Hornbill Unleashed

March 13, 2011

Anwar: Only candidates with integrity for S’wak

Stephen Tiong

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has directed Sarawak party chief Baru Bian to select candidates with high integrity for the upcoming state elections.

In a wide-ranging speech at the State PKR’s annual convention at Batu Kawah, near Kuching today, he vowed to reject candidates without integrity.

“If these candidates become part of the government in the event that the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, wins the next elections, they will destroy the administration,” he said.

He said PKR needed the right candidates so they can defend the people’s rights.

Anwar (right in photo, with Baru Bian in blue and white shirt) also speculated that the state and general elections could be held simultaneously.

Anwar Ibrahim arriving to open Sarawak PKR convention in Batu Kawah, near Kuching. Left is Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian“You must remember this – you have to work doubly hard. You have to visit every nook and corner of Sarawak, every village and settlement, hold discussions at the grassroots level as well as reach out to every level of society.”

Bracing for the hurdles ahead

“We have to race against money, time, threats and intimidation. You need to prepare yourself,” said Anwar.

“If we are ready, and once the people have made their decisions, nothing can stop them, not even Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, Prime Minister Najib Razak or his Rosmah Mansor.”

He urged the delegates to inform the younger generation of their concerns for their right to health services and customary land rights.

“You ask the people to give us a chance to govern Sarawak, and together, we’ll all take over Putrajaya. Only then we can see changes,” he said.

Anwar also directed PKR leaders of all level to maintain and strengthen their relationship with the leaders of the component parties of the Pakatan.

“We need to meet regularly with them, have breakfast or tea, discuss or argue with them to create bond of friendship.

“If this happen, I am sure we will take over Sarawak and Malaysia,” he added.

Power fertile ground for greed

He said the people cannot expect the present BN government to take care of them because they are worse than the past English colonial masters.

azlan“What they can sweep, they sweep all,” Anwar said, adding it was a dramatic contrast to the era of the Rajah Brooke who had a heart for the people ensuring that their rights and land were protected.

The BN government uses community and religious leaders to instil fear or force blind loyalty and intimidate the ordinary people, he added.

“What we see today is blind loyalty among the ordinary people, although they know that they have been deprived of their rights and NCR land,” he said.

“Sarawak is rich in natural resources, but the people are poor. Only the elite and ruling class have benefitted from Taib’s politics of development,” he said.

On defections of PKR members of parliament to the BN, he said what happened in PKR had also been experienced by DAP and PAS in the past.

“They (DAP and PAS) became stronger after the cleansing process in the leadership,” he said.

Warning against dirty tactics

“We hope we in PKR be in the same position and it seems that we are moving in that direction,” he said.

Anwar also wanted Sarawak PKR to be always on guard against BN’s tactics to break up their rank and file, before the state polls.

Speaking to reporters later, Anwar said Pakatan leaders have called for the speeding up of the joint manifesto, holding a convention as well as finalising the seat allocations.

“I have asked Baru to speed up the resolution of the overlapping of seats issue among the Pakatan component parties in Sarawak,” he said. At at the national level he is already in touch with PAS and DAP leaders on the matter, he added.

On the same problem between PKR and Snap, he said in principle PKR does not rule out discussions with anybody on the matter, so long as they accept the coalition’s principles on politics, governance and economy.

On Snap’s demand for 28 seats, Anwar dismissed it as their view.

“It is not that easy,” he said. None of the Snap leaders attended today’s PKR convention despite being invited.

“They must be very busy,” Anwar said in jest.

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11 Comments »

  1. I very much hope what DSAI mentioned about candidates of high integrity is meant to be serious matters of consideration in particularly in preparation for PRN10 S’wak. Correct me if I’m wrong, it’s not politicking. If that’s so, PKR should take a stand that every potential candidates must be velted n screened thoroughly so as to ensure their integrities. I’m very sure PKR wouldn’t like what hv happened in Batang Ai to repeat again. We all know only God Allah knows evry hambaNya but then that doesn’t meant we shouldn’t do our utmost effort to identify between good characters and bad characters, between good party members and bad party members, between one who talk and walk and one who talk and not walk, between one who’s hipocritical and one non-hipocritical, between one who’s outing to ensure winning and one who’s just outing to ensure a loss. These are all a very eaasy and simple character attributes that a layman can even identify. We, as human got eyes to see thing clearly and hv ears to hear which is bad and good words so don’t ever cheat ourselves what is right we see and hear.
    DSAI is a very responsible leader to remind us about the so important about personal integrity of one candidate. So we hv to identify a candidate of an asset and not of a liability to PKR/PR at all cost. There shouldn’t be any compromy on the matter. PKR/PR can’t effort to compromise on matter concerning integrity eg. behaviour, complimentary, collegiality, collaborative, sosial integrity, economical integrity, family integrity etc..etc. The call by DSAI must be taken very seriously or else what different/differences do we compare to PBB/UMNO/BN. We must uphold integrity as our utmost important criteria to select out potential candidates. The rakyat as a whole is at stake if ever we in PKR/PR take this matter lightly. I pray to God Allah bless us all.

    Comment by Buduk — March 13, 2011 @ 10:53 PM | Reply

  2. I put my hope, my prayers and my trust that Baru Bian and members of PKR in Sarawak will remain autonomous and that folks from West Malaysia not telling us what to do and using the allocations of 52 seats may be stretching it pretty thin to finance and find winnable candidates. Through Internet gossips, some names had surfaced as potential candidates and I am not excited with some of the names.

    I am hoping, with my fingers crossed, that PKR can work it out with other members of opposition parties, particularly SNAP, that seat allocation is by winnable candidates and not by political parties power struggle. I put my hope and trust that Datuk Sri Annuar Ibrahim is watching out for the best interests of the Dayaks ahead of his family’s political aspirations.

    For me and my family this election is all about hope for the future and the ability to hold on to our NCR properties and equal opportunities for all Sarawakians, regardless of race and religion!

    Comment by Christina S. Suntai — March 13, 2011 @ 10:43 PM | Reply

  3. “PKR promises oil firm for Sabah”

    ” Free Malaysia Today) – KINARUT: Sabah will have its own oil and gas company with an initial paid-up capital of RM1 billion within three months of Pakatan Rakyat taking over the state”

    “PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail made the promise and said the company which would be owned by the people of Sabah would be turned into an international conglomerate and compete in the global market with guidance from Petronas”

    WHY SABAH ONLY GONNA GET AN OIL COMPANY? WHY NOT SARAWAK AS WELL……SOME FISHY HERE……NO?

    DONT IT BE SAME…EQUAL? SARAWAK ALSO HOLD LOTS OF OIL AND GAS….SO WE ALSO WANT TO CONTROL OUR OIL N GAS INDUSTRIES LA….

    PETRONAS IN ALL OIL N GAS OPERATOR AND CONTRACTOR MUST EMPLOY LOCALS UNLESS THE POSITION CAN NOT BE FILL BY LOCAL. NOW WE EVEN HAVE INDONESIAN AND FILIPINOS GENERAL WORKER/ROUSABOUT/ROUGHNECK/CRANE OPERATORS…ON OIL RIGS WHERE THIS JOB CAN DONE BY LOCAL!

    Comment by HH2H — March 13, 2011 @ 9:04 PM | Reply

  4. Mr. Baru Bian is the right person to lead PR in Sarawak.
    He is capable & willing. He is also a man of Faith. Therefore he is well equipped to resist evil temptations.
    Now the question is, can he assemble a team to compliment him?
    Are there enough personalities with similar attributes as Baru?
    Quizas, quizas, quizas….perhaps, perhaps, perhaps!

    For the moment I’ll put my trust in Mr. Baru Bian.

    Comment by Churchgoer — March 13, 2011 @ 6:14 PM | Reply

    • Quizas……

      Yes…BB is the right person to led PKR BUT what worries some people out there are his family member and cronies! Even now…their already riding high on BB name….personaly I know people who revolve around him. I hope my view is wrong….if BB goes down, its because of these people!

      makan makan juga la….tapi ingat2 lah rakyat nanti….no one is perfect except Jesus! Amen….

      Comment by HH2H — March 13, 2011 @ 11:44 PM | Reply

  5. There are no two ways or opinions in selecting candidates of high moral integrity, with a strong political conviction to reform our political system and a strong commitment to reform our economy and to serve all Malaysians fairly.Pakatan must be resolute in its selection process. Pakatan must also ensure they will not neglect any constituencies which did not support them. A Pakatan government is a government of the people, by the people and for the people regardless of their political affiliations and supports. The people should not be the victims for not supporting a Pakatan government but past leaders must be made to be answerable and accountable for past mismanagement and plundering.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 13, 2011 @ 4:46 PM | Reply

  6. Go to RURAL area, Mr. Anwar. Let them hear from your own mouth. Crash Barisan Najis…!!!

    Comment by SalaiBABIhutaN — March 13, 2011 @ 2:47 PM | Reply

  7. “Only candidates with integrity for Sarawak?” Annuar is either kidding himself or he thought that Sarawak people are that naive about politics. Can Annuar or any one point out which political candidate(s) (past and present) has integrity in Sarawak?

    The word or term integrity does not exist in politics.

    Comment by Tuggang Anak Balau — March 13, 2011 @ 1:33 PM | Reply

    • are u suggesting that crooks can be politician? u want a criminal to take care of u?

      Comment by semadak — March 13, 2011 @ 1:47 PM | Reply

  8. Agree with Christina. It’s true that the Brooke regime traded in rubber, gold, coconut oil, petroleum etc but they operate more or less like a commercial enterprise. Much of the money they earned was ploughed back for education, health, infrastructures and other services to take care of the people. Many young people were sent overseas for further education at the colonial government expense. There were no systematic plundering of state assets like what is being done now. Everyone was free to worship whichever religion they chose without religious bigots waiting in a dark corner to steal your dead body. Government servants were gentlemen who were proud of their professions and don’t behaves like little Napoleons. Yes, I do miss the good old days.

    Comment by apaijabu — March 13, 2011 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

  9. I am sorry Mr. Annuar, I do and many others too, have good memories of the past Colonial masters. They protect our forest and our trees with strict environmental laws. Nobody other than natives can live or buy native lands back then. They gave us good education and life was good, plenty of food and vast land for us to clear and call our own. Mostly imporantly Sarawak was set free and join the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. We actually had an Iban Chief Minister after they left.

    I have good memories of my relationship with the Englih folks and currently to include an Englih lady by the name of Clare Rewcastle Brown who is doing a good job of helping us with tremendous amount of exposure and publicity regarding NCR land grabs in Sarawak.

    Comment by Christina S. Suntai — March 13, 2011 @ 9:55 AM | Reply


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