Abang Jo to keep the candle burning

 By Joceline Tan

New Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has his work cut out for him but his big test is whether he can match his predecessor in delivering in the general election.

“I love you ’Milah, don’t leave me alone.”

Those were the last words of Tan Sri Adenan Satem to his wife Puan Sri Jamilah Anu as she comforted him in his final moments.

There has been an avalanche of tributes to the former Sarawak Chief Minister for the reforms he brought during his brief stint at the top. His death hit Sarawakians like a tonne of bricks even though they knew he was in poor health and had difficulty moving about.

His final day on earth had begun quite normally. He had requested for a shower and change of clothes so that he could feel fresher, and he told Jamilah he felt like eating his favourite dish – masak lemak ikan masin dan terung (salted fish and eggplant cooked in coconut milk). He had also asked for ice cream, his favourite dessert.

He had earlier told his special administrative officer Wan Khalik Wan Muhammad that he planned to attend the main Chinese New Year open houses in Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.

Adenan had sat looking out at the view from his hospital window before returning to his bed and Wan Khalik was reading out to him from the newspapers, when he began feeling unwell and asked for Jamilah. He suffered a cardiac arrest not long after, as Jamilah and Wan Khalik recited prayers by his bedside.

Sarawak’s “singing Chief Minis­ter” was 72 and the candle had burnt out all too soon for the man whose vision and policies have helped project Sarawak as a model of moderation.

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg or Abang Jo, as he is widely known, is coming in on this sad note and into what many have described as big shoes to fill. He was sworn in as the new Chief Minister on Friday. It was a smooth and fuss-free transition, although barely hours after Adenan’s death, WhatsApp was on fire with the fake news that Datuk Seri Douglas Ug­­gah Embas had been appointed acting Chief Minister. Continue reading

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Dr M to chase every sen ‘wrongfully spent by 1MDB’


SHAH ALAM: If the opposition wins the next general election, it will chase every sen that has been allegedly misappropriated by 1MDB, promised Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This is part of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) election manifesto, which also aimed to investigate every debt incurred by 1MDB, and all the projects that may just be a waste.

“We will chase all 1MDB and government funds that have been embezzled, that we know is in the hands of certain people.

“And we will also look at the massive land sale to foreigners, to review the impact it may have on the country’s political future,” he said at the official launching of PPBM in Malawati Stadium here last night.

PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, who was also present, said he would look into limiting the powers of the prime minister.

He would also propose a Royal Commission to investigate the scandals surrounding 1MDB. Continue reading

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Malaysian IS leader killed in Syria

is-ayob PETALING JAYA: Three Malaysian militants — including one in an Islamic State video threatening to “lead a charge” against the Malaysian government — were killed in an air strike by the Syrian army.

This was confirmed by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay who told FMT that intelligence he received said the three died in Raqqah, Syria, on Friday.

50-year-old Zainuri Kamaruddin, better known as Abu Talhah, rose to fame after his propaganda video threatening the Malaysian government went viral in May last year.

The militant from Perak claimed he and his men were part of a “righteous army”. He claimed that the Malay archipelago would someday be swarming with an army of IS fighters who would bring the fight home, particularly to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Zainuri left the country in April 2014 to join IS in Syria and escaped an ambush by the Syrian army in August that year with injuries to the neck and thigh. Continue reading

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Four Sarawakians arrested for IS activities

Newly-graduated constables take a group selfie to commemorate the end of their training.

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KUCHING: Four Sarawakians were among 122 individuals arrested by police for their involvement in the Islamic State (IS) militant movement last year.

Federal Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the four, who hailed from Kuching, Serian and Samarahan, were picked up separately in different locations outside the state and were not linked to one another.

“One of the suspects was detained by Turkish authorities as he was enroute to Aleppo in Syria to join other IS fighters.

“We notified our counterparts in Turkey and they arrested him upon his arrival at the airport there before deporting him to Malaysia,” he said during a press conference held yesterday at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Puncak Borneo here.

Despite the involvement of the four Sarawakians in militant activities, Mohamad Fuzi disclosed that no similar arrests have been made within the state. Continue reading

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I will always love you, Daddy – By Rafidah Adenan

I will always love you, my one and only daddy.

It’s been just over 3 days since you left us and the harsh reality of your departure is beginning to sink in. Last night we were having our malam keduak tahlil for our late father when the familiar site of the Chief Minister of Sarawak’s car pulled into the drive.

First out of the car was Haji Jemain, the tough, dedicated head bodyguard to the CM. Before stopping the doors of the second car opened and the other bodyguards Zul, Amrin and Hussein were on the move. And then the rear door to the CM’s car opened and outstepped not my daddy but the honourable chief minister of Sarawak Abang Johari.

The same car, the same bodyguards who just a few days ago were part of our family, are now part of another. Out of respect for us the new honourable CM did not have the siren on, but all the same it was not the figure of my daddy that emerged from the car.

Since his passing, I have not had the strength to venture into his bedroom. As redha as I am for his departure, I am not quite ready to face the reality of not having him stuck at his computer reading and analysing the news or taking a break and watching the National Geographic or History channels.

My daddy, Adenan Satem was a World War 2 baby having been born to a Malay father and a Chindian mother on 27th January 1944 in Sarawak, state of Japan. This was the time of extensive fighting in Sarawak and my grandmother frequently told us of how she and my grandfather escaped marauding Japanese soldiers by crawling through tunnels with daddy in her tummy.

Our grandfather was a customs officer and had 4 other children before Adenan. 5 if we count the eldest sibling who died at child birth or 6 if we count the Chinese boy, son of a corner shopkeeper who Hj Satem took in to live with us after the demise of the boy’s parents. A few years after him another brother was born.

So Adenan Satem grew up in a big family. He had a very happy childhood with a very dedicated and loving mother who made her children’s education a priority and a disciplinarian father who put honesty and integrity above all else. Principles he applied throughout his working life. There were no luxuries in the household but there was always enough food for everyone. It was a very close knit and happy family.

Growing up in Sarawak in those days kids would walk or cycle everywhere. He would cycle from our family home in Jalah Datu’s as it was called then (now known as Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol) to Reservoir Park in Kuching centre.

As Reservoir Park borders the British High Commissioner’s residence he would stand against the fence, looking up to the great big house and watch the shenannigans going round the house compound. Continue reading

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Jho Low’s alias revelation brings new twist to 1MDB saga

A significant twist has emerged with regard to the 1MDB saga where it was disclosed in a Singapore court that billionaire Jho Low had also used a different name in his financial dealings involving Malaysia’s troubled investment fund.

Though investigations into 1MDB transactions are being carried out in various countries, Singapore has been the swiftest, shutting down BSI Bank and Falcon Private Bank for facilitating the laundering of 1MDB-linked funds and charging former employees of these banks.

Earlier this week, the Singapore court heard that the often mentioned “Eric Tan Kim Loong” was in fact an alias for Low.

According to the Singapore case, Falcon Private Bank Singapore branch manager Jens Sturzeneggar had been in communication with the email address, erickimloong.tan@gmail.com, but later discovered that he was actually corresponding with Low.

When the two met, the Malaysian-born billionaire revealed that he used the name Eric Tan on some occasions for “security” purposes. Continue reading

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Non-Malay apathy blamed for rise of extremism


KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi chairman P Waythamoorthy has denounced non-Malays who refuse to stand up for their rights, saying their apathy partly explains the rise of extremism in Malaysia.

In a WhatsApp message that he said represented the first time he was publicly expressing his frustration with non-Malays, he also mentioned “political expediency, selfishness” and “fear” among the non-Malays as reasons for “rising extremism and encroachments into non-Malay rights”.

He told his WhatsApp group to read his full message in Facebook.

He asked whether non-Malays were willing to let Umno and PAS join hands and “entrench their extremist agenda”.

“Are we going to live in a state of denial?” he said.

He also criticised moderate Muslims, saying “They hardly speak up for non-Malays and non-Muslims.” Continue reading

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