Hornbill Unleashed

April 27, 2018

4-cornered fight shaping up in Puncak Borneo

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:49 AM

It looks like a four-cornered fight is shaping up in Puncak Borneo, making it an interesting seat to watch in this election.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) and State Reform Party (STAR) have already announced their candidate to challenge the new face fielded by Barisan Nasional, 53-year-old Jeannoth Sinel.

Jeannoth, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Tarat information chief, was announced as BN candidate on Tuesday to replace incumbent Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos who is stepping down due to health reasons.

The naming of Jeannoth, who is a surveyor by profession, ended months of speculations and intense lobbying by at least 20 people aiming for the BN candidacy there.

On Wednesday, PBDS Baru named 53-year-old pathologist Bego Sepop as its candidate in Puncak Borneo.

Later that day, PKR in a press conference confirmed its Puncak Borneo chairman Willie Mongin, 43, as its candidate.

This will be Willie’s second attempt at the seat.

Yesterday, STAR announced that its chairman Buln Ribos would contest the seat. The 49-year-old stood in the Serembu seat in the 2016 state election.

Puncak Borneo, which was previously named Mambong, comprises three state seats of Tarat, Mambong (previously Bengoh) and the new seat of Serembu.

Dawos was its four-term member of parliament, having won the seat since it debuted in the 1999 general election.

In the last general election in 2013, Dawos won the seat by 9,721-vote majority against his closest challenger Willie in a three-cornered fight.

Meanwhile, Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh is optimistic BN would successfully retain Puncak Borneo despite fielding a new face in the person of his PBB comrade Jeannoth.

He also said Jeannoth is not an unknown to the voters in the constituency, especially in Tarat, though he admitted more efforts had to be made to bring Jeannoth closer to the voters in Serembu and Mambong.

He said the PBB Serembu election machinery, of which he is the chairman, is fully prepared for this task amid the multi-cornered fight expected in this Bidayuh majority seat.

Though the 11-day campaigning period is considered short, he said PBB Serembu has divided its election machinery to cover nine zones to ensure all areas are reached.

“We are confident the chances of BN winning the seat is high, due to the existing cooperation from all the machinery in PBB and the other BN components. We will fully utilise the 11-day campaigning period to canvass support for BN,” he said when contacted yesterday.

On the opponents, he admitted Willie would provide a tough fight since the latter had been moving around the constituency and is already well known among the people there since contesting in the 2011 state election in Bengoh.

“We will not underestimate Willie, but we will ensure he is defeated again,” said Miro, who is also PBB Youth deputy chief.

It is learnt that a closed-door meeting among PBB Puncak Borneo grassroots leaders was held on Wednesday night.

As of press time, it is not immediately known if any other person would join the fray in Puncak Borneo as independent candidate.



  1. Has this website been shutdown?

    Why no new update after GE14?

    I thought on BN cybertroopers stop writing after no more funding.

    Comment by SBY — June 14, 2018 @ 2:04 PM | Reply

  2. Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, also the Chief Minister, had told Barisan acting chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that PBB would be destroyed if it did not distance itself from the coalition.


    Comment by limpehkong — June 7, 2018 @ 1:07 PM | Reply

  3. Rakyat Malaysia are truly grateful to Nur Jazlan, Khairy and the rest for not speaking up or were unable to ‘persuade’ Najib to step down before GE14. And we are eternally grateful to Najib for sticking to his guns and not stepping down.

    Who knows what could have happened if he had done that? It may or may not have swung the vote but it certainly would have increased the risk of a much closer margin or a hung parliament.

    Comment by Joe — May 23, 2018 @ 4:53 PM | Reply

    • We are not stupid regardless of the stance of Umno warlords on 1MDB and all the wrongdoings committed by Najib and Rosmah. Malaysians must congratulate themselves for voting out the most corrupted regime since the formation of Malaysia. We had overcome all odds and electral cheatings to kick out Najib and Umno Baru controlled BN.

      Comment by Sabri Yaman — May 23, 2018 @ 8:56 PM | Reply

      • Najib, you have been mouthing statistics and numbers since you became prime minister. Remember the Economic Transformation Programme? And Pemandu? Poverty level figures? Just random numbers and figures, none verifiable.

        And nothing seems to come of it, except the rakyat suffering rising living costs, stagnant incomes, unemployment, and racial and religious strife. You refused to come to the ground to understand how we were suffering and mouthed impressive numbers from your ivory tower.

        So we got rid of you. And yet you continue to spout your unsubstantiated numbers. You are irrelevant to Malaysia now, just a tragic footnote in our country’s history.

        Please, be quiet and pray that our justice system can show you mercy for what you have done with our hard-earned money.

        Comment by Saiful RD — May 31, 2018 @ 10:11 AM | Reply

        • Ya, why are Najib and Rosmah still roaming free? Are the PH govt serious about rule of law? Mountains of evidence in confiscated cash, gold bars, jewellery items and Birkin bags, and yet no arrest whatsoever is carried out….what kind of rule of law is that? Perhaps the rakyat should stop the donation drive to the Hope Fund….until these rotten crooks are jailed!

          Comment by Hamzah — May 31, 2018 @ 8:43 PM | Reply

  4. Najib knows he has ran out of ammunition to get away from guilt. The only way is to appeal to the innocents and gullibles of badly he has been treated. It’s not difficult for him as it is his traits, a distractor and an actor. He is now playing on emotions, same trick he used with the Agong. The quicker Najib is deprived of having the privilege of speaking to outsiders the better it is, for country side and to ensure his sanity.

    Comment by Virgil — May 20, 2018 @ 8:14 PM | Reply

    • Najib has been consistent: Najib: “I did not steal from the people. Rosmah’s stuff are all gifts from friends. The cash, it is all donations. We are only flush with donations and gifts. What’s wrong with that? I have never been given credit for all that I have done for Malaysians. We have been maligned. They told lies about us. And now, they threaten to harm us. We are the real victims.”

      Comment by Elvira — May 22, 2018 @ 10:24 AM | Reply

  5. There are many who would find joining the MCA of Tan Cheng Lock an attractive option. But the MCA of Liow, so roundly trashed in GE14 till it is reduced to practically a mouse-squeak in Parliament with its one seat? Does Liow not see what that means in terms of what Malaysians think of MCA now? Who in his right mind would want to join a party many already described as an impotent lapdog under the thumb of UMNO?

    Comment by Midas — May 19, 2018 @ 6:23 PM | Reply

  6. Did Desmond sell the Pavillion Condo to Najib at below market value or was IT GIVEN, gratis, in exchange for Bandar Malaysia deal? Will you all be lodging a Police report like you did in Penang, like you are all for justice? Hahahahahahaha. Typical, I help you, you help me. And in between, Malaysia gets killed.

    Comment by The Analyser — May 18, 2018 @ 5:21 PM | Reply

  7. Umno is facing oblivion, just like Gerakan, MCA and MIC. All these parties refused to accept the reality beginning from 2008, and by 2018, the painful truth came out, and only now you say you will look into a revamp.

    You want to open Umno to who? Who would want to join the party now? More are opting out of the coalition, never mind the party.

    MCA leaders dare not contest in Chinese-majority areas and send in young, unknown greenhorns with no political experiences to be slaughtered. They just took part in the election for the sake of saving face.

    Whatever it is, the die has been cast. Pakatan Harapan is now in power. BN will take years, if not decades, to be a viable force again.

    Comment by Hattan — May 18, 2018 @ 4:00 PM | Reply

  8. How many country leaders actually spoke up against Najib? None. All keep quiet because they benefitted from the corrupt government of Malaysia whilst its people suffered. Any foreign government leader spoke against Taib Mahmud? None again. So dear rakyat, it’s us Malaysians versus the world. We fight amongst ourselves, no country will save us. It’s not enough to be jaguh kampung Malaysia. We have to be jaguh dunia! That is why the education ministry is extremely important and Tun is aware of this. He can see Malaysia is losing in the global competition.

    Comment by Narcos — May 17, 2018 @ 6:16 PM | Reply

    • Najib is a curse to the Rakyat. If you think KJ is bad, you are 100 times worst. Why? By the sheer magnitude of the damage and suffering you inflicted to the nation. Najib, your are a deformed evil monster. To this day, you say you ll cooperate, in what way have cooperated when the police had to take days to break the safes. Your mere statement that you had misplaced the keys and safes had not been used for 20 years but the new currency notes speak prove to the contrary. Najib and your wife are foul stubborn stains which Malaysia was misfortune to have.

      Comment by LawakKrepto — May 20, 2018 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

  9. Harapan leadership has made a grave mistake by appointing Osman to the post of MB. It must correct the mistake now.

    Replace him immediately. Don’t wait. It will only sap confidence and complicate the governing in the next five years since he enjoys little trust of his people.

    Given it could be hard for Osman to step down, a face-saving way is for him to resign by himself. Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, who is more senior, can then take over as the interim MB.

    Muhyiddin will have to forgo a role in the central government for time being. But he could return to the central government when Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad steps down, and pass the Johor MB position to a capable successor whom he must start to identify and groom now.

    Comment by SBY — May 17, 2018 @ 12:35 PM | Reply

  10. Congratulations to Pakatan Harapan Sarawak and PH friendly independent winners for achiving a historic milestone for all Sarawakans . Although Umno Baru controlled BN Sarawak still retained 19 MPs Pakatan Harapan shall prevail in the next state election due in 2021.

    All the corrupted lawmakers , past and present, from BN Sarawak shall face the full strength of the Corruption and Anti Money Laundering laws. We pray this will happen soon and the Dayaks will no longer live in and be prisoners of their own fear.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 17, 2018 @ 10:59 AM | Reply

    • Kat Muar Zahid cakap “kalau BN kalah pergi Terjun Perigi” …. Masih Saya tunggu nak tengok… Bukan main sombong dan bongkak bila ada posisi kerajaan …lupa diri hamba Allah

      Comment by Taufik — May 21, 2018 @ 7:15 PM | Reply

  11. Tony Fernandes of Air Asia is spineless compared with Zunar , Robert Kuok and others who stood firm against any unfair threat and injustice . If the rakyat were to behave like Tony, this change of government will not happen. The many rakyat who came back all the way from foreign countries to vote on last Wednesday by taking a few days leave, why cant Tony have more guts like the majority of the rakyat who went against all odds and vote Najib out?

    Comment by Shirly — May 14, 2018 @ 12:37 PM | Reply

    • Tony should be ashamed of himself, he must learn from Zuma who never buckle under MO1 pressure.

      Comment by Horace — May 14, 2018 @ 1:33 PM | Reply

    • I will no longer fly Air Asia.

      Comment by SBY — May 17, 2018 @ 12:36 PM | Reply

  12. Be careful, the whole community will be watching you … using your finger to warn others = Kurang Ajar … blowing hot air + NATO = Stupid

    Comment by tigerykarother — May 11, 2018 @ 7:56 AM | Reply

  13. Next episode > Kick BN Sarawak out

    Comment by tigerykarother — May 10, 2018 @ 11:08 PM | Reply

    • Assuming Sarawakians can wake up first!

      Comment by Narcos — May 17, 2018 @ 6:17 PM | Reply

      • No sweat, with a half-past six cm like Abang Jaw and his big mouth blowing hot air and NATO … voters already tired to see him.

        Comment by tigeryk — June 5, 2018 @ 1:18 PM | Reply

  14. AJ should take full responsibility for the poor performance and unprecedented loses suffered, and he should step down and resign, because he only knows how to blow hot-air and NATO … so stupid.

    Comment by tigerykarother — May 10, 2018 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  15. Brave for a big Sarawak tsunami … non-stop raining PKR from day one

    Comment by tigerykarother — May 9, 2018 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

    • Tie for Sarawak folks to wake up, especially those voted by BN.

      Comment by SBY — May 17, 2018 @ 12:37 PM | Reply

  16. With Fake news law now implemented UMNO Najis-PAS Hadi -BN(Bangsat Negara with approval from Govenor-sultan-agong) will make Islam Quran as the ONLY True News and all you Sabah-Sarawakians Christian, Buddist, Hindu, Sikh teaching as a Criminal Offence in Public….Need Permit to practice your Religion!! The sooner Sabah-Sarawak Sack Malaya and join Singapore…the brighter your future….Vote STAR…then DAP….Avoid PKR and UMNO DNA Scumbags!!

    Comment by bumi non malay — May 9, 2018 @ 6:10 AM | Reply

  17. We have witnessed the audacity of the EC in implementing undemocratic and unconstitutional changes e.g. malapportionment, de-registration of opposition party, tainted electoral roll, banning of opposition posters, etc. The EC has become very bold because they have managed to get all these unjust changes done. Tomorrow, the EC will be bold enough to carry out all manner of fraud to ensure a win for their desperate political master. We will probably witness electoral fraud at a scale unseen before. Only the rakyat’s power can prevent this despicable act from happening. Let’s remain vigilant and not allow any form of electoral fraud or rigging to take place. Let’s send a strong and unequivocal message to the EC and their political master. Enough is enough!

    Comment by Det fever — May 8, 2018 @ 9:00 PM | Reply

  18. If the BN government is allowed to retain power on May 9 and they continue spending at this unchecked rate, estimates place government debt at RM1 trillion by 2021. This country will be run into the ground, a failed state and made bankrupt, by those looking to enrich themselves – as they live the high life, while the rakyat is made to pay off the country’s debt.

    Enough of leaders who can stuff themselves with quinoa while our shopping carts grow smaller every day. Another five years of a BN government will send our country into the abyss, and it is us and the generations to come who will have to pay a heavy price for it.

    Comment by Ricky — May 7, 2018 @ 10:12 PM | Reply

  19. GE-14 will be a watershed; and it will shed seats thought to be “fixed deposits.” There are no “fixed deposits ” this time around. Shocks and shocks will shake Parties in BN. MCA will lose terribly.GERAKAN and MIC may disappear. UMNO will be shattered, with shock losses. The Malaysian, not just Malay, tsunami is there to see! Huge crowds will mean something shocking will occur. Malaysians have woke up! This election will be the game-changer. Tun Dr. Mahathir will become PM again!Huge reforms will take place. Heads will roll! Those “naughty ” boys and girls will pay a heavy price; they will lose their jobs! Impartiality is the only game civil servants should play. Other games will have consequences! Justice, fairness, gender equality and separation of powers will come, making Malaysians happy and joyous.At long last, Malaysians can sigh with relief.

    Comment by Ni — May 6, 2018 @ 8:49 AM | Reply

  20. As with most right thinking Malaysians, I hope PH will win. However, attention should also be focused on the really rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak where BN is quietly carrying out their campaign in the longhouses. We do not see massive crowds, but these rural folks will really be the kingmakers. Najib’s fixed deposit is about to be cashed.

    Comment by Eric See — May 5, 2018 @ 3:56 PM | Reply

  21. Even if BN Sarawak lost half its Paraliament seats, Abang Johari and PBB will still be governing Sarawak. All the 31 MPs after GE14 will still be Sarawakians from PH components and former BN components. It is likely that BN will be dissolved if UMNO Baru is declared illegal when PH takes over Putrajaya and restore independence and credibility back to EC, ROS, MACC, PDRM and AGC.Sarawakians have everything to gain when PH government reforms and transforms the nation .

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 5, 2018 @ 3:51 PM | Reply

    • But the stupid AJ supports Bugis Pirate, which means he supports kleptocracy … he is a real idiot…. paloi

      Comment by tigerykarother — May 5, 2018 @ 4:19 PM | Reply

    • Najib’s world is one of the internet and social media, and the result is that he is unable to control the narrative the way Mahathir did. This gives Mahathir and the opposition a powerful soapbox from which to rain scathing blows against Najib and Barisan Nasional.

      Out-of-touch elites?

      It doesn’t help that Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, as well as most BN politicians are also hugely unpopular for being seen as enjoying lavish lifestyles while regular people suffer. Filings by the US Department of Justice in the wake of the 1MDB scandal last year claimed almost $30 million of the fund’s money was spent buying jewelry for Rosmah. The accusations were dismissed by Najib’s office as “baseless allegations.”

      It is this, more than the 1MDB scandal itself, that voters bristle at. The Malaysian public are an unusually pragmatic electorate — they are hugely tolerant of political tomfoolery, as long as it doesn’t interfere too much with daily life. It is when it begins to eat into bread and butter issues that the voters usually slap back.

      It has happened in the past two elections — 2008 was described as the elections in which there was a Chinese tsunami, as voters from that ethnic group abandoned the government in droves over increasing racial and religious inequalities.

      Fast forward to 2018 and Mahathir is aiming for a Malay tsunami.

      Malay-Muslims form the majority of the electorate and it is impossible to win an election without their support. Mahathir is one of the few people who has the clout and the track record to win that support from Najib and BN.

      Comment by Midas — May 7, 2018 @ 3:20 PM | Reply

  22. Forget about what BN has done for you, or going to do for you or your village or your state. Think about your country.

    Malaysia is a basket case just waiting to be declared a bankrupt state. Everyone in Malaysia is finished. Vote Harapan, if you have to vote BN don’t vote.

    Save Malaysia from kleptocracy.
    Already 1MDB has lost at least RM40 billion while our national assets are pawned to PRC to service the lian and debt.

    Wake up Malaysians.
    Vote for Harapan on 9 May.

    Comment by Eric See — May 5, 2018 @ 3:18 PM | Reply

  23. There’s a hole in our nation, a leadership vacuum, a moral bareness, an integrity deficit that all the BN manifestos and promises cannot fill.

    The first law of holes states that “if you find yourself in a hole, stopping digging.” Digging makes it deeper and therefore harder to get back out. It is a metaphor that means when in an untenable position, it is best to stop carrying on as usual and exacerbating the situation.

    To continue to support BN is simply to keep digging deeper into that hole and making it even more difficult to get out of the mess we are in. It’s time to look elsewhere for solutions, to give someone else a chance to get us out of the hole we are in.

    Pakatan Harapan has come a long way. Their spirit has been forged in the struggle for freedom. Their leaders know what it is like to suffer imprisonment, to endure hardship and vilification. They are courageous enough to acknowledge their mistakes and commit to doing better. They’ve learned to give and take, build new bonds of fellowship and trust, found a way to respect differences and build on what unites us.

    We finally have an alternative that we can be proud of, one that shares our hopes and aspirations for the future. We must give them that chance on polling day or be stuck in a rut for decades to come.

    Comment by Narcos — May 5, 2018 @ 2:07 PM | Reply

  24. 1. Vote PH and kick out BN once and for all.

    2. Kick out AJ, the lap-dog for Bugis Pirate

    3. Practice 100% autonomy …. keep 90% oil revenue and give 5% goodwill to KL

    Comment by tigerykarother — May 5, 2018 @ 1:27 PM | Reply

    • In the event that caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and his family choose to flee the country if BN loses the 14th general election (GE14), Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the new government could request assistance from foreign authorities, including the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), to track them down.

      In an interview held at his office in Putrajaya on Friday, Mahathir stressed that he personally believed the rule of law would prevail, should Harapan come into power.

      “I believe in the rule of law. I don’t believe in privileges for certain people…If he breaks the law, the law will find its way to catch him,” said Mahathir, who is seeking a mandate to return as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister.

      Comment by Nina — May 6, 2018 @ 9:01 AM | Reply

  25. Dayaks in every part and corner of Sarawak must vote PH to abolish GST and regain their NCR rights and self identity. Dayak civil servants must no longer live in fear of voting for real change to get rid of Najib, GST and anti Christian Umno Baru. Vote for DAP and PKR candidates in Sarawak to help fellow Sabahans give PH a two third majority in this most important General Election. Hidup Rakyat Sarawak and Sabah.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 4, 2018 @ 3:48 PM | Reply

  26. BN appointed Tuai Rumah and Penghulu are selling their souls to highly corrupted Umno Baru controlled BN led by a thief Najib Tun Razak. The Dayaks had been neglected and forgotten for more than 50 years and past and present BN Sarawak Dayak lawmakers are millionaires and multi millionaires. Such is the achievements of Sarawak BN leaders for themselves and family.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — May 3, 2018 @ 6:17 PM | Reply

  27. Najib, thanks to Shafie Apdal and Warisan, Sabah is no longer a fixed deposit for you! Be afraid, be very afraid!

    Sarawakians please reject BN to regain your freedom and oil royalty!

    Comment by Midas — May 2, 2018 @ 9:15 PM | Reply

    • I predict BN candidates will lose their deposits, because people now see the CM as a puppet / lap-dog of UMNO

      Comment by tigerykarother — May 8, 2018 @ 11:09 AM | Reply

  28. The Bidayuh are UNITED to vote for Change. The Bidayuh are UNITED in Jesus’s name to vote for Good Governance and a Corrupt Free Federal Government.

    Comment by Irene Kana — May 1, 2018 @ 5:39 PM | Reply

    • Yes, Jesus taught us to forgive.

      Mahathir has repent and let us support him to kick out the thief and kleptocracy.

      Comment by Midas — May 2, 2018 @ 9:16 PM | Reply

      • Praise the Lord!

        Comment by Horace — May 14, 2018 @ 1:34 PM | Reply

  29. “We love Babi Nazip (BN) … But we will vote for Pakatan Harapan”

    Comment by tigerykarother — April 30, 2018 @ 12:01 PM | Reply

  30. Dear Voters Please come BACK n come OUT to VOTE, Malaysia need you to SAVE 🇲🇾 TOGETHER 💕💖💖🙏👍🇲🇾💪😊, Vote for Pakatan Harapan 我们全力支持希联 We Fully Support Pakatan Harapan

    Comment by SBY — April 27, 2018 @ 3:20 PM | Reply

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