Hornbill Unleashed

July 30, 2013

‘Don’t blame Bakun for blackout’

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak’s Public Utilities Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan had last week said initial findings from Sarawak Energy Berhad and Sarawak Hidro confirmed the blackout originated from the dam.

KUCHING: Bakun dam operators, Sarawak Hidro, have refused to accept blame for last month’s six hour statewide blackout which had resulted in domestic and industrial consumers losing millions of ringgit.

Sarawak Hidro managing director Zulkifli Osman strongly defended the federal government which now owns Bakun.

“Bakun plants’ drop in load would not have caused a blackout on June 27. There could be other contributing factors such as system under frequency load shedding scheme, response of other power plants in the system and stress condition of the transmission network. (more…)

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May 13, 2011

Longhouse chiefs can’t cash BN cheques

Joseph Tawie

Cheques worth RM15,000 each which were allegedly issued to longhouse chiefs three days before the Sarawak state election are worthless.

An opposition candidate, who lost his battle to win the Tamin state seat in the April 16 Sarawak election, has accused Barisan Nasional (BN) of cheating at least 80% of the longhouse chiefs by giving them cheques which were not valid.

According to PKR candidate Mengga Mikui, BN had allegedly given each tuai rumah (longhouse chief) a “baucar bayaran” (payment voucher) attached to a cheque for RM15,000 three days before April 16. (more…)

May 6, 2011

Sarawak BN moves to analyse polls outcome

FMT Staff

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is ‘not ready yet’ to announce a cabinet reshuffle.

KUCHING: All Sarawak Barisan Nasional elected representatives have been directed to compile a report on their respective constituencies in time for the State Legislative Assembly’s first sitting in June 2011.

Disclosing this, special advisor to the Chief Minister, Adenan Satem said the reports were aimed at determining and dealing with issues raised during the run-up to the last month.

He said the reports were part of the coalition’s commitment to conduct a detailed post-mortem on the BN’s performance in the April 16 polls. (more…)

May 3, 2011

Sex and politics make strange bedfellows

Sim Kwang Yang

I was having my coffee in my Cheras neighbourhood when I saw a group of strangers passing out pamphlets to passersby.

I took a peek and discovered them to be the photocopied versions of the much maligned sex video.

The photograph was not clear, but the rough outline of a couple engaging in sex caused me a great deal of personal embarrassment.

The picture was supposedly that of Anwar Ibrahim, though I saw no resemblance between the picture and the person. (more…)

May 2, 2011

Handbook for rural campaigning in Sarawak

Sim Kwang Yang

BY NOW, the DAP has deduced the urban campaign in Sarawak down to a science, after 33 years of practice. Since the DAP first came to Sarawak in the late 1970s, they have become experts at winning the hearts and minds of urban voters in Bumi Kenyalang.

But campaigning in rural Sarawak is largely left to the personal whims of the political personalities on the ground within the opposition front. The success of the BN machinery in rural Sarawak, in contrast, is a testimony to the strength of the ruling coalition in this state, the largest in Malaysia. The BN’s grip on power in Sarawak has yet to be shaken by the challenge from the opposition coalition. (more…)

Unfair to blame PKR for Sarawak losses

Zefry Dahalan

An analysis of the figures shows that SNAP was more guilty of splitting opposition votes.

Commentators who blame PKR for the opposition’s poor performance in the recent Sarawak election are either spinning the facts or being too lazy to examine the figures.

Many have said the opposition would have won more seats if PKR had given way to SNAP in the rural contests and thus prevent three-corner fights. The fact is that in all contests where both parties were in the fray, Barisan Nasional won far more votes than those garnered by SNAP and independent candidates combined. (more…)

May 1, 2011

Money, the bane of Sarawak politics

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

Money politics has sunk so deep in Sarawak that voters have acquired the habit of demanding cash reward from the winners, including the opposition.

This was what Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian encountered during the recently concluded Sarawak election in which he won the rural seat of Ba’Kelalan.
(more…)

April 30, 2011

Would new Sarawak Chinese party be the answer?

Bernama

Would a new Chinese-based party which is pro-BN and ready to discuss the many complaints among Sarawakian Chinese with the state and federal leadership be an answer?

The idea of one such party cropped up following the debacle faced by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) after losing all but six of the 19 urban Chinese-majority seats it contested, which was seen by many, including those within the BN itself, as a massive rejection by the voters of the Chinese-based SUPP. (more…)

April 29, 2011

Sarawakians willing to die for Taib

FMT Staff

Like it or not Bumiputeras in Sarawak ‘appreciate and revere’ Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, notes a PBB senator.

KUCHING:  Having proudly delivered all of its 35 seats to the ruling Barisan Nasional regime in the April 16 polls, an affronted Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) today slammed critics of Taib Mahmud saying that he was still a much ‘revered’ leader to Sarawakians.

PBB Supreme Council member Senator Idris Buang said there were ‘many Sarawakians who were willing to die for leaders like Taib.” (more…)

Najib’s no match for wily old Taib

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz

The moment he got wind of Umno KL’s plans to replace him, he swiftly moved to consolidate his grip over Sarawak.

It’s time for the boys on our side to rethink what has happened in Sarawak. A victorious and accordingly emboldened Taib Mahmud is now a cause for more headaches to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Umno.

Let’s replay the behind-the-scene incidents on April 16. On that night, after making sure he already had the numbers, Taib called the house asking family members to get ready. (more…)

April 28, 2011

Urgent need for road in Kapit

FMT Staff

Now that the election dust has settled, the Sarawak BN will have to quickly deliver on its promises to the rural community.

KAPIT: Barely 10 days since receiving a fresh mandate to administer the state, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in Sarawak is already facing demands from rural folk to fulfil its election promises.

According to residents of Rumah Bundong, a longhouse in Kapit, the ruling coalition had promised during the run-up to the April 16 polls, to look into roads and upgrading facilities in the area. (more…)

Taib’s win blocking BN’s Sarawak reforms, says analyst

Clara Chooi

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s prevalence in Sarawak will likely add further strain to federal-state ties as the Najib administration continues to face the dilemma of the Chief Minister’s extended stay in power, an analyst here predicted.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) lecturer Dr Faisal Syam Hazis told a forum last night that Taib’s thumping victory meant it was unlikely that the strongman would bow out from politics before the next general election is called. (more…)

Split led to dysfunctional Sarawak PKR campaign

Aidila Razak

While BN had a head start through government campaigns, Sarawak PKR was dealing with factionalism which may have cost them several seats in the recently-concluded state polls.

Despite for the first time being able to provide good training for its grassroots as well as to present a coherent message, political scientist Andrew Aeria said PKR’s “deep and vicious factionalism” turned its campaign dysfunctional.

“The two factions, one led by (Sarawak PKR chief) Baru Bian and the other by Malay-Melanau leaders, led to a lot of local power-broking among those vying for candidacy,” Aeria (Below Left) told an audience of about 300 at a forum organised by pollster Merdeka Centre in Selangor yesterday.  (more…)

PKR urges Sarawakians to assess its manifesto: Change is for real

PKR urges S'wakians to assess its manifesto: Change is for real Sheela Sri Jaya, Malaysia Chronicle

PKR leaders refuted as mischievous the claims that their campaign in the just-concluded Sarawak election did not offer voters a concrete alternative to the BN.

“On the contrary, PKR was the one with a detailed manifesto but as usual the enemies of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim do not want anything that is related to him including PKR to get any credit at all,” Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, who campaigned extensively in the Land of Hornbills during the state polls, told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

Umno ‘circling’ for foray into Sarawak

Aidila Razak

The presence of Umno bigwigs and machinery during the BN election campaign in Sarawak has raised questions about the peninsula-based Malay party’s role in the state.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political science lecture Andrew Aeria (below left) is of the opinion that Umno will eventually move into Sarawak.

“But I dare not say more. I can’t really see it happening yet but the day (Chief Minister Abdul) Taib (Mahmud) moves away from the scene, there will be some serious moves (into Sarawak by Umno),” he said.  (more…)

April 27, 2011

Reflections on PRN10 Sarawak

Hornbill CornerSim Kwang Yang

My first brush with electoral politics in Malaysia happened 33 years ago, in 1978. I was in Kuching for the summer vacation, a break from my university course in philosophy. I had already enrolled in graduate school, intending to pursue a PhD in that obscure subject.

I read in the newspaper that a group of Kuching people were trying to set up a new branch for the DAP. I knew nothing about the DAP and did not know their secretary-general Lim Kit Siang. But I have always been convinced that democracy is good for the people, in Sarawak or elsewhere. So I walked up to the local contact person and signed up as a member. (more…)

PKR confident of bigger win

Athi Shankar

The party believes that it can take away more of Umno seats in Penang, and tells its members not to fall for their rival’s propaganda.

GEORGE TOWN: The rapid growth of Pakatan Rakyat’s political support base in Penang will help PKR to add more seats to its current stable of nine state and two parliamentary seats in the next general election.

PKR’s Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff is confident that Pakatan’s grassroots political set-up will boost PKR’s chances in the seats won by Umno with narrow margins in the 2008 general election. (more…)

PKR to ask Pakatan partners to share Sarawak burden

Clara Chooi

Rafizi: PKR does not mind shouldering the burden or breaking the ground but in my opinion, this effort should be shared out equally.

PKR wants Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners to share the burden of contesting in hard-to-win seats in Sarawak during the coming general election to avoid a repeat of the just-concluded state polls.

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli told reporters today that he will raise the matter during the PR secretariat meeting tomorrow.

He pointed out that PKR had been forced to stretch its resources thin during the April 16 state polls when it contested in a whopping 49 state seats, a move that had likely contributed to its failure to win in more than just three constituencies. (more…)

April 26, 2011

Ibans storm SUPP office asking for ‘election reward’

Sarawak News

More than 100 Ibans stormed the Sibu headquarters of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) yesterday, demanding the balance of RM400 each as the reward promised for backing its candidate who won in the recent state election.

Sibu Election Watch (SEW) in a press statement released late yesterday evening said the Ibans were upset that they did not get the “balance”, despite being promised the money by SUPP election agents as well as the tuai rumah (longhouse head) before the April 16 polls. (more…)

The fight will go on

FMT

It serves little purpose to wield the axe on the press doing its job to report nothing but the truth.

NEW In his hour of victory, Taib Mahmud saw fit to bar FreeMalaysiaToday (FMT) from attending a press conference at his palatial residence. It was a boorish act not befitting the high office he holds. Evidently, he wants to punish the news portal for showing him up to the world for what he is – corrupt, rapacious, arrogant, nasty. His message is, he is still the boss and no one can touch him or his dynasty. He probably has a hit list of all the online newspapers and “troublemakers” who have been exposing his vile deeds. But the white rajah has forgotten that he is no longer in charge of the destiny of Sarawak. He may have been given a fresh mandate but he will not have the freedom to do as he pleases. Indeed, he will come under more intense scrutiny here and abroad. His freewheeling days are over. (more…)

Anwar: Sarawak election far from fair and just

Ang Ngan Toh

The recent Sarawak election was anything but clean, free and fair, charged PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim today.

“Even the Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan was not allowed to come to Sarawak to monitor the election process,” said Anwar at a packed press conference immediately after meeting PKR members behind closed doors at a hotel in Kuching.

“Why? Clearly they wanted to cheat and that was why they disallowed a leader of Bersih to come, because they wanted to do (main) kotor (play dirty)” he said. (more…)

April 25, 2011

Anwar, top PKR leaders meet in Sarawak as DAP digs in on SNAP merger plans

Anwar, top PKR leaders meet in S'wak as DAP digs in on SNAP merger plansWong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

Amid concerns that Pakatan Rakyat might be infiltrated by rival elements from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s BN coalition, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim held a “pow-wow” with top leaders of his PKR party in Sarawak.

At the closed-door meeting, the PKR leaders are expected to chart plans for the national elections expected to take place soon. They are also expected to discuss alternative solutions in the event of multi-parties contesting the same seats should an internal row brewing amongst coalition members get out of hand. (more…)

Sarawak DAP eyeing more rural seats

Joseph Tawie

Following its mega success in the recent state polls, Sarawak DAP is now eyeing four Dayak-majority parliamentary seats.

In the coming parliamentary election, Sarawak DAP is targeting Mas Gading, Mambong, Serian and Sri Aman which are Dayak majority constituencies as part of its aim to shed away its image as a Chinese party.

“Even though the four parliamentary seats are Dayak majority, there are however substantial numbers of Chinese voters,” said state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen. (more…)

SNAP not keen on DAP merger, mulls over ‘many options’

Joe Fernandez

We were betrayed by PKR during the state election and stabbed in the back by DAP, says SNAP sec-gen Stanley Jugol.

The Sarawak National Party (SNAP), a formidable nationalist force which once ruled the state, is at a crossroads in the wake of the just-concluded April 16 state election, according to a post-mortem concluded within days.

However, while the Iban-led party – Parti Asal Bansa Kitai — may be down for now, it’s by no means out. (more…)

April 24, 2011

Time of reckoning: The next general election

Sim Kwang Yang

Following the conclusion of the April 16 state election inSarawak, the country must now be gearing up for the next general election, which could be as early as June or July this year.

This national election will be the most significant electoral contest in the history of Malaysia.

My personal and fervent hope is to see the emergence of an alternative government in the country.

Without the possibility of a change in government, there can be no true democracy in any modern polity.  (more…)

Sarawak polls: Reality check for Pakatan

Bridget Welsh

 The simple fact in the wake of Saturday’s polls is that Pakatan Rakyat has failed to dent the two-thirds majority inSarawak and deliver the needed electoral gains to push Abdul Taib Mahmud from office.

Much has been made of the unfairness of the polls, the use of money and the electoral irregularities. While these issues were important, they should not be excuses that overshadow shortcomings. (more…)

April 23, 2011

Elected rights activist See Chee How swings into action

Ang Ngan Toh

After being elected in the Batu Lintang constituency in the April 16 state elections, human rights activist See Chee How immediately swung into action, attending to the numerous complaints submitted to him during the campaign period.

They include clogged drainage, unsatisfactory government service and hawkers’ problems not being attended to by local authorities. (more…)

SNAP to attention when BN calls

Pak Bui

SNAP is, indeed, a ‘dying party’, as PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim has argued.

SNAP is dying because money politics is strangling this once proud party. In the 1970s, SNAP was a truly multi-racial party, led by Sarawakians with a vision for politics that extended beyond the narrow scope of being just another candidate ‘for sale’ to cash in on an election windfall. (more…)

Walking on slippery rocks

R Kengadharan

Barisan Nasional (BN) may have kept its two-thirds majority in Sarawak, but there is little reason for it to celebrate. It cannot ignore its losses – or the reasons for them, as some of its component parties have warned.

The results are no sure indication that Sarawakians remain confident in BN and in the transformation process that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak claims to advocate. They do indicate, however, that the ruling coalition must do more than just talk about “transformation” as it prepares for the next general election. (more…)

Agi Idup, Agi Ngelaban!

Mariam Mokhtar

There are many modern-day Rentap trying free Sarawak from the oppressive rule of its Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

When the White Rajah, James Brooke of Borneo, treated the Ibans as pirates, Rentap, an Iban leader, led a rebellion against him and managed to secure Skrang and Saribas. Brooke retaliated with bigger cannons and drove Rentap to Pakan, where the Iban warrior later died in 1863.

Rentap is a Malaysian hero. His battlecry is Agi Idup, Agi Ngelaban! which means ‘I will fight for as long as I live’. (more…)

Challenges for BN, Pakatan after the Saraak polls

Ong Kian Ming

In Part 1 of my analysis on the Sarawak elections, I explained the opposition’s failure to deny the BN a two-thirds majority in terms of the insufficient and unevenly distributed non-Muslim bumiputera (NMB) vote swing against the BN.

The complexity of the changes in the level of BN support in the NMB-majority seats, and to a lesser degree, the Malay/Melanau-majority seats, were also illustrated and explained.

Here, in Part 2 of my analysis, I put forth some of the implications and challenges for each of the major parties within the BN in Sarawak as well as the opposition in light of the election results. (more…)

April 22, 2011

Baru reveals why PKR vied for 49 seats

Andrew Ong

When it was announced that PKR would be going for 49 out of 71 seats in the Sarawak elections, questions rose whether the party, still in its infancy in Sarawak, was biting off more than it could chew.

There were also questions on why the party would not spread out the burden with its Pakatan Rakyat allies and Sarawak National Party (Snap), thereby overstretching itself.

Now that polling is over, PKR state chief Baru Bian firmly believes that the party and Pakatan made the right decision.  (more…)

Sweet and sour aftermath of Sarawak polls

Bridget Welsh

The Sarawak polls are over and the attention is now on assessing its implications at both the state and national levels. Much attention has focused on predictions for the next general elections, with the range of possible dates moving from a few months to further postponement until 2013.

My own view remains that there needs to be some time before the national election machinery is in place again, given the challenges that have emerged from the Sarawak campaign and that anything held this year would be too risky for the BN.  (more…)

April 21, 2011

Pakatan’s rural roadmap for GE13

Keruah Usit
Pakatan Rakyat’s strength in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu may be extrapolated to deliver six to eight urban and semi-urban seats in Sarawak, out of 31 to be contested in the next parliamentary elections.

This would be a significant improvement on DAP’s two current MPs, Chong Chien Jen in Bandar Kuching and Wong Ho Leng in Bandar Sibu.

However, to make a push for the minimum 112 seats required to take over federal power, Pakatan needs rural seats. Several elements are required for Pakatan’s drive to make a dent in rural contests. (more…)

Chinese votes no longer for sale

Patrick Lee

The culture of vote-buying and promises of development have led the Chinese to distance themselves from the Barisan Nasional, experts say.

The Chinese have spoken. In a telling blow, the Chinese in Sarawak have rejected the patronage of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and are prepared to strike out on their own.

An indication of this is when they shunned the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the state’s venerable Chinese party, and decided to place their future in the hands of the DAP, the  Chinese-based opposition political party  from the peninsula.

(more…)

Why Pakatan failed to deny 2/3rd majority in Sarawak

Ong Kian Ming

 I did not have time to write a prediction piece for the recently concluded Sarawak state election because I was heavily involved in the campaign this time, rather than analysing it as an outside observer.

But I did tweet and put on Facebook (and placed a few friendly wagers) that the BN would lose its two-thirds majority by failing to win at least 47 seats. I was, not for the first time and certainly not for the last time, wrong.

In this first of my two-part analysis of this election, I will quickly lay out the basis for my initial optimism and then proceed to explain, using the election results, why my prediction did not materialise.  (more…)

April 20, 2011

To all Sarawakians, Agik Idup, Agik Ngelaban!

Sim Kwang Yang

At the height of the Sarawak election campaign, I received an email from a young Malaysiakini reader. The following is the contents of her message, sent a short time after the final day’smammoth rally for Pakatan Rakyat in Stutong, Kuching, a few hours before polling began.

“Dear Mr Sim Kwang Yang,

“I was there at the ceramah held in Stutong. I heard your speech and I was very moved by what you said. I hope for a new Sarawak, and a new hope for the young people.
(more…)

Undercurrents shift from S’wak to Umno, presaging a battle royale

Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

Undercurrents shift from S'wak to Umno, presaging a battle royale With the Sarawak polls over, the next immediate focus of attention although this may be kept out of the government mainstream media is whither Umno and in particular, Prime Minister Najib Razak?

Such a question may seem strange given that Najib’s party did not field even a single candidate for the 71 seats up for grabs in Sarawak, the country’s largest state by land mass and perhaps the richest in terms of natural resources such as oil and high-grade timber.

But Umno is the boss at BN, the coalition that rules the federal government. BN has 13 components including the Sarawakian parties PBB, PRS, SUPP and SPDP. And it was Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s PBB that retained Sarawak for BN – keeping the huge income stream chugging along from state to the federal government. (more…)

The myths of S’wak polls results

Bridget Welsh

The dust has begun to settle on the 10th Sarawak polls with the BN touting its retention of the two-thirds majority as a victory, while Pakatan Rakyat points to the more than doubling of its seats. This was the most competitive state election in Sarawak’s history and was hard fought by both sides.BN, led by Prime Minister Najib Razak essentially camped in the state for 10 days to assure the two-thirds, while the opposition also focused is national machinery in Sarawak, bringing in the top guns from Peninsular Malaysia and thousands of party workers. (more…)

April 19, 2011

Commentary on the April, 2011, Sarawak State Elections

Bunga Pakma

We—”we” meaning all right-thinking, unselfish Sarawakian patriots—”lost” the state election. Why the scare-quotes around “lost”? In the first place, the loss should be qualified. Malaysiakini reports that the BN took 55% of the popular vote, while the opposition took 45%. The balance is approaching 50/50. I shall talk about some reasons for the discrepancy below.

While I myself prayed and hoped that the opposition would prevail, and that the Chief Minister would be removed from office, I was in utrumque paratus, ready to deal with either outcome. This past election was the most important event for Sarawak’s people in the last hundred years. Sarawakians had no choice whether that louche fool Vyner became rajah; they had no choice about being invaded by the Japanese, or liberated and then ruled by the Brits. Sarawakians had no choice when the Brits shoved Sarawak into the Tunku’s willing lap. (more…)

April 18, 2011

Baru Bian gets down to business

Terence Netto

Newly-elected state assemblyperson for Ba’Kelalan and Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said his party should waste no time getting down to preparations for parliamentary elections expected soon after the opposition Pakatan Rakyat had done reasonably well in Saturday’s state polls.

“We should not rest on our laurels but get down quickly to preparing for the general election,” said Baru when speaking to Malaysiakini late yesterday after taking a short rest from the exertions of a tough but successful campaign for the Ba’Kelalan seat in northern Sarawak. (more…)

April 13, 2011

Detained and deported by Burma, sued by Taib

Keruah Usit

One candidate, among the 213 vying for 71 seats in Sarawak’s state election, has had the experience of having been deported from Burma. 

See Chee How, Keadilan (PKR) candidate for Batu Lintang in Kuching, was among 18 foreign human rights activists detained by the Burmese military junta on August 8, 1998. (more…)

April 12, 2011

A Sarawak Spring?

Bridget Welsh

When change rocked the Middle East from Tunisia to Yemen, many were quick to point out that it could not happen in Malaysia. The BN government has a stronger record of governance and, for all of the unevenness of the playing field, holds competitive elections.

Yet, as the Sarawak campaign has unfolded, it is increasingly becoming apparent that change is afoot. The 30-year tenure of Abdul Taib Mahmud – closely paralleling the length of Hosni Mubarak’s own tenure – has inspired an unprecedented response on the ground. (more…)

April 11, 2011

PKR: Cash offered for votes in Kuching

Keruah Usit

Sarawak PKR information chief and candidate for the Batu Lintang seat, lawyer See Chee How, has told Malaysiakini that Kuching voters are being offered between RM100 and RM200 for their votes in the upcoming state polls.

“We are fighting an uphill battle, because we heard that they are buying votes in Stutong, in the market and the nearby area. So it’s not going to be easy. (more…)

April 10, 2011

A plea to Batu Lintang voters

Sim Kwang Yang

Dear friends,

I appeal to all of you to give your support to See Chee How, the PKR candidate in the Batu Lintang constituency, in the Sarawak state election on April 16.

I call on you to do this in order to teach Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud a lesson in democracy. Taib is one of the most powerful people in Malaysia because of his phenomenal wealth and he has plundered the wealth of Sarawak for over 30 years.  (more…)

April 8, 2011

THE SULTAN OF BINTULU HELPS HIMSELF TO THE AIRPORT!

. Sarawak Report

The Old Bintulu Airport now occupies a prime space in the centre of the town.

Businessmen in Bintulu have been eying the opportunity of acquiring the vast area of the Central District occupied by the old airport.

This is public land, of course, and so its disposal comes under the control of the Chief Minster, because (outrageously) he is also the Planning and Resources Minister and Finance Minister and the man who dominates his home district of Bintulu. (more…)

April 5, 2011

Anwar optimistic as PKR unveils list of 48 candidates to take on Taib

Anwar optimistic as PKR unveils list of 48 candidates to take on Taib

Sheela Sri Jaya, Malaysia Chronicle

PKR has announced it will contest 48 of the 71 seats in Sarawak’s legislative assembly. Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was present at the press conference organised by PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian who unveiled the much-anticipated list on Monday.

Baru himself will be contesting the Ba’kelalan seat, where speculation is rife that Prime Minister Najib Razak wants his protege Idris Jala to make a challenge for. (more…)

BEAT THE CHEATS! – SARAWAK REPORT’S REVOLUTIONARY ELECTION MONITORING SERVICE!

SARAWAK REPORT

The Land Title that wasn’t a Land Title, George Chan cheating villagers around Miri last week!

The stories are starting to pour in as the election gets underway.  Just this Sunday afternoon a key worker for PR, who is based in Kuching, was turfed out of the State when he returned after a short break in West Malaysia.

Money is being handed round the longhouses in grubby notes by senior BN Ministers, along with crates of beer.  Gerrymandering is being spotted on the part of the Election Commission and even the army has been caught brutally threatening villagers to vote BN! (more…)

April 4, 2011

Pakatan Rakyat three years on

Pakatan Rakyat three years on

Selena Tay, Malaysia Chronicle

Three years have passed since Pakatan Rakyat was formed on April 1, 2008.  The Malaysian political scene has become murkier and messier since March 8, 2008, when for the first time the BN was denied its long-standing two-thirds majority in Parliament.

To the BN die-hards, things have gotten worse. but to many Malaysians the change is enlivening and more must take place. What’s for sure is that things are no longer the same.

The old era has passed.  A new age has begun.  The wheel of time has turned, albeit too quickly for some, too slow for others. (more…)

Natives being conned into surrendering NCR land

Joseph Tawie

Fed-up with police inaction, natives from five Iban longhouses want the government to immediately withdraw a provisional lease issued to an oil palm company.

An oil palm company was allegedly taking advantage of the ‘ignorance’ of the natives in the Rumah Jambai Anak Jali in Sungai Bekelit and Rumah Rajit Anak Ambas in Sungai Bekelit Ulu longhouses when it enticed them into signing an agreement which apparently gave away their native customary rights (NCR) to the firm. (more…)

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