خرید سرور linasoo: March 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Taib not against holding simultaneous polls

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has not ruled out the possibility that Sarawak state polls may be held simultaneously with parliamentary elections in the future as it is in accordance with the law.

Although under normal circumstances state elections should not be called simply due to popular demand, the state BN chairman said it was up to Prime Minister Najib Razak to calculate if such a move was necessary.

"I can accept that," he said, "but I don't make a sudden move; that's one thing, it's against my trait."

Sarawak is the only state that holds the state election separately, with the current term of the state legislative assembly expiring by July next year.

Asked if he had heard of talks that the coming state poll might be held simultaneously with the general election, Taib said: "I have not come to the stage when we talk about the election yet. No, I am not joking to you."

"I don't know, someone (in the media) wrote that I was trying to recover lost ground," said the chief minister alluding to the BN's performance in the May 2006 state election when it lost nine of 71 seats.

'Najib's popularity is high'

He was speaking to reporters after chairing the Sarawak BN coordination committee meeting at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters at Jalan Bako in Kuching.

He agreed that the popularity of Najib, who would be marking his first year in office on April 3, was high at the moment, clearly a positive prerequisite to call for an early general election should the need arises.

The last general election was held in March 2008.

"I cannot read what the prime minister has in his mind," Taib added.

On the meeting, he said it was to discuss the coordination between members of parliament and assemblymen to ensure effective implementation of rural projects under the RM3.4 billion special federal allocation for Sarawak by 2012.

Elected representatives were also required to provide inputs to the divisional development committees, chaired by the resident of each division, to ensure projects were implemented according to their political need, he said.

- Bernama

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mammoth Oil Discovery Off Sarawak Or Sabah Waters?

Gua Musang MP recently made a startling claim that Petronas had made a “very big discovery of an oil field, probably the biggest in the world”. This was stated during his talk titled, ‘Conversations on the Constitution and Oil Royalty – A Constitutional Right?’ organized by the Bar Council.

Following his claim, speculation is rife that the discovery in question, is either in Sarawak waters near Natuna Island or in Sabah waters fringing the Spratley islands.

Petronas was founded on 17 August, 1974 and is ranked as the 80th largest company in the world by Fortune Global 500. Petronas contributes about RM75billion annually to the national coffer, which is about 42% of GNP.

In response Petronas has come out to refute Razaleigh’s claim outright.

"We can continue to find small and medium sized fields in the region, but we don't hope to be able to find world scale discoveries," Petronas vice-president for exploration and production business, Ramlan A Malek, told a media briefing.

Meanwhile, PKR vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan is clamouring for an increase in the prevailing 5% oil royalty to be increased to no less than 20%.

Jeffrey questions the secrecy of the national oil corporation which is not answerable even to parliament, and of Petronas’ agreements with oil-producing states which are so top secret that even the Sabah state government , party to the agreement has no access to the information.

“It has come to my knowledge that 80 percent of the oil and gas produced by Petronas is not sold directly to the world market,” charged Jeffrey, not for the first time.

Jeffrey repeats his claim that Petronas oil and gas is channelled through six 'option holders' who obtain the supply from Petronas at well below market price, which in turn, pocket huge profits from selling on the world market. If true, any price increase on the world oil market benefits the ‘option holders’, and not the nation.

Well, is anyone surprised?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Shattered Hopes And Broken Dreams

A Memorandum on the Fate of Sabah in the Malaysian Federation

Presented by DANIEL JOHN JAMBUN, Esq., at the House of Commons, London, UK.

March 9, 2010

Good afternoon all Honourable Members of the House, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, I would like to record our most sincere gratitude having been given this honour of presenting this memorandum before this esteemed House. Today, marks a moment of honour for the people of Sabah, the former North Borneo, for having been accorded this rare opportunity to present a Memorandum a matter of grave significance, a matter which affect our fate as the people of the Federation of Malaysia. We see this as a historical event, a moment granted by God’s grace, in which we can communicate under this honourable roof, to reminisce a milestone of history half a century ago which was followed by sad events that in too many instances happened with numerous misgivings.

For decades now, we the people of Sabah, have been haunted by ghosts of history dating back to August 31, 1963, the day we gained independence from Great Britain. Malaysia was conceptualised and constituted with the best of promises, endearing in us hopes and dreams for a greater future. It is with sadness that I stand here to witness that what had transpired since September 16, 1963 had been a series of events that had led us to the present situation in which we can justly proclaim to be a situation of shattered hopes and broken dreams!

We therefore stand before this House, in good faith, to seek redress and to appeal for an inclusive dialogue, which we hope will lead to a clearer and brighter tomorrow to all parties concerned. I seek the indulgence of this House to hear our side of the story and adjudge the events of the past with a clear conscience and a sympathetic eye, and to lend us a hand in seeking a just and righteous solution to our problem.

I would like to present three pertinent issues, which may or may not have direct concern of the present British government. Firstly, we need to take a critical review of the rationales and instruments for the formation of Malaysia. There is the nagging question of justice in the drafting of the critical Malaysia Agreement, the efficiency and integrity off the Cobbold Commission, the reliability of the promises of the Twenty Points, the Inter governmental Committee Report and the Malaysian Act, historical documents which must be familiar to the knowledge of the Honourable Lawmakers in this House. Secondly, is the perennial issue of security which now affect the sovereignty of Sabah within Malaysia. And thirdly is the case of the spiraling deterioration in the economic wellbeing of the people of Sabah.

Sabah’s Expectations of Malaysia vs Reality and the Malaysian Agreement

The facts of history is that Sabah, a former British colony, achieved its independence on August 31st, 1963. On September 16, 1963, it merged with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia on terms agreed by all parties. The concept of merger and equal partnership was introduced by Tunku Abdul Rahman to allay fears in Sabah and Sarawak of the possibility of Malaya recolonizing them upon the departure of the British masters.

The terms of this Federation are contained in various documents such as the Twenty Points, the IGC report and of course the Malaysia Agreement, which on paper protected the interests of Sabah and Sarawak within this new Federation so that they do not lose their autonomy in certain areas of governance which gave meanings and substances to their independence.

Without doubt, this was the expressed hope of the founding fathers, principally Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia; Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Donald Stephens and Mustapha Harun of Sabah, Stephen Kalong Ningkan of Sarawak, etc. Independent speeches were delivered by various leaders including Razak, Tun Mustapha, Donald Stephens and Sir William Goode to during the historic celebration of Sabah’s nationhood. I present several quotes from them below:

Today, is a historic day for Sabah. It marks the beginning of self-government and independence and the end of colonialism.

Sir William Goode, outgoing Governor of North Borneo
(Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 1, 1963)

The Tunku naturally uttered several historic statements on the matter:

“The granting of self-government too would enable Sabah to stand on its own feet as equal with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore.”

(Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 30th, 1963)

“The important aspects of the Malaysia Ideal, as I see it, is that it will enable the Borneo territories to transform their present colonial status to ‘self government’ for themselves and absolute independence in Malaysia simultaneously...”

“The days of imperialism are gone and it is not the intention of Malaya to perpetuate or revive them. When the Borneo territories become part of Malaysia, they will cease to be a colony of Malaya, they will be partners of equal status, no more or less than the other States.”

(Strait Times, October 2nd 1962) The “other States” refer to the other States entities of Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak.”

Today, more than forty six years after independence, the people of Sabah are asking what happened to these rosy pronouncements and assurances. In fact the Sabahans have always been seriously clarification as to why Sabah is now functioning as if it is only a colony of Kuala Lumpur. Many still remember the warnings given by former Indonesian president Sukarno, who said that Malaysia will not change colonialism but will only shift its headquarters from London to Kuala lumpur. Has Sukarno’s prophecy come true today?

Tunku Abdul Rahman kept assuring us that Sabah was now independent; that it was no longer a colony and that Sabah will have its” absolute independence” in Malaysia. What Tunku Abdul Rahman said was exactly what we expected Sabah to gain and benefit from being part of the Federation, i.e. being a fully autonomous state within the Federation. But contrary to that promise, the reality today is that Sabah has become the 12th state of Malaya. Federal government leaders, dominated by Malayans, today can arbitrarily change, at their whims and fancies, whatever they wish to suit their needs and convenience. They even ignored the Twenty Points and the Malaysia Agreement and made it sensitive to even talk about them.

The Problem of the Illegal and Legalised Immigrants in Sabah

About half of Sabah’s population of 3.25 million today are foreigners. Out of this number, 750,000 are undocumented or without travel documents or work passes. Dr Chong Eng Leong paper, “Human Rights and Citizenship: Its impact on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights,” presented at the SUHAKAM Roundtable Discussion on July 31, 2006 refers.

Of these, 60,000 are categorized as refugees and about 153,000 to 418,000 are those supposedly given work passes. In addition there are those with false documents but over and above these numbers are the 600,000 who have been given genuine Malaysian identity cards or MyKads by higher authority under “Projek IC Mahathir” (Dr. Chong Eng Leong, Ibid.)

The most serious and obvious injustices inflicted upon Sabah is the deployment of non-citizen to become voters, thereby depriving citizens of the right to democracy and self-determination. The main category of foreign voters comprise the 600,000 who have been given Mykads, under “Projek IC Mahathir.” This project was widely debated in the local papers in 2006. A witness to a trial on an election dispute confessed in court to possessing a dubious identity card, telling the magistrate that he obtained his IC through “Projek President Mahathir.” This evidence was never contested, and nor has there been any denial form the former Prime Minister.

Security and Sovereignty

Most of these foreigners come from a neighbouring country (the Philippines) which, incidently, has yet to drop its territorial claim over Sabah. By the sheer number of the illegals from the Philippines alone, with their settlements surrounding all the major cities and towns, this claim could be easily legitimized. Sabah is now a haven for escaping terrorists, rebels and kidnappers. JI or Jemaah islamiyah, a terror network, has been identified as having its presence in Sabah. So is Darul Islam Sabah. Hence, with the presence of armed foreigners on our soil, Sabah is no longer a secure state.

This begs the question: Where is the security that the founding fathers of Malaysia had promised us? With the explicit support of Great Britain, we had been hard-pressed to join in the formation of Malaysia, in the name of security from Indonesia’s Confrontation and Phillippines’ claim. But as it turned out, today Brunei, which opted out following a rebellion, and Singapore which was later expelled, are doing so much better. There is therefore no denying that Brunei had been far-sighted, and Singapore had been ironically blessed by its expulsion.

Reverse Take Over

As the number of non-citizens are now rapidly outnumbering the local population in some areas (Dr Jeffery Kitingan, Justice for Sabah, Table 4.1), it is merely a matter of time for this foreign population to spread and overwhelm the whole of Sabah. SUHAKAM’s former Commissioner, Prof. Hamdan Adnan, once said that a foreigner reverse takeover is imminent if the trend continues unabated.

Poverty

Sabah is a rich state endowed with much natural resources such as oil and gas, timber, fertile agricultural land and tourism potentials. With a population of just about three million, Sabah offers abundant promises for vibrant economic development and enviable prosperity. Unfortunately, Sabah today is the poorest state in Malaysia (according to the government’s Malaysia Plan Report). Most of Sabah’s timber has already been harvested without any heed to sustainable supply management, and over eighty percent of the agricultural land develop for oil palm belong to corporate giants owned by west Malaysian companies. Ironically, Sabah is Malaysia’s largest oil palm producer with 60% of the nation’s palm oil being produced in Sabah. Sabah is also one of three Malaysia’s oil producing states, producing more than 73,000 barrels of crude petroleum per day. Why then is Sabah poor and financially dependent on the federal government? The answer is simple: It is either that Sabah is not getting its fair share of its own wealth or is the victim of mismanagement, or both. UNDP (United Nation Development Program) put the State poverty rate at 24.3% of the population.

Poorest State

Sabah, once the richest state in Malaysia, is now the poorest. Most of the poor are Natives in the rural areas, including paddy farmers, fishermen and smallholders. The state government of Sabah has one of the highest budget deficit in the country amounting RM252.89 million (2006). With a population of 3.25 million, its per capita income currently stands at RM9,536 compared to RM18,040 for Malaysia. This show a huge disparity with Sabah’s per capita income way, way below the national standard. Where do our riches go to? To be exact: to the Federal Government. Sabah can never be rich as long as our State cake” is continuously divided into thirteen.

Oil Revenue

Oil and gas belong to the state but in 1976 the federal government made the state surrender this state resource to a central government agency, PETRONAS. It is said that that the “Double Six” Tragedy (airplane crash at Sembulan which killed senior Sabah cabinet members, including the then Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens, the former Donald Stephens) was the result of the refusal by Stephens to sign away Sabah’s oil right in Labuan then. Soon after Tun Fuad’s funeral, Harris Salleh signed the agreement. In return the state gets only 5% of the oil revenue. Why? Why do we get only 5% of the revenue from oil, when in the first place, it is a state resource? Who gets the other 95%? How much revenue earnings have been generated from Sabah’s oil and gas, including their by-products?

Felda and Felcra

Land given out to Felda and Felcra by the State Government for the purpose of development assistance to the landless local was never implemented. According to the former Chief Minister, Harris Salleh, 300,000 hectares have been given to Felda/Felcra for this purpose. We know of no one Sabahan having benefited, although perhaps there may be a few. So who are the rest of the beneficiaries? Who is reaping the oil palm harvest from our land? Obviously, justice must be served. And these lands must revert back to the State Government and their utilisation reviewed as part of our economic revival and poverty eradication programmes.

Political

The enormous political implications of the non-citizens currently holding citizens’ identity cards are mind boggling. It is frightening to contemplate the ramifications of the fact that they can vote, as they have been recruited and mobilised by certain political leaders in the BN (the Barisan Nasional or National Front) ruling coalition. In fact most of these “voters for hire” have been recruited as members of UMNO (the United Malay National Organisation), the backbone of the BN.

Even a fellow BN member had openly admitted that illegals could be in BN parties. Chin Su Ling, Youth Chief of the Liberal Democratic Party, a component of the BN said there is a possibility that many illegal immigrants have become members of various BN component Sabah. (Borneo Post, Tuesday, September 19th, 2006). These foreigners may just be “voters for hire” at present but once they can organize themselves, they could be in a position to control Sabah UMNO and elect their own representatives into the State Assembly and Parliament. Once this is achieved they could take over the government and change the rules of the game in their favour. This is not impossible.

How did Sabah’s population grow so fast? Are we more fertile than Sarawak or the peninsular? NO! The high growth in Sabah’s population is explained by the high arrivals of foreigners, many of whom were later exploited to become voters through the “Project IC.” Worse, these foreigners who obtained MyKads through the backdoor also claim to be Bumiputeras (sons of the soil). They are in fact The New Bumiputeras! These new “natives” are now the same number as the natives!

Source of Socio-economic Problems

This large foreign population in Sabah also presents a heavy drain on the economy and social services fund. One estimate puts this cost to the State between RM271 million to RM811 million a year. They also take away from the local quota for education in schools and institutions of higher learning. They use a lot of medical facilities and health care services and encroach onto natives lands, producing squatter colonies. They also rely on low cost housing schemes provided by the government. They are also involved in drugs. According to the police, 90% of drugs are from the Philippines. They steal water and electricity through illegal connections and pollute the environment. Employment wise, many illegals are now running taxis, mini buses as drivers.

“The illegal immigrants are the mother of all problems in Sabah” – Dato Bakri Zinin . High ranking Police Officer, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur

Conclusion

The root cause of Sabah's dilemma is the fact that the Inter-Governmental Committee Report had failed to ensure Malaysian Government compliance with the Malaysia Agreement on a continuous basis. Various ‘modification’ and ‘adjustments’ had been surreptitiously inserted into the national governance mechanism which had trapped us into subservience and compliance and in the process eroding much of our rights and privileges.

The IGC must be revived and the United Kingdom, along with Singapore, Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya (the Federal Government), must play an active role as sympathetic and just former master to institute effective and enduring rectifications. This is the least that we can ask for. This is also the way forward. The United Kingdom is the first stop in our mission to revive the IGC. Efforts are also being made at this material time in Kuala Lumpur by Dr Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan, the chairman of the Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma) to seek the same redress and review of the terms of independence And formation of the Federation of Malaysia. Likewise we are mobilising a similar mission to Singapore prior to seeking a dialogue with the Sabah and Sarawak State Governments on the same issue.

With respect and reverence we lay our hopes and desires before this honourable House for a redirection of the negative trends that beset us in Borneo, in the full confidence that a vehicle to the future can be chartered for justice and truth, to pick up the pieces of the shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Thank you.

Source: www/malaysia-today.net

Thursday, March 18, 2010

UK Parliament Passes Early Day Motion on Anwar Ibrahim

UK Parliament passes Early Day Motion on Anwar Ibrahim
Thursday, 18 March 2010 Super Admin

Jeremy Corbyn to meet Anwar Ibrahim on Friday and more Members of Parliament to sign the EDM tomorrow

MALAYSIA AND ANWAR IBRAHIM
15.03.2010

Corbyn, Jeremy
That this House recognises Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's contribution to promoting democracy in Malaysia and peace and understanding between the Muslim world and the West; is deeply concerned at the charges laid against Anwar Ibrahim and that his current trial flouts international standards of fairness and adherence to the rule of law; notes that this trial resembles the one he faced in 1998 in which the conduct of the judiciary was condemned by Malaysians and by the international community; further notes the renewed exhortations by international human rights organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and prominent leaders from Commonwealth nations including the Right honourable Paul Martin of Canada and the Right honourable Michael Danby and 59 other elected representatives of Australia for the Malaysian government to drop the charges against Anwar Ibrahim; and calls on the Malaysian authorities to bring an end to the harassment and persecution of members of the political opposition.


SEE THE EDM ON THE UK PARLIAMENT WEBSITE HERE: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=40725&SESSION=903

Source: www.malaysia-today.net

Monday, March 08, 2010

International Women's Day 2010

Message from YB Dominique Ng, PKR Sarawak Advisor and ADUN for Padungan on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March 2010.

In 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin proposed an International Women's Day - to press for their demands for the rights of women. Thereafter each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March. The United Nations theme used for International Women's Day in 2010 is Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress For All.

The UN Division for Women in its review of the four World Conferences (Mexico1975, Copenhagen 1980, Nairobi 1985, Beijing 1995) stated: "The fundamental transformation that took place in Beijing was the recognition of the need to shift the focus from women to the concept of gender, recognizing that the entire structure of society, and all relations between men and women within it, had to be re-evaluated. Only by such a fundamental restructuring of society and its institutions could women be fully empowered to take their rightful place as equal partners with men in all aspects of life. This change represented a strong reaffirmation that women's rights were human rights and that gender equality was an issue of universal concern, benefiting all". The history of the struggle for womens’ right and gender equality may be accessed at several websites, e.g, U.N., UNESCO.

ADUN for Padungan, YB Dominique Ng, has on the occasion of INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY 2010, called on women in Sarawak to marshall their forces in order to promote their political and human rights, and thus bring about the needed reforms to the State and nation for a future which is both materially and spiritually better.

Says YB Dominique Ng,” There needs to be much better safeguards economically for women, so that they can advance in every sphere such as education, health, social welfare, living environment, etc. Progress in women’s rights in the context of human rights did not come easy without the determined struggle of committed women throughout the world spanning over a century.”

“ It is a matter of immense national shame that the indigenous women of Sarawak have borne the brunt of human rights violations. Many do not even have the identity paper /IC which entitles one to the rights of a citizen- a group of Pri(mary) Bumiputera with citizenship denied. Even more indigenous Pri(mary) Bumiputeras are dispossessed of their Native Customary and ancestral land on which they have lived for centuries. The womenfolk and others thus have no security of tenure on land, this in an age when women have made journeys into Space.”

“Some of the Penan women have been victims of rape as officially confirmed by a Federal Government report. Women political leaders in Opposition were harassed in Parliament, and one had her private photographs exposed for political mileage. Domestic violence against women is officially admitted to be a serious problem, with 1800 police reports made in 2009, an increase of over 10% over the previous year.”

“Malaysian women, including Sarawak women, still have much to strive for, including employment opportunities, labour rights, reproductive rights, maternity benefits, fair wages, promotion prospects, marital and divorce rights, single-parenthood support, and space for political and economic participation.”

YB Dominique Ng reaffirms Parti KeAdilan Rakyat's vision on the realisation of gender equality where women’s political, social and economic rights are inseparable from fundamental human rights.

YB Dominique Ng wishes all women in Sarawak a Happy INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY 2010.

Monday, March 01, 2010

PKR Batu Kawa CNY Chap Goh Mei Celebration






PKR Batu Kawa CNY Chap Goh Mei Celebration, Year of Tiger 2010

150 PKR members and friends turned up at PKR Batu Kawa Sarawak Service Centre on 28 Feb 2010 to mark the finale of Chinese New Year on Chap Goh Mei (which literally means '15th Night'in Hokkien). The celebration is aimed at enhancing the harmony and goodwill prevailing amongst Sarawak's diverse races.

Guests were met at the door with small door gifts of mandarin orange, ferroro rocher chocolate and red packet to symbolize good luck and good wishes.

A lion dance was performed to summon good luck and fortune. Guests were enthralled by the lions' bright yellow magnificent appearance, agile footwork, and vigorous drumming style. The lions duo approached the greens like curious cats, chomped on the Chinese leeks and spit out the stalks, then opened the Chinese cabbage carefully to retrieve the angpow hidden inside, and creating a flowery pattern in the process. Then the cabbage was presented back beautifully with gold wealth replicas to symbolize prosperity.

Later, PKR leaders tossed the 'yee sang' prosperity dish for a year of abundance, harmony, prosperity and ... of course, electoral success! Lunch was served with a spread of chicken masak merah, beef rendang, lamb curry and meehoon, with delicious Sarawak kek lapis, cakes and festive cookies to finish off.

PKR leaders who graced the occasion include: Datuk Hafsah Harun - advisor, YB Dominique Ng - advisor and ADUN for Padungan, Baru Bian - Sarawak Liaison Chief, Jimmy Donald and Granda Aing - vice chairmen, and Wong Huan Yu - treasurer. Other leaders who made their appearances include Arip bin Ameran, Dr Francis Ngu, Stanny Embat, John Antau, Cecilia Yuna,Angela Jabin, Hj Sobey and Suhaizal bin Amin.

A very good start to the new lunar year! The Year of the Tiger is expected to be a challenging one inviting bold actions in intensity and change, whilst the Metal element will provide determination to accomplish goals.

May the tiger chase happiness, good health and abundant wealth onto our paths!

God bless,

Lina