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September 25, 2010

Naroden,are you kidding?

“But according to Assistant Minister of Planning and Resource Management, Mohd Naroden Majais, there is no question of returning native customary rights land (NCL) to the people of Sarawak as the present government never took any land from the natives.

“How can you return something that you never took away? Clearly the PKR’s vice president’s promise is a nonsensical statement and a political gimmick to mislead the people,” Naroden said.”

Notes:With over 200 NCR Land Dispute Cases Involving Logging and Other Issues still pending for trial agaisnt the State Government and Private Companies,longhouses being demolished,the natives being chase away from their ancestral land,and now who is nonsensical?Who is talking about Nonsense here?

“With the implementation of the land initiative, survey and issuance of land title, it has been proven that the government can help resolve problems faced by the rural people with regards to native customary land, and at the same time, ensure continuous rural development,” said Naroden in a press statement faxed to the local media yesterday.”

Notes:A lot of conflicting statements made by L&S officers, YBs and ministers. First they say they want to do perimeter survey of Native Customary, Rights (NCR) land then they say it is Tanah Temuda only.

What happen to the Pulau  Galau and Pemakai Menoa? Then they said,Land Title will be given. But if the NCR land surveyed is going to be gazetted as Native Communal Reserve under Section 6 of the Land Code, there is no provision under Section 6 that title will be given. Only a notification of the gazette.

Also, the L&S Dept have not establish a registrar for NCR lands and there are no provisions in the law yet to give title to NCR lands. Title can only be issued unless the classification of NCR is changed to Mized Zone or Native Area Land

“He pointed out that all this while, the government has always recognised NCL and there are lawful methods under Section 5 of the Land Code of creating such land.”

Notes:The government legitimised its actions by amending the Sarawak Land Code several times, and each time it made it very difficult for the natives to claim their customary rights over their ancestral land.

And the most devastating amendment to the Land Code was made in May 2000, especially to Section 5. Section 5 (a) (2) (i) was amended by substituting the word “acquired” wherever it appears in the subsection with the word “created”.

On the surface of it, the amendment looks innocent. But if you analyse it carefully, it is very destructive to the NCR landowners. Prior to the amendment, NCR land can be passed from one generation to the next — from father to son and his children’s children, and so on. The land that has been acquired by any other means by the family always belongs to the family and its generation.

NCR land could be acquired through the following methods:

  • felling virgin jungle and occupying the cleared land;
  • planting land with fruit trees; and occupying it;
  • using the land for a burial ground or shrines;
  • using land of any class for right of way; and/or
  • using any other lawful means.

Delaying tactics

Emphasis is on the word “acquired” which was substituted with the word “created”. This can result in the termination of customary rights over such land, as only the “creator” shall have such rights over the land. And after his death, the land shall be reverted to the government if the descendents are unable to provide proof for such a claim. Such a land will be known as “state land”.

No doubt you can claim the land, provided you can prove that your great-great forefathers created the rights over the land. The onus is therefore on the claimants. And very few people can prove it. They can depend only on “tuai rumah” (longhouse headman) or penghulus to be their witnesses. But the headmen and penghulus have been warned by the government not to simply endorse such land as NCR land or else they will be in trouble – their appointment can be terminated or they can even go to jail.

“He also said existing NCL are also protected under Section 15 of the Land Code which states that “such land shall not be alienated or be used for a public purpose until all customary rights have been surrendered or terminated or provision for compensating the persons entitled thereto have been made”’

Notes:How many land owner has been compensated???

“The issuance of Provisional Leases for Large-Scale Plantations, License for Planted Forests and Timber License always excludes native customary land”

For the records,Sarawak State Government did not recognised Pulau Galau and Tanah Temuda as part of NCR Land.They only recognised Cultivated Land or Tanah Temuda.But Court verdicts on Tr Nor Ak Nyawai case in 2001 prove the other way round and this is the arguement between NCR Lawyers and the State Government.Most of the PL that being issued to Private Companies by the State Goverment is over Pulau Galau and Pemakai Menoa!!Read Tr Nor Ak Nyawai NCR Land Case Judgement 2001

“On the new initiative, he said the government is carrying out perimeter survey of native customary land throughout the state for eventual gazettal as Native Communal Reserves.

The next stage of this initiative, he pointed out, is the survey of individual lots for issuance of Section 18 title”

Notes:“If that is the case, it includes the longhouse area, their burial ground, tembawai (old longhouse sites), temuda and kebun (farming) areas and the pulau (communal forests) areas as well.

“That is what the courts have decided on the extent or boundary of the NCR land of the longhouse and that is also what we have asked to be gazetted all along,” said NCR land lawyer Harrison Ngau. Read the original news here

All notes were taken from an excerpt of NCR land campaign fodder for Dayaks and Dayaks do not trust BN over NCR land

Read this also:

Naroden – Simunjan’s oil palm king

For most of our elected representatives be they MPs or DUN members, they do not want to antagonize the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud because they know the consequences. In fact almost all of them heaping praises on him hoping that their voices can be heard. Once he notices you and becomes his confidant, you are on the way to a millionaire’s club.

Look at the State Assemblyman for Simunjan, YB Haji Mohd Naroden bin Haji Majais, who comes from an average family in Gedong. Since he became YB in the 1991 State election, he not only becomes a confidant of the Chief Minister and is now an assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s department, but also he is locally known as the “king of oil palm” in Simunjan owning among the largest areas of oil palm.

According to the Land and Survey Department’s Laporan Statistic Suku Ketiga Tahun 2005 (Statistic Report for Third quarter 2005) his companies have now owned seven areas in Simunjan consisting of 16,486 hectares (roughly 41,215 acres) of land for the planting of oil palm.

The breakdown is as follows:-

  • Tanjong Midin, Batang Kerang, Simunjan/Serian, Lot 2984 Melikin land district of 4555 hectares approved in 1996 under the Pelita Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd;
  • Batang Kerang, Simunjan/Serian, Lot 2981 Melikin land district with 3770 hectares approved in 1988 under the Gedong Plantation Sdn Bhd;
  • Batang Kerang, Simunjan/Serian, Lot 2980 Melikin land district with 3480 hectares approved in 1988 under the Gedong Plantation Sdn Bhd;
  • Between Batang Sadong and Sungai Simunjan, Lot 1226 Sedilu Gedong land district with 2182 hectares approved in 2004 under the Hydroflow Sdn Bhd;
  • Between Lubuk Teba and Sungai Sentok, Gedong, Lot 1227 Sedilu Gedong land district with 593 hectares approved in 2004 under the Hydroflow Sdn Bhd;
  • Tanjung Embang, Simunjan, Lot 1228 Sedilu Gedong land district with 189 hectares approved in 2003 under the Indranika Jaya Sdn Bhd;
  • Between Tanjung Sap and Sunhgai Benat B, Simunjan, Lot 1229 with 1717 hectares approved in 2003 under Indranika Sdn Bhd.

This list is only up to the third quarter of 2005, but what about from thereon to this day? Imagine the amount of money his companies have earned all this while when CPO (Crude Palm Oil) was RM3,000 in March this year from the matured oil palms.

We do not envy him, or jealous of him (incase Alfred Jabu says so,) and how can we envy him when we, as voters, also contribute to his wealth. But what we – Malay and Iban voters – ask of him is that he should leave our NCR land alone. – The Broken Shield

Ibans mount blockade against Naroden’s companies

About 100 Iban land owners from Kpg. Sungai Lingkau, Melanjok and Sekendu in Simunjan today (5 May) mounted a blockade to prevent workers of Hydroflow and Melur Gemilang from entering their NCR land.

A manager from the company promised the landowners who maintained the blockade not to enter the area, and to bring out all the machinery.

The landowners expected the manager to lodge a report with the Police and they also expected to be arrested in the defence of their land from being encroached into.

Hydroflow and Melur Gemilang are owned by Yang Berhormat Naroden Majais, the Simunjan State assemblyman. He is known as the “Simunjan King of oil palm”, owning more than 48,000 acres of land including NCR land of oil palm.

Meanwhile, six longhouses in the Kpg. Samalatong/Kepayang area will meet on Wednesday night to reject the offer of DD Plantations and Pelita Holdings Sdn. Bhd. to develop their NCR land. The agreement has already been signed between 46 longhouse chiefs with the DD Plantations and Pelita Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

But the landowners from these six longhouses prefer their NCR land to be developed by SALCRA where their equity participation is 70% as compared with 30% given by DD plantations and Pelita. – The Broken Shield

September 21, 2010

The Damn Dam is a gift from God?

Lihan insists Baram dam a gift for Orang Ulu

September 10, 2010, Friday

MIRI: Telang Usan assemblyman Lihan Jok reiterated that the Baram hydroelectric dam project is a gift from God for the minority Orang Ulu.

Lihan Jok
Lihan Jok

“I am not ashamed to say that the mega project is a gift from God because as a result of the project the government will build a 60-km road from Long Lama to the dam site at Long Keseh, benefitting about 12,000 Kayans from nine longhouses along the river,” he said.

He said he had proposed to have a road to link all the longhouses along Baram River before the dam was even conceptualised, more as a wish for a better  life for the people.

The road came into the picture when the government proposed the Baram dam, he added.

“What I am saying is that if there is no Baram dam, there won’t be any road being built. It does not make any economic sense just building a road like that. The proposed dam justifies the building of the RM500-million road,” explained Lihan.

Urging his critics to look at the bigger picture, he said the stretch of road from Long Lama made up Package B of the overall road project under Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy. He said the package cost the government a massive RM500 million.

Package A is the stretch of road from Beluru to Sungai Tinjar encompassing Lapok road.

The upgrading of 35.73-km Lapok road at a cost of about RM101 million commenced three days ago and is expected to be completed in three years, Lihan revealed.

“Our people who are already poor have had to buy 4WD vehicles to travel through this road, having to bear high maintenance cost due to wear and tear their vehicles were subject to. But this will be behind us three years from now,” said Lihan.Read more here

Pengayau comment

Perhaps,we should send a copy of this You Tube Video to YB Lihan Jok who said that the Damn Dam is a gift from God.Im just wondering,who is God that he refer to.But as far as we are concern,Taib is his one and only god!!

Sorrowful tale of Bakun evictees

“West Malaysians are being fed “spoonfuls of sugar” but the people of Sarawak, particularly those affected by the Bakun Hydroelectric Project, are having to “chow down chillies” after having been evicted from their ancestral homes”

Documentary Series On Bakun Dam

Bakun Update: Operation Exodus

This report is compiled through field visits to the Bakun areas & interviews with the affected residents in different communities. These include those who have moved to the Sg Asap resettlement scheme, those who have moved to alternative communities of their own choice, and those who are still remaining in their respective communities along the Rejang/ Balui rivers. The visits were conducted from November 29-December 4 1998.

The Controversial Bakun Dam Ordeal:

The Bakun dam project has been a controversial issue for the 10,000 over natives from 15 communities living along the Rejang and Balui river for the past 5 years since its revival by the Malaysian government in September 1993. The project was scrapped in 1990 when the Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammed explained that it was Malaysia’s contribution to global conservation.

Since then, the residents and government agencies have been engaged in a spate of tussle over the issue, which has been shrouded by controversial reports and information. This was especially so in terms of the relocation of the people and the compensation accorded to them. The Malaysian government has been very tight-lipped about the entire project, which it claimed to be the biggest Hydroelectric dam in the SEA region.

Many related issues were raised from the source of the funds needed to build the dam to the safety standards, and the almost non-existent process of dialogue & consultation with the different tribal groups involved mainly the Kayans, Kenyah, Ukits, and Penans, who are the majority among those affected.

In September this year (1998), the government finally implemented their plans to relocate the people after 3 years of postponement. This move came at an untimely period when the entire country and also the SEA region are facing a serious economic crisis. And in early 1998, the government announced that the Dam project would be scaled down and for the moment it had been shelved due to the economic downturn experienced by the country.

But nevertheless, the resettlement exercises, codenamed “Operation Exodus” was carried with the first victims being Long Ayak (Ukits) and Bato Keling (Kayans) in September this year. Then 2 months later in November, Uma Daro (Kayan), Uma Belor (Kayan) and Long Gang (Kenyah) were moved from the Bakun area.

All 5 communities have been moved to the Government-planned resettlement scheme located at Sg.Asap-Sg.Koyan area, an area located in the Northeast direction and about 3 hours (by rough logging roads) from Belaga town.

Resettlement Scheme is a Scam! Read more here

Welcome To Sarawak.Land of The Damn Dams,Hidden Paradise of Logging Activities and A Place Like No Other!!!

Here we have it, 52 dam sites identified covering a large part of Sarawak. How many natives will these dams displace? Irrelevant. Where will they be resettled and under what allternative conditions will they have to live and obtain a livelihood? Irrelevant. How much forest and wildlife will disappear and become extinct? Irrelevant. How will these dams affect the eco-systems and the environment? Irrelevant. How much money will Taib, his family, henchmen and cronies and their children for generations make at the expense of all other Sarawakians? Now that is relevant!

~Sarawak Head Hunter~

Solid Success – Bakun Delivers on Requirements

Bakun – mega-structures are ideal for siphoning off taxpayers money

News publications have been chewing over the figures as Bakun waits to be flooded and have come to some inevitable, long-predicted conclusions.

Firstly, the Dam has no genuine economic purpose.  Sarawak already has more electricity than its impoverished population can afford to use and the plans to send it to Malaysia by undersea cable was a fantasy by technology-illiterate ministers.

Secondly, the dam will actually make electricity more, not less expensive for ordinary Sarawakians, as existing power plants will be shut and Sarawak Hidro are desperate to claw back some of the RM 7.3 billion costs.

Thirdly, the public worker pension funds, which were arm-twisted by politicians into funding the dam to the tune of RM 5.75 billion, are now left facing an appalling loss.  This means either a whole generation of hard-working public servants (teachers, nurses, clerks, firemen etc.) will now lose their savings for old age, or the Malaysian taxpayer (the next generation of workers) will have to find the extra money to bail them out.

Pensioners’ loss is Taib family gain

plenty of cement and steel

Therefore the all-round conclusion has been that Bakun is a monstrous, multi-billion dollar disaster.  Southeast Asia’s  greatest ‘White Elephant’ foisted onto Malaysia by Sarawak’s ‘Chief Executive Officer’ Abdul Taib Mahmud.  Perhaps, it is speculated, at least tourists will come to visit such an appalling example of state planning gone spectacularly wrong?

However, these commentators are neglecting to point out that from the point of view of Mr Taib’s personal finances and those of the Taib family, the Bakun Dam has been a stunning success.

Much of the RM 5.75 billion siphoned out of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) by this project has gone gushing straight into the Taib bank accounts – and then presumably straight on out of the country to fund their private foreign investments.

CMS saved from bad business judgements by Bakun

Researchers have long since detailed how it was the decision to revive the Bakun Dam project, after it was shelved during the Asian Financial Crash, that rescued Cayha Mata Sarawak (CMS), the business the Taib family ‘privatised’ from the state into their own pockets, in the late 1990s.

By 1999, CMS, which had over-stretched on ambitious projects, was facing terrifying losses of RM 787 million.  The Chief Minister (whose late wife and two sons owned most of the shares of this ‘public’ company) was even more alarmed as the share price collapsed as a result.  The ‘CEO of Sarawak’ was facing personal bankruptsy, since most of his family company’s borrowings were based on the value of these CMS shares.

Environmental catastophy – an area the size of Singapore has been stripped bare for flooding

So it was the political decision by the Malaysian government to pour RM 1.6 billion of taxpayers’ money into Bakun (a sum which has since escalated to 7.5 billion and rising) that saved the Taibs’ from ruin (and kept BN in power in Sarawak).  Everyone knew that the Chief Minister would award his own company the lions share of the contracts for this glorious mega-project (CMS specialises in producing cement and steel) and that the company would go from strength to strength.

Endless profit to be made

The Chief Minister does not miss a trick when it comes to making money and Bakun has gone on to provide wonderful further opportunities for abuse of public trust.  Thus, his own company CMS has now gone on to further establish itself as the biggest private customer of the publicly owned venture that it built.

The company has done a deal with Rio Tinto Zinc (despite the horror of environmentalists) to build a vast aluminium smelter to soak up Bakun’s excess power.  This consortium is currently playing hardball with Sarawak Hidro, the Federal government body in charge of the dam, to get a preferential deal for electricity. This at a time when Taib is negotiating on behalf of the State of Sarawak to buy the project off the Federal Government.

This means clever Taib has set himself up as the biggest client of the state venture that, as Finance Minister and Chief Minister, he is going to be entrusted with managing of behalf of the interests of the taxpayer!  As far as conflict of interest goes that is about as big as it gets! Read more here

Survey Of NCR Lands – Political Gimmick Versus Legal Reality

By Paul Raja
Najib had promised to allocate RM20 million as initially grant to survey Native Customary Rights lands all over Sarawak.

Najib’s promise of RM20 million grant for survey of NCR Land cause so much hype among the Natives of Sarawak. Why not, they have been pestering the Sarawak BN government for so long but to their great disappointment.

Now Najib comes to their rescue and become their hero. But is it for real?? Of course on the BN side of the political divide they argue that it is an ensample of BN sincerity, ability and integrity. But then we must remember, they have been telling us that for the past 47 years as long as Malaysia had been around.

I for one, do not really believe on BN propaganda anymore. Nevertheless, laying politics aside, let us examine it objectively.

Legal history

During the early rule of the Brooke’s Rajah which began in 1841, the land law in Sarawak was merely left to Native customary land tenure. That is, the native system of land law based on the custom of each tribe. As time passes by, the Rajah began to slowly issue general orders which regulates the life of his subject and at the same time affecting lands. It was only in the 1900s that laws regarding land began to be properly promulgated.

Nevertheless, those early land laws did not interfere much with the native customary land tenure. There are only a few instances where land statutes affect the native customary land tenure. But these laws had never ever extinguished native customary land tenure.

State Secretariat Circular No. 12/ 1939
In 1939, the State Secretary issued a circular now known as Secretariat Circular No.12/1939. The opening statement to the Circular states: “1. The Land Orders recognise native customary rights to land,…..”

This Circular is an important window on what was the position of the Rajah’s Government stand on Native customary land Tenure. There are a few significant features of the Circular.

Native Communal Reserve;
Individual Native Customary Rights lands;
Native Communal Forests;
Creation & eventual survey of Communal Native Customary rights Lands;
Issuing of title to Individual Native Customary Rights Land through a process called Settlement process.

These are legal tools that available to protect NCR lands with eventual issue of title as the ultimate objective.

The Land Code Cap. 81
There are few provisions under the land Code pertaining to NCR lands. Section 2 Defines Native customary rights as to mean communal or otherwise. In the light of the Native customs, “otherwise” would always refer to individual rights of the natives. These individual rights would normally be known as temuda, i.e. a previously cultivated land. Section 5 This section provides for the creation of NCR lands after 1958.Read more here

September 16, 2010

Proclamation Speech by the Late Stephen Kalong Ningkan on 16th September,1963

Filed under: 20/18 Point of Agreement,Malaysian Agreement — Pengayau @ 12:01 am

Whereas one of the Nine Cardinal Principles of the Rule of the English Rajahs was that goal of self government shall always be kept in mind and that the people of Sarawak shall be entrusted in due course with the Governance of themselves:

And Whereas this principle accords with the policy which Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland have always pursued in the Governance of those territories of the Commonwealth for whose affairs Her Majesty’s Government have been responsible:

And Whereas in pursuance of this principle Her Majesty’s Government by an agreement entered into on the 9th day of July 1963, with the Government of Federation Of Malaya,The Government State of Singapore and the Governments of the Colonies of Sarawak and North Borneo it was agreed that the State of Singapore and the Colonies of Sarawak and North Borneo shall be federated with the Federation of Malaya,and than the said Federation shall be known as Malaysia:

And Whereas Constitutions for Malaysia and for the States of Sarawak,Sabah and Singapore have been promulgated:

And Whereas by a Proclaimation made under section 2 of Malaysia Act,the 16th day of September,1963 has been proclaimed as Malaysia Day:

Now Therefore I, STEPHEN KALONG NINGKAN,the Chief Minister of Sarawak, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM that Sarawak has this day attained independence as a State of Malaysia.

When the faithful day come, we will sing this patriotic song once again!!

Over time, Sarawak State Anthem was changed. Click here for a collection of State Anthem, Sarawak Government have adopted since 1963.

“I would like to repeat and emphasize again, that Malaysia is a Nation formed of equal partners, Sarawak did not join; but Sarawak formed Malaysia together with Malaya, Sabah and Singapore.Malaysians are all equal under the Law and Constitution, irrespective of race, color or creed. There should not be distinction or discrimination. The rights of each component state are inviolable and inscribed in the IGC and London Agreements.”

~~Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min~~

Pengayau comment

Malaya gained Independence frm British on 31st August 1957.Sarawak gained Independence from British on 22nd of July 1963.Sarawak,Sabah,together with Singapore and Federation Of Malaya formed Malaysia in September 16th,1963

Federation of Malaysia was form with Sabah&Sarawak TOGETHER with Malaya and Singapore 1n 16th September 1963.It means that we are an EQUAL PARTNER  and we are a SEPARATE ENTITY in the spirit of Federalism.This is why the 20/18 Point of Agreement was drafted to SAFEGUARD us(Sabah&Sarawak)But now,we have ended up with being one of the states in Malaysia.

The Original Article 1 of the Federal Constitution which came into force on Malaysia Day reads:

(1) The Federation shall be known,in Malay and English by the name Malaysia

(2) The States of the Federation shall be:

(a) The states of Malaya,namely Johore,Kedah,Kelantan,Malacca,Negeri Sembilan,Pahang,Penang

Perak,Perlis,Selangor and Terengganu and

(b) The Borneo states namely Sabah and Sarawak and

(c) The state of Singapore

From the start there was no real concept of “Malaysia”, but a very real Malayan hegemonic control and interference over the states of Sarawak and Sabah. Singapore rebelled and was rewarded by being kicked out of the federation, which turned out to be a much better thing for it. Sarawak and Sabah opted to remain under Malayan dominance and were rewarded by the crumbs of their own resources – the main bulk of which fuelled the modern development of Malaya and the greed and power of the Malayan elites.

Why?It is very simple,because the 20/18 Point of Agreement has been eroded either being ammended or axed from time to time for their Political Agenda and not to mention the Federal Constitution itself.In fact,this 20/18 Point of Agreement were such a “Sacred Promise” to us by the Malayan Government prior to the formation of Malaysia.From Colonism to Federalism,and from Federalism?we are now were under Imperialism of Malaya

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 1: Religion

While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo

Federal Constitution:

Article 11
Though Islam is the religion of the Federation, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion. Every person has the right to propagate his religion, but state law and, in respect of the Federal Territory, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religion, doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion. There is, however, freedom to carry on missionary work among non-Muslims.

But yet,the Allah issue has prove that there are “some” parties who are above the Law and Constitutionand showing disrespect to the Agreement for the sake of their Political Agenda

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 3: Constitution

Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.
Is there any NEW Document being drafted prior formation of  Federation Of Malaysia as in the Agreement?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 8: Borneanisation
Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

From what we see today,there is no such thing as Borneonisation but more to Malayanisation of Borneo

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.
In laymen terms,i believe we can called it an Autonomous Power to control over those matter which has been stipulated.But are we?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya

Are we?Perhaps maybe we are 3rd Class Bumiputra here in Sarawak and we have been marginalised for so long.It seems like there are 2 categories of Bumiputra which is:

1.Muslim Bumiputra

2.Non Muslim Bumiputra

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore

With 31 Parliamentary seats in Sarawak and 25 in Sabah make up total of 56 out of 222 Parliamentary seats in total?

Is it a Grave MISTAKE for us to form the Federation Of Malaysia together with Sabah,Singapore and Malaya in 1963??


We cant seccede from Malaysia but we can be KICKED OUT from Malaysia like what Tunku Abd Rahman did to Singapore in 1965.Do you think that UMNO Malaya stupid enough to KICK US OUT from Malaysia?In 10 years time.without Oil&Gas resources from Sabah and Sarawak,Malaya would be a BANKRUPT NATION!!!!

But Politically,we CAN do that.We can BE kicked out from Malaysia.How?It would not be that easy,dont forgot ISA,but it is not IMPOSSIBLE,it is just near IMPOSSIBLE

This is how we can do it:

1.Set up a Borneo Based Political Party

2.Gain control of Borneo states namely Sabah and Sarawak through electoral proceess

3.Persuade the Federal Government to Re-Look back at the 20/18 Point Of Agreement

4.If they refused to do so,organised a Statewide campaign,go to every corner of the States and convinced the Rakyat that we should pull out from Malaysia and try to get their absolute support

5.Send a referandum to United Nation that we are UNHAPPY with the way the Federal Government treat us as(State-Federal Ties)

6.Request the United Nation to send a Delegation for a Fact Finding Mission similar to the Cobbold Commision before to get the feedback and consensus from the peoples of Sabah and Sarawak.

But bear in mind,this will not happen without repercussion from the Federal Government and ISA is the anwer of all this.Datuk Jeffry Kitingan was once being held under ISA and he has been accused of trying to pull out Sabah from Malaysia and is that TRUE?No,he merely request for the 5% Oil Royalty to be review.

He and his brother Joseph Pairin Kitingan has been harrased and being charged with Corruption.This is the begining of the fall of PBS Government in Sabah and UMNO take over since then

For further reading:

Iban fears on Malaysia still haunt ex-Sarawak DCM


Push for Sabah, S’wak’s independence: Next stop UN


Malaya Tipu Borneo

The Debate On The Malaysia Bill In The British Parliament 19th July,1963

How Sarawak was conned into the Formation Dr Ooi Keat Gin

Separate but equal by N Shashi Kala and Ooi Ying Nee

Things fall apart By Sim Kwang Yang

Malaysia is made up of 3 countries as equal partner by Dr John Brian Anthony


September 14, 2010

Lee Kuan Yew: Don’t judge a man until you’ve closed his coffin

Lee Kuan Yew – tougher than a nail

EDITOR’S PICK This is a very wide-ranging interview encompassing politics, religion, philosophy and love. Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew shares a very tender side that perhaps he would never have allowed himself to reveal when he was younger.

“I am an agnostic. I was brought up in a traditional Chinese family with ancestor worship. I would go to my grandfather’s grave on All Soul’s Day which is called “Qingming”. My father would bring me along, lay out food and candles and burn some paper money and kowtow three times over his tombstone. At home on specific days outside the kitchen he would put up two candles with my grandfather’s picture. But as I grew up, I questioned this because I think this is superstition.

“She (his wife Geok Choo) has been for two years bed-ridden, unable to speak after a series of strokes. I am not going to convert her. I am not going to allow anybody to convert her because I know it will be against what she believed in all her life. How do I comfort myself? Well, I say life is just like that. You can’t choose how you go unless you are going to take an overdose of sleeping pills, like sodium amytal. For just over two years, she has been inert in bed, but still cognitive. She understands when I talk to her, which I do every night. She keeps awake for me; I tell her about my day’s work, read her favourite poems.”

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010.

Mr Lee: “Thank you. When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..”

Q: “Not. Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most of us will get.”

Mr Lee: “That is my trouble. So, when is the last leaf falling?”

Q: “Do you feel like that, do you feel like the leaves are coming off?”

Mr Lee: “Well, yes. I mean I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality and I mean generally every year when you know you are not on the same level as last year. But that is life.”

With his wife of 60 years- Kwa Geok Choo

Q: “My mother used to say never get old.”

Mr Lee: “Well, there you will try never to think yourself old. I mean I keep fit, I swim, I cycle.”

Q: “And yoga, is that right? Meditation?”

Mr Lee: “Yes.”

Q: “Tell me about meditation?”

Mr Lee: “Well, I started it about two, three years ago when Ng Kok Song, the Chief Investment Officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, I knew he was doing meditation. His wife had died but he was completely serene. So, I said, how do you achieve this? He said I meditate everyday and so did my wife and when she was dying of cancer, she was totally serene because she meditated everyday and he gave me a video of her in her last few weeks completely composed completely relaxed and she and him had been meditating for years. Well, I said to him, you teach me. He is a devout Christian. He was taught by a man called Laurence Freeman, a Catholic. His guru was John Main a devout Catholic. When I was in London, Ng Kok Song introduced me to Laurence Freeman. In fact, he is coming on Saturday to visit Singapore, and we will do a meditation session. The problem is to keep the monkey mind from running off into all kinds of thoughts. It is most difficult to stay focused on the mantra. The discipline is to have a mantra which you keep repeating in your innermost heart, no need to voice it over and over again throughout the whole period of meditation. The mantra they recommended was a religious one. Ma Ra Na Ta, four syllables. Come To Me Oh Lord Jesus. So I said Okay, I am not a Catholic but I will try. He said you can take any other mantra, Buddhist Om Mi Tuo Fo, and keep repeating it. To me Ma Ran Na Ta is more soothing. So I used Ma Ra Na Ta. You must be disciplined. I find it helps me go to sleep after that. A certain tranquility settles over you. The day’s pressures and worries are pushed out. Then there’s less problem sleeping. I miss it sometimes when I am tired, or have gone out to a dinner and had wine. Then I cannot concentrate. Otherwise I stick to it.”

Q: “So…”

Mr Lee: “.. for a good meditator will do it for half-an-hour. I do it for 20 minutes.”

Q: “So, would you say like your friend who taught you, would you say you are serene?”

Mr Lee: “Well, not as serene as he is. He has done it for many years and he is a devout Catholic. That makes a difference. He believes in Jesus. He believes in the teachings of the Bible. He has lost his wife, a great calamity. But the wife was serene. He gave me this video to show how meditation helped her in her last few months. I do not think I can achieve his level of serenity. But I do achieve some composure.”


Court hands victory to longhouse folk

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: The residents of seven longhouses in Tuba today heaved a sigh of relief when the Kuching High Court ordered the state to exclude their lands from the proposed Sebuyau National Park.

“It is a huge victory for us,” said Joshua Karim, a spokesman for the group.

“Credit should be given to the people for their brave efforts and their patience.”

Two years ago, the state government earmarked some 27,500 hectares of land in Ulu Sebuyau for the park, meant as a wildlife sanctuary, particularly for orang utan and proboscis monkeys.

Several longhouses, including the seven in Tuba, would have had to be moved out from the area.

But the Tuba folk brought their case to court with the help of native land rights activist Baru Bian and his legal firm. The decision today ensured that 5,000 acres of the NCR (native customary right) land are safe. Only 400 acres of NCR land are now part of the park.

“Now we can sleep peacefully and are no longer fearful of being moved out from the land which we have occupied since the time of Rajah Brooke,” Karim said.

Negotiations to start

Celebrating the victory with them today was PKR supreme councilor Zaid Ibrahim, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur to hear the court decision.

Zaid said the case should serve as a lesson to the state government that it could not simply ignore the rights of the people.

Baru Bian, briefing the press on the court decision, said his clients would begin negotiations with the government next week for some form of compensation for the money they had to spend on the case.

“I hope it can be settled out of court,” he said.

Leaked Samling document acknowledges timber group’s role in sexual exploitation of Penan women

Leaked Samling document acknowledges timber group's role in sexual exploitation of Penan women

“All staff are forbidden to visit Penan villages”: Samling directive over Penan rape allegations (Picture: BMF)

MIRI, MALAYSIA. An internal document from Sarawak’s logging giant, Samling Global (HKEX 3938), leaked to the Bruno Manser Fund, acknowledges for the first time that the timber group is concerned about the involvement of its staff in the alleged rape of native Penan girls and women in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

On 9 July 2010, Chin That Thong, General Manager of Samling’s Forest Operations in Malaysia, sent a directive, entitled “Kes Rogol Wanita Penan” (Rape Case of Penan Women)”, to all Samling timber camp managers, drivers and employees in the Baram river region. The letter informs the logging group’s staff that they are “forbidden to visit any Penan villages or transport any Penan except with the permission of the Camp Managers concerned.” Chin threatens employees who are found to have disobeyed his orders with expulsion from their jobs without compensation.

The letter was sent three days after the Malaysian Penan Support Group published a study that unearthed systematic patterns of sexual violence by loggers against native women in Sarawak’s interior. While Samling had previously denied the involvement of its staff in the sexual abuse cases, this letter indirectly acknowledges that Samling staff are indeed involved and that the group management is concerned over their insufficient control of their employees’ conduct.

Ten days ago, Penan from the Upper Baram region complained that Samling officials had threatened to suspend all the transport services provided for them unless they retracted the sexual abuse allegations.

The leaked document provides strong evidence of the fact that the presence of Samling staff in the Penan areas constitutes a continuous threat to the native communities, and particularly to girls and women. The Bruno Manser Fund is asking the Sarawak state government to halt all logging operations in areas where Samling and other companies operate without the consent of the local communities. The Sarawak government is also being asked to provide free public transport services for the rural communities and, in particular, for schoolchildren.

Samling is a globally operating Malaysian timber conglomerate with an annual turnover of US$ 480 million. In August 2010, the Norwegian Government Pension fund excluded Samling from its portfolio because of the company’s responsibility for illegal logging and severe environmental damage.

(14 September 2010)

Samling_directive_translation.pdf (130KB)


The east Malaysian enigma — Karim Raslan

Filed under: 20/18 Point of Agreement,Malaysian Agreement — Pengayau @ 8:04 pm

SEPT 14 — I was born on August 2, 1963 in a country called the Federation of Malaya. Six weeks later, on September 16, the federation along with Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore merged to form Malaysia.

A Malayan at birth, I then became a Malaysian.

The date September 16, 1963 marked a significant transition. Indeed, there are a number of crucial differences between “Malaya” and “Malaysia”.

While we often talk about the “social contract: — the unwritten agreement negotiated by our independence-era leaders — we should also remember the terms upon which Sabah and Sarawak joined with Malaya to form Malaysia.

Basically, these states (along with Singapore, briefly) were persuaded to join “Malaysia” because of these promises:

Each was allocated specific rights and duties as per in the 20- and 18-point agreements that Malaya signed with Sabah and Sarawak respectively. Sarawak and Sabah theoretically enjoyed more rights than the existing states of the federation, like Johor or Pahang.

Moreover these “points” were not trivial: there was to be no official religion in either state. English was to be Sabah’s official language indefinitely.

Other clauses also promised local control over immigration, finance, education, land and natural resources. Furthermore, the east Malaysian Bumiputeras are to enjoy the same special rights as peninsula Malays.

Many east Malaysians, therefore, thought that they were coming together to form a whole new country.

Fast forward to 2010, these facts, however, appeared to have been forgotten.

Neither the 20 nor 18 points have been fully honoured, arguably undermined by successive federal leaders. Indeed, their existence has been relegated to little more than mere historical footnotes.

To make matters worse, we are regularly told that “Malaysia” was born on August 31, 1957.

“Malaysia Day”, as a matter of fact, was only declared a national holiday last year when Peninsular Malaysia leaders realised the dangers of ignoring east Malaysian sentiments.

The sad truth is that the state of our union is imperfect and 47 years after its actual formation, Malaysia’s founding ideals remain elusive.

Our development policies and ideas of nationhood are biased towards the peninsula.

Indeed, many peninsula Malaysians are more familiar with London or Sydney than Kota Kinabalu or Kuching.

In the meantime, the aspirations of our fellow east Malaysians — whether they are Bumiputera or Chinese — have consistently been ignored.

How did this happen?

Many east Malaysians mark their problems from the ejection of Singapore as it weakened their negotiating positions.

Federal leaders have been seen as having failed to honour the original spirit of the Malaysia agreements.

These differences have led to a different sense of Malaysian-ness across the South China Sea.

Their stated preference of many east Malaysians for September 16 as the “national day” underlines these differences.

Furthermore, disputes over the rights to natural resources and native customary land, as well as religious disputes and questionable immigration policies have heightened dissatisfaction.

Even the New Economic Model (NEM) targets seem impossible for Sabah to achieve. The federal government aims to lift the nation’s US$7,700 (RM23,870) average per capita annual income to US$15,000, but Sabah’s own figure stands at only US$3,000 per annum.

Still, the two states have avoided west Malaysia’s ugly racial polarisation.

This lack of progress on core issues has been a source of disappointment as well as frustration for east Malaysians.Read more here

Read also From Malaya to Malaysia and Senator: KL must explain why it has reneged on 20-Point Agreement

Another Fatal Blow to Taib!!

Explain your wealth, DAP tells Taib

By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: DAP has added more pressure on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to respond to allegations that his family owned prime pieces of real estate overseas that together are worth billions of ringgit.

DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen, speaking at a press conference here, noted that Taib had not bothered to either confirm or deny reports on the Internet in the last few months that indicated that he and his family were extraordinarily rich.

Many of the allegations originate from the website Sarawak Report

According to the site, the Taibs own properties in Canada, the United States, Britain and Australia.

It said that in Canada, the family’s Sakto Development Corporation owned the twin glass towers and a swanky shopping complex at Preston Square and a multi-story residential building in downtown Ottawa.

On top of that, said Chong, the private residence of Taib’s daughter in Ottawa was rated the second most expensive house in the area, worth about 10 million Canadian Dollars.

He gave these other details: that the family owned an estimated US$80,000,000 worth of office blocks in Seattle and San Francisco, a few blocks of commercial and luxury flats in central London, and the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide.

Chong, who is also the MP for Bandar Kuching, said: “All these reports about Taib’s family owning hundreds of millions or even billions of ringgit’s worth of properties have been circulating in the internet for quite some time, in fact since the Sibu by-election in May 2010. Yet Taib has kept mum.

“As the Chief Minister of Sarawak for the last 30 years, Taib is accountable to the people of Sarawak to clarify the matter,” he said.

Chong posed the following five questions for Taib to answer:

  1. Are the reports on Sarawak Report true?
  2. What is the salary of the Chief Minister of Sarawak? How could Taib’s children have had such huge amounts of money to buy overseas properties?
  3. Other than the properties reported on the Sarawak Report website, are there any other properties owned by Taib’s family members or their companies? How much are those properties worth?
  4. Why is Taib’s family so rich and yet, the state of Sarawak is the fourth least developed state in Malaysia?
  5. If the reports were untrue, what action will Taib take against the makers of the reports?

“It is time for Taib to provide the answers to the above questions because all Sarawakians are interested and have a right to know the answers,” he said.

Sarawak polls now seen after CNY 2011, but interest intensifies

Taib – unwilling to let go

Malaysia Chronicle

The Sarawak state election is now expected to be held after Chinese New Year in 2011 rather than November this year. But despite the shift in expectations, interest is intensifying because the results will shed light on when Prime Minister Najib Razak will call for the 13th national elections which could see Malaysia’s first change in federal government in five decades.

“It no longer matters now whether the Sarawak polls will happen this year or after Chinese New Year next year because either way it is very close – less than 12 months to go,” PKR Sarawak chief Batu Bian told Malaysia Chronicle.

“Taib may have to backpedal because he is so unpopular. But the longer he waits, the better it is for Pakatan Rakyat. It gives us more time to fine-tune our machinery and I think by now Taib also knows the stories about his corruption won’t go away. In fact, the revelations will only grow stronger rather than reduce.”

Sarawak Chinese to lead the push for change

Indeed, talk that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud was considering stepping down to strengthen the BN’s chances of shutting out rival coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, has already faded and exposed as a “sandiwara or show” to appease the federal government. Baru and other pundits had predicted this.

According to them, Kuala Lumpur considers Taib a political liability and want him to retire before holding Sarawak’s 10th state election. But the wily and powerful Taib fought back. In the past weeks, one Sarawak BN leader after another appealed to him to stay, and it culminated with his Parti Pesaka Bumipuera issuing its formal backing for him to continue leading the state.

Over the weekend, Taib, who is the president of PBB, the backbone of Sarawak BN, told reporters he has already identified 70 per cent of the candidates for the coming state election.

He also had a highly publicized talk with Dr George Chan, the chief of the Chinese-based SUPP, after which both men declared all “Chinese-related issues have been resolved”.

“I have helped the Chinese in a general way. Don’t tell me that the Chinese have not benefited from our general prosperity,” Taib said.

But the Chinese community in Sarawak is unlikely to be appeased by either men. Like their counterparts in the peninsula, only a select group of Chinese tycoons with links to Taib and his inner circle have benefitted.Read more here

Cartoon book satirizing ‘development’ launched in Malaysia

Filed under: Human Rights,Indigeneous People,Logging — Pengayau @ 9:00 am

There you go!


Survival has today launched in Malaysia a biting critique of how tribal peoples are being destroyed in the name of ‘development’. The critique is presented in a cartoon book called ‘There you go!’ that can be read in two minutes.

Tribal peoples around the world, from the Penan in Sarawak to Amazonian Indians, have told Survival that the cartoon reflects their experiences of ‘development’. An indigenous activist working closely with the Penan said, ‘What happens in the book ‘There you go!’ is exactly what is happening in Sarawak.’

Survival has sent the book to the Malaysian Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, key members of the two leaders’ cabinets, and the libraries of all Malaysia’s public universities.

The cartoon highlights how the concept of development is often used to justify the dispossession of tribal peoples. John, a semi-nomadic Penan man, told Survival, ‘It is like what happened here when the company came to destroy our forest. They said it was progress, the government said it was development and we shouldn’t stop it. But all they did was destroy our forest and then they left. It wasn’t progress for us.’

Tony Blair said about the book, ‘There you go! should help raise understanding about the complexities and potential pitfalls of offering development assistance, with a particular focus on tribal peoples.’

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, ‘This little book contains the big message that we must avoid the arrogance of presuming to know what’s best for those whose voices are not heard in global debates. It reminds us of our shared responsibility to see to it that all people are active participants in shaping the decisions that impact their lives. Only then can we hope to see real development.’

Read ‘There you go!’ on Survival’s website. For copies of the cartoon in book form, contact Miriam Ross on mr@survivalinternational.org

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