Monthly Archives: September 2010

Galas: Ku Li now in an awkward position

By Regina Lee NEWS ANALYSIS While the nation waits with bated breath for the Election Commission’s announcement on the Galas by-election, many pundits have been talking about the ‘Ku Li factor’, saying that victory will largely depend on what Tengku … Continue reading

Posted in Barisan Nasional

BN will win ‘comfortable majority’ in polls, says Taib

KUCHING – Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is confident that the state Barisan Nasional (BN) will win with a “comfortable majority” in the upcoming state election. However, when asked by reporters to quantify it, Taib, who is also state … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak BN

Samy Vellu: I will step down in January

S Samy Vellu, one of the longest serving and colourful party leaders in the country, today announced that he will step down as MIC president in January next year. The 74-year-old Kluang-born Samy Vellu said his deputy and former press … Continue reading

Posted in Barisan Nasional

Taib Mahmud and his Pandora’s box

By Mariam Mokhtar COMMENT Last month, Taib Mahmud left us wondering if he would really hand over the reins to someone else and not contest in the 10th state elections. Well, the teasing ended when Taib announced that he would … Continue reading

Posted in Taib Mahmud aka The Termite

A westerner who defends Taib’s dams

Torstein Dale Sjotveit (right) , the Norwegian boss of Sarawak’s privatised electricity monopoly, Sarawak Energy Bhd, has alleged that European environmentalists protesting against mass displacement of Sarawakian natives are against “economic development”. In an interview with radio station BFM aired … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak | 1 Comment

Ibans do get raw deal, admits Borneo Post

Even the Borneo Post, Taib’s favourite propaganda sheet, has found itself unable to spin away the dire distress of  the Iban population, which it alleges is so supportive of Taib Mahmud and BN. In an article last week, the paper loyally insisted that Iban … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak | 1 Comment

Salleh Jafaruddin may make political comeback

Former deputy education minister Salleh Jafaruddin is expected to make a political comeback in Sarawak as the resource-rich state begins to ponder over a post-Abdul Taib Mahmud era. A reliable source said that Salleh is currently consulting his immediate family … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak

Raziah grabs multi-million dollar forest for just RM250!

By Sarawak Report In an act of breathtaking meanness and greed the multi-billionaire Taib family are seeking to deprive impoverished Ibans of one of Sarawak’s last remaining hardwood forests, for a paltry compensation of just RM250 per family. (Raziah Mahmud – left) Meanwhile, Sarawak Report has received exclusive new leaks … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak Report

MoCS: Thank you, Taib for being ‘THE’ issue

KUCHING – The Movement For Change, Sarawak (MoCS) has expressed its ‘gratitude’ to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud for wanting to stay put and to lead the Sarawak BN into the coming state election. “Taib’s decision is expected. As usual, … Continue reading

Posted in MoCS News | 1 Comment

SUPP could be wiped out in polls

The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the largest Chinese-based party in the state, faces grim prospects of not having any representatives in the state cabinet if Chinese support for them falters in the next state election. The party is certainly … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak BN

A Trojan horse with no name, Dato?

By Haris Ibrahim COMMENT “…the criticism that there is an emergence of “Umno Culture” in the campaign for party positions is unfounded. At the same time, we cannot rule out entirely the possibility of Trojan horses having found their way … Continue reading

Posted in Anwar Ibrahim

Taib wants to stay on as CM

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud today officially announced his willingness to continue leading the state BN and state government. The announcement thus ended speculation on his position following his statement on Aug 24 that he was prepared to step … Continue reading

Posted in Taib Mahmud aka The Termite

Penan wars trilogy: Crimes in the jungle

By Sim Kwang Yang I reproduce below the police reports written by the Penans themselves, so that they may now have a face. The Penans are not just faceless and voiceless characters. Now they have a personality, just like you … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak

Federal gov’t to sell Bakun dam to Sarawak

The federal government has agreed to sell the Bakun hydroelectric dam in Belaga to the Sarawak government, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui. Chin told Bernama the federal government and the Sarawak government had started … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak | 1 Comment

Native land rights and Sarawak BN

By Apang Court records put the number of native land grabs by the Sarawak Government and companies at over 200. This is increasing monthly, with new cases being filed at the Sarawak High Court at different venues – Kuching, Sibu, … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak

Unfair land acquisition by state, says Kuching MP

KUCHING – The state government has added more woes to land owners with its acquisition of 3000 acres of 437 parcels of lands in Bako recently, said Kuching  MP Chong Chieng Jen on Thursday. Chong said the decision to acquire … Continue reading

Posted in DAP Updates

Witness: Taib not involved in sacking GM ?

By Hafiz Yatim The executive chairperson of the Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd, told the Industrial Court today that Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was not involved in the termination of its former general manager’s services. Aidan Wing, 66, the company’s … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak, Uncategorized

Church body slams stop-work order

The Council of Churches Malaysia Youth have slammed the stop-work order on an Orang Asli church by the federal government, calling it an act of “bullying”. “The CCM Youth opines that the Department of Orang Asli Affairs (JHEOA) has overstepped … Continue reading

Posted in Religion

Taib got Seattle mansion for U$1, says report

By Patrick Lee PETALING JAYA: Most people can only dream of owning a mansion, but Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud got one of his for just one US dollar, according to Sarawak Report, a website that has been carrying … Continue reading

Posted in Taib Mahmud aka The Termite

Sarawak Chinese unbowed by Taib’s threat

By Joe Fernandez ANALYSIS The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), in trouble with Chinese voters in particular since 2006, is being told that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) will be able to form the next state government even without a … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak BN

SUPP under fire for playing racial card

KUCHING – DAP MP for Kuching Chong Chieng Jen on Tuesday slammed SUPP for playing the racial card despite being in Barisan Nasional (BN) for over 40 years. Chong said it was no surprise that Sibu SUPP chairman Wong Soon … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

New Sarawak party in a dilemma over registration delay

By Joseph Tawie KUCHING: With the state elections fast approaching, Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERSB) is in a big dilemma as its registration has yet to be approved. “We will still contest as independent candidates in the 71 seats … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak

Tough going for S’wak BN in four Bidayuh seats

By Joe Fernandez ANALYSIS If the Sarawak state election were held today, it would be extremely tough going for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in four of the six Bidayuh majority seats, namely Kedup, Bengoh, Tasik Biru and Opar. This … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak BN

Penny Wong – when grit and talent triumph over hypocrisy, racism

News that Penny Wong was made Australia’s Finance Minister created a stir in Malaysia, where she was born, especially at a time when her country of birth is going through one of its most tumultuous spates of racial and religious … Continue reading

Posted in Here and There | 1 Comment

Sarawak Rangers ignored in TV show on the Emergency

By Joe Fernandez The absence of the significant role of the famed Sarawak Rangers, in a National Geographic documentary, ‘The Malayan Emergency’, has left a former Special Branch Commander fuming. “I watched the documentary on the undeclared war three times … Continue reading

Posted in Sarawak | 2 Comments