Friday, December 31, 2010

PONTIANAK NEGERI SARAWAK!

Oleh Apai M.

Bagi kebanyakan penduduk Sarawak masa kini, hantu pontianak ada kaitannya dengan masa lampau. Bagi sesetengah orang yang masih mempunyai kepercayaan tradisi, akan mengaitkan hantu jembalang ini dengan kisah-kisah ngeri dalam kehidupan mereka.

Kini kita tidaklah perlu menentukan siapa di kalangan kita yang mempunyai konsep yang betul mengenai hantu ini, walau semoden mana kita sekalipun.

Hantu Pontianak memang wujud di kalangan kita di Sarawak pada hari ini. Dan ia menghisap darah penduduk Sarawak. Seperti yang diceritakan dalam lagenda kita, hantu pontianak adalah jelmaan dari roh seseorang perempuan yang mati hamil atau mati semasa melahirkan anak, tetapi pada hari ini hatu pontianak ini tinggal dalam sebuah rumah mewah. Ia tidak mendiami pokok di hutan belantara. Ia terbang menguruskan perniagaannya, bukan menggunakan kepak, tetapi terbang dalam pesawat mewah miliknya. Ia menakut-nakutkan sesiapa yang terserempak dengannya, bukan kerana suara nyaringnya yang menggerunkan, tetapi dengan kuasa yang ada padanya untuk merampas tanah, merampas wang, hak peribadi, dan apa saja yang dia inginkan, kerana tiada siapa yang berani menentangnya. Pihak polis tunduk padanya dan sentiasa memberi tabik hormat padanya, kroni-kroninya dan juga rakan-rakan penghisap darah sepertinya bersorak riang. Dia mampu berbuat apa saja tanpa dapat diperbetulkan.

Tetapi, seperti pontianak ini, semua ini adalah ilusi mainan minda, harus dipercayaai kerana tidak boleh dipersoalkan. Pontianak ini boleh kita musnahkan. Semua ini dapat kita lakukan menerusi kertas undi dengan memilih calon-calon Pakatan Rakyat. Kita boleh menyingkirkan kumpulannya untuk mendapatkan majoriti dan dia akan ghaib bersama gerombolannya, bagi membebaskan penduduk Sarawak dari dibelengu ketidakadilan di masa lampau, dan seterusnya hidup dengan aman, harmoni di bawah undang-undang yang baik.

Mimpi ngeri ini akan berakhir. Ubatnya di tangan anda. Tangan andalah penentu masa depan anda sendiri. Gunakah sebijak-bijaknya!!


ANTU KOKLIR MENOA SARAWAK!

Dikarang Apai M.

Maioh kitai di Sarawak diatu madah ke Antu Koklir nya bansa antu ti jai. Sekeda kitai mega ti bisi pengarap ke antu endang amat bisi, lalu penusah ti datai ari antu tu ba pengidup enggau pendiau kitai.

Sapa entara kitai tu ti bisi penemu ti betul senentang antu tu, seliah ke dulu, tang iya ke beguna amat iya cherita-cherita pasal antu tu tau diambi ke pelajar enggau lalau kitai, taja pan maioh kitai udah ngumbai diri udah maju tau ke moden.

Ba entara kitai ti idup diatu pan bisi kitai ke baka Antu Koklir. Sida tu nginsap darah orang amat-amat baka antu tu. Enti kelia nitih ke cherita-cherita lama, Antu Koklir tu bebali ari tuboh enggau semengat indu ti mati beranak, tang Antu Koklir ke diatu diau nguan istana ti besai. Ukai nguan kayu di kampung puang. Iya terebai kin-kitu ngereja pengawa dagang iya ukai besayap, tang ngena bilun jet enggi iya empu. Iya ngeremba sapa-sapa ti ditemu iya lalu orang takut ukai tegal ninga nyawa iya ti rikok-rikok, tang tegal iya bisi kuasa ngerampas tanah, duit, tau ke sebarang utai orang ti dikerindu ke iya. Bala polis nyembah sereta nabi iya, lalu bala kroni enggau antu-antu penginsap darah ti baka iya talok sereta angkun ke iya. Sida tu ngereja pengawa sebarang ko sida, lalu nadai sapa-sapa kitai ulih ngerara.

Tang, sebaka enggau Antu Koklir, semoa utai tu main ti dalam runding kitai, dikarap ke laban betalat enggau kitai sekali ke utai tu amat tau ke enda. Iya ulih dirusak kitai, baka Antu Koklir ti bendar. Kitai ulih ngereja pengawa beburu antu ngena kertas undi aja, lalu milih pengari Pakatan Rakyat. Enti Antu Koklir enggau bala raban iya tu ulih dialah ke kitai, sida iya deka lesap, lalu kitai tu dilepas ke ari tanggap penyai enggau penusah ti dikerja iya ba kitai ngelama tu. Lalu ari nya kitai deka idup enggau lantang belalau ke undang-undang.

Mimpi rawan, ngigau enggau remban kitai deka lenyau ari kitai. Pengaroh kena ngelaban antu tu ba jari kitai empu. Kena meh!!


THE BANSHEE OF SARAWAK!

By Apai M.

Many Sarawakians of today dismiss spirit figures such as the Pontianak as remnants of a superstitious past. Others, closer to native tradition and popular beliefs, accept the existence of these ghosts or demons and the havoc they can cause in ordinary lives.

Who is right about this is less important than the lesson these legends teach us, even the most modern of us.

For a Pontianak certainly does exist among us in the Sarawak of today. And suck the blood of the people this Pontianak certainly does. It may be, as legend dictates, the ghost of a woman dead in pregnancy or childbirth, but today it lives in a palace. not a tree in the forest. It flies about its business not on ghostly wings but in a private jet plane. It terrifies those with whom it comes into contact, not by eldritch screeching but by the power it possesses to take their land, their money,their personal freedom and whatever else it fancies because no one can oppose it. The police bow and salute, the civil service tabek and comply, the cronies and fellow bloodsuckers applaud. It seems omnipotent. Able to do whatever evil it wants without any check.

But, like the Pontianak, all that is an illusion, believed in only because it is not questioned. Unlike the Pontianak it can be destroyed in seconds. All it takes is a ballot paper choosing the Pakatan Rakyat candidate. Bundled together in a majority verdict the Pontianak and his following will disappear, taking his injustices, crimes and evil reputation with him and freeing the people of Sarawak to right past injustice and live in future in peace, harmony and under the rule of law.

The nightmare can be over. The remedy is in all your hands. Use it!

PM owes Christians an apology for aides’ Christmas blunder, says PR

By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians today called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to take responsibility and publicly apologise for his aides’ gaffe at the Catholic archbishop’s Christmas tea party here last Saturday.

The Malaysian Insider had yesterday reported that Najib’s men had instructed church officials to remove crucifixes and other overt Christian symbols from being displayed at the party grounds in Bukit Nanas before the PM’s visit in their zeal to protect his Islamic credentials.

Hymns and prayers were also barred.

Sources disclosed that the orders were issued without the PM’s knowledge.

Leaders from the DAP, PAS and PKR urged Najib to act promptly and make clear his stand on the instructions, saying that further delay could harm Malaysia’s still fragile interfaith ties.


Khalid described the action as a ‘blatant act of religious intolerance’.


PAS lawmaker Khalid Samad described the actions taken by Najib’s aides as a “blatant act of religious intolerance” that reflected the prevailing attitude of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“Christians have the right to celebrate their religious festivals as they see fit. I don’t see why Najib’s men had to go and give orders to remove this or that,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

“It would be just like going to Batu Caves and telling the Hindus to remove the statues there,” he added.

“That’s the problem with Umno-BN all this while. They do all these unnecessary things that are completely unacceptable,” said the Shah Alam MP who has been derisively called “Khalid Gereja” by political rivals for his sympathy towards non-Muslims.

He explained that right-thinking Muslims understood that they were not celebrating the festival but showing respect and solidarity to followers of other creeds at such festivals.

“You’re not celebrating that festival because you don’t believe in that religion.

“You’re there to show not animosity but respect and solidarity and acknowledge they have the right to practise their religion,” he stressed.

Khalid noted that Najib could have easily avoided the ruckus if he had given clear directives to his staff on his personal policy regarding visits for religious occasions.

“If he felt that he was going to feel uncomfortable with all the crosses there, then he shouldn’t have gone.

“Otherwise, if he understands that as a Muslim his faith won’t be compromised... he should have told his men,” the 53-year-old said.

“The logical way to treat the situation now is for him to apologise on behalf of his aides and put the matter right,” said Khalid.


Kok said the PM should take full responsibility and apologise.


Selangor DAP chief Teresa Kok accused the prime minister of trying to curb religious freedom and demanded he take full responsibility and apologise.

“Najib should apologise to [the] Christian Federation of Malaysia for ‘de-Christianising’ their Christmas celebration,” she said in a strongly-worded media statement today.

The Selangor state executive councillor insisted that Najib must have given the orders and was distancing himself from his men’s actions in a bid to save face.

“Such an order from the Prime Minister’s Office’s (PMO) shows how insincere and ungracious Najib behaved as a guest at the celebration held at the Catholic archbishop’s residence.

“It is doubtful that Najib could have been unaware that his office had issued such a directive and far more likely that he is back-pedalling after having been exposed and publicly shamed,” she said.

Kok, a Christian, reminded Najib and the PMO that there is a “deeper meaning to Christmas beyond the Santa Claus and snow, and that that deeper meaning should be respected”.


Nik Nazmi said Christians have a right to be offended.


“Christians have a right to be offended,” PKR’s communications chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad told The Malaysian Insider today.

The Seri Setia state assemblyman echoed both Khalid and Kok in denouncing the PMO’s tactless actions.

He said the conditions imposed on the Catholic church pointed to a deeply-entrenched system set up by Umno and the BN to keep the nation divided along religious lines.

“In Malaysia, because of Umno and BN, they [Muslims] don’t know much. That creates schizophrenia and this problem among the Muslims and non-Muslims,” said Nik Nazmi.

He said Muslims elsewhere were not fearful that their beliefs would be compromised if they shared in the festivities of followers of another creed.

“I think the PM should state clearly that they were wrong and it will not be repeated.

“It can get quite serious because ultimately the buck stops with him. He is the boss. He has to take accountability,” he said.

Nik Nazmi hinted that the nation’s tenuous religious situation may spiral out of control again unless Najib steps in quickly and addresses the issue.

Malaysia was rocked by a series of attacks against houses of worship in January this year following a controversial court ruling in favour of the Catholic church over the use of the word “Allah”.


From the Malaysian Insider

Thursday, December 30, 2010

S'wak PKR lauds Chan's stands on 'special rights'

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: A Sarawak PKR leader has welcomed Deputy Chief Minister George Chan’s assurance that the state government was against the erosion of Sarawak's “special rights” as detailed in the 18-point agreement.

“I welcome the sudden realisation of state Barisan Nasional leaders on Sarawak’s rights which we in Pakatan Rakyat or PKR have been voicing all the while. But I am wondering what, after 30 years as Sarawak leaders, did they do to preserve and protect such rights," said state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

Bian was responding to comments by Chan during a dinner with the Christian community in Miri on Monday.

Chan had said that of particular concern to the state were the rights on religious freedom and practices.

He said all top leaders of the state BN had pledged to defend those special rights in the interests of Sarawakians.

He also said that all the leaders had agreed to speak with “one voice”, especially on the special rights under the 18-point agreement which were given to Sarawak in 1963 on her joining Sabah, Singapore and Malaya to form the federation of Malaysia.

Sabah was accorded a 20-point agreement.

The 18-point agreement includes the issue of religious practices, civil rights of non-Muslims, use of local languages, immigration, labour laws, Borneanisation, and the control of natural resources and land administration, among others.


Not being confrontational

Chan said that by bringing up the special rights issue, the people in Sarawak were not being confrontational.

“We do not want to go against any authority, but we must ensure that the freedom to practise our religion and our culture will not erode. It has to be preserved at all costs for the sake of harmony and peace,” he had said.

Reacting to the comments, Bian said: “I believe that now they have realised what we have been saying is true and of great concern to Sarawakians.

“If for the last 30 years the state BN didn’t succeed in enforcing these 18 points, what makes the people of Sarawak believe now they can defend those rights?

“For PKR and Pakatan, those rights are already signed into our manifesto on Dec 19, 2009 to respect the 1963 Malaysian agreement.

“It is funny the issues that we highlight like NCR (native customary rights) land seems to be of concern to BN so suddenly, but for the last 30 years it was not bothered.

“Sarawakians should give Pakatan the opportunity in this (coming state) election to enforce all these rights and we promise Sarawakians we will not disappoint them,” said Bian.


Taken from Free Malaysia Today

DAYAKS - ARISE, UNITE AND CLAIM BACK YOUR LAND!!!!

In the early 90’s Taib came up with his so called visionary “Politics of Development“. In various gatherings and speeches, he told Sarawkians then that his new found idea would transform Sarawak into a model state in Malaysia.

Under this noble idea, land will be developed and people will reap huge benefits and would improve their economic and social being, so he claimed!

However, large tracts of land are owned by the Dayaks who have acquired them through native customary rights which is provided for under Sarawak Land Code 1958.

Continue reading HERE.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An unhappy new fear for Sarawak's old guard


Sarawak's political elite have accumulated power and startling wealth by taking over land from native communities, but now face the prospect of setbacks in the new year.

The entrenched 'old guard', accustomed to holding undisputed control over public life, may be struck by a triple whammy.

Firstly, the courts have overturned several ministerial decisions to award land to crony companies. Land minister James Masing has branded critics of Sarawak's land policies as "arrogant and ignorant", but judges have disagreed in several prominent cases, granting local villagers' Native Customary Rights (NCR) claims to land taken over by the government.

Secondly, the new media has exposed 'get-rich-quick' land schemes to the world – and crucially, to many Sarawakians previously force-fed a steady diet of propaganda by state-owned television RTM and local newspapers.

Thirdly, the ruling political class is now confronted with the prospect of losing the majority of the urban Chinese-dominated seats in Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Sarikei and Bintulu, and even a sizeable number of rural Dayak seats in the upcoming state election to the Pakatan Rakyat.

Political observers are predicting a BN loss of a dozen urban seats, and a similar number of suburban and rural seats. This would be the largest swing since the BN consolidated its power in the 1991 state election, after nearly being replaced by the now-defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) and Permas in the 1986 'Ming Court Affair'.

'Parade of federal leaders'

Commentators have even speculated that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud may step down immediately before the state election, and allow his deputy Alfred Jabu to lead a caretaker government.

This is seen as a potential last-ditch attempt to defuse criticism of Taib's financial and land deals, both within and outside the BN, a bold gambit that would remove Taib as the prime target for a Pakatan campaign.

However, other observers point out this 'shock' scenario would lead to vicious and potentially insoluble infighting within the state BN since Taib has traditionally imposed his control over the factions in his PBB by playing off political rivals in the party against one another.

Until now, BN leaders have forged a united front, backing Taib to lead them into the election, saying he is the 'glue' that keeps the BN together.

"There has been a groundswell in recent months in northern Sarawak: (Sarawak PKR chief) Baru Bian is expected to win in Ba'kelalan," an influential Sarawak politician told Malaysiakini, "so there's been a parade of federal BN leaders visiting Lawas and Limbang, including (information minister) Rais Yatim and (deputy premier) Muhyiddin Yassin this month, and (premier) Najib Razak next month.

"These visits have produced headlines like 'Lawas may get a new airport' or 'Plans afoot for a new hospital' or 'Malaysia ready to build bridge at Pandaruan in Limbang' – they must be terrified of Baru Bian winning," he said.

Baru Bian (right) is from the minority Lun Bawang ethnic group in a state made up entirely of ethnic minorities. He was raised in Ba'kelalan, a hilly, poor region upriver from Lawas.

Baru Bian, then an independent candidate, lost in Ba'kelalan to Nelson Balang Rining of the BN by 475 votes in the last state polls in 2006. He then mounted an unsuccessful election petition seeking to nullify the result; in his petition, he alleged Nelson Balang and his agents had resorted to vote-buying by giving cash to voters.

'Game changing' rulings

Baru Bian and a handful of other land rights lawyers have been responsible for a string of recent landmark rulings in NCR cases against the state government. The judgments have returned forests to native Iban, Malay and other landowners throughout Sarawak, following intrusion by logging or plantation business interests with powerful backers in the government.

"These cases are changing the game," says Muhin Urip, a native land rights advocate. "These rural people are showing real courage, standing up to the state government, and to the big bullies in the logging sector. They've shown no fear, even after they were harassed by gangsters, by police and by the authorities."

The NCR judgments hinged on the native plaintiffs demonstrating that they had cleared or used land, for dwellings, fruit trees, burial sites or shrines, or usual rights of way to their farms or cemeteries, before the beginning of 1958.

The state government has insisted that the onus of proof lies squarely on the native communities themselves. Aerial photographs dating from colonial times have been invaluable in helping native villagers win their NCR lawsuits.

The Federal Court, the highest legal authority in Malaysia, has recognised that forests reserved for hunting and collecting produce, or 'pulau', and the territorial area in which the forest is located, or 'pemakai menoa', fall under the realm of NCR.

But the state government has not, to date, altered its land policies.

High-profile Penan lawsuits

Over the past decade, Baru Bian has taken on several high-profile Penan NCR battles, including a new Ba Jawi lawsuit announced last week.

However, the Penan have yet to win a pivotal legal decision, similar to those obtained by the Malays and Ibans in Sarawak, and the Orang Asli in the peninsula.

This is because Penan NCR claims are complicated by the fact that most of the 12,000 to 15,000 Penan have only settled in the last few decades. The Penan were mainly nomadic, with precious few permanent crops or dwellings, before 1958.

But lawyers for the Penan argue their NCR claims are no different from other communities', since the Penan also rely on the forests for their food and survival. They say the traditional Penan practice of 'molong', putting aside forest resources for shared use, is almost identical to the Iban custom of preserving 'pulau' for communal use.

"By and through their customary practice, mostly characterised as 'molong', tribal groups of the nomadic Penan lived in and within distinct territories. Traditional dwelling huts called 'lamin toro' were left behind as distinct marks of earlier settlements," the Ba Jawi plaintiffs said, in their statement of claim to the High Court.

"Ba Jawi Penans, like the 200-plus communities who have taken companies and the Sarawak government to court for NCR land rights, are being forced to seek the judgments for justice and for the people's rights to be defended," said See Chee How, a lawyer for the Ba Jawi villagers.

"Beyond the court case, the untold sufferings of the Ba Jawi people and others in similar cases mustn't be hidden. Land to the native people isn't just property, it's a crucial aspect of the living history of the community, and very much the lifeline of the people."

Land rights and elections will certainly contribute to an intriguing new year in Sarawak.


KERUAH USIT is a human rights activist - 'anak Sarawak, bangsa Malaysia'. This weekly column is an effort to provide a voice for marginalised Malaysians. Keruah Usit can be contacted at keruah_usit@yahoo.com.


Taken from Malaysiakini.

MB's aide: S'gor is proof Pakatan can run Putrajaya


The Selangor government's track record in managing the state's economy is proof that Pakatan Rakyat's policies are viable for the country.

Faekah Hussin (left), the political secretary to the Selangor menteri besar, said that the government had spent vast amounts of money on the state but its coffers were in good health.

“These problems did not make Selangor bankrupt. Instead, revenues have increased throughout 2010 and there is a balanced budget for 2011.

“This is far better than some BN-controlled states which tabled a deficit budget. In fact, the federal government had been tabling a deficit budget for 10 years.

“Pakatan's manifesto will not make Malaysia bankrupt if it is managed well, honestly, transparently and responsibly, such as what is being practiced in Selangor,” she said.

Faekah was responding to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's claims that Pakatan's pledge to provide a RM500 special allowance to those in the public teaching sector would bankrupt the nation.

Track record

The pledge was among 10 promises which Pakatan said will be fulfilled within the first 100 days of conquering Putrajaya.

Faekah also listed down numerous achievements by the state government to prove that it was capable of managing the economy.

Among others, Faekah said that religious teachers have received a RM500 pay rise as well as a RM500 bonus for festivals and year-end bonuses.

She added that the state government, through Menteri Besar Incorporated, had successfully identified and collected RM392 million in debts from Talam Corporation Bhd owed since a decade ago, when BN ruled the state.

“As a result, RM50 million from this debt recovery exercise is being returned to the public through the Selangor Micro Credit Scheme (Skimsel) to help the rural poor while RM20 million was used to help the urban poor,” she said.

1Malaysia vs real reforms

On the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) schemes, Faekah said that the state had been working hard to “save” many failed projects and had resolved low-cost housing projects located in areas such as Bukit Botak, Ukay Perdana and Alam Perdana.

At an administrative level, she said the state government had established the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) to identify mismanagement and other administrative wrongdoings.

In addition, the state government had also succeeded in bringing greater public participation in the administration of the state through the Freedom of Information Enactment and becoming the first state in the country to have public hearings in all local governments.

Faekah said that all this, and others, were achieved with state revenues through proper management of the state resources without relying on the federal government.

“Muhyiddin can continue repeating his 'Malay first' commitment and repeat his 1Malaysia rhetoric but Pakatan will continue to do what it promised: Reforms through accountability and responsibility,” she said.

Taken from Malaysiakini.

‘Paranoid’ aides told church to remove crosses for Najib visit.

By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – Catholic church officials were told to remove crucifixes and to avoid hymns being sung when Prime Minister Najib Razak attended the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas tea party last Saturday.

The overzealous bid to protect the prime minister’s Islamic credentials was described by sources familiar with what happened as “paranoid” and done without Najib’s knowledge.

The sources also noted the actions of officials from the prime minister’s office could have jeopardised warming religious ties.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Najib’s men may have been spooked by the National Fatwa Council’s recent repeated announcements over Muslims at non-Muslim celebrations and had tripped over themselves to ensure his attendance at the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur’s Christmas Day high-tea passed without a hitch.

It was Najib’s first time attending a Christian function in his official role since taking over power in April last year.

The Malaysian Insider understands the PM had been invited to last year’s open house hosted by the Mar Thoma church in Brickfields here, but did not attend.

Najib has been instrumental in bringing the heads of different creeds to the same table earlier this year to try and peacefully resolve the long-standing interfaith disputes after a series of attacks against houses of worship nationwide.

The violence erupted following a controversial court ruling allowing Christians to also use the word “Allah” to refer to God beyond the Muslim context.

Sources disclosed that this year, the PM’s aides had issued a list of instructions to Archbiship Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam to facilitate Najib’s attendance on Christmas Day.

Among the directives given were:

. To remove any overt Christian symbol, such as crucifixes, from the party premises

. That carollers not belt out hymns

. Not to quote from Scriptures or say any Christian prayer during the visit.

Similar conditions have been laid in previous Christmas celebrations, including those graced by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong himself, said a member of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), the umbrella body representing the various denominations.

The instructions usually came from the staff without the knowledge of the dignitary, said the insider who has been on the organising committee on more than one occasion.

“Previously, the carollers even sang some Christmas hymns. The King was there. No one made a fuss. I don’t think they heard.

“I suspect the PM would not have objected either,” he had observed that a member of Najib’s office had conferred with Pakiam and made a quick circuit of the party grounds at Bukit Nanas shortly before the PM dropped in.

The Archbishop could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

But another member of the CFM echoed the observation.

“No conditions from PM. Only from his staff. That resolved by ABP very quickly,” the source told The Malaysian Insider in a text message, calling the Archbishop by initials.

The sources noted that Najib’s aides had little to be anxious about as the party was held outdoors where several marquees had been set up, where religious paraphernalia were the least likely to be fixed.

Grace was said before Najib turned up.

There were two groups of carollers serenading the crowd – one from Africa, the other a local outfit – but the guests were too caught up in their chatter and did not appear to be paying them any attention.

“They were overly fearful but there was nothing for them to be fearful about,” a source pointed out, dismissing Najib’s aides as too “paranoid”.


Taken from ‘Paranoid’ aides told church to remove crosses for Najib visit.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

PAKATAN RAKYAT’S FIRST 100 DAYS PROGRAMME

Pakatan Rakyat will implement holistic and necessary reforms in the national administration of the economy, education and others. These will be based on principles that have been outlined in the Common Policy Platform.

As a start to this reform programme, we commit to implement the following within the first 100 days of receiving the rakyat’s mandate to rule:

1. Reform the main national institutions of government, such as the Election Commission, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Malaysian Royal Police Force to introduce transparency and restore accountability of government.

2. Abolish the Internal Security Act.

3. Direct Khazanah Berhad, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and all other government bodies that own highway concessions to complete the transference of such highway assets to the government with the purpose of abolishing tolls.

4. Change the structure of national subsidies by reducing corporate sector subsidies (such as the gas subsidies of RM19 billion to independent power producers) and transferring these savings toward subsidies for the rakyat.

5. Recognise the roles and contributions of public servants by re-evaluating the salary structures; starting with an increase in teachers’ allowances by RM500 per teacher per month as a recognition of the importance of their role as educators in nation building.

6. Restoring all private water concessions to the government, making water a public asset of the rakyat.

7. Deploy free Wi-Fi internet services to all Malaysians in the urban and semi-urban areas.

8. Dissolve Felda Plantations to redistribute its estate lands to the second and third generation of Felda settlers.

9. Increase oil royalties to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan to 20%.

10. Set up a Royal Commission to comprehensively resolve the problems of illegal immigration and citizenship in Sabah.


PROGRAM 100 HARI PAKATAN RAKYAT

Pakatan Rakyat akan melaksanakan reformasi menyeluruh dalam semua aspek pengurusan negara, ekonomi, pendidikan dan sebagainya berdasarkan prinsip yang digariskan di dalam Dasar Bersama.

Sebagai permulaan kepada reformasi tersebut, dalam 100 hari kami mendapat mandat rakyat, kami akan melaksanakan program berikut:

1. Mereformasikan insititusi SPR, SPRM, Pejabat Peguam Negara dan PDRM untuk mengembalikan kewibawaan kepada sistem pentadbiran kerajaan.

2. Memansuhkan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA).

3. Mengarahkan Khazanah Berhad, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan lain-lain badan milik kerajaan yang memiliki konsesi lebuhraya untuk menyempurnakan ambil alih aset lebuhraya oleh kerajaaan dengan tujuan menghapuskan tol.

4. Merombak struktur subsidi negara bagi mengurangkan subsidi kepada pihak swasta (seperti subsidi gas sebanyak RM19 bilion kepada penjana bebas) dengan memindahkannya bagi menampung perbelanjaan subsidi rakyat.

5. Mengiktiraf peranan dan jasa kakitangan awam dengan mengkaji semula struktur gaji bermula dengan menaikkan imbuhan perguruan sebanyak RM500 sebulan setiap seorang guru sebagai penghargaan guru pendidik bangsa.

6. Menjadikan air sebagai hak rakyat dengan mengembalikan semua konsesi pengurusan air yang diuruskan swasta kepada kerajaan.

7. Menyediakan perkhidmatan internet Wi-Fi percuma kepada semua rakyat di kawasan bandar dan separa bandar.

8. Membatalkan Felda Plantations bagi tujuan membuka ladang-ladang yang kini diuruskannya kepada generasi kedua dan ketiga Felda.

9. Menaikkan royalti minyak kepada Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu dan Kelantan kepada 20%.

10. Menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Diraja bagi menyelesaikan kemelut pendatang tanpa izin dan kerakyatan di negeri Sabah.



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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Lunch at Kampung Siang Siang, Lawas.


Withdraw history book now, says DAP

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:56

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP has asked the Education Ministry to “withdraw immediately” the history textbook used in Forms 4 and 5, alleging that its Islamic bias is too heavy.

The book is more proper for a class teaching the Islamic religion, according to Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen.

He noted that all four writers of the book were Muslim and said they seemed to be pushing “a certain agenda”.

Five of the book’s 10 chapters are devoted to Islamic history and civilisation.

“The other religious civilisations are almost non-existent in the text,” Chong said.

“We do not mind our children understanding more about Islamic civilisation. But it has to be presented fairly and accurately with a balanced perspective.

"Reading the textbook, it seems that there is only one important civilisation in the entire history of the human race.

“Are the other major civilisations not worth studying in equal depth?”

He said his party feared that unless the ministry withdrew the book, the education system would be producing citizens “with an extremely narrow worldview and an incomplete and distorted view of world history and civilisation”.

He alleged that the authors seemed to be trying to influence students to “follow one particular religion” and suggested that their book be replaced with one with a “balanced approach” to “allow our children to learn the basic tenets of all major world religions”.

“Allow them to engage in comparative studies,” he said. “This will only promote better understanding among the different races and religions.

“We respect the Muslim belief in the greatness of their prophet.

"However, we have to respectfully suggest that teachings that encourage students to follow any prophet would properly belong to a religious class meant for students who already subscribe to that particular faith.”

“Such teachings ought not to be taught in a major history textbook for students of other faiths.

"The ministry must withdraw immediately this book. The textbook must be rewritten to reflect our multi-religious society.”

Taken from Free Malaysia Today

Pakatan's reform agenda 'putting fear in Umno-BN'

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:49
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BY FMT Staff

KUCHING: Sarawak PKR Youth has described the recent volley of rebuts by Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, including from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhiddin Yassin, over Pakatan Rakyat's 100-day structural reform agenda as words "of cowards”.

"Najib, Muhyiddin and their 'Ketuanan Melayu' leadership is scrambling now. They are frightened because they think their BN-ruled government collapsing.

"It's strange that they are upset and afraid with the Pakatan reform plan because Umno-BN is always saying it is so confident of the people's support of its leadership," Sarawak PKR Youth chief Ahmad Nazib Johari told FMT recently.

Nazib said that Umno-BN's attacks on the 100-day reform agenda was proof that the opposition coalition was challenging the integrity and credibility of the BN.

"The reforms are practical and workable. The Umno-BN leaders know this and that is what is scaring the BN leadership. They are cowards..." he said.

The agenda, launched at the Pakatan convention in Kepala Batas on Dec 19, includes proposed changes to the Election Commission, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney- General's Chambers and the police.


PKR confident


Pakatan will also abolish tolls by directing the state's investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd, Employees Providence Fund and others to take over highway assets.

The opposition's reform agenda also incorporates plans to restructure the subsidy system by slashing subsidies to the private sector and use the money to help the poor.

Pakatan has also zeroed in on the country's independent power producers who enjoy RM19 billion worth of “corporate welfare" support from the ruling government.

The opposition aims to slash this support as opposed to the BN-led government move to cut consumer subisdies on fuel and sugar. Both prices have hit a record high. White sugar has increased by 55% this year.

Other reform measures proposed by Pakatan include increasing oil royalties to producing states to 20% from the current 5%, abolishing and opening up the Federal Land Reserve Authority (Felda) plantations programme, and continuing its free water programme and free WiFi service in all urban and semi-urban areas.

"Bearing the Pakatan reforms in mind, we are urging the people to throw their support behind Pakatan in the Sarawak and national elections because Pakatan is the only hope left for the country.

"In Sarawak we are confident of making an impact in the state polls.

"We will give Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu candidates a good contest. We are confident of wresting some seats from them, " said Nazib, a well-known syariah lawyer here.


From Free Malaysia Today

Two MUST-READ statements from Catholic Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam.

Apostasy law will create fear, says Archbishop
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
December 26, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — Catholic Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam believes enforcing of an apostasy law in Sabah by the state’s Islamic authorities will create fear as it will lead to a religious crackdown.

Pakiam said the state government must instead follow Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s message of moderation and inclusiveness.

“It (apostasy law) will create fear and it is unfortunate that these things come about like that. That is why we need to heed the call of the prime minister for moderates to be counted,” the country's top Catholic cleric told The Malaysian Insider.

“The (Federal) government must take a stand and not to cover this and keep quiet,” he added.

Sabah Islamic Affairs Department’s (Jheains) director Datuk Amri A.Suratman said yesterday that the state will enforce the apostasy law once its faith rehabilitation centre in Kinarut is ready next year.

He added that the enforcement of the law is part of Jheains five-year strategic plan. The plan will include focusing on dakwah (preaching) efforts in strategic and rural areas, especially those with a high number of converts.

While Islam is the country’s official religion followed by some 60 per cent of the country’s 27 million population, there is also a large number of Christian community, a majority of whom comes from Sabah and Sarawak.

While freedom of religion is guaranteed for non-Muslims under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, all Malays are Muslims under the law.

Islamic laws forbid Muslims from renouncing their religion and the country’s Islamic legal system has provisioned that a state must impose mandatory punishment for apostasy.

The country’s dual system of both Islamic law and federal law has resulted in controversies to the freedom of religion under Article 11 when Muslims try to convert to other religions.

The prominent cases include Lina Joy (Azalina Jailani), Revathi Massosai and Nyonya Tahir (Wong Ah Kiu).

The decision to enforce apostasy law is set to further strain the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

The Cabinet has set up an inter-faith panel in April, after a series of attacks on houses of worship nationwide following a controversial court ruling last year that allowed Christians the right to use the word “Allah” when referring to God in Bahasa Malaysia.

Najib has also pledged full administrative and financial support to revive the committee.

Ikim, the federal government’s think-tank, had also issued a statement on the issue, saying that under Islam “not all religions are equal”.

Religious authorities also recently arrested a Shi’a group in Gombak.

Some 200 local and foreign followers of the Shi’a group Hauzah Ar Ridha Alaihissalam were arrested at a house in Taman Sri Gombak amid concerns that their activities constituted a security threat.

The group, led by two men, including an Iranian national, had been operating in the four-storey shop-house for up to two years.

Followers included locals, Indonesians, Burmese, a Pakistani, an Iranian, some of whom are higher institution lecturers and students, lawyers and civil servants. Several children were also found at the location.

The arrests have been criticised by former Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin as proof that Malaysia was heading towards “an era of Talibanisation”.

Taken from The Malaysian Insider


Archbishop’s Christmas wish: PM’s time for inter-faith group
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
December 25, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 25 — Catholic Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam has asked Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to support an inter-faith group by meeting them regularly.

Pakiam said the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) should be given more opportunities.

“In your busy and overloaded schedule honourable prime minister, may we humbly request you to make time for the multi-religious body MCCBCHST. If you can find the time to meet their leaders regularly for some good-willed feedback,” he said during a Christmas tea party organised by the Malaysian Christian Association .

Interfaith dialogue at the sub-committee level was scheduled to start on April 13 but was called off at the last minute after the MCCBCHST took offence at reported remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Ties between the Muslim and non-Muslim camps within the committee were further strained after the Council of Muftis contested the committee’s name and demanded a change.

The muftis had unanimously voted for a name change demand on April 3, claiming the present name would cause confusion among Malaysian Muslims.

However Datuk Seri Najib Razak has recently pledged full administrative and financial support to revive his Cabinet’s stillborn interfaith panel.

Sources told The Malaysian Insider that Najib met in all 35 members of the newly renamed Committee for the Understanding and Harmony Among Religious Adherents in September.

The Cabinet-endorsed committee was set up in April, after a series of attacks on houses of worship nationwide following a controversial court ruling last year allowing Christians the right to call their God “Allah” in Bahasa Malaysia.

The panel was formerly called the Special Committee to Promote Inter-Religious Harmony and Understanding.

The Malaysian Insider understands the prime minister wanted the committee to be more action-oriented, and has promised to fund any social and welfare activity that can draw multi-religious groups closer.

The country’s multi-religious leaders will also go on a retreat early next year to draw up practical solutions to faith issues, as debate over Muslim and non-Muslim rights continue to heat up.

The relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities appear to have soured after YouTube videos of two preachers — one belittling Islam and the other, Buddhism as well as traditional Chinese beliefs — went viral on local political blogs.

Last October, a video of a Malay Christian convert accused of insulting Islam – Malaysia’s official religion and one held by some 60 per cent of the population – in a Sarawak church six years ago, created an uproar among Muslims after it was highlighted by a Malay-Muslim blogger.

“We ourselves pledge our vocal support to form our peoples in their broad, large heartedly, tolerant, forgiving, accommodating and respectful embrace of all peoples in this great country that we all love,” Pakiam added.

Taken from The Malaysian Insider

Friday, December 24, 2010

HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A FRUITFUL NEW YEAR

by Baru Bian

I grew up as a teenager in Long Kerebangan, Long Semadoh, a half day's walk from Ba’ Kelalan. Christmas has always been filled with great excitements and joy to us children. We looked forward to the choir competition, the Bible memory verse recital touching on the birth of our Lord Jesus, and the meeting of young people from the neighbouring villages. This is because traditionally then, Christmas was celebrated annually by three or more churches coming together at one Church or village. In our case we had three villages, Long Beluyu, Long Tanid and my village, Long Kerebangan. Christmas was also “filled with worship” because there was at least four to five worship services carried out from the evening of the 24th until the morning of 26th December.

The end of the year was not only an occasion of ‘merry making’ but it was also a time for the village youth ‘muda mudi’ to learn new songs taught by a few of us who were back for our year-end holidays. I remember then, that the ‘muda mudi’ always look forward to the presentations from the Long Kerebanganians, because we were reputed to be the ‘progressive group’ always with many new gospel and Christmas songs. Being the first few to leave home for secondary education in Lawas and Limbang Secondary Schools, my siblings, cousins and I naturally took the leadership roles in the village. Few years back, I came across a song book compiled by the Youth Group of my village incorporating these songs; invoking within me that nostalgic feeling of good old times. Perhaps, a small legacy of short.

Today as I reminisce those old good times, I recall 1978 Christmas day at Long Kerebangan when for the first time a Christmas caroling was carried out by our ‘muda mudi’ group. We warned the villagers that there would be an extraordinary program in the night but one should not be alarmed. We came out to sing in the middle of the night at different locations in the village compound, just like the angelic hosts at the first Christmas Eve declaring the Good News to all that Jesus the Saviour was born. The next morning we were told that many thought it was the ‘rapture’ (Second Coming of our Lord Jesus) taking place, as they thought they were hearing choir of angels singing! That was my first and the last Christmas caroling in the night in our village church.

For many years now this ‘traditional’ Christmas celebration had been abandoned by our churches for a more ‘urban’ or ‘modern’ celebration; fireworks, house ‘ngabang,’ family dinner but limited church services or worship. Traditional or modern, I pray that we may know the real reason why there is such a big celebration of Christmas Day. Luke described the first declaration of the birth of Jesus as follows:

“And there were shepherds, living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace with men on whom his favour rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2: 8-15.

Jesus’ birth should bring great joy to all the people because He is referred to as a Saviour. He saves mankind from the power of sins and death. He gives hope to anyone who is enslaved by the power of sins and gives eternal life to those who take Him as Lord and Saviour. We have been advocating for a political, social and economic transformation in the State, and Country, but at this Christmas, I pray for a greater transformation above all; the spiritual transformation which comes from within our hearts. It comes through allowing Jesus Christ to be born in our hearts today, as He did more than two thousand years ago.

For all our Christian readers, friends and supporters, may I pray for a Blessed Christmas with your loved ones and fruitful years ahead.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Govt accused of cheating NCR landowners with survey exercise

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: The state government's ongoing survey of native customary rights (NCR) land is an insincere exercise to hoodwink the native owners, according to newly annointed PKR vice-president Baru Bian.

Describing the Barisan Nasional government's move as 'empty rhetoric', Bian said: “If the government is sincere, they should also survey the ‘pemakai menua' (territorial domain) and ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest).

“This is where the natives earn their livelihood.

“What I heard is that they only surveyed areas around the ‘payung rumah’ (the surrounding areas around the longhouses). What about their ‘temuda ‘(farming land), their burial grounds, pemakai menua and pulau galau?

“What the government has been doing is an empty rhetoric. It is an insincere exercise in order to hoodwink the people,” he said.

Bian said it was typical of the BN government to make promises especially since it is election time.

“You know this is an election time, and this is just another grandiose promise which may not materialise after the election,” said Bian who is also the Sarawak PKR chief.

The federal government recently donated RM20 million to the state government to enable it to survey NCR land in the state.

Second Minister of Management and Resource Planning, Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, said recently that the state would apply for another RM60 million to continue with the survey exercise.


Drop court appeals

The exercise has now become the talking point of every state minister and BN leader in any function either in town or in the rural areas.

According to Bian, many NCR landowners especially in Serian are not happy with the way the survey was conducted.

Bian also appealed to the BN-led state government not to pursue with its court appeals after it had lost its cases to the NCR land owners.

“My firm has won at least 10 cases for the natives, and other law firms have also won four or five cases. In all these cases the government pursues with its appeals.

“If the government is sincere, it should drop all the appeal cases and at the same time issue them with titles,” he said.

In welcoming the recent announcement by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to alienate 2,000ha of land to independent Chinese schools, Bian questioned the method by which he intends to do it.

“Is it not quite evident that he is taking away NCR lands of the poor natives in the interior of Sarawak to give to the Chinese schools?

“Is it not a clear case of right hand giving while the left is taking away?” he asked, demanding that the Chief Minister clarify the matter as it is a serious issue that could possibly involve native lands being taken and given away.


Taken from Free Malaysia Today

Taib has a lot to hide, says ex-Suhakam vice-chair

by Joe Fernandez

Ex-Suhakam vice-chairman Simon Sipaun cautions that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will not hesitate to use the immigration powers of the state to keep out "prying eyes" from the state.

This is more a case of abusing rather than using the immigration powers of the state as intended under the federal and state constitutions, he added.

"It's a fact that Taib (left in photo)) has a lot to hide.

"He has no choice but to appear to seek shelter behind the state's immigration powers," said Sipaun, who is currently one of the 12 advisors appointed by the King to the board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He was commenting on the case of Suhaham commissioner, Jannie Lasimbang from Sabah, who is still persona non grata (PNG) in Sarawak despite beginning a national inquiry about ten days ago on the state on the plight of its native communities.

Lasimbang, however, may be allowed in from time to time reportedly under state government "supervision" in connection with her official duties.

Even without one being declared PNG, Sipaun (right) cited the proposed White Paper by the Sarawak state government as a blanket threat to Suhakam and activists like Lasimbang, among others.

The White Paper calls for "unhealthy politics" - meaning Suhakam, the MACC, NGOs and opposition leaders from Sabah and the peninsula - to be kept out of the state.


Fear a powerful driver

At the same time, it will be used to shackle Sarawak activists, seen as anti-government, from leaving the state and suspending opposition members in the state assembly.

Re-visiting the Lasimbang case in particular, Sipaun pointed out that the human rights body has gathered a mountain of evidence on the state government's wrong-doings against the native communities in particular.

Allowing Lasimbang unfettered access to Sarawak, according to Sipaun, "is expected to help Suhakam complete its work in the state and this is something that Taib wants to avoid".

He noted that of particular interest to Suhakam is the state government's current RM80 million survey, financed by the federal government, of NCR land.

The allegations are that the state government is only surveying payung rumah (areas around the longhouse) and not the temuda (farming land), pemakai menua (territorial domain) or the pulau galau (communal forest) where they earn their livelihood and where the burial grounds are located.

"Suhakam has already begun its six-month long national inquiry in Miri into the rights of the indigenous people in the state," said Sipaun. "The conditions imposed on Lasimbang's (left) entry into Sarawak should be withdrawn."

He noted the state's disingenuous take that Suhakam was not established under the federal and Sarawak constitutions. Hence, Lasimbang could not demand entry into Sarawak by right and the state does not have to give her any reasons for her PNG status or why her blacklisting could not be lifted.

As a former Sabah state secretary, Sipaun feels that Taib's alleged abuse of the state's immigration powers to put a lid on the excesses of his administration becoming public knowledge as "an exercise in futility".

Suhakam, he added, has already amassed an impressive body of evidence on the plight of Sarawak's native people even before the national inquiry currently underway in the state.


Ills of under wraps development

"There's generally a lack of free, fair and transparent consultation with communities affected by major development involving Native Customary Rights (NVR) land," said Sipaun, stressing that the details on various incidents can be found in Suhakam's annual reports. "Local communities feel left out of the opportunity to be involved in economic spin-offs from development projects."

The core issue in Sarawak, added Sipaun, is the endless disputes between native communities on the exact boundaries between NCR land and state land. Apparently, this resulted in government, semi-government and private agencies ignoring native communities in the absence of official demarcation of boundaries.

Development projects are simply bulldozed through without taking into consideration the native communities affected, he said.

"The added grouses are private agencies being in non-compliance with official guidelines and government agencies not being on the ball."

Sipaun explained that most of the graphic scenes depicted by the media involved native communities on the one hand and the police or gangsters employed by the large companies on the other.

The perennial scenes of the tug of war between outsiders and native communities, said Sipaun, occur when complainants are targeted for action instead, compensation not paid or delayed, and the quantum is inadequate in instances where land is acquired by the authorities, and provisions in the Sarawak Land Code 1958 encumber the establishment of land rights by native communities, especially the Penan.

"The state government should consult the native communities affected by development projects and this is for their own good," said Sipaun. "It's also incumbent upon the National Registration Department (NRD) that the native communities have official documentation papers."

Otherwise, Sipaun pointed out that it will be difficult for them to claim their rights "and perhaps this is the situation that Taib wants to perpetuate".


Taken from Malaysiakini

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Penan go to court to defend Heart of Borneo rainforests


Ba Jawi community sues logging group Samling and the Sarawak state government in order to protect 15,000 hectares of high-conservation-value tropical rainforest.


Ba Jawi (Sarawak), MALAYSIA. The Penan community of Ba Jawi in Sarawak's Upper Baram region has today lodged a collective action lawsuit against Malaysian timber giant Samling and the state government of Sarawak over 15,000 hectares of primary rainforest in order to protect their livelihood from being destroyed by logging.


The great and beloved architect of development.


The case was filed this morning by lead plaintiff Lija Agan, headman of the tiny village of Ba Jawi, and three other plaintiffs who are claiming that the Ba Jawi forests have been used since time immemorial by their ancestors and urgently need to be protected against logging. "About 200 years ago, the ancestors of the plaintiffs were living in and around Ba Jawi, exercising native customary rights over the land in Ba Jawi and its vicinity", the Penan's statement of claim reads. "They hunted and gathered food from the forests and lived on sago (uvut) as their staple food. The plaintiffs are presently exercising these rights over that same land."


Food security threatened.


The Penan are claiming that a logging licence held by Samling Plywood, a subsidiary of the Malaysian Samling group of companies, should be rescinded, since it was issued by the Sarawak government in an "unlawful, improper, unconstitutional and therefore null and void" manner.


The rape, plunder and devastation.


The new case is the fifth native customary rights case lodged by Eastern Penan communities from Upper Baram since 1998. It has been prepared with assistance from the Bruno Manser Fund and will be represented by the renowned law office of Messrs. Baru Bian in Kuching.


Peace loving Penan.


The area covered by the Ba Jawi claim is a key region of the Penan Peace Park, a self-administered conservation region in the Heart of Borneo, which was proclaimed a nature reserve by 17 Penan communities in November 2009 and covers twice the size of Singapore.


Satellite overview of the affected areas.


In February 2007, the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei signed the tripartite "Heart of Borneo Declaration" in which they committed themselves to protecting the rainforests of central Borneo. However, the declaration has not been followed by much action on the ground. In December 2009, Sarawak's director of forests, Len Talif Salleh, even condemned the Penan Peace Park as an "illegal" project that "tainted Sarawak's image".


Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh
Director of Forestry, Sarawak
President, Melanau Association Kuching (2009 - 2012)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Billion Dollar Bride

Press Release – 20/12/2010 from SARAWAK REPORT

Sarawak Report has been subjected to a cyber-attack, which has knocked it temporarily off-line. This follows a number of death threats sent through our mail, which have been notable for their creepy, ‘black-magic’ format.

Disabling websites by using millions of hits is a very expensive process, even more expensive than hiring top lawyers. So this limits our list of suspects in this case to people who are both very rich and have a direct interest in shutting us up, but who would rather not face the scrutiny of an open court.

We leave it to our readers to consider who might adopt such an approach to Sarawak Report?

In solidarity with Sarawak Report, which has done so much for the people of Sarawak in the short time that it has made its mark in blogosphere, we are posting the Sarawak Report that would have been posted up but for this cyber-attack.


Billion Dollar Bride

Meanwhile, we have exclusive pictures of Sarawak Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud’s, new young bride. Kuching has been aflame with interest and amusement at the leaked information that the 74 year old has found himself a second wife who is still in her 20s.

However, the government has refused to issue official confirmation of the wedding ceremony that was celebrated at the weekend in the Chief Minister’s vast mansion (the financing of which remains a mystery, like the rest of his properties). Even senior Government Ministers are scouring the web for details of the new “Thief Lady”, who has yet even to be announced by name.

In desperation calls have been made to Sarawak Report and so we feel honoured to oblige.



Sarawak’s wealth around her neck

Sarawakians will not fail to notice that several thousand hectares of irreplaceable jungle must have been felled and turned to oil palm to adorn this lady’s neck.

One top London jeweller today gave the opinion that the rubies in her diamond tiara, necklace, ring and broach are “likely to be fake glass”. His reason was that if they were genuine cabochon rubies, like they appear to be, then they would be “priceless at such a size as that”. When pressed the jeweller hazarded that they would be worth at least RM150 million.

Since the Chief Minister has yet to release details about his bride we will leave Sarawakians to decide amongst themselves whether the Chief Minister has adorned his new wife in glass or cabochon ruby.


Christmas is a time for sharing

As they depart for their Christmas honeymoon, doubtless utilising one of the Hornbill jets funded by Sarawak’s hard-pressed taxpayers, we hope the happy couple spare a thought for the many hungry children in the longhouses who are hoping for a nice present this year.

However, times are hard because more and more land has been snatched away from these communities by the Chief Minister’s BN government, so their parents will have already told them not to expect too much.

As ever, these parents will have to remind their children that the Chief Minister’s favourite advice to the rural folks is that they “must learn to wait”. Apparently, Taib is promising that at some stage he will begin to share his wealth with the people he took it from!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sarawak ripe for political transformation.

The politics of Malaysia is condemned to be ethnic in nature. Much of the political discourse in our country is determined by the most dominant force in our land: the United Malays National Organisation (Umno). Everything political must be considered within Umno's parameters of racial balance.

Yet the racial imperative in Malaysia is perturbed, and unsettled, by the anomaly of the unique ethnic composition in Sarawak. By the logic of race, during the time of Merdeka, when Malaysian independence was achieved in 1963, the Master Race in Sarawak ought to have been the Iban.

After all, the Iban form 34 percent of Sarawak's population, and 'deserved' to be the dominant ethnic group in the state.

Indeed, from 1963 right up to 1970, the most powerful political office in the land, the Chief Minister's office, was occupied by an Iban politician from the multiracial Sarawak National Party (Snap), Stephen Kalong Ningkan.

This situation was obviously not satisfactory to Umno politicians, who saw themselves as the only legitimate representatives of national power. Umno's aim was the usurpation of the Iban pre-eminence in state politics.

This they achieved by virtue of engineering the collapse of the Ningkan government and the departure of Snap from the ruling state Alliance. Umno replaced Snap with another stop-gap Iban party, under Penghulu Tawi Sli, in 1970.

The general election in 1970 brought an opportunity for Umno to reclaim their position of Malay dominance in Malaysian politics. During the general election that year, the Sarawak Alliance and BN replaced the Iban chief minister with a Muslim Melanau, to occupy the prized seat of chief minister.

That was how Abdul Rahman Ya'akub, and later, his nephew Taib Mahmud, ascended to the supreme position of chief minister.

So, 1970 was a most momentous, even epoch-making general election, shortly after the racial violence in Kuala Lumpur was quelled. There was a realignment of national forces jostling for power in the aftermath of May 13, 1969.

The newly-formed BN roped in many of the opposition parties into the fold of the government, in the name of reducing political squabbling, ostensibly to concentrate on 'development'.

The pre-eminent opposition party in Sarawak, the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), manoeuvered itself into position as a member of the ruling Alliance, in support of Abdul Rahman Ya'akub's Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), lending great credence to the Alliance's image as a multiracial coalition.

PBB has complete dominance

PBB laid claim to automatic occupation of the office of the chief minister, thanks to the fact that it was a composite multiracial party, with a large chunk of its membership and leadership coming from the Iban, Malay and Melanau native groups of Sarawak.

It was only natural, in the context of racial politics, that the office of the chief minister had to be occupied by the leader of the PBB, Abdul Rahman. With many of Snap's leaders defecting to the Iban component of PBB, the weakened opposition party had to abdicate their political dominance, yielding power to the Alliance of Sarawak. That altered the power structure of Sarawak for the next 40 years.

The period between 1970 and 2000 was a long, continuous process of concentration of state power under the authority of the PBB faction within the ruling BN.

Thus the PBB, through a prolonged period of gerrymandering and new delineation of electoral boundaries, managed to consolidate their hold on the majority of native-dominated seats in the state assembly.

As of today, there are 35 seats in the state assembly to which the PBB can lay claim, out of the total number of 71 state constituencies up for grab. That means the PBB, on its own, can virtually hold state power without any help from any other parties, thus completing its total domination of local politics in Sarawak.

Against this rise of hegemonic power of PBB, the other components of the Sarawak BN have only waned in influence and prestige, over the past four decades.

In the year 2010, it would not be far from the truth to observe that Sarawak politics is dominated by the PBB. The PBB can rule Sarawak with minimal reference to other BN components.

That is how the virtual power of dictatorship is now concentrated in the hands of the PBB's CM Taib Mahmud. Within the realm of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud can do anything he pleases, and the state has no instruments of check and balance to curb his power.

But now, Sarawak may be due for a radical structural change, after four decades of BN monopoly. Taib Mahmud is showing his 74 years of age, the longest-serving national leader of the BN.

The next opportunity for change in Sarawak will be in the next half decade or so. Sarawak is now ripe for another wholesale transformation. As long as the problem of succession to Taib Mahmud remains uncertain and unknown, the coming decade will provide an opportunity for transition of power within the BN, as well as for the opposition coalition.

I would like to make my own political position clear here: I am personally against all politics of race, because I do not think there is such a 'thing' as a real 'race'. Our polity is made up of individuals, and not of races. The concept of race has no ontological basis.

By SIM KWANG YANG was member of parliament for Bandar Kuching, Sarawak from 1982 to 1995. He can be reached at sky8hornbill@gmail.com. All comments are welcomed.


Sarawak udah mansau ke ubah dalam pengawa bepolitik.

Pengawa politik di Malaysia dibantah ari ketegal ti kelalu ngering ke sebengkah-sebengkah raban bansa. Penemu politik dalam menoa kitai tu ditentu ke sebengkah kuasa ti kering agi jako: iya United Malays National Organisation (Umno). Semoa pekara ti bekaul enggau politik enda tau enda ngambi kira chara enggau gaya Umno nyemaka ke pengimbang pupu raban bansa.

Kaul ti manah beguna amat di Malaysia tang suah agi tau ngasoh kitai irau, ari ketegal enda besabi enggau pangan diri entara pupu raban bansa kelebih agi di Sarawak ditu. Enti dipeda enggau nyata ari sukut pupu bansa, kenyau ari Merdeka dalam taun 1963, raban bansa orang ti pemadu maioh di Sarawak tu iya nya Iban.

Bansa Iban bisi 34 peratus ari pemaioh tuboh orang ti nguan menoa Sarawak tu, lalu ‘dikira ke’ patut dikumbai bansa ti pemadu tampak.

Ketegal nya mih, kenyau ari 1963 ngagai 1970, upis politik ti pemadu bekuasa di menoa tu, Upis Kepala Menteri, udah endor siko orang politik bebansa Iban mangku pengawa, ti datai ari sebuah parti pupu raban bansa Sarawak National Party (SNAP), lalu orang nya benama Stephen Kalong Ningkan.

Pekara ti baka tu enda ngelantang ke ati bala orang politik Umno, ti ngasai ke sida aja ti ngembuan pengari ti nengkeman agi ba undang-undang menoa. Umno maia nya apin ulih nerima pemesai reti bansa Iban dalam politik menoa Sarawak.

Sida (Umno) lalu ngator chara dikena ngelaboh ke kuasa Ningkan lalu pia mega chara dikena muai SNAP ari perintah kunsi. Umno lalu nukar Snap enggau sebengkah parti Iban sementara ti betuai ke Penghulu Tawi Sli, dalam taun 1970.

Pengawa bepilih besai taun 1970 meri peluang ke Umno ngambi pulai penegap bansa Melayu dalam politik Malaysia. Maia pengawa bepilih nya, Perintah Kunsi Sarawak (Sarawak Alliance) enggau Barisan Nasional ngingkas Kepala Menteri Iban ti ditukar enggau siko bansa Melanau Muslim mangku pengawa ti endang aroh ati sida iya.

Baka nya mih chara Abdul Rahman Ya’akub, lalu udah nya Taib Mahmud megai kuasa ti pengabis tinggi di Sarawak, mangku pengawa nyadi kepala menteri.

Nya kebuah mega, taun 1970 nya mih pengawa bepilih ti besai amat reti ngagai rebak dudi, laban dulu ari tu penyarut entara raban bansa bisi nyadi di Kuala Lumpur. Nya mih maia menoa ngemetul ke kaul sekeda raban orang ti berebut ke kuasa rambau 13 Mei 1969.

Belaboh ari nya mih, BN ti baru betumboh lalu ngaul maioh parti-parti penyakal bekunsi niri ke perintah, dikena ngurang ke laya politik, lalu numpu ke runding soh pengawa ‘pemansang’.

Sebengkah pari penyakal di Sarawak maia nya, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), lalu dibai masuk ngagai perintah kunsi (Alliance), ti bulih sukong ari Abdul Rahman Ya’akub, kepala Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), ti lalu belaboh ari nya ngangkat ke pemanah nama kuasa perintah ari pupu parti raban bansa.

Parti PBB lalu netap ke ambu diri enda tau enda ngengkah ke siko ari kaban sida mangku pengawa kepala menteri, terima kasih ke penemu tu, laban PBB nya sebengkah parti pupu raban bansa ti datai ari bansa Iban, Melayu enggau Melanau.

Endang baka ti udah teleba ba sapa-sapa, lalu ba runding enggau penemu pasal politik pupu bansa, kepala menteri enda tau enda ari parti PBB, Abdul Rahman. Maioh agi bala kaban Snap masok ngagai PBB, ti lalu matah ke pengering raban penyakal, lalu udah nya ngenegap ke agi PBB di Sarawak. Tu mih ti ngubah kuasa pemerintah Sarawak ke 40 taun ti ka datai ila.

Timpoh maia ari 1970 ngagai 2000 udah chukop lama amat endor PBB bekuasa dalam BN.

Kenyau ari nya mega PBB lantang amat lalu udah ngena kuasa dalam perintah ngator semoa pengawa politik nyengkaum ngaga sempadan ngundi, dikena sida nambah ke pemaioh kaban lalu awak ke sida terus bekuasa nengah kandang menoa ti ditemu endor sida kering enggau tegap, ba Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Ke sari tu dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri PBB bisi 35 ari 71 iti kerusi nitih ke sempadan-sempadan ti udah digaga. Tu mai reti PBB endang ulih bekuasa enggau enda iboh dibantu parti-parti bukai dalam BN, lalu tu mega ngujong ke PBB besai agi raban dalam politik menoa Sarawak.

Dikena nagang pengangkat kuasa PBB, parti-parti bukai dalam BN Sarawak semina dipeda majak lemi-selemi, dalam sengelama 40 taun tu.

Dalam taun 2010 tu, kitai mega agi mengkang meda PBB terus bekuasa dalam perintah Sarawak taja pan enda disukong parti-parti kaban BN ke bukai.

Tu mih siti chara Taib Mahmud udah ulih terus megai kuasa dalam perintah, ari ti nengah pemaioh kerusi enggau sempadan di digaga PBB. Dalam perintah menoa Sarawak, Taib Mahmud ulih ngereja sebarang pengawa nunda ke peneka iya empu, lalu menoa Sarawak mengkang enda ulih mantah tau ke ngemetul ke iya.

Tang diatu Sarawak deka enggau naka ulih ngiga chara berubah, udah PBB bekuasa sengelama 40 taun. Taib Mahmud deka ngayan ke umor diri 74 taun, dipeda siko tuai BN ti pengabis lama bekuasa.

Peluang berubah di menoa Sarawak belaboh ari diatu ngagai lima taun da agi, tau ke lebih. Diatu Sarawak udah chukop ‘mansau’ tau ke chukop ‘tuai’ endor berubah, tau ke ngubah diri. Seagi-agi penanggol ba pengawa ngiga sapa ti tau nukar Taib, 10 taun ti ka datai tu meri awak ke kitai peluang meda ubah kuasa dalam BN, lalu pia ga meda gaya penyakal bekereja entara sida sama sida.

Ditu aku deka mansut ke penemu politik diri: ba aku empu, aku endang nyakal penemu politik sebansa aja, laban ba penemu aku, di menoa tu nadai sebengkah bansa ti amat-amat. Politik kitai tu datai ari orang siko-siko, lalu enda patut ari sebengkah raban bansa aja.

Ditulis SIM KWANG YANG, siko kaban parlimen Bandar Kuching ari 1982 ngagai 1995.


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