Hornbill Unleashed

May 1, 2016

‘Nonsense’, Azmin says of formal request to extend stay in Sarawak

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PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Amin Ali said he will not submit a formal request to the Sarawak chief minister to extend his stay in Sarawak. — Picture by KE OoiDatuk Seri Azmin Ali said today he will not submit a formal request to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for an extension of his  stay in Sarawak upon its expiry on May 2.

“He has issued a statement to say that if I want to extend my stay, i need to apply to him first for consideration.

“Nonsense. I will not apply to him,” the PKR deputy president said at meet-the-people session at Siburan, about 40km from Kuching.

Azmin, who is also Selangor mentri besar, said the state belongs to the people of Sarawak.

“I wish to remind Adenan not to make enemies of me, and don’t make enemies of the people. (more…)

A disastrous ‘miring’: Signs of bad omen for Gerald Rentap?

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Iban elders who are considered experts in interpreting omens say that Gerald Rentap Jabu, the BN candidate for Layar, may be facing several hurdles before he can win the seat following a disastrous “miring” ritual.

The ritual was held before nomination day at Penom longhouse in Betong.

Douglas Uggah, the BN candidate for Bukit Saban and Rentap performed the “miring” ceremony, where two sets of “piring” (offering ingredients) were prepared for them.

It has always been the practice of Ibans to perform a “miring” to seek blessing, protection, courage, strength as well as victories from their “petara” (gods) before they go for headhunting expeditions, or before starting to farm, hunt etc.

Depending on the purpose of the “miring”, either chickens or pigs are slaughtered. For headhunting expeditions and elections, pigs are slaughtered and their livers are examined on whether they portend good or bad omens. (more…)

Sarawak political machine will keep propping up Najib

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On May 7, residents of Sarawak, the larger of the two Malaysian states located on Borneo island, will be going to the polls. Sarawak is the only one of Malaysia’s 13 states to hold its state and federal polls separately.

This is the first election in Malaysia since the emergence of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) crisis engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Many Malaysian and international pundits are using the results of the upcoming Sarawak polls to see if the 1MDB scandal will affect Malaysian voter behaviour. Najib has taken a personal interest in the polls, visiting Sarawak more than 50 times since he took power in 2009.

It is fairly obvious that he is looking for a big win in Sarawak to use as political capital and momentum for the next federal polls, due in 2018. (more…)

In appeal to enter S’wak, Rafizi says will bash Najib and spare Adenan

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PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, in an appeal to be allowed entry into Sarawak, has promised that he will not criticise Chief Minister Adenan Satem in any way.

Instead, Rafizi said he will only focus his criticisms on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the federal government.

This is contained in a letter addressed to Adenan after the chief minister said he may consider allowing opposition leaders into the state if they asked “politely”.

“I request your good will to allow me to enter Sarawak at least for the purpose of campaigning in this state election even if you are not prepared to cancel the order barring me from Sarawak since April 2014. (more…)

Pakatan’s Sarawak squabble shows BN still best choice, Ikatan says

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Abdul Kadir pointed out that BN has over 14 member parties and yet it has still successfully remained united even through difficult times. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPakatan Harapan’s failure this week to achieve consensus in its first electoral contest as a pact proves it is not a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional (BN), Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) chief Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said.

The former Umno leader said the breakdown in seat negotiations for the Sarawak polls between Pakatan Harapan partners DAP and PKR shows the opposition alliance’s inability to resolve even a “basic issue”.

He said it also exposes fissures in the pact that claims to be Malaysia’s sole alternative to the ruling BN coalition.

“They keep coming up with excuses for their dismal performance. They are a disgrace.

“This proved that we don’t have an alternative… the best is still BN because they (Pakatan Harapan) keep quarrelling,” Abdul Kadir told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

It’s not Hang Tuah, it’s ‘Hang Tu-ha’ or ‘Hang Toh’, says don

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It seems the dust is not going to settle anytime soon for legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah.

His existence and lineage have been the subject of intense debate not only in academia but also in the popular realm.

And with the launch of a new book by Universiti Malaya’s Emeritus Professor Ahmat Adam, it would seem that even his name has been mispronounced for at least two centuries.

A historian by training, Ahmat told Malaysiakini that while this finding might not rest easy on some people, the laksamana’s name has to be set right.

“Malaysians have mispronounced ‘Hang Tuah’ for 200 years and it might be difficult for them to accept something new – that’s human nature – but we have to correct history,” he said in an interview after the launch yesterday. (more…)

How we can really give meaning to brand Kuala Lumpur

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At a glittering ceremony, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mhd Amin Nordin launched a new brand identity for the city: “Kuala Lumpur: exciting. surprising. enticing. A City of Contrasts & Diversity.”

He announced that landmarks with these words will be installed at Dataran Merdeka, Bulatan Semantan and Jalan Sungai Besi. But the tag line is more than a mouthful.

It reminded me of the longest abbreviation listed in the Guinness Book of World Records more than 40 years ago, which was S.K.O.M.K.H.P.K.J.C.D.P.W.B. for Syarikat Kerjasama Orang-Orang Melayu Kerajaan Hilir Perak Kerana Jimat Cermat Dan Pinjam-Meminjam Wang Berhad.

The words “contrasts and diversity” may encapsulate what Kuala Lumpur has to offer but the majority of Malaysians and visitors alike would be hard pressed to understand their meaning, let alone picture it. (more…)

BN will win two-third majority in Sarawak election, Mustafa Ali says

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Mustafa said his prediction was based on BN's ability to attract voters in Sarawak by solving issues in the state, especially rural areas. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS, regarded as Barisan Nasional’s biggest rival in the mainland, has conceded that BN will win the Sarawak election by a two-third majority.

PAS central election director Datuk Mustafa Ali said his prediction was based on BN’s ability to attract voters in Sarawak by solving issues in the state, especially rural areas.

“I feel BN will continue to govern Sarawak and win by a two-third majority, there may be places where the party will lose seats but overall BN will be in power,” he told reporters at the Kelab Wartawan Terengganu (KAWAT) office, here today.

Mustafa said PAS viewed the people of Sarawak as a community that focused merely on local issues instead of national issues.

He said the leadership qualities shown by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem since taking over the Chief Minister’s post had instilled the trust and confidence of the people.

“Tan Sri Adenan Satem has a feel good factor to win over the people of Sarawak,” he said.


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Stop lying about ties to BN, Adenan warns Serembu candidate

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Adenan said that Nyomek should use his own name during his campaign period and not claim to be a BN member. ― Picture by Aizyl AzleeSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today warned a candidate contesting in the Serembu state seat to stop telling lies about campaigning for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state election.

According to Adenan, Datuk Peter Nyomek Nyeap who is contesting as an independent candidate had been telling people around that he will be part of Barisan Nasional (BN) after the election.

“Do not to vote for him, he is telling you lies. According to sources he had been telling to the people that regardless of the outcome, he will join BN.

“My message to him is clear, I would like to say no thank you,” Adenan said at a talk at Kampung Bijuray Mongag.

Adenan said that Nyomek should use his own name during his campaign period and not claim to be a BN member. (more…)

Adenan says will review formal requests to extend Azmin, Guan Eng’s stay in Sarawak

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PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said yesterday that while he was allowed entry into the state, after many other opposition leaders were not, he was only allowed to stay for four days and would need to leave by May 2. — Picture by choo choy mayTan Sri Adenan Satem said today he will review the requests by Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng to extend their stay in Sarawak during the election period once a formal request is received.

Press secretary to the Sarawak chief minister Ambrose Cheng added that such requests in the past have been decided on a case-by-case basis.

“Datuk Patinggi Adenan have in the past considered on case by case basis extending the stay of non-Sarawakian (sic) and he is willing to consider extending both the Chief Minister of Penang and Mentri Besar of Selangor’s stay here upon receiving their formal request,” he said in a statement today.

PKR deputy president Azmin said yesterday that while he was allowed entry into the state, after many other opposition leaders were not, he was only allowed to stay for four days and would need to leave by May 2. (more…)

Umno can win next GE by forming pact with PAS for ‘Malay unity’, ex-minister says

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PAS and Umno have recently continued dalliances ostensibly for Malay and Muslim unity, which have become more overt and frequent since the Islamist party fell out with former allies in the opposition. — Picture by Saw Siow FengUmno stands a good chance of winning the next general election if it were to form an alliance with Islamist party PAS, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said today.

“Umno can win the elections when they combine with PAS, when they combine (for) Malay unity,” news portal Malaysiakini quoted the former information minister as saying.

Zainuddin added that an Umno-PAS pact would boost both parties’ chances at securing votes in the 14th general election because “Malays are concerned about their survival”.

Talk of collaboration between the two political parties resurfaced last year when PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa claimed that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had approached Umno to form a unity government in Selangor during the state’s mentri besar crisis in 2014. (more…)

‘Watch the game with Chee How’ at Porkies tonight

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It’s the game probably most Leicester City and Manchester United (MU) fans are waiting for.

The Foxes now riding high on the English Premier League (EPL) will take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford tonight (May 1) in what could be a historic moment for English football.

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April 30, 2016

Baru reminds voters of the role of opposition

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Baru BianState PKR chairman Baru Bian has reminded the people that for a truly democratic government to work, it would require the voices of the opposition in the State Legislative Assembly to monitor the actions of ministers and provide the necessary check and balance.

In a press statement yesterday, Baru who is also PKR Ba’ Kelalan candidate said the people should vote for a stronger opposition to have a more effective and responsive government.

He cited the decision to withdraw the proposal to gazette areas in Ulu Trusan as forest reserves as an example of the success of the opposition’s representation in the Legislative Asssembly.

“The people were extremely angry when they heard about the proposal and in record time, we gathered around 3000 signatures for a petition against this proposal,” said Baru.

The petition he said was then personally handed to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Aug 4, 2015.

The suspension was announced on Aug 14, 2016 in response to questions raised by him (Baru) in DUN on Dec 16 2015.

“Without a strong opposition, the government would not have withdrawn the proposal,” he added.

The same situation applies to the proposed Baram Dam as the government cancelled it after two years of opposition and blockades by the people.


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Oppositions at each other’s throats in Bukit Semuja

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If you talk to the naysayers and those who don’t agree, for whatever reasons, with John Ilus’ candidacy, of course they will be saying the BN direct candidate for Bukit Semuja will lose the election.

But no matter what they say – that he is a political greenhorn, that he is not getting the support of some influential people in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), and that BN votes are split between him and former PBB veteran Frederick Bayoi Manggie, thus giving DAP’s Edward Luak the edge – I am sticking my ground that John will prevail.

Indeed it’s the third day of campaigning today and I have yet to see those so-called influential local PBB leaders coming to John’s operation centre.

Yes, maybe they are not coming to offer their help after all. Maybe they have still to get over the feeling of disappointment at not being picked as candidate. (more…)

In Batu Kitang, PKR candidate dogged by seat dispute with DAP

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (centre) with Batu Lintang State lawmaker See Chee How and Wanita PKR national vice-chairman Voon Shiak Ni (right) at a press conference, March 31, 2016. Voon said response from voters in Batu Kitang has been encouraging so far. — Picture by Sulok TawieSince nominations on Monday, PKR’s Voon Shiak Ni’s campaign for Batu Kitang has been weighed down by relentless questions from voters on the fallout over seat distribution between her party and DAP.

With over a week left on the campaign clock, Voon’s team is understood to be weary of the inquisition, but the 46-year-old human rights lawyer has no other choice but to keep up appearances, fearing that the backlash would harm her chances at the ballot box.

To contain the storm, Voon has been diverting attention to the work she has done over the past decade in Stampin, the federal constituency that the new Batu Kitang state seat shares with Kota Sentosa and Batu Kawah.

At a ceramah here last night, a determined Voon explained to voters that during Election 2013, she had agreed to make way for DAP in the contest for Stampin, despite eyeing the seat for years. (more…)

DAP: Now even opposition campaigners given limited stay in Sarawak

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A passport stamped with a notice that the passport holder's stay in Sarawak is only valid until May 5. ― Picture by Aizyl AzleeNot only are opposition leaders barred from entering Sarawak, the stay of opposition campaigners tasked as polling and counting agents in the state is also now limited, DAP said today.

DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching had uploaded a photo on Twitter this morning of a passport stamped with a notice that the passport holder’s stay in Sarawak is only valid until May 5.

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen confirmed that the passport holder is a campaigner from the peninsula who was expected to volunteer as a counting agent in the May 7 Sarawak state election, and said “30 to 40” of their supporters had received the same treatment in the past few days.

“Not only has Adenan banned our leaders to come in to Sarawak to help campaign and give speeches, they have now gone one step further by banning our campaigners from becoming polling agents and counting agents,” he said here at the Sarawak DAP headquarters, referring to incumbent Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem. (more…)

Selangor MB only allowed to stay four days in Sarawak

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PKR’s Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is only allowed to stay in Sarawak for four days. ― File picSelangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali from PKR has only been allowed to stay in Sarawak for four days, following a string of opposition leaders barred from the state during the election.

In a Facebook post, the PKR deputy president posted a picture showing his immigration stamp which expires on May 2.

“Sarawak immigration has ordered me to leave Sarawak on 2 May 2016. On whose orders?” he captioned the picture on his Facebook page.

Over a dozen opposition figures have been barred from entering Sarawak since Tan Sri Adenan Satem became chief minister in February 2014, succeeding Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud who is now the Sarawak governor.

Selangor state legislative assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh from the DAP was the latest opposition leader to be denied entry to Sarawak on April 22 when she travelled to Sibu for a church programme. (more…)

PKR loses poll fight before it starts

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Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen was sitting downcast and all by herself at one end of the table waiting for the press conference to start. I got the feeling this PKR national women exco member, didn’t feel like talking when I tried to start a conversation.

I sensed she too was somewhat angry. To her right, about two arms length away sat Abun Sui Anyit, a party stalwart. He too was all by himself and looking downcast.

It was an unusual sight. Anyit was one of the livelier characters in PKR and that day a week ago, he was not up and about shaking hands and patting backs with journalists and party colleagues.

Their deflated spirit was linked to their prospective candidacy as their seats, the Malay-majority seat of Tupong in Kuching city for the housewife and the rural Dayak seat of Murum for the 42 year-old Kenyah lawyer and land rights activist, are the subject of a seat tussle between the two major partners in the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition in the state – PKR and DAP.
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Pakatan Harapan: Is it a real marriage or just a fling?

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On nomination day for the 11th Sarawak Election, Mohamad Azmin Ali said it was ‘unfortunate’ that PKR and DAP could not come to an agreement. This was followed by a flood of comments from both DAP and PKR reps blaming each other for the snafu that continues till today.

It was neither fortune or misfortune that played a part in the disintegration of relations between the two coalition partners of Pakatan Harapan however.

Let’s go back to the basics of this whole issue: Pakatan Harapan, like its predecessor coalition Pakatan Rakyat, was not founded on proper and legally binding principles. The coalition’s common framework policy does not have a ‘punishment’ mechanism for disobeying a jointly reached consensus. (more…)

PKR candidate for Nangka dares Dr Annuar to a debate

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(From left) Hassan, Puah, Abdul Raafidin, Ali Ismail and Wong at the press conference.PKR candidate for Nangka, Abdul Raafidin Majidi, has challenged his opponent from PBB, Dr Annuar Rapaee, to a debate tomorrow but the latter has yet to take it up.

“The venue is the area in front of Surau Kampung Datuk, and the time is 8pm to 10pm.”

He said he sent the invitation to the debate to Dr Annuar three days ago.

During the debate, he said he would present his election manifesto and Dr Annuar may present his.

“Our debate may touch on religious and racial issues,” he pointed out.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, he said he found Dr Annuar rather arrogant when the latter said he targeted to get the support of 500 Chinese voters. (more…)

Adenan urges voters to give him ‘big and strong’ mandate to deal with Putrajaya

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (right) said he wanted to ‘represent the whole of Sarawak’ when he spoke to the Federal government on such matters as autonomy and the sharing of oil revenue. — Bernama picChief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has urged voters in the Sarawak election to give him a “big and strong” mandate to realise all his initiatives for the people and state.

He said he wanted to “represent the whole of Sarawak” when he spoke to the Federal government on such matters as autonomy and the sharing of oil revenue.

In an interview with Bernama TV here today, he noted that the present mandate was handed down to him from his predecessor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud who stepped down as Chief Minister after 33 years.

“Two years are not enough to fulfil (my pledges to the people). So I think five more years are reasonable… I want my own mandate now so that I can act independently,” Adenan said. (more…)

What opposition? Zaid invites Kit Siang to dinner

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In the run-up to the 13th General Elections (GE14) in 2013, Lim Kit Siang apologised for the failure of the opposition pact to remain united and again when it failed to retain PAS within its fold.

Now he has apologised yet again for the failure of PKR and DAP to ensure a straight fight between the Opposition and Barisan Nasional in the Sarawak state election.

The opposition has always been fractious but to show its penchant for disunity in the way it has in the Sarawak election is unforgivable.

To see my friend Kit Siang having to grovel before Sarawakians because PKR would not do a deal with DAP is quite sad, so I have decided to invite Kit to a special dinner of Brittany oysters, Boston clam chowder and charcoal-roasted young lamb from Spain after the election.

During the dinner I will suggest the following: (more…)

Stumping in Batu Kawah, Adenan says he is not ‘White Hair’

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Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem speaking at the SUPP election rally at Kuching City Mall, April 29, 2016. — Picture by Aizyl AzleeIncumbent Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem tonight insisted he was unlike a “white haired” leader from before, in an apparent attempt to disassociate his administration from that of predecessor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Taib’s silver hair and goatee had earned him the nickname “Pek Moh”, which means “white hair” in various Chinese dialects.

“Number one, I am Adenan Satem and I am not ‘White Hair’,” he said when starting his speech at a rally for the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) candidate in Batu Kawah here.

“I know that in the past, the Chinese community didn’t like Barisan. But you tell them now that this is Adenan, not ‘White Hair,’” he said to cheers from the crowd.

Adenan admitted to maintaining close ties with Abdul Taib who is now Sarawak governor, but insisted that the latter did not interfere in the chief minister’s duties. (more…)

The fight between DAP and PKR hinders future cooperation

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Is it possible to “ubah” (change) the BN government in Sarawak when DAP and PKR are fighting among themselves instead of their common enemy?

Many who were asked this question gave a negative answer. Even DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang admitted that it is a tall order to change the state government.

“It is granted that Adenan Satem will become the chief minister for a five-year term after the state election. No doubt about that,” he said when asked to comment on the fight between DAP and PKR in six constituencies.

The controversial seats are Batu Kitang, Murum, Mulu, Mambong, Simanggang and Ngemah.

However, Lim reiterated the need for a strong opposition to check abuse of power and corruption by the State government. (more…)

In Batu Kitang, cost of PKR-DAP spat begins to show

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In the village of Pekan Batu Kitang where the population is majority Malay, voters say that BN was well known for aiding villages and is expected to win their support as the riverside village often suffers flooding. ― Picture by Aizyl AzleeCarved out of two seats considered DAP strongholds, Batu Kitang, which should have been an easy win for the party, is up in the air as urban voters there baulk at its clash with PKR.

This was compounded by the growing affection that residents in the more suburban areas of the constituency have begun to show for the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which is set to gain an advantage from the split opposition vote.

Jason Liu, 38, from the town of Arang said the infighting between the two Pakatan Harapan allies has diminished his faith in the pact, adding that he was undecided on which of the two he would ultimately support in the May 7 Sarawak state election.

“My vote is a secret, of course. But I am sure this split is going to hurt the opposition,” he told Malay Mail Online.

Geographically, the new constituency drawn from Batu Kawah and Kota Sentosa is primarily rural, but the delineation includes the densely-populated Pasar Maong and Arang townships at the fringes of Kuching. (more…)

Will Sarawak hostages return alive?

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Whenever a crisis situation arises, it becomes a way to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Suddenly,it becomes clear where priorities lie and whose well-being are ‘more important’ than others.

The news that four Sarawakians were kidnapped by armed Filipino gunmen near Pulau Ligitan off Semporna on April 1 shocked the nation, and the captives have been given until April 30 (tomorrow) to meet hostage demands or they would be beheaded.

The four are family members of brothers Wong Teck Pang, 31, and Teck Chi,  29, their cousin Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21, and Wong Hung Sing, 34, who is not a relative.

When it comes to dealing with kidnappers, it is imperative that the authorities handle the situation delicately, and to initiate negotiations that would result in the release of the captives. (more…)

Promise of inclusive development not mere lip service, says Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presenting a mock cheque to a representative of the Church of Our Lady of Fatima Long Laput at the launch of the Longhouse Loan Scheme in Rumah Panjang Eda Beran in Long Laput April 29, 2016. — Bernama picThe promise of inclusive development by the government is not mere lip service or political rhetoric but holds a clear development plan, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Addressing about 3,000 people of the Kayan community in Long Laput here, the Prime Minister said there must be capability to implement the plan as well.

“And, we must have political will. When we have political will and can manage the national economy well, our country’s finances will be healthy and strong and we can spend on rural development.

“If we do not have the financial resources and we are incapable of managing the national economy, how can I provide a large allocation for rural development?” he said. (more…)

In Mambong, PKR candidate says DAP rival just newcomer

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(From left) Candidates for Dayak-majority seats Andrew Nyabe (Kedup), Sanjan Daik (Mambong) and Edward Andrew Luak (Bukit Semuja) are seen in this file picture. PKR’s Willie Mongin insisted that he had served the Mambong area longer than his DAP rival Sanjan. — Picture by Sulok Tawie PKR’s Willie Mongin today said it was unfair to expect him to make way for his DAP rival in the Mambong state seat, insisting he has served the area significantly longer.

The information technology entrepreneur asserted that he has been assisting the people of Mambong since 2004.

“Since 2011, I have helped to build three mini hydro power projects for three villages and organised over 200 political and social activities,” he told reporters today, saying each of the small hydroelectric schemes cost RM200,000.

“The other candidate only appeared in the scene in the last two years,” Willie said, referring to DAP’s Sanjan Daik.

His remarks came despite the senior PKR leadership today asking all to “move on” from the acrimony over the six overlapping seats with PKR. (more…)

WSJ and Sarawak Report have no respect for Malaysia, says PM’s aide

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Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad today slammed the Wall Street Journal andSarawak Report for their deceitful reporting on the appointment of the new Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Tengku Sariffuddin said it was a disgrace that the good name Of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had been dragged into certain foreign media’s attacks on Malaysia.

“The deceitful reporting on important national events by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ) and Sarawak Report (SR) shows that they have no respect for our country, our sovereignty, or our monarchy,” he said in a statement here today.

Tengku Sariffuddin said for over a month, both publications had maliciously reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had appointed his supposedly “1MDB linked ally” Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah to be the new Governor of BNM, despite the fact that no decision had been made.

He added that both publications then reported that the Prime Minister had made a “U-Turn” following the appointment of Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim as the new governor, and fictitiously claimed that Yang di-Pertuan Agong had previously signed the appointment of Irwan, and was persuaded to change the nomination. (more…)

Isma, don’t blame women on the Internet for divorce

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Wanita MCA is aghast at the misogynistic remarks by Ikatan Muslim Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman who blamed women’s usage of the Internet as causing mothers to overlook their household duties, leading to divorce (The Malay Mail Online, 27 April  2016).

To enhance his sexist, warped argument, Zaik added that “even if it’s 10pm or 11pm at night, they should be limited to sitting at home but the Internet doesn’t limit them.”

Why does Zaik want to confine women to the domestic sphere and prevent them from access to knowledge? Has it occurred to Zaik that if a mother is using the Internet after 10pm, it is because that is the only time she has after preparing dinner, clearing dishes, cleaning up or putting the children to sleep? (more…)

April 29, 2016

See Chee How : Opposition to play a watchdog role

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See with PKR’s rhinoceros mascot ADIL during a speech rally on Wednesday.Sarawak needs a strong team of effective opposition elected representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) in the next five years.

PKR’s Batu Lintang incumbent See Chee How said this is to ensure that there is a check and balance as well as to make sure that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem delivers his promises to the people.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said while he was sure that Adenan would get to be the chief minister after the May 7 state election, the voters need to ensure that there are people who could act as their watchdog to make sure that all the promises are delivered.

“In the next five years, what we need is a very strong team of effective opposition members in the state assembly to make sure Adenan delivers what he promised. (more…)

PKR’s Baru Bian, nephew battle for Sarawak’s Ba’Kelalan seat

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian will be facing his own nephew Willie Liau of Barisan Nasional for the Ba’Kelalan seat in the Sarawak polls. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe disappointment over the lack of change in this constituency is as widespread as it is palpable.

Perhaps sensing it, incumbent Baru Bian, the Sarawak PKR chief, is appealing to the religious sentiment of the evangelical Christians who make up 90 per cent of the 7,375 registered voters.

The 58-year-old lawyer presents himself as “fair, clean and God-fearing” while telling the deeply religious Lun Bawang community of his efforts to settle native customary rights land issues.

But the people do not seem to be impressed. Whatever his good intentions and however hard he has worked, he has not delivered on his promises, according to the locals who yearn for development in their area.

In 2011, the controversy over the seizure of bibles using the word “Allah” helped Bian to beat his 43-year-old nephew Willie Liau of Barisan Nasional by 473 votes. (more…)

Mongin: Cast your votes to protest GST

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Willie (second right) together with (from second left) Nurhanim, Dr Xavier, Tan and others at the press conference. PKR Mambong candidate Willie Mongin has called on fellow Sarawakians to use their votes in this election to protest the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed by the federal government.

“According to Putrajaya, GST collection in the first nine months of its implementation (April to Dec 2015) was more than RM27 billion, which is RM900 per person based on Malaysia’s population of about 30 million,” he told a press conference, here yesterday.

Willie said on average, every Malaysian including senior citizens, pensioners, children and jobless people paid RM100 a month to Putrajaya’s coffer.

“The amount is indeed burdensome because it means a household of four spent an extra RM400 a month last year, not in return for any goods and services but on tax for the goods and services they consumed.” (more…)

Bersih 2.0 claims bribery, irregularities marring Sarawak campaign

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Maria Chin Abdullah said complaints about possible election campaigning offences must be looked into, adding that they will be presented to the Election Commission (EC) tomorrow. — Picture by Choo Choy MayElection observers have spotted several possible offences over the first few days of the campaign for Sarawak, including bribery allegations and irregularities in the electoral roll, according to Bersih 2.0.

The polls watchdog’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said these complaints must be looked into, adding that they will be presented to the Election Commission (EC) tomorrow.

“EC’s job is to ensure elections run without cheating and a thorough monitoring throughout the campaign period,” she told a press conference here.

According to Chin, it is believed at least two Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates have offered special cash assistance to voters in their areas. (more…)

Does Isma think that feminists are vamps and job-stealers?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Both Isma and Wanita Isma must be quaking in their boots at the rise of strong independent-minded, and financially independent women, especially Malay women, in Malaysia.

Otherwise, how else does one explain the constant attacks on feminists, in the news. It seems that “feminist” is a “dirty” word for Isma.

In Malaysia, the authorities use the words “communists” or “Marxists” to instill fear in the rakyat. The fallacious threat of communism is also a tool to stop peaceful demonstrations and lectures. Worst of all, the authorities label someone a communist, so that he can be identified as one who can be hauled off, and locked up, without charge, for years.

Similarly, in Islam as it is practised in Malaysia, women, especially working women and working mothers are labelled feminists, as if they are to be feared, as if they are man-eaters, as if they are put on earth to wipe out the male sex. No! Can someone tell Isma that feminism is not about man-hating? Nor is it about taking the jobs from men. (more…)

Sarawak seat mess won’t affect Pakatan Harapan coalition, PKR veep says

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Nurul Izzah Anwar (centre) speaks at a press conference on Sarawak elections at PKR’s headquarters, April 28, 2016. ― Picture by Kamles KumarThe six Sarawak seat clashes between PKR and DAP will not have any effect on the ties between the Pakatan Harapan coalition parties, Nurul Izzah Anwar said today.

The PKR vice-president said the focus was now on the Sarawak state election, and that any issues between the party and DAP will be address after May 7.

“I’m really glad that we continue to share an engagement with the DAP till this very second. I’m confident that we will prevail.

“I think the ties between us are far stronger than any particular electoral arrangement. I’m confident we will endure and prevail this challenge,” she told a news conference here.

“We would like to move on and re-orientate our focus just on candidates fighting it out against Barisan Nasional. (more…)

Adenan’s men may be in trouble in Serembu and Bawang Assan

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Several independent candidates are going into the polls in direct opposition to state Barisan Nasional chairman Adenan Satem’s choice of direct candidates.

In Serembu, Miro Simuh was chosen over the more popular Anthony Abang who enjoyed the backing of several prominent local figures that included Mambong incumbent Dr Jerip Susil and Peter Nyomek.

Adenan knew Abang was popular with the Serembu ground, but he picked Miro nevertheless.

Yes, call that his prerogative, but while Abang seems to relent, the next most popular man was not about to take the whole thing lying down.

On nomination day, which was Monday, Nyomek, who heads the Serembu Bidayuh clan association, came to file his nomination papers. (more…)

Signs pointing to Ba’kelalan ground shift in uncle-nephew rematch

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The disappointment over the lack of change in the constituency of Ba’kelalan is as widespread as it is palpable.

Perhaps sensing it, incumbent Baru Bian, the Sarawak PKR chief, is appealing to the religious sentiment of the evangelical Christians who make up 90 percent of the 7,375 registered voters.

The 58-year-old lawyer presents himself as “fair, clean and God-fearing” while telling the deeply religious Lun Bawang community of his efforts to settle native customary rights land issues.

But the people do not seem to be impressed. Whatever his good intentions and however hard he has worked, he has not delivered on his promises, according to the locals who yearn for development in their area.

In 2011, the controversy over the seizure of bibles using the word ‘Allah’ helped Bian to beat his 43-year-old nephew Willie Liau of BN by 473 votes. (more…)

DAP, PKR should be fighting the BN – not each other!

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Malaysians have a right to be dismayed; they have a right to be very disappointed. They are terribly upset with the unbecoming behaviour of PKR and DAP leaders.

What prevailed following the nominations for the Sarawak election scheduled for 7 May 2016 are narrow, selfish interests that totally ignored the larger welfare of the nation. The peoples’ aspirations and expectations have been sacrificed at the altar of self-centred political considerations.

This should have never happened – not after an understanding had been reached and seat arrangements had been agreed upon.

But six contentious seats are being contested by both PKR and DAP, the coalition partners of Pakatan Harapan. This is absurd. Have they forgotten who the common antagonist is? They should be fighting the Barisan Nasional – not each other. (more…)

Najib says BN needs Sarawak mandate for continued development

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib (centre) is seen accompanying Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem file his nomination papers for the Sarawak election, April 25, 2016. ― Bernama picBarisan Nasional need the mandate from the people of Sarawak in the state election to continue the development agenda that has yet to be completed, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Prime Minister said the development agenda cannot be completed in a short time as it needs strategic planning by the Federal and state governments.

“Therefore, it is important for the people of Sarawak to continue their support for BN in the state election, especially Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem. Give him the mandate to continue the development.

“Sarawak will ‘sit at the same level or rise at the same level’ with Peninsula Malaysia. I am therefore, committed to approve various allocations and mega development projects like the Pan Borneo Highway,” he said after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan St Jude Bunan, situated about 80km from Kuching, here Thursday. (more…)

In Batu Kitang, PKR candidate dogged by seat dispute with DAP

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (centre) with Batu Lintang State lawmaker See Chee How and Wanita PKR national vice-chairman Voon Shiak Ni (right) at a press conference, March 31, 2016. Voon said response from voters in Batu Kitang has been encouraging so far. — Picture by Sulok TawieSince nominations on Monday, PKR’s Voon Shiak Ni’s campaign for Batu Kitang has been weighed down by relentless questions from voters on the fallout over seat distribution between her party and DAP.

With over a week left on the campaign clock, Voon’s team is understood to be weary of the inquisition, but the 46-year-old human rights lawyer has no other choice but to keep up appearances, fearing that the backlash would harm her chances at the ballot box.

To contain the storm, Voon has been diverting attention to the work she has done over the past decade in Stampin, the federal constituency that the new Batu Kitang state seat shares with Kota Sentosa and Batu Kawah.

At a ceramah here last night, a determined Voon explained to voters that during Election 2013, she had agreed to make way for DAP in the contest for Stampin, despite eyeing the seat for years. (more…)

In Mambong, PKR candidate says DAP rival just newcomer

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

(From left) Candidates for Dayak-majority seats Andrew Nyabe (Kedup), Sanjan Daik (Mambong) and Edward Andrew Luak (Bukit Semuja) are seen in this file picture. PKR’s Willie Mongin insisted that he had served the Mambong area longer than his DAP rival Sanjan. — Picture by Sulok Tawie PKR’s Willie Mongin today said it was unfair to expect him to make way for his DAP rival in the Mambong state seat, insisting he has served the area significantly longer.

The information technology entrepreneur asserted that he has been assisting the people of Mambong since 2004.

“Since 2011, I have helped to build three mini hydro power projects for three villages and organised over 200 political and social activities,” he told reporters today, saying each of the small hydroelectric schemes cost RM200,000.

“The other candidate only appeared in the scene in the last two years,” Willie said, referring to DAP’s Sanjan Daik.

His remarks came despite the senior PKR leadership today asking all to “move on” from the acrimony over the six overlapping seats with PKR.

Willie is contesting the state seat against Sanjan and Barisan Nasional’s direct candidate Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

Mambong is one of five seats that DAP asked PKR to concede in return for Batu Kitang, which the latter refused.

Mambong has 17,467 registered voters, including 996 from the police force.

Polling for the state election is on May 7.


SULOK TAWIE


PKR veep says DAP not giving full facts of Sarawak seat survey

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

PKR’s Chua Tian Chang accused DAP of making unreasonable demands by wanting to contest most of the semi-urban seats, which are seen as winnable constituencies for both parties. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe DAP only presented half-truths when it used the findings of recent surveys on several Sarawak seats to prove it was not to blame for the breakdown in negotiations on seat distribution, PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang said.

Chua admitted that the surveys showed that DAP was the more favourable party in five of the six seats surveyed but said in at least three seats, the proposed candidates from PKR proved more popular than DAP’s secondary ones.

The Batu MP, who was part of the PKR team that negotiated seats with the DAP, also also accused the latter party of making unreasonable demands by wanting to contest most of the semi-urban seats, which are seen as winnable constituencies for both parties.

“The survey doesn’t really give the full picture,” Chua told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

Bukit Saban residents want to see poster tradition kept alive

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Posters hanging at the Ulu Paku junction.Locals in Bukit Saban constituency want to see election posters hanging in the area even though they are confident the seat will go to BN after the state election.

They told The Borneo Post yesterday hanging posters at the Ulu Paku junction was a tradition every time the state or general election season came around.

“I miss participating in this activity as I’ve been doing this with the villagers for as long as I can remember,” local Nicholas Baki Lemada said when interviewed.

He said the people of Bukit Saban constituency were confident BN would win the seat. (more…)

Adenan vs GST in billboard war

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

In their attempt to secure victory in the state poll, the BN direct candidates in Sibu have plastered the face of caretaker Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem on their campaign billboards.

The striking election advertisements on these candidates have been erected along the roads, as well as in housing and commercial areas.

“There is a new fever in Sarawak… It’s called Adenan Fever!” screamed one billboard, with Adenan – clad in a jacket the shade of BN blue – raising his cap.

Describing all the BN candidates as members of the ‘Adenan team’, the Sarawak BN chairperson had once told voters in Sibu that they can think of him if they did not like their BN candidates. (more…)

Shiak Ni to soldier on in Batu Kitang despite 5-cornered fight

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Voon speaks at the rally on Wednesday.PKR Batu Kitang candidate Voon Shiak Ni vows to continue fighting despite facing a five-cornered contest which includes her Pakatan Harapan counterpart from DAP Abdul Aziz Isa in the May 7 election.

While admitting that the coming election would be a very tough fight, Voon said she would soldier on for the sake of her party and supporters who did not want her to withdraw from the race.

“Many people asked me, ‘Shiak Ni, it is a five-cornered fight, wont you withdraw from the election for the greater picture? My answer is this ‘it will be a very tough fight but I will continue to fight on,” she said at a rally here on Wednesday.

Voon said as a party person, she took directive from her party and would be obliged by the party’s decision.

“Three years ago during the 2013 General Election, because we (then Pakatan Rakyat) could not reach a consensus on Stampin seat then, I told my party leadership that for a greater cause, for change and for the sake of the people, it is okay, I can withdraw (from becoming a candidate). (more…)

>Now, Sarawakians can fly home to vote on Air Asia

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

AirAsia is offering promotional fares to all Sarawakians who are planning to fly home during the Sarawak State Election period with its ‘Exercise Your Flight to Vote’ campaign, providing everyone with an opportunity to return to their hometowns to carry out their responsibilities.

The routes featured in this promotion include Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu to Kuching, and from Kuching to Miri, Bintulu and Sibu with all-in-fares from as low as RM49 one way. Bookings can be made online at airasia.com from now until May 8, 2016, and guests will be able to travel immediately.

These promotional fares are also available for booking on AirAsia’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android devices as well as the mobile site mobile.airasia.com.

Spencer Lee, head of Commercial of AirAsia said, “We are pleased to offer all Sarawakians this special ‘Exercise Your Flight to Vote’ promotion for those who would want to return home to carry out their responsibilities to vote. With fares from as low as RM49* one way, we hope that everyone will take advantage of this promotion and exercise their right to vote.”

AirAsia operates 84 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, 38 weekly flights to Sibu, 28 weekly flights to Miri, 14 weekly flights to Bintulu; while flights departing from Johor Bahru, there are 24 weekly flights to Kuching, 7 weekly flights to Sibu and 3 weekly flights to Miri.


The Ant Daily


 

Sarawak state govt paid RM1.67b in land compensation, says Adenan

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Adenan Satem said the state government has paid out RM1.67 billion for land acquisition in Sarawak. ― Bernama picThe Sarawak state government has paid RM1.67 billion in compensation for land acquisition as of last month, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said.

Aside from that, as of March 31, 2016, land titles for 632,063 lots had been issued, involving 2.25 million hectares.

Under the new initiative Native Customary Right (NCR) land perimeter survey programme, 465 areas involving 748,167 hectares had been surveyed and 373 areas covering 538,945 hectares gazetted.

“This is why the opposition always gets angry every time we issue land title or pay compensation. It proved that they have been lying. This is another nail in their coffin,” he told a press conference here, today.

When asked on the possibility of Chinese ministers in the Sarawak cabinet, Adenan said it was up to the Chinese community to decide. (more…)

BNM issues letter of administrative compound to 1MDB

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today issued a letter of administrative compound to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for failing to comply with directions issued under the Financial Services Act 2013. — file picture Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today issued a letter of administrative compound to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for failing to comply with directions issued under the Financial Services Act 2013.

This includes the requirement for 1MDB to repatriate monies remitted abroad following the revocations of the three permissions granted by BNM to 1MDB in 2009, 2010 and 2011, it said in a statement today.

The central bank said 1MDB also failed to submit evidence and documentation specified by the bank to justify its inability to fully comply with the repatriation order.

1MDB has been given until May 30 to pay the compound.

Meanwhile, the payment of the compound will mark the conclusion of the investigation by BNM on the contraventions to the rules and regulations of the central bank.


Bernama


Success of transformation programmes benefits Sabah and Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Said Keruak said a further 5.5 million Malaysians living on the outskirts have also benefited through the transformation programme via provision of clean water and reliable electricity. — Bernama picFacilities and services for people living in rural areas under the National Transformation Programme (NTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) have been hailed as one of the government’s priorities for those living in Sabah and Sarawak.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak cited the example of Bario in Sarawak which did not have 24-hour electricity supply until quite recently under the programme that was launched more than five years ago, in October 2010.

“Due to the Rural Development National Key Results Areas (NKRA) under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Bario now has proper electricity supply.

“So, while this is of not much concern to those living in the urban areas, those living in the rural areas need the basic amenities such as water and electricity, which those living in the urban areas have been enjoying for decades,” he said in a post on his blog, sskeruak,blogspot.com., today. (more…)

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