Sunday, March 31, 2013

Konspirasi untuk memecah perpaduan bumiputera Sarawak?

Oleh Sebanaku
Sebanaku mendapat maklumat bahawa 'kumpulan' yang mahu mencetuskan pergaduhan perkauman sedang mencetak vcd video tersebut dalam bahasa iban.  Namun mereka 'exxagerate' dan 'distort' terjemahan supaya  membuatkan pendengar boleh marah atau benci kepada kaum Melayu/Melanau.

Kumpulan ini akan menyebarkan vcd ini ke kawasan Iban untuk mencetuskan kemarahan kaum dan menghasut rakyat untuk benci kerajaan.

Seorang atau dua orang berkata yang tidak bertanggungjawab tidak bererti semua kaum Melayu/Melanau bersalah.  Individu-individu cina khususnya penyokong DAP sering menghina dan mengejek kaum bumiputera namun tiada 'kumpulan' bumiputera yang mencetak vcd dan mengedarkan di perkampungan-perkampungan Melayu/Melanau.

Contentious Global Witness video hotly debated at DCCI’s meet

Borneo Post on March 31, 2013, Sunday
KUCHING: The controversial Global Witness video on the alleged corruption involving land deals in Sarawak was hotly debated among Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) members during its annual general meeting yesterday.
In one of the resolutions passed at the meeting, DCCI stated that they took exception over the highly demeaning and racist views as well as deplorable actions as exposed in the video now circulated widely in the social media.
Among the contents of the video which are offensive were the labelling of the natives as squatters on state land, and the exploiting and manipulating of the natives as tools to circumvent the requirement of the law.
“We firmly believe that the natives have rights in our land. Our rights in land have been well entrenched in our laws, culture and customs which are duly recognised and accepted by our courts. These rights should be respected by all,” said a statement issued by DCCI secretary-general Libat Langub after the meeting.
He elaborated that while it was true the native communities are still lagging behind, but they as equal citizens of Malaysia should be respected and not be manipulated nor exploited by others.
“Indeed, the way forward is to ensure that all communities are provided with greater opportunities to meaningfully participate in all sectors of development, including in land development, to ensure that we can achieve the government’s objective of a higher income and an all inclusive economy.
“We hope, in that way, to progress and find our rightful place in ‘one’ Malaysia,” he said.
The meeting yesterday at a local hotel here was attended by some 100 members including those coming from Miri, Bintulu and Sibu. It was chaired by DCCI president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, with advisor Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leonard Linggi and deputy president Dato Sri Celestine Ujang also in attendance.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sudahkah tiba masanya untuk LRT atau MRT di binakan di Kuching?

Oleh Sebanaku

Membina lebih banyak flyover yang berjumlah ratusan juta hanya akan menggalakan lebih ramai penduduk kuching untuk membeli dan menggunakan kereta.

Adakah lebih baik jika kerajaan memulakan projek LRT (Light Rail Transit) atau MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) di bandaraya Kuching yang semakin pesat membangun?

Membina lebih banyak jalan bandar dan flyover walaupun akan memberi banyak keuntungan kepada contractor-contractor namun ia tidak akan menyelesaikan masalah secara jangka panjang.  5 atau 10 tahun selepas membina beberapa lagi flyover namun masalah utama 'traffic jam' bandaraya Kuching masih juga tidak akan selesai.  Yang perlu adalah untuk mengambil penduduk keluar dari kereta-kereta dan jalan-jalan (mengurangkan traffic jam) dan memberikan mereka kemudahan seperti MRT.

Impacts - Advantages of Mass Transit:

Environmental Impacts

Mass transit is believed to be more environmental friendly than other public transport facilities. Private vehicles emit about twice as much carbon monoxide and other volatile organic compounds than public vehicles. Mass transit reduces the number of cars on the road which in turn reduces the pollution caused by individual cars.

Social Impacts of Mass Transit

All members of the society irrespective of their financial status, religion or cast are able to travel which enhances the social integrity of the country. The necessity of a driving license is also eliminated. It is a blessing for those individuals who are unable to drive.

Economic Impacts of Mass Transit

Mass transit development can both improve the usefulness and efficiency of the public transit system as well as result in increased business for commercial developments and thus serves to improve the economy of the country. Transit systems also have an indirect positive effect on other businesses. Mass transit systems offer considerable savings in labor, materials, and energy over private transit systems.
Also mass transit allows a higher amount of load to be transported to far away destinations in lesser time because of its reasonable capacity than private vehicles. Because of their larger capacity offering them to carry high efficient engines they also help in saving fuels.

Other Positive Impacts:

Reduces congestion

The main idea behind mass transit is to reduce the number of vehicles on the road by providing a larger facility which carries higher number of passengers thus eliminating congestion.

Saves Time

Mass transit reduces the travel time to a great extent as it moves at high speeds and stops only at specific spots.

Cost Effective

Mass transit is comparably cheaper than other modes of public transport.


Five more flyovers to ease traffic congestion in Kuching

Borneo Post on March 27, 2013, Wednesday
KUCHING: The Sarawak government has identified five locations to be given priority for the building of flyovers to ease traffic congestion in this waterfront city.
State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said the Sarawak Public Works Department (PWD) had undertaken studies and the findings had been submitted to the federal government for evaluation and approval for the projects with the estimated cost at RM400 million.
“The PWD has identified the causes for the traffic congestion in Kuching and how we can help to reduce it. From the studies, we found out that among the main courses of the traffic jams are the traffic lights and junctions.
“We have therefore identified and planned the first five priority flyovers. They are to be built at Jalan Mendu-Jalan Simpang Tiga, in Stutong, Jalan Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, the Datu Temenggong Abang Kipali Bin Abang Akip roundabout, and in Petra Jaya and Jalan Rock,” he told reporters after he officially opened the Jalan Tun Jugah/Jalan Song/Upland Interchange, here, today.
Manyin also said that the proposed Matang Bridge over the Sarawak River to connect the Matang area with MJC Batu Kawah, here, had already been approved by the Finance Ministry.
“The proposed bridge will cost RM145 million. It will ease traffic congestion from the Matang area leading to the city centre,” he added. – Bernama

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Battle for Mas Gading continues

Sebanaku received sms and mms picture that a state government full minister, YB Datuk Peter Nansian, YB Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe, Dr Patau Rubis and Patrick Anek had meeting in Telang Usan Hotel last Tuesday 19th March about noon time (or lunchtime).  It was purported by the sms (explaining the MMS picture) that the state government full minister give full backing to Tiki Lafe to be BN Independent candidate in Mas Gading using his powers and influence.

Nogeh winnable candidate, says SPDP official

Borneo Post on March 26, 2013, Tuesday
KUCHING: SPDP nominee for Barisan Nasional (BN) candidacy in Mas Gading parliamentary constituency Anthony Nogeh Gumbek, is a winnable candidate as he is fresh, clean and loyal, said Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party SPDP Tasik Biru treasurer Gines Ruwia.
Gines said those in the BN who lobby against Nogeh harbour a personal agenda and that was why they failed to look at the bigger picture which was to support BN all out in the coming general elections.
Their claim that Nogeh was not a good public speaker was silly, said Ruwia when contacted yesterday.
“Just look at Adolf Hitler. He was a fiery public speaker but look at the devastation he had done in Europe. A great public speaker does not guarantee goodness,” he said.
“Nogeh is still attached to the civil service and that is why he still keep a low profile. He works through cell groups explaining to the people about government transformation programmes and development policies. Nogeh has leadership qualities and is very approachable,” he said.
Gines said a leader will be capable of public speaking once he is given the mandate and responsibility. At the end of the day, people just want clarity and honesty in all public speeches, he added.
He said he would like to remind Nogeh’s rivals for the BN candidacy in Mas Gading that he (Nogeh) had the support of BN component parties like PPB and SUPP in Mas Gading and was gaining acceptance among the grassroots.
Gines pointed out that Mas Gading was a traditional BN stronghold and that was why some interested quarters were so desperate in wanting to hang on to it instead of becoming independent candidate or joining opposition parties.
“BN is winnable. Mas Gading is a BN stronghold. I believe that, come election day majority of the constituents will root for the BN. And Nogeh is BN,” he said.
Nogeh, from Kampung Duyuh, is Deputy General Manager of Salcra. He is tipped to replace party less incumbent MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe in Mas Gading as candidate as the latter has been sacked by SPDP for gross insubordination.

Nansian calls for end to debate over Mas Gading candidacy

Borneo Post on March 26, 2013, Tuesday
KUCHING: All Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should stop making claims over the choice of candidate for Mas Gading constituency as it has been agreed by them that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will make the final decision.
Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, who made this stand yesterday, added that Najib’s final choice would be based on his assessment of the aspiring candidates’ winning chances based on feedback from the ground.
“This has been agreed upon by all parties so why make too much noise about you want this person or we don’t want this person as if you don’t have the trust in PM to make the final decision.
“In the meantime we wait for line-up to be announced, our job is to campaign for whoever is going to stand for BN in Mas Gading,” he said.
He was responding to statements by some Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) leaders that Mas Gading belongs to the party and there was no way the incumbent MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe was going to be re-nominated.
“As clearly explained by Sarawak BN secretary Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi as far as Mas Gading is concerned, the seat is still open but the choice of candidate is not for us to make. Leave it to PM who has the final say,” he reiterated.
The issue of candidacy in Mas Gading arose following the sacking of Dr Tiki and four state legislative assembly members by SPDP during an internal crisis in the party last year.
Apart from Dr Tiki, the other four state assemblymen sacked were Nansian, Datuk Dr Sylvester Entrie Muran (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang.
The group had since formed a BN club to lobby for Dr Tiki to be renominated to defend his seat as a direct BN candidate while SPDP on the other hand had recommended Salcra deputy general manager Anthony Nogeh Gumbek as his replacement.

PBB leaders in Mas Gading support Nogeh

by Samuel Aubrey, Posted on January 21, 2013, Monday

PROMISE OF SUPPORT: John (standing) addressing the audience during the ‘Ngarom Tikuruk Jagoi Bratak’ dinner.
BAU: SPDP’s pick for Mas Gading in the 13th general election, Anthony Nogeh Gumbek, has been assured of full support from PBB Tasik Biru and PBB Opar branches.
PBB leaders in Mas Gading, led by PBB Tasik Biru chairman John Nyigor, all expressed their backing for Nogeh during the ‘Ngarom Tikuruk Jagoi Bratak’ (Bratak Jagoi Gathering) at Brooke Homestay, Pejiru, near here on Saturday.
Other PBB leaders present were PBB Tasik Biru publicity chief Patrick Sibon, PBB Tasik Biru Youth chief Lobot Juma and PBB Opar deputy chairman Asiang Gihep.
Other representatives from villages in Jagoi-Bratak who were present also expressed similar support for Nogeh.
They said they regarded Nogeh as the most suitable candidate for the BN to contest in Mas Gading, whose MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe is now partyless after being sacked from SPDP about a year ago for gross insubordination.
John said the candidate for Mas Gading should be picked from BN component parties and not otherwise.
“If we pick people from within BN, nobody will question. There is no assurance that we will support a candidate from outside BN,” he said.
“I am not against any individual but we must follow BN principles, and that is that those in the BN should be nominated as the candidate.”
He also advised all Bidayuh voters in Mas Gading to be united and give their full backing to Nogeh.
“People are now rushing to become the BN candidate because people believe BN can still sell. BN has principles. In the BN Supreme Council, every component party has two representatives, but ‘BN Club’ do not have its representative in the Supreme Council.”
The BN Club is a yet-to-be registered body led by sacked SPDP members. They are now actively promoting Dr Tiki to defend Mas Gading.
With so many goings-on in Mas Gading, John believed that the electorate we now well informed and would not be easily hoodwinked.
Sibon said they fully support Nogeh as the people of Jagoi and Bratak villages needed an elected representative who is close to the people.
“We have confidence in Nogeh because he is the person who can work with the people,” he said, adding that the people of Jagoi and Bratak had been waiting for 15 years for this moment.
Sibon stressed that giving infrastructure alone was not enough. There needed to be economic development as well.
“Commercial agriculture should be one of the economic activities that an elected representative should bring to the people in the constituency.”
He cited the people’s interest in wanting to plant rubber as one area where the assistance of an elected representative is much needed.
“Many people were interested to plant rubber on their land but Risda (Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority) wanted the land to be titled first before they could approve the projects. We have no land title and as such Risda couldn’t help us.
“So, we want our representative to address the matter.”
Lobot said everyone should respect SPDP’s decision to nominate Nogeh.
“He is a capable person and if given the chance I believe he can deliver and serve the constituents well.”
Asiang, who spoke on behalf of PBB Opar, said the branch also fully supported Nogeh’s nomination.
He opined that the people of Mas Gading needed a representative who is proactive and could help bring some semblance of economic transformation in Mas Gading.

Mas Gading ours – SPDP sec-gen

by Samuel Aubrey, Posted on March 11, 2013, Monday
Datuk Nelson Balang Rining
Datuk Nelson Balang Rining
BAU: SPDP is highly optimistic that the top BN leadership will still allocate Mas Gading to the party come the 13th general election.
Its secretary-general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining said the party’s rights over this predominantly Bidayuh constituency “is unquestionable” because BN still practised the spirit of consensus.
He said contrary to claims made by outsiders, Anthony Nogeh Gumbek, SPDP’s pick for Mas Gading, enjoyed strong ground support and this was evident from the big turnouts at all events organised.
“The (13th general) election will be held soon yet there are still people saying this and
that to disparage us,” he lamented at a BN gathering at Kampung Segong, Singai, on Saturday.
“But we can confidently tell you that Anthony Nogeh is the only name submitted to the BN headquarters as candidate for Mas Gading, and this seat is rightfully for SPDP to contest.”
Balang was alluding to a news report published in a national tabloid recently in which a state minister was said to have downplayed SPDP’s chances of winning and instead promoted Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe.
He was also referring to ongoing attempts to get Dr Tiki nominated as a direct BN candidate. Dr Tiki is part of an informal grouping dubbed by media as ‘Group of Five’ comprising the five elected representatives sacked by SPDP more than a year ago for gross insubordination.
Meanwhile, SPDP supreme council member Michael Siten said only SPDP gets to nominate the candidate for Mas Gading based on what the Chief  Minister had said during the party’s triennial general assembly in Bintulu last year.
“All talks of Datuk Dr Tiki contesting again are just rumours. The Mas Gading seat is rightfully allocated to SPDP and only SPDP gets to choose the candidate,” said Siten, who is also SPDP Tasik Biru chairman.
Nogeh, in his speech, expressed his gratitude to PBB and SUPP for openly supporting him.

Dr Tiki’s candidacy in Mas Gading mere rumours — SPDP

Borneo Post on March 16, 2013, Saturday
SIBU: SPDP has brushed aside as rumours the talks that Mas Gading incumbent Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe would be nominated as a Brisan Nasional direct candidate to defend the seat.
SPDP deputy secretary-general Paul Igai said yesterday they needed to counter the rumours to prevent them being used as a tool to go against the nomination of SPDP’s choice.
“Otherwise, it (the rumour) will confuse the people, prompting them to place one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake. We don’t want this to happen. And the thing is the principle of BN has always been that the nominee should be a BN member. So, priority is given to the party’s nomination and very importantly, (the candidate) is a member of our party,” he said.
It is understood that the BN Club had also staked its claim on Mas Gading, recommending Dr Tiki as BN candidate for the seat.
The BN club was set up by Dr Tiki, assemblymen Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie (Tasik Biru), Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi),Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau) after they were shown the door by SPDP.
Igai said SPDP had called for a press conference here on Thursday to spell it out clearly that Anthony Nogeh was the party’s choice for Mas Gading and this should be respected.
On the challenge posed by DAP, Igai preferred to take one step at a time. “Let’s us sort out our matters first and we have the cooperation of the BN component parties to deal with the common ‘enemy’,” he stated.
At a media conference in Kuching last December, DAP Sarawak secretary Chong Chieng Jen announced that Mordi Bimol would spearhead their campaigning there (Mas Gading).
PKR and STAR are also said to be keen to put their respective candidates in Mas Gading.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Perbuatan Anwar Ibrahim boleh meletakkan negara dibwah penjajahan semula - YAB KM Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud

Tindakan Anwar cuba hidupkan semula sistem kolonial: KM

Borneo Post on March 24, 2013, Sunday
KUCHING: Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud mengecam tindakan Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang dilihat cuba menghidupkan semula sistem kolonial di negara ini.
Taib berkata, tindakan Anwar yang sering mengimport orang luar untuk campur tangan dalam urusan negara, khususnya dalam politik adalah tidak wajar dan boleh merosakkan perpaduan serta keamanan negara.
“Saya sebenarnya jarang menceritakan mengenai orang lain, tapi beliau (Anwar) telah melampau dan cuba mengheret orang yang tidak ada kena mengena dengan politik kita di negara ini atau orang yang dahulunya menjadi koloni kita untuk campur tangan semula dalam urusan negara.
“Beliau yang kononnya seorang pemimpin jaguh di peringkat antarabangsa dilihat mahu menghidupkan semula sistem pentadbiran kolonialisme di negara ini dengan menggunakan sokongan dari luar,” ujarnya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Dewan Serba Guna Kampung Lintang, Petra Jaya yang menelan kos pembinaan lebih RM1 juta, semalam.
Hadir sama Menteri Pelancongan Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, Timbalan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Ghani, Menteri Muda di Pejabat Ketua Menteri Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Samariang Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, ADUN Pantai Damai Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi dan ADUN Demak Laut Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.
Taib yang juga Presiden Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) dan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) Negeri memberitahu, tindakan yang diambil ketua pembangkang itu boleh menjatuhkan negara.
“Jaga perpaduan, inilah bentuk perjuangan kita yang paling berharga. Kita tidak mahu orang luar campur tangan dalam urusan mentadbir negara kerana kita tidak mahu pihak koloni menguasai kita lagi dan selama-lamanya,” tambahnya.
Beliau menegaskan, tindakan Anwar itu membuktikan beliau seseorang yang hanya mementingkan politik dan bukannya berjuang untuk rakyat dan negara.
Pada masa sama, beliau memberitahu jika Anwar merupakan rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan tanah air, beliau seharusnya mengetahui apa yang berlaku dalam negara ini.
“Beliau sepatutnya mempertahankan kedaulatan negara, bukannya bertindak menghancurkannya dengan menggunakan pengaruh luar,” tegasnya.
Selain itu, katanya, kepimpinan Anwar sudah terbukti gagal khasnya dalam menunaikan janji mereka kepada rakyat di negeri di bawah pentadbiran pakatan pembangkang.
“Beliau telah ditolak di sini (Sarawak), dah tahu hidung tidak mancung janganlah pipi disorong-sorong, kalau nak tengok bukti tengoklah kawasan beliau sendiri Permatang Pauh, tempat itu sekarang masih mundur sama seperti keadaan Mukah pada 20 tahun dahulu.
“Tidak ada banyak kemajuan yang dibawa oleh beliau sebab itu saya tidak hairan mendengar beliau mengatakan hasrat untuk beralih kerusi di kawasan Parlimen lain. Inilah keadaan yang sebenarnya,” ujarnya.
Justeru, beliau berharap rakyat di negara ini khasnya di Sarawak membuktikan kesetiaan kepada kerajaan pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) nanti.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Dakwaan video Global Witness adalah palsu - Kerajaan Singapura

Sesiapa pun boleh merakam video dan mendakwa itu dan ini.  'Ah Lim' boleh merakam video dan mendakwa dirinya boleh mendapat 'approval' dari YAB Lim Guan Eng, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang.  Namun Lim Guan Eng sendiri tidak berada dalam video.  Tidak bererti bahawa undang-undang telah disalahi atau berlaku salah guna kuasa.

MAS: 'Sting video' claim about Singapore is false

Video alleging corruption by Sarawak chief minister goes viral in Malaysia

 Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his family have been accused of corruption in a clip posted on YouTube. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A CONTROVERSIAL video alleging corruption on the part of the Sarawak chief minister and his family and that they hide their illicit gains in Singapore drew a strong response from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Finance Ministry last night.
The 16-minute "sting video" which has been circulated widely online in Malaysia since it appeared on Monday, also alleges Singapore does not share financial information with Malaysia.
Calling that allegation false, the Singapore Government said Singapore has provided full information requested by Malaysia for tax purposes and the two countries have had a good working relationship on tax matters.
"The allegation is simply false," it said. "Contrary to what was claimed in the video, Singapore has to date provided fully the information requested by Malaysia for tax purposes."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ada pasukan berkebolehan ambil alih nanti - YAB Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud

TOWARDS A VIBRANT CITY: Taib (fourth left), flanked on his right by wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib and Datuk Professor Lau Siu Wai (chairman of Miri Housing Group of Companies) on his left, checking out the model of the proposed water theme park in Desa Senadin at the opening of Meritz Hotel.

Taib says he has prepared capable team to take over

Borneo Post on March 21, 2013, Thursday

MIRI: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the team he has prepared to steer Sarawak after his tenure of office will propel the state to even greater heights and improve on his successful formula.
“I have prepared a team that will most likely improve it for a better Sarawak,” he said when officiating at the simultaneous opening ceremony of Meritz Hotel, Bintang Megamall New Wing, Parkson and GSC Bintang Megamall here yesterday.
An upbeat Taib said the foundation has been laid for the state to achieve its high income status three years before the country achieves its Vision 2020 to be a developed nation, and for Sarawak to be the most prosperous state in the country by 2030.
Taib, who is also Finance Minister and Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, said Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) would be the main driver of the state’s economic development as it would have a multiplier effect outside the corridor.
This is because investors were arriving in droves to SCORE and the trend would continue, he added.
He commended the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state which has propelled its transformation from an agrarian to a diversified economy driven by timber, oil palm, manufacturing and other industries.
On Datuk Professor Lau Siu Wai, chairman of Miri Housing Group of Companies, he said the former exemplified the tenacious spirit of entrepreneurs in overcoming obstacles, making him the first housing developer to deliver the sprawling Desa Senadin housing estate, Bintang Megamall and Meritz Hotel.
He said Lau managed to deliver the first housing project in Miri against all odds when the increasing price of housing materials almost knocked out the feisty young developer in 1965.
“Lau Siu Wai stood out as the most obvious as everyone could see that, and I am most impressed with his spirit that has brought him where he is today although he has suffered misfortune, surviving despite selling at contract price below his cost in his first project,” he said.
He applauded Lau for always keeping a positive mind and looking forward to developing Miri into a vibrant resort city.
Later, Taib was briefed by Lau on the proposed water theme park in Desa Senadin, which will be become a new attraction and feature of this city.
The function was also attended by Taib’s wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Lau’s wife Datin Milly Goh, former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Dr George Chan and his wife Datuk Lorna Enan Muloon, CEO of MUI Group Tan Sri Khoo Kay Peng, CEO of DSC Group Koh Mei Le, vice chancellor and founding president of HELP University Dr Paul Chan, CEO of Popular Bookstore Chou Cheng Ngok, director of Tenby International School Datuk Lim Si Boon and operations manager of Parkson Group Lee Sui Ying and others.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Why is Baram black and Limbang 'supposedly' white?

There has been many emails sent to sebanaku complaining about the mistreatment of YB Datuk Jacob Sagan and SPDP in Baram.  Example, :-
"Why is SPDP and YB Datuk Jacob Sagan victimized when it come to 'political reports' to PM and CM?  YB Datuk Jacob Sagan and SPDP achieved a 4,044 majority in the last 2008 election.  Next door YB Hasbi in Limbang only received a waifer thin majority of 676!  Why is YB Hasbi given such 'special protection' treatment?  Is it because he is the strong supporter of a certain Minister? Fact is fact.  Please be fair and don't just vicitimized SPDP and YB Datuk Jacob Sagan just because we don't support a certain Minister to be CM very soon (according to their plan).  And also for the sake of BN winning every seat possible some analysis should be done on the Limbang parliamentary seat.  Just because he is strong supporter of a certain Minister to become CM very soon doesn't mean BN should overlook and possibly lose the seat.  Who has done this injustice to the people of Baram and SPDP?

Baram BN Supporter"

Who says Baram a black area, asks pol-sec

Borneo Post on March 16, 2013, Saturday
KUCHING: Baram PBB branch is all for the incumbent MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan to retain the seat for Barisan Nasional in the next general election.
A political secretary to the Chief Minister, Robert Laing Anyie, said that as far as the BN was concerned Sagan was the most winnable candidate for he had done his job as a parliamentarian and deputy minister well.
He said if the constituency was black, he (Laing) would be the first one to know.
“I can’t see any reason why the BN should lose in Baram because all its top leaders are BN supporters. Sagan is with BN, Sylvester Entri is with BN, Dennis Ngau is with BN and Lihan is also with BN. None of them claimed to be in the opposition.
“If somebody labels Baram as a black area then what he is saying is that, all of us BN leaders are not doing our job,” said Laing when contacted yesterday.
He was referring to partyless Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and Senator Datuk Lihan Jok.
“Our opinions may differ but whoever stands on BN ticket should win through our effort and by our effort. That is the real BN spirit,” said Laing in an effort to diffuse an internal rivalry in BN.
It is believed that he was referring to the suspected personal vendetta of sympathisers of a leader against the BN component party that sacked him for insubordination.
Laing said that those who painted Baram black were just trying to play politics of perception to gain political mileage but the reality of the ground suggested otherwise.
He said all community leaders in Baram were also supportive of the BN.
Some of the Iban community leaders, however, were just lying low at the moment as they do not want to complicate the situation with regards to a certain sensitive political issue, he said.
On the opposition front, Laing said he could only see lawyer Roland Egan of PKR campaigning in the Baram.
“Datuk Jacob is also moving around. So by that, the BN is only looking at him (Sagan) as the BN candidate in Baram.
“Whoever they are – Datuk Jacob or Roland – both candidates have to face the Baram Dam issue. But as far as the BN is concerned, the (dam) issue and the development it brings to the surrounding areas, have already been explained to the people,” he said.

Baram still a BN stronghold — Telang Usang Rep

Borneo Post on March 18, 2013, Monday
STAY UNITED: Sagan (fifth right) receives a gift from event organising chairman Lucas Saging Kehing. Dennis is at third right.
STAY UNITED: Sagan (fifth right) receives a gift from event organising chairman Lucas Saging Kehing. Dennis is at third right.
MARUDI: The Baram parliamentary area is still a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
He said Baram folk are wise and know that their leaders must be able to bring benefits to the community.
“Baram folk will work hard to retain the parliamentary seat for BN and not give it to the opposition,” he said during a meet the people event at the Baram Civic Centre recently.
He said the good attendance of Orang Ulu community leaders and other ethnic groups at the event proved that Baram remains a BN stronghold.
Dennis pointed out that when Baram was under the opposition, there was no development in the area.
“Here I am appealing to all of us in Baram to give strong and full support to (Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry) Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan in the coming parliamentary election,” he said.
Under the BN government, he said, there have been many changes and developments to improve the lives of the people.
“The Orang Ulu must work together with each other and other races too to solidly stand behind Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, who represents the BN.
“The government wants to see that the people will continue to improve their lives so don’t allow the opposition to make us Orang Ulu foolish. The opposition asks us to hate each other, which will just make our Orang Ulu community left behind and never succeed.”

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sng Chee Hua, Tan Sri Masing and Donald Lawan political triangle

Donald Lawan
YB Masir Kujat

SWP to field Donald Lawan in Sri Aman?

by Lian Cheng, Posted on March 17, 2013, Sunday
KUCHING: Rumours are rife that Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) is negotiating with former Bukit Begunan assemblyman Donald Lawan to contest in Sri Aman in the fast-approaching 13th general election under a SWP ticket.
Word from the grapevines is that SWP has dropped its potential candidates for Sri Aman, namely William Pilo and Andy Lawrence, after a ground check and was now wooing the shrewd businessman Donald – a very influential figure in this predominantly Iban constituency.
Donald is also known to be a close friend of SWP advisor Datuk Sng Chee Hua.
However, SWP president Larry Sng, when contacted, said he would not disclose their candidate for Sri Aman until closer to the polls.
SWP has thus far announced their candidates for only two of the six seats they are eyeing, namely Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong for Hulu Rajang and Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat for Julau.
“All I can day is that we have not spoken to Donald about this and it has not been discussed within the election committee. There is nothing much to comment on it,” said former Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Larry, who is Chee Hua’s son.
He, however, confirmed that William and Andy are SWP members but not Donald.
In the 1987 state election, Donald stood as a SNAP candidate against PBDS’ Dato Sri Daniel Tajem in Bukit Begunan and won by a razor thin 59 votes.
They met again in 1991 but this Tajem managed to turn the table with a 534-vote majority, thus putting an end to Donald’s political career but not his influence.
Talk of Donald contesting in Sri Aman against its MP Masir Kujat of the BN has aroused much interest because his (Donald) son Snowdan Lawan is PRS assemblyman for Balai Ringin. Snowdan is also a supreme council member of PRS, a BN component party.
Sri Aman, a PRS seat, houses the state constituencies of Simanggang, Balai Ringin and Bukit Begunan.
Donald had stated his intention of contesting as an independent in Sri Aman last year due to fallout between him and Masir.
Donald was the director of operation for Masir in the 12th general election in 2008. He was said to have helped Masir to win by garnering 9,700 votes against independent candidate Cobbold John Lusoi who registered 5,448 votes.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tujuh Dosa-dosa besar Pakatan Pembangkang

Tujuh dosa besar pembangkang terhadap rakyat, umat Islam

Borneo Post on March 16, 2013, Saturday
TANAH MERAH: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengajak rakyat supaya menolak pakatan pembangkang termasuk parti PAS di Kelantan pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-13 akan datang kerana mereka telah melakukan tujuh dosa besar terhadap rakyat dan umat Islam di negara ini.
Perdana Menteri menggariskan antaranya dosa parti PAS ialah membenarkan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ oleh bukan Islam, gagal menunaikan janji kepada rakyat Kelantan, membenarkan pemimpin DAP secara rakus membotakkan kawasan di Tanah Tinggi Lojing serta mempermainkan matlamat perjuangan PAS sendiri.
“Dosa Tian Chua (Naib Presiden PKR) terhadap isu di Lahad Datu dan tahaluf siyasi (kerjasama politik antara PAS, PKR dan DAP) merupakan antara tujuh dosa besar pembangkang terhadap rakyat.
“Kalau saya dahulu mengumumkan tujuh perkara untuk rakyat Kelantan, kini tujuh dosa besar mereka yang ambo nok sebut hari ini,” katanya pada Majlis `Bekwoh’ Rakyat Bersama Perdana Menteri di Sekolah Menengah Tanah Merah 1 di sini, semalam.
Turut hadir Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Kelantan, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, timbalannya Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Pengerusi MCA Kelantan Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Pengerusi Parti Progresif Penduduk Kelantan Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusof dan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Tanah Merah, Datuk Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.
Kira-kira 50,000 rakyat hadir pada majlis tersebut.
Menyentuh mengenai PAS mempermainkan matlamat perjuangannya, Najib berkata sebelum ini parti itu mahu melaksanakan hukum Hudud di negara ini tetapi demi politik dan takut kepada DAP, akhirnya mereka telah mengubah kepada dasar negara berkebajikan.
Katanya jika dahulu PAS menghentam cara Barisan Nasional (BN) berkongsi kuasa dengan parti lain tetapi kini mereka juga mengambil langkah yang sama dengan DAP dan ia jelas membuktikan sikap sebuah parti yang berubah-ubah demi mahukan kuasa.
Beliau berkata kehadiran besar rakyat Kelantan pada majlis itu membuktikan mereka telah bersedia pada bila-bila masa untuk menolak PAS pada pilihan raya umum kali ini.
“Kita mahukan transformasi bukan reformasi. Transformasi mensejahterakan rakyat. Transformasi bawa rahmat pada rakyat,” katanya.
Perdana Menteri berkata cara bijaksana kerajaan mentadbir negara telah menjadikan negara ini makmur dan sebagai bukti ekonomi negara telah mencapai pertumbuhan kepada 6.4 peratus.
“BN cukup cakna kepada masyarakat. Cukup sengoti buat bermacam-macam demi faedah rakyat dan oleh itu yakin dan percayalah apa yang kita buat ini adalah yang terbaik untuk mensejahterakan rakyat,” katanya.
Beliau berkata tidak seperti pembangkang yang berjanji dalam manifesto yang dianggap seperti penjual ubat tepi jalan.
“Satu ubat semua boleh sembuh. Kita bukan mahu mengundi orang yang petah berkata-kata tetapi pilihan raya adalah untuk rakyat memilih kerajaan yang benar-benar boleh berjasa kepada negara.
“Dan oleh itu yakinlah kepada BN,” katanya.
Najib berkata kehadirannya untuk merasmikan Majlis Pecah Tanah Program Perumahan Rakyat di Wakaf Mek Zainab, Kota Baharu, adalah mencerminkan ketelusannya kepada rakyat melalui slogan ‘Janji Ditepati’. — Bernama