tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3826756918449523002010-11-06T21:24:28.475+08:00linasooGuide To Sarawak, With Information On Socio-Economics, Politics, Tourism And Leisure, With Never-Published-Before And Rare Pictures Of The Charms And Beauty Of Sarawak. Credo: 'Pushing Sarawak's Boundary Within Global Reach, With Local Touch', And Always Strive 'To Push Boundaries That Bit Further'. Dedicated To Preservation Of A Green Environment For Future Generations, Through Promoting Education, Civic Responsibility, Justice and Good Governance.linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.comBlogger56125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-78508705744500563562010-11-03T18:11:00.001+08:002010-11-03T18:13:38.797+08:00Galas By-Election, 4 Nov 2010<iframe src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=75bd494a80/height=550/width=470" scrolling="no" height="550px" width="470px" frameBorder="0" allowTransparency="true" ><a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=75bd494a80" >Galas By Election Gua Musang</a></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-7850870574450056356?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-86984231836023383752010-10-15T17:54:00.007+08:002010-11-04T09:50:07.524+08:00N45 GALAS & P185 BATU SAPI FACTFILESN45 GALAS STATE BY-ELECTION <br /><br />No. of Voters : <br />11,553<br /><br />Candidates : <br />PAS/PR – Dr Zulkifli Mohamed<br />UMNO/BN – Ab Aziz Yusoff<br /><br />Profile : <br />Malay - 7,125 (62%)<br />Chinese - 2,317 (20%)<br />Orang Asli - 1,889 (9.5%)<br />Indian - 185 (5.6%)<br />Postal - 127<br /><br />March 2008 Results : <br />PAS - 4,399<br />BN – 3,753<br />Majority – 646<br /><br /><br />N45 Galas: 13 Polling Stations and 23 Voting Streams<br /><br />Pos Brooke/SK Pos Brooke (1)<br />Sg Ber/SK Hendrop (1)<br />Belatim/Balai Rawatan JHEQA Pos Belatim (1)<br />Balar/Sk Balar (1)<br />Bihar/SK Bihai (1)<br />Hau/Dwean TBK Ladoi (1)<br />Kg Pulai/SJK Cawangan Pulai (1)<br />Kg Bharu/SJK Gua Musang (1) (2) (3) (4)<br />B/Lama Gua Musang/SJK Gua Musang (1) (2) (3)<br />B/Baru Gua Musang/SMK Tengku Indra Putra (1) (2)<br />Kg Batu Papan/SK Sri Wangi (1) (2) (3)<br />Lepan Tupai/SK Lepan Jaya (1)<br />Sungai Terah/SKT Muhammad Fakhry Petra (1) (2) (3)<br /> <br /><br /> <br />P185 BATU SAPI PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION FACTFILE<br /><br />No. of Voters : <br />25,583<br /><br />Profile : <br />Muslim bumiputera - 15,099 (59.02%)<br />Chinese - 9,737 (38.06%)<br />Non-Muslim bumiputera - 689 (2.69%)<br />Indian - 57 (0.22%)<br />Postal – 1,535<br /><br />March 2008 :<br />BN/PBS Edmund Chong – 9,479<br />Independent Chong Kwong Wing – 5,771<br />Majority – 3,708<br /><br /><br />12 Polling Stations & 45 Voting Streams:<br /><br />Jln Sibuga<br />Kg Gas<br />Jln Sapi<br />Tronglit<br />Sekong<br />Lupak Meluas<br />Cecily<br />Tanah Merah<br />Jln Leila<br />Kg Gelan<br />Karamunting<br />Bokara<br /><br /><br /> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8698423183602338375?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-7302249486551413582010-09-20T00:20:00.001+08:002010-09-20T00:22:43.690+08:00Nurul Izzah Anwar: She Came, She Saw, She Conquered<object width="400" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rsxH9Vr7uUA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rsxH9Vr7uUA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="250"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-730224948655141358?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-87806092658533616722010-09-17T21:11:00.002+08:002010-09-17T21:15:31.533+08:00Malaysia Day 2010<object width="400" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-ElHvCQzmYQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-ElHvCQzmYQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="250"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8780609265853361672?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-67303242274700982522010-08-03T17:05:00.003+08:002010-08-03T17:15:05.164+08:00Sabah Forum: Formation of Malaysia, A Promise Revisited And The Way ForwardJeffrey Says: Divide Sabah, S'wak into 16 new states<br /><br />Opposition strongman Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan has urged that Sabah and Sarawak seriously consider creating new states within themselves.<br /><br />He cites the vastness of the territory, empowerment either within (or outside) Malaysia, greater efficiencies through decentralisation and maximisation of potential, as reasons for doing so.<br /><br />His idea is that Sabah be carved up into five states along the borders of the existing residencies viz. Tawau, Sandakan and Kudat along the eastern and northern seaboard, and West Coast and Pedalaman elsewhere, and to be known as the Sabah states.<br /><br />The 11 existing divisions in neighbouring Sarawak should re-emerge as new states i.e. Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.<br /><br />"The total of 16 states and one federal territory in Malaysian Borneo will eclipse the 11 states and two federal territories in peninsular Malaysia," pointed out Jeffrey in his keynote address at a closed-door forum, 'Formation of Malaysia, a Promise Revisited and the Way Forward' on Saturday in Kota Kinabalu.<br /><br />The forum was a curtain-raiser to the first official celebration of Malaysia Day on Sept 16.<br /><br />The event was organised by the Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) in association with the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMA), an ad hoc apolitical movement.<br /><br />Power shift<br /><br />If there's method in Jeffrey's "madness", it's this - that the new states will help Sabah and Sarawak win back the 32 percent share of the seats in the Malaysian Parliament that Malaysia outside peninsular Malaysia had until Singapore "was booted out in 1965".<br /><br />"With Singapore out of Malaysia, the island's 15 seats in the Malaysian Parliament (141) should have gone collectively to Sabah (14) and Sarawak (16)," recalled Jeffrey. "Instead, peninsular Malaysia (96) took seven of Singapore's seats for a new total of 103 and the remainder was divided between Sabah and Sarawak to give them 18 and 20 respectively.<br /><br />This resulted in the original power balance between peninsular Malaysia and non-peninsular Malaysia, i.e. 68 percent to 32 percent respectively, to become even more in favour of the former.<br /><br />He left it to the 500-odd invited participants - opinion leaders, students and others - to work out the ratio today: 74.32 percent (peninsular Malaysia) and 25.67 percent (Sabah/Sarawak).<br /><br />The logical deduction of the audience, prompted by Jeffrey, was that 14 of the 165 seats held today in Parliament by peninsular Malaysia belong legitimately to Sabah and Sarawak.<br /><br />"From being a partnership of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo degenerated after 1965 to be two out of 13 states," said Jeffrey. "The federal government refused to acknowledge the status of Sabah and Sarawak. This was in order to create more parliamentary seats for states in peninsular Malaysia at the expense of Sabah and Sarawak."<br /><br />Jeffrey sees this as the main reason why the federal government was able to whittle away at the 20 Points (Sabah) and 18 Points (Sarawak) entrenched in the federal constitution.<br /><br />The 20 and 18 Points respectively are the basis for the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and the formation of the new federation.<br /><br />"The creation of new states in Sabah and Sarawak will neutralise peninsular Malaysia's argument that it has 11 states and two federal territories to merit its present seats in Parliament," reiterated Jeffrey. "Hopefully, this would be the way to reverse the recolonisation of Sabah and Sarawak by peninsular Malaysia in the wake of the British departure in 1963."<br /><br />The number of seats any particular state should have in Parliament, stressed Jeffrey, should not only be based on population - "a peninsular Malaysia argument" - but also on territory, economic potential, history and law.<br /><br />Ills of recolonisation<br /><br />Recolonisation has also allegedly meant the degeneration of the federation into a unitary state, the erosion of the doctrine of separation of powers which assures checks-and-balances, the lack of transparency, accountability and good governance, and the advent of a police state sanctioned by four unrepealed emergency ordinances.<br /><br />Alternatively, the politician in Jeffrey - he's also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president - challenged the audience to consider two other strategic options viz. accept and work within the current situation with all its constraints, or push for a referendum in Sabah and Sarawak as proposed previously by former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh.<br /><br />Jeffrey's paper was also a litany of oft-cited woes in the two states.<br /><br />Grinding poverty with all its attendant ills topped the list, followed by appalling public healthcare and educational standards, disenfranchisement with the influx of illegal immigrants, the lack of security, Borneo-nisation, and "the wholesale plunder" of oil and gas reserves by Petronas in return for "a measly five percent oil royalty".<br /><br />Four other speakers contributed their papers as well. They also went over familiar territory as in Jeffrey's paper.<br /><br />Briefly, former Sarawak deputy chief minister James Wong's paper was on the equal partnership and merger concept of the Federation of Malaysia, the role and findings of the Cobbold Commission, the Inter-Governmental Committee and the UN Special Mission.<br /><br />The ailing Wong, 88, was represented by Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (left), a Lun Bawang, lawyer and native land rights activist tipped by the opposition to be the next chief minister.<br /><br />Sabah Umno veteran Karim Ghani, a translator for the Cobbold Commission, spoke on whether Malaysia was 13 states or one federation with three components and expressed disappointment with his party.<br /><br />He insisted that Malaysia was one federation with three components. He feels that this could be easily resolved by the respective state assemblies in Sabah and Sarawak.<br /><br />Three components <br /><br />Sabah Law Association (SLA) representative Sukumar Vanugopal gave a detailed and highly technical explanation on the numerous breaches of the 20 Points in the federal constitution which he attributed to Sabah and Sarawak being under-represented in Parliament.<br /><br />He also warned that the federal constitution was being tampered with because of the rejection of the basic structure doctrine by the courts. The federal constitution has been amended over 600 times within 50 years compared with the US constitution which has seen only 27 amendments in the last 200 years, chipped in lawyer Nilakrisna James from the floor.<br /><br /><br /><br />Simon Sipaun's Point Of View<br /><br />Nearly 47 years after the formation of Malaysia, former Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) vice-chairperson Simon Sipaun is convinced more than ever that he was right to have opposed, from the very beginning, the idea of Sabah being in the new federation.<br /><br />"Even if joining Malaysia was the right thing to do, it came at least ten years too early for us," Sipaun told 500-odd participants at a closed door forum, 'Formation of Malaysia, a Promise Revisited and the Way Forward', in Kota Kinabalu over the weekend.<br /><br />The forum was organised by the Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) in association with the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMa), an ad hoc apolitical movement dedicated to "reversing the recolonisation of Sabah and Sarawak".<br /><br />Sipaun felt, back in 1962 as now, that the British should have stayed on for another ten years at least. Alternatively, Sabah should have been independent first for a similar period of time before considering, if at all, Malaysia as an option.<br /><br />He recalled his fervent opposition.<br /><br />He was 25 years old at that time but didn't hesitate to make his views known to Donald Stephens, the Huguansiou (paramount chief) of the KadazanDusunMurut.<br /><br />He conveyed his views to Stephens through a community leader known to be close to him and raised several other issues as well.<br /><br />Sipaun was gratified to find that Stephens was in complete agreement with him. Apparently, Stephens himself had already concluded that Malaysia was not for Sabah.<br /><br />Broad spectrum<br /><br />Sipaun's objections ran across a broad spectrum. He warned that Malaysia, as it was then proposed, was simply "a transfer of colonial power in Sabah and Sarawak from the United Kingdom to Malaya".<br /><br />He preferred that Sabah should experience being a truly independent and sovereign state, favouring self-rule initially, followed by full independence.<br /><br />He also cautioned that Sabah, like Sarawak, did not have people qualified and experienced enough to negotiate with Malaya and Singapore.<br /><br />Even so, he suggested going to the negotiating table alone i.e. without the British if the UN referendum showed that the people wanted the new federation with Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Brunei.<br /><br />It later transpired that the UN referendum found that only a third of the people in Sabah, as in Sarawak, favoured Malaysia and an equal number was opposed while the remainder wanted independence first before considering the new federation as an option.<br /><br />Among other ideas, he suggested that Sabah propose that Malaysia be a loose arrangement. In any case the new federation would be an artificial one, and urged that Stephens win an escape clause "in the event that Sabah found itself short-changed".<br /><br />"What puzzles me to this day is why Stephens changed his mind and opted for Malaysia," said Sipaun. "This was after he met Lee Kuan Yew."<br /><br />Light shed on mystery<br /><br />Sipaun's open query to the audience was later resolved when Dusun activist Raymond Tombung offered to shed some light on the mystery.<br /><br />According to Tombung, he recently posed the question to Lee - now Minister Mentor in Singapore - during a courtesy call on him. He was greeted by ten seconds of pin-drop silence during which the Singapore leader just hung his head, eyes cast downwards. Lee, regaining his composure, simply gave a non-answer: "Stephens has a mind of his own. It's not easy to convince him on anything."<br /><br />Tombung, not disclosing his sources, swears that Stephens changed his opposition to Malaysia after Lee (right) convinced him that he (Lee) would eventually be prime minister of the new federation and that the Sabah leader would be his number two in Kuala Lumpur.<br /><br />Tombung disclosed that Sabah opposition strongman Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan and Kota Kinabalu lawyer and social activist Nilakrisna James were also present when he questioned Lee on the Stephens mystery i.e. why he eventually dropped his opposition to Malaysia.<br /><br />Hardly taught<br /><br />What gets on Sipaun's nerves today is the fact that the historical background to Malaysia is not only disputed, but taught very little in the schools, if at all. "It took nearly 47 years before the federal government officially acknowledged that Malaysia was formed on Sept 16, 1963," said Sipaun. "So, we are celebrating this great event for the first time this year. Better late than never."<br /><br />History must be allowed to record, continued Sipaun, that Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak came together to form Malaysia and that Brunei stayed out at the 11th hour and why.<br /><br />"We did not join Malaysia but helped to form Malaysia," said Sipaun. "People in peninsular Malaysia must acknowledge this fact and not continue to distort our history."<br /><br />He expressed his disappointment that even academicians in peninsular Malaysia continue to wallow in ignorance or refuse to be drawn into the issue of how old Malaysia was and whether a new federation was formed or it was simply a case of Malaya changing its name and new states joining it.<br /><br />"I even posed this question once to renowned historian Professor Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim (right) and he was very evasive," disclosed Sipaun. "He simply told me that this matter could be discussed. He never answered my question."<br /><br />The individual states in Malaya are not referred to in the Malaysia Agreement, pointed out Sipaun. "So it should not be flogged that we joined Malaysia unless we have forgotten how to count. Why can't we be honest with ourselves? We can't get even a simple thing like the birthday of the federation right."<br /><br />CigMA activist Harry Manicit from Kudat chipped in from the floor to much applause: "We didn't negotiate with Johore, Selangor or the other states but with Malaya. So, Malaysia is one federation, three components."<br /><br />In his concluding remarks, Sipaun called for a fair deal for Sabah or else "history will repeat itself".<br /><br />Among others, he called for the civil service to reflect the ethnic composition of the nation, Borneonisation of the civil service in Sabah and Sarawak honoured, negotiated contracts stopped, the economic cake enlarged rather than quarreling about how to share it, the illegal immigrants in Sabah - "created by the federal government" - be redistributed among all states in peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah rights be restored.<br /><br />Sipaun also moderated the question-and-answer sessions after the other speakers. He was assisted by former federal deputy minister Kalakau Untol from Tuaran. Kalakau recently quit the United PasokMomogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation (Upko) to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). <br /><br />Nearly 47 years after the formation of Malaysia, former Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) vice-chairperson Simon Sipaun is convinced more than ever that he was right to have opposed, from the very beginning, the idea of Sabah being in the new federation.<br /><br />"Even if joining Malaysia was the right thing to do, it came at least ten years too early for us," Sipaun told 500-odd participants at a closed door forum, 'Formation of Malaysia, a Promise Revisited and the Way Forward', in Kota Kinabalu over the weekend.<br /><br />The forum was organised by the Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) in association with the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMa), an ad hoc apolitical movement dedicated to "reversing the recolonisation of Sabah and Sarawak".<br /><br />Sipaun felt, back in 1962 as now, that the British should have stayed on for another ten years at least. Alternatively, Sabah should have been independent first for a similar period of time before considering, if at all, Malaysia as an option.<br /><br />He recalled his fervent opposition.<br /><br />He was 25 years old at that time but didn't hesitate to make his views known to Donald Stephens, the Huguansiou (paramount chief) of the KadazanDusunMurut.<br /><br />He conveyed his views to Stephens through a community leader known to be close to him and raised several other issues as well.<br /><br />Sipaun was gratified to find that Stephens was in complete agreement with him. Apparently, Stephens himself had already concluded that Malaysia was not for Sabah.<br /><br />Broad spectrum<br /><br />Sipaun's objections ran across a broad spectrum. He warned that Malaysia, as it was then proposed, was simply "a transfer of colonial power in Sabah and Sarawak from the United Kingdom to Malaya".<br /><br />He preferred that Sabah should experience being a truly independent and sovereign state, favouring self-rule initially, followed by full independence.<br /><br />He also cautioned that Sabah, like Sarawak, did not have people qualified and experienced enough to negotiate with Malaya and Singapore.<br /><br />Even so, he suggested going to the negotiating table alone i.e. without the British if the UN referendum showed that the people wanted the new federation with Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Brunei.<br /><br />It later transpired that the UN referendum found that only a third of the people in Sabah, as in Sarawak, favoured Malaysia and an equal number was opposed while the remainder wanted independence first before considering the new federation as an option.<br /><br />Among other ideas, he suggested that Sabah propose that Malaysia be a loose arrangement. In any case the new federation would be an artificial one, and urged that Stephens win an escape clause "in the event that Sabah found itself short-changed".<br /><br />"What puzzles me to this day is why Stephens changed his mind and opted for Malaysia," said Sipaun. "This was after he met Lee Kuan Yew."<br /><br />Light shed on mystery<br /><br />Sipaun's open query to the audience was later resolved when Dusun activist Raymond Tombung offered to shed some light on the mystery.<br /><br />According to Tombung, he recently posed the question to Lee - now Minister Mentor in Singapore - during a courtesy call on him. He was greeted by ten seconds of pin-drop silence during which the Singapore leader just hung his head, eyes cast downwards. Lee, regaining his composure, simply gave a non-answer: "Stephens has a mind of his own. It's not easy to convince him on anything."<br /><br />Tombung, not disclosing his sources, swears that Stephens changed his opposition to Malaysia after Lee (right) convinced him that he (Lee) would eventually be prime minister of the new federation and that the Sabah leader would be his number two in Kuala Lumpur.<br /><br />Tombung disclosed that Sabah opposition strongman Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan and Kota Kinabalu lawyer and social activist Nilakrisna James were also present when he questioned Lee on the Stephens mystery i.e. why he eventually dropped his opposition to Malaysia.<br /><br />Hardly taught<br /><br />What gets on Sipaun's nerves today is the fact that the historical background to Malaysia is not only disputed, but taught very little in the schools, if at all. "It took nearly 47 years before the federal government officially acknowledged that Malaysia was formed on Sept 16, 1963," said Sipaun. "So, we are celebrating this great event for the first time this year. Better late than never."<br /><br />History must be allowed to record, continued Sipaun, that Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak came together to form Malaysia and that Brunei stayed out at the 11th hour and why.<br /><br />"We did not join Malaysia but helped to form Malaysia," said Sipaun. "People in peninsular Malaysia must acknowledge this fact and not continue to distort our history."<br /><br />He expressed his disappointment that even academicians in peninsular Malaysia continue to wallow in ignorance or refuse to be drawn into the issue of how old Malaysia was and whether a new federation was formed or it was simply a case of Malaya changing its name and new states joining it.<br /><br />"I even posed this question once to renowned historian Professor Emeritus Khoo Kay Kim (right) and he was very evasive," disclosed Sipaun. "He simply told me that this matter could be discussed. He never answered my question."<br /><br />The individual states in Malaya are not referred to in the Malaysia Agreement, pointed out Sipaun. "So it should not be flogged that we joined Malaysia unless we have forgotten how to count. Why can't we be honest with ourselves? We can't get even a simple thing like the birthday of the federation right."<br /><br />CigMA activist Harry Manicit from Kudat chipped in from the floor to much applause: "We didn't negotiate with Johore, Selangor or the other states but with Malaya. So, Malaysia is one federation, three components."<br /><br />In his concluding remarks, Sipaun called for a fair deal for Sabah or else "history will repeat itself".<br /><br />Among others, he called for the civil service to reflect the ethnic composition of the nation, Borneonisation of the civil service in Sabah and Sarawak honoured, negotiated contracts stopped, the economic cake enlarged rather than quarreling about how to share it, the illegal immigrants in Sabah - "created by the federal government" - be redistributed among all states in peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah rights be restored.<br /><br />Sipaun also moderated the question-and-answer sessions after the other speakers. He was assisted by former federal deputy minister Kalakau Untol from Tuaran. Kalakau recently quit the United PasokMomogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation (Upko) to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). <br /><br />Source: malaysiakini.com<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-6730324227470098252?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-14010021221837424272010-07-29T10:24:00.003+08:002010-07-29T10:31:34.057+08:00Dato' Zaid Ibrahim Visits KuchingI caught up with Dato Zaid Ibrahim, PKR Federal Territory Chief in Kuching this week and share in this video why he gave up his positions as senator and law minister during Abdullah administration, his conceptualization of party organization for political success and electoral message for Sarawak voters.<br /><br /><object width="400" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yxlocpgOVyM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yxlocpgOVyM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="250"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-1401002122183742427?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-81279862518962951172010-07-29T10:11:00.003+08:002010-07-29T10:20:22.994+08:00'Save Sarawak ' Protest At Oxford University<object width="300" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xWWQi8RVG6I&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xWWQi8RVG6I&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="300" height="250"></embed></object><br /><br />Whilst Sarawak's million-year old forests have been raped by those in power and brought untold riches to its politicians and cronies, its Tourism ministry wants to charge international tourists to plant a tree on its denuded soils. Cute!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8127986251896295117?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-73585780005499098452010-07-27T00:09:00.004+08:002010-07-27T08:20:02.763+08:00Sarawak CM Dodges UK Protesters At Oxford University<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/TE20bHFBo5I/AAAAAAAAAEw/wClvGLUMmaA/s1600/100726_Taibprotest2_original.jpg"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/TE20bHFBo5I/AAAAAAAAAEw/wClvGLUMmaA/s320/100726_Taibprotest2_original.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5498249097938838418" /></a><br /><br /> <br /><br />Chief Minister Taib Mahmud was met by demonstrators protesting at the destruction of the Penan's rainforest.<br /><br />Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud faced protests by supporters of the Penan in the UK today, while British MPs have written to him expressing concern over the newly documented cases of sexual abuse of Penan women.<br /><br />Protestors from Survival and other organizations greeted the Chief Minister in Oxford this morning, where he had travelled with cabinet colleagues to give the keynote speech at the Inaugural Oxford Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum. The protestors held placards reading ‘Penan tribe say NO to logging’ and ‘Malaysia: Stop destroying the Penan tribe’. The protest forced the Chief Minister to enter the building through a side entrance.<br /><br />The chairman of the British parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal peoples, MP Martin Horwood, has written to Taib Mahmud on the occasion of the Chief Minister’s visit to the UK. ‘The Penan have frequently been subject to violence and intimidation at the hands of loggers operating on their land… Without recognition of their land rights, the Penan are struggling to provide for themselves, and are left vulnerable to violence and exploitation’.<br /><br />Mr Horwood urged the Chief Minister to ‘halt logging and other developments on the Penan’s land without their free, prior and informed consent, according to international law’ and to ‘ensure that Penan women and girls are protected from sexual violence and the perpetrators of such abuse brought to justice’.<br /><br />http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/6267<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-7358578000549909845?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-47304163335627349522010-06-24T13:44:00.004+08:002010-06-24T13:51:32.601+08:00Sarawak National Party (SNAP) Gets The Kiss Of Life In Time For The State ElectionPUTRAJAYA: The Sarawak National Party (SNAP) is in limbo no more as the Court of Appeal has set aside its deregistration by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) eight years ago.<br /><br />The court also ordered the ROS to pay RM10,000 costs.<br /><br />A Bernama report said Justices Datuk Zainun Ali, Datuk Ramly Ali and Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim yesterday unanimously allowed the appeal by SNAP’s then deputy president Datuk Justine Jinggut against a High Court dismissal of his bid to quash the ROS decision.<br /><br />SNAP was deregistered on Nov 5, 2002, following the party’s failure to resolve its protracted leadership crisis since April that year. The authority was also dissatisfied with the office-bearers because of the internal dispute.<br /><br />Justine then filed a judicial review of the ruling but it was dismissed by the High Court on Sept 15, 2006.<br /><br />He, however, obtained a stay of execution pending disposal of his appeal to the Court of Appeal.<br /><br />The party leadership was split between its former president Datuk Amar James Wong and the late Datuk Seri Peter Tinggom, the party’s former deputy president who subsequently formed a new political party called Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).<br /><br />Current president Edwin Dundang, yesterday said he was informed of the Court of Appeal’s decision by Justine immediately after the hearing and it was an “unexpected surprise” for him.<br /><br />“We had not expected the party to be reinstated as we lost our case in the High Court previously. Our prayers have finally been answered. We are very happy with the reinstatement.<br /><br />“For the last eight years, SNAP has been in the wilderness following its deregistration. We lost leaders like Datuk Amar James Wong Kin Min and Datuk Seri William Mawan. How­ever, we don’t blame anybody. This is politics. For the last eight years, we hit rock bottom, but now we can rise again and will not look back,” he said.<br /><br />He also dismissed the possibility of rejoining the ruling coalition.<br /><br />“As we have been kicked out by the Barisan, we will continue to be in Pakatan Rakyat. We have fought against the Barisan since 2003. We contested against them in the 2004 parliamentary elections and the 2006 state election as well as in the Lubok Antu and Sibu by-elections.<br /><br />“Thus, there is no question of us going back to the Barisan but to continue the struggle on our own,” he said, adding that he was confident its 123,000 members would be excited with their party’s return.<br /><br />Set up on April 10, 1961, SNAP is one of the oldest parties in Sarawak and its founder Tan Sri Stephen Kalong Ningkan was Sarawak’s first Chief Minister.<br /><br />Source: Bernama<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-4730416333562734952?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-61008977438399630932010-06-14T00:16:00.003+08:002010-06-14T00:40:36.120+08:00Sarawak, Sabah & 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP)On June 10, Prime Minister Najib announced that 95% of Sarawak and 98% of Sabah will have clean water supply reaching an additional 87,000 homes in the former and 112,700 homes in the latter.<br /><br />Both Sarawak and Sabah will also enjoy 99% electricity coverage with coverage extended to 76,000 houses in Sarawak and 59,000 houses in Sabah by 2015.<br /><br />From 2011 to 2015, 2,819km of roads will be constructed in Sarawak and 2,540km of roads will be constructed in Sabah.<br /><br />Poverty among ethnic minorities in Sarawak will be reduced from 6.4% to 3%, and for Sabah, from 22.8% to 12% by 2015.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">In the same week, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a famous quote, "I gave one of them a message that the resolutions you issue are like a used hanky which should be thrown in the dustbin".<br /><span style="font-style:italic;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-style:italic;">How apt to use the description 'used hanky' for rhetoric.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-6100897743839963093?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-22063211178305903782010-05-29T00:29:00.003+08:002010-05-29T00:47:08.837+08:00Yet Another Fire In Batu Kawa<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S__zHqDvpqI/AAAAAAAAAEg/8vLsFKffq10/s1600/DesaWiraFire.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S__zHqDvpqI/AAAAAAAAAEg/8vLsFKffq10/s320/DesaWiraFire.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5476362984780441250" /></a><br /><br /><br />Batu Kawa seems to have more than its fair share of floods and fires. Last Sunday another family at Lorong 22 Desa Wira saw their wooden house razed to the ground, losing all their possessions including their preparations for the Gawai festival forthcomoing in two weeks' time. It will be a bleak Gawai for this Iban family of two generations who have made their home here for the last 20 odd years.<br /><br />Me, Mesah Suhaili and Suhaizal Amin paid a visit to convey sympathies and gave a small donation to the stricken family.<br /><br />When I told the ladies in the house that we are from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, it registered blank. We also learned that the daughter and son-in-law are not registered as voters. <br /><br />The ladies made us very welcome and were very happy to pose with me infront of the rubble.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-2206321117830590378?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-42626382064030428182010-05-27T19:24:00.002+08:002010-05-27T21:43:01.502+08:00Sibu By-Election: PKR Campaigns For DAP<object width="430" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bURuPilipxI&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bURuPilipxI&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="430" height="340"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-4262638206403042818?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-29777257874848241752010-05-21T14:12:00.003+08:002010-05-21T14:28:09.081+08:00Sibu By-Election: DAP Victory Night<object width="430" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5XwOU-4BsrM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5XwOU-4BsrM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="430" height="340"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-2977725787484824175?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-10839109040649163352010-05-18T03:22:00.002+08:002010-05-21T14:29:45.550+08:00Sibu By-Election: Vote Recount? Thanks But No Thanks!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvJMYFo52-w<br /><br />Sibu By-Election, 16 May 2010: Into the final hours of vote tallying, as it appeared imminent DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng looked set to wrest Sibu parliamentary constituency back from Barisan Nasional after 28 years, inexplicably and mysteriously, announcement of the electoral results came to a complete standstill for two hours. This video shows part of what happened inside Sibu Dewan Suarah Counting/Tally Centre and crowd reaction outside. <br /><br /><object width="430" height="295"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JvJMYFo52-w&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JvJMYFo52-w&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" width="430" height="295" allowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-1083910904064916335?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-52239572384372889762010-05-18T02:58:00.003+08:002010-05-18T03:14:58.127+08:00Thank You, Terima Kasih, Shieh ShiehDear friends<br /><br />Thank you to each and every one of you who visited on 16 May.<br /><br />I would like to convey our most profound apologies to those who took the trouble to post comments and we were unable to publish them due to the jamming up at peak periods. <br /><br />I was happy to note that out of 100 comments we received, only one turns out nasty and mean. Fantastically not bad! <br /><br />Warm regards<br /><br />lina<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-5223957238437288976?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-6321186708429623992010-05-16T07:07:00.001+08:002010-05-16T07:12:09.947+08:00Sibu By-Election Live Coverage 16 May<iframe src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=3917024f1b/height=550/width=420" scrolling="no" height="550px" width="420px" frameBorder ="0" ><a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=3917024f1b" >Sibu By-Election Live Coverage 16 May</a></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-632118670842962399?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com91tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-45787618834090868482010-05-13T00:33:00.000+08:002010-05-13T00:35:00.190+08:00Sibu By-Election: Wong Ho Leng Woos Malay Voters<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4QCLmK_Jb-0&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4QCLmK_Jb-0&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-4578761883409086848?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-54459706572504242822010-05-11T01:35:00.000+08:002010-05-11T01:35:49.106+08:00Sibu By-Election: Rejang Battle Royale In The Making?<object style="background-image:url(http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/q8Nc3TU6_hc/hqdefault.jpg)" width="480" height="295"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/q8Nc3TU6_hc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/q8Nc3TU6_hc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" width="480" height="295" allowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-5445970657250424282?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-82535796120574606222010-05-05T22:19:00.001+08:002010-05-05T22:24:10.824+08:00Malaysia's 'Secret' Handover Of Oil Blocks To Brunei Unconstitutional?Sabahans livid over loss of oil blocks<br /> <br /> <br />The chickens have come home to roost in the growing controversy over Malaysia's 'secret' handover of offshore oil blocks L and M to Brunei last March, during the tenure of premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. <br /><br />The opposition in Sabah has charged that the handover was done without complying with Article 2 of the federal constitution, and wants it to be scrapped immediately.<br /><br />PKR vice-president Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan pointed out that, under Article 2, no alterations can be made to the borders of a state without the express approval of the state assembly concerned by appropriate legislation, and without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.<br /><br />“There is no record that the Sabah state assembly passed any law giving its seal of approval to the handover. Any such law would also need the consent of the governor,” he said.<br /><br />Moreover, the 1976 oil agreement between Sabah and Petronas does not give the latter the authority via the Malaysian government to cede Sabah territory to a foreign country. <br /><br />“Land remains a state matter under the federal constitution notwithstanding the 1976 oil agreement,” said Jeffrey.<br /><br />The handover became public knowledge after an oil company announced that Petronas had terminated its oil contract involving the two blocks.<br /><br />Abdullah had not publicly disclosed the handover in March last year, but had only claimed then that Brunei had dropped its claim to Limbang in Sarawak. The Brunei government had immediately disputed this.<br /><br />Jeffrey castigated the government for being a willing party to the handover at a time when it was not willing to consider even a modest increase in the “measly 5 percent oil royalty to (Sabah)”.<br /><br />He said he sees no reason why the government could not have surrendered the oil blocks back to Sabah by an amendment to the oil agreement. <br /><br />Instead, noted Jeffrey, Putrajaya was more willing to hand over the oil blocks - even illegally under “suspicions circumstances” - to Brunei, while Abdullah had engineered the handover just three weeks before he stepped down as prime minister.<br /><br />“He should not have been a party to the handover since he was in the process of stepping down. He should have left it to his successor, Najib (Abdul Razak), to sort out the border disagreements with Brunei so that suspicions would not be aroused. Why the great hurry?”<br /><br />While stressing that he did not want to cast aspersions on Abdullah's character, Jeffrey demanded that the former premier should disclose any interest he may have had in the handover. <br /><br />“It is not enough that we be asked to give him the benefit of the doubt on the handover - this is not a question of trust but of procedure.” <br /><br />Abdullah has claimed that the oil blocks are now shared by Malaysia and Brunei under a territorial and commercial deal inked on March 16 last year, but Wisma Putra has since acknowledged that Brunei has sovereignty over the two areas.<br /><br />'Abrogate handover'<br /><br />Since Brunei and Malaysia had been bogged down in border disagreements for decades, Jeffrey said “there is no reason why they could not have waited a little while longer while everything was done properly and legally in accordance with the federal constitution”.<br /><br />He urged a halt to oil exploration and production activities in blocks L and M, now re-designated CA1 and CA2, pending resolution of the final status. <br /><br />An emergency meeting of PKR's Sabah-Sarawak Consultative Committee will be called to determine a response, he said, hinting that a royal commission of inquiry on the handover may be a first step, followed by a referendum.<br /><br />“Petronas, other oil companies and Brunei can't hang on to any proceeds and revenue from oil blocks L and M. The Sabah government has an equal claim to any revenue. Even royalties alone work out to nearly RM20 billion by conservative estimates at today's prices.”<br /><br />He said the government cannot claim that the Sabah and Sarawak governments had been briefed on the handover and consulted accordingly. <br /><br />“Even if the respective chief ministers were indeed briefed and consulted, it's not up to them to do what they like on the handover. There is still the need to comply with the federal constitution on the matter.”<br /><br />Asked how he sees the way forward, since the deed is done, Jeffrey reiterated that the handover must be abrogated, and both the Sabah and Sarawak governments should be brought into renewed negotiations with the Brunei government.<br /><br />He favours Petronas handing back the two oil blocks to Sabah for the state to consider “joint sovereignty” with Brunei, adding that this can be done if the Sarawak government can be persuaded to consider “joint sovereignty” over Limbang Division with Brunei.<br /><br />'High treason' <br /><br />Jeffrey's remarks have struck a chord with other opposition leaders including Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee and Common Interest Group Malaysia deputy chair Daniel John Jambun.<br /><br />Daniel said he is not surprised by the handover of the two oil blocks by Malaysia, and pledged to pursue the issue until justice is done to Sabah.<br /><br />“This not the first time that the government has run foul of the federal constitution. The issuance of MyKad to illegal immigrants, refugees and other foreigners in Sabah is also being done without the approval of the state government,” he claimed.<br /><br />He sees parallels, up to a point, between the handover of the oil blocks and the conversion of Labuan to a federal territory in 1984. In the case of Labuan, he said everything was done legally except that the people were not consulted. <br /><br />“Even then it led to the downfall of the Berjaya government under Harris Salleh,” he said, predicting a similar fate for the current Umno-led Sabah government.<br /><br />Yong, in dramatic vein, said Abdullah has committed “high treason” by handing over the oil blocks to Brunei without Sabah's approval.<br /><br />“The government should make public the handover agreement. It should also publish the map of Sabah showing its land and maritime boundaries,” he told a press conference yesterday.<br /><br />He insisted that the government must make good the loss that Sabah has suffered by the handover, and that the losses should be properly quantified and recorded.<br /><br />“If we don't take action on the handover, a dangerous precedent would have been established. What is there to prevent the federal government from selling chunks of Sabah in future to foreigners?” he asked rhetorically.<br /><br />http://malaysiakini.com/news/130924<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8253579612057460622?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-11577125550302373682010-04-28T22:23:00.003+08:002010-04-28T22:31:00.274+08:00Sibu By-Election: Who Will Turn Up To Vote In Sibu?From Malaysiakini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/130400<br /><br />Who will turn up to vote in Sibu? <br /><br />Lina Soo | Apr 28, 10 12:03pm <br /><br />Sibu in central Sarawak, Malaysia, sits on the confluence of the Rejang and Igan Rivers. The name of Sibu is thought to have originated from the abundance of rambutan in the area, called 'buah sibau' in the Iban language.<br /><br />Prior to 1873, it was a Melanau settlement comprising a few wooden houses with attap roofs. All this changed when Wong Nai Siong in 1901 led the first batch of Foochows from China to open up the fertile lands of Sibu for agriculture.<br /><br />Today, Sibu municipality houses Sarawak's second largest population centre at about 200,000: Chinese (62 percent), Iban (19 percent), Malay (10.5 percent), Melanau (7.1 percent) Bidayuh (0.3 percent) and others (0.8 percent).<br /><br />The Chinese population is declining in proportion, as many have left Sibu to settle in Kuching and Miri, in part purportedly due to safety fears about the Bakun dam upriver the mighty Rejang.<br /><br />In their place have come the Iban from the rural areas to Sibu in search of job opportunities, tenanting the homes vacated by the Chinese.<br /><br />Dam or not, economic life in Sibu has certainly declined in this once booming timber town where at one time, wealthy towkays were known to have lighted up their cigarettes in dimly lit nightclubs with rolled up dollar bills to impress Taiwanese singers, in the heyday of the 70's.<br /><br />Sibu has 54,695 registered voters with Chinese at 36,389 (66.75 percent), Iban at 12,050 (22.1 percent), Melanau/Malay at 5,740 (10.5 percent), Indians 54 (0.01 percent), Orang Ulu at 23 (0.04 percent) and others 289 (0.53 percent). New voters relocated to Sibu number 3,028. There are 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.<br /><br />Age-wise, 467 voters are over 90; 1,044 between 80-89 and 2,757 between 70 and 79. Against this background, a sizeable number of the voters, especially in the young and median age range work and live in other towns in Malaysia or overseas.<br /><br />It is doubtful if this absentee group of voters will be able to make it back on polling day to exercise their democratic rights. In past elections, SUPP is known to have won on the back of bumiputera support in the longhouses and kampongs where bread and butter concerns rule the day, whilst DAP is perceived to have majority Chinese support in the urban areas.<br /><br />Voting stations<br /><br />Come May 16, polling will be at 45 stations with 110 streams, involving a manpower strength of 1,149. Two kindergartens, 39 schools, a training centre, longhouse, public library and public recreational centre will be use as voting stations. Nomination and ballot tallying will be held at Dewan Suarah while the issuance and counting of the postal ballots will be at Sibu district office.<br /><br />SUPP has made known its choice of candidate in lawyer Robert Lau Hui Yew (left) who has already sprinted off the starting block from the word ‘go', meeting people at the central market, coffeeshops and longhouses.<br /><br />DAP Sarawak chairman and state assemblyman for Bukit Assek, Wong Ho Leng will be the DAP/Pakatan Rakyat candidate.<br /><br />Punting on the outcome of elections is illegal gambling in Malaysia. However, gentlemen's wagers are ‘tolerated' and these ‘friendly bets' run into five and six digits which accumulatively can be colossal, possibly sufficient to influence the outcome and tip the scale either side, especially where the margin of winning or losing is by a hair's breath.<br /><br />For DAP, it is the perennial upstream battle against the BN's 3M: money, manpower and machinery, with some observers already dismissing the outcome as a foregone conclusion.<br /><br />Nevertheless talk in the kopitiam reckon the odds at 50-50, as DAP has fielded a heavyweight. If DAP had put up a new face, the odds would have slid downwards to 40-60 or 30-70 against.<br /><br />DAP won the Sibu parliamentary seat only once in 1982 by a whisker of 141 votes. The feat was achieved by Ling Sie Ming, the ‘David' against SUPP's ‘Goliath' Dr Wong Soon Kai. But it was never to be repeated, as Sibu fell back into SUPP hands in subsequent elections.<br /><br />The question on everyone's lips in town now is, can DAP repeat its feat of 1982? Can we expect to see another David and Goliath battle in the making?<br /><br />In politics, nothing is impossible.<br /><br />--------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br />LINA SOO is a Malaysiakini-trained Citizen Journalist based in Sibu.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-1157712555030237368?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-86146031654713373262010-04-28T09:18:00.005+08:002010-04-28T09:34:10.502+08:00PKR Batu Kawah Lends Helping Hand To Fire Victims<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S9ePo0R81UI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/o_yWh-r0gvU/s1600/RantauPanjangFoto.JPG"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S9ePo0R81UI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/o_yWh-r0gvU/s320/RantauPanjangFoto.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5464994604228859202" /></a><br /><br />PKR Batu Kawah Lends Helping Hand To Batu Kawah Kpg Rantau Panjang Fire Victims <br /><br />The plight of three families in Kampung Rantau Panjang whose homes were recently razed to the ground got a helping hand when PKR Batu Kawah organized a donation campaign to help these less fortunate. <br /><br />The three families are: ketua kampung Hj Omar bin Lamu, Sapuan bin Amit and Suhana bte Mos.<br /><br />Cash donations of RM300, fifteen 10kg bags of rice, six 2kg cooking oil, three new sarongs, sugar, noodles, meehoon and used clothings were handed over to the three families who lost every possession they owned when disaster struck. PKR state assemblyman for Padungan Dominique Ng and Batu Kawah branch leader Lina Soo were on hand to hand over the food items and cash donations contributed by party members and caring members of public.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8614603165471337326?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-18279749854622070532010-04-27T11:49:00.006+08:002010-04-27T12:08:24.182+08:00Dato' Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Visits Sarawak<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VgnoEBh18h8&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VgnoEBh18h8&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S9ZgWbAbAMI/AAAAAAAAAEI/f2izpyfEFTM/s1600/SDC10748.JPG"><img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5464661136183591106" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8CoqsyKPdUg/S9ZgWbAbAMI/AAAAAAAAAEI/f2izpyfEFTM/s320/SDC10748.JPG" border="0" /></a><br /><br />PKR President Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Visits Sarawak: 8-10 April 2010<br /><br />From the word ‘go’ the moment the plane touched down Kuching at 5pm, it was a gruelling schedule for PKR party president Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. First on the agenda was a meet-the-press session held at hotel lobby where Dr Azizah fielded questions from the press on current developments in politics including the forthcoming Sibu by-election.<br /><br />In the evening Dr Azizah was feted at a dinner organized by PKR Layar branch under Stanny Embat and Cecilia Yuna. Guests included Angkatan Muda Keadilan chief Samsul Iskandar and state leaders Datuk Hafsah Harun, YB Dominique Ng, state chief Baru Bian, Jimmy Donald, Dato Sri Daniel Tajem and DAP YB Voon Lee Shan. Dr Azizah spoke on the Hulu Selangor and Sibu by-elections, the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and state politics. Her message to Sarawakians was to urge the people of Sarawak to exercise their democratic right to vote out the Barisan Nasional which had held power for far too long.<br /><br />After her speech, Dr Azizah was whisked off to Kampung Patingan, Satok for a meet-the-people session organized by Angkatan Muda Sarawak (AMK). It was very late by the time she retired for the night.<br /><br />In the wee hours of the morning, Dr Azizah and her entourage departed for Lachau (200km), a town two hours’ drive away in the state constituency of Bukit Begunan. Ex Sri Aman MP and PKR vice-chairman Jimmy Donald was on hand to welcome Dr Azizah who delighted the early morning breakfasters by greeting and chatting to them. Traders were also charmed with her winsome smile when she visited their jungle produce market. <br /><br />Forward to Debak (284km), the constituency where Abang Zulkifli Engkeh had contested in the 2006 election on PKR ticket and lost by a whisker. Dr Azizah addressed the crowd of local constituents, speaking of the beauty and richness of Sarawak’s resources and urged the people to vote for change.<br /><br />Onward to Saratok (307km) where after a brief rest, the entourage proceeded to Rumah Latit Sg Engkabang Roban, party member John Antau’s longhouse for another meet-the-people session. Dr Azizah delighted the longhouse folks with her charm, and in her speech exhorted the people to support Party Keadilan.<br /><br />It was mid-afternoon when the entourage proceeded to Sibu (462km). In Sibu, Dr Azizah met party members in the region and had dinner with PR leaders. Dr Azizah departed for Kuala Lumpur the same evening.<br /><br />Transversing miles to meet Sarawakians on a schedule which would daunt any man twice her size, Dr Azizah carried off the programme with steely resolve belying her delicate and fragile demeanour. Her graciousness and her charm as party leader, as woman, as wife, as mother, touches the heart of each and everyone she meets. Exquisite, a rare gem.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-1827974985462207053?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-63543840412358134482010-04-27T10:09:00.003+08:002010-04-27T10:21:36.008+08:00Sibu By-Election: Interview With Wong Ho Leng<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0oNKgsXOz5M&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0oNKgsXOz5M&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-6354384041235813448?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-84283693668022550122010-04-27T01:03:00.002+08:002010-04-27T01:07:34.475+08:00Anwar Ibrahim's Post-Hulu Selangor MessageDear Supporter,<br /><br />I thank the workers and volunteers from Pakatan Rakyat including our friends in DAP and PAS who supported our candidate in Hulu Selangor, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.<br /><br />Tens of thousands of Malaysians joined us to show the people of Hulu Selangor that Pakatan Rakyat is committed to a Malaysia where all of its citizens have the right to peace, justice, and prosperity. I am thankful for the tremendous support you have shown. Your commitment to change is commendable. <br /><br />One setback shall not divert us from our goal. Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn't take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way.<br /> <br />Over RM100 million was spent by BN to win a thin majority in Hulu Selangor: that amounts to RM65,000 per person. Dozens of ministers campaigned every day; the Election Commission appears guilty once again of violating its mandate to ensure fair elections; and the police intimidated our supporters and there are reports that they even prevented some voters from reaching the polling stations.<br /> <br />This means that Barisan Nasional has learned nothing since the March 2008 election. Character assassination, racism, bribery and brute force may help to win one or two by-elections. But the people of Malaysia will not be deceived.<br /> <br />Our country still faces the same challenges which cannot be resolved by dirty politics or a few catchy slogans. The economy is lagging, jobs are scarce and our education system remains mediocre at best. We must do more to address the plight of the poor and marginalised people throughout Malaysia. And we must bring credibility back to the Federal government as we have started to do in the Pakatan States. <br /><br />We increased our popular support in Hulu Selangor. We know we have to do more to reach out to our supporters in the rural heartland, particularly the Felda settlements. I am committed to this challenge and my resolve is unwavering. <br /><br />Let us look ahead to the next contest and work to bring change to Sarawak. Click here (http://bit.ly/d0YVol) to make a contribution to the May 16th by-election and help us to support the DAP candidate in Sibu. <br /><br />Thank you,<br />Anwar<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-8428369366802255012?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-382675691844952300.post-43548433164518474072010-04-26T02:31:00.002+08:002010-04-26T02:47:21.211+08:00SUPP Names Sibu By-Election Candidate and Federal Deputy Transport MinisterSarawak United People's Party (SUPP)president Dr George Chan has named lawyer Robert Lau Hui Yew as Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Sibu by-election and MP Richard Riot as Deputy Transport Minister after chairing the CWC meeting on Sunday.<br /><br />On Supp's chances of retaining the Sibu seat, he said, the party was confident it could secure a thumping win due to the strong unity within the state BN component parties and the people's positive response to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's administration through his 1Malaysia concept.<br /><br />Hui Yew, who has been a Supp member for 17 years, is the Sibu branch's assistant treasurer.<br /><br />The appointment of five-term Serian MP Richard Riot is perceived to appease the Bidayuh community which has been clamouring for ministerial and council appointments for its leaders.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/382675691844952300-4354843316451847407?l=www.linasoosarawak.com' alt='' /></div>linasoohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12492933069191536629linasoo@yahoo.com0