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"Community-less" DAP feel threatened by MCA's "Chinese-ness"

Teresa Kok slams Kong’s ‘grateful Chinese’ remarks

April 12, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Seputeh DAP MP Teresa Kok has urged Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to condemn racial and religious discrimination in Peninsular Malaysia instead of using it to remind Sarawak Chinese of their relative freedoms.

She pointed out that the benefits touched upon by the MCA secretary-general were guaranteed to all Malaysians by law, accusing him of trying to remain relevant by resorting to narrow, race-based politics.

“Kong is still trapped in the narrow, race-based politics employed by MCA to justify their existence,” Kok (picture) said in a statement today.

Kong told Sibu’s Chinese community on Sunday to be contented and grateful for the job opportunities and civil liberties given them as this meant they were better off than the Chinese in Peninsular Malaysia.

“A Chinese district officer is unheard of in any other part of the country. And nowhere else in Malaysia do you have a Chinese mayor,” he had said.

But Kok stressed today that appointments should be based on merit not race — in keeping with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept — and that freedom of religion in Sarawak was enshrined in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

She took Kong to task for warning the Chinese there of a possible backlash if they voted the opposition as this showed that the MCA itself was unsure if its Barisan Nasional (BN) partners would uphold the interests of Sarawak’s Chinese population.

Kong had said that the ruling coalition might use SUPP’s lack of support to dilute representation in the state legislature for the Chinese, who make up 20 per cent of Sarawak’s population.

“He can hardly expect Sarawak voters to trust BN with their future when he himself does not trust BN component parties,” Kok added.

"If Pakatan cannot even capture Sarawak with Najib walking around with Taib's balls ..."

It simply means Anwar Ibrahim should sell bum along Chow Kit Road and Lim Kit Siang ... run Chicken stall in the Choo Ching Kay vicinity ?

Mission Umno: Vote for Najib’s BN, not Taib

KUCHING: Harsh reality is raining down on Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) which is swamping Sarawak in the run-up to the April 16 polls.

Over the weekend, Umno members began descending on Sarawak to “teach” their East Malaysian counterparts, namely Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), “how to campaign”.

Alongside Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and several Cabinet members, they are focusing on the Malay and rural areas having apparently “given up” on the possibility of winning the urban seats.

Allegedly armed with funding for “scheduled” development projects, they are criss-crossing the state on a back-to-back basis with Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s team to ensure that voters have a “top of mind” recall of BN.

Today the police fraternity will cast their votes. Thursday is the military’s turn. There are 18,000 postal voters in Sarawak.

In this politically stretching polls, postals votes will be Barisan Nasional’s safety net in a contest for supremacy which is expected to deliver hairline victories in many pockets.

According to an Umno insider, the party has “already conceded 13 seats to the Pakatan Rakyat” in the run-up to the 10th Sarawak election.

“This is unheard of. It’s a bad sign. Now the mountain has moved to Sarawak.

“Najib’s favourite number is 11. The number resembles the Muslim tombstone. One at the head and the other at the feet.

“If he is not careful, he will the the last Umno PM,” the insider said.

Taib and religion

Sounding an alarm, the insider added that Najib and team had been “reading Sarawak all wrong”.

“They’ve underestimated the Taib issue. People are not againt BN. There is only Taib and religion.

“Because Najib dares not decide, Umno is now playing its own game,” said the insider alluding to independent candidate Salleh Jafaruddin in Balingian.

Salleh is up against beleagured incumbent Taib. Both Salleh and Taib are cousins with a bitter political history that dates back to the mid-1980s.

In 1987, Salleh was involved in a widely reported attempt, allegedly instigated by their uncle Rahman Yakub, who was then the governor, to overthrow Taib. Taib was then the Chief Minister.

According to the insider, Umno wants an inroad into Sarawak and Salleh is seen as a route in.

Salleh, the insider alleged, was handed RM3 milllion “to work with”.

Salleh is in a three-cornered fight in Balingian. PKR has fielded local businesswoman Suriati Abdullah as its candidate.

Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS), which endorsed Salleh, has been urging PKR to withdraw on the grounds that both MoCS and PKR shared a common aspiration to field “winnable” candidates and end Taib’s reign.

While Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian is receptive to the idea, PKR central leadership, however, is said to be distrusting of Salleh.

Battle by default

In this epic battle by default between Umno and PKR all “independent” candidants are being viewed as Umno’s covert operation to ensure BN retains its two-thirds majority one way or another.

On BN’s radar is said to be Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) which is contesting six seats in the interior and a handful of candidates in other areas in Sarawak’s 71 constituencies.

PCM chief Huan Cheng Guan, who was formerly a Gerakan vice-president, was quoted in FMT yesterday as saying, “We chose to contest in the interior constituencies because our candidates are local-born and have vast grassroots support.

“They are community-service people, not social activists or politicians.”

He also dismissed PKR, saying “its leaders are only good at making promises but never delivering them”.

Meanwhile, a BN source here said more peninsula-based Umno members will be arriving in Sarawak in the coming days to counter PKR and PAS’ campaigns in the Malay and rural areas.

“Our ground reports are worrying. We’ve lost just over 30% support for BN in the rural Dayak areas.

“The report has also indicated that it could drop another 10% to 15% in the coming days if the opposition moves into the rural areas.

“Our job is to stop the drop. We are here to convince voters that it is Najib’s BN that they are voting for and not Taib,” said the source.

The source also warned that BN’s popularity with the Malays, who mainly live on the urban fringe, too had dropped drastically.

Malays make up 28% of Sarawak’s population.

PAS in five seats

PAS, which first stepped foot in Sarawak in 1996, is cashing in on Malay disatisfaction with Malay-Melanau Taib. Malays here feel that Taib has ostracised them.

In this election, PAS is contesting in five constituencies.

The party will be fielding its candidates in Beting Maro, Sebuyau, Sadong Jaya, Muara Tuang and Tanjong Datu.

This is PAS’ second stab at the state polls. In 2006, it unsuccessfully contested in three seats.

But this time around, PAS is confident and believes it has earned itself many loyal supporters.

Speculations are rife that PAS will take Beting Maro and Sebuyau with Sadong Jaya offering an even chance.

In 2006, PKR contested in Sebuyau and Sadong Jaya.

According to state secretary Fizwan Zaidi, BN won all three seats by a less than 900-vote majority.

He said in Beting Maro (incumbent) Bolhassan Di (BN) beat Alem Din (PAS) by just over 800 votes.

Honest evaluation

This time PAS is fielding women candidates in Muara Tuang and Tanjong Datu.

Nani Sahari is in Tanjung Dato and Noraini Hayati in Muara Tuang.

“We know our strength and are focused on winning these seats. Tajung Dato and Muara Tuang are new for us.

“We just started these branches but we have good women supporters and are confident of our chances,” he said.

Going into its seventh day of campaigning, the two opposition parties that stand apart from the rest are DAP and PAS.

From the onset, their honest evaluation of their “winnability” has kept them above the squabbling herd.

DAP is contesting in 15 seats and expects to ride on last May’s Sibu by-election groundswell and the Chinese hatred of Taib to win these seats.

For the Chinese community in Sarawak, land is not the primary issue.

Their bigger issue is with Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) whom they say has sold its soul to “corrupt” Taib and is no longer able to look after the interest of the community.

“George Chan’s (SUPP president) daughter marrying Taib’s son (Sulaiman) was the final nail. Chinese here are big on honour, filialness and blood ties. The honourable Chan should have stepped down then,” quipped a local journalist here

Given the massive “not seen before” turnout in DAP ceramahs in Kuching, Miri and Sibu, and the united shouts for change, a conservative estimate would be that DAP will walk away with at least 10 seats. In the 2006 polls, the party won six seats.

SUPP, meanwhile, is well aware that its performance in this election will determine the future of its existence as a politically relevant party.

If rumours are to be believed, the party is simply “staring death in the face”.

Attachment to BN

In rural Sarawak, the hardest battle is breaking their “sentimental attachment to BN”, according to PAS treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli.

Hatta’s observation sank in well with a retired policeman from a longhouse community in Simanggang.

According to him, 80% of Ibans live in the rural areas of Sarawak.

“They don’t care about how rich Taib is. They accept Taib at face value. If Taib says he will help them they accept. If Taib says he cares about them, they believe him.

“Life for them is simple. When we take our urban standards into the rural areas we are shocked, but they accept their lot. They are thankful to Taib.”

A little known secret is that Taib has seven political secretaries to look into the needs of the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Chinese, Malay and Orang Ulu communities in the state.

According to another retiree who served in the building where the CM’s office is sited, Taib regularly updated himself with the needs of each community.

“The political secretaries give him weekly updates and deal with the needs of the communities. Taib was always concerned and gave the villagers what they needed.

“They are happy,” said the state officer.

"Sarawakians, don't be stupid lah, BN just want to steal your money ..."

You're also just wanna what ?

Aiyah, we're different lah. We will "steal" less ...

Promised ?


Has the MACC opened any file on Taib at all?

April 13, 2011
by Dr. Dzul

Malaysia Chronicle

There have been many reports against Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud in regard to his alleged corruption and plundering of the state’s wealth. And yet to this day, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has kept silent on this. No action is forthcoming from them. Why are they keeping silent? Who instructed them to keep silent? Has Taib’s file been archived under the label of ‘No Further Action’?

The world is keenly watching the Sarawak polls. It is a known fact that Taib is a multi-billionaire and one of the world’s richest men.

Now – more so than ever – there is a need to expose Taib’s wrongdoings. Prime Minister Najib Razak, in relation to the MACC investigating the money-laundering activities of the Customs Department has said that “we must remember that the MACC is doing this to safeguard national funds. Corruption is serious and if we can stop this racket, which has been ongoing for years, then it is the rakyat who will benefit.”

Noble words, wise words indeed. But what about Taib?

Malaysia Chronicle spoke to Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, the PAS MP for Kuala Selangor for his views on the MACC’s ‘selective persecution’.

“Deafeaning silence indicative of selective prosecution is the order of the day. MACC has lost any little respect left for themselves by showing their penchant for selective prosecution when all writings and reports about Taib are only too telling,” said the PAS strategist.

Still not enough wealth for Taib

Anti-Taib website Sarawak Report has drawn up a mammoth list of his misdeeds since he became Chief Minister of Sarawak 30 years ago. A non-governmental organisation, Bruno Manser Fund had in February this year released a list of 49 companies worldwide which are allegedly linked to Taib.

His wealth empire is certainly extensive, yet he is still in the process of amassing more wealth.

“But Taib, now or later, shall be the epicentre for the tsunami that will befall BN in the Land of the Hornbill as he has been ruling with absolute impunity for decades,” said Dr Dzulkefly.

Overall, the MACC is only adept at catching the ikan bilis or small fry, said Dzulkefly, adding that Pakatan Rakyat MPs have always highlighted this fact in Parliament.

DAP’s S Kulasegaran, MP for Ipoh Barat urged MACC to learn from its Hong Kong and Singapore counterparts on how to be impartial, professional and thorough in their investigation and prosecution.

“MACC is blind to the faults of BN politicians and their cronies,” Kula told Malaysia Chronicle.

Corruption has overtaken Malaysian culture

So far, the MACC has lost respect in the eyes of the public due to its penchant for not being objective.

Dr Michael Jeyakumar, PSM MP for Sungei Siput, is of the view that if a Pakatan elected representative or politican or those connected with Pakatan is suspected of doing something wrong, the MACC will come down very hard and very fast on that person.

“But if the culprit is from BN, then they drag their feet and perhaps no action at all,” Dr Michael told Malaysia Chronicle.

In the case of Taib Mahmud, it involves massive corruption and yet no action is taken by MACC, said the PSM leader, so perhaps they have not even opened a file on Taib.”This clearly shows that MACC is politically driven as there are no checks and balances on MACC, which reports directly to the Prime Minister and not to Parliament,” said Dr Michael.

“If the BN Government is not toppled in the 13th General Election, our people will start to believe that massive corrupt practices are the norm of the day and it will be business as usual for the BN government while the ordinary people will be left to suffer the repercussions.”

Voter turnout a concern for BaKelalan seat....

Ba'Kelalan. Sarawak - In view of the high cost outstation voters would have to bear just return home to vote, LBA has came out with an initiative to facilitate transportation.

How m
uch do you think a registered outstation voter for the BaKelalan seat will have to fork out if he or she wants to vote this Saturday? The quickest route to reach Lawas is via a flight to Kota Kinabalu and after that hitch a bus or taxi ride with the total fare costing a minimum of RM500 a person. Lun Bawang Association (LBA) Kuching branch chairman Richard Labung Ganang told Bernama this was on the conservative side.

If theres no bus or taxi service it could be more than that, he said, adding that if relatives picked voters up at the Kota Kinabalu international airport (KKIA), then it would be cheaper. Locals working outside Limbang usually opt for flights to Kota Kinabalu as flights frequency to Limbang and Lawas from major towns in Sarawak is rather limited.

After touching down at KKIA, it is a two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu to Lawas passing through the Sipitang immigration checkpoint. For those from BaKelalan, it largely depends on the weather conditions as driving to the highland takes about six hours if the weather is good while during the rainy season the journey takes 12 hours as the logging roads will become muddy. In Kuching alone, Labung said, based on the electoral roll, there were more than 100 voters for the Bukit Sari and BaKelalan seats.

In view of the high cost outstation voters would have to bear just return home to vote, Labung said Kuchings LBA had came out with an initiative to facilitate transportation. I have spoken to someone in Lawas on ou! r propos ed budget allocation from Kuching-Kota Kinabalu by air and Kota Kinabalu-Lawas by land, I hope they will look into it seriously so that everyone can go back to vote, he said.

Lun Bawang outstation voters can contact him at Kuching LBA office at 082-232196 or fax 082-232196 or at handphone 019-8160098, 013-8089999 or fax at his home (24 hours) at 082-649225.

BN candidate Willie Liau who is facing Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian has expressed concern that the voters may not reach the polling centres in time. I think they can reach Lawas but to reach polling centres in BaKelalan where the road conditions can be quite unpredictable is another issue, he said. Liau hails from Kampung Buduk Bui, BaKelalan.

Liaus fears were shared by Sarawak Rurum Kelabit president Gerawat Gala as he was reported in a local daily recently as saying that it would be a big problem for BN to bring more than outstation 400 voters including from the peninsula as all flights were fully booked and land transport fully reserved.

BaKelalan has 6,958 registered voters and has been a BN stronghold since 1986.
In the 2006 election, SPDP secretary-general Nelson Balang Rining, who represented the BN, defeated Baru Bian who then contested under a Sarawak National Party (Snap) ticket by a razor thin margin of 475 votes.


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Jangan lupa....


Pakatan likely to take 19 seats, 24 more 50-50....

Three days before the state polls, Sarawak BN looks likely to retain its two-thirds majority in the 71-seat legislative assembly, even if it loses a few more seats to the opposition this time around. According to a source in the Information Department's Special Affairs Department, the number of safe seats for BN currently lies at 28, with 19 likely to be won by the opposition. The outcome is too hard to call in the remaining 24 seats, the source said.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak senior lecturer and political scientist Jeniri Amir also concluded that the opposition will win at least 19 seats come polling on April 16. Apart from 10 urban seats, Jeniri believes that 'black areas' for BN include the rural seats of Ba'Kelalan, Belaga, Pelagus, Beting Maro, Opar, Bengoh and Telang Usan.

Several BN sources feel that the coalition will lose only 15 seats, eight of these to the DAP. Malay and Melanau voters will fall in behind BN as expected, but Chinese voters will back the opposition. What remains to be seen is the response of Dayak voters, who make up 47 percent of the electorate. Both sides believe the opposition is making some inroads into this community.

In rural areas where BN has selected unpopular candidates or has been sabotaged by incumbents who have been dropped, or where people face contentious issues over dam construction and native customary rights to land, there is a good chance that seats will fall to the opposition. In urban areas, disenchantment over the long and allegedly corrupt rule of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is obviously taking its toll on BN, and this has been compounded further by Putrajaya's en! tryinto the campaign.

BN component Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) is struggling to quell anti-Taib sentiments and has been forced to play the racial card - warning that the Chinese will lose their government representation if the party is wiped out. SUPP stalwart and Bawang Assan incumbent Wong Sooh Koh told his Chinese constituents at a ceramah: "Soon Koh may lose but Pek Moh (Taib) will never lose... unless Taib (himself) wants to step down, it will be impossible for him to (leave).

Eyes on CM

In the Malay and Melanau areas, which are contested by PKR and PAS, Taib's insistence on clinging to power is taking centre stage in the opposition campaign, which has exhausted issues of native customary rights to land and poor infrastructure development.

"Now the main issue is Taib. Najib has given the signal but it looks like Taib still does not understand that he needs to go now," said Sarawak PAS secretary Fidzuan Zaidi when contacted. Although these areas are PBB's traditional fortress, BN does not want to give the opposition any chance of achieving a breakthrough.

It has imported Umno's 'nasty' machinery from the peninsula to assist its campaign in the Malay-majority area. Star speakers such as Ezam Mohd Noor and Umi Hafilda Ali have spoken at BN ceramah, zooming in on PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's alleged scandals and raising sentiments of Ketuanan M

The notion that Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, an Iban Christian, may become the next chief minister - if Pakatan takes over Petrajaya - has been exploited by BN to intimidate Malay and Melanau voters who are said to have enjoyed privileges in the civil service as well as to government aid under the administration led by Taib, a Melanau Muslim. Playing on this, though, Pakatan campaigners have! similar ly been pointing out the privileges accorded to Malays and Melanaus, leaving the Ibans disgruntled.

Pakatan campaign

In the interior Iban longhouses - which hold the key if Pakatan is to deny BN's two-third majority - the opposition is fighting both geographical hurdles and its own limited resources to reach out to the electorate. They can only adopt a 'touch and go' approach because the 10-day campaign period does not allow them to cover all the longhouses, most of which are located in the interior and which are only accessible by 4WD or boat.

Unlike urban seats, where the campaign is more dynamic with voters picking up information at the nightly ceramah and via the media, those in rural seat are only exposed to the mainstream media. As such, they are oblivious to the latest developments. "We can only visit most of the longhouses once throughout the campaign period," said a DAP canvasser in Simanggang. One option for the opposition is to focus on voters who have family relationships or close friendships with its candidates.

Due to poor political awareness among native communities, however, the opposition has to spend much time explaining simple political facts to give credence to its campaign. This includes informing them about the 2008 'political tsunami' across the waters, and that there are more Pakatan MPs than PBB and SUPP combined.

It has had help from an unexpected quarter. In an unprecedented move, several pastors resigned office to campaign full-time for the opposition, prompted by the handling of the Al Kitab impoundment and ban on non-Muslim use of the word 'Allah'. Issues linked to religious freedom a! re not l ikely to resonate in the interior areas, as rural voters are more concerned about bread-and-butter issues.

Pakatan has observed a significant change in attitude within the Iban community.
"I was told that Ibans did not dare put up opposition posters in their longhouses in the past. But now we can see posters of opposition candidates pasted on the pintu next to the that of the tuai rumah(longhouse head). They also dare to allow us to visit them now," said DAP's Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi who campaigned in Simanggang, a Iban-majority rural seat.

Still, campaigners from PKR and DAP told Malaysiakini that Iban voters are highly unpredictable and can be easily swayed by BN's last-minute money politics.

'Carpet-bombing' anticipated

Jeniri shared the view, adding that BN propoaganda has been embedded in the mindset of native communities over the past four decades. "Anything can happen in the last few days (of campaigning). BN has a strategy of 'carpet-bombing' rural areas with goodies and instant projects. (This has proven effective on native communities)," he said when contacted today.

Jeniri also noted that Najib has started his six-day statewide visit to different ethnic communities. "This is to convey the message that he is trying to address their problems. The prime minister is a very 'selling' brand that resonates well with the people," he said. Based on past experience, support for BN will increase in the final lap of campaign due to these factors, he noted. "(There's) nothing much the opposition can do here. Their grassroots machinery is not effective, (and they have) limited resources."
Some observers have pointed out that it is necessary for Najib to visit the voters personally, providing guarantees of quick solutions to local issues because the people have lost confidence in the empty promises of state leaders and BN representatives. "As he is the nation's top leader, people have more confidence in him. This approach will deal with voters who are more concerned about local problems than national issues or Taib," said an observer.

Another important factor is the amount of effort put into the constituency by the opposition over the past five years and whether the candidate is well known among voters. As the Chinese saying goes, 'the more ploughing and weeding, the better the crop'. - Jimadie Shah Othman & Kuek Ser Kuang


Pakatan mampu rampas 19 kerusi, 24 lagi 50-50

Adenan: Pakatan putting up strong challenge


RM1.5b wang rakyat dalam 1MDB diguna selamatkan kroni Taib....

Anwar Ibrahim hari ini membuat pendedahan menggemparkan bahawa sebanyak RM1.5 billion wang rakyat diguna Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk menyelamatkan syarikat kroni Taib Mahmud.

Ia dilakukan menerusi syarikat pelaburan kerajaan, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), yang melakukan urusniaga meragukan untuk mengelabui mata rakyat, kata Anwar. 1MDB melakukan urusniaga dengan syarikat PetroSaudi dari Arab Saudi, untuk membolehkan syarikat UBG Berhad, yang menghadapi masalah kewangan dan dimiliki keluarga Taib, diselamatkan.

Untuk memperdayakan rakyat, Najib isytihar keuntungan 1MDB sebanyak RM425 juta pada tahun pertama operasinya. Namun, beliau tidak pernah memberitahu kita bagaimana (keuntungan itu diperoleh).

Hari ini kita ada penyata kewangan 1MDB yang mendedahkan salahguna wang kerajaan tanpa rasa malu yang dilakukan Barisan Nasional dan bagaimana mereka berterusan menyalahgunakan kekayaan negara, kata Anwar.

Menurut Anwar, keuntungan sebanyak RM425 juta yang diisytihar pada tahun kewangan 1MDB yang berakhir pada 31 Mac 2010 mendedahkan perkara yang berbeza apabila diteliti dengan lebih dekat.

Lima bulan selepas membayar RM3.5 billion untuk pelaburan projek usaha sama dengan PetroSaudi, 1MDB menjual semula pelaburan itu kepada pemilik PetroSaudi dengan harga RM4.1 billion.

Pada mata kasar,ia kelihatan seperti keuntungan yang menakjubkan. Namun, PetroSaudi yang menerima wang tunai sewaktu 1MDB membeli pelaburan tersebut kini membayar pembelian semula itu melalui skim pinjaman selama 11 tahun yang akan hanya selesai pada 31 Mac 2021.

Sekarang, hampir 70 peratus modal asal 1MDB adalah dalam bentuk pinjaman, yang tiada jaminan lagi akan dibayar semula sepenuhnya, kata Anwar. Malahan, urusniaga itu juga dilakukan pada hari terakhir tahun kewangan 1MDB, 31 Mac 2010 bagi menipu rakyat.

Silap mata perakaunan ini dilakukan untuk menunjukkan keuntungan meragukan yang diisytiharkan Najib, kata Anwar.

Perkara paling mengejutkan, kata Anwar, adalah hubung kait Taib Mahmud dengan 1MDB melalui urusniaga yang meragukan.

Pada tahun lalu juga, PetroSaudi membayar RM1.5 billion untuk mengambil alih UBG Berhad, instrumen pelaburan milik empayar keluarga Taib Mahmud yang menghadapi masalah kewangan, kata Anwar.

Justeru, Anwar menuntut agar satu audit khas dilakukan untuk menyiasat samada urusniaga yang melibatkan 1MDB, PetroSaudi dan UBG menggunakan wang rakyat dan digunakan untuk tujuan politik yang tertentu.

Anwar juga menuntut sebarang usaha 1MDB meraih dana daripada bank dihalang sehingga audit itu selesai. Sebarang usaha untuk memindahkan harta kerajaan seperti cadangan menganugerahkan sebidang tanah di Jalan Cochrane juga perlu dihentikan, kata Anwar.

Anwar juga menuntut satu pendedahan siapa sebenarnya di belakang 1MDB dilakukan agar rakyat yakin bahawa 1MDB betul-betul kukuh untuk memenuhi komitmennya.

Media told to play down opposition mega rallies


Two-thirds a bonus, says Najib

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today said that gaining a two-thirds majority in the Sarawak assembly will be a bonus.

Speaking to reporters in the Malay-majority Sadong Jaya constituency, Najib said this is because BNs aim is to form a government, which only requires a simple majority.

Our target is to form a government. That is the minimum. Two-thirds majority is a bonus because with (two-thirds) it provides stability.

But we dont have to look at specifics. In any election the numbers go up and down, he said.

He was responding to a question on Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmuds statement yesterday that he is confident of maintaining two-thirds majority on the back or rural and semi-rural votes.

(Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak berkata, kemenangan majoriti dua pertiga dalam pilihan raya negeri Sawarak pada 16 April ini adalah satu 'bonus'. Katanya, ini kerana sasaran BN adalah untuk membentuk kerajaan negeri, yang hanya memerlukan kemenangan majoriti mudah.

Beliau menegaskan demikian kepada pemberita hari ini di DUN Sadong Jaya yang mempunyai majoriti pengundi Melayu. Najib menjawab soalan mengenai kenyataan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud semalam yang optimis untuk mengekalkan majoriti dua pertiga dengan kemenangan di kawasan luar bandar dan pinggir bandar.)


Mana ada dalam mana-mana pilihanraya kecil ataupun umum, sebuah parti pemerintah bersikap tidak optimistik melainkan mereka jangka sesuatu yang luar dugaan akan berlaku.

Najib patut yakin bahawa 2/3 majoriti dalam tangan, itu adalah resamnya dalam perang s! araf pil ihanraya. Namun Najib membuat kenyataan yang cukup berhati-hati.

Pokoknya Taib Mahmud harus ditumbangkan dengan apa cara sekalipun dan kembalikan Sarawak kepada rakyatnya.


Spore PM Lee on their value system


From Zakay Rehman, via e-mail

It intrigues me, not to be mistaken for Singapore-worshipping, but from a standpoint of what seems to be important to a nation, PM Lee Hsien Loongs views on a query in the recent hour-long forum televised on Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday is noteworthy.

A student, Matthew Zachary Liu, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said: We acknowledge that the country is progressing, but we feel that we are being left behind. And what we feel from the government is, you either catch up or you die, because you dont expect the government to save you.

Lees reponse: You are not being left behind. Youre starting off at the starting block, and the race is ahead of you. And weve equipped you, youve got good running shoes, youve got good gear, youve got good training.

In Singapore, we make sure you have the best chance possible because the competition isnt the foreigner who might be here. Its the millions who are in the other places, and they are competing with us whether we like it or not.

Makes you wonder, with such clarity in their value system. What about us Malaysia, with our value system?

Sarawak's 'Lecter' must be thrown out

A word that constantly lingers in my head when I think about Malaysias corrupt government. Ive come across so many Malaysians who are well educated and read the news everyday but what I cant comprehend is Why are we not acting upon this?

There are so many uncountable corruptions that have been transpiring the seams of Malaysia; Anwars allegedly bisexual and homosexual scandals, the manipulation of Altantuyas murder, the PKFZ bandits, the baffling circumstances of Teoh Beng Hock and Sabarnis deaths. The list will soon be flooded by the dirty hands of BNs Hollow Men if we fail to realise and act upon it.

Lets take Sarawak as our prime example. Taib is basically a real life version of the infamous Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. In the movie we see Lecter shows no remorse when he dines on the flesh of his victims with a can of baked beans, in this case Taib luxuriously butchers on the wealth of the Sarawakians along with his extended families and cronies. Materialism and greed have intoxicated Taibs mind and he can no longer conceal his chilling amount of wealth.

With the upcoming election, Sarawakians have to realise that wisdom is fundamental at this stage for the benefit of the next generations. This does not only apply to the Sarawakians, but also to all Malaysians in order to effect constructive changes for our future generations.

Speaking on behalf of the Malaysian youth, let us affect these changes.

Anwar - Ubah is better than BNs transformation....

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mocked Barisan Nasional (BN) election campaign's transformation message last night, calling it a sham that covers up the ruling coalitions failures in Sarawak.

They say transform is better than ubah. But let me ask you this, how can you even transform Sarawak if you cannot even control (Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Abdul) Taib Mahmud.

I have seen corruption in the Peninsula but the corruption that goes on in Sarawak under this man is done with impunity. Done without even a shred of guilt or shame, Anwar told his audience near Kampung Hilir, here.

The BNs call to transform Sarawak is a counter to the PRs campaign motto for Sarawakians to ubah or change their state government.

Transform is a phrase inspired from the two transformation programmes, the Economic Transformation Programme and the Government Transformation Programme, introduced by Datuk Seri Najib Razaks administration. Federal-level BN and PR leaders have been boasting of their track records while criss-crossing Sarawak.

The BN has trumpeted the massive infrastructure projects they have earmarked for Sarawak while the PR has pointed to their achievements in the Selangor and Penang governments.

Anwar spent most of his time countering the BNs claims that the PR governments of Penang and Selangor failed to meet their 2008 general election promises.

Taib says we offer empty promises. But you can see for yourself what we have achieved in Penang and Selangor.

Their economies are growing, the peoples welfare is being taken care of and we are running a clean government. This what we can bring for Sarawak if only you all change, Anwar said.

He also compared the PRs stand on the freedom to p! ractice religion to that of the BN. Anwar was hoping to capitalise on any fallout created by the BNs dispute with Christian groups over the usage of the Bahasa Malaysia Bible and the term Allah.

Allah has been used to refer to God for centuries even before Islam. The proof is there. So there should not be any restrictions on it. Christians should also have the right to practice their faith in whatever language they choose.

source:malaysian insider

BN dijangka tabur jutaan ringgit pada 4 hari terakhir kempen

"...take what they give you, eat what they offer and take the money they slip into your palm but when it comes to the ballot, mark it in our favour because we will return to you what is rightfully yours..." - Anwar


RCI what more in the name of public welfare


From sing pura pura, via e-mail

Yet again, another shrill call upon the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to issue a Commission appointing Commissioners under s. 2(1) Commissions of Enquiry Act 1950 (hereinafter the Act) is heard reverberating. And this time, it rings from no less chequered a personality than Minister Nazri Aziz himself.

If the twenty-two sections within the Act were to be examined closely (as they often fail to be) it would be readily discovered that the underlying spirit and intendment of the Act is for it to be employed in the last resort as a statutory vancomycin for the safeguard of the rights of the citizenry as against any abuse that could have been committed by a federal officer (meaning an officer appointed or employed by the federal government). Which is why a Commission established under the Act [for which we often euphemise as a Royal Commission of Enquiry (RCI)] enquires, primarily, into the conduct of any federal officer, or the conduct or management of any department of the public service, or the conduct or management of any public institution which is not solely maintained by State funds.

Of course, as in any statute, there is a catch-all provision in s. 2(1)(d) of the Act which allows a Commission to enquire into any other matter in which an enquiry would, in the opinion of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, be for the public welfare.

The operative words are public welfare. And it is postulated here, that public welfare at least in this country and in this day and age must necessarily mean welfare respecting the livelihood of the citizens of Malaysia. After all, a Commission is precluded by s.

2(1)(d)(i) of the Act from enquiring into any question relating to the Islamic religion or the Malay custom.

Minister Nazri Aziz was reported to have opined that an RCI on the sexual health of the opposition leader would be in the national interest. This opinion seems to be coyly echoed by! the Pri me Minister in his latest Sarawakian blitzkrieg. It is, however, most critical to remember that the Legislature did not use the words national interest in the Act. Public welfare and national interest are phrases which in their literal, ordinary and natural usage carry divergent legislative meanings and intentions.

If the Legislature had meant national interest then it would have employed those very words as it did tens of times in the 800 Federal and Subsidiary Acts that it enacted for the country. [See, for example, the employment of the phrase national interest (as distinct from public welfare) in s. 18(1) Internal Security Act 1960; s.

4(4)(b) Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969; s. 9(1) Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984; s. 72 Communications and Multimedia Act 1998; and s. 16(1) Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.]

Now, in enacting the Act in 1950 and in revising it in 1973, the Legislature, in all its wisdom, could not at all have intended its provisions to be used as a Sword of Damocles over the head of any citizen (who is not a servant of the ruling government but who is professionally or privately opposed to the ruling government) for the purpose of preserving the tenure of the ruling government. Indeed, it was the opposite that the Legislature had intended to achieve. To enact a law that is capable of conferring upon a body of persons (Commissioners) such judicial powers as would enable that body to act as a final bulwark against any executive abuse of power or any administrative abuse of process which fall outside the ordinary scope of justiciability. To cater for grave matters of public welfare that do not come within (or have somehow slipped by) the primary jurisdiction of the two High Courts in the Federation.

Which is why, elements within the Barisan Nasional and their extended-agents must cease brandishing the RCI as a political parang or keris. It is a tasteless act that is offen! sive to the Rakyat, dishonourable to Parliament, and irreverent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. An RCI is not to be used as a government rapier merely for wounding a political foe in the opposition. It is not a sword. It is a shield. And it was designed, primarily, as a device to establish whether an alleged abuse of power or position by a federal officer within the public service or within a public institution has adversely affected (or would adversely affect) the livelihood, well-being and the fundamental rights of the citizens (or a group of citizens) of the country.

The formation of an RCI should, therefore, be reserved for the most imperative of issues that benefit the public, that affect the day-to-day lives and bread-and-butter concerns of the man on the Clapham omnibus or the mother of five on her way back home late in the evening via three transiting buses or mini-buses from KL to Kajang.

By way of an example, the RCI on the late Teoh Beng Hock is of public welfare and public interest. Not only because it was a matter of life and death for a young, innocent Malaysian, but because every citizen of this country, no matter where his political inclinations might lean or how he draws his ethnic and religious lines, would plainly like to know, or ought to know, whether an officer or officers of the MACC had caused the death of Teoh Beng Hock. Whether a private citizen being investigated for an alleged offence of corruption (RM2,400) concerning his employer (an opposition state assemblyman) died whilst being interrogated in the confines of the MACC headquarters. Whether a citizen who walks into (or is taken into) an MACC building at night may reasonably be expected to walk out (or be taken out) from it in the morning. These are questions of exigency affecting public welfare for which the RCI can provide the public with the answers it seeks.

In stark contrast, an RCI to establish whether the leader of the opposition had sexual relations outside the tether of his marria! ge or w hether he had been secretly recorded having intercourse with a certain woman who is not his wife, would not appear, without more, to satisfy the pre-requisites of public welfare or benefit or the sine qua non of welfare respecting the livelihood of the citizens of Malaysia. In fact, if there is anything further to this at all, it would, from a public welfare point of view, be more imperative to inquire into the question of whether any federal officer or servant or agent of the federal government was directly or indirectly involved in any effort to malign the opposition leader by way of a furtive video recording, whether such recording was fraudulently produced or otherwise.

If an RCI were to be established merely to inquire into the sexual diary of the opposition leader, it would certainly result in a most prodigal waste of public funds on a matter that is scarcely of any real benefit or genuine advantage to the welfare of the public. On the contrary, a most undesirable precedent on executive abuse of process would be set, and set in the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

How, then, could the establishment of such an RCI be any more imperative or any more urgent than one to inquire into, say, the Prime Ministers alleged sexual involvement with, or alleged involvement in the death of, the murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu? Or any more essential than an RCI to inquire into the alleged rape of an Indonesian maid by a serving federal minister? Or any more crucial than an RCI to inquire into the yet unproved but widely-believed allegation that a former chief minister had once raped a 15-year-old Malay girl?

Are all these allegations whether they emanate from the Government or from the Opposition RCI-material? Either they all are, or they are all not.

It is easy for the ruling coalition to pull yet another trendy RCI onto the statistics but it would be onerous for it to explain away the BN phenomenon whereby only RCI findings and recommendations th! at are absolving of the ruling coalition are glorified whilst those that attribute blame to it are quickly shrouded by its media and other agents and swiftly thrown into the quicksand of oblivion.

Surely, that the leader of the opposition aspires to have the first seat on the bench at the other side in Parliament does not and cannot, without more, turn his sexual routines into a matter of public welfare worthy and deserving of an enquiry commissioned in the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Scores of aspirants, on both sides, and many with wetter dreams, have done stranger deeds. Is there nothing else more foul over which the nation could cry?

In the name of public welfare,

What more in the name of public welfare.

"Mamak to sue Sultan !"

Deepak to sue if RPK returns

The businessman in his 30s held a press conference yesterday to respond to a series of articles in Malaysia Today implicating him in private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s con-troversial statutory declarati-ons.

Raja Petra is better known as the founder and editor of the online news portal Malaysia Today.

Deepak said he would not hesitate to “hire the best lawyers” to take Raja Petra to court if he was back in the country.

“Otherwise, I will consider taking legal action against him in UK,” he said, adding he was also looking into lodging a police report.

Taib got Najib's Balls or their balls are entangled by Mamak ... ?

Najib: I have understanding with Taib on change


SRI AMAN (April 11, 2011): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today he has an understanding with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on the change of leadership in the state, and this will be revealed when the time comes.

He said the change of state leadership needed a proper plan to ensure that no problems arose from it.

"The transition is there. We have a very good relationship with the state government. The most important thing is to have a smooth transition.

"We cannot simply jump into making a quick solution without studying the implications of a change in leadership," he told reporters after visiting Sri Aman Hospital here.

"We don't want the party and the government having problems (when the change of leadership takes place)," he said.

Asked about the current election campaign in Sarawak, the Barisan Nasional chairman said that it seemed to be proceeding very well with no untoward incidents reported.

Najib said that Sarawak is a very huge state area with 71 constituencies seats, and he could not be everywhere.

BN appeared to be doing quite well in the constituencies that he visited, he said, but noted that opposition too was working very hard.

Najib also said the controversy over 35,100 copies of Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia being held up at Kuching Port and Port Klang has been resolved amicably.

"I asked Datuk Idris Jala (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department ) to negotiate on the matter and everything he did had my blessings. So it should no longer be an issue.

"We give attention to Christians in Sarawak. The solution reached can be applied to future situations as well. We made a good decision," he told reporters.

On the sex video said to involve a prominent political figure, he said he believed that the police would carry out a thorough and professional investigation. — Bernama

"Jesus Rocket offer $1Billion To Peter Sarawak to ... But UMNO Yahudi offers $10Billion ! "

To the government and to Christians — David Martin

April 12, 2011

APRIL 12 — I’ve always seen the glass as half full rather than the opposite. As such, I looked forward to the new year with a bagful of optimism as the clock struck 12am on January 1.

As I have done for the last few years, I celebrated the dawn of another calendar year in church, giving thanks for the blessings of the year past and to ask for more in the year ahead.

Back in 2009, the priest celebrating the Mass mentioned the decision made by High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan allowing the Catholic weekly the Herald to use the word “Allah” in its publication earlier that day. He cautioned however that the issue is far from resolved and so it proved.

The first weeks of 2010 witnessed a series of arson attacks on Christian churches and schools across the country. It was the latest in a series of what many Christians would deem to be an attack on their faith.

In the first quarter of 2009, the Catholic church was the target of a covert undercover mission by two journalists from a Muslim magazine. Their mission was to discover the truth in allegations that a church, later identified to be St Anthony’s in Jalan Robertson, Kuala Lumpur, was converting Muslims. The journalists later concluded that the congregation was made up of mainly Sabahans and Sarawakians who were either students or working in the capital city.

What caused consternation and indignation was the fact that the journalists received Holy Communion wafers which are sacred in the eyes of Catholics. These wafers were then regurgitated and spat out before they were photographed. And an apology was not forthcoming until it was demanded for by the Archbishop of KL, Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam. The matter was then considered to be closed as the authorities decided against taking any further action against the two journalists, citing ignorance as the reason for their actions.

This year saw the issue regarding the Alkitab exploding after bubbling on the surface for the last couple of years. After a protracted struggle, the government through Datuk Seri Idris Jala announced a 10-point solution recently on the issue. The government had also admitted the government’s shortcomings and failing in handling the issue. The church had acted with a lot of dignity and caution with regards to this issue.

In response, the church welcomed the proposed solution with a guarded and cautious response. This is understandable as the community had been subjected to an abnormal amount of difficulty in the past few years where their faith is concerned.

It was a surprise then when Dr Ng Kam Weng of a Christian think-tank came back with his response to Jala’s statement. It was written with a lot of cynicism, accusations and disrespect to both Jala as an individual and in his capacity as a mediator. I can’t help but think that Dr Ng must rationalise that the end justifies the means i.e. it’s okay to be unChristian in word, deed and thought for the greater good of Christianity. But then again, who am I to judge?

Then, a senior manager in Pemandu, Philip See jotted down his thoughts over the matter. He spoke of the need for Christians to take a step back, inhale and exhale before acting. He asked a pertinent question. What would Jesus do? Not only was See ridiculed, he was attacked incessantly and, quite honestly, unfairly by those hiding behind masks of anonymity in cyberspace. Knowing See personally, I do feel sorry for his flaying in the court of public opinion simply for being diplomatic and Christian-like in his airing his thoughts over the matter.

At the end of the day, all Malaysians should be accorded the rights to practise their religion of choice without any restrictions. For the government of the day, perhaps it’s time to really walk the talk in according everyone their rights as enshrined in the constitution. Geographical locations and ethnic demographics should no longer be a factor in deciding one’s right as a citizen of the federation.

Hailing from Sarawak, I’ve seen first hand how churches are everywhere in the state. The state’s capital is home to a few magnificent churches, St Joseph’s Cathedral and St Thomas’ Church, to name but two. A drive up to the countryside would see a chapel of sorts in virtually every native kampung, with no restriction on crosses or signage. The reason why this is so in Sarawak is simply because Sarawakians have embraced diversity as part and parcel of their life.

The press has been oohing and aahing of the fact that Sarawakians, regardless of race and religion, mixing around in their daily activities in the run up to the state election. It’s not a show, it’s a way of life. Despite being in the minority, the Muslims are never and will never ever be oppressed in Sarawak. This is merely due to the deep understanding Sarawakians have that they are those who are different around us.

Brought up with such an understanding, a majority of Sarawakians are neither uncomfortable nor threatened by the faith, beliefs and religions of others. Our thoughts are formed from the day of our entry into this world. And if we’re brought up with prejudice, is it any surprise at all that we are prejudiced when we’re grown up and are a part of decision making?

To fellow Christians, regardless of denomination, it’s time for us all to just take a step back and have a moment of self reflection. It’s time to think of our actions, or lack of in the issues surrounding our faith.

As Easter looms, it’s a good time to ask ourselves: is it right for us to be unChristian in our daily lives, only to attend weekend services asking for God’s forgiveness with full intention to repeat whatever words and actions right after leaving the church? Perhaps we should be guided by the words of the Lord’s Prayer, an integral part of our daily prayer. “And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sinned against us.”

My take on it is that faith is an issue between an individual and God. We should not govern the faith of men by laws of the earth. After all, who are we to say that the law that binds men on earth will bind men in the afterlife?

I don’t see how a holy book is a threat to national security the way a firearm could be. As such, the government should stop using the excuse of the need to have a set of rules for Peninsular Malaysia and another for Sabah and Sarawak.

Let no one be deprived of their rights simply by making a different choice in faith. There should be one standard set of rules. After all, is that not what 1 Malaysia is all about?

"Jesus Rocket pleads with Judas Sarawak not to run away when He is being nailed to the cross ..."

Make a stand for a better Malaysia — James Massang

April 12, 2011

APRIL 12 — This is my plea to Christians in Malaysia, especially Sarawak. Please stand up for our right to practise your religion. This right is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

We are constantly being warned and threatened not to question Article 153 of the constitution on Malay rights, yet over the years government leaders and civil servants have willy-nilly molested our rights to practise our faith.

This culminated in the defacing of the Malay-language bibles by some low-level civil servant (so brazen are they that even a low-level official can trample on our rights).

This is not about Christians standing up for their religion but Christians standing up for the rest of Malaysia. Christians standing up for a better Malaysia, where the rights of minorities are protected. Christians not yielding to threats (Sarawak church leaders have been warned not to support the opposition) and less-than-sincere offers.

It strikes me as odd that Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, after meeting Christian leaders, said that politics and religion are separate. It is sad that our political leaders know so little of our faith. I suppose next we will be told that corruption and religion are separate. And that we Christians should not concern ourselves with corruption.

It is even odder that our beloved Prime Minister Najib Razak has decided to only now meet Christian leaders. Perhaps worried about the loss of seats in the election, he now wants to appease Christians. I mean the discontent over a whole range of issues has been raging for months but the PM in his wisdom stayed clear. I can only surmise that he did not want to catch a backlash from his Perkasa friends.

So we are now told that he wants to meet Christian leaders behind closed doors. Najib may give some assurances and make the right noise as he did to the interfaith council a few weeks ago.

I hope Christian leaders are respectful of him but please remember that whatever his stature, he is only human, a secular politician.

That too, a politician from a political party that has undermined and rubbished the rights of Christians in Malaysia.

* James Massang reads The Malaysian Insider.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publi

When will Anwar ever learn?


From Rakyat Tulen, via e-mail

Im not talking about his private life. Im talking about his leadership style. By putting up so many candidates in the Sarawak elections, many of whom are hopeless, PKR is doing damage to the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

DAP and PAS are doing much better in the campaign thus far. The record breaking, huge crowds at the main towns are the work of DAP. Anwar just went and spoke.

PKRs stars like Baru Bian in Bakalelan and Nicholas Bawin in Batang Ai are strong leaders in their own right. They are credible Dayak leaders from earlier parties like SNAP and PBDS.

PKR only gave them the platform to contest after SNAP and PBDS were deregistered by the BN-controlled Registrar of Societies.

When will Anwar learn that he and his henchmen Azmin Ali and Tian Chua cannot go around talking down to people?. Sarawakians are a proud lot. They do not like to be told what to do.

Dictator Taib Mahmud too, does not like it when Najib and Muhyddin told him to step down. Sarawakians prefer to throw out Taib Mahmud themselves. There is no need for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to interfere. Sarawakians know what to do.

But Anwar does not know what to do. He is making the same blunder that he has made with PKR in Sabah. He chose the wrong leaders for the wrong reasons. Half of PKRs Sabah leaders have left the party. The remaining half are at each others throats.

Anwar severely misjudged the politics of Sabah when he put a controversial, born loser Ansari Abdullah to contest in the Batu Sapi by-election last October.

PKR members walked out of the Pakatan gathering in protest after Anwar announced Ansaris candidacy, followed by a humiliating boxing match at the Sandakan airport.

Along the way, Anwar burned his bridges with local party SAPP, the one and only party that left the BN government to help Anwar.

Anwar is creating enemies of friends everywhere. DAP in! Sarawak , SNAP, SAPP, Hindraf, NGOs, MCLM, Movement for Change Sarawak and many other groups.

Pakatan to form the next government will need to rally more people from a bigger spectrum to take on the BN. What Anwar and his henchmen are doing is to drive away people who could help him become Prime Minister.

Are Azmin and Tian Chua and Anwars inner circle worried that more people will share their power when they form the next government? When will Anwar ever learn?

"Shameless UMNO attacks England backed Sarawak Report !"

Sarawak Report forced to go on the run after cyber attack

KUCHING: It is not safe in cyberspace. For the last three days, anti-Taib website Sarawak Report had been attacked so relentlessly that it has been forced to keep changing addresses.

Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle Brown said: “We have sustained three days of unremitting cyber-attacks and we are accepting that Sarawak Report will have to go on the run for the next few days until the election.

“Our web experts say it is a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOS), the same form of attack that brought down WikiLeaks. They use robots to shoot bits of software to flood the server,” Brown said in an e-mail to FMT today.

After delivering indepth revelations on Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his family’s extensive business empire and unexplainable wealth, Sarawak Report is now playing a hide-and-seek game hoping to hold out until the election on April 16.

Over the past weeks, Brown has been uploading wide-ranging reports on Taib’s business records in Sarawak and abroad along with documented evidence of massive land grabs by him and his family.

“We have some great stories, which clearly our persecutors would rather we did not get out,” she said. She added that Sarawak Report is now available at this alternate site.

Yesterday, Brown complained that her site has been experiencing interrruptions over the past week “which culminated in concerted attack on Sunday in the UK and then going fullblown and global overnight”.

She blamed Barisan Nasional (BN) for the attacks on her site, adding that it was clear now that “BN does not find itself in a position to answer our findings and arguments”.

Not to be outdown, Brown published yet another revealing report on Taib’s foreign bomoh Stella. Stella, according to Brown, was related to Taib’s brother-in-law Australian Lebanese Robert Geneid.

Stella had also allegedly picked Taib’s young wife Ragat, who is Geneid’s cousin from a series of three photos of potential brides.

Stella had apparently caused a sensation when she appeared during the nomination process on April 6, said Brown.

Brown claimed that Taib’s closest relatives had sent her “a dossier of intimate revelations” making it clear that that they want people to know about Taib’s failing condition.

“Above all, they (the family) say they are putting their country before their family interests in attempting to warn voters against allowing Taib and his relations to carry on.”

Sarawak goes to polls on April 16. There are 213 candidates contesting in 71 constituencies in the state.

Taib’s Balingian seat itself will see a three-cornered fight. Taking him on is his cousin Salleh Jafaruddin, an independent endorsed by Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) and PKR’s Suriati Abdullah.

Sarawak Report can be accessed here and here.

Anwar - Taib Harus Undur, Sistem Pemerintahan Mesti Ditukar...

Pembaharuan politik yang diperjuangkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat adalah untuk menerapkan sistem pemerintahan yang beramanah dan berwibawa di Sarawak , bukan semata-mata untuk menuntut pengunduran Abdul Taib Mahmud sebagai Ketua Menteri.

Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata, pertukaran pucuk pimpinan harus seiring dengan perubahan dalam sistem pemerintahan yang mencorak dasar sesebuah negara atau negeri.

"Politik ini bukan soal peralihan kuasa. Perdana Menteri dan Ketua Menteri silih berganti tapi yang kita mahu ubah ialah sistem, kata Anwar dalam ceramahnya di Satok.

Yang kita suruh berhenti bukan Taib seorang, tapi seluruh kekuatan Barisan Nasional Sarawak," tegas Anwar, disahut tepukan gemuruh hadirin yang rata-rata masyarakat kaum Melayu.

Anwar yang berada di Sarawak sejak minggu lalu kini giat menjelajah ke seluruh pelusok Sarawak untuk membantu calon-calon Pakatan Rakyat melakukan kejutan pada pilihanraya negeri Sabtu ini.

Di kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Satok, PKR meletakkan calon muda, Ahmad Nazib Johari untuk pertandingan satu lawan satu menentang calon veteran BN, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg. Abang Johari mempertahankan kerusi itu untuk penggal ke lapan.

Dalam ucapannya, Anwar mengupas soal hak kesamarataan yang dinafikan kepada penduduk Sarawak. Beliau membidas pemimpin-pemimpin BN yang berjuang atas nama Melayu namun membiarkan kaum itu hidup dalam kedaifan di bumi Sarawak.

Justeru Ketua Pembangkang itu, pengundi Sarawak tidak harus membenarkan BN pimpinan Taib terus-menerus memperlekehkan rakyat.

Beliau berkata masa sudah sampai untuk Sarawak membebaskan diri daripada cengkaman Taib yang selama ini memperal! atkan r akyat demi memperkayakan diri.

"Jangan orang lain berani bodohkan dan menjadikan rakyat kuli mereka," tegas Anwar.

Anwar turut isu kitab Injil versi Bahasa Malaysia (Alkitab) yang mencetuskan kemarahan rakyat beragama Kristian kerana setiap penyelesaian yang ditawarkan Umno berpandukan kepada mencari kelebihan politik semata-mata.

Katanya, sejak zaman kebangkitan Islam, penganut islam dan Kristian sering bertolak ansur demi menjaga keharmonian dengan mempercayai prinsip agama masing-masing sekaligus menolak perhambaan keatas umat manusia.

Anwar seterusnya berkata, sekiranya rakyat Sarawak memberikan mandat kepada Pakatan Rakyat untuk memerintah negeri itu pada pilihanraya negeri kali ini, maka perubahan sistem
dan dasar kesaksamaan akan dijulang sekaligus mengembalikan hak semua kaum.

"Dia kata kalau Anwar, Tok Guru Nik Aziz kalau perintah beri semua kepada Cina. Itu kempen dia (BN). Saya kata hak dia kita beri, saya tidak bimbang. Saya mahu jawab kalau kami perintah, Insyallah pada ketikanya, kami akan adil kepada Melayu, Cina, Iban dan India," ujarnya lagi.

Pilihanraya negeri Sarawak ke 10 kali ini dijangka sengit berikutan Pakatan Rakyat meletakkan calon pada hampir kesemua kerusi yang dipertandingkan. Gagasan itu mensasarkan kemenangan sekurang-kurang 24 buah kerusi bagi menafikan majoriti dua pertiga BN.

source:tvs news

Mereka bagi duit ambil, bagi gula ambil, bagi kain pakai, bagi lembu makan dan bagi kertas undi pangkah PR" - TG.Nik Aziz Nik Mat

Rintihan seorang rakyat Sarawak tentang Taib Mahmud


Najib saving or seeking Taib's ouster....

najib rally kuching 100411An already exciting Sarawak election took an unexpected twist the last 24 hours, with question marks raised about Putrajayas role in Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmuds quit date.

It began on Monday night at the Kuching MBKS indoor stadium, with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razaks speech.

Although Najib spent most of his time rebutting the main points raised by the opposition in the urban areas, it was his assurance that Taib would definitely step down that caught the medias attention.

This was his first speech of his six-day tour of the nations largest state, which many speculate had been necessitated by the faltering campaign of the ruling coalition in Sarawak.

But almost 24 hours later, in Kuching last night, Taib took everyone by surprise during a free concert at Padang Merdeka, saying he would step down only "in a few years" time.

NONEAlthough Taib mentioned this in passing, it was done in Najibs presence, and many opposition leaders interpreted it as an open defiance of Putrajayas wish.

Although Najib has publicly said that Taib is not a liability for the BN, it is no secret that the chief ministers significant baggage will bog down the peninsula-based coalition.

In what appears to be an attempt to shift the focus completely away from Taib, the second half of th! e campai gn will see Najib and his federal cabinet members criss-crossing the state.

A check of the Information Departments website reveals that most of the official functions listed in the state calendar in the coming days will be presided by federal ministers or their deputies.

It is understood that even the weekly federal cabinet meeting has been cancelled because nearly all the ministers are now in Sarawak.

This begs the question whether Sarawak BN had sent SOS signals to its federal counterparts, or whether Putrajaya sent in reinforcements on its own initiative.


Dire consequences if BN loses

Thus far, Sarawak BNs campaigns in the urban areas have been disappointing, right from the start.

The urban-based Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) has been left reeling due to an aggressive Pakatan Rakyat campaign focusing almost entirely on a growing disenchantment with Taibs leadership.

SUPP has clearly been pushed into a corner because its campaign message now hinges on the warning that, should the party be wiped out by Pakatan, the Chinese community will lose its representation in government.

Rural sentiments are harder to grasp due to a lack of information, but from what has been trickling out in the newspapers, Pakatan campaigners have some reason to be optimistic.

PRS president James Masing (right)james masing reportedly warned that the rural seats of Balai Ringin, Ngemah, Belaga and Pelagus were tightly contested, even to the point of urging that Pelagus incumbent Larry Sng, his nemesis, be dropped to join the campaign and help BN retain the sea! t. Sng h as refused.

The stakes in Sarawak are very high for Najib.

Should BN lose more than it did in 2006, the consequences would be dire as it would derail his plans to hold nationwide polls, widely speculated to be held this year.

Najib has been clawing back public support for BN in Peninsular Malaysia since taking over in 2009. Significant losses in Sarawak will definitely take out his momentum.

Lame-duck CM?

The schedule of Najibs tour, released on Saturday, shows that he will be intensively touring the state, visiting even remote areas.

Based on his activities yesterday, Najibs team has lined up a series of quick meet-the-people sessions that are expected to be interspersed with announcements of generous government allocations.

NONEIn Kuching, he announced an RM300,000 package for the upgrading of the Stutong Community Market, while in Sri Aman, he announced a RM200,000 for the facelift of the dilapidated Sri Aman Hospital.

The chief minister, in contrast, has a less hectic schedule, and his promises of financial allocations have been rare.

It is uncertain who exactly is in charge of the BN campaign right now, but the premiers lightning projects and quick-fix solutions to infrastructural problems are gaining the most publicity.

This obviously has taken a significant amount of heat from the embattled chief minister and given him some breathing space.

But Taib is now at risk of being overshadowed in this campaign by Najib, or worse, being labelled a lame duck.


Najib cuba selam atau Taib atau singkirkannya?

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