary rights are on the land, and yet they still grab the land and give them to their family members and cronies,” he added.

He said that the government should allow the natives to develop their own land for their own financial and commercial benefits.

Not for monkeys

On Awang Tengah’s remarks that the government always paid landowners if their land is taken away for public purposes, See asked:  “What public purposes are there when the government grabs NCR land for oil palm plantations and leases them to their family members and cronies?

“If the government is sincere, then it should also compensate the landowners.”

Awang Tengah was also reported to have told native landowners not to be taken in by opposition’s claims that the “state government is robbing natives of their land”.

“People must always remember we do not build roads for monkeys and wild boars…

“We are serious in addressing and solving the NCR land matters. Why would the government want to ‘rampas’ (rob) the land?

“We acquire land for public purposes like development, roads and schools. It is for the benefit of the people,” he added.



  1. The salaries paid to SESCO Norwegian CEO and his more than 28 imported engineers could be replacing more than 200 local engineers. Is that why Sarawakians are all monkeys and wild boars?

    Comment by KK Lau — February 26, 2011 @ 5:32 PM | Reply

    • We want to know exactly how much is Taib’s Aluminium Plant in Mukah / paying for the consumption of electricity. It is said that it is only paying about 0.04/kWh whereas other industrial users are paying about 0.20/kWh

      Comment by Stephen Chung — February 26, 2011 @ 5:43 PM | Reply

    • March to SESCO HQ to handover a memo to get them resign from thier post…. I am sure Kuching people knows where they stay…

      Why? We have bunch of qualified people out there…..

      Comment by HH2H — February 26, 2011 @ 7:05 PM | Reply

  2. Courage, that’s what we lack. We can only express our disaticfaction in forum like this. Furthermore using pseudo name. We have no gut and no balls to show our identity for fear of prosecution. When can we be a patriot that dare to protect our land? Are we always remain a bunch of coward? The least that we can do is to vote BN out in the coming elections and spread BN wrong doing to the rural forks who are fix deposite for BN. Fix deposit has maturity date. It is going to expire for the BN devils.

    Comment by William — February 26, 2011 @ 3:52 PM | Reply


    The plan to hold an anti-Taib demonstration at Kuching’s Central Padang caused more excitement to the Police and Taib than the sleepy Kuching folks.

    The Police FRU were readied for the RARE occasion BUT they heaved a sigh of relief as on Sunday the number of demonstrators was ZERO. May a few birds looking for worms and no damage to the grass on the padang.

    Now the police know they have absolutely NOTHING to fear from the people who prefer to have a Sunday sleep-in before going for a leisure laksa brunch. After they retired for a siesta.

    Was it a hoax?

    It makes all of US look silly and we have nowhere to hide our red faces for showing to the world where our courage is! Under bed covers@!

    So folks this Monday the outside world has decided to hold protests for us! We have something missing in our DNA called “courage”.

    From the Bruno Manser Fonds:

    “Malaysian government fears anti-Taib protests

    KUCHING, MALAYSIA. Weeks ahead of the elections in the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo, the Malaysian police are fearing public protests against incumbent Abdul Taib Mahmud, one of the longest-serving and most corrupt politicians in South East sia.

    On Thursday, Sarawak State Police Commissioner Mohammed Salleh warned the public against attending an anti-Taib protest rally announced for Sunday in the state capital, Kuching. According to the Borneo Post, those attending face “the risk of getting arrested for participating in an illegal gathering”. News about the planned protest had been spread via SMS.

    Taib Mahmud has recently come under fire for his family’s excessive wealth, which includes overseas assets worth hundreds of millions, if not billions, of US dollars. Taib has been in power since 1981 and simultaneously holds the offices of Chief Minister and Finance Minister, as well as State Planning and Resource Management Minister of the resource-rich state in Borneo.

    The Taib family has profited immensely from the destructive logging of Sarawak’s tropical rainforests and today has a stranglehold over the state’s economy. Among the companies controlled by the Taibs are Achi Jaya, which has a monopoly on log exports, and Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), a construction company which is routinely awarded public contracts without open tender.

    Malaysia does not grant its citizens either the freedom of assembly or the freedom of association. The authorities are free to clamp down on citizens under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for detention without trial or criminal charges.”

    Comment by angryrakyat — February 26, 2011 @ 2:56 PM | Reply

  4. Hei! Awang Tanah..you are the monkey or wild boar infact!! Does not has brain to respect the culture & custom of Iban..You are recycler of Taib’s comments..monkeys are brainless just follow what Taib said..

    Comment by Kind Rajah — February 26, 2011 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

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