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March 1, 2014

Protests held against ‘governor’ Taib

Dukau Papau

Several protests were held in Kuching this morning against Abdul Taib Mahmud becoming Sarawak’s governor.

They were a curtain raiser to a bigger rally to be staged tomorrow in front of the old court house in the state capital, which stands across the river where the swearing-in ceremony would be held.

Organised by civil society movements, the protests comprised small groups armed with banners and posters.

One of the organisers, Peter John Jaban, said the protests were held in front of the Spring supermarket, Third Mile Bazaar, Kuching Central and Batu Kawah.

Taib resigned as chief minister today, after 33 years at the helm, succeeded by Adenan Setam.

Meanwhile, Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas) denied being involved in organising tomorrow’s rally.

“We are not the organiser as reported in a local daily and we are not aware of any plan for the rally,” said Brimas executive director Mark Bujang.

He was commenting on a statement made by Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Saidol, who strongly condemned the rally plan.

Abdullah had described the planned event  of being politically-motivated as several opposition leaders would be attending it.

But Bujang said:”However, if such rally is to be staged by civil society organisations in Kuching, we cannot stop them as it is their constitutional right to gather and voice their concerns.”

“We also would like to state clearly that Brimas is apolitical and has nothing to do with any political appointments. Brimas would like to see a respected and reputable head of state helm Sarawak… (Someone) who is free of any alleged corruption and abuse of power,” he added.   

As for Taib’s appointment, Bujang said Brimas would submit a petition to the Yang di -Pertuan Agong based on the reports accusing the veteran politician of  alleged corrupt practices.

“We believe the king would examine the reports and with his good judgement, revoke the appointment of Taib as head of state.

“It is fundamental that a head of state be cleared of any allegation of corruption and abuse of power,” he added.

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3 Comments »

  1. Long Live TM……..

    Comment by Matten — March 4, 2014 @ 6:13 AM | Reply

  2. APPOINTING THIS ULTRA-CORRUPT CROOK TO BE THE NEW GOVERNOR OF SARAWAK IS A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR DEMOCRACY. IT GOES TO SHOW THAT THE LAW IS SO SKEWED THAT INSTEAD OF THROWING THIS FELON IN JAIL, THE COUNTRY REWARDED HIM WITH SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS TITLE, ONE MEANT FOR SARAWAKIANS WITH INTEGRITY, DEDICATION & HARD WORK AND TAIB CANNOT MEET ANY OF THE CRITERIA. WORST OF ALL, BOTH THE PM & AGONG ABETTED TAIB IN FULFILLING HIS DREAM. THIS IS PREPOSTEROUS!!!!!

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — March 3, 2014 @ 8:07 AM | Reply

  3. If only Sarawakians are more organized or hv clever leaders, it would have been a large peaceful protest. Taib would still be TYT but people can still express themselves! But if you read the reaction to small protest from a PBB leader you feel malu that Swak politicians are c#*K suckers.

    Comment by botol suckers — March 1, 2014 @ 10:55 PM | Reply


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