Hornbill Unleashed

April 26, 2013

Malaysia’s GE13 too close to call – former US ambassador

Malaysia's GE13 too close to call - former US ambassadorJohn Malott

Malaysia’s 13th General Elections on May 5 will be the most important — and the most hard-fought — in Malaysian history. The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its coalition partners have ruled the nation since its independence in 1957. But now, for the first time in history, the Malaysian opposition is united and strong, and it believes it has a real chance of coming to power.

And also for the first time, UMNO, as well as those who have benefited politically and economically from their connections to the ruling party, fear that the voters might reject their party and the system that have governed the country continuously for over five decades. (more…)

September 20, 2012

Singapore’s success a REAL WARNING to Malaysians, especially Sabahans & Sarawakians!

Daniel John JambunSpore’s success a REAL WARNING to M'sians, especially Sabahans & S'wakians!

The latest report which says that Singapore is the wealthiest nation in the world by GDP per capita, beating out Norway, the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland, has further embarrassed our own country, Malaysia, which is Singapore’s closest neighbour and economic rival.

This report is especially painful for Malaysia because we know Singapore started off as an island of fishing villages with no natural resources. It survived and prospered as an entrepot (a trading post where merchandise can be imported and exported without paying import duties), and imported raw materials for its needs, industries and exported processed products to the world.

It is still buying nearly everything from other countries, mainly Malaysia, including sand, water, oil, vegetable, fruits, to name just a few. (more…)

May 22, 2009

Parangs against the bulldozer: the tale of one Sarawak mountain (Final Episode)

By Sim Kwang Yang

ae542e1nThe names of the politically well-connected owners of the timber concession and the logging contractor did not impress TK Ahmad Sahari and his friends, when this information was passed to them.  It did not mean much to them, so far away from the seat of state government in Kuching City.  Upon my suggestion though, they made many verbal and written requests to meet the Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud.  Naturally, they met with a silent brick wall.  I had expected this, but it was necessary for the villagers themselves to dispose of any false hope that their political leadership had their interest at heart.

Of course, I would follow up with oral questions tabled at every Parliament session.  The Parliament was, and still is, a rubber stamp for the ruling coalition, but at times, you can still gleam some information out of it, if you know how to work the rules in innovative ways. (more…)

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