Hornbill Unleashed

August 20, 2013

Businessmen withdraw suit against Sarawak Report editor

Ng Ai Fern
Prominent Sarawak businessmen Tan Sri Leonard Linggi Jugah and five others today withdrew their defamation suit against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown at the High Court here.
The other plaintiffs are Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, businessman Greme Iaan Brown, Asian Plantations (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Keresa Plantations Sdn Bhd and Rajang Wood Sdn Bhd.
They filed the suit against the UK-based Brown following an article published in Sarawak Report on May 1 entitled ‘Dirty Dayak Datuks – BN’s crony candidates’. (more…)

August 19, 2013

Barred From Malaysia, but Still Connecting With Critical Jabs


“They can’t do this in Malaysia. They’d be arrested immediately, and their livelihoods would be destroyed,” Clare Rewcastle Brown said.

CLARE REWCASTLE BROWN is persona non grata in her native Malaysia, barred from entering the former British colony.

But that does not silence Ms. Rewcastle Brown, who is one of the most effective voices calling attention to deforestation in Malaysia. The booming economy there, she contends, has been fueled in part by the country’s willingness to tap its natural resources in ways that have enriched the leadership of her native Sarawak, a vast state on Borneo Island long known for its stunning natural beauty and biodiversity. (more…)

July 6, 2013

Taib has 14-year travel ban on my Sarawak lawyer, says activist Rewcastle Brown

Chee How & Rewcastle BrownRITA JONG

There is a curious twist to the story of the British activist banned from entering Sarawak.

The same security office of Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud that would not let her enter the state last week to defend herself in a legal suit there, has apparently also banned her Malaysian lawyer from leaving the country – for the past 14 years.

Activist Clare Rewcastle Brown revealed this about her lawyer See Chee How in an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider.

“See is restricted from travelling outside Malaysia on similar orders from Sarawak CM, even though he is an elected member of the state assembly,” she said. (more…)

April 25, 2013

Taib Panics And Offers Headmen A Living Wage!

Sarawak Report

Inside his Rolls Royce – fear is opening Taib’s tight purse….

What better sign of BN’s panic that they may lose this election than the frantic handouts and sudden promises of ‘projects’ that we have been seeing this week?

In 2008 the average election bribe that BN paid to poor rural folk per vote was a mere RM10.  Yet this week the timber tycoon MP Tiong Thai King was going round offering a fat RM1,000 each!

So, now people are starting to learn what these politicians can really afford and why it pays to stand up to the bullies in BN. (more…)

April 12, 2013

Kill The Messenger!

Sarawak Report

BN are persisting in their childish attempts to shut up criticism by attacking this website and also the websites of Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Free Malaysia.

They are also jammi
ng the broadcasts of the two radio stations, but with patchy success.

Although the three websites have been hit hard and repeatedly by so-called DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attacks, these attacks are being successfully countered by our systems. (more…)

April 9, 2013

Independent radio stations hit on all fronts ahead of GE13

Nigel Aw

London-based Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Free Malaysia have been jammed and their online portals inaccessible after being heavily hit by distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.

“There have also been attempts at broadcast interference on both radio stations by jamming from different parts of the world over the past few days.

“These have had limited success so far and we have been working on tracing the perpetrators,” the founder of the stations, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, said when contacted. (more…)

April 8, 2013

Cyber Mania And Radio Jamming – BN Falls Back On Cheating!

Sarawak Report

Dangerous for the ears!

BN have effectively acknowledged that they have to cheat in this election and cannot afford the opposition view point to be heard by voters.

Over the weekend they have spent large sums of public money launching full-scale attacks on Radio Free Malaysia and Radio Free Sarawak.

They have both attempted to jam their broadcasts and tried to knock out their online websites, with limited success so far. (more…)

March 25, 2013

Radio podcast to air ‘banned’ interviews

K Pragalath

New online Radio Free Malaysia (RFM) will be free of censorship and “will not” cower to political pressure.

With a pivotal general election in the near horizon and opposition’s inaccessibility to the traditional media, a new online radio station akin to the successful Radio Free Sarawak is set to add to Najib Tun Razak and Umno’s headaches.

Radio Free Malaysia (RFM) will hit the airwaves tonight at 9pm on medium wave at 1359kHz, showcasing an interview which Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had with business radio station BFM. The interview never got aired due to “concerns” over Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission regulations. (more…)

February 9, 2013

BN’s Baram Crisis !

Sarawak Report

Tamper with our river at your peril Taib! – Demonstrators against the dam during last weeks ‘Baram Wave’

At the last Federal Election Taib did not bother to visit Baram.

To him it was just a source of timber which he could exploit, handing vast logging concessions to his crony companies like Samling and to politicians he needed to control, while leaving the people destitute.

One such politician was Jacob Sagan, the local MP and Federal Deputy Trade & Industry Minister.

Jacob has been Taib’s obedient henchman representing the Baram seat for three elections under SPDP and he has proved willing to betray his people to serve his master on every occasion. (more…)

January 22, 2013

Why fear ‘naughty’ RFS, Taib?

FMT Staff

Radio Free Sarawak’s daily two-hour broadcast which is ‘threatening’ Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s administration is relayed in native Iban.

Radio Free Sarawak which has come under attack from Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his beleaguered senior Barisan Nasional leaders here denied they were being “naughty” and “poisoning the minds” of the rural masses with their daily two-hour relay, which is mainly in Iban.

Its founder-editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown said RFS’ transmission merely offered Sarawakians a chance to speak for themselves and be heard. (more…)

January 18, 2013

Media Wars!

Sarawak Report

How it was reported in the Borneo Post (run by Taib’s timber cronies KTS)

The Chief Minister has lost his cool and demanded the federal government adopt illegal means to jam the independent radio station, Radio Free Sarawak.

At the same time, his political client, the leader of PRS James Masing, appeared even more heat up as he called for the military to be brought in to shut the station up, as it has been “poisoning the minds” of his constituents!

““We have sent men to the moon and vehicles to Mars, so don’t tell me that we can’t even jam these radio stations.”[Masing]

Considering the balance of power over the media in Sarawak, it would seem these two big dogs are making a great deal of fuss over one very small flea. (more…)

Masing, report RFS to MCMC

Joseph Tawie

In the 2011 state election, the increased voter swing favouring the opposition was attributed to Radio Free Sarawak’s transmissions in the native language.

(RFS) is the contentious bone poking at Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s native-based parties, and its Dayak leaders are helpless over what to do.

The daily 6pm-8pm broadcast in Iban has gained widespread audience and given both the listeners and the opposition immense opportunities to flag abuses and failings of the ruling regime.

In the 2011 state election, the increased vote swing favouring the opposition was attributed to RFS. (more…)

December 5, 2012

Pulling Out! – Hydro Tasmania Is To QUIT Sarawak

Sarawak Report

Capitulation – Roy Adair, Hydro Tasmania CEO confirmed the company’s “diminishing role” in Sarawak on Monday

Sarawak Report has learnt that campaigners can claim victory after statements yesterday by Hydro Tasmania boss, Roy Adair, pledging that the company is withdrawing from its guiding role over Taib’s mega-dam projects.

Adair, who had till recently enthused over Hydro Tasmania’s partnership with Sarawak Energy’s programme of up to 50 dams to power Taib’s ambitious ‘industrialisation’ project (SCORE), made clear there will be no more staff from the company involved in the project beyond the end of 2013. (more…)

July 9, 2012

What Justice For The Victims Of Timber Gangs In Sarawak?

Sarawak Report

Minggat Anak Nyakin – beaten and strangled by gangsters last year

Fear of gangsters is widespread in Sarawak and with good reason.  These are the operators outside the law who enforce the greedy land grabs and logging concessions handed out by Taib to his cronies.

By using gangsters, Taib and his business partners avoid being directly implicated and can pretend to have nothing to do with illegal methods.

However, the police know better.  They stand aside and turn a blind eye to the thugs, because they know who they really work for and it is not for the poor natives whose lands and livelihoods are being taken away. (more…)

July 7, 2012

Sarawak natives dig in for ‘war’ with plantation owner

Jonathan Yong

Sarawak activists claim that a plantation company said to be linked to the BN is now employing strongarm tactics such as firearms and hit and run attacks against indigenous land owners.

A native from Selangau, Sarawak has been allegedly hit-and-run by gangsters hired by a plantation company, said indigenous rights activist Nicholas Mujah when contacted by Malaysiakini today.

Nicholas, (left) who is the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) secretary general, said Semawi Renang was deliberately run over by a vehicle after organizing villagers to erect a blockade at a Selangau oil palm plantation. (more…)

May 31, 2012

Popular RFS deejay John Jaban ‘abducted’

FMT Staff

Unidentifed plainclothes individuals ‘nabbed’ Radio Free Sarawak deejay Peter John Jaban, who is allegedly on Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s ‘wanted’ list.

Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) deejay Peter John Jaban managed to “escape” police at the Miri International Airport this morning, but was “abducted” by unidentified plainclothes individuals believed to be linked to the Special Branch.

Jaban, 48, had earlier been detained, photographed and his documents photocopied by Kota Kinabalu police while waiting to board his flight to Miri to join his family for the Gawai celebrations.

In a text message to FMT, sent via a friend, Jaban said he was “ready to be arrested by Special Branch in Sarawak”. (more…)

Anti-Taib radio presenter taken away by three men

Aidila Razak

  • Radio Free Sarawak‘s Peter John Jaban was today taken away by three unidentified men in Miri, soon after the anti-Taib radio station presenter flew into the northern Sarawak town.

However, his lawyer Alan Ling said Miri police have denied taking away the presenter with the London-based radio station that has been highly critical of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s administration.

Ling, who is also DAP’s Piasau assemblyperson, told Malaysiakinithat the three men took Jaban (left) away in a Proton car.

Jaban was with Miri PKR chairperson Dr Michael Teo and on the way to Teo’s clinic in the town centre after arriving at Miri airport at about 10.30am. (more…)

April 26, 2012

RFS ‘poisoning mentality’ of rural Dayaks

Joseph Tawie

Barisan Nasional leaders in rural Sarawak want the government to clamp down on Radio Free Sarawak broadcast.

Barisan Nasional grassroots leaders, increasingly disconcerted by the reach of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) in the interior of Sarawak, are claiming that the news aired by the Internet broadcasting network is “poisoning” the “mentality” of the native Dayaks.

“The radio is rubbish and it may destroy the mentality of the Ibans and the Dayak community as a whole,” said a local pro-government leader pemanca (chief), Wilson Siang Lim. (more…)

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