Hornbill Unleashed

May 9, 2012

Anti-Anwar protest – precursor to violent polls?

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak PKR is concerned that the coming general election will not only be dirty but violent as well.

The recent anti-Anwar protest staged by Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth in Sibu appears to have rattled Sarawak PKR, which sees it as indicative of a “violent” general election to come.

According to the state PKR election chief Baharuddin Mokshen, “a lot of pronouncements even from the federal leaders are pointing to this trend”.

“We are worried that the coming general election is not only going to be dirty, but a violent one too,” he said.

Baharuddin was commenting on last Sunday’s unusual protest by 150 PBB Youth members from 10 branches in the central zone against the visit of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The 150 protesters carried placards bearing slogans conveying their message that Anwar cannot be trusted.

PBB Tamin branch Youth chief Michael Mew said that Anwar’s visit to the state was to sow hatred and he was not here to safeguard the interests of the people.

“The people in Sarawak have long been living in a peaceful and prosperous environment.

“However, since the presence of Anwar and his political ideology, the harmonious living in many places, including kampungs, has been disrupted.

“The authorities should stop people like Anwar coming to the state,” Mew said.

PKR against protests

Baharuddin said PKR would like to put on record that it objected to activities like protesting.

“We have been pressured by our grassroots members to put up placards saying that [Chief Minister] Abdul Taib Mahmud is ‘zalim’ [cruel], robbing native customary rights (NCR) land and so on. But where does this stop and lead us to?

“We are worried that this type of protests and the pronouncements made by federal leaders will lead to not only a dirty, but violent election.

“I hope the PBB Youth protest is an isolated case and is not being endorsed by the Sarawak BN leadership.

“Unlike the Bersih protest, which was not directed at individuals, the PBB Youth protest was aimed at Anwar,” Baharuddin said.

He denied that Anwar’s visit to Sarawak was to create problems.

“Don’t insult the intelligence of the people. Let them decide who is telling the truth” Alfred Jabu [Deputy Chief Minister and deputy PBB president], Taib or Anwar or Baru Bian [Sarawak PKR chief].

“You don’t decide for the people. This is not the politics of 30 years ago when elected representatives were the towkays,” he said.

Baharuddin added that trying to prevent Anwar from coming to Sarawak is “really an affront to democracy.”

‘BN scared and desperate’

On remarks made by the three former Inspectors-General of Police (IGP) that Bersih protests were influenced by communists, Baharuddin said: “This claim made in 2012 is totally ridiculous.

“These IGPs must be living in the stone age. To me communism is buried and dead. Maybe it only exists in Cuba.”

He said it was commonly viewed here that the three IGPs’ intentions were to “create fear” because “BN was dead scared and desperate”.

“They are definitely scared as they have no issues to talk about. They have made a lot of promises which they could not fulfil.

“Now they are reverting to other issues like intimidation and fear,” he said.

He however warned BN members that every action would be met with reaction.

“But for the time being, we are told not to respond to the protests,” he added.



  1. It seems that Michael Mew is another puppet of BN and realizing that the actual culprit for inciting racism is non other than Mahathir. Initially, he was deploying the Malays against the Chinese which culminated in May 13, 1969 racial riot. Then he concocted another mischievous ploy by exploiting religion as his weapon for gaining support form the uninformed rakyat. But in this day and age, with the advent of internet, cellphones and computers the attitude of the public have changed. If BN is in favour of a fair and transparent election, then why it would control all the media with the mainstream newspaper and televisions all publishing anti PKR news while covering the backsides of all those corrupt BN politicians? Also, why make EC a tool to ensure victory? Only cowards and hypocrites would stoop so low to get things done the undemocratic way. What a shame!!!

    Comment by Egbert Lau — May 12, 2012 @ 1:26 PM | Reply

  2. Perhaps Michael Mew should do more research before point his finger at PKR blaming them of racism. The actual culprit for hatching and breeding racial hatred is non other than Mahathir which culminated in May 13th, 1969 racial riot. Later he resorted to exploit religion as his agenda to get more support from the Malays who were unaware of the corruption going on. Now, in this age and time, the advent of internet, cellphone and computers enable truthful news to be transmitted to everyone within seconds, make the Malay conscious about all the wrongdoings of the government.If you out race and religion out of the equation, BN can only look for alternative to win the election and we are looking at threats, manipulation of EC, lies and possibly violence. BN should realize that the will of the people will triumph over deceit and corruption.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — May 12, 2012 @ 12:57 PM | Reply

  3. A person who has been accused of inciting riot (unless he can prove his innocence) should be banned from Sarawak.

    Comment by CHEW EL — May 9, 2012 @ 7:41 PM | Reply

    • What about people involved in corruptions ? Should not they be thrown out from Sarawak. ?

      Comment by WelcomeToSarawak — May 9, 2012 @ 8:02 PM | Reply

      • I like to hang the balls of the CM and his cabinet ministers who had been grabbing big projects and NCR lands for themselves. They deserved to be overthrown by people power if need be. Meanwhile , Bersih must stick to its demands for 8 fundamental changes to the electoral process.

        Comment by William Jaban — May 9, 2012 @ 10:52 PM | Reply

  4. Sarawakians must know and Pakatan Rakyat must assure all Sarawakians that the rakyat has absolutely nothing to lose if Putrajaya falls to Pakatan Rakyat. Only BN Ministers and YBs have everything to lose since we already know how many government projects and NCR or State lands they had grabbed. Even BN new candidates for GE13 have little to lose as most of them are still not so tainted or corrupted.

    I read with shock as reported in the Borneo Post that the BN MP, Datuk Henry Sum Agong, had asked the Lun Bawang community to state their stand with BN. Let us remind all politicians from both divides that no Ministers and YBs have the right to abuse his position by threatening the community into making a stand with the YB himself or the government of the day.

    The right of any individual or community are being guaranteed under the constitution to vote for a candidate or party of their own choice. To label the rakyat or a community as “Judas” of BN is most uncalled for. Maqlaysians who did not agree or support the policy of BN are not traitors of the country. Similarly everyone has the right to freedom of worship and choose a religion of their own choice. We wonder how the same MP see others who did not possess the same faith as himself through his own eyes if those who did not support BN are considered “Judas” of BN and traitor of the country.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — May 9, 2012 @ 10:00 AM | Reply

  5. Now we all know who started off to sow hatred among the people including kampungs and the longhouses. Be careful with what are you doing, As a native, “Silence does not mean it’s Golden”. As it said” It reap what it sow”.People are watching who is telling the truth. Imagine after 50 years, there are hundred of longhouses in Sarawak have NO clean water and electricity…..I mean 50 donkey years….my friends…People are no stupid because it’s happen in front of your eyes.

    Comment by Rentap — May 9, 2012 @ 7:39 AM | Reply

  6. Sibu is known to have spawned “national hero” in the like Rosly Doby. Michael Mew and the like of him should think twice before doing demonstration of such nature again. The other ethnic communities may have their own heroes too.

    Comment by Edward, M. — May 9, 2012 @ 12:17 AM | Reply

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