Hornbill Unleashed

July 12, 2012

Masing in real fix over Larry’s SWP

Joe Fernandez

The PRS president is eager to see SWP disappear from the political radar but it is not that easy. The PRS president is eager to see SWP disappear from the political radar but it is not that easy.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing Anak Jemut, as an interested party, wants to do something about the so-called Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) – that is, make it disappear – but the question is where and when to begin.

Time is of the essence. There are both political and legal considerations in this stakes game which goes to the very top of the power structure in Sarawak.

The SWP, led by Larry Sng, has publicly pledged to finish off PRS at the 13th general election.

Larry has loads of largely government contracts-related money from old man Sng Chee Hwa, now Masing’s mortal enemy, and his father-in-law Ting Pek King, the construction king, to mesmerise the 70% illiterate Ibans with their money.

Sng was once Masing’s deputy in PRS after being his deputy, as the moneyman, in the deregistered Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) when the party was hit by the a two-president syndrome.

Meanwhile, SWP is said to be non-existent after the Sabah People’s Front (SPF) deputy president Osman Enting and 31 senior party leaders lodged a police report on May 31 in Kota Kinabalu that no extraordinary general meeting was ever held to change the party name to SWP, or effect changes in the line-up, or switch the party’s abode to Kuching.

The 32 SPF leaders further alleged that the minutes of the purported meeting were falsified by their president and secretary-general.

Their allegations were carried in the local media the next day along with the disclosure on the police report.

The Sabah Registrar of Societies Matthew Anak Barin, in a text message on July 6, responded: “There is no complaint received by us [so far] on SWP or SPF.”

Sword of Damocles

The police report has reportedly been lodged with the Registrar of Societies in Putrajaya together with the minutes of a special party meeting convened on June 3 in Kota Kinabalu under Osman to suspend SPF president Berman Angkap and secretary-general Salun Dueasim. Osman heads the party’s disciplinary council.

The latest from SPF is that Osman & Co made a decision on June 16 to “withdraw” their police report on condition that SWP expands to Sabah and fields them in the 13the general election there. It could not be immediately verified whether the police report has since been withdrawn, and if so, whether the complaint, if any, with the ROS in Putrajaya has likewise been withdrawn.

In short, Masing is in a real fix – in between Sng’s pledge and the SWP’s reported dubious status compounded by the planned withdrawal of the police report – but whether it’s a permanent fix is something that only he can decide.

No one else, including Osman & Co, will move on SWP in Masing’s favour. They appear more interested to keep a Sword of Damocles over Sng’s head in a bid to wrest the maximum concessions for them.

Masing hasn’t been getting anywhere so far on SWP and the rest of his party are waiting for their chief to do something and purely based on their trusting, albeit naïve, belief that “Datuk knows best”.

He has reportedly been consulting various lawyers in Kuala Lumpur on SWP since, and not surprisingly, no lawyer in Sarawak except Baru Bian and Harrison Ngau Laing will touch his case with even a ten-foot pole. Bian and Laing are both with PKR in the opposition, the former the chief of the Sarawak chapter.

The position taken by Sarawak lawyers gives credence to reports that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is behind SWP and with good reasons too.

Taib “complains” that he’s having the same problems with Masing that he once had with Daniel Tajem Anak Miri, his deputy chief minister in the late 1980s. Taib, for some reason, suddenly decided one morning that Masing “had become too big for his boots” – whatever it means – and needs to be taken down more than a peg or two.

That’s typical Taib politics since he replaced his maternal uncle, Abdul Rahman Yakub, as chief minister in 1981: crush the politics of the Orang Asal (native Dayaks) to smithereens if they are not Muslims. Taib himself as a Melanau is a Dayak from a family of Christian converts to Islam.

The only way Masing would have been safe from Taib’s vengeance was to have allowed the latter’s crony, old man Sng, to lead him (Masing) by a noose as during his PBDS days.

Masing’s legal position isn’t by any means entirely clear.

New platform

Any complaint lodged with the ROS will take six months to investigate and resolve. That’s the position as explained by Barin.

The question is whether a complaint has really been lodged by Osman & Co with the ROS in Putrajaya. Barin doesn’t know and isn’t in a position to get that information.

Masing can only go to the High Court to apply for leave to seek a judicial review of the ROS’ decision to accept the contents of the allegedly falsified minutes of the purported EGM held by SPF.

He can claim locus standi on the legitimate grounds of not being a busybody, or crankster but having real interest and in danger of suffering losses if not already having suffered losses.

The leave application will reveal whether the ROS in Putrajaya did receive a complaint from Osman & Co.

If a complaint was indeed received, the ROS is likely to tell the High Court that he’s studying the matter and will only make a decision in six months’ time.

This will result in the leave application being rejected by the High Court and SWP, according to the ROS rules, is free to operate pending a final decision. Irrespective of the legal status of an organisation, the ROS position is that members must be free to organise their activities in line with the Federal Constitution.

In the meantime, if the 13th general election is held, SWP will be entering the fray against PRS and any adverse decision subsequently taken against the former will be rendered academic.

Any SWP winners come the national polls can still re-group, with Taib’s blessings, under a new platform in a BN-plus state government. There was a precedent established in 1983 when the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) objected to the inclusion of its breakaway PBDS in the state government. Taib, undeterred, formed the BN-plus state government including PBDS.

If Osman & Co did not really lodge a complaint with the ROS in Putrajaya or withdraw such a complaint, Masing can lodge a fresh complaint based on documentary evidence already with him.

Again, that would mean him waiting for another six months to know the outcome of his complaint.

There might be a ray of hope somewhere for Masing if he falls back on a certificate of urgency filed in the court as the only available remaining option. The ROS would have to explain in the court why he needs six months to investigate a complaint.

Any ROS decision on SWP can be squashed in court by judicial review by way of an order of certiorari. A judicial review by way of an order of mandamus would compel the ROS to ask SPF to show cause why it should not be deregistered.

The catch is that any application for leave to apply for judicial review must be made within 45 days of the ROS making a decision or deciding not to make a decision. The ROS, as evident from pervious court cases, is not given to replying queries.

It only replies a week before any matter comes up in court. Then the court will turn around and tell the applicant: “You have no cause to complain. The ROS has given you a reply. Follow procedures and exhaust your remedies available at the Home Ministry.”




  1. dato sung never paid and always done damage to the people of sarawak favour by chief minister dont ever vote them,using other people for own gain disgusting human being….

    Comment by sad workers — September 6, 2012 @ 7:18 AM | Reply

  2. DAYAKS must now unite under DAP or PKR if not PAS to defeat Taib Mahmud and to end UMNO hagemony.

    Comment by Zakaria — July 17, 2012 @ 10:30 PM | Reply

  3. PRS is crumbling and next will be SPDP and as for SUPP, it is already a forgone conclusion SUPP shall be buried forever. With the support of the thief minister of Sarawak, Sng Chee Hua and a few opportunists in SUPP, shall be plotting for the demise of SUPP and the two Dayak based parties.

    Comment by Gomen Bin Penipu — July 15, 2012 @ 6:20 PM | Reply

    • Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, the next thief minsiter in waiting wants James Masing and his party out of the BN power sharing in Sarawak.

      Comment by Ali Sujang — July 16, 2012 @ 11:59 AM | Reply

  4. The disease that cause the collapse of SUPP is soon going to infect onto PRS

    Comment by Sarawak Ku — July 15, 2012 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

  5. The only weapon to finish Taib off is to get to fix the election flaws at the EC and ensure all new rural voters are duly registered and able to vote.

    Comment by Osman Saidi — July 14, 2012 @ 8:34 PM | Reply

  6. The question we need to ask. Is the thief minister too powerful or the Dayak leaders in BN are too weak or they are just self serving as well and greedy for more projects.

    Comment by Effendi Nawawi — July 12, 2012 @ 8:37 PM | Reply

    • All BN Dayak Ybs are self serving and are only interested in enriching themselves by allowing Taib Mahmud to plunder and steal from the rakyat and rural poor and they had never cared about their community at all. Will you believe the thief minister when he said Lundu would be the most beautiful. He also said Betong, Miri , Sibu, Mukah and Bintulu would be the most beautiful before or during every election just to fish for votes as he knows the kampung folks, including the Malays and Melanaus are gullible and stupid enough to believe in him.

      Comment by Ahmad Madon — July 12, 2012 @ 10:34 PM | Reply

      • Agree with you there mate.

        Comment by batu — July 14, 2012 @ 12:25 PM | Reply

  7. Two Party System: Barisan National Vs Pakatan Rakyat for all Malaysians. The other small parties are just political opportunists and soldiers of fortunes. Vote Pakatan Rakyat and kick out Barisan National. The rest of the smaller parties shall lose their deposits.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 12, 2012 @ 7:17 PM | Reply

  8. Hahahaa..let masing taste the medicine, he deserves it…SWP fighting for the dayak?? The best joke this year..a.b.bn!

    Comment by dayak_campur2 — July 12, 2012 @ 6:54 PM | Reply

    • Ya, the joke of the year to us but mind you they have billions to back up that joke to reality. They have started fooling the dayaks with free lunch,dinner and insuranse covergae…. now thats the first sign as how corrupt they will be and how corrupted they are, FAKE DAYAKS!

      Comment by Brian — July 15, 2012 @ 2:29 PM | Reply

      • Election date belum di tentukan, SNG Sweep-ARSE Party sudah beli undi dengan Nasi Ayam, Kolok Mee dan insurance. Isn’t that insurance Company a party to something?

        Comment by Brian — July 15, 2012 @ 2:35 PM | Reply

  9. Sarawakians while we lose ourselves in local party political wrangling- UMNO is stealing our country’s wealth.



    [REUTERS REPORT on these links-
    Full report here:

    Summary of video clip:

    Meet Petronas, Malaysia’s main cash pipeline (2:49) 
    July 2 – Malaysian energy giant Petronas funds about 45 percent of the country’s budget — making it all the more crucial that it tackles concerns about dwindling supplies and government interference. Lisa Yuriko Thomas reports. ( Transcript )

    The gleaming Petronas twin towers – Malaysia’s shiny iconic landmark. This is also where you’ll find the headquarters of Petroliam Nasional Berhad – or Petronas, for short. The state-owned oil & gas giant largely financed the property.

    Petronas is Malaysia’s only fortune 500 company, almost as big as Procter and Gamble. It contributes nearly half of the country’s budget which last year hit nearly $60 billion dollars. That’s a tall order for any company.

    From upstream to downstream, Petronas has a hand in every part of the oil & gas process. And not just at home. It’s become a global oil and gas business. The company has 40,000 plus workers operating in over 30 countries. Revenues last year clocked in at a whopping 77 billion dollars, up 14% from 2010. International operations and exports made up the bulk of that.

    Petroleum was the top selling product with crude oil and LNG rounding out the top three spots. Petronas isn’t listed, but some of its subsidiaries are. They include a chemical group, a gas company, and an offshore infrastructure firm. Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, appoints the company’s CEO and board. But it’s not all smooth sailing for Petronas. Malaysia’s reserves of oil and gas are drying up fast, and the company is facing a drop in production. So it’s having to step up its exploration missions, digging deeper and looking further overseas.

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GAS & POWER BUSINESS, PETRONAS, DATUK ANUAR AHMAD, SAYING: “This is the golden era of gas. So we want to participate in that. So if we cannot find gas in Malaysia, we have to go find gas outside. So we will continue to find gas and oil outside of Malaysia.” Analysts and investors also say they’re worried that the government’s grip on Petronas may stifle its competitiveness. The company helps fund lavish “prestige projects” such as Putrajaya. The purpose-built administrative capital 25 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur is known for its vast roadways and grand buildings, but has also been called a “ghost town.”

    The company’s fate also hinges on an upcoming election. The southeast Asian country is widely expected to re-elect its current Prime Minister. His party has been in power for the past 5 decades. But it may be a close fight. All this adds up to an increasingly uncertain future for Petronas as it fights to strike a balance between profits, government interests and limited resources. ”

    Lisa Yuriko Thomas, Reuters.


    Sarawakians why be stooges and let UMNO Petronas rob us blind?

    Do ourselves a service & take back control of our resources.

    Take back our country!

    Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM — July 12, 2012 @ 6:51 PM | Reply

  10. Masing and Mawan are of the same stock. Both been trying to use Taib to outdo their opponents. Both had always got their ways when their enemies they wanted to outdo are the members of the Dayak communities they claim to champion the causes of. Now when it comes to meeting their match in Larry Sng who can come up with dollars vs dollars, Masing has met a cul d suc. And now he realizes that Taib after all is never been friendly. Taib has and will always be divide n rule for him to retain stewardship of Sarawak.

    As for Mawan he has been talking about Mas Gading as if it is his to keep and manipulate. The latest of his naivity is when he said that SPDP has submitted two (2) names. And that it is not for him to submit only one name otherwise he would be seen to have made a decision which should be left to top BN leadership. And he still question Dr. Tiki’s candidacy. Why does he not read between the lines of Taib’s recent statements? Taib has said that Gang of 5 is still supporting BN and that’s what matters most. And Taib recently attended Gawai Dinner at REDEEMS at the invite of Nansen, one of the Gang of 5. Tiki was there and he was receiving Taib who was visibly very pleased. Mawan, on the other hand, was conspiciously absent from the said function.

    Mawan in view of all these happenings should stop talking as if as President of SPDP he can in anyway still influence the outcome of the search of a BN candidate for Mas Gading, he cannot!. Taib will listen to Nansen in determining who is to be BN’s candidate.? It will be Tiki, candidate for Mas Gading for BN. And if Mawan want to challenge that Taib will tell him to fly kite after the GE13. So for the time being Mawan is just like Masing, victim of Taib. But neither of them cannot blame it on Taib because both of them had been using Taib to clobber the Dayaks. So what come around goes around as they say!, he he he.

    Comment by anakdayak — July 12, 2012 @ 12:51 PM | Reply

  11. SWP has now shown us their true intentions.. THAT THEY ARE NOT HERE TOO FIGHT FOR THE DAYAKS BUT TO FIGHT MR MASING SPECIFICALLY AND PRS IN GENERAL. They say they want to champion the DAYAKS but how can FAKE DAYAKS champion the Dayaks. Their intentions are faked to fool the Dayaks. If they really want to champion anybody , it is PBB and Taib they should fight not a Dayak based party. But then again, this thorn in the Arse for Masing and PRS has the blessings of taib and PBB just like the 5 stooges ex SPDP YBs. These are creation of Taib and PBB to further weaken the Dayak based Party. Some Dayaks are happy of whats going on and willingly offer themselves to be used ones again by fake Dayaks to further their own self interests and disguising their true intentions by faking a dayak cause facade. Its true that Masing and the rest of present Dayak leaders have done little to help the Dayaks but then we shouldn’t put the blame squarely on their shoulder. Its their boss taib who has been stiffling dayak progress through his divide and rule political agenda and those dayak leaders who willingly allow themselves to be used in such a manner are the ones we dayak should get rid off together with all the ineffective present dayak leaders. Taib is using SWP to divide and rule again and some stupid dayaks are willing partners to that. Beside fighting for taib’s cause,SWP is also persuing SNGs family self glorification. SWP is a family affair which is owned by the SNGs and dayaks should not be fooled by them again. They act like they owns the DAYAK RACE by the way they talk, their actions and by the way they present themsevles at their political ceramah. Should we dayaks continue to support these VERY ARROGANT FAKED DAYAKS in SWP? I think not!

    Comment by Brian — July 12, 2012 @ 11:46 AM | Reply

    • SWP like SNAP of the past will have majority Dayak members but shall be controlled by tycoon (s). Must history repeat itself for Dayak participation in politics? Sng Chee Hua is a seasoned gambler and a political opportunist. Sarawak voters must vote for Pakatan and reject BN and SWP. Do not waste time with SWP and we must resolve to vote out BN.

      Comment by Johnathan — July 12, 2012 @ 12:15 PM | Reply

    • Dayaks will no longer be swayed by the sweet talks and goodies thrown at them by both BN and SWP. BN is corrupted to the core and SWP agreed BN has the best policies which means SWP condoned corruption in the government and NCR land grabs by ministers and cronies.

      Comment by Irene Kana — July 12, 2012 @ 4:38 PM | Reply

    • If SWP are faked to fool the Dayaks, then how come the response from Dayaks are very good when they held ceramahs here and there. The response are better compared to ceramahs held by PRS or SPDP or even DAP ?. There is something in SWP that attracted the Dayaks more than the Dayak’s own parties. You better find out more. Don’t make Taib as scape goat for your own failure, just like your Dayak’s Building. If PRS is not careful, they will lose many seats in the next election.

      Comment by harry banda — July 13, 2012 @ 4:02 PM | Reply

      • Really, how come the party is monopolised by the SNGs and their known crawlers? BY their own admissions, they want to fight PRS who dumped them for their arrogants, does that means to you that they are fighting for the Dayaks? Their mission is to fight Masing and PRS the PARTY only and damned with the dayaks after they have done so. SNG is a very well known gambler and he is again gambling with the dayaks future. He has the resources to back him up. His only intention now is to regain his and his family’s lost pride after their Fake Dayaks arses were kicked out of PRS. Again i say,SWP,SNG,SNGS family and their hangers-on{including you} are on a vendetta and their enemy is Masing and PRS, the Party. They are only making use of willing Dayak to fight their fight for them. If they win,they alone win, the dayaks loose!

        Comment by Brian — July 14, 2012 @ 11:46 AM | Reply

      • Money and sponsored dinners can buy huge crowds to SWP function Their memberships are literally free as the fee was paid for and come with a accident insurance which cost few ringgit and probably self insured or underwritten by SWP itself.

        Comment by Irene Kana — July 14, 2012 @ 12:54 PM | Reply

  12. Masing has no locus standi to go to court to enquire the legl status of Workers Party, no way!

    The solution for Masing is by telling the populace that “only BN can deliver”, the commonplace phrase used by BN all along, including by PRS. Or he might just apply his “PHD” to resolve the problems. After all he has always been saying that as the most educated Iban he knows how to handle it when faced with any problem. This time it is hoped that Masing will not only be struggling for himself anymore because Workers Party is also claiming to champion the Iban.

    Comment by anakdayak — July 12, 2012 @ 9:08 AM | Reply

  13. By not quitting BN PRS and SPDP leaders are doing so at their own perils as more and more of their members will be quitting soon to show their gross displeasure for Taib Mahmud for back stabbing the parties .

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — July 12, 2012 @ 8:33 AM | Reply

  14. Being a veteran politician who has been sleeping with the old wolf Masing should have known how his rise to political stardom at the expense of his friends and former colleagues in the past would be the same medicine he is receiving now from the old wolf

    Comment by Bartholomew — July 12, 2012 @ 5:55 AM | Reply

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