MoCS: Lift entry ban on Clare Rewcastle to Sarawak

By JM Joseph

The Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS) has urged Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg to lift the entry ban on Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown to the state.

Rewcastle-Brown arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after the new Pakatan Harapan administration took control of Putrajaya in the May 9 general elections and an earlier arrest warrant on her was dropped.

She told Free Malaysia Today this morning that she was not sure of visiting Sarawak as she was not confident that her name had been lifted from the Sarawak immigration department’s blacklist.

In an immediate response, MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah told Malaysiakini that Rewcastle-Brown, who was born in Sarawak, must be allowed into the state.

He said MoCS is looking forward to inviting her as many Sarawakians would be wanting to meet her.

“I urge the Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg to lift the entry ban on her. Let me remind him that in GE14, Sarawakians have spoken loud and clear.

“Continue with the repressive policies of the former Taib administration and BN will be severely punished come the state elections,” he cautioned.

He said only the guilty were afraid of Rewcastle-Brown because of her many exclusive reports detailing the alleged corruption of those in high office in the state.

“Rewcastle-Brown is no security threat to Sarawak and we demand that she be allowed to visit the state,” he said.

Rewcastle-Brown is a British investigative journalist who has been openly critical of the BN state government through Sarawak Report – a whistleblower website she runs that is chiefly known for its exposés on the 1MDB affair.

The Malaysian authorities issued a warrant of arrest on the journalist in 2015 citing activities “detrimental to parliamentary democracy”. – Malaysiakini

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Act against Taib, there is enough evidence – Ambiga tells gov’t

Ambiga Sreenevasan has urged Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the new government to act on the allegations of corruption against Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“They (Pakatan Harapan government) must have the political will to move against Taib, otherwise they are no different from the previous government (BN),” she told BFM this morning.

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chairperson was asked on concerns that Taib’s alleged wrongdoings might be ignored following his meeting with Mahathir after the May 9 general election.

Malaysiakini had reported that the former Sarawak chief minister had met the prime minister in Kuala Lumpur.

This is believed to be related to an emergency meeting in Kuching tomorrow, where BN elected representatives would review their position in the coalition.

“Oh yes, I am concerned about Taib,” said Ambiga.

“I think there is enough evidence out there, not just here, but overseas (to act against Taib),” she said.

“If you are going on an agenda on the rule of law, then it applies to everyone, there is no exception,” she added. Continue reading

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MoCS to Dr M: Biggest Malaysian thief is in Sarawak

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By Berita Daily Staff

KUCHING: The Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) has expressed its full support to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call to replace the top brass in the MACC as the first step to curb corruption in the country.

“Last Friday, we have stated that there must be a total revamp of the MACC. Today, we are very happy that Dr Mahathir has called for the replacement of top guns in MACC.

“It’s heartening to learn that the current chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad has resigned today. All his deadwood cohorts must also go,” MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah said here today.

“As Pakatan Harapan embarks on its anti-corruption drive which is long overdue, MoCS wishes to remind the new prime minister to also look into the decades of corrupt practices in Sarawak perpetuated by BN leaders.

“This blatant abuse of power has caused untold sufferings to Sarawakians. This must stop immediately,” he said.

Siah pointed out that top on the list has to be a certain individual in Sarawak who was reportedly worth a staggering RM45 billion, according to a 2012 report by the Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund.

“Add in what his family members, relatives, state ministers had illegally amassed from the state, the figure is RM64 billion – wealth derived from plundering the state over three decades,” the BMF report said.

According to Siah, the individual concerned is easily the richest man in Malaysia, well surpassed the hard-earned fortunes of Robert Kuok.

“If Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan are going after Najib Razak for his allegedly stolen wealth, then this individual Sarawakian must be thoroughly probed too. He could easily have stolen much more from the state over 30 long years than Najib. The biggest Malaysian thief is actually in Sarawak. This is our message to Mahathir today,” he added. Continue reading

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Probe nation’s ‘biggest thief’ who resides in S’wak – NGO urges Dr M

By JM Joseph

A Sarawak-based NGO has urged Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to investigate a person whom it described as the nation’s “biggest thief.”

Without mentioning names, Movement of Change Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Siah said this person resided in the hornbill state.

“A certain individual in Sarawak who was reportedly worth a staggering RM45 billion, according to a 2012 report by the Swiss-based group, Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF), is a Sarawakian,” he added.

Siah claimed if the sum amassed by this person’s family and state ministers were taken into account, the figure would be a staggering RM64 billion.

“This is wealth derived from plundering the state over three decades,” he told Malaysiakini.

According to Siah, the individual concerned is easily the richest man in Malaysia, having well surpassed the hard-earned fortunes of tycoon Robert Kuok. Continue reading

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Taib has no business talking politics, says S’wak NGO

By JM Joseph

Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud has no business talking politics, says local NGO Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS).

“If it is true that he was engaged in a political discussion with newly minted Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday as reported, then he has brought disrepute to the office of the governor,” says MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah.

According to Malaysiakini yesterday, an unnamed source said that Mahathir had met with Taib in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The source also added that former finance minister Daim Zainuddin was present at the meeting.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing later confirmed that the meeting had taken place.

According to the report, the PBB leader did not dismiss the possibility of forming a state-based coalition, as there had been a plan even before the general election to quit BN if Putrajaya changed hands. Continue reading

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MoCS: Reign of the ‘untouchables’ in Sarawak is over

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Francis Paul Siah lodging a report against Taib Mahmud at MACC headquarters in Petrajaya in 2011. Hannah Yeoh (right), then state assemblywoman for Subang Jaya accompanied the MoCS delegation. (file photo)

By Berita Daily Staff

KUCHING: The time has finally arrived to end Barisan Nasional’s blatant abuse of power and rampant corrupt practices in Sarawak, leader of the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) Francis Paul Siah said here today.

“Sarawakians have waited for decades for this moment. For too long, certain BN leaders in Sarawak have acted with impunity as if they were lords and masters over the land. The reign of the “untouchables” is over”, he said in a statement.

Siah stressed that a top priority of the federal Pakatan government has to be the revamp of the MACC into an independent, accountable and fearless agency with “teeth”.

“Put the fear of God into those who are corrupt. Those who abuse their powers to enrich themselves and their families must not be allowed to escape the long arm of the law.

“Sarawakians expect the Pakatan government to clean up the mess created by greedy and corrupt BN leaders, past or present. We expect nothing less,” he said.

The MoCS leader also welcomed the statement by Sarawak Pakatan chairman Chong Chieng Jen that the state Pakatan would not accept any of the Sarawak BN parties joining Pakatan, including PBB.

“Accepting PBB into Pakatan is akin to Umno joining Pakatan at the national level,” he said in a statement.

Chong said Pakatan has fought very hard against the “corrupt” state BN regime, and that allowing them to join the ruling federal coalition would “whitewash” Sarawak BN’s corrupt deeds.

As for individual BN members joining Pakatan , Chong said they would be accepted after vetting by the MACC.

Siah congratulated Chong for his bold and astute stand, saying that the Pakatan leader spoke for the majority of Sarawakians.

“Seriously, the experience of running an opposition state would do PBB and their partners some good too. They have been too comfortable for far too long.

“From now on, Sarawak BN leaders have to think twice about doing things their ‘normal’ way, such as cutting deals for their cronies and awarding large tracts of prime land to themselves”, he said.

On the meeting between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday, the MoCS leader said if the meeting was to discuss politics, then Taib as the governor has no business whatever to meddle in politics.

“If that is true, then Taib has brought the office of the governor into disrepute,” Siah added.

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Will ‘bodoh’ Sarawakians be Najib’s saviour?

By Francis Paul Siah

COMMENT | On the night of April 27, I asked the 600-strong crowd at the “Hope for Sarawakians” event in Kuching whether they were aware “that we, Sarawakians, have been described as bodoh (stupid) by many not-so-kind souls in Malaya”.

I said that if they were not aware, then they should know now for it was true – many have branded Sarawakians as backward and stupid, politically at least.

If it wasn’t true, I said I would not be talking about it in public before a few hundred people.

I was prepared for a backlash that night because there could be some annoyed and angry people in the crowd who might not take it lightly at being called “stupid” right in their face and in public.

But I had already made up my mind 10 minutes before the ceremah to hit hard on this point. It was something that needed to be said publicly and I have to do it.

Happily, my fellow Sarawakians present that night were able to stomach my not-so-diplomatic posture. They listened and didn’t throw rotten eggs at me. I was glad I got away this time.

When you speak at a ceramah, you have to gauge the mood of the audience. The moment you feel that the people are not in sync with your pointers, you have to change course quickly. Keeping a few jokes in mind is handy.

But my fellow Sarawakians were cool that night and I plucked up my courage to continue prodding on the same subject.

I said I agree with those who mocked Sarawakians and that “we, Sarawakians are stupid indeed when it comes to politics”.

“How much longer do we, Sarawakians, (and I stressed) me included, wish to remain stupid, bodoh, paloi? When will we ever learn? How much longer do we wish to remain the ‘fixed deposit’ of Barisan Nasional?” I asked. Continue reading

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