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November 19, 2017

Reject Territorial Sea Act 2012 to safeguard Sarawak’s territorial integrity – See

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The state government must be serious in safeguarding Sarawak’s territorial integrity by rejecting the application and enforcement of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 in Sarawak, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

“It it is only by claiming the full rights to Sarawak’s continental shelf in accordance with the Federal Constitution that the state can maintain full control of the use and development of all resources belonging to Sarawak, including the full licensing rights to oil and gas exploration and development.

“Most importantly, we must not shoot ourselves in the foot by agreeing to the limitation of our territorial sea to 12 nautical miles,” he said.

Elaborating on his opinion, See pointed out that the Territorial Sea Act 2012 cannot impose the provisions of the Continental Shelf Act 1966 [Act 83] and the Petroleum Mining Act 1966 [Act 95] on Sarawak, because Sarawak has its various Orders In Council made in 1954, 1958, 1960 and 1962 adopted by the Sarawak Legislative Assembly and the Sarawak Land Code, which have legally delineated and determined Sarawak’s territorial boundary, and the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 with regards to oil mining on and in its Continental Shelf. (more…)

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Sarawak govt to table comprehensive Land Code changes next May

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (centre) says the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR by having its own Bill to amend the Sarawak Land Code, November 17, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieA comprehensive amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to territorial domain and communal forest reserves will be ready for tabling in the May 2018 sitting of the State Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

He urged the indigenous communities, Dayak non-governmental organisations and interested individuals should let the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land task force look at the issues holistically and thereafter work out proposals to amend the Land Code to resolve the current problems.

“In the meantime, I would like to appeal for patience from all parties,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state legislative assembly meeting.

Uggah said the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR and will table the Bill to amend the Land Code. (more…)

Sabah, S’wak judicial independence under MA63 breached, says PBS

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Joseph-Pairin-Kitingan-sabah-sarawak-ma63-1Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) says that interference in the court systems of Sabah and Sarawak, has strayed from the guarantees under the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

In a speech at the PBS delegates’ conference today, the party’s outgoing president Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that under the MA63, Sabah and Sarawak had a special position at the High Court, separate from that of the High Court of Malaya.

“In the beginning, the Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak was called the Chief Justice of the High Court of Borneo, but the title was changed to what it is now.

“This has deviated from the original provision under the MA63,” he said. (more…)

Najib explains federal government stand on Malaysia Agreement

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Dato Seri Najib Razak (centre) at the annual meeting of Parti Bersatu Sabah in Penampang, Sabah, November 18, 2017. — Bernama picDatuk Seri Najib Razak said today the federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The Prime Minister said that if anything had been taken inadvertently, it must be returned. “This is our struggle. It is not the struggle of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) alone. It is our joint struggle. I share your sentiments,” he said when opening the PBS 32nd annual delegates conference here.

Also present at the opening were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman; Deputy Chief Minister and PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan; Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and leaders of other Barisan Nasional component parties.

Najib, who is BN chairman, said the people of Sabah had the right to talk about or discuss their rights in the MA63 without fear of any action against them. (more…)

Call for DBP to fix bible like salt in wound, says Christian group

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Malaysia is possibly the only country in the world in which “Allah”, the Arabic word for God, is exclusive to Islam, after the courts here ruled in favour of the federal government’s decision to ban the Catholic Church from using it in a newsletter. — Picture by Choo Choy MayAn Islamic council’s suggestion for Dewan Bahasa Pustaka to “correct” Christian bibles in Malay was “presumptuous” and “insulting”, said the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF).

The group noted that beyond contesting Christians on their right to use the Arabic word for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) was now seeking to dictate how they should be allowed to worship.

“Mais’ attempt to deny the use of, “Allah”, by Christians is already very upsetting to the Christian community and going on to suggest that a government agency like ‘Dewan Bahasa’ should translate the Holy Scriptures only adds insult to the injury.

“We urge the government to make it clear that it will uphold the rights of the Christian minority religion guaranteed under our Constitution,” the NECF said in a statement. (more…)

November 18, 2017

Sarawak top contributor to national agriculture sector in 2016, DCM says

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state’s contribution to the national agriculture sector rose from RM11.8 billion or 14.3 per cent in 2010 to RM14.7 billion or 16.8 per cent in 2016. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak’s contribution to the national agriculture sector has improved to be the highest among states in 2016 from its third ranking in 2010, the State Legislative Assembly was told today.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state’s contribution rose from RM11.8 billion or 14.3 per cent in 2010 to RM14.7 billion or 16.8 per cent in 2016.

Winding up debate for the ministry on the State Budget 2018, he also said that the agriculture sector contributed 13.5 per cent to the state’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016, with crops contributing 68.1 per cent; livestock, 4.5 per cent; fisheries, 5 per cent; and forestry and logging, 22.4 per cent.

“The growth in the crop sub-sector was mainly dependent on commodities, especially oil palm, rubber, pepper and sago, while poultry and swine were the main contributors to the growth of the livestock sub-sector,” he said.
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MA63 still intact

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The federal government cannot amend the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on its own because it is an international treaty signed by four parties — Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah and the United Kingdom (Singapore, the other signatory, opted out of Malaysia in 1965) .

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg stressed that since MA63 has not been amended by all the signatory parties, therefore the terms and conditions has not been changed.

“Sarawakians have been too trusting. Now, Sarawakians are even more vigilant, because many of our native sons and daughters are now highly educated, can read and write, and are aware of what is going on.

“We do not want wool to be pulled over our eyes. We can see clearly now. We will do due diligence in all our agreements. (more…)

Sarawak government wants DPM to lead task force on special rights

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Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (centre) said the state government preferred the deputy prime minister to be the leader of a federal task force to negotiate matters relating to the state’s special rights and constitutional safeguards. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak government wants Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to lead a federal task force to negotiate matters relating to the state’s special rights and constitutional safeguards.

“The other side should be headed by the deputy prime minister or a very senior minister who has the authority,” Sarawak chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg told reporters today after the state assembly adjourned its eight-day session.

He said the state government had initially considered Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, both of whom co-chair the technical committee on the devolution of power to Sarawak and Sabah.

But Abang Johari’s administration then decided the two were “not high ranking enough”. (more…)

Sarawak govt to table comprehensive Land Code changes next May

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (centre) says the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR by having its own Bill to amend the Sarawak Land Code, November 17, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieA comprehensive amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to territorial domain and communal forest reserves will be ready for tabling in the May 2018 sitting of the State Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

He urged the indigenous communities, Dayak non-governmental organisations and interested individuals should let the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land task force look at the issues holistically and thereafter work out proposals to amend the Land Code to resolve the current problems.

“In the meantime, I would like to appeal for patience from all parties,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state legislative assembly meeting.

Uggah said the state government is committed to resolving all issues relating to NCR and will table the Bill to amend the Land Code. (more…)

Land identified for Communal Reserve

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THE state identified 804,826 hectares to be gazetted as Communal Reserve for agriculture under Section 6 of the State Land Code.

Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said out of the figure, 643,017 hectares have been gazetted under the new Native Customary Rights (NCR) initiative.

The second phase of the new NCR initiative will involve the issuance of individual lots, a total of 16,351 individual lots (17,776 hectares) have been surveyed to-date.

“A total of 6,024 lots (5,261 hectares) received land titles under Section 18 of the State Land Code,” said Awang Tengah during his ministry’s winding-up speech yesterday. (more…)

Flexing muscle, Sarawak CM tells Petronas to get licenses to operate in state territory

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg told the state legislative assembly that Petronas must obtain the necessary licenses from the state government to operate within its territory. — Reuters file picNational oil corporation Petronas must obtain the necessary licenses or leases from the Sarawak government to operate within its territory, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

“The power of the state to issue mining leases remains in the State List of the Federal Constitution. We must exert our mining rights,” he said in his winding speech at the state legislative assembly.

The chief minister, however, did not state when Petronas must apply for the licences or leases.

He said even though the Petroleum Development Act 1974 has vested the rights to exploration and export of petroleum to Petronas by the federal government, it does not mean that the oil corporation has the right to simply enter into Sarawak’s territory, be it land or sea. (more…)

November 17, 2017

Baru: Fine for ‘bad’ Bahasa Malaysia a flawed proposition

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Image result for Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has described the reported proposal for the imposition of a RM1,000-fine by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) for the use of incorrect Bahasa Malaysia via the amendment to the National Language Act 1963 and Education Act 1996 as a ‘flawed proposition’.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said the proposal would seek to punish and not educate the public.

“It is a draconian move that will cause resentment and avoidance of Bahasa Malaysia by the public. Is there any other country that imposes a fine such as this for the improper use of their language?

“In the first place, what is the definition of ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there a gold standard documented somewhere for the poor public to follow? Who is to judge what amounts to ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there going to be a degree of acceptable ‘improperness’ beyond which the fine will be imposed?” (more…)

No issue about using ‘Allah’ for God

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Christians in Sarawak are free to use the word ‘Allah’ for God.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said yesterday the usage of the word Allah among non-Muslims in the state remains a non-issue.

“In Sarawak, there is no issue. Don’t create an issue,” he told reporters after the handover of funds for houses of worship at the State Legislative Assembly here.

Uggah, who is also minister in charge of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), was asked to comment on news reports quoting a proposal by Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla for Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to prepare an official Malay translation of the Bible to correct Christians alleged error in using the word ‘Allah’ for God.

Haniff had claimed the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak had wrongly used ‘Allah’ for God in Bahasa Malaysia, arguing that they should use ‘Tuhan’ and that this would not deprive them of their rights. (more…)

Why should Mais, DBP write Malay Bibles for Christians? Sarawak DCM asks

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Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing says it will be a mockery to Christianity if Mais and DBP were allowed to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia, November 16, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing asserted today that Christian Malaysians find it totally unacceptable if Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) were to translate the Bible into Malay as suggested by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).“They would not understand the essence of Christianity, so why should they want to write the Bible for us?” he told reporters here when responding to a recent argument in court by Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla that DBP can produce the official Malay translation of the Christian holy book for Malaysian consumption.

Masing added that it would also be a mockery to Christianity if DBP were allowed to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia.

“They may have some officers with doctorate degrees in religion or whatever it is, but they are not qualified to translate the Bible into Bahasa Malaysia.

“In the same breathe, I have a doctorate degree in anthropology that does not qualify me to write about other religions,” the Sarawakian said. (more…)

Fine for ‘bad’ Bahasa Malaysia a flawed proposition – Baru

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Image result for Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has described the reported proposal for the imposition of a fine of RM1,000 by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka for the use of incorrect Bahasa Malaysia via the amendment to the National Language Act 1963 and Education Act 1996 as a ‘flawed proposition’.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said this proposal seeks to punish and not educate the public.

“It is a draconian move that will cause resentment and avoidance of Bahasa Malaysia by the public. Is there any other country that imposes a fine such as this for the improper use of their language?

“In the first place, what is the definition of ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there a gold standard documented somewhere for the poor public to follow? Who is to judge what amounts to ‘proper Bahasa Malaysia’? Is there going to be a degree of acceptable ‘improperness’ beyond which the fine will be imposed?” he asked in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Chong retracts word ‘gratification’ in DUN

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen retracted is allegation against the State Secretary following a motion moved by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim moved the motion to seek the approval of the Assembly members to suspend Chong from the remaining session of the current sitting after the member for Kota Sentosa uttered the word ‘gratification’ at the sitting against State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Gani.

“I retract the word ‘gratification’ but the question is that all the applications for permanent residence in the state are

sitting on the desk of the State Secretary,” said Chong, in reply to Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamed Asfia Awang Nasar’s question if he wished to retract the word. (more…)

Sarawak DCM: Anyone can translate Bible, just not Mais

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James-Masing-bible-mais-1Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing has no issue with the Bible being translated into Malaysian languages, as long as the translation is not done by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

Speaking to FMT, Masing said this was because he believed Mais would not be able to fully grasp and understand the nuances of Christianity.

“It can be translated into Malay or even the Chinese language. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) can also publish it.

“But I will not agree to Mais being the translator,” he said.

Masing also questioned the fear surrounding the usage of the word “Allah” by Christians. (more…)

No GE14 for you without AGM first, RoS warns PPBM

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Members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s supreme leadership council pose for a picture at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya November 2, 2016. — Picture by Zurairi ARParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) may not be allowed to contest in the 14th general election if it fails to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) first, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) said today.

RoS director-general Suriyati Ibrahim said PPBM, which has been a registered political party for more than a year is in violation of its own constitution and the 1966 Societies Act for failing to hold its AGM within a year after its formation.

“Bersatu was formed more than a year ago (September 2016), if we follow the constitution, they must have an AGM. The excuse that there are weaknesses within the party’s inner structure is of no concern to us.

“They should be prepared, not give excuses about party troubles. This must be resolved immediately so that they gave hold their AGM and take part in the general election,” Sinar Harian Online quoted the official as saying. (more…)

November 16, 2017

See praises state’s financial achievement, urges caution on reserves management

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SEE Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) has commended the state administration for the financial performance this year.

According to See, the state has an increase in revised revenue by RM779 million and no revision in ordinary expenditure and the 2017 revised budget is expected to register a surplus of RM394 million against the original estimated deficit of RM385 million.

“There is a positive gain in the actual revenue from the hill timber premium comparing to the estimated income from the same source, to the tune of RM93.8 million,” he said in his debate on the state budget during the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

However, See pointed out that the RM100 million revenue from hill timber premium appears to be far short of the revised target of RM300 million. (more…)

See’s private motion on Bengoh Dam dismissed

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Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar has dismissed the private motion of See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) who wanted the state government to immediately appoint an independent consultant to examine the seepages and determine the potential risk of the Bengoh Dam and called to audit its safety.

See also wanted the state government to reveal the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and conduct workshops on the ERP with the people living at the dam’s downstream.

In dismissing the motion, Asfia said See has taken an alarmist view – that the briefing by the consultant of the Bengoh Dam is misleading, contradictory and self-serving.

“On Monday, the Minister of Utilities, his deputies and state officials took almost the entire day to hear briefing from the dam consultants and experts,” he said in ruling See’s private motion yesterday. (more…)

PH Women wants 30 pct women representation in leadership

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The newly formed Pakatan Harapan (PH) Women wing is urging the state government to help materialise a 30 per cent representation of women in leadership and decision-making positions.

Speaking on the sidelines of the DUN sitting yesterday, Irene Chang (DAP-Bukit Assek) said this was one of the main goals of PH Women – to bring about the movement of gender equality that would help create a higher quality society.

“We have all heard of the saying: Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her food, she will give you a meal. If you give her a house, she will give you a home.

“We believe that if more women are involved in nation-building, this nation should prosper. So we want more women, especially educated women to become leaders with the right mindset to make the right decisions at the right time,” she said. (more…)

Mais: Dewan Bahasa can prepare BM Bible to correct Christians’ ‘Allah’ use

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File picture shows lawyers for Jill Ireland walking out of the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya after the court ruled in her favour, on June 23, 2015. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayDewan Bahasa dan Pustaka can prepare an official Malay translation of the Bible to correct Christians’ alleged error in using the word “Allah” for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) asserted in court today.Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla claimed that the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak had wrongly used “Allah” for God in Bahasa Malaysia, arguing that they should instead use “Tuhan” and that this would not deprive them of their rights.

“That’s why we submit it should be sent to Dewan Bahasa. That will also be in line with para 2 of 2011,” he said, referring to the government’s 10-point solution issued in 2011 which had said bibles of all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia, can be printed in Malaysia.

“The government is also interested in allowing for Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles. If Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles is allowed, Dewan Bahasa would then prepare text to be approved by the Christian community, we would then not have this issue for generations to come,” he said. (more…)

Sarawak govt accepts e-Wallet cashless payment, first in Malaysia

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari uses his handphone to scan an utility bill at the launch of SarawakPay, a cashless mobile payment solution, November 15, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak took another step towards digitalising its economy with the launch today of SarawakPay, a cashless mobile payment solution implemented by the state government to empower the state’s digital economy agenda.

With SarawakPay, payment is made by way of electronic wallet (e-Wallet), credit card or internet banking.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said the e-Wallet, licensed under PaymentGalaxy®Wallet and governed by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), is the first e-Wallet system to be implemented by a state government in the country.

He added that users can top up their SarawakPay e-Wallet balance through online banking or credit card. (more…)

Lawyer gives reason why a declaratory relief is needed in ‘Allah’ ban

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A lawyer representing Jill Ireland today cited actions by the Home Ministry officials in raiding a Sabah church as the reason why a declaratory relief on the use of the word Allah for the Bahasa Malaysia speaking Christian community, is needed to be given by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Lim Heng Seng, who represented Ireland, showed news portal reports last week which quoted Parti Cinta Sabah president Wilfred Bumburing, criticising the ministry official’s visit to the church and urging the church officials to not use four terminologies, namely Allah, Baitullah, Kaabah and Sholat.

“Furthermore, they advised the church officials on how to design a book on Christian teachings and what font size to use on the cover design,” Lim said in reading what Bumburing’s remark. (more…)

Chong: State govt rich but ordinary people poor

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Image result for Chong Chieng JenA GOOD government entails enriching the people and not enriching the government at the expense of the people.

Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) said the Penang government was a prime example of this unlike that of the Sarawak government.

“To be a good government, it’s about how to enrich the people.

“But a government that only enriches itself but impoverish its people is not a good government.

“What we have in Sarawak is a rich government but poor people.

“This is not a sign of good government,” he told a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly’s Media Room yesterday. (more…)

Ali asks for breakdown of jobs created by SCORE

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Image result for KRIAN assemblyman Ali BijuKRIAN assemblyman Ali Biju wants the state government to give a detailed breakdown of the number of jobs created by Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and number of Sarawakians who have benefitted from this mega-project.

He said previous speeches had repeatedly reminded the august House that the much-touted SCORE would create two million jobs in Sarawak.

He said if indeed SCORE did create employment and become the main catalyst for economic growth of the state, then Sarawakians should not be made to wait till they see SCORE empower Sarawakians economically.

Ali also asked the government on how they would reconcile the small number of job vacancies with the huge number of unemployed jobseekers in the labour market today. (more…)

Adenan a better leader than Abang Johari, says DAP rep

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david-wongEven after his death 10 months ago, the late Adenan Satem, fondly known as “Tok Nan” to Sarawakians, is still remembered for his many people-centric policies during his tenure as chief minister of Sarawak.

Most of the state assemblymen, from both Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition, who are currently attending the state legislative assembly sitting, had only good things to say about Adenan’s leadership.

David Wong (DAP-Pelawan) said among Adenan’s most notable contributions was the revision of the electricity tariff structure for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors to cushion the rising cost of living.

He also commended the former chief minister for abolishing payment on certain land quit rents which had a huge impact on the people. (more…)

Sarawak Speaker rejects Opposition motion on Bengoh dam seepage

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The Bengoh dam when it was under construction. — Picture courtesy of www.yeobeeyin.comThe Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker rejected today an Opposition assemblyman’s emergency motion for the state government to appoint an independent consultant to look into alleged seepage in the Bengoh dam.

Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nasar said although the motion tabled by PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How on the RM310 million dam was definite and of public importance, it was, however, not urgent.

“The Minister of Utilities (Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom) is in the know as he and his staff spent hours attending the briefing by the contractor and consultant, and therefore, there is no urgency,” he said in rejecting the motion.

He said See has taken an alarmist view that the contractor and consultant was misleading, contradictory and self-serving. (more…)

Cop apologises to missing pastor’s family lawyer for evidence fabrication claim

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A police observer had to publicly apologise to the family lawyer of Pastor Raymond Koh (pictured) after wrongly accusing the counsel of fabricating evidence during the Suhakam inquiry into Koh’s disappearance. — Picture courtesy of Facebook A police observer had to publicly apologise to the family lawyer of Pastor Raymond Koh for accusing the counsel of fabricating evidence in a Human Rights Commission Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into Koh’s disappearance.

ASP Nuzulan Mohd Din claimed that a photograph from Berita Harian Singapore’s website, which depicted two Malaysian police officers in black balaclava without Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) insignia arresting a suspect, was fabricated by lawyer Jerald Gomez.

He then threatened to take action against Gomez under Section 192 of the Penal Code. Section 192 that covers fabricating evidence in a judicial proceeding and that is punishable by a seven-year prison term.

“PDRM’s investigated the website and we found that it had a different photograph instead of what was submitted by the lawyers. (more…)

RM402m allocated to EC for GE14

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Ahmad Zahid had earlier indicated that GE14 will be held next year. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe government has allocated RM402 million to the Election Commission (EC) for the 14th general election, a minister said today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said however said that the Commission will request for extra funding from the Finance Ministry “should there be unexpected matters”.

“For your information, the funding to execute the 13th general election was RM460 million. Whereas the funding given to the Election Commission for the 14th general election in 2018, is RM320 million,” Azalina said in a written reply to DAP’s Sarikei MP Wong Ling Biu.

“Additionally, the EC was also given RM82 million in 2017, for early preparation. The total allocation requested for the 14th general election from the Finance Ministry is RM450 million.” (more…)

November 14, 2017

Protesters give Sarawak three months to amend land code

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Nicholas Bawin addresss the peaceful assembly at the Old Court House on November 13, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe organisers of a rally here today gave the Sarawak state government three months to respond to calls for amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to native customary rights land issues.

They demanded Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also the NCR land state task force chairman, to be seen doing something concrete within the three months’ period.

“We want action before the next sitting of the state assembly or else more assemblies will be held until our demands are met,” chief organiser Nicholas Bawin told reporters at the Old Court House where the peaceful assembly was held.

In a memorandum submitted to the state government following the peaceful assembly, the organisers want amendments to the land code to include giving recognition to territorial domain (“pemakai menoa”) and communal forest reserves (“pulau galau”), the definition of “pemakai menoa” and “pulau galau” must be based on the definition of the council of Dayak customs and traditions, the court must be empowered to exercise out NCR lands out of the provisional leases or licences of planted forest, and NCR land must be excluded from the definition of state land. (more…)

About 1,000 attend NCR rally at Old Courthouse compound

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Some 1,000 people congregated at the Old Courthouse near the Kuching Waterfront yesterday for the peaceful native customary rights (NCR) land rally aimed at creating greater public awareness of the frustration of the natives of Sarawak over the alleged exploitation of their native land.

Organised by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia), several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also turned up to support the cause. The rally included talks on the issue by 10 speakers.

According to the rally organising secretary Mark Bujang, it was held to call for the amendment to the provisional leases and demand for the return of NCR land to the natives.

“The provisional lease is not in the NCR Land Code and we want the government to make an amendment to it, and also to recognise (the existence of) ‘Pulau Galau’ and ‘Pemakai Menua’ and to include communal forest as part of NCR land. Additionally, land without a title belongs to the government,” he said when met during the rally. (more…)

‘Crack’ on Bengoh dam actually contraction joint, minister explains

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Picture showing the seepage of the Bengoh dam. Sarawak’s Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom said remedial work by the contractor began two months ago after the seepage was first detected. — Picture courtesy of See Chee HowThe RM310 million Bengoh Dam is stable and safe, Sarawak’s Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom said in response to pictures circulating online of water seepage at the base of the structure.

“What was seen on site was actually a designed contraction joint, and not a crack as alleged (in the social media),” he told reporters at the media centre at the state assembly building.

“Some seepages through the joint are expected, and the wet patch seen on this area is due to this seepage,” he said.

Rundie added that remedial work by the contractor Naim Holdings Berhad began two months ago after the seepage was first detected. (more…)

Respect NCR and Sarawak’s rights under MA63

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Image result for Revd Danald JuteAS the season of Advent approaches, we note with great sadness and concern a number of tragedies and disasters that occurred recently, from the recent fatal Church shooting in Texas, USA to the massive flood in Penang.

The recent Federal Court decision (involving Masa Nangkai and his fellow villagers in Pantu) concerning the loss of government recognised Native Customary Rights (NCR) land belonging to a group of natives of Sarawak to an oil palm plantation is the latest in a series of Court decisions which are of no less devastating effect to the Natives of Sarawak.

We are deeply concerned with the recent Federal Court decisions, which appear to blatantly disregard the rights of the indigenous people of Sarawak.

To the indigenous people, land is regarded as sacred as life and to lose their NCR land is like losing life.The recent court judgments may be perceived as unjust and taking away the inalienable constitutional rights of the Natives over their NCR land as provided in Paragraph 22(3) and 30(1) of the Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee 1962 and safeguarded under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Article 13 and 161E of the Federal Constitution. (more…)

Government will never take away people’s land — Uggah

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The government will never rob the people of their land as it is its duty to take care of the welfare of its citizens who have elected it.

Thus, such question should not arise at all, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out.

“That question should never be asked of us. This is because the state government is very serious in finding a holistic solution to the native customary rights (NCR) land issue regarding ‘pemakai menua’ and ‘pulau galau’ (PMPG),” Uggah told The Borneo Post in his office at the DUN complex yesterday.

He assured that the state government would address the issue holistically and not do it on an ad hoc basis, stressing that the government would not give in to pressure from some dissenting natives who were entangled in land disputes with the government, and had organised rallies both here and in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Stay calm, be patient as govt finds a holistic solution to Pemakai Menoa, Pulau Galau issue

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The Dayak community have been urged to stay calm and be patient as the special committee formed to look into the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau issue is working tirelessly to find a holistic solution to solve the problem as mandated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

In stating this, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said in fact, the chief minister had previously made statements stressing unequivocally that the government recognises Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau at various functions which had been widely reported by newspapers.

“We have been working on it. Not only that, we also conducted consultations, we called a group in Kuching, we met another group in Bintulu. We also received recommendations from Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“We received all the feedback, whatever feedback given to us. State PKR chairman Baru Bian also met me few weeks ago and informed me that he wanted to submit a proposal on the definition (of Pulau Galau and Pemakai Menoa). In fact, he was also invited to attend the discussion among a group of lawyers in Bintulu chaired by Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom as part of our consultation,” Uggah said. (more…)

Baru glad that more people are aware of NCR land issues

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Ba Kalalan assemblyman Baru Bian is happy that the people on the ground are aware of the native customary rights (NCR) land issues, which shows how important the matter is.

“I am very glad that all the representatives of all the races all over Sarawak turned up for the rally today. These people can only get the news through WhatsApp and telephone, but the people in the longhouses are not aware of the issues, else there will be thousands of them here today (yesterday),” he said when met at the NCR land rally at the Old Courthouse yesterday.

“I think it’s good that the issue is on the ground and the rakyat are now responding. I think it’s a good sign. You know, we fight in DUN (State Legislative Assembly), court of law, but if the rakyat themselves do not understand this whole issue, then we fight for nothing. So this is a victory on its own.”

He added that the organising committee would present a memorandum to the chief minister in the afternoon to request that ‘pemakai menua’ and ‘pulau galau’ be recognised and accorded force of law.

Meanwhile, the NCR Land Rally memorandum was handed over by its representative, Borneo Protection Action Committee chairman Philip Jau, to the state government which was received by security officer from Bilik Operasi Negeri, Ramli Kadir, outside the DUN compound at about 2.30pm. Almost 100 people had gathered there but were not allowed inside.


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No cause for alarm

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Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom has assured all that the Bengoh Dam is technically and structurally sound and stable, and not leaking as alleged by PKR to the media recently.

He said the design and construction of the dam involved the input of experienced international dam specialists from United Kingdom (UK) and China.

“The contractor from China has built more than 200 dams around the world in collaboration with an established local contractor.

“This design and subsequent construction was further reviewed by a peer reviewer who is a world renowned dam specialist from Australia,” he told a press conference at the media room of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here yesterday. (more…)

Present education system too burdensome for students

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Image result for malaysia education systemTHE national education syllabus, which is 100 per cent examination-based, has placed excessive and unnecessary pressure on young students.

Irene Chang (DAP-Bukit Assek), in her debate speech on the state budget, said the syllabus is affecting the mental health of students, exposing them to the risks of having mental breakdowns.

“There may have been efforts to address the mental health of our people, including the young ones. I am aware that the causes of mental breakdown are many but I would dare to say (that) one of the major causes of mental breakdown among our students is our education system,” she said yesterday.

According to her, examinations, assignments, peer pressure and family breakdowns are several factors that may lead to self-harming and suicidal tendencies. (more…)

November 13, 2017

Rally for Sarawak native lands to be held today

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File picture shows Peter John Jaban speaking to reporters on January 5, 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawieOver 10,000 people are expected to rally at the Kuching Waterfront here today to call for an amendment to the Sarawak Land Code relating to native customary rights (NCR) land, organisers said today.

Spokesman Peter John Jaban said protesters would consist of native landowners, community leaders, non-governmental organisations and supporters of political parties, coming from all over Sarawak.

He said the highlight of the gathering will be the handing over of a memorandum to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, asking him to amend the land code as a matter of urgency.

“The memorandum will be signed by 12 paramount chiefs representing the various indigenous communities in Sarawak,” he told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

Probe case of EPF account ‘shared’ with unknown male contributor, urges Voon

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Image result for Voon Shiak NiThe Employees Provident Fund (EPF) must look into a recently highlighted case of a man who found out that his wife’s EPF account was being ‘shared’ with an unknown male contributor.

In making the call, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women national vice chief Voon Shiak Ni said although EPF has refuted the claim by saying the incident was untrue, the agency should not take the issue lightly.

In a press conference here yesterday, she asserted that the agency, which is responsible for managing the life savings of many Malaysians, should investigate the incident instead of just pushing it aside.

“This is alarming because we are not sure if this is a one-off case or just the tip of the iceberg. Most of us would be concerned because many people do not check the status of their EPF account regularly until they decide to withdraw their money.”

Voon said there were a total of 14.72 million EPF account holders nationwide up to last year.

“14.72 million is a huge number, but this is not about the number because if it affects one account holder, it is a problem already.

“We are not sure what is happening. Could it be a technical issue? We would like to give EPF the benefit of the doubt and we want EPF to investigate and clarify on the matter urgently. EPF must be answerable to the 14.72 million account holders,” she added.


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Report: Dual Language Programme shows results

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The DLP was offered to Year One, Year Two, Year Four and Year Five students, as well as Form One and Two students. There are now reportedly almost 40,000 students throughout the country taking the programme. — Bernama picDual Language Programme shows resgramme (DLP) has improved school students’ English proficiency after it was launched in January 2016.

Sunday Star reported that based on Education Ministry statistics, between 18 per cent and 95 per cent of students in over 1,200 primary and secondary schools which implemented the DLP, a programme that allows the teaching of science and mathematics in English, had improved their grades in English.

“Their vocabulary, grammar and speech have gotten better. I see it in their grades,” SMJK Kwang Hua principal Law Choon Lee was quoted saying.

Three-quarters of these DLP students were reportedly at, or above, the target level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which is a guide developed by the Council of Europe to test foreign language proficiency, according to the Education Ministry’s 2016 annual report. (more…)

November 11, 2017

Emphasis on digital economy should not be at the expense of basic infrastructure – Baru

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Image result for Baru BianThe emphasis on digital economy and the eagerness to follow in the footsteps of Estonia, which is becoming the ‘leading force of digitisation in the world’, should not be at the expense of basic infrastructure and facilities for the people of Sarawak.

Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said it was incongruous to talk about technological advancement and digital revolution when many rural folks are still being educated in dilapidated schools, isolated from the major towns by poor roads, drinking untreated and cloudy water, have poor access to healthcare, and no access to grid electricity.

“What does the digital economy mean to the rural population? What does e-commerce offer them when they do not even have proper roads to send their produce to be sold in the towns?

“It is well and good to be ambitious, but are the conditions in Sarawak the same as those in Estonia?” he questioned when debating on the State Budget today. (more…)

Terabai Menua supports peaceful rally on NCR land

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Dayak-based non-government association, Terabai Menua (TM) has pledged its support for the peaceful rally organised by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) at Kuching Waterfront next Monday.

In a press statement here yesterday, the NGO admitted that the rally means a lot to the Dayak community here as it shows that they are serious in protecting and fighting for issues related to their native customary right (NCR) land, as well as Pemakai Menua and Pulau Galau (PMPG).

This peaceful rally is very meaningful to the Dayak community as it mirrors the efforts by all Dayak in the state who have come together in unity to protect their NCR land.

“It is their lands and rights passed down to them from their ancestors for many generations. This is also one of Terabai Menua’s fight for the Dayak people here,” said the advisor of Terabai Menua, March Jenggo on behalf of the association. (more…)

Baru’s private bill on Land Code not comprehensive – BNBBC

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BARISAN Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) says the Private Bill moved by Baru Bian (PKR- Ba Kelalan) to amend the Sarawak Land Code 2017 Is not comprehensive and holistic.

Its chairman Paulus Palu Ngumbang said Baru only moved to amend Section 2 of the Land Code.

He said there are other sections of the Sarawak Land Code which are relevant to be amended.

“If we look at the amendment Bill (Private Bill) by Baru, he only mentioned Section 2 of the  Sarawak Land Code without taking into consideration other sections.

“As we are all aware, the state government has already set up a special task force to look into the matter in a more comprehensive and holistic manner (to amend the Land Code). (more…)

Sarawak’s devt biased budget shames Putrajaya — Chong

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Praises of Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders on the development biased state Budget 2018 ‘is a slap on the face of the federal government’, said Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) yesterday.

The state opposition leader noted that 70 per cent of the state budget was set aside for development expenditure compared to only 16 per cent in the national budget.

“It is a good proportion when it comes to state budget with 70 per cent for development expenditure and 30 per cent for ordinary expenditure.

“Your (BN leaders’) praises for the state budget is also a slap to the federal government. The national budget tabled by your big brother (prime minister) had only 16 per cent for development. (more…)

Baru: Providing basic facilities should still be the priority

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Image result for Baru BianTHE emphasis on digital economy and the eagerness to follow in the footsteps of Estonia, which is becoming the ‘leading force of digitisation in the world’, should not be taken at the expense of improving basic infrastructure and facilities for Sarawakians.

Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said it was incongruous to talk about explosion of technological advancement and digital revolution when many of the rural folk are still being educated in dilapidated schools, isolated from the major towns by poor roads, drinking untreated water, having poor access to healthcare, and no access to grid electricity.

“What does the digital economy mean to the rural population? What does e-commerce offer them when they do not even have proper roads to send their produce to the towns?

“It is well and good to be ambitious, but are the conditions in Sarawak the same as those in Estonia,” he said when debating the budget speech yesterday. (more…)

Dayak reps urged to support amendment to Land Code

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Dayak leaders in state cabinet must unite to support and vote for the amendment to the Sarawak Land Code, especially those related to Native Customary Right (NCR) including Pemakai Menua dan Pulau Galau (PMPG).

According to native right activist and lawyer Abun Sui, this is the time for them to prove their support to the Dayak community in the state, in protecting their NCR land and PMPG, by putting aside their political differences.

“I was made to understand that at this Dewan sitting, Ba’ Kelalan assemblyman will table a motion to include PMPG in Sarawak Land Code so that there are laws that recognise PMPG,” he said.

“We hope that Sarawak YBs, especially the Dayaks, can support and vote for the motion when the voting is called for, so that it can be passed,” he said in a press statement. (more…)

‘Continue quest to master English’

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THE state should continue to emphasise the importance of mastering English language among students to make them competitive in the global stage.

Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (BN-Piasau), when debating the budget speech yesterday, said with more study references such as research papers made available online, students everywhere would greatly benefit because most online references are written in English.

He said he was disappointed to hear a federal minister saying recently that English is not a language that guarantees progress.

The statement contradicts the state’s effort to promote English as another widely used language. (more…)

‘Ultimate aim of MA63 motion to get back state’s rights’

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Image result for Malaysia Agreement 1963KUCHING: The state’s ultimate aim to pursue the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Motion is to get back its rights, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We just passed the MA63 Motion (yesterday). Of course, I have reasons for the motion to be tabled but I can’t tell you those at the moment as it involves a lot of constitutional argument. We need to discuss it in greater details.

“The main reason for tabling the MA63 Motion is to get our rights back which have been eroded over the years. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less,” Abang Johari told the media on the sidelines of the DUN sitting yesterday.

He was commenting on the mandate given by all members of the august House to the MA63 Motion and other related matters. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah moved the motion on Thursday. (more…)

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