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May 24, 2012

‘Jangan lawan tauke’ Masing defends himself

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Joseph Tawie

Taking a swipe at DAP where cases of ‘jangan lawan tauke’ were apparent, the state minister argues that the BN government was right to stop the welfare assistance for a disabled man.

James Masing defended himself in the state assembly on his winding up speech against those who criticised him for using the phrase “jangan lawan tauke” (don’t fight the boss).

“The argument on this phrase is a polemic exercise in futility. Nevertheless, I want members of the opposition to realise, once and for all, that Ahli Yang Berhormat from this side of the House understand the interplay of power between the voters, elected representatives and administrators.

“Administrators in this case refer to the ministers or government of the day. Members of the opposition especially those from DAP, cannot pretend to be ignorant of the consequences of fighting the boss; nor can they claim to be non-participants of this complex inter play of power within the practices of parliamentary democracy,” said the state land minister.

Masing said when he heard this phrase, he could not help but think of Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, who was until a few days ago, a DAP vice-chairman.

He said Tunku Aziz fought the boss in DAP by daring to be different. Consequently, he was reprimanded. Being a man of high integrity, he could not stand it and finally quit.

There is also a case of a state assemblyman of Bentayan in Johor, Gwee Tiong Hiang, who fought the boss and was suspended for six months. And there is also another case of six DAP branch leaders from Bentayan Branch, also from Johor, who were suspended for two years for fighting the boss, he added.

“Closer to home, there is also a case of the former state assemblyman of Batu Lintang Voon Lee Shan, who dared to be different. He was not nominated to stand.

“There are strings of credible elected representatives from the opposition who dared to be different and were either sacked from the party or forced to quit in disgust,” he said.

As a registered voter and rakyat of Sarawak, Masing said he had the right to criticise things he did not agree with.

“Allow me then to exercise those rights and express my opinions on manners in which this BN government discharges its responsibilities to its citizens.

“These rights are not alienated only to OKU (disabled persons). Such rights are alienated to all Malaysians including members of this administration,” he added.

‘He was earning more than RM2,000′

Masing said the voters of Rh Anyai (Entulang, Sri Aman) where disabled person Frusis Lebi resided, were happy with the manner in which the BN government had provided him with assistance since 1982, with a total sum of more than RM72,000.

“With this generous assistance from the government, Frusis is now earning an income of more than RM2,000 a month. Today he has a good house, a van and other facilities made available to him.

“As a voter and a citizen of this country, I am proud of what the BN government has done to make it possible for Frusis to earn a decent income. This is a sign of a responsible government, administered by responsible elected representatives,” he said.

“However, what make me as a voter unhappy (and I believe most people of Rh Anyai) is that this government continued to give assistance to Frusis even though he earns more than RM2,000 a month.

“He was no longer in need of welfare assistance. There are more deserving cases which need government assistance. Therefore, when the Welfare Department stopped giving assistance to Frusis in October last year, I, as a voter thought that it was a reasonable decision.

“What I cannot understand as a voter and a rakyat is why members of the opposition created such a fuss when the government stopped giving assistance to a person who does not deserve it anymore,” he added.

Meanwhile, Frusis claimed that the welfare assistance given to him was stopped not because he earned more than RM2,000 but because of his strong support for the opposition.

In defending himself, Frusis said Masing conveniently excluded the real reason.

8 Comments »

  1. Taib Mahmud’s company, Sarawak Metal in Mukah had started to insult our Dayaks by offering them one pig for each longhouse and our very own BN Dayak YBs were doing nothing about such insult. They are buying votes for BN ahead of GE13 and while they made hundreds of millions and polluting the river and soil near Dayak areas in Mukah, the Dayaks and their votes for BN will be worth just one pig for each longhouse in that constituency.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — May 25, 2012 @ 9:56 PM | Reply

  2. Jangan Lawan Tauke?

    or Jangan LUPA siapa Tauke?
    _______________________

    James Masing quoted in The Borneo Post 23 January 2005:
    ” Dato Sng Chee Hua is very generous. I have seen people coming to him and asking for help and he will help without hesitation. Just look at his company, the majority of his employees are Dayak. He started an education fund in Pelagus with RM1 million to educate mostly the Dayak. There are few Iban millionaires but how many of them have started an education fund to help the Dayak? None! Then come a Chinese into our midst and he does it. What better investment is there then to invest in our young? Dato Sng put in RM1 million into the PBDS education trust fund. How much did Dayak contributes? ”

    Did he said that? Yes he did!

    James Masing quoted in The Borneo Post 23 January 2005:
    ” Dato Sng Chee Hua is very generous. I have seen people coming to him and asking for help and he will help without hesitation. Just look at his company, the majority of his employees are Dayak. He started an education fund in Pelagus with RM1 million to educate mostly the Dayak. There are few Iban millionaires but how many of them have started an education fund to help the Dayak? None! Then come a Chinese into our midst and he does it. What better investment is there then to invest in our young? Dato Sng put in RM1 million into the PBDS education trust fund. How much did Dayak contributes? ”

    Hey let’s read it again!

    James Masing quoted in The Borneo Post 23 January 2005:
    ” Dato Sng Chee Hua is very generous. I have seen people coming to him and asking for help and he will help without hesitation. Just look at his company, the majority of his employees are Dayak. He started an education fund in Pelagus with RM1 million to educate mostly the Dayak. There are few Iban millionaires but how many of them have started an education fund to help the Dayak? None! Then come a Chinese into our midst and he does it. What better investment is there then to invest in our young? Dato Sng put in RM1 million into the PBDS education trust fund. How much did Dayak contributes? ”

    Oh yes yes yes it’s true afterall!

    James Masing quoted in The Borneo Post 23 January 2005:
    ” Dato Sng Chee Hua is very generous. I have seen people coming to him and asking for help and he will help without hesitation. Just look at his company, the majority of his employees are Dayak. He started an education fund in Pelagus with RM1 million to educate mostly the Dayak. There are few Iban millionaires but how many of them have started an education fund to help the Dayak? None! Then come a Chinese into our midst and he does it. What better investment is there then to invest in our young? Dato Sng put in RM1 million into the PBDS education trust fund. How much did Dayak contributes? ”

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — May 24, 2012 @ 10:31 AM | Reply

  3. Masing said: “…why members of the opposition created such a fuss when the government stopped giving assistance to a person who does not deserve it anymore…”
    _________________

    So how about rich Millionaires still enjoy assistance to get big projek debolotment and just keep on getting.

    Are they Cacat also? JUTAWAN CACAT? Cut off their assistance also kah?

    ORG KAMPONG CACAT – STOP WELFARE MONEY??

    MEGA JUTAWAN CACAT – KEEP WELFARE! GIVE MORE BIG PROJEK!!!
    _________________

    Taib keeps his YBs wealthy
    by FMT Staff, March 7, 2012

    Taib Mahmud’s 30-year tenure as Chief Minister and Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman has spawned many millionaires within its circle of Ybs, says Sarawak Report.

    KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s secret to staying in power is bribery, at least that’s what the ‘political insiders’ here are saying.

    According to them, Taib has allegedly “bribed” MPs and assemblymen with timber concessions, plantations, contracts and whatnots in return for their absolute loyalty over the past 30 years.

    Taib has been in power since 1981 and whilst he has himself amassed an unexplainable amount of wealth which runs into billions in US dollars, here and abroad, he has also ensured that his ‘immediate’ circle of political allies have also become as wealthy.

    Take for instance his loyal deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang. Jabu has been Layar assemblyman for over 35 years, but the constituency is reportedly in a pitiful state. The man and his family however have reaped millions simply for keeping the native Ibans there convinced that Taib is ‘god-sent’.

    Jabu has allegedly received contracts, concessions and kickbacks each time Taib awarded himself some goodies.

    Jabu’s wealth is now sizzling the internet with disclosures of contracts awarded to him in the last decade.

    Jabu – who may very well be yet another billionaire – and his politically connected cronies have allegedly received over RM500 million in contracts through KACC construction in the last 10 years.

    The company is listed in the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) website.

    The website also offers names of the projects and contract worth. All except two of the contracts awarded to KACC Construction by the Taib government are in Bintulu.

    Shares in KACC Construction are reportedly held, jointly, by Jabu’s family and the families of state secretary Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Fadillah Yusof.

    Fadillah is the MP for Petra Jaya. She is also the Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation.

    KACC’s shareholders are Jabu’s daughter Jennifer and his cousin Robert Lawson Chuat (a PBB assemblymen). Other shareholders are Abdul Ghani’s brother Mohd Taufik and Fadillah’s niece and nephew.

    Millions for Sagan’s loyalty

    These details were part of a series of revelations on Taib’s ‘wealthy YBs’ by online investigative portal Sarawak Report (SR).

    According to the portal, KACC Construction is not the only source of Jabu’s wealth.

    Over the years Jabu and Taib have worked hand-in-glove in persuading natives to release their lands to them and their cronies, Jabu and his family run Herba Aromatics Sdn Bhd.

    The state government had awarded this company lucrative concessions which include rights to oil palm plantation, said the portal.

    Early last year it was widely rumoured that Jabu had ‘scored’ when he allegedly sold these lands to Felcra for RM7 million

    Then there is Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority Malaysia (Salcra). Jabu is the chairman of the controversial Salcra which involved the mass conversion of tens of thousands of hectares of native customary lands into oil palm plantation.

    Salcra was promoted as a way of providing the poor landowners with Sarawak with a living from the profits. But the portal said Jabu and his cronies however have happily reaped the benefits of the palm oil boom.

    Meanwhile other juicy bits on Sarawak Report include how federal minister Jacob Sagan, who is the Baram MP, allegedly sold his allegiance to Taib for hundreds of millions of ringgit in timber concessions and construction contracts.

    Sagan gave his support to Taib’s proposal to construct the monstrous Baram dam which will dislocate thousands of natives and destroy their livelihoods.

    Naroden, another beneficiary

    The Sarawak Report also mentioned Sarawak Entreprenuer Development Assistant Minister Naroden Majais who has made himself richer by allegedly awarding himself RM100 million worth of government contracts, with Taib’s permission.

    Details and value of the contracts were posted on the CIDB website. The contracts were awarded to Embun Pelangi Sdn Bhd, whose board of directors include Naroden’s wife, Massenah Ahmad and son Kamaruzaman.

    Since 2002 Embun Pelangi received no less than RM100 million in contracts from Taib.

    Naroden, who is allegedly ‘very close’ to Taib, is also one of the biggest timber concessionaires in Sarawak. Much of these concessions areas are in the region of the Baram Dam.
    ____________________

    RM400 million asset division stalls divorce for Taib’s son
    By Hafiz Yatim, Malaysia Kini, 27 Jun 2011

    There was a brief, tense moment in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court today during the divorce settlement proceedings of the Sarawak chief minister’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib after the distribution of assets was brought into question.

    Lawyers representing his former wife Shahnaz A Majid, the sister of jazz queen Sheila Majid, asserted they had served the necessary discovery documents on Shahnaz’s claim of RM400 million from the son of the Sarawak strongman.

    One of the documents Shahnaz’s lawyer Dr Mohd Rafie Shafie claimed to have handed to Bekir is an ex-parte order obtained from the court, dated May 9, calling for a discovery of Bekir’s assets in Malaysia and abroad.

    He said a discovery of the assets, which his law firm and co-counsel Akbardin Abdul Kader had made, was also handed to Bekir (left).

    Rafie claimed that Bekir did not want to receive their letter and documents when a representative went to his house in Desa Nusantara, Sri Hartamas, on June 22, forcing his maid take it instead.

    “Our representative went to Bekir’s house at Duta Nusantara, Sri Hartamas, on June 22. However, Bekir did not want to receive our letter and documents and instead his maid received it on his behalf,” Rafie said.

    However, Bekir’s lawyers – Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Man – denied that their client had received such a claim.

    “Our client was at home the whole day and did not receive any documents. Under the law, the documents should have been handed directly to my client,” Zainul Rijal said.

    No details furnished, say Bekir’s lawyers

    Co-counsel Saadiah also said it was improper for Shahnaz to submit the ex-parte application as the order dated May 9 had elapsed.

    Bekir, on the other hand, claimed his former wife had failed to give details of their joint matrimonial assets – for which she is staking a claim – preventing him from filing a defence.

    This followed an interlocutory application filed by Bekir’s lawyers on June 23, asking Shahnaz to provide the details of the hundreds of acres of land in Sarawak that Shahnaz (right) is seeking.

    “She is also claiming a stake in houses all over the country and outside Malaysia, but did not furnish details,” Zainul Rijal said.

    “According to the law, those making such claims must provide the details of the assets the person is seeking, so that we can verify them. Not doing so will result in us not being able to reply.”

    In light of these discrepancies, chief syariah judge Mohamad Abdullah ordered Shahnaz’s lawyers to hand over all the required documents to the lawyer instead of handing them directly to Bekir.

    Rafie said it would take some time as he had made four copies that were handed over and now these had to be handed over again.

    Mohamad fixed Aug 9 for mention, before which Rafie and his co-counsel are required to give the necessary documents to Saadiah. These would in turn be given to Bekir to verify and to prepare his reply.

    Under the syariah law system, the claimants are required to furnish the details of the assets in a claim and the defendant or respondent will then verify whether this is legitimate.

    Consolidatory gift claim re-filed

    This is especially so if the assets could be in the name of others as well and not solely in the respondent’s.

    In a related development, Shahnaz had re-filed the mutaah (consolidatory gift) claim on June 9, following the divorce pronouncement made by Bekir on May 9.

    It was reported that Shahnaz is seeking RM300 million in matrimonial assets and another RM100 million in mutaah following the divorce. Bekir also submitted a separate divorce application.

    The couple has a 17-year-old son.

    Shahnaz, 48, claims that she and Bekir own residential properties in many places, thousands of hectares of land in Sarawak, and land in Bukit Tunku in Kuala Lumpur. They also have seven luxury cars that include the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and Maserati marques.

    Their joint assets include shares in 15 companies, including Cahaya Mata Sarawak and Sarawak Cable Bhd.

    The couple also possess assets in the form of savings, money in the Employees Provident Fund and Amanah Saham Bumiputera units. The detailed information on the assets will be presented during the hearing.

    Shahnaz is claiming RM300 million in the joint assets accrued during marriage, which she is entitled to. She also wants Bekir to submit the original land titles to the court or to her legal representatives.

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — May 24, 2012 @ 10:27 AM | Reply

  4. Wait. Masing says Frusis’ welfare was cut off because he was earning too much.

    But the incriminating letter clearly stated that he was cut off because he supported the opposition (ie “fought the boss”). And he uses examples of DAP members losing their positions due to “fighting the boss”. And Masing originally used the phrase in the context of Frusis’ case.

    So which is it? Was Frusis cut off because he earned too much, or because he “fought the boss”? Make up your mind, Masing.

    Comment by gopher — May 24, 2012 @ 9:51 AM | Reply

  5. MASING MAKES EXCUSES TO DEFLECT FLACK FROM HIS “JAGAN LAWAN TAUKE” GUFF

    “He said Tunku Aziz fought the boss in DAP by daring to be different. Consequently, he was reprimanded. Being a man of high integrity, he could not stand it and finally quit.”

    Well fancy you praising the Tunku who was so strongly defending the status quo.

    He was arguing that it is wrong (illegal) to challenge authority with demos. (“You must obey the law”). He revealed his real self as being still an UMNO conservative out there to defend the system.

    Of course Jimmy you also want to oppose any challenge to your authority and assert your elitist positions as the “bosses” and rulers of our country. So you said “Jagan lawan tauke”- basically saying you are the boss.

    But you forget who put you there and are supposed to represent! You forgot you are responsible and answerable to these people.

    And Jimmy you have been defending the indefensible (the KL colonial government) since your uni days in 1974.

    Your reprimand of your electorate with “Jagan Lawan Tauke” has a different take.

    You were warning people who disagreed with your whole corrupt government who abuse and misused their powers to rob the people of their land and rights wholesale.

    You must wake up yourself and see that people out there are expressing disagreement with a cruel oppressive and exploitative colonial government and social system created under UMNO rule. The people no longer simply and meekly accept or respect the politicians who lie and cheat to get into power and enrich themselves at the people’s expense.

    You have also been exposed to be utterly corrupt like your boss Taib in the free press and now you expose yourself with a slip of the tongue to show that power had gone to your head.

    Why are you not defending yourself from the accusations of corruption?

    As you said it “The argument on this phrase is a polemic exercise in futility.” So you launch into a polemic of your own and toss up a bunch of examples as a defence – a bluff.

    What better way to defend than to deflect attention from yourself with backhanded attacks on the Opposition?

    It is futile for you to cover up your slip of tongue.

    Your playing with words is very unconvincing. What you are saying and doing is more of the same- just abusing your electorate and the citizens at large with your very arrogant attitude.

    Your words “Jagan lawan tauke” will continue to haunt you. The people will never forget this.

    You will soon find out who are the real bosses.

    Comment by CITIZENS — May 24, 2012 @ 9:25 AM | Reply

  6. masing, you silly man

    frusis lebi is a taxpayer…as a taxpayers, he pays your salary

    in fact, the entire citizen pays your salary, allowances and perks

    voters remain as the master, before, during and after the elections….

    Comment by mike — May 24, 2012 @ 7:26 AM | Reply

    • i agree with there mike. I think this Jame masin don’t really understood the relationship between the voters and the elected repersentative of the people. He still think that he is the boss and the voters are the slave/coolie. But than came election time, they became beggers and beg that they will be elected again in order to cheat and cow the people.

      Comment by philip — May 24, 2012 @ 3:45 PM | Reply

      • Don’t the BN people always buy votes? When they win. they jual away the voters in this case mostly the Dayaks The rest of the disenfranchised villagers are living testimony.

        Comment by de-vote — May 24, 2012 @ 11:30 PM | Reply


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