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November 2, 2013

RM618 mil SEB contracts to Taib’s son irks BMF

Winston Way

Swiss based Bruno Manser Fund claims the Sarawak Energy Berhad CEO has ‘lost his credibility’ and is ruining Norway’s reputation.

Sarawak Energy Berhad’s chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit has made himself a “tool of the Taib Mahmud family’s unrestrained greed and corruption”, claims Swiss NGO,  the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).

Expressing its shock at the latest disclosure that SEB had awarded Sarawak Cable two new contracts worth RM618 million contract, BMF said the “act has passed all levels of decency”.

Sarawak Cable is helmed by Chief Minister Taib’s eldest son Mahmud Abu Bekir. (more…)


Desire, Allah & Trinity

Herald AllahAlwyn Lau

The name of God is like desire. If someone has a bad case of Horny, demanding that he becomes a purity angel will only make him grow horns. Try to tell people they’re not allowed to love in a certain manner and you may as well try to put out a fire by drowsing it with Ron 95. Police the erotic and you’ll end up eroticizing the policing.

Isn’t this why virtually all attempts to stamp out the gay “problem” tend to back-fire? If you judge my sex you’ll not only generate more heat than light, you’ll get me and my partner in heat faster than you can say LGBTQ.

On the Sunday right after the Court of Appeal’s unappealing decision on October 14, most non-Malay speaking churches in PJ/KL proudly defied the law and used the word ‘Allah’ for (probably) the first time in their worship services. (more…)

October 31, 2013

Swiss group slams RM600 million energy contract, says company chaired by Sarawak CM’s son

Sarawak's Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.


Sarawak’s Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.A company linked to the family of the Sarawak Chief Minister has been awarded a contract worth RM618.6 million by state-owned dam builder Sarawak Energy to develop transmission lines in the state, drawing criticism from a Swiss-based environmental group.

The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) – a group which has been critical of Sarawak’s policies on its indigenous people – said Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s eldest son, Mahmud Abu Bekir, is the chairman of Sarawak Cable Bhd (SCB), whose subsidiary won the contract. (more…)

October 29, 2013

ALLAH: Assurance from BN govt NOT GOOD ENOUGH – SIB warns East M’sian Christians

ALLAH: Assurance from BN govt NOT GOOD ENOUGH - SIB warns East M'sian ChristiansJerry W A Dusing

Greelings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be misled by the assurance uttered by certain quarters that we can use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Sabah and Sarawak. It is more than just about a word; it is about the fundamental right to worship God in the way we have been doing for generations without hindrance.

The decision of the Court of Appeal against the Herald puts new restrictions on our human and constitutional right to freedom of religion. Nevertheless, we urge you to continue your friendship with your Muslim brothers and sisters and to extend love to them as you have always done’ We want to assure them that our court action is not against them or Islam but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal government and its officials. (more…)

Court action on Allah issue is not against Muslims and Islam, says Sabah church


Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), Sabah’s second largest church, has assured Muslims that the Catholic church’s appeal against the Allah ruling is not against them or Islam, but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal Government and its officials.

In a communique to its leaders and members today, SIB said the church has never undermined the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.

However, by the same token, Christians also expected their constitutional right to profess, practise and propagate their faith to be respected by the courts and the government. (more…)

October 28, 2013

Herald released in Sabah after Archbishop seeks BN politician’s help

Herald AllahLEE SHI-IAN

Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (pic) had sought the intervention of a Barisan Nasional MP in Sabah while questioning an order from the Home Ministry to stop the distribution of the latest Herald publication in Sabah.

Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said, in a Facebook posting today, that he had interceded with the Home Ministry on behalf of the Catholic Church to obtain approval for 2,000 copies of Herald to be released in Sabah.

Wilfred, the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president, said the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur had sought his assistance last night. (more…)

Sarawak BN leader wants home ministry officers to stop acting on their own accord


Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic)  has put the stop order on the distribution of Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah to Home Ministry officials making decisions in haste without consulting their political leaders.

“They have obviously taken matters into their own hands. I suggest that political leaders must be consulted first before taking action on matters which has negative socio-political impact.

“It is us, the politicians, who will bear the brunt of criticisms, not these government officers,” Masing, a senior Christian minister in the Sarawak cabinet and also president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), pointed out. (more…)

October 25, 2013

Will Najib show his gratitude to Borneo?

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FMT Staff

Last year’s budget announcement was a painful revelation of what the federal leaders thought about Borneo. Will this year be different?

Hours away from the Budget 2014 announcement, there is continued skepticism and wonder over how grateful Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will be to Sabah and Sarawak.

Random checks with grassroots leaders from both sides of the political fence drew guarded views and outright skepticism.

Enthusiasm in Sabah and Sarawak is running at an all time low mostly due to Najib’s (mis)handling of the Allah issue and his refusal to censor Umno lackeys and ‘ultras’ and his policy inconsistencies. (more…)

October 20, 2013

Court decision on ‘Allah’ will affect us, says Sarawak PKR

Dukau Papau

Sarawakians should not trust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and members of his cabinet on their claims that the Court of Appeal decision on the use of the term ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims will not affect them, two Sarawak PKR leaders have warned.

“If we trust them, we will be in for a big shock, because they do not have power to override a court decision,” Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How said today.

See (left), who is Batu Lintang assemblyperson, was commenting on the assurances given by the Najib administration that the Borneo states will not be affected by the decision to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians. (more…)

After ‘Allah’ ban, Isma warns of ‘opportunist’ evangelists


Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) has warned Sabahans and Sarawakians of certain evangelist groups out to sour relations with penisula Malaysia by stirring up discontent in the two states following the Court of Appeal decision banning the use of ‘Allah’ by Christians.

Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman (left) urged  bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak to defend unity and not to be taken in by certain groups, particularly Christian evangelists, who he said were taking the opportunity to sour East-West relations.

“We question whether these groups uphold the social contract as enshrined in the federal constitution. Or, do they have other agendas that go beyond the constitution?” Abdullah Zaik asked. (more…)

October 18, 2013

One country, two interpretations of Allah – it’s awkward, say politician and lawyers


“Why do we have one country with two interpretations of the use of the word Allah?” Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic) asked this when commenting on the Cabinet decision yesterday that the Court of Appeal ruling, which banned the word Allah in the Catholic weekly, Herald, does not apply to Sabah and Sarawak.

“I’m not comfortable with this interpretation. The assurance by the Cabinet that Sabah and Sarawak can use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia or native language bibles, and other religious publications and in worship, but not in West Malaysia, is not satisfactory,” Masing told The Malaysian Insider, adding that he still thinks that the court ruling is faulty. “It means one nation with two religious definitions of what is acceptable. I feel awkward.” (more…)

If Sabah, S’wak had known, would Malaysia exist now?


If the recent Court of Appeal judgment on the use of Allah had been in effect 50 years ago Sabah and Sarawak might not have joined forces to form Malaysia, mused DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.

“What would have been the reaction of the peoples of Sabah and Sarawak to the findings of the judgment prohibiting the usage of the word ‘Allah’ in The Herald and that the usage of the name ‘Allah’ is ‘not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity’?

“Or would history have been overturned and Malaysia, as we know it today, comprising of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak not be in existence?” asked Lim in a statement today. (more…)

Two Sarawak timber companies blacklisted for environmental violations

Kalimantan forestEILEEN NG

The Norwegian government has blacklisted two of Sarawak’s giant timber companies for severe environmental damage caused by their logging operations in the state.

The US$760 billion Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – the world’s largest sovereign fund – had divested its stakes in WTK Holdings Bhd and Ta Ann Holdings Bhd, based on the recommendations from the fund’s Council of Ethics.

Both WTK and Ta Ann, have extensive logging operations and timber plantations in the Borneo state.


After the Allah decision, Putrajaya in futile bid to salvage Malaysia

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 17, 2013.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. 

There is irrationality and irony in the Cabinet’s decision that the word Allah can be used in worship and in the Bahasa Malaysia bibles in Sabah and Sarawak – because one cannot compartmentalise religion by regions.

Nor can the Cabinet override the court’s decision.

Or the fact that the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald, is actually meant for East Malaysians where most of the Catholics speak and read the national language more than anywhere else in the country. (more…)

October 17, 2013

Allah not exclusive to Muslims, government declares ban only applies to Herald


The ban on the use of the word Allah only applies to the Catholic weekly, Herald, and not other Christian publications or the Al-Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia bible which is widely used in Sabah and Sarawak, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (pic).

He said the Cabinet decision to allow the use of Allah in Bahasa Malaysia or native language bibles in Sabah and Sarawak and the assurance given by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in 2011 still stand, thereby suggesting that the government does not believe that the word is exclusive to Muslims.

But the issue (the ban on the word Allah in the Herald) is not over yet, he added, and believed there would be an appeal to the Federal Court. (more…)

In Sarawak, angry reactions to ‘Allah’ ruling

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Dukau Papau

In reacting angrily to the Court of Appeal ruling against the use of ‘Allah’, Sarawakians have crossed political and spiritual lines to display rare unity in the defence of religious freedom.

Hundreds of comments have appeared in newspapers, news portals and blogs, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Some expressed regret that Sarawak had been betrayed into joining Malaya, Sabah and Singapore into forming the Federation of Malaysia, while others called for a ban on leaders of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia, Perkasa and religious fanatics from entering the state.

Yet others told Christian Dayaks and Malaysian Chinese to quit the BN as a mark of protest. Christians account for more than 70 percent of the population of 2.6 million in the state. (more…)

October 7, 2013

Spotlight On Murum……

Sarawak Report

At the weekend Taib Mahmud bemoaned that the recent ‘spotlight of publicity’ on Sarawak has created negative perceptions of his government of the state.

So, clearly he wants no further light shone on the disgraceful treatment of the Penan at the Murum Dam site.

The tribe are still holding out in protest against his authoritarian command to start filling the dam before compensation has been agreed or even the government’s own promises fulfilled.

However, one team of observers has just made the tortuous 9 hour journey to see the beleaguered community, who are maintaining their blockade at the site, despite a heavy and menacing armed police presence and the arrest of one of their leaders last week. (more…)

September 17, 2013

Najib: We’ll never leave Sabah and Sarawak behind


As Malaysia marks the 50th year since its formation, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today vowed that the development of Sabah and Sarawak, the first and third most poorest state in terms average household income, is the nation’s priority.

In his Malaysia Day message, he said that this, however, does not mean that the two Borneo states were ever sidelined by the federal administration.

“As prime minister, I have always strived to ensure that equal development for all states…. Our efforts to develop Sabah and Sarawak’s economy will always be the government’s priority. (more…)

September 14, 2013

Sarawak a special place for Brookes


Anthony Brooke, the last white rajah will have his wishes fulfilled when his remains are privately interred at the Brooke family graveyard, beside Fort Margherita in Kuching.

Sarawak will always be a special place for the Brooke family but for the widow of the last ‘white’ Rajah Muda, Gita, the state has an extra special place in her heart.

Gita is the wife of the late Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke. Anthony who died in 2011 was the last of the Brooke clan to rule Sarawak before it was ceded to the British Crown after the Second World War. (more…)

September 10, 2013

Open Letter To Najib Razak – Stop Taib’s Abuse Of The Murum Penan

Sarawak Report

Progress? Taib made billions out of their timber and lands and is now making billions from Murum Dam. Yet these Penan have been forced to live in a converted chicken coop at Sungai Asap.

Dear Prime Minister – As you know, Malaysia voted in favour of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) and is a signatory to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Malaysia is also a member of the International Finance Corporation (formulator of the World Bank’s sustainability  framework) and Sarawak Energy is a Board Member of the International Hydropower Association, which has produced a protocol governing the building of dams. (more…)

September 2, 2013

Sarawak A-G is not Dayak friendly

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Joseph Tawie

As such the best solution for Dayaks seeking a solution following the recent federal court ruling is to approach the Sarawak Council of Native Customary Laws.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Attorney General, who is allegedly not Dayak-friendly, stands in the way of amendments to the native ‘adat’ and customs, claimed a leading native customary rights (NCR) lawyer here.

Baru Bian, who is also Sarawak PKR chief, described the state A-G as the ‘biggest hurdle’ to the process.

“But the biggest obstacle is that the Attorney General is not with the Dayaks. He is against the Dayaks and the one who argues against us right from the High Court to the Federal Court on NCR land cases. (more…)

August 23, 2013

Are rural Sarawakians naïve and stupid?

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Pak Bui

“The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter,” said Winston Churchill the writer, war-time leader and unreconstructed elitist.

I have subjected many rural voters to my rambling conversations in the past. Most of these discussions would be parochial, involving concerns about local issues. You can imagine it would be difficult to hold a conversation about world current affairs, if you had little access to newspapers, and none to the internet.

One such memorable discussion was with a group of friends, members of a village development and security committee in one of the poorest parts of Sarawak. They had lodged police reports against their ketua kaum or village chief, accusing him of corruption. (more…)

August 20, 2013

‘Gov’t owes Penan rape survivors an explanation’

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Tharshinaa Chandran

Two members of a national taskforce that had investigated complaints of sexual abuse by Penan women in Sarawak have welcomed a federal minister’s pledge to meet them to review the situation.

Representatives of the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) suggested that this would return the focus to implementation of the recommendations of the taskforce.

WAO executive director Ivy Josiah(left) said she looks forward to meeting Women, Community and Family Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim, who said late last month that she wants first-hand information on progress of implementation. (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…)

August 17, 2013

Vital to re-examine Dayak ‘adat’ on land

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Joseph Tawie

Dayaks should take a page from the works of the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal which deals with native Maori land claims, says a former Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Daniel Tajem has called for an urgent meeting of all Dayak elders, academicians and native organisations to examine the adat or custom on native customary rights (NCR) land which is prohibitive to the community’s socio-economic development.

His call comes in the wake of the recent contentious ruling by the country’s highest court.

“We cannot override or set aside the decision of the highest court in the country, but what we can do is to examine our adat within the context of development and commercialization and to initiate some changes,” he said. (more…)

July 28, 2013

Rep’s remarks on Penan rapes elicit disbelief

Keruah Usit

The first-term Sarawak state assembly representative for Telang Usan in Baram, Dennis Ngau, has spread ripples of disbelief and laughter in the social media following his remarks on the rape of Penan women and schoolgirls.

Ngau made his remarks in response to a PKR accusation that Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim, had misled a regional forum by making a verifiably incorrect claim. The minister had said that the recommendations of her ministry’s Task Force Report, on sexual violence by loggers in Baram, had already been carried out. (more…)

July 22, 2013

Happy birthday, Sarawak!

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Wong Chin Huat

Today is the 50th anniversary of Sarawak’s independence from Britain. Well, some may argue that Sarawak never made a declaration of independence, unlike Singapore and Sabah, both of which declared their independence from Britain officially on August 31, 1963 when the formation of Malaysia was postponed.

What happened on July 22, 1963 was the swearing in of Sarawak’s first Chief Minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan and his ministers. While the UK did not relinquish her claim on Sarawak’s sovereignty until 56 days later, i.e. September 16, July 22 1963 was nevertheless a great day for Sarawak.

For centuries, Sarawak had been a property that changed hands from the Brunei Sultanate to the Brooke Family to the Japanese Army and then to the English crown. For the first time in its history, on this day 50 years ago, Sarawak had a government that her people could call their own. (more…)

July 19, 2013

Sarawak blackout: Make report public

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Joseph Tawie

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How wants the investigations to include a study into the massive losses incurred by the consumers and business community.

The state government and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) should make public the preliminary findings on Sarawak’s statewide blackout on June 27.

Raising the issue, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said:  “A detailed investigation into the statewide blackout should be opened.

“It should include interviewing of households, commercial and industrial consumers, to determine the extent of the losses and damages suffered in the blackout, hence ensuring preventive and remedial actions may be planned and implemented. (more…)

July 7, 2013

Only in Malaysia: lawyer under travel ban for supporting Suu Kyi even after she walks free


Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is the famous face of democracy. After years and years of house arrest in Myanmar, she now goes anywhere she wants in the world.

Not so much the Malaysian lawyer who went to Suu Kyi’s homeland 14 years ago to campaign for her release then.

His forced restriction to Malaysia was invisible to the world until the past week when British activist Clare Rewcastle Brown highlighted it after she was thrown out of Sarawak, when she tried to enter the state. He was her lawyer for the defamation suit she was flying in to defend.


May 1, 2013

PR wants ‘Allah’ Bibles returned to prisoners

Joseph Tawie

Political parties in Sarawak have also been urged to state their stand on the seizure of bibles from the Sibu prison.

The issue of “Allah” and the Malay Bible is far from over. It has cropped up again when prison authorities seized hundreds of Malay and Iban-language Bibles with the word “Allah” from a prison in Sibu over the past few weeks.

This has not gone down well with the Christians who make up 44% of the state’s population. (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…)

Vote for the right person

KJ John

I asked a niece, “Do you know the candidates who are standing in your constituency?” The real reason for my question was to know if they, the younger generation, was aware that in most locations, every citizen registered to vote had to make two choices? The only exceptions are in the Federal Territories and the state of Sarawak.

In Sarawak it is because they had their state elections about two years ago and in the Federal Territories because we are not democratic enough to offer a local issues concerns of residents a choice.

In the FT, I believe, they should be given a choice of who represents us in the City Hall governance based on the “number of precincts under the jurisdiction of the City Council in cases of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and some equitable criterion for the case of Labuan. But, alas, that may only happen when we can some have real change in the leadership of Putrajaya. (more…)

Taib not keen to talk about retirement

Kow Gah Chie

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was non-committal over a retirement date, despite promising in April 2011 to step down in two years.

Met at a function in Sibu today, Taib was asked about his retirement plans, to which he replied with another question.

“You want me to retire? When are you going to retire? You tell me,” he said. “I decide when is the best time to leave.”

Throughout the Sarawak state legislative assembly election campaign in 2011, Taib was dogged with the question of when he would step down which was a major campaign issue for Pakatan Rakyat. (more…)

March 28, 2013

Najib leaves Taib video expose to MACC probe


The Financial Times reported that the prime minister declined to address the expose by Global Witness directly during the interview. 

Barisan Nasional (BN) is “equally as concerned about corruption” as its critics but the problem cannot go away overnight, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said in a Financial Times (FT) interview carried today, in the wake of a damning expose on Sarawak’s timber scandals.

The international financial daily reported that the prime minister declined to address the expose by Global Witness (GW) directly during the interview, pointing out that Malaysian graftbusters were already investigating the allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. (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…)

March 24, 2013

No escape for Taib Mahmud

Kim Quek

The embarrassingly weak retort by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to the recent crystal-clear Global Witness video expose of his timber corruption virtually confirms his guilt.

The video produced by the London-based NGO Global Witness captures the conversation between its undercover investigator and Taib’s first cousins,.

It stunningly reveals the truth about how Taib and his family make illicit fortunes from the illegal disposal of Sarawak’s vast timber land. The video was posted on YouTube, and featured in global TV network Al Jazeera on March 18. (more…)

March 23, 2013

Surik did not identify the assailants. Oh … Did he not?

See Chee HowSurik 148 (Large) sulik pr (Medium)

Video Link I am appalled by the statement made by the Serian police chief DSP Mohd Jamali Umi to the press, appearing in a local English daily yesterday, when he was asked to comment on the brutal assault of 66-years old Iban farmer Surik Anak Muntai.

The Serian police chief was quoted as saying that as the 4 attackers were wearing masks during the assault, neither the victim nor the witness could identify them. He further stated: “The victim does not know the attackers. He could not identify them …”

These statements are a far cry from the recorded statements and testimonies given to the police by Surik Anak Muntai and his wife Rosni Anak Langap. (more…)

March 14, 2013

Waking up from slumber in Sabah, Sarawak


Joe Fernandez

The ultimate benefit for the people of Sabah and Sarawak will come when no party or coalition in Parliament can put together 112 seats to form the Federal Government with a simple majority.

In the Bible, Matthew 13:10-17, it’s stated that Jesus said: “For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”

In 1963, Malaya had a lot. Yet, more was given to them when Sabah and Sarawak were taken away from the people, the Orang Asal in particular. (more…)

February 13, 2013

Taib Conducts His Annual Raid On Timber Tycoons In Sibu

Sarawak Report

Digging in. Taib visits with empty suitcases for the purpose

One of the penalties of being a top timber tycoon is that your Chinese New Year celebrations are each year ruined by the arrival of Taib Mahmud, demanding his usual ‘Ang Pow’.

This year as Taib makes his annual descent on Sibu the Chief Minister will be demanding double dues to pay for an election that can no longer be delayed.

And of course he will want big presents for his family and hangers-on as well.

The publicity will be all about how Taib will also be making short visits to “ordinary people”, who will be expected to show themselves grateful and delighted that Sarawak’s corruption Godfather has troubled to pass by. (more…)

February 8, 2013

Anti-Sabah and Sarawak page draws flak

G Vinod

The Facebook page, created by one Mohd Syahiran, pours scorn on East Malaysians.

An anti-Sabah and Sarawak Facebook page, created on Dec 19 last year, has raised the ire of social networking page users.

Named the Semenanjung Malaya Anti-Sabah dan Sarawak page, the site is created to criticise the East Malaysian states and even referred to residents there as “ungrateful”.

“Peninsula doesn’t need Sabah and Sarawak for 1Malaysia. The East Malaysians have no brains, stupid and love to encroach into other’s territory. What a shame for Malaysia,” read the description. (more…)

February 4, 2013

Taib’s ‘independent’ incumbents, supporters now stuck

Joseph Tawie

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had said in 2010 that BN would welcome ‘direct’ candidates, but his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent contradictory stand has left Sarawakians wondering.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may have returned to his safe room in Putrajaya but he’s left behind a cloud of uncertainty in Sarawak.

Muhyiddin’s statement that there will be “no direct BN candidate” and that no candidates ‘outside’ of the BN coalition would be allowed to contest under its “dacing” symbol in the 13th parliamentary election has struck down diehard supporters of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. (more…)

January 24, 2013

Sabah RCI disclosures anger Sarawakians

Joseph Tawie 

Thousands of natives are stateless in Sarawak bcause there are those ‘who make the rules and directives’ and those ‘who take it upon themselves to decide who deserves citizenships’.

The ongoing Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) hearing on illegal immigrants in Sabah has rankled many people in Sarawak.

Former civil servants who served under then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, illegal immigrants and refugees have all revealed how citizenships had been given out clandestinely.

These revelations have left a bitter taste in Sarawak where thousands of Christian natives are still stateless. (more…)

January 23, 2013

Probe ex-Sabah EC director, demands Sarawak PKR chief


The authorities must immediately investigate former Sabah Election Commission (EC) director Wan Ahmad Wan Yusof for allegedly instructing the state EC to provide unqualified immigrants with identity card numbers in the 1990s.

Sarawak PKR chairperson Baru Bian (left) said Wan Ahmad’s role in this “scandalous treachery” in altering Sabah’s electoral demography, if indeed true, only served to justify the rakyat’s distrust of the EC.

“The rakyat’s distrust of the EC has been justified by revelations on Project IC.

“Bersih’s demands now take on an even more urgent note and the EC must implement the measures demanded before GE13,” Baru Bian said in a statement. (more…)

January 20, 2013

Serian MP slammed for asking teachers to promote BN

Dukau Papau

“Their job is to teach our children,” said Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat chief Baru Bian, adding that they should be neutral when it came to politics.BN must not use teachers as part of BN campaign teams in Sarawak in the coming election.

Bian, who is the Ba’Kelalan State Assemblyman, was commenting on a statement made by the MP for Serian, Richard Riot, also the Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister.

He had called on teachers to give their full support to BN in the coming election, given their strong influence among the rural people. (more…)

January 19, 2013

‘Allah’ not expected to dent Pakatan support

Lee Way Loon

This is mainly because PAS will be contesting only a handful of seats in Sabah and Sarawak.While the PAS syura council stand on the use of ‘Allah’ was roundly condemned by many non-Muslims, analysts argued that it would not do much harm to Pakatan Rakyat at the looming general election.

As for the peninsula, the majority of voters have already made up their minds, and the about-turn by the Islamic party would not be a big enough factor to change their decisions.

Nevertheless, the support for PAS’ partners – PKR and DAP – may be affected in Sabah and Sarawak as the majority of the Christian population live there. (more…)

January 17, 2013

Taib Family Logging Company Kicked Out Of Liberia!

Sarawak Report

Caught! – Sepawi was targetting a million hectares of native lands in Liberia!

Taib’s cousin, the logging tycoon and key political figure Hamed Sepawi, has been booted out of the African country Liberia by a Presidential decree to halt corrupt and illegal logging.

It makes for another blow to the Sarawak potentate’s international reputation, following condemnation this week in the Swiss Parliament.

Sepawi’s company Perkapalan Damai Timar (PDT) is a 60% shareholder of Atlantic Resources Limited, which has been exposed as a major culprit involved in corrupt practices and illegal logging that was set to destroy a quarter of Africa’s most heavily forested country. (more…)

January 16, 2013

‘Wise up Najib, people want change’

FMT Staff

A Sarawak Chinese community leader has advised the prime minister to take a serious view of the ground signals from the people.

The Chinese community in Sarawak which has been closely monitoring the developments in the peninsula have called on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to “wise” up to the sentiments on the ground.

Reacting to Saturday’s Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat rally which saw a reported 100,000 people gathering in and around the Stadium Merdeka vicinity, local Chinese community leader Lu Kim Yong said the turnout indicated that many wanted change in the country. (more…)

January 11, 2013

In the spotlight again over ‘Allah’ issue


Joceline Tan, The Star

It was quite obvious Guan Eng was sealing in the DAP support in Sarawak and Sabah where there is a large Christian population. But the issue is a perception disaster for PAS which is seen as having lost its original ideals.

Religion has moved to the political centrestage again with the revival of the kalimah Allah’ controversy.

POLITICS runs through Lim Guan Eng’s veins and his speeches at almost every event, including religious occasions, is about politics, politics and more politics. The Penang Chief Minister’s Christmas message last month was no different – he mentioned Lynas, the AES issue and money scandals. (more…)

January 10, 2013

‘Big’ turnout at PKR ceramah worries Taib’s men

Joseph Tawie

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is confident of winning 10 parliamentary seats in Sarawak in the coming general election.

The “impressive” turnout of Malays at PKR’s recent ceramah at one of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s strongholds – Samarahan – appears to have rattled the corridors of power in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB).

Some 3,000 Malays were said to have attended PKR de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim’s talk last Sunday. The numbers have shocked PBB leaders. (more…)

January 8, 2013

Umno needs Sabah, Sarawak to hold premiership

Luke Rintod

PKR-led Pakatan Rakyat is greedier than Umno, claims a Sabah opposition party leader frustrated with Umno and Pakatan ‘hegemony’

UK-based NGO,  Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia (BoPiMaFo) believes the only reason Malaya based parties are desperate to retain Sabah and ‘invade’ Sarawak is so that they can continue to decide which Umno leader would become the Prime Minister.

Daniel Jambun, who leads BoPiMaFo, said: “Umno wanted to go to Sarawak but its dream was shattered not because of Sarawak BN parties’ refusal but because of the people. (more…)

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