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January 16, 2018

Sarawak to acquire 10% stake in Petronas’ natural gas facility

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Sarawak to acquire 10% stake in Petronas’ natural gas facilitySARAWAK and Petronas today signed papers to realise the state’s demand for a 10% equity in the national oil corporation’s LNG 9 liquefied natural gas production train in Bintulu.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg, who witnessed the signing of the term sheet at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petrajaya, lauded the signing, saying it was part of the state’s successful negotiations with Petronas over its desire to have a greater participation in the oil and gas industry in the state.

The demand for the 10% equity was mooted by former chief minister Adenan Satem.

Currently, Sarawak holds 10% equity the LNG 1 and 3 trains. (more…)

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Sarawak opposition politician questioned by police over social media post

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PBDS Baru president Cobbold John Lusoi (second right) arrives at the Kuching district police headquarters January 15, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) president Cobbold John Lusoi was released on police bail today after police recorded his statement for posting a poison pen letter on social media.

He spent over two hours at the Kuching police headquarters where an investigating officer took his statement.

Lawyer Dominique Ng Kim Ho, who represented Lusoi, said there is no reason for the opposition politician to be detained.

“I have been assured by the investigating officer that there is no instruction from the top to detain him,” Ng told Malay Mail.

The poison pen letter, with the name of a former Sarawak leader and dated March 5, 1990, was said to be disparaging to the Ibans of Simunjan.

Lusoi also lodged a report urging the police to carry out an investigation to find out the origin of the letter and the authenticity of its claims against the Iban community in Simunjan.

PBDS Baru Youth chief Rapelson Richard Hamit and three other party members also had their statements taken by police.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Sulok Tawie


 

Sabah, Sarawak get the most in rural development funds

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ismail-sabriSabah and Sarawak have been given the lion’s share of rural development funds this year, federal Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his state counterpart here, Ismail said the federal government had given priority to the Bornean states for rural development.

“52.5% of the rural development budget goes to Sabah and Sarawak while the remaining 47.5% is to be shared by all 11 states in the peninsula.

“Sabah’s share is 23.5% while Sarawak has been given 28.5%. (more…)

Gerrymandering, cheating still evident in second redelineation proposal, says Bersih

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Gerrymandering, cheating still evident in second redelineation proposal, says BersihTHE second redelineation proposal for Selangor’s electoral boundaries, which was released by the Election Commission today, still contains elements of malapportionment and gerrymandering.

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 said although fewer seats would be affected by the proposed electoral boundary changes, the commission did not address existing distortions in voter representation.

“Our preliminary analysis shows that the EC has reversed most of its proposed changes in the first display,” Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said when contacted today.

“However, issues of malapportionment and gerrymandering still exist. The EC has not corrected these problems,” she said. (more…)

Police report lodged over poison-pen letter on social media

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Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru has urged the police to act over a poison-pen letter circulating in social media recently.

Its president Cobbold John lodged a police report on the matter yesterday having been summoned earlier by police to have his statement recorded over a recent post on his social media account regarding letter.

He called on the police to probe the letter as it contained a derogatory word against the Iban community.

“For the sake of Sarawak unity, we do not want such matter (poison-pen letter) to happen here.

“Therefore, we hope that the police will do their work,” he said when met at the district police headquarters in Simpang Tiga, here yesterday. (more…)

Recycle is the in-thing, says Chong

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Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen said there is a need for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be prime minister again to save the country when defending Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) choice of naming the 93-year-old former premier as its candidate for the post.

“Recycle is the in-thing now. Environmentally speaking, we need to recycle to save the planet. In this case, we need to recycle Dr Mahathir to save the country. It’s the same concept but different application,” Chong said.

Chong labelled the act of lashing out at their prime minister-designate as a hypocritical act, arguing that leaders of BN Sarawak had all hailed Dr Mahathir as a capable leader when he was the prime minister.

“If Dr Mahathir truly did so many bad things to Sarawak, such bad things were done with the full consent and endorsement by the same BN Sarawak politicians and parties when Dr Mahathir was the prime minister. (more…)

We won’t meddle in running of Sarawak development bank, says CM

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (centre) officially launches the Development Bank of Sarawak’s commercial operations on January 15, 2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg gave an assurance today that the state government won’t interfere in the running of the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBoS) although it is the sole shareholder.

“The bank will run professionally like any other commercial business and no politicians will be appointed in the board,” he told reporters after launching the bank’s commercial operations at Menara SEDC Isthmus here today.

Abang Johari however said the bank will have to submit its annual report to the state government to report if it’s making money or otherwise.

He said DBoS, which was incorporated on May 11 last year with a paid up capital of RM500 million, will start giving out loans after the completion of application process, most of which are from the state agencies and state-linked companies. (more…)

Disclose more on proposed LRT system, Chong urges Abg Jo

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State Democratic Action Party (DAP) wants Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to tell Sarawakians more than just saying that his proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) system may be operational in 10 years’ time.

Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the chief minister had once again avoided touching on the central issues about the proposed LRT system by merely mentioning that it might be operational by 2028.

He stressed the chief minister ought to tell Sarawakians the estimated cost of implementing the proposed project.

“What is his estimated cost of construction of the proposed LRT system? Given that Abang Johari intends to finance the cost of construction with the state’s money and not seeking any federal funding,” he said at a news conference here yesterday. (more…)

Don’t stall inquiry into missing pastors and activist, Suhakam panel says

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Don’t stall inquiry into missing pastors and activist, Suhakam panel saysLAW enforcement officials subpoenaed to testify in the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) public inquiry into missing persons must give their full cooperation when proceedings resume tomorrow, head of the inquiry panel Mah Weng Kwai said.

The Suhakam commissioner said one challenge the panel faced in its last round of hearings was the delay in obtaining evidence from police officials who were summoned to testify about the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

“The police said (during the inquiry last year) that the investigations papers (IP) are secret, that investigations are ongoing and that they have not completed them.

“If witnesses take the position that everything is a secret, it impedes the inquiry. We hope to see more cooperation from the police and the witnesses,” he told The Malaysian Insight. (more…)

Don’t boycott GE14 for the sake of those who voted, Ambiga pleads

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the public cannot afford to waste their votes in the 14th general elections. — Picture by Choo Choy MayRegistered voters must exercise the right of vote instead of boycotting the election or spoiling their votes, activist and prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan pleaded today.

In a statement today, the former chief of electoral watchdog group Bersih 2.0 said the public cannot afford to waste their votes in the 14th general elections (GE14).

“Every single vote matters. At least do it for the ‘rakyat’ who are voting, so that their efforts are not in vain. This is not the election to boycott or spoil your vote because the nation cannot afford for the present state of affairs to continue,” Ambiga said.

“Voting in GE14 is therefore not just about choosing one side or the other, but also about taking the opportunity to make a statement against a system that would render our fundamental rights, including the right to vote, meaningless,” she added. (more…)

January 15, 2018

PH Sarawak endorses announcement for Tun M as PM

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak has fully endorsed the announcement for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Tun M) to be prime minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail to be the deputy prime minister if the pact becomes the government after GE14.

PH Sarawak will also be supporting the call to seek royal pardon for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to set the stage for him to take over Tun Mahathir as the eighth prime minister.

The endorsement was announced by PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen alongside his deputies namely PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian and Amanah Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi at a press conference this morning.

“To topple UMNO, there is no better person than Tun Mahathir. He has the respect and confidence of the rural Malays which many other leaders in PH lack,” said Chong who is also state DAP chief at the press conference. (more…)

PH Sarawak all for Dr M to return as PM

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak is fully behind Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returning to lead the country as prime minister should the coalition take over the government after the 14th general election (GE14).

PH Sarawak also fully endorsed having Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as deputy prime minister, and seeking a royal pardon for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

PH Sarawak chairman and state Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen announced the endorsements together with PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian and Parti Amanah Negara Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi at a press conference yesterday.

“To topple Umno, there is no better person than Tun Mahathir. He has the respect and confidence of the rural Malays, which many other leaders in PH lack,” said Chong. (more…)

January 13, 2018

Sarawak BN gearing up for elections with joint committees

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (seated, centre) with other state Barisan Nasional leaders at the press conference January 12, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe state Barisan Nasional has formed various joint committees in preparation for the upcoming general election, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

“As you know we don’t know when the election will be held, but we have to form the joint committees early, including one on the manifesto focusing on Sarawak only,” he told reporters after chairing the state Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting here.

He said the Sarawak election manifesto is in addition to the main manifesto prepared by the federal Barisan Nasional.

Abang Johari said the state Barisan Nasional is upbeat about GE14, saying that it is in a very good position to win almost all the 31 parliamentary seats at stake in Sarawak. (more…)

Chief Justice delivers sole speech at opening of Legal Year

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Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif is pictured at the 2017 ‘Inns of Court Malaysia’ meeting (ICM) at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. December 12, 2017. — Bernama picChief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif today took to the stage to deliver the only speech at the 2018 Opening of the Legal Year (OLY) in Putrajaya.

Other stakeholders such as the Malaysian Bar were barred from delivering speeches as part of a new format called the Judicial Year.

Malaysiakini quoted Raus as saying that the decision was made because the Malaysian Bar had been insistent on bringing up the issue of his appointment as Chief Justice (CJ) as well as the appointment of the Court of Appeal president Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin – both of whose tenure had been extended beyond the constitutional retirement age of 66 years and six months.

“So it is not proper for them to raise it here. If you speak on the issue the attorney-general (Mohamed Apandi Ali) may want to respond to it in his speech. I also looked at two pages of a copy of Malaysian Bar president (George Varughese’s) speech and he wants to raise the issue. (more…)

The politics of hope

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Image result for The politics of hope in malaysiaTalk show host Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful, inspirational speech at the Golden Globes after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, telling sexual predators that “their time is up” and giving girls and women hope for “a new day.”

Winfrey’s speech was so inspiring that some Democrat officials and activists want the American celebrity to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump.

While America searches for hope as they deal with Trump as president (to the extent of turning to a celebrity based on a single speech), we too in Malaysia are grappling for inspiration in a lacklustre political environment filled with old men running the show as we head into the 14th general election.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a Winfrey equivalent giving us an impassioned speech to lift our hopes for just a few moments in this mad world. (more…)

Bersih praises PH for ‘clarity in direction and focus on policies’

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maria-chin-phBersih 2.0 has congratulated Pakatan Harapan on its clarity in direction and focus of its policies.

Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah took note of PH’s newly announced leadership.

“This is a crucial time to rebuild Malaysia and requires exemplary leadership to go beyond the upcoming elections.

“It requires commitment in ensuring the implementation of the policies. This has proven to be a challenge for the current government.”

Maria said rebuilding Malaysia was not only the responsibility of politicians, but of voters as well. (more…)

Vote and make a difference, urges Maria Chin

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maria-chin-voters-malaysia-1Voters must come out in full force to cast their ballots in the 14th general election (GE14) as they could make a difference in the outcome of the polls, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said.

She said in 2008, a high voter turnout for GE12 resulted in the Barisan Nasional (BN) losing five states, including the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, to the opposition and its two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

The electoral watchdog chairman said in GE13 in 2013, BN lost the popular votes for the first time, also failing to get back the two-thirds majority.

In that polls, BN only obtained 48% of the popular votes although the ruling coalition secured about 60% of the 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat.

“Voters must come out in full force to at least send a strong opposition to the Dewan Rakyat,” she told the Malaysian Bar’s symposium on “Constitutional Law: Rule of Law in Jeopardy?” here today. (more…)

Anwar’s statements from prison irks Nur Jazlan

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Image result for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in jailDeputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed is irked by statements issued by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim since he is in jail and needs approval of the director-general of Prisons Department.

“Lately, several statements have been issued by Anwar. I wonder whether he really made the statements,” he said after the anniversary celebration of Anak Minangkabau Johor Welfare Association at Kompleks Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat here, today.

Nur Jazlan said the statements include Anwar’s ‘blessing’ with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) proposal naming former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as their candidate for prime minister’s post.

“If Anwar’s statements were relayed through third parties and were not approved by the Prisons Department, then it is an offence that can affect the jail period.” (more…)

Malaysian Bar: President’s speech at opening of Legal Year removed due to refusal to be censored

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Bar Council president George Varughese did not want his speech at opening of Legal Year to be censored. — File picture by Choo Choy MayThe office of the Chief Justice had sought to restrict contents of the Malaysian Bar president’s speech at the opening of the Legal Year 2018 ceremony, the Bar revealed today.

In a statement, Bar president George Varughese said that the format of the ceremony was then changed to remove the customary speeches by both the President of the Bar and the Attorney General after he said he did not want his speech to be censored.

“On this occasion, however, the unprecedented attempt to interfere in the President’s speech was nothing less than an assault on the independence of the Malaysian Bar. This is wholly unacceptable.

“As a result, the Bar Council — as the governing body of the Malaysian Bar — had, as a matter of principle, no alternative but to respectfully decline the invitation to attend the Opening of the Legal Year 2018 ceremony. At no time was the invitation to the President of the Bar withdrawn,” Varughese explained. (more…)

Dr M: I’ve not taken a break from politics since 1945

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Mahathir said that he has yet to pick a parliamentary seat to contest in, despite strong rumours of him contesting in Langkawi. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaFormer prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he has not taken a break from being involved in the country’s politics since 1945, despite retiring from all official posts nearly 15 years ago.

The country’s fourth prime minister, who is now Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman said that he made the decision to step down as the country’s prime minister after 21 years in service back in 2002.

“However, due to the support, I extended my tenure for another year before finally stepping down after leading the country for 22 years.

“I never really had a proper rest and if it was up to me, I never wanted to be the prime minister candidate (for PH). But if I do not accept it, people would say (Lim) Kit Siang will be the prime minister,” he said in jest during his speech at the Kukup Golf and Country Resort here today. (more…)

January 12, 2018

About 300 brave showers for candlelight vigil in memory of former Sarawak CM

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A portrait of Tan Sri Adenan Satem stands at the site of the candlelight vigil held at the Kuching Waterfront, January 11, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieAbout 300 people braved light showers to take part in a candlelight vigil at the waterfront here tonight in memory of former Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who died exactly a year ago due to heart complications.

A spokesman of the organising committee Robert Liew said although Adenan had passed away, his dedication and pro-poor policies were still deeply rooted in the Sarawakian mind.

“As Sarawakians, we all can feel his sincerity and dedications for Sarawak.

“He has done a lot for the state within a short period of three years as a chief minister,” he added.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting, who was among those taking part in the candlelight vigil, said party members are forever grateful to the late chief minister for saving SUPP from being deregistered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) due to an internal crisis. (more…)

400 Sarawak community leaders to discuss definition of communal land

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Related imageSome 400 Bumiputera community leaders from the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Malay and Melanau communities in Sarawak will be attending a seminar on the issue of pulau galau (territorial domain) and pemakai menoa (communal forest reserve) (PGPM) to be held here from January 23 to 25.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also the PGPM task force committee chairman, said the seminar is a prelude to the tabling of the State Land Code amendment during the State Legislative Assembly sitting in May.

“At the seminar we are expecting that we will finally get a right definition of pemakai menoa and pulau galau agreed to by all community leaders.

“We need to agree to the definition that we want to present to the government and at the seminar all communities will come up with what each community perceives to be pemakai menoa and pulau galau and then will sit down to discuss what is the most appropriate definition to be presented to the government,” he said. (more…)

Look beyond Dr M’s age, PKR tells Sarawakians

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PKR national women vice head Voon Shiak Ni says many Sarawakians have asked her why PH picked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Opposition’s choice to be prime minister. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Opposition Leader Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s age at 93 should not be a factor in one’s voting decision, PKR told Sarawakians today.

“He may be 93 years old, but he is still mentally fit to lead the country again if we win more parliamentary seats,” PKR women national vice head Voon Shiak Ni said at a press conference.

She said Pakatan Harapan (PH) picked Dr Mahathir as their prime minister designate because he still commanded public respect, particularly among the Malays.

Voon said many Sarawakians, including PKR supporters, have asked her why PH chose Dr Mahathir to be their prime minister candidate at such an old age. (more…)

January 11, 2018

Learn from Tok Nan — See

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IT has been exactly one year since the  untimely passing of our beloved late-chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and in his memory, let us reminisce on his meaningful govern over our State so that we may remind ourselves of the vision he had for our State and how that vision had moved all of our hearts deeply.

In a statement to The Borneo Post, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How expressed his desire to remind the public of the goals and rights of Sarawak that Adenan had so fiercely fought for in his three-year tenure.

“Imagine… Sarawak enjoying full autonomy and sovereignty over her full territorial realm and bountiful resources as it was pledged by the founding fathers of Malaysia;

“Imagine… Sarawakians of all races living in peace and harmony, working and caring for one another; (more…)

Baru hails former CM as ‘open, courteous leader’

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FOR Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, he remembers Pehin Sri Adenan Satem as a leader who had always been courteous and open to the state elected representatives (ADUNs) from the opposition, even before he became chief minister.

“Shortly after he took office, the opposition ADUNs were welcomed by him when we made a courtesy call on him at his office — something that was unheard of during his predecessor’s time. I remember that Adenan was very receptive to our suggestions and ideas when we discussed issues of concern that were affecting the lives of Sarawakians.

“It was also a point of gratification for us that he was ready to recognise and acknowledge the sentiments of Sarawakians — the unhappiness we felt about lagging behind Peninsular Malaysia in terms of development and the failure of the Federal Government to honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), resulting in his initiation of the movement to pressure the federal government to devolve powers to the state in certain areas of concern,” Baru, who is Parti Keadilan Sarawak (PKR) chairman, said when asked to share his memories of Adenan. (more…)

Dayak party says not interested in joining Opposition coalition

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PBDS Baru president Cobbold John Lusoi says his party will go it alone in the general election. — Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) has no plans to be a part of Saksama — a coalition of Opposition parties not aligned with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan (PH) in Sarawak and Sabah.

Its president Cobbold John Lusoi said his party has a different agenda compared to Saksama and other political alliances.

“We will go it alone in this general election,” he told Malay Mail.

Saksama — an acronym for Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya — was formed by Sarawak State Reform Party (STAR), Sabah-based Malaysia United People’s Party (MUPP), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan) and Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (SAPU). (more…)

Go deeper to register indigenous Sarawakians, NRD told

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Human rights activist Peter John Jaban (3rd from right) accompanies the 23 applicants in a meeting with NRD officers in Kuching January 10, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe state National Registration Department (NRD) must make more effort to register stateless Sarawakians living deep in the state’s interior, local activist Peter John Jaban said today.

He said there were many isolated communities in the remote and inaccessible areas of the Borneo state, naming Baram and Kapit as two such areas.

“We urge the taskforce to step up its activities, designing a systematic procedure to ensure access to every community in Sarawak and solve the issue of statelessness once and for all,” Jaban told reporters after leading a group of non-governmental organisations to submit citizenship applications and other identification documents on behalf of 23 stateless people at the state NRD office here.

The 23 applicants included Malay, Chinese, Iban and Bidayuh from Balai Ringin, Serian, Muara Tebas, Bintulu and Selangau. (more…)

Sesco: Copper theft cases at Sarawak electrical facilities on the rise

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Sesco said the thefts resulted not only in power supply interruptions, but also affected public amenities such as street lights and telecommunications services, and put the safety of the public as well as the thieves themselves at risk. — Reuters picSarawak Energy Bhd’s (SEB) operational and retail arm, Syarikat Sesco Bhd, has identified several areas deemed as hotspots, following the increase in copper theft cases reported lately, especially in remote areas targeting its electrical facilities in the state.

In a statement today, Sesco Chief Executive Officer, Lau Kim Swee, said the company’s Auxiliary Police (AP) and the police were working to increase patrols at these high-risk areas.

He said the thieves were getting bolder and more creative, with recent incidents involving vandalising of electrical equipment in broad daylight, especially at secluded areas.

“Apart from that, other initiatives taken to mitigate this dangerous crime include hardening the targets such as reinforcing security at our sub-stations and installations of closed-circuit television and alarm system at certain facilities,” he said. (more…)

January 9, 2018

Too late for Saksama to make any impact — Political analyst

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Image result for Dr Jeniri AmirThe would-be participation of a new political alliance in the upcoming 14th General Election is good for democracy, but it is too late for it to make an impact.

However, the entry of Gabungan Rakyat Saksama (Saksama) into the fray would certainly make democracy livelier, said political analyst Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir.

But he believes that Sakasama will not make any political impact in Sarawak, let alone winning any seat in GE14.

“Saksama is a very new political entity. Being a new entity, it will be very difficult for them to win the hearts of the electorates who are already very familiar with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan (PH). (more…)

Selangor PKR rejects Dr M as Pakatan’s PM-elect

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Some PKR activists said Selangor PH chairman Datuk Seri Azmin Ali should have been Pakatan Harapan’s choice for prime minister ahead of the 14th general elections. — Picture by Ahmad ZamzahuriSelangor PKR rejected today Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) nomination of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate.

Selangor PKR communications head Hizwan Ahmad said that with his party’s track record in governing Selangor, whose mentri besar is PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, it was strange that the coalition did not select its PM-elect from PKR.

“The Selangor government is proof that PKR can bring about change in the administration, championing peace and prosperity.

“We find it odd that despite our long fight together and our proven extraordina (more…)

For Anwar and Pakatan, June release may be too little, too late

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There are questions over how much clout the charismatic Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) still commands among voters. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s impending release from prison on June 8 will be a morale booster for Pakatan Harapan (PH), but analysts provided only muted predictions of further benefits.

Aside from his ineligibility to contest even if the general election is called as late as June, questions also linger over how much clout the charismatic politician still commands among voters.

Popular support for the Opposition politician has visibly dwindled since he was imprisoned in March 2014, as seen through the once-nightly candlelight vigils that his PKR vowed to hold until he was released, but which they called off when the events became more notable for their lack of attendance than the speeches urging for his release.

Despite the expectations that Anwar’s release would palpably benefit Pakatan Harapan, geostrategist Azmi Hassan suggested that the event may even play into Barisan Nasional’s (BN) benefit. (more…)

Bersih praises PH for ‘clarity in direction and focus on policies’

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maria-chin-phBersih 2.0 has congratulated Pakatan Harapan on its clarity in direction and focus of its policies.

Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah took note of PH’s newly announced leadership.

“This is a crucial time to rebuild Malaysia and requires exemplary leadership to go beyond the upcoming elections.

“It requires commitment in ensuring the implementation of the policies. This has proven to be a challenge for the current government.”

Maria said rebuilding Malaysia was not only the responsibility of politicians, but of voters as well. (more…)

Kuching cabbies on strike against Uber, Grab

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Taxi drivers hold up posters in protest against Uber and Grab in Sarawak January 8, 2018.Taxi drivers in Sarawak’s capital mounted a strike today in protest of Uber and Grab which were servicing travellers to and from the Kuching International Airport.

Airport senior manager Mohd Nadzim Hashimin said the strike until 6pm today, while not held at the airport, is inconveniencing airport passengers.

“We have been in communication with the local authorities, the airport taxi operator and the association on this matter as it presents great inconvenience to our passengers.

“The association has informed us that taxi service will resume at 6pm today,” he said in a statement.

He advised passengers to make alternative land transport arrangement in travelling to and from the airport.

“Passengers at the airport can request for assistance from staff on the ground if they require information on alternative transportation,” he said.

Mohd Nadzim added that the airport operations and airline schedules were not affected by the strike.


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January 8, 2018

See Chee How : Disclose details of school repair works

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Image result for Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee HowBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has urged Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof to disclose the details of the first phase of school renovation and restoration works which is said to commence next month.

“The Federal Works Minister must also explain and justify why the federal government is not giving the RM1-billion budgetary allocation to the Sarawak government to manage and implement the projects,” See said yesterday.

Disclosing the federal government’s plan to commence the first phase of school renovation and restoration works involving 130 schools at a press conference here last Friday, Fadillah had also revealed that he would monitor the two federal agencies – Public Works Department and Education Department – tasked to implement the projects. (more…)

‘Disclose details of 130 schools involved in first phase of school renovation, restoration works’

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Image result for Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee HowBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has urged Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof to disclose the details of the 130 schools involved in the first phase of school renovation and restoration works which is said to commence next month.

“The Federal Works Minister must also explain and justify why the federal government is not giving the RM1 billion budgetary allocation to the Sarawak government to manage and implement the projects,” See, who is state PKR vice chairman said today.

Disclosing the federal government’s plan to commence the first phase of school renovation and restoration works involving 130 schools at press conference held here on last Friday, Fadillah had also revealed that he will monitor the two federal agencies, which are the Public Works Department and the Education Department tasked to implement the projects. (more…)

Saksama unveils election symbol for GE14

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Gabungan Rakyat Saksama (Saksama) yesterday unveiled its election symbol while making the announcement to contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Saksama is a political alliance comprising political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil liberty movements and individuals nationwide.

Its component parties are State Reform Party (STAR), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru), Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (Sapu), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan), Sabah-based Malaysia United People’s Party (MUPP), Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) and Peninsula-based People’s Alternative Party (PAP).

At a news conference yesterday, STAR president Lina Soo said Saksama would announce the seats it will be contesting at a later date. (more…)

Dr M thanks Anwar for letting him into Pakatan

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Pakatan Harapan convention in Shah Alam January 7, 2018. ― Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliFormer prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad thanked former nemesis Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today, saying he owed the latter a “debt of gratitude” for agreeing to work together despite their past enmity.

Dr Mahathir had sacked Anwar as his deputy in 1998, before going on to vilify the latter for sodomy and corruption up until their recent reconciliation.

Today, the Pakatan Harapan chairman acknowledged that it could not have been “easy” for Anwar and his family to agree to work with him and allow his party into the Opposition pact.

“I am aware how he must have felt. It was not easy for him to accept me. I owe him a debt of gratitude, and I say thank you to him,” Dr Mahathir said today during his speech at the PH convention. (more…)

Borneo opposition group agrees to run on STAR ticket for polls

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STAR president Lina Soo (centre) with leaders of SAKSAMA holding the STAR symbol, January 7, 2018.SAKSAMA, an alliance of four opposition parties from Sabah and Sarawak, has agreed to contest the 14th general election under the Sarawak State Reform Party’s (STAR) banner.

STAR president Lina Soo said today that the leaders of the parties reached the agreement to use the common symbol at a meeting here.

“We have decided that we should contest GE14 under STAR symbol,” she told reporters.

Apart from STAR, the other parties are Sabah-based Malaysia United People’s Party (MUPP), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan) and Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (SAPU). (more…)

Pakatan confirms Dr M as PM pick

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attends Pakatan Harapan’s second convention in Shah Alam January 7, 2018. ― Picture by Ahmad ZamzahuriTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will again be Malaysia’s prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins federal power, the pact announced at its convention today.

In the agreement signed by all component party leaders, Dr Mahathir must also give way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to serve as the next prime minister once the new government obtains a royal pardon for the latter.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year sentence for sodomy, and will not be eligible to contest in the 14th general election due to his disqualification.

The agreement signed yesterday puts an end to speculation regarding the pact’s choice for the position. (more…)

January 7, 2018

Anwar will be out by June, wife Dr Wan Azizah confirms

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Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail speaks during the launch the Pakatan Harapan women’s wing in Kajang January 6, 2018. ― Picture by Miera ZulyanaPakatan Harapan’s (PH) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be released in June 11, his wife and the coalition’s president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.

“In accordance to the law, God willing he will be released on June 11,” she said at PH’s women’s wing convention at Dewan Seri Chempaka here today.

Dr Wan Azizah said today marked 1,062 days since Anwar was imprisoned.

“He is not here with us physically, however, he is fighting along with us in spirit,” she said.

Anwar was jailed for five years in February 2015 after being convicted of sodomy for the second time.

On Thursday, Anwar had urged his allies in PH to prioritise the spirit of consensus in their discussions, amid heated public debate over the pact’s choice of prime minister candidate.


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January 6, 2018

Education Ministry approves DLP for another 126 schools

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Mahdzir said the approval was given as the schools concerned had met all the criteria outlined by the ministry to implement the programme. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaEducation Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today announced that his ministry had approved another 126 schools across the country to implement the Dual Langauge Programme (DLP) this year.

Mahdzir, who is also Padang Terap MP, said the approval was given as the schools concerned had met all the criteria outlined by the ministry to implement the programme.

“Last December, we received a total of 214 applications to implement the DLP, and after an evaluation, only 88 schools had been given approval.

“Today, I would like to announce that the remaining 126 schools have also been given approval to implement the DLP,” he told reporters after visiting the family members of teacher Md Zain Saad who died of kidney failure on Dec 29, at the Kampung Baru Public Housing in Kuala Nerang here, today. (more…)

Selangor challenges redelineation exercise, again

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azmin-ecThe Selangor government is once again trying to stop the ongoing redelineation exercise through another legal challenge.

This new challenge comes less than a month after the Court of Appeal lifted a stay order preventing the Election Commission (EC) from redrawing the electoral boundaries in Selangor.

In an application for a judicial review filed on Friday, the PKR-led state government also sought an injunction to stop the EC from conducting the local inquiry, pending the outcome of their application.

The state government named the EC, its chairman Hashim Abdullah and Selangor EC director Ikmalrudin Ishak as respondents. (more…)

School renovation, restoration projects for Sarawak to kick off next month

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The first phase of school renovation and restoration projects across the state will commence next month, discloses Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The minister, who also heads the programme’s taskforce for Sarawak, said at a press conference yesterday that a total of RM1 billion had been allocated for projects under Budget 2018.

“The Public Works Department (JKR) and the Education Department will implement the projects, while I monitor the two agencies involved in this programme. I will personally monitor how the budget is used for the programme,” he said, adding that there are 130 schools in the state would be up for renovation under the programme’s first phase.

He said the works on these schools would incorporate the Industrialised Building System (IBS) permitted by the JKR, and all companies with expertise in IBS should bid for projects under the programme. (more…)

Sarawak Veterinary Service Dept lodges police report over threatening comments on Facebook

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Dev noted that despite the good intentions of the Facebook page to save the strays, it appeared to be inciting violence among some fans of the page. — Bernama picThe Sarawak Veterinary Services Department lodged a police report yesterday against several comments which appeared in a Facebook page championing stray dogs.

State CID chief, Datuk Dev Kumar said the police viewed the comments and found some of them to be criminal in nature.

He said a Facebook account holder suggested killing veterinary services personnel involved in operations to catch stray dogs while another suggested setting up a road block to release captured strays and use extreme measures to prevent the operation.

“The police are not amused with the threats issued against public servants entrusted to do their job in accordance with the law,” he said in a statement here today. (more…)

January 5, 2018

See urges state govt to pursue RM1 bln allocation to repair dilapidated schools

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Image result for See Chee HowThe deplorable infrastructure facilities in schools in Sarawak, together with other factors including lack of qualified teachers and resources, has led to Sarawak being rooted at the bottom in terms of ranking based on the average overall student passes in public examinations in the country.

Highlighting this alarming fact, Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak vice chairman See Chee How has urged the state government to vigorously pursue with Putrajaya for the disbursement of the RM1 billion allocation under Budget 2018 for the state to repair dilapidated schools before the Parliament is dissolved this year.

“Sarawak is ranked number 13th in the country in terms of public examination results,” he said, pointing out that a rich, conducive and enabling learning and teaching environment was essential to nurturing children.

The poor infrastructure coupled with the lack of teaching and learning resources led to a less competitive learning environment, he added, played a big role in preventing students to do well and excel. (more…)

Sarawak told to ask Putrajaya for RM500m to fix dilapidated schools before GE14

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See, speaking to reporters at a press conference, says the disbursement of the allocation after the general election could cause delay in the repair works of the critically dilapidated schools. ― Picture by Sulok TawieAn Opposition lawmaker has told the Sarawak government today to remind Putrajaya to immediately pay out this year’s RM500 million allocation for critically dilapidated schools here before the 14th general elections (GE14) is called.

PKR’s Batu Lintang state lawmaker See Chee How claimed that any disbursement of the allocation after the election could cause delay in repairing these schools.

“Therefore, it is imperative that the state government vigorously pursue Putrajaya for the disbursement of the RM500 million before the Dewan Rakyat is dissolved,” he told reporters.

He also pointed out that school building and construction projects will need time to be planned and for completion. (more…)

PH Sarawak to put faith in youth for GE14

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak plans to field more young people in the forthcoming general election.

PH Sarawak Youth Committee election director Simon Siah of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) revealed there is a high probability that youths will be fielded in a few seats.

“Our target is to have stronger youth participation and representation in politics, not only to stand in the next election but also in the future,” he told a press conference at PKR headquarters here yesterday.

The press conference was held to unveil PH Sarawak Youth Committee’s line-up which is headed by Mordi Bimol of Democratic Action Party (DAP) and assisted by deputies Abdul Raafidin Majidi (PKR) and Fadillah Sabali (Amanah). (more…)

Over 1,000 schools to start 2018’s DLP next week

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Kamalanathan (left) said that the ministry has decided to make the pilot DLP programme a permanent feature of the education system after it was well received by the public. — Picture by Opalyn MokA total of 1,303 schools nationwide will be implementing the Dual Language Programme (DLP) this year, the Education Ministry said today.

In a statement, the ministry said approval has been given to an additional 88 schools to carry out the programme and that classes for the 2018 cohort will commence on Sunday, January 7 for schools in Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor.

Meanwhile, DLP classes for other states will begin on Monday, January 8.

It said while existing classes at the 1,215 schools may carry on as usual, new classes for 2018 will only be made available to Standard 1 and Form 1 students. (more…)

Pakatan confirms will announce PM candidate after Sunday’s convention

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Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the press after Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor January 4, 2018. ― Picture by Hari AnggaraPakatan Harapan (PH) said today that the Opposition coalition’s prime minister candidate will be announced following its second convention this Sunday.

PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that announcing such a candidate after the elections would be too late and may impact the pact negatively.

“To announce it after the elections would be too late [and have negative impact] so it must be before that,” Dr Mahathir told reporters, refusing to comment further.

Malay Mail first reported last month that PH parties are finalising a proposal to announce its candidate for prime minister at its convention on January 7. (more…)

Anwar asks Putrajaya not to contest suit to restore royal assent for laws

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Anwar said his lawsuit to undo the constitutional amendments from the Mahathir administration would restore the Malay Rulers' role of being a control mechanism to the government's authority. — Picture by KE OoiPowers for the Yang diPertuan Agong to approve laws passed by Parliament are necessary to preserve Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Pakatan Harapan and PKR de facto leader said his lawsuit to undo the constitutional amendments from the Mahathir administration would restore the Malay Rulers’ role of being a control mechanism to the government’s authority.

“The restoration of the mandatory requirement of the Royal Assent is imperative to maintain the constitutional balance between the elected government and our hereditary monarchy,” he said in a statement.

The former deputy prime minister reminded the ruling Barisan Nasional that it regularly asserts to be defenders of the Malay Rulers, and urged the coalition to demonstrate this by not challenging his legal action. (more…)

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