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January 29, 2010

Who will be Taib’s successor?

Taken from the Malaysian Mirror

KUCHING – The triennial delegates conference of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) scheduled for March this year may be considered a tame affair electoral-wise. No key posts are expected to be challenged.

However, the event has also generated much interest not only among party members but the public as well. This is because there are indications that long-serving party president and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud may choose the occasion to announce a successor.

At least this is what some speculate. And many are hoping that this time, the talks will come true unlike in the past when the CM himself announced his possible successors only to ‘chop’ them off one after another in the end.

pbb-abd-taib-mahmudTaib, aged 74, looking frail after an operation, but still mentally alert, is believed to be looking for someone (more seriously now, perhaps) to lead the party which he has helmed since March 26, 1981, a period of about 29 years.

And what makes it more interesting is that whoever is to succeed him as the president of PBB is going to be the chief minister of Sarawak.

Disappeared into political oblivion


Mawan under pressure to quit

Filed under: Iban Dilemma?,Sarawak Politics — Pengayau @ 3:53 am
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KUCHING – The crisis in the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deepened with some members calling for William Mawan to resign as president of the party, but Mawan dismissed the demand.


“I will not bow down to personal feelings of some members,” he said, pointing out that he would not abandon the responsibility and the trust placed upon him by those who had elected him.

Explaining his stand

“I am elected unopposed as president and I have a duty to those who elected me. I will not run away from my responsibility.  This is Mawan,” he said yesterday when asked by Malaysian Mirror to comment on demands by Peter Gani for him to resign to solve the present crisis.

“I appreciate the feelings of my friend Gani, but resignation is not an option for me. I will not bow down to pressure. I have a long-term strategy and the interest of members and the party to think about.

Gani, an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership.

Grassroots, not aides, decide fate

In Sibu, Tamin branch chairman Engkail Bunyau said branch members want the president to listen to the wishes of the grassroots rather than to just close aides.

He described Mawan’s decision to replace Sylvester Enteri as secretary-general with Nelson Balang Rining as “untimely”.

Dissent grows louder

Batu Danau state assemblyman Paulus Gumbang, who was one of those who had walked out during the supreme council meeting in support of Enteri, said he was shocked that the top leadership was engaging in underhanded politics.

He said the leadership should set a good example as such politics would only divide the party and weaken its powerbase.

SylvesterEntri(Marudi):”Mawan abused his pregorative and acted according to the advice of only few members.He has ignored the wishes of the Majority”

Rosey Yunus(Bekenu):”I was rushing for a flight back to Miri”

Peter Nansian(Tasik Biru):”I only left when the meeting was over and that was after i informed the President that i had function at home”…

Paulus Palu Gumbang(Batu Danau)=”Paulus,an appointed Vice President said he had to protest because what was announced at that meeting turned out to be different thing”

Tiki Lafe:So far no statement for him but he was present at the Press Conference which being held by Entri

Peter Ghani:”Gani,an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership”

George Garai,Cr Eda Igar:Both of them were Supreme Council members.Up to date,no statement from them

**So thats mean all together 8 walkout with 4 CONFIRMED Protest Walkout(Tiki,Entri,Paulus,Peter Ghani) 2 walkout with Good reason(Rosey,Nansian) and 2 Supreme Council Members,George Garai and Cr Eda Igar but yet to come with their statement

Ps:James Wong the former President of SNAP( Sarawak National Party) is still alive and he would be clapping his hands and clenching his fists and saying..Yes about time and Thank God History Does Repeat Itself. William led a walkout in SNAP 8 years ago and now he is swallowing his own medicine and its all his own doing. He has been trapped and he should have listened.

Perfect man for Engkilili???

Taken from the Borneo Post

Dr Rayong says the people want local candidate and he’s from Skrang – a local

ENGKILILI: The local assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong Ngipa has asked the people not to question his political position for the time being because he has served them well all this while under the BN umbrella.He said this at ‘Programme Mesra Rakyat’ organised by Lubok Antu Community Development Department (Kemas) at Rumah Dancon in Bua here.

“The proof is enough. I have pledged my allegiance and I have been handing out minor rural project (MRP) funds to the people of this constituency ever since I was elected in 2006,” he said.

“Non-BN assemblymen do not have MRP funds. So I hope that the people would stop doubting my political position and realise that I have been fighting on the BN side.”

He pointed out that his involvement as a friend of BN has borne fruits when the government channeled plenty of funds through him to develop Engkilili.

“The people should, therefore, know how to assess the situation deeply before they ever think of supporting the opposition when the next general election comes.

“After all, the people have expressed their desire for a local candidate to be their leader based on the result of the last state election.


January 28, 2010

Tr Nor Ak Nyawai and nembiak(Sg Sekabai,Sebauh,Bintulu)

Filed under: NCR Land Issues — Pengayau @ 4:35 pm

I was being informed that their Lawyer,Mr Baru Bian or the longhouse folks has not been informed or served with a notice much earlier.Be it from the Land&Survey Department or from Court order
They only being issued with merely a Blanket Order from a Court Interpreter who have been “ACTING” like a lawyer on the very day that their longhouse were being demolished.I also has been informed that the groups of 70 Police,Land&Survey personnel has arrived as early as 4 am with their bulldozers,some source saying that even some road which led to their longhouse has been BLOCKED by the Police too during the DEMOLITION

The actions of Tatau Land Sendirian Berhad, a subsidiary of the ASSAR Group and their agents together with the authorities were uncalled for since the residents of Rumah Nor are still contesting the land dispute claim over the area

In fact the case were still pending for an appeal,so it is MORALLY WRONG!!

When Dr Stephen Rundi(ADUN N.60 Kemena) saying that that was actually a ‘LANGKAU” High drama in Tatau illegal settlement demolition

Which in english,it literally mean “HUT” was very wrong and is misleading.In fact,the longhouse have been “RE-BUILT” at the exact location where their house have been demolished a few years back,and this is the 2nd time.

It is their HOME,not a LANGKAU.Those picture speaks for the truth.Furthermore,Dr Rundi himself might have been confused with the NCR Land Concept when he was quote saying that NCR Land and Tanah Temuda is two different things which has always been misunderstood by the land owners.This has been clarify by Mark Bujang(Executive Director) of BRIMAS in their Blogs..Dr Stephen Rundi sendiri belum faham maksud Hak NCR

YB confused of the NCR Land concept??Isnt it quite ironic in their capacities as Wakil Rakyat??I dont expect them to know everythings and anythings but they MUST KNOW..It is their Responsibilities to take care of the Rakyat.Otherwise,what sort of Leaders they are?Where were our so called Dayaks Leaders when their longhouse being demolished?Isnt it these are the Rakyat?

Agi ukui deh di beri kitai pemakai,di beri kitai utai dempa,sida tu MENSIA..iga ga kempang ndar ngaga urang bakanya???Tu kedua kali iya Rumah panjai sida tu kena rubuh Perintah BN.Enti utai bakatu majak nyadi,ujung2 anak,uchu,ichit kitai dudi ari ila ulun,nyadi kampar ba menua dirik empu!!!

Read also Nor Nyawai granted temporarily injunction against demolition by court and Tr Nor Ak Nyawai NCR Land Case Judgement 2001


Fahami perbezaan hak NCR dan tanah “Temudak”

Taken from Sarawakupdate

Dr Stephen Rundi menyampaikan MRP kepada seorang wakil penerima

Menteri Muda Kesihatan Awam, Dr Stephen Rundi Utom mengingatkan pemilik tanah di Sarawak supaya memastikan tanah tersebut benar-benar hak mereka sebelum membuat sebarang tuntutan kepada kerajaan.

Bercakap kepada pemberita di Bintulu hari ini, beliau berkata beberapa pemilik tanah cenderung menggunakan pembangkang atau melepaskan geram melalui penulis blog dan media siber untuk memperjuangkan “hak” mereka walaupun nyata tanah tersebut bukan milik mereka.

Masalah ini timbul kerana pemilik tanah atau mereka yang mewarisi dan menduduki tanah tidak dapat membezakan di antara Tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera, NCR dan tanah Temudak.

“Ingin saya maklumkan bahawa tanah NCR ialah tanah yang diwarisi turun menurun sebelum 1958 manakala tanah Temudak ialah tanah yang diduduki selepas tahun tersebut (1958)”, kata Dr Stephen Rundi.

“Apabila kerajaan tidak membayar pampasan bila mengambil tanah Temudak untuk tujuan pembangunan, mulalah mereka mencari pembangkang atau menggunakan medium media siber untuk melepaskan geram tanpa berbincang dahulu dengan kerajaan” ulas beliau lagi sambil menambah kerajaan bukan perompak dan tidak pernah merampas hak pemilik tanah.


Sarawak civil society condemn settlement demolition

Taken from Sarawakupdate

Mark Bujang

We the concerned civil society organisations (CSOs) having met and deliberated in Sibu on 23 January 2010 on the recent news of the demolition of houses belonging to the residents of Rumah Nor Anak Nyawai, Sungai Sekabai, Sebauh, Sarawak on the 19 January 2010 express utter outrage and deep concern on the blatant disregard of the communities’ customary rights and their right to shelter.

The actions of Tatau Land Sendirian Berhad, a subsidiary of the ASSAR Group and their agents together with the authorities were uncalled for since the residents of Rumah Nor are still contesting the land dispute claim over the area.

The comment made by the Superintendent of Land and Survey Department, Bintulu laying the blame on the lawyer for not informing his clients on the eviction order was false. The fact was, the lawyer representing the residents has yet to receive any eviction order from the court.

There was also no notice given to the residents. The residents’ were only informed about the eviction order after the demolition was done. Furthermore, the residents have since appealed the decision and the case is still pending.

We demand that:


The role of YBs

Filed under: Public Issues,Sarawak Politics — Pengayau @ 3:30 pm

Source: www.thebrokenshield.blogspot.com

The role of YBs

Like Members of Parliament, Council Negeri (Dewan Undangan Negeri) Members represent the concerns of the people of their constituencies in the State Legislative Assembly and to help solve problems of their constituents on a variety of matters – from checking on individual problems with government departments to providing information on government development programmes and policies. They also maintain a high profile in their ridings (constituencies) and take part in local events and official functions.

While the cabinet and government make policies, laws, and etc, the elected representatives can help influence legislation through debates in the State Assembly and during party meetings.

In short, our YBs are our “voices” and our “bridges” to the government.

But how many of our YBs are doing just that? Instead, many of them are trying to find businesses to enrich themselves and are only seen during election times.

On this score, I would like to mention one YB who has been helping the people who voted for him. I particularly refer to YB Abdul Karim Hamzah, the Member for Asajaya.

When he heard that more than 3,000 hectares of NCR land belonging to Ibans in his constituency have been allegedly leased to Chief Minister’s sister by the Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management, he went to see the Chief Minister.

He requested the Chief Minister to return the land to the land owners as they are his strong supporters who have ensured his victory in the previous elections.

The Chief Minister claimed that he did not know about it and agreed that the land be returned to the land owners starting from next February or March 2010.

This story was told by the YB himself during the Xmas and New Year visit to a friend of The Broken Shied.

This is the type of YBs that we need, the YBs who have courage to speak on behalf of their constituents and the ones who are not scared of losing their “periok nasi”.

But what are our Dayak YBs (and Dayak Ministers too) doing as many of NCR land in their constituencies have also been forcedly leased to big companies for the planting of oil palm, which also destroyed their fruit trees and cash crops and demolished their longhouses? – The Broken Shield

1Malaysia?Oh ya,1Malaysia huru hara

Kepala babi dilontar dalam perkarangan dua masjid

Taken from Malaysia Kini

Kepala babi ditemui dilontarkan ke dalam perkarangan dua buah masjid sekitar Jalan Klang Lama hari ini.

Kepala babi berkenaan dijumpai di perkarangan Masjid Jumhuriyah, Taman Datuk Harun di Petaling Jaya dan Masjid Al-Imam Al-Tirmizi, Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama.

Insiden itu merupakan yang terbaru perbuatan merosak dan mencemarkan rumah-rumat ibadat sepanjang tiga minggu lalu, yang membabitkan 11 gereja, sebuah kuil Sikh, sebuah masjid dan dua surau.

Serangan ini dipercayai ada kaitan dengan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi pada 31 Disember lalu yang membenarkan bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah sebagai terjemahaan untuk ‘God’.

Menurut saksi, dua kepala babi dijumpai oleh jemaah di perkarangan masjid ketika datang hendak menunaikan solat Subuh pada jam 5.30 pagi.

Selain kepala babi, kepingan wang kertas juga ditemui ditaburkan di di situ.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan dan pegawainya datang untuk menyiasat kawasan kejadian.


Rumah Nor ak Nyawai being demolished once again!!

One of the affected structure. Pix by TAHABAS President

The land and survey department insisted they were merely discharging a court order while Tahabas president insisted that  the problem arrived from overlapping mistake.

Superintendent of Land and Survey Bintulu, Haji Ajmaen Haji Superi told Sarawak Update: “We are only carrying out our duty. The court has made its decision. The court have communicated to the lawyer, and it is the lawyer duty to inform their clients that they lost the case,” he explained, adding that failure to vacate the land is contempt of court. Full story, here.

TAHABAS president in his widely circulated email, was telling otherwise.

To be fair, we are publishing both Land and Survey statement and Tahabas statement, for the readers to understand.

The court have decided that the land is State Land while TAHABAS insisted that it was the residents ownership despite the court decision.

However, ironically three days have lapse but the affected resident lawyer choose to keep mum and is not replying to our email seeking clarification.

It was not immediately known the affected resident lawyers who happened to be PKR Sarawak leaders are staying away from ICT technology due to Dr Rais Yatim advisory against twitter and FB.

Attached below are unedited email circulated by TAHABAS.


January 17, 2010

Four reasons for controversial ‘Allah’ ruling

Taken from Malaysian Insider


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 —  High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan’s controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that rocked the nation over who had rights to the term cited that the Home Minister and government’s actions had been illegal, unconstitutional, irrational and had failed to satisfy that it was a threat to national security.

She also wrote about the apparent conflict in the matter between the Federal Constitution and the various state enactments apart from claims by Muslim groups that the matter cannot be taken to a civil court.

The judge released the written grounds of her Dec 31 judgment late on Friday while the increasingly acrimonious public debate over who has the right to use the word “Allah” continues to rage on.

The Malaysian Insider obtained a copy of her 57-page judgment where the judge lays out the reasons and the laws behind her oral pronouncement.

In laying out her judgment, Justice Lau ruled that the Home Minister and the Government of Malaysia, who were named as 1st and 2nd Respondents respectively, has the discretion under Section 12 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act to issue or revoke a permit to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Reverend Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (the Applicant) to publish the Church’s newspaper, Herald — The Catholic Weekly.

But, she stressed, the respondents had made decisions that were illegal, unconstitutional and irrational when they barred the Catholic newspaper from publishing the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

Below are excerpts highlighting the main disputes.

* On why the Home Minister’s ban is illegal

“The Applicant submits the 1st Respondent has failed to take into account one or more of the relevant considerations…

1. The word “Allah” is the correct Bahasa Malaysia word for “God” and in the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible, “God” is translated as “Allah” and “Lord” is translated as “Tuhan”;

2. For 15 centuries, Christians and Muslims in Arabic-speaking countries have been using the word “Allah” in reference to the One God. The Catholic Church in Malaysia and Indonesia and the greater majority of other Christian denominations hold that “Allah” is the legitimate word for “God” in Bahasa Malaysia;

3. The Malay language has been the lingua franca of many Catholic believers for several centuries especially those living in Melaka and Penang and their descendants in Peninsular Malaysia have practised a culture of speaking and praying in the Malay language;

4. The word “God” has been translated as “Allah” in the “Istilah Agama Kristian Bahasa Inggeris ke Bahasa Malaysia” first published by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia in 1989;

5. The Malay-Latin dictionary published in 1631 had translated “Deus” (the Latin word for God) as “Alla” as the Malay translation;


January 16, 2010

Speak up on ‘Allah’, Kit Siang urges Borneo ministers

Taken from MalaysianInsider

By Clara Chooi

IPOH, Jan 16 — DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang has asked all Cabinet ministers from East Malaysia to declare if they agreed with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s bid to strike a compromise by allowing only Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use “Allah”.

The Ipoh Timur MP today slammed Nazri for his statement, which was front-paged in Kuching daily The Borneo Post yesterday, saying that his words made a total mockery of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept.

“It seems now we are having more and more segmentation and departmentalisation rather than 1 Malaysia,” Lim noted.

“I was struck by Nazri’s announcement because just a day earlier, our deputy prime minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) said, in his talk at the Oxford Islamic Centre, that there would be no more Allah contention in the future.

“I wonder what he meant by that?” he added.

He questioned if, by making such a statement, Muhyiddin had meant that there would no longer be any “insensitive statements” made by both the home minister and the prime minister — such as those stating they would not object to any demonstrations over the “Allah” issue — which he said had caused the series of attacks on churches nationwide.

“Or did he mean that in the future, the home minister would never impose a ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ like what happened in 2007?


Jakim says ‘Allah’ ban must include Sabah and Sarawak

Taken from Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) maintains that Christians should not be allowed to use the word “Allah” and rejects the suggestion that the word could be used in East Malaysia while remaining banned on the peninsula.

Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said there should not be two sets of laws and rules to deal with the “Allah” issue.

The federal government’s highest Islamic body joins Christian leaders who also rejected today the suggestion made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who claimed in an interview with East Malaysian newspapers yesterday that the federal government had agreed for the word to be used in Sabah and Sarawak.

Wan Mohamad from Jakim said that since there were already rules on the matter, the word “Allah” should not be used by churches anymore. “We must respect the decision of the Cabinet.

“If we follow the spirit of respecting laws there has already been a decision at national level so they should not use the word,” he said.

He said that if the word “Allah” was allowed for Christians in Sabah and Sarawak it would not solve any problems because of the migration and mobilisation of people from the two East Malaysian states to the peninsula.

“That does not solve matters…we are in a small country and we need standard laws and rules.


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