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November 20, 2011

Malaysia Project 1963 is like English people asking Irish, Scottish and Welsh people to be an English.

Filed under: Borneo Agenda — Pengayau @ 8:07 am

Good morning my brothers and sisters of Borneo!!! Malaysia Project 1963 is like English people asking Irish, Scottish and Welsh people to be an English.

You cant called the Irish, Scottish or Welsh as British, they have their own identity but yes, they are British Citizens and holding United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passport. Im not Malaysians, im Sarawakians but a Malaysian Citizen with Malaysian Passport and thats the way we should address ourself!!

The concept of Malaysia, a merger of four territories of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak. We’re SEPARATE BUT EQUAL ENTITY

The United Kingdom is a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system, with its seat of government in the capital city of London. It is a country in its own right and consists of four countries, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.There are three devolved national administrations, each with varying powers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

Sabah, Sarawak together with Federation of Malaya and States of Singapore formed Malaysia in 1963. We’re indeed an EQUAL PARTNER in the Spirits of Federation

Im in a view that we should prepared to compromise on the Sabah, Sarawak Independence Referendum by DEMANDING for much greater “Politicall autonomy” within the Federation of Malaysia, which is to RESTORED the Malaysian Agreement 1963 and 20/18 Point of Agreement with some review from the Cobbold Commision Report and suggestion from Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee

Normal understanding of law, if a signatory to an agreement withdraws from the agreement, the agreement automatically becomes invalid and no longer in effect

When Malaya decided to KICK Singapore OUT in 1965, they did so unilaterally without consulting Sabah and Sarawak though they were equal partners in the formation of Malaysia.It was also a contravention of the mutual agreement and mutual consultation as established during the signing of the Malaysia Agreement

Now let me ask all of you my brothers and sisters, WHAT IS OUR FUTURE?

For further reading

Constitutional change in sarawak 1963-1988: 25 years as a state within the federation of Malaysia by Vernon L. Porritt 

Turbulent times in Sarawak: the end of expatriate influence and the struggle for power over and within the state

The idea of Separation from Federation of Malaysia by Sabah and Sarawak cant be denied and rejected for as long as we’re treated as nothing more than just a cash cow by UMNO/Malaya and not as Equal Partner in the Spirits of Federation

Local bully boy, Taib Mahmud has been long robbing and plundering Sarawak working close together with UMNO Malaya

Tun Rahman Yaakub and Taib Mahmud is UMNO/Malaya proxy in Sarawak

Can we imagine if all the wealths of Sarawak being distribute equally to Sarawakians and not only to Taib families, Cronies and Henchmens? Look at Brunei, compare us to Singapore

46 years ago, Singapore has nothing but just a Port but we have all that we need to develop our states!!

We are Rich but yet we are Poor!! Taib Prosper, Sarawakians Suffer!!

Another Dollar, Another Plunder by Malaya

Filed under: 20/18 Point of Agreement — Pengayau @ 7:49 am
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Sabah,Sarawak,the Poor Rich Kids!!!

70% of Malaysia’s revenue comes from oil and gas, which comes Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak. But these are the states, together with Perlis, which are the poorest in Malaysia. They do not receive development proportionate to their contribution to the nation’s coffers

Im getting SICK and TIRED to talk about this ISSUE for over and over again and i dared,i challenged ANYONE to have a debate in this ISSUE and PLEASE,tell me that this is SO NOT TRUE!!To all my fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians,the time has come,enough is enough,48 years is much more than enough for us.We are here to SECURED and SAFEGUARD a BETTER FUTURE for the NEXT GENERATION!!Let us give a CHANCE to CHANGE!! Let us Kick UMNO/BN/ Taib out in this upcoming General Election!!

 

Taken from Royal Dutch Shell Website

Petronas, Shell in $12 Billion Oilfield Development Deal

SINGAPORE—Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd. said Friday that it has agreed with Royal Dutch Shell PLC to jointly develop oilfields in Malaysia using enhanced oil recovery techniques.
The companies say the $12 billion project will help the Malaysian national explorer extract a greater portion of oil from its existing reserves and extend the lives of its oilfields.

The Malaysian company, also called Petronas, has been grappling with shrinking output from aging fields and targets capital expenditure of 50 billion ringgit-55 billion ringgit ($15.89 billion-$17.47 billion) a year over the next five years to replace and refurbish them.

Many of its producing Malaysian oil and gas fields are between 19 years and 28 years old.

Last year, Malaysia unveiled a package of tax incentives to boost oil output from mature fields, including cutting tax rates for the development of new oil and gas resources and enhancing recovery from depleted fields.

Petronas said it signed a deal with Shell for two 30-year production-sharing contracts under which the companies will employ enhanced oil recovery methods at oilfields offshore Sarawak and Sabah states in East Malaysia.

They will also develop nine oil fields in the Baram Delta offshore Sarawak and four in the North Sabah development area.

The two projects together may yield an additional 90,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels a day and could be the largest offshore enhanced oil recovery development in the world.

Malaysia, which produced 658,000 barrels of oil and condensates a day as of Jan. 1 last year, is expected to become a net oil importer by 2013 because of declining domestic output.

The projects will increase the average recovery factor in the Baram Delta and North Sabah fields to about 50% from around 36%, halt the decline of Malaysia’s oil output by improving production in the fields and extend the field life beyond 2040, Petronas said.

November 19, 2011

Why No AG Report On 5% Royalty?


Taken from Borneo Herald

The total number of existing oil wells in Malaysia until 31st of March, 2011 is 117 oil wells, and all are in operation and producing crude oil. There are altogether 15 oil wells in the Sabah and the produce from these oil wells all belonging to Sabah. The total extraction of oil from the 15 Sabah oil wells is as much as 192,000 barrels per day.

This was a question recently raised by the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Hiew King Cheu in Parliament. The answer given by the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak is very important to the Sabahan who like to know how much crude oil is being produced in Sabah, and by how many barrels per day.

If we use a simple calculation based on the current market price of crude oil at USD92 per barrels, Sabah is actually producing a staggering amount of RM 52,992,000 per day. This works up roughly to RM 1.589 billion per month and it is RM 19.077 billion for a year. If the petroleum royalty payable to Sabah is 5%, then it would come up to an amount of RM 953.856 million per year.

MP Hiew said the total oil production in Sabah was the reply by the Prime Minister who directly oversees the Petronas. The 192,000 barrels per day from the 15 oil wells actually gives Sabah an income based on the 5% is RM 953.856 million per year. Why the figure given in the annual Sabah state financial report 2011 stated that Sabah is receiving a sum of RM 721.70 million, and where is the rest of the money gone to?

Hiew said this is highly questionable? If the official amount on the 5% petroleum royalty given to the Sabah government from Petronas is correct, then it will be interesting for the government or the Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib to explain to the people in Sabah on what happened to the rest of our money RM232 million?

Is this something to do with the terms and condition within the Petronas Agreement signed with Sabah because there is a ‘Capping Price’ (may be USD 60 per barrel) set on the crude oil extracted to calculate the petroleum royalty from Sabah?

In another Parliament reply to Hiew’s question in 2010, it stated that since the start of the Petronas oil production in Sabah until to date, Sabah had been paid a sum of RM 5.3 billion. This was the total sum receipt by Sabah over the past 37 years. It is a very small sum when compared to the estimated 5% sharing figure of RM 953.856 million in a single year.

MP Hiew also queries on the Audit General Report that why there is no audit carried out over the 5% petroleum royalty payable to the Sabah government. Is it true that the account and operation of the Petronas cannot be audited or touched?

If so, how would the Sabahan know whether their oil money is not being swindled, manipulated or cut away? Sabahan needs some answers, and may be the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak can explain to us to show his accountability and responsibility

November 18, 2011

YB ALI BIJU’S SPEECH ON THE PROPOSED 2012 BUDGET

Filed under: N.34 Krian — Pengayau @ 8:32 am
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Debate Speech by Ali Biju N34 Krian, 2nd Sitting 2011
Thank you Tuan Speaker, I’m honored and privileged to have this opportunity to debate the Supply Bill(2012) at the 2nd sitting of this distinguished house. While many issues have been covered by other honorable members, I would like to stress issues pertinent to my constituency Krian and Sarawak in general.
Tuan Speaker,
Rural Transformation
The World Bank in 2010 has confirmed that Sarawak is the second poorest state in Malaysia though Sarawak is rich in natural resources.
The International Fund for Agriculture Development Report 2011 explains that the improper rural road system is a major factor preventing rural smallholders from participating in marketing their agricultural products which is a contributing factor responsible for their poverty.
Based on the statistics of the State Economic Planning Unit, the Director General disclosed that indigenous communities living in Sarawak and Sabah are the poorest communities in Malaysia.
A study by UNDP (United Nations Development Program) from 1976 to 2004 in Sarawak showed that the majority of the hard core poor were from the Iban and Bidayuh communities.
A SUHAKAM Study in 2008 in Sarawak found that 84% of a hundred families that were being studied were living below the Poverty Line Index. According to the 9th Malaysia Plan, the Poverty Line Index for Sarawak isRM830 per month.
According to Dr. Jeniri Amir, if one pays a visit to any rural Iban longhouse, one can see their sad living conditions of dilapidated walls, roof and flooring. He describes that these sections of the community still live hand-to-mouth and put up in houses that are on the verge of collapsing. He added that these people still find it difficult to (i) have proper food, (ii) afford adequate clothing and (iii) bring their family out of the poverty trap.
Based on these socio-economic situations of rural society particularly bumiputra, the proposed budget for Ministry of Rural Development Rm3,464,717is grossly insufficient. Here, in this distinguished house I urge the government to relook into this particular budget and increase it to an optimum level which would reflect the gravity of the actual situation on the ground.
Tuan Speaker,
Delineation of Community Capitals
Rural communities need transformation. A community’s various forms of capital assets need to be delineated for them to become the building blocks for rural community transformation.
Communities have various capitals.
1.    Their natural assets include private and common property right in land, forests, water and so on. Bilik/doors of the longhouse should be given land titles similar to that of a terrace house in the town/ city. NCR land should be delineated under Section 18 of Land Code. Steps taken to improve security, access and transferability of land will increase the value of household assets, generate higher levels of investment and agricultural productivity and facilitate access to credit.
2.    Their human assets which include labour pools comprising workers of varying ages, genders, skills and health in the households and communities.
3.    Their physical assets include machines, tools and structures, stocks of domestic animals and food.
4.    Their financial assets include traditional artifacts, jewelry, insurance, savings and access to credit.
5.    Their institutional assets include legally protected rights and freedom and the extent of their participation in decision making in households, communities and in supra-community level.
6.    Their infrastructure assets include publicly and privately provided transport and communications, access to schools and health centers, storage facilities, potable water and sanitation.
7.    Their cultural, social and political assets are important.
Together, these assets will increase the well-being and empowerment of the rural communities. The State government should enhance the capacity of rural communities to acknowledge and leverage their distinctive local and regional capitals or assets. Only then can the rural communities become strategically ready to take advantage of new opportunities and thereby achieve greater self-determination. Increasing the usability or functionality of assets or capital, is then, a useful way to think about desired outcomes.
Tuan Speaker,
Rural Agro-Business Development
In order to encourage rural entrepreneurs to start agro-business, first and foremost, the government must permit NCR landowners to register their business entities and applying for trade licenses using their NCR land as official addresses.
According to the Sarawak State Planning Unit, agriculture forms 11.8% of Sarawak’s Gross Domestic Product, making it the 4th largest of all sectors. It is common knowledge that the livelihood of the rural people depends upon agriculture.
A report by the World Bank Group, entitled ‘Agriculture For Development’ emphasized that rapid transforming economies must move from the green revolution to focus on new high-value cash crop with fast growing urban incomes and demand for high-value products in cities becoming the drivers of agriculture growth and poverty reduction.
Since the poor are mostly in the agricultural sector, the government should focus on providing the rural population with support and opportunities to enable them to become involved in agro-business. A variety of innovative programs have to be implemented in providing the necessary impetus.
High Value Crops
An increasingly important element in the strategies to reduce poverty is the provision of support for smallholder farmers who are moving from subsistence agriculture to market-oriented high-value commercial agriculture. Research in selecting and introducing high-value crops and low-cost farming systems is very appropriate for small scale farmers.
Currently, rubber and oil palm are golden crops for smallholders. As such, it is hard to comprehend that the Ministry of Modern Agriculture and the Agricultural Department is allocated merely RM88, 418,361.00. I strongly urge the State Government to allocate higher funding.
All agricultural stations also should be re-activated or enlarged throughout the state, including the station at Ng. Budu.
Rubber smallholders should be assisted to enable them to plant high-yielding rubber clones. The State Government should work closely with RISDA to replant old rubber smallholdings in the rural areas with the new high-yielding clones. The Agricultural Department also needs to respond positively to all requests for new planting.
I am enlightened by a newspaper report on Oct. 11, 2011 (Borneo Post), stating that PEMANDU (Performance Management and Delivery Unit) is targeting to plant 200,000 hectares of rubber in Sarawak from next year till 2021, involving replanting and new planting, at an estimated cost of RM1.35bil. This is equivalent to planting 20,000 hectares/year at the cost of RM135mil/year. This is a commendable initiative by the government. However, I hope this is not empty rhetoric as the people in my area are very anxious to be part of this programme.
MPOB should intensify its activities to assist rural smallholders to plant high quality clones of oil palm and set-up more mills to enable them to sell fresh fruit bunches more easily. At the moment, oil palm smallholders in Saratok are having difficulty in selling their FFB. Middlemen buy their FFB at the very low price of RM400 only compared to the mill price which is RM600. I urge the relevant government department to closely monitor the price of smallholders’ FFB.
Apart from MPOB, I would like to know if Agricultural Department has any other plan or programme to assist oil palm smallholders.
Cultivating Innovation         
The State Government should also focus on applying an innovative systems approach in developing operational guidance, tools and investment options for agriculture. More allocation for agricultural research and services is needed. Agricultural competitiveness can be enhanced by
(i)             organizing communities to manage their land and natural resources
(ii)           introducing new crops and technologies to increase production options.
Integrating Agriculture and Rural Community-Driven Development with downstream processing of farm products and encouraging village industries and rural entrepreneurship can provide an additional source of income. This approach gives control over planning decisions and investment resources to community groups. Any rural livelihoods project should promote inclusive growth and address the challenges of reducing rural poverty by supporting representative institutions of the poor in the rural areas.
Establishment of Farmers’ Markets in the Urban Areas to enable farmers to sell products directly instead of through middlemen will enable them to earn better income.
Invest In Young People
The State Government should have the will and courage to invest in young people from the rural areas. It would be good to introduce a course of training and education focusing on topics pertaining to farming and also on subjects related to work attitude and values in order to motivate participants to be better, more productive farmers. IFAD has called for investing in rural youth and helping them to become better and more successful farmers. Current events show that the energy, creativity and the power of young people and also the importance of ensuring that they can see a future for themselves in the societies in which they live. These young people are the next generation of farmers, producers and workers. Give them the skills and confidence they need to run profitable farms or start businesses, and they will become the outstanding citizens and community leaders of tomorrow. Ignore them, and they will have little option but leave their home and families to search for work in the cities, seeking better lives but finding only more misery.
Tuan Speaker,
SALCRA
Again SALCRA announced dividends of RM100.8mil.for the year 2011 to be distributed among landowners. However, I would like to know the breakdown of dividend distribution according to blocks, in particular Krian Ulu, Babang and Awik areas. Landowners also are eager to know the current financial situation of these particular blocks. Some areas of the oil palm estates are neglected due to lack of proper maintenance, clearing and fertilizing. I strongly urge the relevant authority to look into these issues more seriously.
New NCR Initiative Perimeter Survey
Tuan Speaker, I would like to make further comment on this issue. Native landowners are confused by the intention of this new initiative. They are worried about the long term legal implications of perimeter survey. Major concerns are listed below:-
Section 6 (1) of Land Code mentions that any area of State Land may be turned into Native Communal Reserve. However, all of the land surveyed now is NCR land. Does NCR still exist inside Native Communal Reserve? What might happen to the NCR outside perimeter survey? Is it going to be the final survey? What is status of pulau galau and pemakai menoa under this new initiative?
Section 6(3) of Land Code pertaining to Native Communal Reserves clearly states that “any such land shallcontinue to be state land, and the native community for whose use it was reserved or any members thereof acquiring any rights therein shall hold the same as a licensee from the government, ….the issue of any document of title in respect thereof shall be in the absolute discretion of the Director. In plain language, Native Communal Reserve is in actual fact state land.
Section 6(4) states that if the Minister satisfied that any area under Native Communal Reserve is required for public purpose, that area to be resumed by the government and compensation to be paid as confirmed by honorable Minister. However, does the government compensate affected natives for their trees, crop and dwellings? Is it possible to register agro-based business entity using Native Communal Reserve as an official address?
As a result of these confusions, native landowners still prefer their land to remain NCR land as it is now.Perimeter survey does not enhance the value of NCR land. What the native landowners really request for is that their NCR be surveyed directly under section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code, not Section 6. A good example is the big area of NCR land of the Iban communities at Entebu/Selambong/Muton which was excluded from Lots 489 and 480 Block 18 Awik-Krian Land District gazetted as Native Communal(Agriculture) Reserve (Swk. L.N.50 dated 29.3.2011).The government must clarify whether the NCR land outside the Communal Reserve is State Land or NCR Land .
Tuan Speaker,
Community Leader – Tuai Rumah, Pengulu, Pemanca
Traditional Duties of Tuai Rumah.
The Tuai Rumah plays a vital role in maintaining the harmonious relationship among community members and preserving the well-being of the whole longhouse. He looks after the welfare of community, co-ordinates communal activities like gotong-royong, officiates at ceremonies, settles disputes among his subjects etc. The Tuai Rumah is traditionally elected according to native customs or adat based on merit.The main selection criteria for tuai rumah are impartiality, trustworthiness, knowledge in local adat, respect by the community, high integrity, etc. In Iban words,Tuai Rumah shall be “ Baka idung entara mata baka dilah entara nyawa. Nadai niki nibong, nadai niki pinang”. Thus, it is imperative that any Tuai Rumah appointed by the appointing authority must first have been elected by the majority of members of his longhouse through traditional adat and custom.
Holding Political Posts
In a democratic country like Malaysia, there are many political parties or ideologies being spread. It is imperative for community leaders not to be involved in politics either of the ruling party or the opposition. This is inline with Laws of Sarawak Chapter 60 “Community Chiefs and Headmen Ordinance, 2004 Section 8(1)” which clearly states that community leaders, namely Tuai Rumah, Pengulu and Pemanca, are prohibited from holding any post in a political party. Members of a particular longhouse may be of different political persuasion.  Political differences if not handled properly may split a longhouse community. It is sad to see, in many instances, that some Tuai Rumah/Pengulu/Pemanca refuse to work with certain individuals who have dissimilar political ideologies. Thus, I strongly urge all honorable members to refrain using community leaders in politics.
Allowance
A Tuai Rumah’s responsibilities extend beyond the longhouse. His charges include longhouse members who work and stay in towns throughout Malaysia. Should anything happento them in towns such as marriage, death, dispute, through adat-pekat, theTuai Rumah is still responsible. One bilik/door originally may consist of one family unit or “sepintu” but after one generation, the number of members of that pintu increases as siblings and even grandchildren are added to the family.In view of their heavy responsibilities, the Tuai Rumah should be given higher allowance of RM850 as promised to them by the government, not merely RM450 as currently given. As for the minimum requirement of doors/biliks of a longhouse for the Tuai Rumah to be entitled to the allowance, I agree with the honorable member of Engkilili that it should be 10 doors and not 20 doors as practised now. This is in accordance to Section 67 of Adat Iban 1993 which stated that any longhouse of more than 10 doors is entitled to have recognized tuai rumah.
Longhouse Loan Scheme
Tuan Speaker, the government’s effort to provide soft loans is commendable. However, the cost of construction materials under the scheme is a cause for concern as I stated in my oral question. I personally came across many instances whereby the longhouse loan recipients were talking about high prices. This is definitely not due to transportation as replied by the honorable Minister as the price comparison was done at longhouse price. Sadly, the unfortunate, poor longhouse dwellers accepted it as normal practice since it is loan anyway. Thus, I urge the relevant agencies to consult longhouse loan recipients with regard to building materials procurement since they are the one who eventually will pay the loan. As for loan applications supported by opposition ADUN submitted to the Ministry, I urge they are given fair consideration. Otherwise, there is no logical requirement for supporting letter from local ADUN.
Infrastructure and Basic Amenities
Tuan Speaker, as far as infrastructure and basic amenities are concerned, I do note and acknowledge the progress made on the development of the RES Rural Electrification Scheme, water supply and communication tower in Krian constituency. However, some areas need more attention.
  1. The tar-sealing of the federal Ulu Krian and Ulu Awik Road as announced by the PM during the last state election has not started yet. These gravel or red soil roads are in deplorable condition and dangerous to local road users.
  2. To upgrade the old SESCO Road, Nanga Batang Road, Bajau Road, Engudu-Peligong Road and Ulu Mudong Road.
  3. To construct Ng. Ibus Road for which the earth-breaking ceremony has been held 3 times before elections during the last 10 years. However, the actual work has never started.
  4. The problem with construction of electrical transmission lines to school and many longhouses along Ulu Awik Road due to SALCRA’s refusal to allow cutting of affected oil palm unless compensation is paid. As such, I urge the relevant government departments to cooperate to ensure that poor longhouse dwellers get their precious basic electricity.
  5. To upgrade the Saratok Sports Complex by having more sport facilities. Considering the increased number of youths in the population, a sports complex is necessary for them. Sports activities can help prevent budaya lepak among youths.
  6. To develop Sg Krian Waterfront. Saratok does not have any other local festival. The Krian Regatta is the only time for them to celebrate after a long tedious year of working in their farms. I urge the government to hold this festival annually.
  7. To re-construct immediately the school block of SK Kalaka Central that was recently burnt down.
Before I conclude my speech, I would like to wish all Christians a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you.

Senator Lihan Jok. Senator or a Joker?

Filed under: Sarawak Politics,Yang Di Kasihi — Pengayau @ 7:26 am
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Senator Lihan Jok? Yes, Lihan Joke to be exact. He is the one who said that Baram Dam is a Gift from God, I bet he’s refering to Taib as his one and only god

 
“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,”

Taken from Borneo Post

Lihan Jok dilantik senator

Posted on November 16, 2011, Wednesday

KUCHING: Lihan Jok, 54, dilantik sebagai senator selepas pencalonannya mendapat persetujuan majoriti ahli dewan pada Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Ke-17, semalam.

Pencalonan beliau dicadang oleh Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu Numpang dan disokong oleh Menteri Kanan Tan Sri James Masing.

Dalam pemilihan semalam, Lihan berdepan saingan daripada calon dikemukakan barisan pembangkang, Dr John Brian Anthony yang dicadangkan oleh Pengerusi Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Negeri Wong Ho Leng dan disokong oleh ADUN Kidurong Chiew Chiu Sing.

Pelantikan Lihan sebagai senator menggantikan Datuk Idris Buang dimaklumkan oleh Speaker Dun Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

“Dr John Brian mendapat 15 undi, Lihan Jok pula mendapat 50 undi… dengan ini saya mengumumkan Lihan Jok dengan sah sebagai senator… tahniah,” katanya.

Setiausaha DUN selepas itu memberitahu pihaknya ada menerima surat rasmi daripada Lihan pada 2 November lalu yang menyatakan kesanggupan beliau berkhidmat sebagai senator sekiranya dipilih.

Sementara itu Jabu ketika mengemukakan usul mencadangkan pencalonan Lihan berkata tempoh pelantikan Idris yang dilantik menerusi DUN sebagai Ahli Dewan Negara enam tahun lalu iaitu selama dua penggal tamat pada 28 November ini.

“Atas sebab itu saya hari ini mewakili ahli dewan merekodkan terima kasih kepada YB Senator Datuk Idris Buang atas sumbangan dan khidmatnya yang begitu dedikasi.

“Atas alasan ini juga bagi mengisi kekosongan ini, saya dengan besar hati melaksanakan tugas saya dan penuh penghormatan, saya menamakan calon untuk mengisi kekosongan sebagai senator,” katanya.

Lihan, berbangsa Kayan dari Long Bedian, Ulu Sungai Apoh, Baram Sarawak bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Telang Usan selama dua penggal dari 2001 hingga 2010. Read more here

November 9, 2011

Salcra to pay out RM100.888 mln in dividends

Filed under: Dayak Syndrome — Pengayau @ 8:08 am
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RM100.888 Million divide by 16 374 Land owners = RM6161.48, divide by 12 months = RM513.70 a months? This is by average. Jabu oh Jabu. How i wish i could pee on your face!!!

Taken from Borneo Post

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) will pay RM100.888 million in dividends early next year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the amount would be divided among the 16,374 land owners who participated in Salcra oil palm plantations.

“Looking at our financial strength, Salcra has enjoyed profits due to prudent management which enabled high production, thus we are able to pay the amount to the participants,” Jabu, who is Salcra chairman, told a media conference at Salcra headquarters here yesterday.

He had earlier chaired Salcra 87th Board of Directors meeting at the headquarters.

Jabu explained that only participants with mature estates were entitled to receive the payment, and not those who had just started.

The Rural Development Minister pointed out that the payment would be split into two – one in early next year and the other in July – and he hoped recipients would use their dividend wisely, taking into account the educational welfare of their children.

“We (Salcra) chose to pay the dividend by early next year because we are aware that parents need money to register their children at schools,” Jabu said.

He added that Salcra did not want to see the participants face financial burden when they send their children to schools.

The Modernisation of Agriculture Minister went on to say that the second payment in July was to prevent overspending by some participants during Gawai.

November 8, 2011

BREAKING NEWS! Taib under investigation in the UK! – British government to monitor MACC


 

“We will monitor the MACC investigation”: British Minister of State, Jeremy Browne

(LONDON, UK). The British government will be monitoring the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (“Taib”) and will use its findings “to support a UK investigation”. This has been confirmed in a letter to the Bruno Manser Fund from British Minister of State, Jeremy Browne, the Minister who holds responsibility for Britain’s relations with Malaysia.

Browne confirms that the UK government has started looking into alleged Taib family money-laundering in the UK and British offshore financial centres. According to the Minister, a complaint by the Bruno Manser Fund has been “forwarded to the relevant UK authorities”. “We are also aware, as your letter states, that the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has announced the opening of its own investigation into Taib earlier this year.”

“The UK attaches considerable importance to the integrity and supervision of its financial services industry and property sector, so concrete allegations of money laundering are taken very seriously.” The Minister also stated that the British and Malaysian Governments had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Transnational Crime, “which foresees close cooperation on money laundering and other illegal activities.”

The Bruno Manser Fund had alerted British Prime Minister David Cameron about suspected money-laundering by the Taib family and called on the British government to freeze illicit Taib assets in the UK. The Taibs’ business flagship in the UK is Ridgeford Properties, a property company controlled by Taib’s daughter Jamilah Taib Murray and his Canadian son-in-law, Sean Murray. Ridgeford Properties holds luxury properties in Central London estimated to be worth several hundred million pounds.

Prior to the British government, the Swiss and German bank regulators had announced that they would look into potential Taib-related dealings in their countries. Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Canada’s Finance Minister James Flaherty had also assured the Bruno Manser Fund that their governments were taking money-laundering allegations against the Taib family very seriously and would look into the matter. http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org/campaign_update?show=34

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