Hornbill Unleashed

July 18, 2012

Najib’s ‘I will decide’ threatens Sarawak leaders

Joseph Tawie

Never in history has a BN chairman played ‘god’ when it came to election candidates but embattled Najib Tun Razak is leaving nothing to chance.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is said to be more concerned about his own political survival and that of his Barisan Nasional government, is playing with fire in Sarawak where his ‘final say’ in the selection of candidates is irking BN’s local allies.

Previous prime ministers, who were also chairmen of the BN, merely endorsed the nominations submitted by the various component members.

Never before has a PM played ‘god’ and made such unilateral decisions pushing aside component party leaders’ judgments.

But under Najib, the situation is different.

With his government under threat from opposition Pakatan Rakyat, he recently told leaders of the BN component parties – during the BN supreme council meeting last month – that he would choose all the candidates to ensure that he and his government would return to power.

“I don’t want your favourite persons to become candidates. What is the point of nominating your favourite persons when at the end of the day your candidates lose and the government also loses?

“All I want is winnable candidates, and this time I will do the selection,” he was reported to have told the BN leaders.

But his “I will do the selection” stand is worrying the presidents of the respective parties in BN especially Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) as there appears to be uncertainty in the candidate selection.

“What we worry most is that the candidates from our party and nominated by our party may not be the candidates in the final selection.

“Instead candidates from outside the party may be selected.

“Worse, if they are politically leaning towards PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu which is led by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud). This will further weaken us and strengthen PBB,” said a worried senior leader of PRS who requested anonymity.

Undermining local leaders

His anxiety is shared by a SPDP leader.

The SPDP leader said that his party was already suffering from this ‘political leanings’ when its candidates were deprived of the opportunity to contest and were replaced with those who ‘associated’ to PBB.

“And these people later caused so much problems to our party,” he said, asking not to be identified.

The leader was referring to state assemblymen Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Sylvester Entri (Marudi), Paulus Gumbang (Batu Danau), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Tiki Lafe who is the MP for Mas Gading.

The five who are allegedly pro-PBB were expelled from the party in November last year for gross insubordination.

Likewise PRS was also robbed of its nomination for Lubok Antu and Sri Aman constituencies in the 2008 parliamentary election.

Following Najib’s ruling, there are now uncertainties in constituencies like Mas Gading, Saratok, Hulu Rajang, Julau, Selangau, Baram and Kanowit.

Although names have been submitted, there are those who are claiming to be better candidates.

SPDP president William Mawan Ikom has meanwhile submitted two names to Najib for the Mas Gading seats.

The candidates are Anthony Nogih who is the deputy general manager of Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) and Henry Jinep, a businessman.

The incumbent in Mas Gading is Tiki Lafe, who claims that he is winnable.

PRS, SPDP candidates ‘no say’

This being the case Najib, will not necessarily pick any one of Mawan’s candidates. He may re-nominate Tiki Lafe as the candidate.

If this happens, it will not make SPDP leaders and members happy.

The situation is the same in Saratok.

Although Mawan has repeatedly said that incumbent Jelaing Mersat will be retained to defend the seat, there are rumours that he may be dropped.

Due to the uncertainty, 13 persons including those who are backed by PBB are now coming forward to ‘test the waters’.

According to sources from Saratok, the names frequently mentioned by the voters include Mersat, Enturan Anak Luta, (a businessman), Dr James Chela, (medical practitioner), Chambai Lindong (lawyer), Dr James Jeluing (civil servant), Kenneth Kunjan (engineer), Dr. Geluma Saban (lecturer), Jasmy Sadan (former bank officer and closely connected to PBB), Banyi Briak (former SPDP executive secretary), Kilat Briak (lawyer), Friday Belik (civil servant), Nicholas Ansi (civil servant) and Barbara William, daughter of SPDP president.

Mersat, on his part, has dismissed rumours of a new candidate.

Describing these speculations as “baseless” he said: “The people should ignore such talks (of a new candidate) as they are baseless.

“I am not losing sleep over the rumours..it is common when election is around the corner.”

Confusion on the ground

In Hulu Rajang, the voters are also confused as Billy Abit Joo, the incumbent MP and Wilson Ugak Kumbong are claiming to have the support of the prime minister to be the BN candidate.

PRS president James Masing said that Abit Joo is to be dropped after he had served the constituency for five terms and his place will be given to his Ugak, his private secretary.

According to Masing, the prime minister has consented to Ugak being the candidate.

Abit Joo on the other hand claimed that he had been given RM3.5 million by the Prime Minister for him to dish out to the voters for minor rural projects.

This is where the confusion comes in.

Similarly, there is also an air of uncertainty in Julau, Selangau and Kanowit where the current MPs might be replaced even though their party (PRS) has nominated them.

For now nobody knows who Najib will choose.




  1. Two Words..”Ketuanan Melayu” or in this case ” KETUANAN MALAYA” raring its ugly head in their persuit of continued political supremacy over an emerging NEGARA BARU KU – SARAWAK!!!

    Comment by Brian — July 21, 2012 @ 10:56 AM | Reply

  2. SPDP and Mawan are both goners! No way can SPDP nominate any candidate in Mas Gading. Taib listens to Nansen and the Gang of 5. At the last dinner held at REDEEMS Taib and his close supporters ala leaders of PBB (inner circle) were all there. Tiki Laffe was there rubbing shoulders with Taib and the gang. By game of numbers Nansen and Gang 0f 5 has the number of YBs while Mawan is now even losing Wong Judat. Come on guys, in the present uncertainty SPDP will lose all MP seats this GE13. Defefinitely it will lose badly in Mas Gading. The better is to let Tiki Laffe contest and when he loses, because he will lose it as well, then at least Mawan can be blameless. The other way around it would spell doomsday for Mawan, including his cabinet post meybe gone. Of course even as president of SPDP without YBs with him he is useless: he might as well call it quits, now. Mawan, muu di dapod nukung dunia, komut nehgeh.

    Comment by dayaksarawak — July 19, 2012 @ 3:09 PM | Reply

  3. Najib and his UMNO dominated BN has lost the right to govern the country. It will only be a legal formality for BN to be replaced by Pakatan Rakyat after GE13. Najib’s Utusan, Perkasa and other UMNO backed NGOs have been using racial, religious cards and the royal institution to clamp down on the Opposition which has of late been eroding his power grip. Recent leaflets which tried to use the royal institutiion to stir up hatred for the DAP.

    Comment by Raj Kumar — July 18, 2012 @ 10:35 PM | Reply

  4. I dare him to do it …

    Comment by tigeryk — July 18, 2012 @ 8:57 PM | Reply

  5. Kick out the British made UMNO BN, then Sarawak can celebrate September 22 as Independence Day !

    Comment by keluro — July 18, 2012 @ 8:20 PM | Reply

  6. Now you can see the different between BN and PR. In BN, only one party “talking” an make decision, that’s is “UMNO, Untuk Mamak dan Najis Only”. Others party got no said and must follow the instruction accordingly. For PR, every party got say, all different oppinion can be discuss and solve with diplomatic way. We must change our country politic in order to provide a better future for our childrens…Please think caferully, who you want to choose !!!

    Comment by Mike- Johor — July 18, 2012 @ 5:33 PM | Reply

  7. Every aspiring candidates from PBB, SPDP, SUPP or PRS only wanted the shortest route to riches by simply being a BN YB. Kick them all out in GE13. Tak kasih chance lah. Vote for DAP< PAS and PKR in Pakatan Rakyat only.

    Comment by Sazali Ismail — July 18, 2012 @ 3:43 PM | Reply

  8. Oh Ah Jib Gor, let’s do a deal with you.

    We’ll give you the votes, you take Taib away.

    Force Taib to resign, send him to court, put him in prison, just get rid of this THIEF!

    Comment by Sarawakians — July 18, 2012 @ 2:21 PM | Reply

  9. “According to sources from Saratok, the names frequently mentioned by the voters include Mersat, Enturan Anak Luta, (a businessman), Dr James Chela, (medical practitioner), Chambai Lindong (lawyer), Dr James Jeluing (civil servant), Kenneth Kunjan (engineer), Dr. Geluma Saban (lecturer), Jasmy Sadan (former bank officer and closely connected to PBB), Banyi Briak (former SPDP executive secretary), Kilat Briak (lawyer), Friday Belik (civil servant), Nicholas Ansi (civil servant) and Barbara William, daughter of SPDP president.”

    With due repect to all the potential candidates for Saratok as listed above it would better for them to stick to their present professions:

    1. Iban is the largest ethnic group in Sarawak, yet out-numbered even by the Bidayuh in the any of medical professions. Medical professionals being highly ethical will not survive in the political environment. Better stick to your profession and help your fellow Iban, majority of whom are still deprived of basic medical needs.

    2. Iban also grossly out-numbered in the teaching profession. Look at in any local institutions in Sarawak, in UNIMAS, UiTM, etc. Iban students in institutions of higher learning do not have fellow Iban lecturers to look up to. Stay on.

    3. Young Iban lawyers should look up to Baru Bian and help him and the Dayaks to fight against intruders who are grabbing their NCR land. Collective efforts is needed. If Dayaks continously losing their land very soon Dayaks will not only become squatters but will not have any piece of land to bury the dead. Politics is not for those who cannot even look after their own backyard.

    4. Iban participation in the civil service is negligible. If you still have good number of years left do not leave the service. The authorities will not fill vacant position left by you with another Iban. Moreover, civil servants are not known to be good politicians because they only know how to follow and execute orders. We need commanders!

    5. For businessman/businesswoman, I have no reservation if you want to be in politics. As a businessman/businesswoman, one of your successful traits is you have to be shrewd. Same as in politics.

    Based on my last 1/4 of a century observations on Sarawak and Malaysia politics, there is no room for the minorities. (The Melanaus managed to stay on because they are part of the majority being Muslim). It is very good if you can sustain your position after a term in office. Those who managed to cling on to their positions are at the mercy of the majority and to continously a “yes man”.

    Before you choose to walk the political path, ask yourself what can I do for my people rather than what can I get for myself.

    Comment by Edward, M — July 18, 2012 @ 11:56 AM | Reply


    Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia Message

    Comment by anon — July 18, 2012 @ 11:20 AM | Reply


    “Worse, if they are politically leaning towards PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu which is led by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud). This will further weaken us and strengthen PBB,” said a worried senior leader of PRS who requested anonymity.

    If Sarawak BN party members lean towards PBB then it must be that they rather not lean towards UMNO as it is better to be with your own than a foreign master.

    PBB under Taib has a slightly ambiguous role in our local politics. On one hand Taib and his gang has been betraying the voters and poor people for over 30 years with land grabs and protecting Malayan colonial domination.

    On the other hand, Taib’s the Sarawak “independence card” whenever his position is threatened as in the last elections when Najib tried to persuade him to step down.

    In this sense Taib in a way preserves some aspects of the 18 Points Agreement and whatever was incorporated in the Malaysian Agreement.

    Taib is aware of the growing desire for Sarawak independence from Malayan colonial rule which is more openly and vigorously expressed in Sabah.

    If any local party lean towards Malayan UMNO they will invite the suspicion of voters who have a healthy distaste for UMNO politics since they have to bear the burden of the misrule and corruption for 49 years.


    22 July 1963 is the date Sarawak was freed from British colonial rule.

    The Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) movement has organized a celebration of this date this Sunday in London, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and many other Sarawak cities and towns.

    These are probably private functions unless PBB BN has the courage to lead the people to commemorate this important date.

    Why not – uncle Taib (if you read this) do the right thing for us? For once before you leave us- but best take Sarawak out of Malaysia.

    But Sarawakians you can all individually or in groups hold your own independence commemorative gatherings and talk about meaning of Sarawak Independence and the meaning and value of 49 years in Malaysia.

    Comment by anon — July 18, 2012 @ 10:34 AM | Reply

  12. KL has always been the one calling the shots anyway, openly or behind close door. Much of the state money, those that were not stolen by state leaders, had been transferred to the federal government coffer Najib is fighting for his life now. He doesn’t give a hoot for anyone least of all Taib. He will insist on his own formula to support his own survival. But who cares what he does as long as we can kick the BN out.

    Comment by apai — July 18, 2012 @ 8:46 AM | Reply

  13. With a lot of confusions and uncertainties lays ahead in the selection of winnable candidates from the various BN’s local allies, it is imperative that PRS and SPDP to act now before the problem gets really serious. Since Najib has been trying to play ‘God’ and worst still, he together with umno’s former leaders have not even implemented most of the ’18 Points Agreement’ for Sarawak, then why become clingy comrades to this umno/bn’s ruthless regime? Unless, of course, that both of PRS and SPDP leaders are of the same brand! Think of the majority of sarawakians who have suffered so much under this ruthless regime for 53 years and I, for one, have been feeling that we have been colonised all along.

    Sarawak’s natural resources, especially gas and oil, have been utilised to a great extent to feed the federal government coffers and our natural primary forest soon will become extinct to satisfy the local bn’s bigwigs’ greeds. The series of ‘land graps’ of NCR lands have added more sufferings to the poor rural people and the corrupt and inept and deadwood old leaders have been enjoying the fruits of sarawak’s very rich natural resources.

    I would like to make a sincere call to all right mind sarawakians and malaysians in general to boot this highly corrupt and ruthless umno/bn’s regime from holding further political office in the looming GE13. Together we must save Malaysia for ourselves and future generations. We have one and the only choice that is to vote PAKATAN and allow it to rule for 5 years after GE13, and let’s see whether it could perform according to the inspiration of the malaysian people.

    Comment by Justice Lover — July 18, 2012 @ 8:30 AM | Reply


      We can become independent from Malayan colonial rule. Why wait? Pass the word for independence around your network and ask them to do the same.

      22 July 1963 is Sarawak independence day from British colonial rule but we were swallowed into Malaysia on 16 September- hardly time to understand the meaning of “real independence”.

      To have real independence means controlling our country’s (Sarawak) life and destiny by taking back control of our resources. All interlinked and dependent factors for independence.

      We have been controlled and ruled by Malayan UMNO for nearly 49 years and have become a monoculture oil palm plantation colony.

      Never mind Taib PBB BN – they are just puppets of Kuala Lumpur and do their biddings mainly legitimizing Malayan control and ripping off our oil and gas resources. For this they are rewarded with lesser spoils but still very rewarding with the land grabs and associated “spin offs”- like stripping the timber, selling native land for greater profits, re-developing into oil palm plantations…

      So for a start inform all your network of 22 July 2012.
      Also remind ourselves Sarawak was an independent State from 1841 to 1941- recognized by USA in 1850 and UK in 1863.

      Be proud of our history and better still fight to regain our independence.


      This You Tube Video willhelp to refresh our memories if we are old enough and if too young it is a good primer for Sarawak Independence.

      Comment by anon — July 18, 2012 @ 10:57 AM | Reply

      • Many thanks…anon. I really appreciate your wise comments and I will consider your points seriously. By the way, I have downloaded your you tube.

        Comment by Justice Lover — July 18, 2012 @ 8:08 PM | Reply

        • Hi Justice Lover & Seri Sarawak- thanks. A number of other videos are found on HU pages in relation to Sarawak Independence 22 July 1963.

          The reason for recalling our history is not to restore the Brooke Monarchy but to remind ourselves that Sarawak was an independent State from1841 and 1941. Since then we remained a colony- Japan, Britain and Malaya.

          The question is why stay in Malaysia when it has been proven by the facts of nearly 49 years our resource rich land like Sabah has been stripped of its timber and oil wealth.

          We should have been governing ourselves and have s strong developed economy, people who are well paid, educated, properly housed and in good health with all those money they have stolen from us.

          So it is crystal clear we have been colonized and robbed of that was rightfully ours to use for ourselves and not develop Malaya for 49 years!

          The movement to take Sabah out of Malaysia is very strong. As the HU report shows ober 230,000 Sabahans signed a petition calling for review of the Malaysia Agreement.

          It is unclear where this review will end up as the obvious direction is not another 50 years in Malaysia but to get out for independence!

          Comment by anon — July 19, 2012 @ 8:11 PM | Reply

          • Why stay in Malaysia? Good question. I don’t know all the answers. Everyone should talk about it. At least most people, as for some, it is not that it is unimportant but it is imperative.

            It’s very humiliating, realizing Malaysia as it is now, with seeming material attainment, it’s as if, the whole thing would come apart if someone sneezes!

            Humiliating, ironic, regrettable, sad and it leaves you with a false sense. Where did that come from? Are most things around you barking in your faces yet their alarms muted?

            The Brits cheated us, the UMNO too. Azahari was talking sense at one stage. His sentiments now echo the ills that pervade our lives today. Things as they were then culminate today into a need to see ourselves and see the world which was unique then as it is different now.

            You are tempted to ask – is there or isn’t there Merdeka for Malaya, Sabah or Sarawak? Too bad our Professors Kengkangs are all limping…they were “taught” to think and know …and our kids are still in the same such euphoria. The innocence that at times pluck tender strings but at times plunge you into pathetic rage.

            This veil must come down. We’ve lifted corners of it but it still shields you from important things you must know – regardless what nature it is. In this millennium, at this juncture, we must bear this burden if we fail.

            If we fail we will have failed those that will come after us just as the surviving antecedents have in self denial.

            Was Yeats wrong about the Beast? Is this the second coming of age of romanticism and enlightenment?

            Comment by Seri Sarawak — July 19, 2012 @ 9:38 PM

      • Can’t agree with all but this was part of Sarawak history. Good material sources on the pix. There might have been some audios or videos elsewhere which by now should have all been declassified.

        Perhaps later others will fill in the bigger picture.

        Interesting that as notes of history, the Brookes were unlucky as directly there were no males to pass the baton on so the Inchcape people would rather just make money. But James Brooke himself had always been a merchant, trader. He got kicked out of Siam but concentrated on Singapore and Borneo. Amongst the many things in his array of tradeable things was opium which was great with China. Anyway, even PDRM have dope lost they cannot explain!

        Every country, state, island has an important place in human history. So did, does and will have Sarawak.

        The rest is up to us and those that will come after. You can become part of it though you can’t say what it should be and for what it ought to be for whatever the evolutionary scheme of things might be, will be made up of many footsteps.

        Don’t worry. Make it really worthy your while. For whatever it will be, you will have been there …in the footprints of Time. 😉

        Comment by Seri Sarawak — July 18, 2012 @ 9:39 PM | Reply


          Comment by anon — July 19, 2012 @ 8:02 PM | Reply

  14. This is sheer arrogance and proof that UMNO is colonising Sarawak and holding all BN components in ransom. When leader or president of BN components have no say in their own choice of party candidates the spirit of BN is effectively null and void.

    Comment by Effendi Nawawi — July 18, 2012 @ 8:13 AM | Reply

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