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July 18, 2011

MoCS set on walk during Ramadan

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MoCS leader Francis Siah

Ang Ngan Toh

Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) insists on holding its ‘Walk for democracy and reforms’ on Aug 13 in Kuching, despite the fasting month.

“I have thought through this matter months ago and had consulted our Muslim friends,” MoCS leader Francis Siah (photo, on the right) said today when responding to criticisms by some Sarawak BN leaders, especially from Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) against the rally.

They had accused him of disrespecting Islam and Muslims by holding the rally during the holy month.

In response, Siah said, “On the contrary, besides fasting, doing good deeds, fighting evil and acting in the interests of our fellow beings are especially encouraged during Ramadan.”

“It is in fact holy to fight against all evils during the fasting month,” he said, adding that a walk for democracy, reforms and peace for Sarawak is a good deed during Ramadan.

“After the rally at 5pm, we will encourage our Muslim friends to break fast at the nearby Reservoir Park/Museum Grounds.

“We will all join them and even invite the police to join us in the breaking of fast.

“It will be a celebration of a multi-religious Sarawak,” he said, urging the participants to bring their own food for the breaking of fast.

“We will suggest to the local authorities to issue licences for afternoon bazaars to sell burgers, chicken wings, cendol, ice cream, goreng kacang putih and murukku.

“Our pakcik and nenek from the Satok Sunday Market can also sell their fresh vegetables and fruit,” he said.

PKR to wait and see

Siah stressed MoCS will make the walk carnival-like in atmosphere.

“It can also be a family afternoon picnic. Let’s hope the weather will be kind on that day,” he said.

NONEMeanwhile, Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How (left) called on Siah to consider holding the rally on Sept 13, instead of Aug 13.

“I don’t think the Malays will be attracted to participate in the rally because they have to observe the holy month,” he said.

See said there is no point holding the rally if only the Chinese and Dayaks turn up, without Malay participation.

He said Sarawak PKR will see in the next few days whether Siah will change his mind.

See also said that that Sarawak PKR will not participate if the planned rally aims to call for 30-year Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down from office.

“Our stand is that we will give support if MoCS calls for a fair and free elections, but to ask Taib to step down is rather personal,” the PKR state assemblyperson for Batu Lintang said, adding that Sarawak PKR is waiting for MoCS to furnish details of the rally.

He said the people will have to wait and see if Taib will honour his pledge to step down in two or three years’ time.

“The Barisan Nasional has been given the mandate to rule by the people, so we have to respect that,” he added.

15 Comments »

  1. If SUPP felt that they were the victims of Taib’s massive corruption and power abuse, all its members should march for democracy and reforms on August 13 2011. Generations 709 should also spread to Sarawak and Sabah by participating in the march. Many Malaysians and Sarawakians in particular may argue that the march for democracy and reforms will not bring about any immediate change but sowing the seed for reforms is the first important step forward. All NGOs, Associations,Societies, teachers, students,police, armies,both BN and Pakatan parties should come together to show their full and total support for democracy and reforms.

    Comment by Irene Kana — July 19, 2011 @ 8:05 PM | Reply

  2. HOW SABAH & SARAWAK BECOME PART OF “MALAYSIA” AS AN AFTER THOUGHT
    ________________________________________________________________________

    The PKR member Encik See’s remarks have stirred up many comments on the trustworthiness of local politicians.

    This has been a dilemma for 48 years. Many “people’s politicians” can overnight be bought over by the PBB BN after they gained the people’s confidence and got elected. The leadership of the SUPP is a typical example. From a great “people’s party” in the 1960s its leaders began to sell out the party’s fight for real Sarawak independence in the 1970s.

    However, there are also people who have gone through the system and achieved high positions in life and have not change their basic views they had when they first started.

    Simon SIpaun a Sabahan whose biographic details have been written up by Free Malaysia Today is a person who bravely speaks his mind. He has been a high achiever.

    Here he expresses his interesting views on how Sabah has fared during the 47 years of “independent within Malaysia”.

    This quotes from FMT shows his sharp analysis of what “Malaysia” is all about. Unfortunately there are quite a few misled people in Sabah and Sarawak who believe they have real “independence”:

    “He added that the political union between Britain’s Borneo territories and Malaya was at best an artificial one as the two regions had very little in common.

    “The inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak was an after-thought to counter balance the Chinese population of Singapore. As it happened, Singapore left the federation in 1965 and continued to progress by leaps and bounds.”

    ‘Sabah got a raw deal joining Malaysia’
    Dominic Legeh
    March 7, 2011

    Sabahans are missing the pre-1963 Sabah when life was good, with ‘no racial and religious divides, illegal immigrants, repressive laws’.

    KOTA KINABALU: Pre-Malaysia Sabah was considerably better off in many respects than it is today, according to former Malaysia Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) vice-president Simon Sipaun.

    “Life in Sabah before Malaysia was good, to say the least.

    “Admittedly, there was no development as seen today but Sabah was not alone as Malaya was not much better,” Sipaun said at the United Borneo Front’s (UBF) inter-party dialogue and leadership exclusive seminar here on Saturday.

    “There was no racial problem. Mixed marriages were very common. That’s why there are many ‘peranakans’ (babas and nyonyas) in Sabah.

    “If Sabahans are now conscious of racial and religious divides, they learnt it from the peninsula.

    “There were no illegal immigrants. There were no cases of Sabahans losing citizenship status while foreigners gained it without much difficulty.

    “There were no repressive and draconian laws such as the Official Secrets Act (OSA), Internal Security Act (ISA), the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Sedition Act, the Police Act and the Proclamations of Emergency.

    “There was no quarrelling over dead bodies.

    “The composition of the civil service was multiracial. Meritocracy was appreciated, observed and practised. Corruption and ‘ketuanan Melayu’ were unheard of. The list continues.

    “How not to miss pre-Malaysia Sabah?” he asked.

    Sipaun, who was the chairman for the dialogue, also said that agreements and related legal rights of Sabah as well Sarawak within the federation of Malaysia were more often than not seen as the inconvenient truths and preferred to be forgotten than fulfilled.

    An after-thought

    Citing Sept 16 as an example, he said the fact that it took the federal government 46 years just to admit and officially recognise the date as the birth of Malaysia speaks volumes.

    He added that the political union between Britain’s Borneo territories and Malaya was at best an artificial one as the two regions had very little in common.

    “The inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak was an after-thought to counter balance the Chinese population of Singapore. As it happened, Singapore left the federation in 1965 and continued to progress by leaps and bounds.

    “Brunei decided to withdraw from the negotiation at the eleventh hour and has survived well to this day. It remained a big fish in a small pond while Sabah and Sarawak have became small fish in big pond,” said Sipuan.

    He pointed out that Sabah, which is rich in natural resources, and was once the second richest state in the country is now the poorest, while its so-called self-autonomy was only imaginary as Malaysia, although federal in form, was unitary in substance.

    Sarawak, he said, was somewhat better off than Sabah as its people, in the absence of Umno in their state, still have a say in deciding who was going to be their chief minister.

    “I believe that there are also more local Sarawakians holding senior and important positions in federal departments in the state. The illegal immigrant problem is also minimal,” he said.

    However, he said that Sabah and Sarawak did have many things in common since forming Malaysia including, sadly, problems.

    Short-changed

    As such, it was in the best interest of both states to have close cooperation and to continuously pool their resources and exchange skills, knowledge and experience to maximise mutual benefits.

    He added that there was a general consensus that Sabah and Sarawak deserved better treatment by the federal government in terms of, among others, more equitable distribution of opportunities and development projects.

    He noted that the value for development projects for Sabah and Sarawak in the Budget 2011 only amounted to about RM9.55 billion, which was “peanuts” compared with the massive RM109.74 billion being spent in the peninsula.

    “One project, namely the 100-storey building located in Kuala Lumpur has been allocated RM5 billion.

    “Yet both Sabah and Sarawak are producers of oil and gas, which represent an important source of federal revenue.”

    Sipuasn said the term “fixed deposit” used by Barisan Nasional (BN) in referring to Sabah was derogatory and insulting, as the federal government continued to give lop-sided treatment to the state.

    He stressed that during the last general election, it was the voters of Sabah and Sarawak who saved the current government from losing power, so much so that Sabah has now been referred to as a “fixed deposit”.

    “But in return for all these, Sabah and Sarawak appear to continue to be short-changed and getting a raw deal,” he said.
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    Comment by Sarawak4Ever — July 19, 2011 @ 6:23 AM | Reply

  3. Concerned individuals and Francis Siah of MoCS had done what they felt morally responsible to do by lodging police and MACC reports against Taib Mahmud, based on allegation supported by evidence by Sarawak Report. So it is now up to the BN leaders in putrajaya, MACC and the PDRM to respond and take punitive actions after their own investigations on Taib Mahmud. That does not mean the rakyat cannot have the freedom to march for greater democracy and reforms in a very peaceful and civilised manner and make the occasion a meaningful parade for a unified and harmonious Sarawak.

    I fervently hope our authority will not be paranoid to deny the rakyat the freedom to assemble and march for a better and progressive Sarawak.

    Comment by Asri Rahman — July 18, 2011 @ 2:35 PM | Reply

    • The rally or parade can be like any others such as a parade for Prophet Mohammad ‘s birthday. Thaipussan or Tua Pek Kong procession. The authority should give the green light and provide assistance in traffic control in the less than 2 hours procession As for the fate of Taib Mahmud, let the people be the judge and they will from now on watch very closely what action, kind of action or the lack of action to be taken by the BN government.

      Comment by Richard — July 18, 2011 @ 4:35 PM | Reply

  4. PKR DIVISIVE

    Who is PKR fighting? MOCS or Taib BBB BN?

    Mr. See makes some very disuniting disparaging remarks about MOCs’ campaign. See has done a lot good work for NCR Landowners and deserves praise.

    However his approach is hardly uniting with everyone to fight the enemy…

    As an experienced politician he could say “Let’s hope the Muslims brothers and sisters will come and join th erally etc”

    But his remarks are very hostile to MOCs.

    Whose interest should we serve? Sarawak or Malayan political parties’ plan to take complete control of Sarawak?

    Where do should we all stand?

    We must unite everyone against those who are robbing our country Sarawak and people of its wealth and independence!

    Comment by Our Sarawak — July 18, 2011 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

    • Not to be unexpected lah. Some of these newly elected YBs tend to tone down on their fight against corruption, cronyism and abuse of power and especially when they are small in numbers. Rumours abound about Baru Bian aiming for some water utility project in Ba’kelanan through BN and that George Lagong the independent YB has declared himself to be BN friendly. Rumour has also been circulating that Larry Sng will soon be part of the family of Taib Mahmud as he has been seen in close proximity with Tan Sri Aziz Hussein’s daughter who is also the niece of Taib. Hence, YB See’s statement on MoCS and its planned rally is not a surprise as he is more concerned now in protecting his own rice bowl.

      Comment by SK Subramaniam — July 18, 2011 @ 4:47 PM | Reply

      • What utter rubbish are you talking about, and you smell as one of BN cyber-trooper. I challenged you to provide evidence to substantiate your innuendo on YB Baru and YB See. That is a smear on the creditability and integrity of the two YBs who have for years fought for and on behalf of the poor maginalised and victimised people. There is still a standing challenge to Pehin Taib for an open debate on NCR. It is therefore really offensive for you to make such unfounded allegations.

        Comment by Sir Noet — July 18, 2011 @ 5:31 PM | Reply

      • We shall be watching the 3 PKR YBs closely. No comment from me for now but I do have some partially true stories about Baru. So he better watch his steps as his “friendship” with some BN ministers are not the normal friendship outside the political sphere.

        Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — July 18, 2011 @ 7:36 PM | Reply

        • $$$$millions to jump over to BN???? There’s no smoke without fire !

          Comment by KK Lau — July 18, 2011 @ 7:57 PM | Reply

          • Actually there is NO smoke so…………….NO fire, period.

            Comment by Sir Noet — July 18, 2011 @ 8:04 PM

          • Actually there’s no fart without shit. And KK Lau is farting non stop.

            Comment by Analist — July 18, 2011 @ 9:57 PM

        • BROTHERS WE HAVE COME ALONG WAY FROM 1963 & THE POOR MARGINALISED PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED MANY FALSE PROMISES & BETRAYALS BY BN FRIENDLY POLITICIANS!

          The things Baru has been saying and seen to be doing can give rise to very mistaken impressions that he is (a) flirting with the enemy OR (b) that is his style of expression is one of being a gentleman lawyer who likes to play by the rules.

          This is slightly different from the aggressive performance of one JC Fong who fights fiercely for his secret Masonic society mate Taib in court and for a good fee of course. They can even freely change the rules to get what they want such as changing the Land Code- the NCR Land Rights Charter.

          (a) Flirting the enemy…well Baru is already a leading member of the Malayan Opposition PKR party. Anwar Ibrahim is like a brother. That is not necessary “bad”. Sarawak political parties can have close cordial party to party relations with Malayan parties.

          However, many educated Sarawakians have now accepted Malayan domination and see themselves as part of the “Malaysian political system”. So they join Malayan parties and they genuinely fight for justice for the “marginalised poor”. The only difference is that they are eventually answerable to a Malayan political party.

          (b) that comes to the second conjecture about his style of working within the rules. This is also OK. But whose rules are they? These are rules set down by the UMNO government for 54 years. If you play by these rules you have to kowtow to their way of doings things. Does this lead to solving the poor marginalised people’s big problems?

          As it is we are already marginalised as a “state” being 1/13 of an artificial federation (contrary to the intent of the Malaysia Agreement and the 20 Points Agreement) and we take 1/13 of whatever is doled out by Kuala Lumpur. Yet, we contributed probably to 1/3 of the “national” wealth. Does not make sense. Sarawak like Brunei and Singapore can do very by being No.1 on its own as an independent nation.

          So putting (a) and (b) together means one thing = obedience to the biddings of Malayan political parties.

          This therefore boils down to what readers are prepared to accept- (a) the Malaysian solution under PAKATAN while it takes power and continue the Malayan colonial domination of Sarawak OR (b) we all work for a free and independent Sarawak where we can all determine our destiny together as a free people.

          As Bidayuh Headmasters says “wait and see”.

          Comment by Our Sarawak — July 18, 2011 @ 8:20 PM | Reply

      • Anyone with any knowledge of Sarawak know that See CH has worked for the poor for 20 years. Losing some ‘rice bowl’ doesn’t even enter the equation.

        Perhaps MoCS can take See’s words as constructive advice. What he says seems to be reasonable.

        Comment by Landowner — July 18, 2011 @ 9:54 PM | Reply

        • We shall see who among the PKR lawmakers will be tempted by Taib’s carrots and choose to betray the trust of the rakyat. Our forest in NCR lands have ears and eyes.

          Comment by Mata Kuching — July 19, 2011 @ 12:30 AM | Reply

    • I am not a muslim….and we all know….jangan buat tak tahu lah. no way that the Police will let this rally happen! So you nak bawa anak bini you ikut demo/rally kat jalanan? Bulan puasa….silap2 salah puasa batal!

      So yes, Sept 13 should be a good date….why should it be Aug 13 anyway?

      Step back and think for minute…. nanti bila sampai waktu nya orang tak ikut rally…. Bulan puasa be a good reason that people are not turning up!

      Comment by HH2H — July 18, 2011 @ 7:11 PM | Reply


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