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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

    • I will no longer fly Air Asia.

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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

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

  22. 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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