Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Taib chants anew same old mantras

Joe Fernandez May 28, 2012

The chief minister has been using the tried-and-tested recipe of politics of development for decades to stay in power.
It has been quite some time since Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud dangled his two-in-one “Politics of Development” carrot-and-stick in public.

Politics of development has been his main mantra since 1981 when he replaced his maternal uncle, Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, as Sarawak Chief Minister.

It was a tried-and-tested recipe, if not formula, for many decades. Taib and those related or close to him grew fabulously rich – an understatement somewhat – during the period.

The politics of development has been found more than wanting given the state’s undeserved status as the second poorest state – Sabah is poorest – in Malaysia, as announced by the World Bank in Kota Kinabalu in December 2010.

Taib has the dubious distinction of presiding over this spectacular development in reverse. During the same period as his tenure in office, strait-laced Singapore grew by leaps-and-bounds to build an economy larger than Malaysia’s by end 2010.

In the wake of deep-seated public cynicism on his notion of development, Taib discovered that the politics of development had become a double-edged sword. He went back to the political drawing board in 2009 after many Chinese and urban voters deserted his ruling coalition in the state election.

Taib, unable to magically conjure up a new rabbit from the hat, has been forced to accept his severe shortcomings and return to his bad, old ways in recent weeks.

A leopard, after all, cannot change its spots.

Despite having his back to the wall, given the debacle in Chinese and urban areas, Taib has begun beating the drums of war anew on the politics of development mantra. He claims that the opposition can only “cakap kosong” (indulge in empty talk) and that only Barisan Nasional (BN), under him of course, can bring development to the state.

He stressed as much this week when he ticked off Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen on the question of him stepping down and warned him that such a move, prematurely, “would affect the flow of investments”.

If investments are only just coming in, what has Taib been doing in office since 1981? Obviously, Taib hasn’t read the World Bank report.

Finger in every economic pie
Taib being Taib cannot be anything but himself, albeit with a death-wish. He appears determined to swim or sink with the politics of development.

The Chinese and urban voters, conscious of their status as long-suffering taxpayers, are going to be even more alienated from the Taib regime given its fixation anew with the politics of development. The Chinese in particular are not amused by the Taib family, friends and cronies having a finger in every economic pie in Sarawak. Enough is enough, they scream in cyberspace.

Taib’s stock mantra, playing to the rural gallery, is that his family members are all “smart” and this explains their wealth “which has become the envy of the Chinese in particular”.

The Sarawak chief minister appears to have rightly reckoned that the rural majority are still with him, at least until the government in Putrajaya falls.

Analysts attribute this rather unusual level of support in rural Sarawak to a combination of factors. The first is the alarmingly high illiteracy rate (70%) among the Iban community in particular. This helps keep them blissfully ignorant of the excesses of the Taib regime for over three decades. The Ibans, a Dayak people, are the largest community in Sarawak.

For another, Taib enjoys rock solid support from his own Melanau community who are also Dayaks like the Ibans, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. Unlike the other Dayaks, a third of the Melanau are Muslim.

He doesn’t hesitate to play the Dayak card (mantra) when it suits him and, at other times, the Muslim card (mantra) against the Dayaks who are largely Christian.

His strategy since taking office has been to keep the Muslims united under his Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and the Dayaks, the majority community, divided among four parties, namely PBB, the Chinese-led Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) and two mosquito Dayak parties – Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), the last two sponsored by PBB moneybags.

The Melanau aside, the one other major Muslim community in Sarawak are the Sarawak Malays, mostly coastal Bidayuh in the First Division and mainly coastal Iban in the other divisions, who converted to Islam from their previous mixture of paganism and ancient Hinduism.

Patchwork development
If push comes to shove, Taib is expected to lose anything up to 12 parliamentary seats in the forthcoming 13th general election which has to be held by April/May next year or by October/November next year if Parliament’s five-year term is allowed to expire without dissolution.

That would leave Taib with a still respectable 19 parliamentary seats to enable Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to hang on to Putrajaya by the skin-of-his-teeth.

Like the Chinese and urban electorate, more significant sections of the Dayak votebank – Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and non-Muslim Melanau – are Malays expected to turn against Taib the longer the general election is delayed. These communities, unlike the Iban, are better educated and IT-savvy.

Taib’s politics of development mantra is no longer working with these communities. They complain that the Sarawak government is indulging in patchwork development with a fraction of the funds, that is, 10 % to 15 %, while the rest is pocketed by “a lucky few” in the corridors of power.

Increasingly, more and more people in Sarawak are finally waking up to the fact that the very few haves in the state can only be getting richer all the time at their expense and that of their children, grandchildren and future generations.

If the general election were to be held today, Taib can do better with 24 to 25 parliamentary seats. He has not been too damaged so far by the loss of the Chinese and urban votes. But the situation can quickly change as voter dissatisfaction and disenchantment catches up with the non-Chinese, especially the Sarawak Malays and the smaller Dayak communities.

The bottomline, swear PBB insiders, is that Taib would not hesitate to form a coalition government with DAP in a desperate gamble to win back Chinese and urban support. He has all but written off SUPP which has degenerated into in-fighting and name-calling among its Chinese leaders as the Dayak members look on helplessly.

The other option, according to the same insiders, is to support Pakatan Rakyat to form the federal government if it looks like BN’s hold on Putrajaya would at best be tenuous.

This would be a political necessity for the Taib family to buy political protection and immunity from being dragged behind bars for abuse of power and criminal breach of trust.

If such protection would not be forthcoming, no matter which way he turned, Taib might resort to an old and final mantra once trumpeted by the Sarawak National Party (SNAP): a unilateral declaration of independence.

That would be the mantra of all mantras.

If that doesn’t swing Chinese support firmly behind Taib, nothing ever will.

In an independent Sarawak, it’s reckoned that the Chinese would be able to reinvent themselves and become relevant again in the economic field, which, unlike now, would be thrown wide open and free from government and political interference.

Taib ‘pressured’ to purge ‘winnable’ Rohani

Joseph Tawie May 29, 2012

Dropping hardworking and people-friendly Sarawak MP Rohani Abdul Karim from the list of candidates may cost Barisan Nasional-PBB the Batu Lupar parliamentary seat.
KUCHING: Speculation is rife that Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister Rohani Abdul Karim may be forced to give up her seat in Batang Lupar or face being unceremoniously purged.

Rohani, who is Sarawak‘s only woman minister in the federal cabinet and has represented the Batang Lupar constituency since 2004, is under ‘heavy pressure’ from Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) leaders to give way to a ‘local’ candidate.

Sarawak has two women members of parliament. The other is Nancy Shukri, the MP for Batang Sadong. But only Rohani is a federal level deputy minister.

These ‘pressures’ have been brewing since she swapped her Santubong seat with Batang Lupar whose incumbent at that time was Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“Local PBB leaders do not like outsiders to be their representatives.

“Both Wan Junaidi and Rohani do not come from Batang Lupar, although Wan Junaidi was born in (nearby) Pendam now known as Sadong Jaya which is next to Sebuyau,” said a former PBB member from Sebuyau, who did not wish to be named.

He said that although Rohani was elected unopposed in the 2004 general election, her transfer to Batang Lupar had created a lot of ill-will towards her.

“The animosity against her increases in intensity. Just before the 2008 general election, a group of PBB grassroots leaders led by Bolhassan Di, then the Beting Maro assemblyman wanted Rohani to be removed from the constituency and be replaced by a local.

“His demand at a PBB meeting which was attended by PBB president and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was also backed by Sebuyau assemblyman Julaihi Narawi and Lingga assemblywoman Simoi Peri,” he said.

Taib warned

Although Taib was surprised at the outburst, he however ignored it and re-nominated Rohani to defend the seat in the 2008 general election.

Bolhassan, who was then assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication, paid the price for being vocal.

He was dropped as assistant minister in a cabinet reshuffle and was not nominated to defend his Beting Maro seat in the 2011 state election.

“But for the coming general election, Bolhassan’s supporters and disgruntled voices against Rohani are getting louder. This time they say that Taib has to listen to them especially when PKR is steadily increasing its influence in the constituency.

“Because if Taib does not listen to them, these disgruntled PBB members and supporters may vote against Rohani,” he said.

But judging by Taib’s recent statements, it seems that he is ‘giving in’ to the pressure. He reportedly said that PBB will include several new women faces among its list of candidates for the next general election.

Many have interpreted this as meaning that both Rohani and Nancy will be dropped.

Said a former PBB leader: “Dropping Rohani would mean appeasing the ‘anti-Rohani’ faction but at the same time it will deprive Sarawak and PBB of the service of a hard working and talented woman.

“It could also mean that Sarawak may lose the opportunity of another ministerial post given to a woman in Sarawak in the immediate future as the next crop of women leaders would be too junior to be given any ministerial post,” he said, pointing out that Rohani is a very experienced leader.

‘Close to Iban community’
Rohani who holds a degree in Agribusiness from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia has held various positions in the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Social Development, before moving into politics. She first contested and won the Santubong parliamentary constituency in 1990.

When asked to comment on the rumours that she might be dropped as a candidate, Rohani said that she is placing her political life in the hands of Taib and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“I place my political future in the hands of Chief Minister and Prime Minister,” Rohani told FMT adding that she will continue to serve her constituency.

As for the grapevine, she said that they “rumours are rumours” and it would not stop her performing her duties in the three state seats of Sebuyau, Lingga and Beting Maro which form the Batang Lupar parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile Rohani is busy with Gawai celebrations. She has a more than cordial relationship with the Iban community which form a quarter of the 23,417-strong electorate in Batang Lupar.

The Ibans feel that they are going to lose not only a true friend but would also a leader and a senior woman deputy minister in the federal cabinet if she is to be dropped from contesting.

Besides Rohani, nine other MPs from the PBB list of 14 MPs are expected to be dropped.

Meanwhile, three persons are tipped to replace Rohani. They are former Beting Maro assemblyman Bolhassan Di, engineer Mohd Eden and Professor Dr Ahmad Ridzuan Abang Awit.

Topping the list is Ahmad Ridzuan who was a former deputy director of Sarawak Campus of UiTM and a local from Kampung Pusa, Saribas.

Dr Rundi: SWP bukan mesra BN

May 29, 2012

Aneh bagi SWP isytihar ia parti mesra BN tapi pada masa sama bertanding menentang salah satu komponen BN negeri, PRS.

MIRI: Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak menyifatkan keputusan parti yang baru ditubuhkan, Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP) untuk
bertanding menentang Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) sebagai “bukan langkah yang betul”.

Setiausaha Agung BN Sarawak Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom berkata adalah aneh bagi SWP untuk mengisytiharkan ia sebagai parti yang mesra BN tetapi pada masa yang sama memutuskan untuk bertanding di enam kerusi Parlimen yang dikuasai PRS, satu daripada parti komponen BN negeri.

“Bagaimana boleh anda anggap kami sebagai kawan apabila anda menentang satu daripada kami?” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat jawatankuasa perhimpunan belia 2012 peringkat negeri di sini hari ini.

Semalam, Larry Sng, presiden SWP yang baru dilantik, mengumumkan parti itu bercadang bertanding menentang PRS di enam kerusi Parlimen iaitu Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau dan Selangau.

Sng, yang juga bekas menteri muda negeri dan anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) kawasan Pelagus selama dua penggal, bagaimanapun berkata parti itu akan mesra dengan anggota lain komponen parti BN negeri.

Adun Pelagus George Lagong, yang memenangi kerusi itu sebagai calon Bebas, dilantik sebagai timbalan presiden SWP.

BN Sarawak dianggotai Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP), Parti Progresif Demokratik Sarawak (SPDP) dan PRS.

Mengenai perhimpunan belia peringkat negeri yang akan diadakan pada 16 Jun, Dr Rundi yang juga Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia berkata lebih 5,000 orang dijangka berhimpun di Stadium Miri.

“Sebanyak lapan anugerah akan diberikan – Anugerah Tokoh Belia, Anugerah Belia Keusahawanan, Anugerah Belia Kesenian, Anugerah Jasa Belia, Anugerah Belia Sukarelawan, Anugerah Persatuan Belia Cemerlang, Anugerah Belia Sukan dan Anugerah Belia OKU,” katanya.

Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud dijangka melancarkan perhimpunan itu.

- Bernama

PRS warns Taib over cosy SWP ties

Joseph Tawie May 29, 2012

Sarawak Workers' Party is set to shake cocky Parti Rakyat Sarawak's influence in six constituencies.

KUCHING: Newly registered Sarawak Workers’ Party (SWP), it appears, has successfully driven a deep wedge between Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his Dayak-based allies in the state Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Throwing caution to wind, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has warned both state and federal BN leaders that any endorsement of SWP’s decision to field candidates in BN-held seats will be akin to signing BN’s death warrant.

PRS secretary-general Wilfred Nissom said any assistance by BN to SWP would hurt not only the state but also federal level BN.

“First we were told that SWP intended to be BN-friendly. Now it is being confirmed that SWP is set to fight BN in the six BN MP seats held by PRS.

“Should SWP be given the assistance to succeed in this, not only PRS but also the federal BN would be hurt,” Nissom said when asked to comment on the election of Larry Sng, 33, as the president of the new party.

There’s bad blood between the Sng family and PRS leadership.

Larry who won the Pelagus state seat under PRS ticket was sacked for insubordination in 2006. His father Sng Chee Hua was also sacked.

But despite being partyless, Larry was retained by Taib in the state cabinet as Assistant Minister in charge of Youth Affairs.

Numerous attempts by PRS president James Masing to dislodge Larry, who is seen as Taib’s blue-eyed boy, proved futile. In the 2011 state polls, Larry’s every attempt at defending his seat including seeking to be a BN-direct member was thwarted by Masing despite Taib’s public support for him.

Post 2011 state polls, Taib again retained a now partyless and seatless Larry in his cabinet.

With Taib’s blessings

Yesterday Larry with Taib’s apparent blessings became the president of SWP and immediately announced that they would be contest against PRS in six seats Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau and Selangau.

The PRS six seats are considered among ‘BN’s fixed deposit’ in the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak.

Although Masing has dismissed SWP as a threat, a rattled Nissom however said the latest development showed the ‘true colours’ of Larry and his father Sng, who is reportedly vengeful.

Sng allegedly has more than business ties with Taib. It is rumoured that Taib himself had encouraged the Sngs to find a party and start afresh.

In fact Taib had reportedly said that SWP had created a “fresh setting” for politics in Sarawak and that its existence would give electorate another option to consider in the coming election.

So far Taib has not made any denial.

Judat wants revenge
Meanwhile speculations abound over SWP’s fight in Julau, whose incumbent is PRS vice president Joseph Salang. Salang is also a federal level deputy minister.

Julau parliamentary constituency includes Merluan state seat now held by Sarawak Progressive Democractic Party (SPDP) Wong Judat.

Judat has an axe to grind with Salang over a contentious road project and has since thrown his support behind “any candidate” SWP fields in Julau.

It is speculated that Larry will contest in Julau, while his father Sng is likely to stand in the Selangau seat currently held by PRS deputy president Joseph Entulu.

Salang meanwhile has welcomed Larry’s presence saying: “I hope he is less a stranger to Julau as I have been to a certain individual.”

Salang was alluding to Judat who had accused him of being an outsider and not from Julau. Larry will be a newcomer in Julau, which was once his father’s former constituency.

Meanwhile Larry’s uncle, George Lagong who is the current Pelagus assemblyman has declared his intention to contest in Hulu Rajang.

Lagong, who is SWP deputy president, is likely to face off with Hulu Rajang incumbent Billy Abit Joo or Masing’s private secretary Wilson Ugak Kumbong.

In Kanowit SWP is tipped to field part-time lecturer Ellison Ludan while in Lubok Antu former senior police officer Johnathan Jalin is set to contest against PRS’s William Nyalau.

SWP is yet to identify its candidates for Sri Aman held by Masir Kujat.

STAR, are you for BN or Pakatan?

Joseph Tawie May 30, 2012
Sarawak STAR wants to contest in Mas Gading and Mambong but Pakatan Rakyat is afraid that allowing STAR to do so would mean handing BN a victory.

KUCHING: The opposition pact in Sarawak is wary about the State Reform Party’s (STAR) political allegiance and is demanding that it declares its stand before the 13th general election.

Claiming the people want a two-party system, Sarawak DAP said STAR must state whether it is pro-Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat supporter.

“It is a valid question not only by DAP or PKR but also by the rakyat,” said Chong Chieng Jen, the party’s state secretary.

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, was commenting on a statement by STAR vice-president Patrick Anek Uren.

Anek had hit out at the two parties (DAP and PKR) for suspecting that STAR would let BN win hands down in Mas Gading and Mambong parliamentary constituencies if it were to contest in the two constituencies.

Earlier, Anek demanded that DAP and PKR stay out of the constituencies and allow STAR to contest in Mas Gading and Mambong.

He said Chong’s statement was in bad tatste and showed that DAP was condescending.

“Such a stand – that only DAP can mount any challenge in Mas Gading and no one else – is downright arrogance,” Anek said.

Don’t deceive voters
In response, Chong said: “I think there is no element of arrogance when we question on which side STAR is aligned to – whether it is pro-BN or pro-Pakatan.”

“The people want to see a two-party system taking shape and grow strong to protect the rakyat’s interests and at the same time curb corruption.”

He said any party contesting in the general election should make its stand clear and not deceive the voters.

“We call parties which are either here or there amphibians – they live on land or in water.

“People don’t want fence-sitters. It is not good for the political development of the country.

“You have to convince the people either you are with BN or Pakatan,” he said.

Chong said people should not vote for any party that chooses to “skirt the issue”.

“All the more worrying if the party contests in Mas Gading and Mambong against BN because in the end, it may withdraw at the last minute and let BN win unopposed.

“Or even if its candidates win, they may join BN. So we want to know whether they [STAR] are talking about joining BN or just to win the seats in order to use it as a bargaining chip to join BN.

“The people’s votes should not be converted into bargaining chips,” he added

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Larry Sng’s back as president

Posted on May 29, 2012, Tuesday

SIBU: Former state assistant minister Larry Sng ends his short break from politics to helm Sarawak Workers’ Party, declares friendship with BN but to contest against PRS.

Former state assistant minister and two-term Pelagus assemblyman Larry Sng was elected Sarawak Workers’ Party president at the party’s inaugural general meeting at Tanahmas Hotel here yesterday.

Incumbent Pelagus state assemblyman George Lagong, who won the seat as an independent candidate, was elected deputy president.

Josephine Randan Mawat and Sarawak Teachers’ Union president William Gani Bina were elected senior vice presidents while Munan Laja, Chua Kim Hui and Tony Muari were returned as vice presidents.

The other 16 supreme council members would be appointed soon.

Speaking at a press conference after the inaugural general meeting, Larry, 33, maintained SWP would be a Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly multi-racial party but would contest against PRS in its six seats of Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit, Julau and Selangau.

“We will be friendly to the rest of the state BN component parties and look forward to working with them. We are not against the policies, but we do feel that there are better candidates who are willing to serve the people and we believe that we have that kind of candidates under SWP,” he pointed out.

On the party’s membership he said, “We have about 10,000 registered members state-wide,” adding that the members were a blend of new and experienced politicians from both urban and rural areas.

According to him, many SWP members used to be PRS members, including himself, George, Josephine, and Munan who were once PRS’ office-bearers.

“So there is no coincidence that in the coming parliamentary election, the seats that we contest are PRS seats. However, we do maintain that we will not contest in seats held by other BN component parties,” he pointed out.

“My responsibility as president is to serve the party, to give my full commitment and dedication to ensure that the people are well represented. That is why we are contesting in the coming election so that we can send them to parliament to be the voice of the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Larry said he would soon announce his resignation as special youth affairs advisor to the state government.

Larry’s election shows his true colours — PRS

Posted on May 29, 2012, Tuesday

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) viewed the election of Larry Sng as president of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) as simply showing the true colours of him and his father Dato Sng Chee Hua.

“Earlier we were told that Larry, the special youth advisor to the State Government, had no involvement in SWP. Now it is being confirmed that Larry is involved as he has been made the President of SWP,” said PRS secretary general Datuk Wilfred Nissom.

“These latest events in SWP simply show the true colour of both Larry and his father. And perhaps, by now, also, the people who had earlier disapproved of PRS sacking of Larry and his father from the party would begin to understand”.

He was commenting on the events in Sibu where Larry was elected the party’s president at its first general meeting.

Larry himself announced his election as SWP president yesterday on his Facebook and Twitter. A day earlier, he got people guessing by stating that he would return to active politics.

SWP has declared itself as BN-friendly, but wants to contest in the six parliamentary seats held by PRS in the coming general election.

The elder Sng is the party’s prime mover, and has been active promoting SWP in the PRS’ areas. Larry, on the other hand, had been a partyless assistant minister since 2008 before being dropped as BN candidate in last year’s state election.

According to Nissom, SWP would not benefit BN even if it were to win any of the seats.

“Now it is being confirmed that SWP is set to fight BN in the 6 BN parliamentary seats held by PRS. Should SWP succeed, not only PRS but also the Federal BN would be hurt,” he said.

The six PRS parliamentary seats are Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau and Hulu Rajang.

Larry Sng dipilih terajui SWP

Posted on May 29, 2012, Tuesday

PENCABAR PRS: Larry (duduk, tiga kanan), George (duduk, tiga kiri) serta yang lain merakam kenangan selepas selesai AGM SWP di Sibu, semalam.

Penasihat Belia di Pejabat Ketua Menteri dan bekas ADUN Pelagus ini dipilih sebagai Presiden
SIBU: Penasihat Belia di Pejabat Ketua Menteri dan bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Pelagus Larry Sng telah dipilih sebagai Presiden Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP).

Dalam sidang media selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (AGM) Pertama SWP di sebuah hotel terkemuka di sini semalam, Larry mengesahkan jawatannya dalam parti itu.

“Seramai 20 orang ahli Majlis Tertinggi SWP telah dipilih dalam AGM hari ini (semalam). Sementara 16 ahli lagi akan diumumkan kemudian,” ujar-nya.

Mereka yang dipilih ialah ADUN Pelagus George Lagong sebagai Timbalan Presiden, Naib Presiden Kanan Josephine Randan Mawat dan William Ghani Bina.

Munan Laja, Chua Kim Hui dan Tony Muari pula masingmasing dipilih sebagai Naib Presiden.

Sementara itu, mereka yang dipilih sebagai ahli Majlis Tertinggi ialah Jonathan Jalin, Ellison Ludan, Kaya Ansi, Ng Wee Chung, Labang Ayum, Pasang Tuba, Ma Thian Ho, Leon Wong Seh Leng, Jalin Selemo, Okang Lepun, Sng Chee Eng, Lipeh Mani, Jefferson Jingan dan Willy Liban. Ellison dan Johnathan merupakan ahli SWP yang berpotensi dicalonkan pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) untuk bertanding di kerusi Parlimen Kanowit dan Lubok Antu.

Larry turut mengesahkan bahawa SWP akan bertanding pada PRU13 di enam kerusi Parlimen yang disandang PRS iaitu Parlimen Julau, Lubok Antu, Sri Aman, Hulu Rajang, Kanowit dan Selangau. Menurutnya, SWP adalah rakan dan mesra Barisan Nasional (BN) kecuali Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).

“SWP adalah rakan kepada semua parti komponen BN kecuali PRS. Ini kerana SWP hanya akan bertanding di enam kerusi Parlimen yang disandang oleh PRS sahaja. Kami tidak akan meletak calon di kerusi milik rakan-rakan BN yang lain.

“Kami juga bersedia akan bekerjasama dengan parti komponen BN yang lain jika kami diperlukan bagi menghadapi PRU13,” ujarnya lagi sambil memberitahu bahawa SWP adalah sebuah parti baharu dan merupakan parti yang dianggotai oleh pelbagai kaum,” jelasnya lagi.

Bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Pelagus selama dua penggal itu turut ditanya adakah SWP ini mempunyai kaitan dengan ayahnya yang merupakan bekas Ahli Parlimen Julau Datuk Sng Chee Hua, Larry lantas menjawab: “Saya tidak tahu apa-apa tentang perkara itu dan saya meminta anda (wartawan) tidak mengaitkan SWP ini dengan ayah saya,” tegasnya. Mengenai calon SWP yang akan bertanding di PRU13 kelak,

Larry menjelaskan bahawa SWP mempunyai calon yang boleh menang seterusnya dapat berkhidmat untuk rakyat.

“Kami mempunyai calon yang berwibawa dan boleh menang pada pilihan raya nanti. SWP pasti menempa sejarah dalam arena politik di negeri ini.

“Mengenai calon, nama mereka sudah dikenal pasti cuma kami belum dapat umumkannya sekarang. Bila tiba masanya nanti, baharulah saya umumkan dan ini bergantung dengan keputusan parti,” katanya.

Ditanya adakah dirinya akan bertanding pada PRU13, Larry menjelaskan bahawa ia bergantung kepada sokongan rakyat dan keputusan parti.

“Ia bergantung kepada sokongan rakyat di sesuatu tempat dan saya masih menilai dan mencari sokongan rakyat daripada akar umbi. Buat masa ini, sokongan rakyat amat menggalakkan terhadap SWP,” katanya.

Ditanya mengenai peluang SWP pada PRU13, beliau berkata, SWP merupakan sebuah parti baharu dan biarlah rakyat yang menentukan.

Jelasnya, SWP membuka keahliannya kepada semua rakyat tanpa mengira di kawasan pedalaman atau bandar.

“Semua dialu-alukan untuk menjadi ahli SWP dan kami tidak memilih siapa-siapa lebihlebih lagi SWP adalah sebuah parti yang berbilang kaum dan agama,” tambahnya sambil mengumumkan bahawa SWP setakat ini mempunyai kirakira 10,000 ahli di negeri ini.

Sehubungan itu, Larry mengumumkan dirinya akan meletakkan jawatan dengan kerajaan (Penasihat Belia di Pejabat Ketua Menteri) dalam masa terdekat ini.

Belang Larry, bapanya sudah nampak

Posted on May 29, 2012, Tuesday

Dakwaan awal mengatakan Larry tidak terlibat dalam penubuhan SWP ternyata tidak benar

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) berkata pelantikan Larry Sng seba-gai presiden Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP) jelas me-nunjukkan sikap sebenar Larry serta bapanya Datuk Sng See Hua.

Setiausaha Agung PRS Datuk Wilfred Nissom berkata, dakwaan awal mengata-kan Larry iaitu Penasihat Khas Belia di Pejabat Ketua Menteri tidak terlibat dalam penubuhan SWP ternyata tidak benar.

“Sebelum ini kita diberitahu Larry iaitu Penasihat Khas Belia kepada Kerajaan Negeri tidak terlibat dengan SWP. Sekarang disahkan Larry dilantik sebagai presiden parti itu.

“Perkembangan terbaharu dalam SWP jelas menunjukkan sikap sebenar Larry dan bapanya.

“Diharap pihak yang menentang pemecatan Larry dan bapanya dalam parti dulu akan mula faham,” katanya kepada Utusan Borneo semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian apabila diminta mengulas pelantikan Larry sebagai presiden SWP semasa me-syuarat agung pertama parti itu di Sibu semalam.

Pelantikan itu disahkan oleh Larry sendiri dalam satu sidang media selepas mesyua-rat berkenaan.

Datuk Sng, pengasas SWP begitu aktif mempromosikan parti itu yang telah diluluskan pendaftarannya oleh Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) di kawasan Parlimen yang diperuntukkan kepada PRS.

Sementara itu Larry tidak menyertai mana-mana parti politik sejak tidak dicalonkan semula mempertahankan kerusi Pelagus pada pilihan raya negeri 2010 setelah dipecat daripada parti pada 2008.

Nissom menambah keputusan SWP untuk bertanding di enam kerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) yang diperuntukkan kepada PRS pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) akan datang suatu yang tidak hanya menyakit atau mengecewakan PRS tetapi BN Pusat.

“Pada mulanya kita diberitahu SWP berpihak kepada BN atau ‘BN Friendly’ dan sekarang sah sudah parti itu akan menentang pihak yang dikatakan kawan iaitu BN di enam kerusi milik BN yang diperuntukkan kepada PRS.

“Jika SWP dibantu mencapai impiannya ini, tidak hanya PRS tetapi BN Pusat juga akan kecewa,” katanya.

Enam kerusi Parlimen yang menjadi sasaran SWP ialah Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau dan Hulu Rajang.

KKLW bina 2,000km jalan di luar bandar

 Posted on May 29, 2012, Tuesday
Shafie: Sasaran semua rakyat di pedalaman dihubungkan dengan rangkaian jalan raya

BANTING: Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah yakin mencapai sasaran Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) untuk membina jalan raya sepanjang 3,000km di kawasan luar bandar menjelang hujung tahun ini.

Menterinya Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal berkata, keyakinan itu berdasarkan kejayaan kementerian membina jalan raya sepanjang 2,000 kilometer sehingga ini yang melepasi jadual sasaran awal.

“Kita berhasrat memastikan semua rakyat Malaysia yang tinggal di kawasan luar bandar dihubungkan dengan pelbagai rangkaian jalan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Karnival Pemakanan Sihat dan Program Mesra Rakyat Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat (KEMAS) Kuala Langat di Padang Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Tanjung di sini semalam.

Beliau berkata, kawasan pedalaman di Sabah dan Sarawak banyak menerima peruntukan bagi tujuan pembinaan jalan raya.

Mohd Shafie berkata, sasaran untuk membina sebanyak 50,000 buah rumah bagi golongan miskin di seluruh negara juga hampir mencapai sasaran.

Setakat ini, katanya, sebanyak 39,000 buah rumah telah siap dibina dan sedia untuk diduduki oleh golongan tersebut.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Mohd Shafie mengumumkan peruntukan kira-kira RM2.8 juta untuk digunakan bagi tujuan pembangunan di sekitar kawasan Kuala Langat.

Daripada jumlah itu, RM40,000 akan digunakan untuk melaksanakan Program Bantuan Rumah, membina jalan perhubungan desa di kawasan Sijangkang (RM200,000),

Jalan Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Tanjung (RM100,000) dan RM2.5 juta untuk projek bekalan air di daerah Kuala Langat. — Bernama

Monday, 28 May 2012

Anwar tiada kredibiliti PM

Posted on May 28, 2012, Monday

UNIK: Taib melihat keunikan kraf perahu bidar yang diserahkan sebagai cenderamata kepadanya semalam. Turut kelihatan Toyad dan Fatimah.

Beliau tidak layak jadi PM kerana gagal sampaikan pelbagai projek semasa jadi TPM

BALINGIAN: Pemimpin pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiada kred­ibiliti menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Ini terbukti menerusi re­kodnya sepanjang tempoh menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Ab­dul Taib Mahmud berkata An­war telah gagal menyampaikan pelbagai projek persekutuan yang merupakan penjelasan kepada keupayaannya.

“Terdapat segelintir indi­vidu yang membuat keny­ataan dan berkata beliau (Anwar) berkebolehan untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri.

“Tetapi saya perlu ka­takan beliau telah gagal men­yampaikan projek-projek yang telah diluluskan ketika memegang jawatan sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri,” katanya.

Taib yang juga Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) Negeri berkata demikian pada penu­tupan Pesta Balingian di sini semalam.

Beliau kemudiannya turut mengingatkan rakyat Sarawak agar berfikir dengan baik pada Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang memandangkan undi mereka akan menentukan hala tuju masa depan negara.

“Najib mempunyai keu­payaan untuk memimpin dan saya melihat beliau ada visi untuk memimpin negara dan bukan Anwar,” tegasnya.

Sementara itu Taib yang juga ADUN Balingian men­gutarakan idea agar Pesta Kaul, Pesta Dalat dan Pesta Balingian disatukan sebagai acara utama pada masa akan datang.

Cadangan ‘Three Rivers Festival’ itu bakal menyak­sikan penyertaan masyarakat dari Mukah, Dalat dan Baling­ian untuk menganjurkan acara di tiga lokasi.

“Dana boleh diwujudkan untuk menganjurkan acara ini dan dengan modal yang besar ia mampu menukar acara ini kepada acara utama, bukan sekadar acara untuk pen­duduk tempatan berkumpul,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan penutupan Pesta Balingian di Tebingan Batang Balingian di sini semalam.

Tambah Taib, menerusi acara berskala besar dan meli­batkan penyertaan masyarakat sekitar, kawasan berkenaan merupakan satu platform ter­baik untuk mempromosikan ekonomi.

“Justeru, dana pelancongan untuk ‘Three Rivers Festival’ boleh diwujudkan dan festival ini boleh diadakan secara tahunan mengikut giliran,” tambahnya.

Terdahulu, Taib dalam ucapannya berkata pendeka­tan politik pembangunan olehnya seharusnya tidak disalahertikan sebagai peru­bahan dalam satu terma iaitu ekonomi sahaja.

“Perubahan dalam masyar­akat tidak hanya melibatkan ekonomi, tetapi kita mahu rakyat berubah dari segi pemikiran ke arah mening­katkan status keluarga,” katanya.

Atas sebab itu, Taib meng­gesa rakyat agar meman­faatkan kemudahan Internet dan Wi-Fi untuk mempro­mosikan perniagaan mereka terutama di kalangan pen­duduk luar bandar.

Sementara itu Ahli Parli­men Mukah Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Leo Toyad ber­kata pemimpin BN Negeri mempunyai keupayaan un­tuk memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat di luar bandar.

“Kita telah melihat peru­bahan yang pesat terutama di Balingian. Sebelum ini tidak terdapat jalan tar (turap) dan kita perlu bergantung kepada bot.

“Namun kini, jalan raya yang baik telah menghubung­kan Balingian ke Mukah selain menjimatkan masa,” katanya.

Beliau kemudiannya turut menggesa rakyat agar tidak terperangkap dengan cerita pembangkang terutama meli­batkan industri-industri yang diwujudkan di kawasan ini.

“Terdapat aduan bahawa kilang Press Metal di sini telah memberi kerosakan ekologikal kepada Sungai Balingian, tetapi sebenarnya imej yang ditunjukkan dalam Internet berlaku beberapa tahun lalu sebelum kilang ini ditubuhkan,” katanya.

Festival berkenaan telah bermula 25 Mei lepas dan pelbagai aktiviti telah di­adakan dengan acara utama ialah regata dan perlumbaan bot pam air.

Turut hadir ADUN Dalat Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yang juga Menteri Kebajikan, Wanita dan Pembangunan Keluarga.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Manyin to Bidayuh: Continue supporting BN

LOVE BIRDS: Manyin (centre) reacts after being given a kiss by his wife Mary Manyin during Ngaru’ Kudung Bidayuh 2012 to the delight of all present.

SERIAN: The Bidayuh community must remain united and rally behind the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming general election.

With a population of only about 200,000 (state’s population is about 2.5 million), the Bidayuh community today is a living testimony that the BN government had been true to their words of bringing about rapid transformation and development to all races, big or small.

“We, the Bidayuh community, have been progressing by leaps and bounds in every aspect of life,” said Udung Bidayuh chairman Dato Sri Michael Manyin at the Ngaru’ Kudung Bidayuh 2012 dinner in Serian on Friday.

Manyin told the 400 odd guests present that the Bidayuh community had been transformed from meagre to a semi-urban community over the past 50 years.

“This (transformation) is because the Bidayuh have always remained united and put their trusts on the BN,” said Manyin, who is also the minister of infrastructure and communication.

He recalled that in the 1960’s, most Bidayuh villages were not accessible by road and basic infrastructure like water and electricity were very much wanting.

“Back then, we also have a high mortality rate while the literacy rate was very low.

“Now, every village has schools and every district has hospitals. Most of the villages are also connected by roads.”

Manyin also echoed the views of Serian MP Dato Richard Riot Jaem who had, earlier in his speech, commented that the unity shown by the Bidayuh had been politically rewarded with high posts at the state and federal levels.

Among the community’s nine elected representatives, one is a full minister (Manyin), two deputy ministers (Datuk Richard Riot Jaem and Dato Dr James Dawos Mamit), two assistant ministers (Dr Jerip Susil and Datuk Peter Nansian), deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly (Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn), and chairman of the National Service Training Council (Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe).

On another matter, Manyin urged the Bidayuh community not be complacent but strive harder in order to help the nation attain its high income society dream as envisioned by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Manyin also lauded the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA), which was formed in 1955, for uniting the Bidayuh regardless of dialects and area.

SUPP yakin dapat menangi semula hati rakyat Kidurong

BINTULU: Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP) yakin dapat memenangi semula hati rakyat di kawasan Kidurong untuk kembali semula ke pangkuan Barisan Nasional (BN) pada Pilihan Raya Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) akan datang.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Menteri Perumahan Datuk Francis Harden Hollis berkata, walaupun pada masa sekarang kawasan Kidurong dikuasai Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP), namun beliau yakin SUPP dapat menawan semula kerusi DUN Kidurong memandangkan masih ramai ahli parti yang yakin dan setia di bawah kepimpinan SUPP yang merupakan parti komponen BN.

“Walaupun tewas di kawasan Kidurong, semua itu bukanlah bermakna SUPP terus tenggelam begitu sahaja, tetapi jadikannya sebagai satu perangsang serta tingkatkan lagi usaha kita dalam memberikan khidmat kepada masyarakat supaya kepimpinan SUPP terus diyakini sebagai parti yang benar-benar ikhlas dalam membantu rakyat,” ujarnya.

Beliau berkata demikian semasa merasmikan Makan Malam Pra-Gawai Dayak 2012 dan Pertandingan Karaoke Lagu Iban anjuran SUPP Cawangan Bintulu di Highlands Seafood Restaurant di sini, malam kelmarin.

Harden berkata, semua anggota SUPP Bintulu harus menguatkan semangat bahawa kekalahan di Kidurong bukan bermakna pengakhiran kepada perjuangan parti, sebaliknya ia harus dijadikan pengajaran serta dorongan untuk memperbaiki kelemahan jentera SUPP yang merupakan parti tertua Sarawak.

“Paling penting semua ahli SUPP harus sentiasa bekerjasama serta menanamkan tekad dalam hati dengan berjuang habis-habisan bagi memulihkan semula imej serta kekuatan jentera parti khususnya di peringkat ahli Majlis Tertinggi supaya sentiasa aktif dan komited dalam setiap agenda yang diperjuangkan demi kebaikan semua ahli parti,” tegasnya.

Jelasnya lagi, SUPP Bintulu perlu terus membela serta menjaga kebajikan rakyat tempatan sama ada melalui program khidmat komuniti atau program-program lain yang dapat merapatkan lagi hubungan mereka dengan rakyat.

Justeru, jelasnya, SUPP adalah parti komponen BN yang memperjuangkan nasib semua kaum di negeri ini, selari dengan perjuangan asal kerajaan BN di bawah kepimpinan Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yang mementingkan hak semua kaum serta menjaga keamanan serta kesejahteraan hidup rakyatnya.

Harden turut menggesa masyarakat Dayak di kawasan Bintulu khususnya di Kidurong agar meneruskan sokongan padu terhadap kepimpinan BN bagi pembangunan yang berterusan di kawasan mereka.

“BN adalah satu-satunya kerajaan yang mampu mentadbir dengan baik di negeri ini yang mana memahami akan kehendak rakyat serta memberikan segala manfaat yang diinginkan demi kesenangan dan kesejahteraan hidup rakyat,” jelasnya.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

DAP diingat tidak campuri urusan BN

Posted on May 25, 2012, Friday

KUCHING: Ketua Pemuda Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Datuk Fadillah Yusof mengingatkan DAP agar tidak masuk campur dalam hal ehwal Barisan Nasional (BN).

Sambil menyifatkan tindakan Setiausaha DAP Sarawak Chong Chieng Jen mempersoalkan tempoh Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud sebagai Ketua Menteri, beliau berkata adalah lebih elok jika parti pembangkang menjaga ‘rumah tangga’ sendiri.

“Jangan kacau rumah tangga orang lain. Kami di PBB dan BN akan menentukan siapa yang bakal memimpin kami sendiri.

“Kepada ADUN Kota Sentosa (Chong), bila pula presiden atau penasihat DAP akan menyerahkan kuasa kepada yang muda?,” katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.

Beliau menegaskan, pemimpin DAP tidak perlu mengalihkan perhatian terhadap apa yang berlaku di luar parti mereka, sebaliknya mereka harus menyelesaikan masalah sendiri terlebih dahulu.

Fadillah yang juga Timbalan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi berkata pemimpin dan ahli PBB telah menyatakan sokongan penuh terhadap kepimpinan Taib dalam kerajaan dan parti.

Katanya, sokongan mereka bukan sekadar mengambil kira jasa, pengalaman serta kewibawaan Taib, tetapi juga atas komitmen serta wawasan dalam membangunkan Sarawak.

“Bila beliau mahu berundur itu adalah terpulang kepada Yang Amat Berhormat sebab beliau lebih mengetahui bila tarikh sesuai untuk beliau serahkan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Setiausaha Politik Ketua Menteri Abdullah Saidol berkata BN mempunyai cara sendiri dalam menguruskan hal dalamannya.

Begitu juga hak Taib sebagai Ketua Menteri yang telah memperoleh mandat daripada rakyat, justeru pembangkang tidak berhak untuk mempersoalkannya.

“Siapa itu Chong untuk bertanya begitu?,” katanya sambil menambah, ia mencerminkan kebiadapan dan keangkuhan pemimpin pembangkang.

Chong pada Rabu bertanya kepada Taib bila beliau akan meletak jawatan sebagai Ketua Menteri dalam sesi penggulungan hujah pada Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri.

Taib menegaskan beliau berhak untuk tidak memaklumkan mengenai rancangan persaraannya kepada pembangkang.

Entulu cabar Sng bertanding menentangnya di Selangau

Posted on May 25, 2012, Friday

KUCHING: Timbalan Presiden Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun mencabar penganjur Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP)

Datuk Sng Chee Hua untuk menentangnya di Selangau pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) akan datang.

Tegas beliau, usaha Sng untuk menentang Presiden PRS Tan Sri James Masing pada PRU kali ini adalah tidak berasas kerana Masing sememangnya tidak akan bertanding.

“Saya adalah orang kedua… lawanlah orang kedua, apa ditakut. “Saya sekarang mencabarnya (Sng) untuk menentang saya di Selangau.

“Saya akan sedih kalau beliau tak bertanding di sini,” katanya.

Entulu yang juga merupakan Timbalan Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah berkata demikian pada sidang media sempena majlis penutupan Konvensyen Gerakan Daya Wawasan (GDW) Kepada Penggerak di sini, semalam.

Penyandang Parlimen Selangau selama tiga penggal itu juga tidak menganggap SWP sebagai ancaman kepadanya untuk mempertahankan kerusi pada PRU kali ini, termasuk Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Tidak (ancaman SWP)… saya juga tidak kisah kalau seisi keluarganya bertanding menentang saya menggunakan parti yang berbeza.

“Begitu juga PR kerana kita sentiasa bersedia sama ada calon itu daripada PR atau SWP,” katanya.

Selangau mempunyai seramai 23,000 pengundi dengan 90 peratus daripadanya ialah Iban.

Menurut Entulu, sejak tahun 2006 beliau telah membawa masuk projek bernilai RM200 juta di Selangau.

“Nasihat saya kepada pengundi, jangan diperbodohkan… anda tahu, Sng tetap Sng… tiada bezanya,” nasihat Entulu kepada pengundi di Selangau.

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Tak payah nak banyak cakap, teliti dan fahami fakta di bawah dan sebarkan.


Tolong sebarkan jihad kita ini kpd semua umat Islam tanahair akan perancangan kafir DAP yg cukup membimbangkan kita dalam PRU13 ini. Ini dikatakan sendiri oleh seorang BEKAS setiausaha sulit Timbalan Ketua DAP Pulau Pinang, En. Mohd Razali bin Abd Rahman

"Perancangan Kotor DAP Jika Menawan Putrajaya"
1. Malaysia akan bertukar menjadi negara republik.

2. Agama Rasmi Kristian.

3. YDPA/ YDPN perlu dilantik darr kalangan bukan Melayu.

4. Sistem Raja Berpelembagaan akan dihapuskan.

5. Laungan azan tidak dibenarkan waktu Subuh ( Di Penang sekarang ada arahan diminta perlahankan) coz azan menganggu Cina nak tido dipagi hari.

6. Pertandingan Tilawah Quran juga akan dihapuskan. Coz membazirkan duit rakyat dan negara Arab pun x buat pertandingan sebegini.

7. Badan NGO berteraskan perjuangan orang Melayu akan dibubarkan (Pekida/Perkasa).

8. Perkahwinan campuran akan digalakkan.

9. Anak yg baru lahir x semestinya agama Islam sehinggalah anak itu 18 tahun baru dia pilih agama mereka secara mutlak.

10. Subjek Inggeris akan dijadikan bahasa rasmi. Bahasa kedua rasmi adalah Mandarin.

11. Mata pelajaran agama Islam akan dimansuhkan di sekolah. Nak belajor hanya di masjid/surau. Sekiranya orang Melayu nak juga diajar di sekolah subjek Kristian, Hindu,Buddha juga kena diajarkan di sekolah.

12. Chin Peng akan dibenarkan balik semula ke Malaysia dan diberi gelaran TUN. Nga Dan Ngeh adalah anak saudara Chin Peng.

13. MARA Akan dibubarkan coz jabatan RASIS hanya untuk org Melayu semata-mata.

14. Syarikat GLC akan diterajui oleh org bukan Melayu. Org Melayu tak bijak berniaga hanya orang Cina yang terbaik dalam ekonomi.

15. Lagu negaraku akan diubah suaikan. Di PRN Sarawak lalu ada dinyanyikan lagu negaraku & bendera baru Malaysia juga sudah ada hanya tunggu menang sahaja ke Putrajaya dan tubuhkan negara republik.

16. Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja akan dibubarkan kerana dominasi untuk orang Melayu sahaja.

17. Ketua Panglima Angkatan Tentera & Ketua Polis Negara akan dilantik dari kalangan orang Cina.

18. Kakitangan kerajaan dari kalangan Melayu akan dikurangan terutamanya kementerian pelajaran coz nak bawa masuk lebih ramai orang Cina & India.

19. 3 agensi Akan ditutup BTN, KEMAS Dan MKN.

20. Good Friday Dan Easter Day akan jadi cuti wajib Malaysia untuk memuliakan hari besar Kristian.

21. Kedutaan Israel akan diwujudkan di Malaysia.

22. DAP dapat 300 jutaUSD diberikan oleh yahudi & duit diparking di bank Singapura sementara waktu standby utk PRU 13 nie.

23. Base Tentera Israel akan diwujudkan di Port Dickson.

24. Majlis agama Islam akan dibubarkan. Wujudkan Suruhanjaya IFC.

25. Wang zakat akan diguna sama oleh orang bukan Islam.

26. Mahkamah Syariah dibubarkan.

27. DEB akan dimansuhkan.

28. Parti yg berteraskan agama akan dibubarkan (PAS).

29. Ketua Paderi Kristian akan dilantik sbg Menteri seperti Dato' Jamil Khir.

CM to Chong: Succession plan a BN internal affair

by Johnson K Saai, Posted on May 24, 2012
SEE YOU: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (left) shaking hands with his deputy, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu when the former bids farewell to all those gathered at the entrance of the State Legislative Assembly complex following the adjournment of the second term of the 17th session yesterday.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he planned to keep his succession plan a secret until the time is right.

He said he would not go to town with it also because it was a “private affair” that concerns only the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“I am not going to tell you that (succession plan) because it is our private affair. But when the time comes I will announce and you will see that it will be even better than the DAP succession plan in Kuching.”

Taib said this in response to Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) who interrupted when Taib was delivering his winding-up speech on the final day of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.

The chief minister, who is also State BN chairman and PBB president, was about to conclude his speech when Chong stood up and asked whether he had any succession plan in place since
he had promised during the 10th state election last year that he would step down within two years.

At that juncture, Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar intervened and told Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP, that the question was disallowed as it was not a clarification to what the chief minister uttered in his speech. Asfia then asked Taib to proceed.

Taib, who celebrated his 76th birthday on Monday, resumed by blasting the opposition for not knowing the importance of attracting good investment and keeping good ratings to ensure the state and country continued to prosper.

“That is the kind of (ignorant) politics that you (opposition) are famous for,” said Taib, who was, prior to the interruption, on the verge of wishing the Dayak community a Happy Gawai Dayak.

How then shall we move on from here?

by Phyllis Wong, Posted on May 24, 2012

KUCHING: It was a birthday bash.

Politicians, dignitaries and self-made personalities were among the guests at the celebration on Monday night.

They have one thing in common – they are Sarawakians and they love this land. The birthday boy – Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Packed into a very personal and thought-provoking speech were his birthday wishes, not for himself, but the people of Sarawak.

The Chief Minister is very thankful for the successes the state has achieved thus far. This can be measured by an eightfold rise in per capita income over the past 30 years in terms of infrastructure which covers, among others, nearly 20,000km of roads throughout the length and breadth of Sarawak.

He remembers the people he has worked with over the years. He has also seen the people struggling to break out of the poverty trap, either by making a living from fishing in the river or out at sea; toiling in the field and the jungle or in small factories and offices.

“But they do not get recognition as much as I would like to see,” he said.

Chinese the pioneers
Moving on, the Chief Minister explained: “But the real success symbol of this struggle can be seen by the birth of many self-made personalities in this society — entrepreneurs who have been able to rise from humble beginnings to become millionaires and even billionaires.

“These self-made personalities are not confined only to the Chinese who are the pioneers of our economic development for a long time but have also spread out among the natives – Malays and Ibans — and we even have one Penan multi-millionaire.

“These are the best things that have ever happened in our society,” he said to a big round of applause.

He attributed this success to the government’s openness in not limiting the ability of the people to set goals for themselves and work hard to achieve them.

Developing human capital
Indeed, the hallmark of Sarawak should be to develop the ability of its people to fulfull their potential to the fullest in order to attain the highest achievements — and certainly not to waste time fighting one another.

The government has laid the foundation and started diversifying into smaller industries as well electronics and other heavy industries.

We have SCORE. With this visionary project, we will be creating ample job opportunities of a more technical nature.

We have to ensure at least 52 percent of the one million jobs created will cater for people with high technical skills or qualifications from engineering degrees or diplomas.

Education for people
Towards this, the Chief Minister said Sarawak had five universities, all geared towards 2030 when the state would be able man its industries and produce a workforce with bigger earning power because of their greater productivity through training in universities and higher learning institutions.

“The employer will be certain of having the right employee and our students will be certain of their prospects when they step out of universities,” he noted.

How, then, should the people move on from here?

Supportive and generous
His conclusion: The success from now on is what we can do for the people and what the people can do for themselves and the country.

He urged the people to be supportive of the government’s policies aimed at elevating their living standards, at the same time, exhorting them to live with generosity by being responsive to the needs of the others around them.

“None of the races should think of how to get more and more because fighting to get more is a zero-sum game. Instead, our task should be to arm our young people with more talents that can benefit all the races.

“Serious politicians should take up the challenge to ensure that Sarawak produce people who are of high quality, discipline and innovation.”

The Chief Minister has laid the foundation, and calling on the people to live with vision and foresight, he said: “I have started various projects. It’s now up to the next generation politicians to put in greater efforts to face the challenges ahead and do it with even greater success by 2020.

“Let us all move into future by making education a cornerstone to enhance the quality of our people so that together, they can help fulfill our aspiration of becoming a high-income nation capable of excellence in whatever they do.”

This is the Chief Minister’s hope. This is his birthday wish.

Berundur pada masa sesuai

by Patricia Gari. Posted on May 24, 2012, Thursday

Tidak perlu maklumkan pembangkang tarikh saya mengundur diri: Taib
KUCHING: Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud berkata beliau tidak perlu memaklumkan pembangkang tarikh untuk mengundur diri.

Peralihan kuasa ujarnya ha-nya akan berlaku apabila tiba masanya dan sudah tentu pada masa yang sesuai.

Menurutnya memerintah sebuah negeri bukan sekadar kuasa tetapi penuh dengan tanggungjawab memastikan pembangunan sosioekonomi Sarawak terus membangun bukannya semakin rapuh.

“Saya menyifatkan ini sebagai antiklimaks kepada apa yang dibicarakan.

“Mungkin DAP (Parti Tindakan Demokratik) boleh berbuat demikian tetapi saya ti-dak mahu bercakap banyak mengenai perkara ini,” kata-nya.

Taib berkata demikian sebagai menjawab soalan dikemukakan Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) yang mempersoalkan tarikh beliau akan meletak jawatan sebagai Ketua Menteri ketika me-nyampaikan ucapan penggulungan pada hari terakhir Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), semalam.

Beliau berkata implikasi mengekalkan kemasukan pe-laburan dan kedudukan Sara-wak yang baik harus diketahui terlebih dahulu oleh pembangkang sebelum mempersoalkan peletakan jawatannya.

“Saya tidak perlu beritahu anda (Chong) mengenai per-kara ini kerana ia urusan peri-badi, apabila tiba masanya saya akan umumkan dan saya me-mastikan ia lebih baik dari-pada pelan peralihan kuasa di Kuching,” tegasnya.

Isu peletakan jawatan Taib sebagai Ketua Menteri hangat diperkatakan lebih-lebih lagi pembangkang selepas beliau menyatakan hasratnya untuk berundur selepas pilihan raya negeri lalu dalam tempoh dua tahun kemudian.

Bagaimanapun beliau selepas itu memaklumkan media, peralihan kuasa pucuk kepimpinan negeri hanya akan berlaku apabila tiba masa lebih sesuai.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

DAP juara mempolitik pendidikan Cina yang tidak melakukan apa-apa

Posted on May 23, 2012, Wednesday

KUCHING: Pembangkang, khasnya Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) menjadi juara dalam isu mempolitikkan pendidikan Cina tetapi tidak pernah melakukan apa-apa sebaliknya hanya bercakap sahaja.

Menteri Kerajaan Tempatan dan Pembangunan Komuniti Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh berkata, sedangkan isu pendidikan merupakan isu yang serius dan tidak harus dipolitikkan seperti mana yang dilakukan DAP.

“Bertahun sudah, DAP tidak pernah melakukan apa-apa melainkan bercakap sahaja.

“Berbeza pula dengan Barisan Nasional (BN) Sibu, sebanyak lima sekolah rendah Cina telah dipindahkan dari luar bandar ke bandar kini.

“Kami juga telah membantu menaik taraf atau membina tidak kurang daripada 12 sekolah rendah dan menengah Cina termasuk sekolah mubaligh, sehingga menukar mereka menjadi beberapa sekolah terbaik di negeri ini, lengkap dengan peralatan,” katanya ketika ucapan penggulungan pada Persidangan DUN di sini, semalam.

Menurut Wong lagi semasa lawatannya ke Sibu pada 27 April 2012, Perdana Menteri turut mengumumkan geran RM1.5 juta bagi SJK Thai Kwang di kawasan Dudong.

“Bagaimanapun Yang Berhormat Bukit Assek (DAP-Wong Ho Leng) telah menyatakan kepada rakyat Sibu bahawa RM1.5 juta, tidak ada apa yang dibanggakan dengan pengumuman itu kerana ia adalah wang pembayar cukai yang digunakan sebagai gula-gula pilihan raya.

“Ia menunjukkan beliau tidak berterima kasih dan menunjukkan tidak menghormati seseorang yang memberi bantuan kepada sekolah-sekolah Cina dan ini satu lagi isu pendidikan yang dipolitikkan,” tegas Wong.

Beliau dalam pada itu memberi amaran kepada pembangkang khasnya DAP agar tidak mempolitikkan pendidikan Cina semata-mata untuk meraih publisiti murahan untuk mereka.

Penan dinasihati contohi sikap rakan mereka di Long Beruang

Posted on May 23, 2012, Wednesday
APA KHABAR?: Dennis Ngau bertemu dengan sekumpulan ketua kaum Penan dari Ulu Baram datang ke Kompleks Dewan Undangan Negeri, semalam.

KUCHING: Masyarakat Penan di Ulu Baram Miri dinasihati agar mencontohi sikap komuniti itu di Long Beruang yang sedia menerima perubahan dan pembangunan dibawa kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN).

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Telang Usan Dennis Ngau berkata, kerajaan telah merangka dengan rapi rancangan pembangunan di kawasan Penan di Ulu Baram dan untuk melaksanakannya sudah tentu memerlukan sedikit masa.

Menurutnya kedudukan penempatan komuniti itu yang jauh di pedalaman Sarawak menyebabkan kerajaan perlu mencari jalan terbaik untuk membawa pembangunan dekat dengan mereka.

Beliau juga menasihati Penan agar tidak mengulangi kesilapan lalu apabila sekumpulan komuniti itu terpedaya dengan hasutan serta janji manis seorang aktivitis alam sekitar dari Switzerland, Bruno Manser dan sehingga kini kelompok itu masih ketinggalan daripada arus pembangunan.

“NGO (pertubuhan bukan kerajaan), Bruno Manser dan sekarang pembangkang sering datang ke kawasan penempatan Penan dengan agenda tertentu.

“Beberapa perkampungan atau rumah panjang Penan yang menerima pembangunan di bawah kerajaan, mereka semakin maju sedangkan kelompok yang terpedaya dengan Bruno Manser lambatlah (menerima arus pembangunan),” katanya kepada pemberita semalam.

Menurutnya, berpuluh tahun Bruno Manser bersama Penan dan menubuhkan tabung kononnya untuk membantu komuniti itu tetapi sebuah tandas yang sempurna pun tidak mampu dibinanya.

“Saya percaya duit yang dikumpul menerusi tabung ini telah diselewengkan oleh pihak tertentu…jadi kepada Penan belajar daripada kesilapan ini dan terimalah pembangunan dibawa kerajaan,” katanya.

Beliau mengakui memang ada beberapa buah kampung Penan di konstituensinya meminta agar kampung mereka turut dibangunkan sama seperti di Long Beruang yang mempunyai Pusat Perkhidmatan Penan, kemudahan WiFi dan kemudahan asas lain.

Beliau berkata demikian apabila diminta mengulas kedatangan sekumpulan ketua kaum Penan dari Ulu Baram ke Kompleks Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) semalam kerana mahu bertemu dengan Menteri Perancangan Sumber dan Alam Sekitar Kedua Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan untuk mengemukakan kertas kerja projek Taman Aman Penan (PPP) kepada menteri berkenaan.

Kedatangan mereka dibawa oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) bagaimanapun hasrat bertemu dengan Awang Tengah tidak kesampaian disebabkan jadual ketat menteri berkenaan.

“Nasihat saya kepada mereka, bekerjasamalah dengan kerajaan kerana kerajaan telah merangka banyak projek pembangunan untuk Penan, cuma memerlukan sedikit masa untuk dilaksanakan,” ujarnya.

Sementara itu pada satu taklimat bersama media di bilik media Kompleks DUN, wakil kumpulan itu memberitahu bahawa Taman Aman Penan atau PPP melibatkan 18 kampung Penan terletak di Ulu Baram.

Kampung-kampung berkenaan ialah Long lamai, Long Sait, Long Kerong, Ba Lai, Long Sepigen, Long Laman, Long Murung, Long Ajen, Ba Sebateu, Ba Mubui, Long Sabai, Ba Kerameu, Ba Data Bila, Ba Pengaran Iman, Ba Pengaran Kelian, Ba Benali, Ba Jawi dan Long Kepang.

Menurutnya PPP merangkumi empat program dan 16 projek dicadangkan.

Enam projek untuk program pemeliharaan warisan budaya Penan, enam projek untuk program pemeliharaan alam sekitar dan biodiversiti, dua projek untuk pembangunan ekonomi dan dua lagi projek bagi pembangunan institusi.

SWP bukan sahabat BN

Posted on May 23, 2012, Wednesday

SIBU: Parti Pekerja Sarawak (SWP) bukanlah sahabat Barisan Nasional (BN), kata Setiausaha Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Cawangan Skuau Tuai Rumah Tungku Balang.

Menurutnya, pada Sabtu lalu di Rumah Abu di Selangau dekat sini, satu perhimpunan telah diadakan oleh SWP di sana dan menggunakan kain rentang yang bertulis berbunyi ‘SWP adalah parti yang disokong oleh Ketua Menteri dan Perdana Menteri’.

Dari situ ujarnya, ada segelintir ketua kaum di Selangau keliru disebabkan kain rentang terbabit dan terus menyertai kempen yang diadakan di situ.

“Ini sangat mengecewakan kami lebih-lebih lagi tuai rumah di rumah panjang tersebut kenapa dia benarkan SWP masuk ke rumah sedangkan tuai rumah adalah dilantik oleh kerajaan?

“Harap kekeliruan sebegini dapat diatasi oleh mereka yang berkenaan agar tidak menyimpang ke jalan yang salah,” ujarnya kepada Utusan Borneo, semalam.

Beliau menjelaskan bahawa presiden PRS sendiri telah bertanya kepada Ketua Menteri dan Perdana Menteri tentang perkara terbabit tetapi dinafikan oleh kedua-dua tokoh politik tersebut.

“Oleh itu, jelaslah bahawa SWP tiada kaitan dengan BN. Jika ada kaitan seperti ditulis di kain rentang itu sebelum ini, kenapa SWP mahu menentang PRS?

“PRS adalah parti komponen BN. Kenapa SWP hanya mahu menentang PRS sahaja dan ini jelas menunjukkan dendam Datuk Sng Chee Hua terhadap presiden kami,” tegasnya.

Beliau juga menyeru kepada tuai-tuai rumah amnya agar tidak membenarkan SWP berkempen di rumah panjang mereka bagi mengelakkan diri mereka dihasut oleh individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab untuk membenci kerajaan.

“Selepas mengeluarkan kenyataan ini, saya berharap tuai-tuai rumah tidak lagi keliru dengan SWP yang merupakan parti pembangkang yang tidak dapat memacu kemajuan untuk kita di kawasan pedalaman,” katanya.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Abaikan propaganda pembangkang

by Kepu Sidi. Posted on May 22, 2012, Tuesday

Perkara dibangkitkan hanya putar belit fakta, manfaatkan kerancakan pembangunan BN
SARATOK: Timbalan Men-teri Pengangkutan Jelaing Mersat menyeru masyara-kat di Parlimen Saratok agar tidak mempercayai sebarang isu dan propaganda yang disebarkan oleh pihak pembangkang terutama menjelang musim pilihan raya ini.

Katanya, setiap perkara yang dibangkitkan pembangkang hanya putar belit fakta dan memanfaatkan kerancakan pembangunan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) di Parlimen Saratok demi kepentingan mereka.

“Pembangkang telah menggunakan ‘kredit’ daripada setiap pembangunan oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional dengan mengatakan perkara tersebut disebabkan usaha mereka.

“Rakyat harus sedar bahawa setiap pembangunan dan kemajuan yang dikecapi di kawasan ini bukannya sesuatu yang mampu direalisasi-kan dalam sekelip mata.

“Setiap pembangunan ter-utama yang melibatkan per-untukan besar harus melalui pelbagai proses dan kajian sebelum dipergiatkan kerana ia memerlukan setiap sudut penilaian agar tidak merugikan semua pihak,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Majlis Makan Malam Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat di Rumah Insol Untang, Malong Atas Awik, Saratok semalam.

Tambahnya, rakyat harus sedar bahawa kerusi Parlimen Saratok harus dipertahankan agar tidak jatuh ke tangan pembangkang yang lebih mementingkan perjuangan untuk membela satu pihak sahaja dan bukannya untuk semua rakyat.

“Masyarakat harus meng-ambil iktibar dengan membuat perbandingan dengan mana-mana negeri yang dikuasai pembangkang selama ini dan apakah yang mereka telah dapat.

“Apa yang paling nyata sekali ialah hampir kesemua janji pilihan raya yang mereka umumkan selama kempen pilihan raya tidak mampu mereka tunaikan.

Turut hadir Exco Majlis Tertinggi Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP) Chambai Lindong, Dr James Chela, Setiusaha Politik Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan Malaysia Desmond Reynold serta 400 penduduk tempatan.

Lebih 2,000 orang dengar ucapan Anwar

Posted on May 22, 2012, Tuesday

KUCHING: Lebih 2,000 orang membanjiri pekarangan pejabat Parti Keadilan Negeri (PKR) Stampin di bazar lama Batu 3 di sini malam kelmarin bagi mendengar ucapan Penasihat PKR merangkap Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Orang ramai mula menge-rumuni lokasi ceramah ‘Merdeka Rakyat’ anjuran PKR Negeri itu pada sekitar jam 7.30 malam, di mana ketika itu Anwar masih menghadiri satu majlis di Bau dekat sini dan pemimpin pembangkang itu tiba pada sekitar jam 10 malam.

Ketibaan Anwar kemudiannya disambut dengan tepukan para hadirin daripada pelbagai kaum dan peringkat usia dan sejurus itu diiringi dengan laungan ‘hidup Anwar, hidup rakyat’ ketika beliau hendak menyampaikan ucapan.

Antara isu yang diterangkan oleh Anwar ialah Bersih, rasuah, NCR serta hak dan kepentingan yang dimiliki rakyat untuk dipertahankan.

Selain Anwar, turut hadir ialah Naib Ketua Wanita PKR Pusat Voon Shiak Ni, Ketua Wanita PKR Sarawak merangkap Naib Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan PKR Pusat Nurhanim Mokhsen, ADUN Batu Lintang yang juga Naib Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan PKR Pusat See Chee How, Ketua Jawatankuasa Pilihan Raya Negeri PKR dan Ketua Cabang PKR Betong Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, Pe-guam SUARAM Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Ahli Parlimen Bandar Kuching merangkap ADUN Kota Sentosa dan Setiausaha DAP Negeri Chong Chieng Jen, Pesuruhjaya PAS Sarawak Adam Ahid, Pengerusi DAP Negeri me-rangkap Ahli Parlimen Sibu dan ADUN Bukit Assek Wong Ho Leng, ADUN Ba’Kelalan merangkap Pengerusi PKR Negeri Baru Bian dan ADUN Chuat, Negeri Sembilan yang juga ahli pimpinan pusat PKR Chai Tong Chai.

Baru menegaskan ceramah tersebut telah menunjukkan bahawa PR bersatu.

Beliau turut menyuarakan keyakinan bahawa PR mampu menawan Sarawak pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 yang akan datang.

Jelas beliau, ini susulan respons daripada rakyat terutama di luar bandar yang telah menyatakan akan memberi sokongan kepada PR terutama PKR.

“Kita (PR) akan melawan Barisan Nasional (BN) satu per satu,” katanya.

Ceramah juga berlangsung dengan aman tanpa berlakunya sebarang perkara yang tidak diingini.

Polis dan RELA turut ditempatkan di lokasi tersebut bagi memantau dan mengawal keadaan.

Billy yakin masih berpeluang dicalonkan dalam PRU13

Posted on May 22, 2012, Tuesday
RASMI: Billy (tengah) memotong reben sebagai tanda perasmian Majlis Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat di Rumah Unggang, Nanga Seranggir, Baleh, malam kelmarin.

KAPIT: “Saya masih berpeluang untuk menjadi calon, selagi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak masih belum mengumumkan nama calon untuk P216 Hulu Rajang dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13),” tegas Ahli Parlimen Hulu Rajang Datuk Billy Abit Joo.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ber-ucap pada Majlis Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat anjuran Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA) di Rumah Unggang, Nanga Seranggir, Baleh di sini malam kelmarin.

Billy menegaskan bahawa beliau selesa berkhidmat di bawah kepimpinan Perdana Menteri kerana beliau (Najib) ternyata prihatin dengan keperluan penduduk di luar bandar dan sentiasa berusaha untuk mengutamakan kehendak rakyat.

“Ini terbukti melalui pemberian bantuan RM100 kepada pelajar di sekolah rendah dan menengah, Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), mengagihkan Komputer Riba 1Malaysia (KR1M) kepada pelajar yang kurang berkemampuan dan pelbagai lagi polisi baharu yang telah diadakan oleh beliau untuk membantu rakyat.

“Najib sendiri pernah ke Belaga dan Kapit, untuk meninjau sendiri keperluan kita di sini.

“Ini membuatkan wakil-wakil rakyat berasa selesa untuk bekerja di bawah kepimpinan beliau kerana beliau me-rupakan seorang yang mesra dan memahami,” katanya.

Jelasnya lagi, hubungan baik beliau bersama menteri-menteri di kementerian juga membolehkan beliau menyua-rakan masalah rakyat.

Malah tegasnya, walaupun beliau wakil rakyat untuk P216 Hulu Rajang, namun ia tidak tertakhluk kepada konstituensi Hulu Rajang semata-mata, sebaliknya merupakan wakil untuk Dayak keseluruhannya.

Billy berkata, rakyat seharusnya terus memberi peluang kepada Najib untuk memimpin negara kerana beliau terbukti sudah berusaha bersungguh-sungguh untuk memberikan yang terbaik kepada rakyat.

“Najib benar-benar mengaplikasikasikan konsep 1Malaysia yang diper-kenalkannya dengan slogan ‘Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan,’ dengan menetapkan KPI kepada wakil-wakil rakyat bagi memastikan kami (wakil rakyat) benar-benar turun padang untuk mengenal pasti masalah rakyat.

“Di sini juga saya ingin membetulkan salah faham sesetengah pihak yang mengatakan saya lebih mementingkan daerah Belaga berbanding Baleh.

“Untuk pengetahuan, sebanyak RM 1.38 juta peruntukan ‘Touch Point telah disalurkan kepada penduduk di Baleh, dan selebihnya di Belaga.

“Oleh itu, saya berharap tidak timbul cerita yang mengatakan saya hanya melebihkan Belaga sahaja,” tegasnya.

Beliau dalam pada itu, menyeru penduduk agar terus memberi sokongan dan kepercayaan kepada wakil Barisan Nasional dalam pilihan raya akan datang.

Beliau turut mengumumkan peruntukan sebanyak RM 7,000 kepada 13 rumah panjang berdekatan.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Beware of divisive politics

by Anthony Joseph Posted on May 21, 2012, Monday
JOINING THE FESTIVITY: Taib participating in the ‘Largest Orang Ulu Long Dance’ which has gained an entry in the Malaysia Book of Records.

CM warns against weakening nation through political squabbles, urges people to stay focussed

MIRI: Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has cautioned the people never to let politics divide them or else the state and country will be in a state of flux and swaying where the wind blows.

Launching Miri City Day Carnival at Miri Stadium yesterday, the chief minister also pointed out that being open minded in today’s society was insufficient to achieve progress.

He said one also needed to be far-sighted and have a goal in order to move forward in tandem with the times.

“Don’t ever let politics divide you because if you do the country will be swayed left and right. You must focus on what you really want. We have been very lucky so far.”

On Miri, he noted that its population had increased from barely 100,000 to 300,000 over the past three decades.

“Social interaction and good planning have brought the people together to transform Miri into a city which is able to attract people to visit or to earn a living.

“In fact, Miri has become an identity of sorts for the northern region of Sarawak.”

However, Taib stressed the need to be cautious at all times because with development and progress comes complex problems which needed to be addressed from time to time.

“You have reached critical mass and focus in making Miri a vibrant city. “Your task now is to figure out how you can garner and mobilise the whole population of Miri to become one big society which supports, knows each other, and pursue the same aims.”

Taib added that the task ahead was not an easy one, but no one would be able to continue this struggle to make Miri greater except for Mirians themselves.

“It is important that Miri celebrates its status as a resort city by greater social interaction. The seventh anniversary which is manifested and celebrated through a festival is the proper way to encourage people to come together and build a common identity.

“You must also realise the importance of getting the people to feel that they are people of Miri. Without this feeling, you will find that the city will be dull with people living in every little corner here and there …probably the Chinese doesn’t mix with the Malays, Bidayuh or Orang Ulu very much.”

Conceding that it was difficult to put together a booming town, Taib took his hat off to Miri City Council for successfully emphasising social interaction through the event and being aware of their responsibilities and need to unite the people.

Taib also spoke of the need to increase the pool of grassroots leaders.

“When you develop very fast you may not have enough time to groom enough leaders who can lead and organise our society
to undertake social interactions. We need these grassroots leaders.”

Kekalkan persefahaman: Taib

by Clare Cinderella. Posted on May 21, 2012, Monday
Rakyat diingat tidak berpecah belah hanya kerana wujudnya perbezaan politik
BANTU CIPTA REKOD: Taib tidak ketinggalan menyertai barisan 1,385 kaum Orang Ulu daripada pelbagai etnik, menarikan tarian panjang iaitu Datun Julut, untuk mencipta rekod baharu dalam Malaysia Book of Records, di Miri, semalam.

MIRI: Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud semalam mengingatkan rakyat supaya tidak berpecah belah sesama sendiri hanya kerana wujudnya perbezaan politik di kalangan mereka.

Beliau berkata jika rakyat membiarkan perkara itu berlaku, nescaya ia akan menyebabkan mereka berpecah belah sesama sendiri dalam satu bangsa dan masyarakat, seterusnya menyebabkan negara berada dalam keadaan terumbang-ambing.

“Jangan sesekali membiarkan perbezaan politik memecah-belahkan kita, kerana jika kita membiarkannya, maka negara akan terumbang-ambing.

“Sebaliknya rakyat perlu fokus dengan apa yang mereka benar-benar mahukan dan bukannya sesuatu yang tidak begitu jelas,” katanya semasa berucap merasmikan sambutan

Hari Bandar Raya Miri Ke-7 di Stadium Miri di sini, semalam.

Sehubungan itu Taib mahu para pemimpin termasuk di peringkat akar umbi mewujudkan interaksi sosial yang baik dengan rakyat atau penduduk setempat bagi mewujudkan pemahaman dan kerjasama yang baik.

Jika interaksi sosial antara pemimpin dan rakyat di peringkat akar umbi adalah baik, maka mudah bagi mereka menepis segala sentimen pembangkang yang ‘popular’.

Mengenai Miri, Taib berkata bandar minyak yang pertama di Malaysia ini telah dikenali dunia seawal tahun 1910. Katanya ia merupakan latar belakang yang cukup kukuh di samping kepimpinannya selama ini yang telah berjaya melonjakkannya menjadi sebuah bandar raya yang pesat pada hari ini.

Perubahannya menjadi sebuah bandar raya pada tujuh tahun lalu telah menyaksikan Miri berjaya berkembang dan membangun berkali ganda saiznya berbanding 30 tahun lalu.

“Jumlah populasi turut meningkat tiga kali ganda iaitu daripada 100,000, kini mencecah 300,000 dari Sibuti hingga ke Kuala Baram,” katanya.

Justeru katanya, penduduk Miri perlu sedar dengan peningkatan populasi ini yang akan membawa lebih banyak peluang dan ruang kepada pembangunan menerusi kemunculan pelbagai aktiviti ekonomi.

Bagaimanapun katanya, di sebalik perkembangan pembangunan tersebut ia telah mencetuskan semakin banyak masalah yang kompleks dan sukar.

“Justeru rakyat di Miri perlu sedar, bahawa ramai rakyat yang bertuah mempunyai peluang untuk menjadikan hidup mereka lebih bermakna hasil daripada kemajuan dan pelan pembangunan kerajaan untuk Miri dan peluang Miri berubah menjadi sebuah bandar raya peranginan.

Untuk menjadi sebuah bandar raya yang indah, selesa, selamat dan menarik Miri katanya, perlu tampil dengan satu identiti yang mampu menarik orang ramai datang untuk mengaguminya dan menikmati apa yang kerajaan bangunkan untuk Miri.

“Amat penting bagi penduduk Miri mengetahui bahawa mereka kini meraikan sambutan ulang tahun ketujuh Miri mencapai status bandar raya dan perlu meningkatkan lagi interaksi sosial dan meraikannya dalam cara yang betul bagi menggalakkan orang ramai datang dan seterusnya membina satu identiti tersendiri,” tambahnya.
Katanya kekuatan Miri ialah merealisasikan usaha untuk menjadikan rakyat yang pelbagai bangsa di Miri merasakan bahawa mereka adalah ‘orang Miri’ atau penduduk Miri.

Tanpa perasaan itu, katanya bandar raya ini tidak akan hidup dengan masyarakatnya yang tidak dapat bercampur gaul sesama sendiri.

“Oleh kerana itu saya ingin mengucap tahniah kepada pihak majlis (Majlis Bandaraya Miri) kerana berjaya menganjurkan acara seumpama ini yang mencerminkan tanggungjawab mereka dan perlunya bersatu serta membawa rakyat bersama-sama melalui rangkaian interaksi sosial yang baik.

“Kerana itulah MBM berjaya menganjurkan sebanyak 60 acara terdiri daripada pelbagai aktiviti sepanjang sambutan Hari Bandar Raya Miri Ke-7, kali ini,” katanya.

Sehingga kini, katanya kerajaan negeri amat bertuah kerana telah berjaya membangun dan ‘membina’ Miri seperti hari ini, jauh lebih baik daripada dahulu, dengan memiliki interaksi sosial yang baik iaitu saling memahami dan bekerjasama di antara pemimpin dan rakyat.

Turut hadir Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri Peter Chin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Miri, Menteri Muda Perhubungan Datuk Lee Kim Shin dan Datuk Bandar Miri Lawrence Lai.