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August 29, 2011

New dam, same old story


Taken from The Star by Stephen Then

 

With folk uprooted for the Bakun and Batang Ai dams yet to benefit from the electricity produced by the projects, one wonders how long the 20,000 people now sacrificing their ancestral land for the Baram dam will get theirs.

I DON’T really relish the thought of seeing another gigantic dam being built after spending the past 15 years watching the Bakun dam develop from start to finish.

It was exactly 15 years ago in August 1996 that the first dynamite hole was drilled into a mountain slope along a bank of Balui River to blast off the construction of three river diversion tunnels through the mountains — the first phase of the Bakun dam project.

I remember the day well. I was in the first batch of media personnel invited by Ekran Bhd (the developer) to visit the site.

Some 30 reporters, photographers and television crew members endured an arduous journey up the Rajang River and through the Balui River to the site earmarked for the 210m main dam wall.

It was a 12-hour boat ride from Sibu via Belaga, Song and Kapit, and we had to shoot up the Pelagus rapids, which at that time was a raging one. In 1996, there was no road from Bintulu to Bakun. The road was completed much later.

I still remember seeing the then Ekran Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing smashing a bottle of champagne onto the hillslope after the blasting ceremony, an event witnessed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

During the ceremony, the VVIPs told the press that the project would deliver electricity to the rakyat and solve all their power woes.

They said the project would light up homes in urban and rural Sarawak and channel electricity via submarine cables across the South China Sea to the peninsula.

That was August 1996.

Since then, I have visited the dam eight times, the last in October last year when the flooding of the reservoir started with the damming of the diversion tunnels.

Today, Bakun has been completed, but sadly, the promise that rural folks would benefit from the electricity has not materialised.

The electricity is only for industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The project to cable electricity to the peninsula states was shelved due to high costs.

Power transmission lines from the dam run high over dozens of settlements along a 150km route from Bakun to Bintulu.

These settlements will not benefit from the electricity because they are not connected to the state grid. The dam is connected directly to the main grid and there is no power line connecting Bakun to the settlements.

I saw the same situation at the Batang Ai dam in Sri Aman Division in southern Sarawak where the settlements closest to the site were also without electricity supply.

As in Bakun, the transmission lines bypass them.

The electricity is only for the benefit of industrial users, residential estates, commercial centres and offices located hundreds or thousands of km away from the dams.

Those who were uprooted from their ancestral homes to make way for the dams do not benefit from the electricity.

Unfair, isn’t it?

Senior Iban leader Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing agrees that this should not be the case.

In interviews with The Star and a local newspaper, Masing admitted that locals in Bakun, the Sungai Asap resettlement scheme and Belaga district should also enjoy the 24-hour electricity from Bakun.

“These folk still use generator sets to produce a limited amount of electricity,” he said.

As a matter of social justice, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Hidro (the Bakun dam manager) should supply electricity from the dam to these local folk whose lives had been affected by its construction.

Masing said he would try to ensure that the electricity be connected to Sungai Asap, where 15,000 relocated from the Bakun area now live.

He said he would also try to ensure that the rest of the 40,000 population now located in the surrounding settlements and Belaga town were also connected to Bakun to enjoy 24-hour power supply at cheaper rates.

This sounds nice, but in reality, it is easier said than done.

The Star has learnt that to draw electricity from the dam and the Sarawak main grid to the settlements from Bakun to Bintulu would cost more than RM60mil.

A lot of infrastructure work has to be put in place before this can happen. So far, no “volunteers” have come forward to offer the money.

When asked on this, Dr Masing admitted that Sarawak Energy and Sarawak Hidro had said that the move would be extremely costly.

“So far, no decision has been made as to whether the electricity from the Bakun dam will be connected to the settlements near Bakun or Belaga town.

“I hope it will be done for the sake of social justice for the Bakun folk,” he stressed.

I sincerely hope that Dr Masing’s wish will become a reality soon.

As it is, the harsh reality is that the Bakun dam, just like the Batang Ai dam, has not benefited the very people whose lives had been uprooted and ancestral land sacrificed for the dams.

The promise of jobs for locals also did not materialise. Even after 15 years, there is still a lot of unemployment in Sungai Asap and the number of jobs at the Bakun dam is limited.

The latest additions of hydro dams in Sarawak will be in Baram district in the interior of Miri division in northern Sarawak.

Three days ago, Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan announced the setting up of a government-appointed committee to handle resettlement and compensation issues of more than 20,000 folks from 25 longhouses who will be uprooted for the 1,000MW Baram dam in Long Kesseh, some 200km inland from Miri city.

It looks like there is no turning back — the Baram dam project is on.

Already, an access road to the dam site is being opened up.

The Baram dam will be half the size of the Bakun dam and cost RM7.3bil — about half the cost of the Bakun dam. But in terms of population of natives affected, it will eclipse the mighty Bakun dam.

In Bakun, an original population of about 10,000 were uprooted. In Baram, however, this will happen to at least 20,000 from 25 settlements.

Sagan, also the committee’s chairman, said that efforts would be made to ensure the local Baram folk benefit from the electricity from the dam.

The mistakes made at the Bakun and Batang Ai dams would not be repeated in Baram, he said.

I hope he is right.

No Dam For Baram!!


 

Peter Kallang

Representatives of communities from Baram

 

Peter pointing out the proposed location of the Baram Dam

PRESS STATEMENT

 29 August 2011 

Besides the colossal environmental devastation and severe consequence on the ecosystem that the dreadful Baram Dam will bring, it will also rage a permanent degeneration of the ethnic identity and heritage of the populaces who live in the region. Based on the number of villagers, the most affected are the Kenyah followed by the Kayan and Penan population. These are also the same majority groups of people who are most affected by the Bakun Dam which was just commissioned. The same like it was done in Bakun, the decision in building the Baram Dam seems to be in total disregard for all those who area affected. It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram.

As one of those affected I just can’t understand this injustice and this outrageous and abusive exploit. This seems to be a senseless exploitation which is primarily driven by avarice coupled with immorality. For us who are directly and adversely affected parties, no one can blame us in thinking that this is a calculated, intentional and purposeful manoeuvre to wipe out our races. Why it could be seen as an act in complete disregard for our wellbeing and opinion could be proven by the priority given to the preparatory construction activities done even before the proper Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are completed or perhaps not even started and made accessible to affected and interested parties. In doing this, it seems the construction of the dam is to be implemented whatever the findings or recommendation would eventually be available if and when the EIA or SIA is done.

The Baram is the least developed part of Sarawak and arguably the least developed area in the whole of Malaysia. So far, the only so called “development” which are seen in Baram are the colossal and exhaustive exploitation or extraction of the Baram natural resources; these are like reckless harvestings of the timber, extraction of lime stone, sand dredging, vast oil palm plantations and now the dam for hydropower electrical generation. So far, practically all the beneficiaries of these so called developments are big companies owned by big tycoons from outside the Baram. Most of the workers employed at these facilities are also from outside Baram and a lot of them are foreigners. So to say that these “development” bring employment is a fantasy. Like all the past exploitation of the Baram resources there is little doubt that employment spin-off from the proposed dam is “just a pie in the sky” for the Baramites. As seen at the construction stage of the Bakun and Murum dams, the locals are not employed in significant numbers during the construction or their involvement in the operations after completion of the construction. We do not see how the dam can bring significant economic opportunities for the locals.

Recently, I had a conversation with the headman from one of the village which is within the proposed reservoir area of the Baram Dam. He criticised those who do not plant rubber or not building new longhouse for fear that these would be flooded when the dam is completed; he said that he did not believe that the government would build such a dam. He said that if such a dam was to be built, the government would have already been busy consulting the affected people and getting their consent. The reaction by this particular headman reflects the effectiveness of the discreet process practiced in building the dam. The dam construction although it will affect a lot of people, at the moment is one dark secret kept away from those living in Baram. If it is occasionally mentioned by the proponents, the subject would be down-played, watered-down with downright euphemism. However, the reality as we learnt from newspaper reports and information dripping from the project supporters speaks of an affected area covering 38,900 hectares (389 sq km) or ½ the size of Singapore Island. It will be constructed of around 180 metres above seal level and will generate 1,200 MW of electrical power. So, with these realities no one can blame the fear which was noted by the headman. This fear is shared by many in the whole of Baram whether they are living above or below the proposed dam site.

At least 90% of the land mass which will be flooded by the dam’s reservoir will be the Native Customary Rights land (NCR). The foreseeable fiasco resulting from this will no doubt be contributed by the now famous government’s interpretation of NCR which differ from that of the native’s custom (Adat). The native’s interpretation is recognised by the judiciary as proven by the various court cases where the native claimants have won. This will again result in more cases of dissatisfaction among the people affected. With the single mindedness of the government in constructing the dam, the people, for whom they are supposed to bring development, will unavoidably be marginalised. For the Orang Ulu their very survival from generation to generation has been based on the land. They are basically farmers and gatherers. To disregard this fact would be to purposefully disorientated and thus destroy the harmonious way of life. Flood from the dam and the infrastructure associated with the construction will definitely bring irreparable damage to the whole environment. It will destroy a heritage for which all Malaysian or human race should respect and harness.

Relocation of the people to make way for the Baram Dam will definitely result in a permanent social damage. The Kenyah and Kayan people traditionally live in longhouses. Even the very structures of the longhouses are traditional in nature, reflecting the social structure of the communities and thus keeping the Kenyah and Kayan together from time immemorial, enabling them to face famine, wars, epidemics and natural tragedies. These structures are delicate and are now facing a lot of challenges from modern lifestyles and globalisation. Mass relocation of the people will no doubt spell the end of the traditional social structure.

In the traditional Kenyah and Kayan community, each longhouse normally comprise a group of people who are of the same dialect. For the Kenyah they could be Lepo Tau, Badeng, Lepo Aga, Jamuk, Long Sebatu etc. For the Kayan they could be Uma Baluvah, Uma Kelep, Uma Pu etc. The people of each dialect have from generation to generation, their bonds to each other make it possible for them to live in a family like attitude towards one another. Even in the face of large rural-urban migration, the Kenyah and Kayan consider their ancestral villages as their real home. They maintain their houses in the Baram and they normally go back on festive occasions like Pusau Anak, Christmas or Suen. Relocation of the people for the dam would also pose a direct challenge to this bond that is part of the social structure.

The social structure of the dam will not bring development but severe and permanent damage to the whole environment and the people. Development must be for the immediate and long term good of all the people with minimal, repairable or no damage to the environment. The decision for major project like the construction of massive dams should be made by the people. It must be a collective decision, which is made based on well informed decision. The people must know the pros and cons of the dam. Information must be made available freely to them and only after that can they decide. So looking at the proposed Baram Dam, none of these are met. Baram Dam is not required to bring development to Baram.

 

Press Statement release by:

Peter N. J. Kallang

Chairman Orang Ulu National Association Miri (OUNA)

Chairman Persatuan Kenyah Association Miri

 

For more information, please contact Peter Kallang 013-8331104, Philip Jau 016-8597738

 

August 26, 2011

Insidious Plantation Activities in Tanjung Upar Destroy Iban Communities’ Livelihood and Sustenance


SAHABAT ALAM MALAYSIA PRESS STATEMENT

26 August 2011

SAM would like to express our shock over the progress of plantation activities that are being carried out at a fast pace in Tanjung Upar, Baram Sarawak, which are affecting a group of landowners without their consent. The company involved obtained a Provisional Lease (PL) over Lot No. 1210 of the Puyut Land District several years ago but it has yet to issue official notice to the community regarding their intention to plant oil palm.

This PL was issued by the Sarawak State Government along with those on Lot 197, Lot 1207 and Lot 1200 within the Puyut Land District, measuring about 21,913 ha and affecting three communities including Rumah Chabop and Melayu Narum. These PLs will soon consume the native land that has been timelessly worked by the people to sustain their livelihood and to ensure their daily sustenance – a way of living that has been in existence since Rajah Brooke days and beyond.

Despite having substantial proof of native customary rights on the land, development companies have already taken over the communities’ communal forests and farmlands. The Iban community of Rumah Vincent in Tanjung Upar is reportedly being pressured to stay away from their own farmlands that have been insidiously encroached into by an oil palm company beginning July.

The community, made up of 292 persons, has lost most of their fruit trees and cash crops on their farmland despite pleading the company to stay away from them. They fear that the perpetuity of this project will eventually wipe out their last remaining farmlands and their ancestral graves that are situated near Loagan Tujuh. Already another company has destroyed their communal forest and covered the land with straight rows of oil palm with no compensation being paid to them.

Due to the merciless intensity of the oil palm development in Tanjung Upar, the community staged a protest across the plantation road on Aug 7, 2011. They held up banners that read `Tanah adalah jiwa dan sumber kepenghidupan kami. Harta musnah, pampasan tiada’ (Land is our life and source of livelihood. Our property’s destroyed without compensation). SAM is alarmed that the company’s unfettered actions have resulted in the community being cut-off from food resources and in the loss of their livelihood obtained from lakes that are now heavily silted and contaminated with chemical spray run-off from the plantations.

Time and again, calls have been made to respect the rights of the natives and for the State Government to improve the transparency in land and forestry governance. Therefore, we urge the Sarawak state government to investigate the complaints that have been lodged by the community and to respect the rights of its indigenous communities. We also call upon the Sarawak Land and Survey Department to implement the free, prior and informed consent process in all their decision-making.

Taking all the complaints and hardship suffered by affected communities into consideration, as well as their legal rights to their land, we urge the Sarawak State Government to ensure that all indigenous community village territories are excluded from all plantation licences and any development on such land should only proceed with their free, prior and informed consent.

S.M.Mohamed Idris President of SAM

Sarawak govt ‘constantly’ ignoring court rulings


Taken from Free Malaysia Today

 

KUCHING: State opposition PKR has accused the Sarawak government of “abusing and misusing” the office of the state Attorney-General’s Chambers (A-G) to defend the wrong-doings of a few who continue grabbing native customary rights (NCR) land.

According to PKR vice-chairman See Chee How, the state government is “constantly” denying court rulings favouring natives on NCR land.

“The High Courts, the Court of Appeal and even the Federal Court have spoken and ruled on the recognition of NCR according to the customary practice of the natives concerned, but the state government chose to have its own restrictive interpretation.

“The state government is in its denial mode and likely to continue doing so, no matter how many cases are decided in favour of the native communities that have chosen to stand up against the state Barisan Nasional regime.

“To me, it has reached the extent that it is an abuse and misuse of the office of the state Attorney- General’s Chambers to defend the wrong-doings of a few who continue their land grabbing,” he said.

See, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, said the most affected are the investors as they will not be able to recover their investments, having paid dearly for the land and ended up having to re-negotiate with the native landowners.

“In the first place, they should have been able to have (direct) joint ventures with the native landowners and thereby derive mutual benefits.

“Instead, they used Pelita (Land Development and Protection Board) and deprived the natives of their rights.

Losing investors’ trust

“The state government is gradually but obviously losing the trust of genuine investors.

“Eventually, more and more of the rural landowners will realise their mistakes of voting for these BN politicians.

“The popular votes for the BN had been slashed 8% in the last state election to 55%.

“It is losing ground and it is just a matter of time that they will be voted out of office,” said See.

See, who is a lawyer with Baru Bian Advocates, was commenting on a suit brought by Jubang Anak Punjab, Juslin Majang Anak Pundu, Mat Anak Tanggon and the residents of Kampung Sual, Simunjan, against First Binary Sdn Bhd, the director of forestry, the director of Land and Survey Department and the state government for encroaching into 168 acres of their NCR land.

The Kuching High Court Judicial Commissioner Ravinthran Paramaguru, who heard the case, declared that Jubang, Juslin Majang, Mat Anak and the residents of Kampung Sual are the owners of the disputed 168 acres.

Ravinthran said that in view of his acceptance of the evidence on oral history and tradition in respect of the NCR land claim over the disputed area, he was only prepared to grant a declaration that the plaintiffs have established NCR over the 168 acres.

“As the plaintiffs have only succeeded partially against the government, I shall reduce the costs that they are entitled to.

“I shall order the second defendant (director of forest), the third defendant (director of Land and Surveys) and the fourth defendant (the state government) to pay costs of RM30,000 to the plaintiffs.

“In so far as the first defendant (First Binary) is concerned, at the time the suit was filed in 2007, the timber licence subsisted.

“In the premises, I shall order the first defendant to bear their own costs,” he said.

See represented the natives, while Allan Lao and Lidwina Kiew of Messrs David, Sagah and Teng Advocates, Kuching, appeared for First Binary.

Dayang Jamillah Tun Salahuddin of the state Attorney-General’s Chambers represented the director of forestry, director of Land and Survey Department and the state government.

So far, Baru Bian Advocates has successfully represented more than 10 NCR land cases and more than 100 are still pending at the High Court. Click here for the full Case Judgment

Psalm 109:8 The Complaint of a Man in Trouble

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A friend ask me to turn to the Bible and read Psalm 109:8   The Complaint of a Man in Trouble

8.May his days be few; may another take his office!

9.May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow!

10.May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!

11.May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!

12.Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children!

13.May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation!

14.May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!

15.Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

16.For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

17.He loved to curse; let curses come[b] upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far[c] from him!

18.He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak[d] into his body like water, like oil into his bones!

19.May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day!

Read more here  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+109&version=ESV

FBI pressured to stop backing Malaysian potentate

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FBI pressured to stop backing Malaysian potentate

“Pressured to freeze Taib’s US assets”: Seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Picture: BMF)

(Basel / San Francisco / Washington D.C.) In a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Swiss Bruno Manser Fund and the San-Francisco-based Borneo Project are calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to cut ties with Wallysons Inc., a US company controlled by the Malaysian Taib family.

The NGOs are asking the American federal police to suspend the rental contracts for the Abraham Lincoln Building in Seattle, which is owned by Wallysons Inc., and houses the FBI’s Seattle Division headquarters. FBI Director Mueller is also asked to ascertain if the Taib family’s US investments are in line with the country’s anti-money-laundering legislation, and to freeze all Taib family assets in the United States.

„While the fight against public corruption should be one of the FBI’s top priorities, it is renting premises from the Taib family, one of South East Asia’s largest corruption networks. We are seriously concerned that the FBI appears to be unduly backing the Taib family and its illicit foreign assets“, the Bruno Manser Fund wrote in a statement.

Copies of the letter have been sent to a number of US government agencies and top politicians, including the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Secretary for the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, the Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Judiciary Committees of congress who oversee the FBI.

In March 2011, the NGOs had approached the American federal police on the matter and organized a street protest in front of the FBI’s Seattle Division Headquarters. The FBI had left their complaints unanswered and refused to receive a NGO delegation.

Wallysons Inc. is one out of five US companies blacklisted by the Bruno Manser Fund for their close association with the Taib family.

75-year old Abdul Taib Mahmud („Taib“) has been governing Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak, since 1981, a position which he has abused to ammass a fortune estimated at several billion US dollars. Most of Taib’s wealth is believed to stem from the destructive logging of Borneo’s tropical rainforests.

In June 2011, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission announced it had opened a corruption investigation against Abdul Taib Mahmud.

(25 August 2011)

PERIMETER SURVEY AND SECTION 6 OF THE LAND CODE DOWNGRADES NCR LAND STATUS SAYS YB ALI BIJU of N34 KRIAN

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PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

In the Utusan Borneo on 23rd August, it was reported that NCR lands at Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok, an area covering 1,024.8 ha, have been declared as Communal Reserve Land under Section 6 of the Land Code on the 7th of April, 2011. The Section 6 status was granted to the natives in these areas after Perimeter Survey was conducted earlier this year on these lands.

“The natives of Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok must be enlightened on the practical aspect of Section 6. They must be educated on the real worth of the land as Communal Reserve Land as compare to a titled land under Section 18 of the Land Code,” said Ali Biju, ADUN for N34 Krian.

The danger of Section 6 which many native NCR landowners are not aware of is that once notice is issued under Section 6, the title issued is under the name of the community, not individual landowners, and effectively the land is held in trust for the Government by the community.

“Once this happens, this gives the Government the right to extinguish the rights of the landowners at any time and then pay them peanuts as compensation! This effectively downgrades NCR status!” said Ali Biju.

Ali Biju stressed that “Perimeter Survey, on the surface, looks like the Government is pretending to solve NCR problems but in actual fact it is the Government which is actually creating the problem in the first place. Is this what Barisan Nasional is all about, hoodwinking the poor natives and robbing them of their ancestral lands in the name of development?”

Ali also had more questions for the Ministers in charge of lands, “Now, how about the rest of the much bigger NCR lands adjacent Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok which are outside the Communal Reserve Land that have just undergone perimeter survey? Can the native landowners now feel relieved thinking their NCR lands are outside this perimeter survey? Or are these State lands by virtue of the perimeter surveys, and can Provisional Licenses be issued by the Government at its whims and fancies?”

“The rural folk of Krian who have legitimate rights over their lands demand answers, and it is my duty as their representative to demand these answers from the ruling government,” insisted Ali Biju.

 

Pengayau comment :

When the Land & Survey conduct perimeter survey, they survey your land, including individual plots of NCR lands owned by individual families and bileks. After surveyed, the Government grants NOT SINGLE TITLES (pala tanah) but COMMUNAL TITLES called Communal Reserve Land. This means it belongs to the community, not the individual landowners. Once these lands become COMMUNAL RESERVE LAND, the Government can take it away any time for the purpose of “development” like giving it to Tabung Haji or any company to plant kelapa sawit or reforestation or whatever. The question is, do you think they will pay BIG compensation to the community for taking away these lands or just pay peanuts?
Perimeter Survey and Section 6 are new ways the Government is robbing the poor natives of their NCR lands, as shown in this case in Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok. BEWARE!

Tanah NCR di Saratok mulai disukat selepas Hari Raya

SARATOK: Rakyat di kawasan pentadbiran tiga penghulu Penghulu Ali Bin, Penghulu Isa Geng, Penghulu Garan Chunggut dan Penghulu Amit @ Hamid Salle yang memiliki tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera (NCR) dalam daerah Kecil Saratok akan mula disukat selepas sambutan perayaan Hari Raya nanti.

Kerja pengukuran perimeter (NCR) itu dikendalikan Jabatan Tanah dan Survei (JTS) Bahagian Betong.

Penguasa JTS Bahagian Betong, Anthony Abo berkata, pengukuran Tanah NCR ini adalah merupakan usaha berterusan kerajaan dan JTS.

“Kami berharap pemilik tanah NCR di sini memberi kerjasama kepada JTS ketika kerja pengukuran perimeter dilakukan,” katanya semasa berucap dalam majlis dialog itu, di sini, baru-baru ini.

Dianggarkan  200 orang hadir dalam majlis dialog tersebut.

Sementara itu kata Anthony, pemilik tanah NCR di Saratok bertuah  berikutan tanah NCR yang mereka perjuangkan selama ini akhirnya diluluskan pihak kerajaan walaupun ia bermula sukatan perimeter terlebih dulu.

“Kemudiannya baru ia akan diwartakan sebgai Rezab Gunasama (Pertanian) Bumiputera di bawah Seksyen 6 Kanun Tanah Negeri.

“Seterusnya barulah sukatan secara individu untuk tujuan pengeluaran surat hak milik tanah di bawah Seksyen 18 Kanun Tanah Negeri,” tambah beliau.

Anthony memberitahu pemilik tanah NCR di kawasan Entebu / Selambong / Bajau telah pun diwartakan sebgai Rezab Gunasama (Pertanian) Bumiputera di bawah seksyen 6 Kanun Tanah Negeri.

Turut hadir dalam majlis itu Setiausaha Sulit kepada Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Jelaing Mersat iaitu Desmond Reynold Jemen,  Juruukur JTS Betong, Kudie Sandak, Pegawai Tanah JTS Betong, David Laeng dan ketua-ketua masyarakat sekitar Saratok.

August 22, 2011

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s written Testimony in Court today 22nd August 2011

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DALAM MAHKAMAH TINGGI DI KUALA LUMPUR

DALAM WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN

PERBICARAAN JENAYAH NO: 45-9-2009

 

PENDAKWA RAYA

 

LAWAN

 

DATO’ SERI ANWAR BIN IBRAHIM

 

STATEMENT FROM THE DOCK

My name is Anwar bin Ibrahim. I am the leader of the Opposition in Parliament. In the 1990s, I was the Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister until September 1998 when then Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad sacked me after I had refused to resign. He had told me to resign or face dire consequences including criminal prosecution for alleged sexual and corruption offences. I refused and all hell broke loose. My unceremonious and grossly unjust dismissal simultaneously orchestrated with a trial by media under Mahathir’s complete control triggered mass and widespread demonstrations throughout the country and launched the movement for change and reform known in our history as the Reformasi era.

After a series of show trials during which every rule in the book on evidence and criminal procedure was violated with impunity at the hands of the prosecution and the courts, I was convicted and sentenced to a total of 15 years.

THE CHARGE AGAINST ME

First and foremost, I categorically deny the charge against me. I want to state in no uncertain terms that I have never had any sexual relations with the complainant Mohamed Saiful. His allegation is a blatant and vicious lie and will be proved to be so.

This is a vile and despicable attempt at character assassination.  In this regard, let me reiterate that they can do all they want to assassinate my character and sully my reputation and threaten me with another 20 years of imprisonment but mark my words, they won’t be able to cow me into submission. On the contrary, it only serves to fortify my conviction that the truth will eventually prevail. Come what come may, I shall never surrender. With apologies to Jean Racine in Phaedra:

“You know how well your tyranny favours my temperament and strengthens me to guard the honour of my reputation.”

Yes indeed, I will guard it with my life if I have to. And if I may bring the message closer to home, let me quote the words of Nelson Mandela in his speech made from the dock in the famous Rivonia show trial of 1963 under the Apartheid regime:

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” 

Back in 1998, blindfolded and handcuffed, I was beaten senseless by the Inspector General of Police and left to die in the lock up at the Federal Police headquarters. However, it was by the grace of God that a few of the rank and file of the police took pity on me and nursed me to recover from the near lethal blows. There was then a cover up by Gani Patail (now the Attorney-General) and Musa Hassan (the IGP at the time that I was charged in this new episode) with the full knowledge and connivance of Dato’ Yusuf, the current chief prosecutor in this trial. All these personalities were linked in one way or the other with the 1998 show trial and more insidiously with the suppression of evidence in respect of the black eye scandal and attempts to pervert the course of justice. These are the same personalities who are now actively involved in the current prosecution against me. Res ipsa loquitur, as they say, but in this regard I’m not talking about negligence but rather proof of criminality in this heinous plot betraying indeed “the deep damnation” of the conspiracy.

The circumstances are compelling that I elect to make a statement from the dock. And in this statement I shall attempt my utmost to place the truth ahead of the web of lies and deceit that has been spun thus far. To quote Shakespeare:

“And let us once again assail your ears,

That are so fortified against our story…”

Which has set me from the outset of the trial to have been deprived of a level playing field and subjected to inequality of arms vis-a-vis the prosecution.

The Prosecution’s Failure to Discharge its Duties Professionally 

1)     Even though these matters are done as a matter of routine in criminal proceedings, the Prosecution has consistently refused to disclose material critical to my defence, including: (a) prosecution witness list;

(b) primary hospital examination notes written by the medical examiners of the complainant at HBKL; (c) witness statements (including that of complainant); and (d) forensic samples and exhibits for independent examination and verification. All this has caused considerable prejudice to my defence and occasioned grave injustice. The only conclusion that one can reasonably draw from the prosecution’s persistence in this act of perversity is that unseen hands are at work and it is certainly not the hand of God.

2)     Your failure to respond during the course of the trial to several attempts by persons hostile to me to discredit me by commenting on aspects of the trial. These included whether I should provide samples of his DNA; blaming the defence for the delay of the proceedings; and reporting on matters that were the subject of a suppression order. These public comments were made either in defiance of your orders that they not be made. They were made by UMNO officials and politicians, including Dato’ Seri Najib orchestrated through the controlled electronic and print media, such as Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, the New Straits Times and TV3. The constant comments by the Prime Minister and UMNO officials in the media and adverse comments on the progress of the trial were clearly calculated to influence you and illustrates the political motive behind the charge.

3)     The latest act of blatant disregard occurred just last Tuesday and Wednesday over TV3 which broadcasted a pre-recorded interview with the complainant saying things which are clearly in contempt of the proceedings in respect of the trial. In particular, the audacious portrayal of himself as the victim who is a pious and God fearing Muslim who has sworn on the Quran that he is a witness of truth.

4)     But the truth is that even as the trial was in progress, the complainant who was engaged to someone else was shamelessly having an affair with a member of the prosecution team. Quite apart from the consequences of such an affair on the conduct of the prosecution, the complainant’s facade of moral rectitude is shattered by this scandalous affair with the lady prosecutor who herself was also engaged with another man.

5)     In spite of all this, the complainant, assisted by the full force of the UMNO propaganda machine, via their media, has gone to town to vilify me. The point is that all comments were calculated to discredit me, adversely influence the course of the proceedings and to intimidate the witnesses at the trial. In spite of all these blatant transgressions, you have persistently refused to respond to any of these acts of contemptuous behaviour.

(more…)

August 16, 2011

BN Promises in the last State Election


BN Promises in the last State Election1.RM15.9 million for water supply and RM250 million for rural electricity for Bekenu constituency to be implemented in 10MP – announced by Awang Tengah (Tanah)

2. RM350,000.00 for Surau Darul Ihsan at Kampung Kudae Baru – announced by Abang Johari.
3. Setting up of Community College to be set up in Sarikei.

4. RM28 million to boost Miri treated water supply – announced by Peter Chin.

5. RM1 million for FUTSAL ARENA BINTULU – announced by Datuk Talib Zulkipli

6. RM300,000.00 stutong community Hall Market – announced by PM Najob Razak

7. RM200 million for New Sri Aman sepital and specialist center – announced by PM Najib Razak

8. RM115 million for dual carriage way “Pujut/Tudan/Kuala Baram road – announced by minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.
9. RM2 million loan for cooperatives – announced by Dato Seri Ismail Sabri Yakob

10. RM4.5 million “EMPURAU” fish development Spaoh – announced by PM Najib Razak

11. Launching of Kampung WiFi in Kanowit – by Datuk Rais Yatim

12. RM300,000.00 for Surau Darul Ikhtiar, kampung Rampangi 2 Kuching – announced by Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi

13. RM25 million bridge across Sungai Pandaruan Limbang/Brunei – announced by works minister Datuk Shaziman Mansor.

14. RM372,000.00 to upgrade 31 door rumah. Sumping – announced by Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal.

15. RM68.8 million for development of Machan constituency – announced by Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal.

16. Connecting electricity supply to 7 longhouses around Kanowit – announsed by Datu Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal

17. RM15.83 million to connect electricity to rumah. Ibau Kapit.

18. RM5.914,988.80 million to connect electricity to Saeh Niah – announced by CM Taib Mahmud

19. RM14 million water supply at Belingan, Tanjung Assam Spaoh – announced by Dauglas Uggah.

20. RM20 million for AIR Lubau water treatment plant – announced by Dauglas uggah.

21. RM345 mil for various projects in Kemana Constiuency announced by DPM Muhyddin Yassin.

Bongkar! Skrip sumpah PATI agar menyokong BN!


SEBELUM ini ada disiarkan di MiLo SuaM bahawa pendatang asing dikehendaki bersumpah untuk menyokong Umno dan BN sebagai salah satu daripada syarat proses pemutihan

Di bawah ini salinan skrip sumpah yang dimaksudkan. Lihat dengan mata kepala anda sendiri bagaimana negara ini dijual oleh United Malays No Otak secara terang-terangan kepada warga asing.

source: http://milosuam.blogspot.com/2​011/08/bongkar-skrip-sumpah-pa​ti-agar.html#ixzz1VCW8VBhK

Kantoi! Warga asing dikehendaki bersumpah menyokong BN


SATU persatu tembelang United Malays No Otak untuk menang pilihanraya terbongkar, kali ini mereka berselindung di sebalik program pemutihan warga asing.

Inilah jawapan kepada persoalan mengapa mereka begitu bersungguh-sungguh melakukan program pemutihan ini.

Wanita KEADILAN berjaya menyelinap masuk ke dalam program pemutihan ini dan mendapati bahawa pendatang asing dikehendaki bersumpah menyokong Umno dan BN sebagai salah satu daripada syarat proses pemutihan

Apa kejadah warga asing yang datang secara haram dikehendaki bersumpah untuk menyokong Umno dan Barisan Nasional? Apa kaitan program pemutihan dan sokongan kepada United Malays No Otak?

Ini namanya jual negara! Tapi kalau tanya kepada Kesatuan Melayu-Melayu tak ada otak (United Malays No Otak) ini yang dipanggil menyahut seruan kepala taik United Malays No Otak iaitu “defend Putrajaya at all cost!”

source: http://milosuam.blogspot.com/2​011/08/kantoi-warga-asing-dike​hendaki.html#ixzz1VCV7T7C2

SENARAI JAWATANKUASA MAJLIS PIMPINAN NEGERI SARAWAK 2011 (Sarawak State Leadership Council 2011)

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SENARAI JAWATANKUASA MAJLIS PIMPINAN NEGERI SARAWAK 2011 (Sarawak State Leadership Council 2011)

 
Penasihat: Datuk Hajah Hafsah Harun

Majlis Pimpinan Negeri:

 Bil  Nama  Jawatan

 

1 Sdr YB Baru Bian (Lawyer) Pengerusi MPN
2 Sdr Zulrusdi Hol (Accountant) Timb. Pengerusi
3 Sdr Peter Ato (Engineer) Naib Pengerusi
4 Sdr YB Ali Biju (Businessman) Naib Pengerusi
5 Sdr YB See Chee How (Lawyer) Naib Pengerusi
6 Sdr Stanny Embat (Ex-Police Officer) Setiausaha
7 Pn Lynette Tan (Lawyer) Timb. Setiausaha
8 Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng (Medical Practitioner) Bendahari
9 Sdr Mengga Mikui (Businessman) Timb. Bendahari
10 Sdr Vernon Kedit (Lawyer) Ketua Penerangan
11 Sdr Nikson Abdillah (Businessman) Timb. Ketua Penerangan I
12 Sdr William Lee (Businessman) Timb. Ketua Penerangan II
13 Pn Hanim Hj Mokshen (Businesswoman) Ketua Wanita Negeri
14 Sdr Ahmad Nazib (Lawyer) Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan Negeri
15 Sdr Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh (Businessman) Pengarah Pilihan Raya Negeri
16 Sdr Paul Bian (Engineer) Timb. Pengarah Pilihan Raya Negeri I
17 Sdr George Chen Ngok Fa (Businessman) Timb. Pengarah Pilihan Raya Negeri II
18 Sdr Paul Baya (Businessman) Timb. Zon Utara
19 Sdr Wong Ling Kui (Businessman) Timb. Zon Tengah 1
20 Sdr Richard Lias (Engineer) Timb. Zon Tengah 2
21 Sdr Dick Cotter (Recreational Park Planner) Timb. Zon Selatan
22 Sdr Ali Hossen Abang (Businessman) Pengarah Strategi
23 Sdr Harrison Ngau (Lawyer) Timb. Pengarah Strategi
24 Sdr Joshua Jabeng (Insurance Agent) Pengarah Latihan
25 Sdr Maxlien Gobek (Consultant Engineer) Timb. Pengarah Latihan
26 Dr Christopher Kiyui (Medical Practitioner) Pengarah Kesihatan
27 Pn Cecilia Una (Retired Nurse) Timb. Pengarah Kesihatan
28 Pn Ibi Uding (Businesswoman) Pengarah Penggalangan Dana
29 Sdr Dr Idwar Bakaruddin (Physicist/Academician) Timb. Pengarah P. Dana I
30 Sdr Simon Tiong (Businessman) Timb. Pengarah P. Dana II
31 Dr Manshor Hosen (Educationist) Pengarah Kebajikan
32 Sdr Paul Raja (Lawyer) Timb. Pengarah Kebajikan
33 Sdr Abun Sui (Lawyer) Pengarah Integrasi
34 Pn Zolhaidah Suboh (Businesswoman) Timb. Pengarah Integrasi
35 Pn Helen Jimbai (Businesswoman) AJK
36 Pn Margaret Binti Yak (Businesswoman) AJK
37 Sdr Ardi Pawi (Ex-Headmaster) AJK
38 Sdr Willie ak Mongin (IT Specialist) AJK
39 Sdr Taylor Unting (Businessman) AJK
40 Sdr Arip bin Ameran (Lawyer) AJK
41 Sdr Norisham Mohd Ali (Lawyer) AJK

Termasuk semua Ketua Cabang dari tiga-puluh satu buah cabang PKR di seluruh negeri Sarawak.

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