Hornbill Unleashed

November 20, 2016

Sarawak Bersih rally seeks to empower rural residents

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 6:01 AM

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How hands over a torch to Sarawak Bersih chair Ann Teo in Kuching November 19, 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawiSome 300 people took part in the Sarawak chapter of the Bersih 5 rally here this afternoon to highlight the impoverished state of the rural communities.

Amid a dramatic backdrop of dark clouds hovering over the Kuching amphitheatre and the rumble of thunder, Sarawak Bersih 5 chair Ann Teo spoke of the poor shape of schools in the interior and the need to fight for the marginalised residents there.

“We have 188 rural schools in Sarawak which are in various degrees of bad shape,” she said.

She faulted their condition on the rampant spread of money politics, claiming that rural voters are not free to exercise their constitutional and democratic rights.

She added that money politics will continue to worsen unless members of civil society made an effort to stop it.

“We would also like to continue empowering the rural voters,” Teo said.

Indigenous rights activist Abun Sui spoke next, and criticised the state government for backpeddling on its move to table a state legislative motion to reclaim Sarawak native rights.

“It is not a form of confrontational manner but a form of demanding equal status for Sarawak with Malaya,” the Gerakan Anak Sarawak chairman said.

Sarawak Bersih 5 participants scatter amid a heavy downpour in Kuching November 19. 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawiSarawak Bersih 5 participants scatter amid a heavy downpour in Kuching November 19. 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawiThe speeches were cut short when the skies opened up. The sudden and heavy downpour forced the participants to scatter and seek shelter.

The brief rally ended without incident even though the authorities had said the organiser did not have permission to use the amphitheatre as it is under renovation and posed a safety hazard.

About 50 uniformed policemen and Special Branch officers were present at the rally, as well as officers from the Kuching North City Hall.


Source : The Malay Mail Online



  1. Where was Peter John and S4S? Where was Lina Soo and her soldiers of fortune? None of these talk cock kaki lima pseudo politicians supported Bersih 5 in Kuching which seeked clean and fair election, corrupt free government and public institutions and compliance of MA63 amongst other issues affecting all Malaysians.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — November 22, 2016 @ 7:08 PM | Reply

  2. In South Korea 1.5 million people take to the streets to demand their corrupt president to resign.The elections in korea is not rigged,its free and fair.Why dont they wait for the elections?Because a corrupt president is not good for the country.Similarly a corrupt govt and corrupt PM is not good for Malaysia.

    Comment by almaz — November 20, 2016 @ 7:56 AM | Reply

    • I noticed TV3 so far dare not show the footage of millions of South Koreans protesting on the street for fear of triggering the same response among the malays over the unhappiness on PM Najib.

      Comment by munah — November 21, 2016 @ 4:25 PM | Reply

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