Hornbill Unleashed

September 8, 2010

Taib: Adenan the chosen one?

By Stephen Winfred

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president and long-serving Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is expected to lead the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Sarawak state election but relinquish his government and party posts after the polls. Party sources close to the top leadership also revealed that Taib, who had helmed the state since 1981, has hand-picked former Natural Resources and Environment Federal Minister Adenan Satem as his successor.

“The matter was revealed to the party supreme council at its meeting on Sunday. All the supreme council members have sworn to keep the matter a secret until the time is right for an announcement to be made,” a source told FMT.

Most supreme council members in the meeting, the source said feel that Taib should lead the BN at the next state election as they are worried that his premature departure could destablise PBB as well as reduce support for the coalition. (more…)

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August 13, 2010

The lies and fall of ethnic politics

By Pak Bui

In the week following the police crackdown in Selangor and Penang, featuring arrests of 30 people for holding candles to mark the 50th anniversary of the hated Internal Security Act, leaders of junior BN coalition partners failed to stand up for civil rights.

Instead, Chua Soi Lek, president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and George Chan, leader of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), chose to speak up on typically parochial issues. Both these veteran politicians cemented their standing as having been left behind the times, reduced to rehashing old and careworn tactics, and bereft of new ideas.

Chua, hoping to burnish his reputation for being a plain-speaking iconoclast, decided to play to the lowest common denominator in the gallery, by making bigoted comments about Muslims. He obviously hoped this would play well among the more introspective and ignorant segment of the Chinese ‘voting bloc’. (more…)

June 24, 2010

S’wak BN meet to undertake four ‘arduous’ tasks

By Joe Fernandez

The Sarawak BN meet, scheduled for this weekend in Kuching, has reportedly set up four arduous tasks for itself as a decision is about to be made on whether to go for snap polls.

“These tasks are to consider four major themes for the forthcoming state elections,” confirmed a key Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) polls strategist last night.

The first of these tasks is to strategise on the polls theme that Sarawak needs to be administered by homegrown parties and “not those imported from Peninsular Malaysia”. (more…)

November 16, 2009

Changing the head hornbill in Sarawak

By Sim Kwang Yang

TaibShould Abdul Taib Mahmud – the chief minister of Sarawak – step down, after 28 years at the helm,with near-absolute power, in the resource rich state?

Does PBB – his party that holds half the number of seats in the Sarawak State Assembly – bully the other component parties of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional?

The answer to both questions is a resounding yes!

But this kind of questions is only relevant to members and supporters of the Sarawak BN. Other Sarawakians know very well that Taib will not step down on his own accord.

He has to cling on to the throne in Sarawak, to protect the future of his gargantuan family conglomerate CMS (an acronym that could designate the company Cahaya Mata Sarawak, or the title Chief Minister of Sarawak – an interesting coincidence).
(more…)

July 9, 2009

Contra racism

By Sim Kwang Yang

unityWhen the DAP Kuching Branch was first established in 1978, the party was a new kid on the block.  For many years before that, the SUPP was seen to be the sole representative of the Chinese in Sarawak.

The most effective tactic of the SUPP in demonising the DAP at that time was to call the DAP as a traitor to the Chinese race, out to divide the Chinese community, and to destroy Chinese unity. The SUPP needed the united support of all the Chinese, in order to negotiate and compromise with other race-based party.

The MCA used the same tactic against the Peninsular DAP and they were quite successful at that time.

During those early years of the DAP in Sarawak, the voters did buy the SUPP’s fare of Chinese unity.  I doubt they will continue to do so blindly, 30 years later. (more…)

April 4, 2009

Longhouse politics in Batang Ai

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by Sim Kwang Yang @ MalaysiaKini

During these last few critical days of the campaign period in Batang Ai, the exhausted campaign workers on both sides must be preparing for their final push, while the Iban fence-sitting voters must be getting more and more confused from the last bombardment of political propaganda. Sarawak city folks and concerned citizens on the Malaya Peninsula would probably be hungry for news on the Batang Ai ground. They are bound to be frustrated, because the Iban people in the jungle of Sarawak do live in a separate universe in more ways than one. Political news from and about them seldom find its way to the outside world.

Full Article @ MalaysiaKini

March 30, 2009

Money, money, money, Abba and Marx say it all

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By Henry

On one occasion a friend of mine named Ted, delivered a speech and ended it with a punch line, “Money isn’t everything but without it you are almost next to nothing”. For the first time I realized the truth that was very much contrary to what my late father had always preached in his usual Sunday sermon.

256d8ffc1b8ae6e04aaf9653d1d5073a-grandeI always thought even without money I am always somebody. Popular pop group, Abba, and the father of communism, Karl Marx, say it all about money that proves my friend’s punch line carries much truth.

Abba, in their song, and part of the lyrics, which I quote below that read:
I work all night, (more…)

March 29, 2009

I am a member of the human race!

By Sim Kwang Yang/SKY

One of the most virulent toxins in Malaysian politics is racial and ethnic politics. Politicians and activists of various ethnic origins still dream about the unity of their race.

I can understand their aspiration for unity, though I disagree with them. They think that once their race is united, they will have greater political representation, and their race will enjoy greater socio-economic benefits.

But 46 years after independence, the facts speak for themselves in Sarawak. Despite the dominance of PBB in more than four decades within the Barisan Nasional, the ordinary Malays and the Melanaus in the coastal regions of our vast state are still dirt poor. Although the Dayaks are well represented in the ruling coalition by the four Dayak components, the Dayak people are still dirt poor, by and large. In sharp contrast, how many of these ethnic representatives in the state assembly and the state cabinet have not grown opulently fat? (more…)

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