Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party Is Having Internal Crisis

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party Is Having Internal Crisis

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party Is Having Internal Crisis

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 02:03 PM PST

Saturday, 23rd January 2010

Four state assemblymen, one Member of Parliament and three supreme council members of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party walked out of the party's supreme council meeting this afternoon when party president William Mawan named Nelson Balang Rining, the state assemblyman for Ba'Kelalan as the new secretary-general.

Elected vice-president in December's triennial delegates assembly, Balang replaces Sylvester Enteri, the state assemblyman for Marudi.
The four assemblymen who walked out were Sylvester Enteri, Peter Nansian, state assemblyman for Tasik Biru, Rosey Yunus, state assemblywoman for Bekenu and Paulus Gumbang, state assemblyman for Batu Danau.
The MP who joined the walkout was Dr Tiki Lafe of Mas Gading.
The three supreme council members were George Garai, Peter Gani and Ida Iga.

'Mawan did not keep his promise'

Garai said that they walked out in protest over the appointment of Balang as the new secretary-general and Paul Igai, political secretary to the chief minister as his deputy.
"The president promised status quo to the line-up before the party's triennial delegates assembly, but now it appears that he has not kept his promise. He also failed to honour his promise to appoint an elected representative to be deputy secretary-general of the party," charged Garai.
"We don't agree with the president's choice," he said.
Speculation has been rife that Enteri would be replaced as the secretary-general after he was alleged to have supported Philip Ngo in challenging the incumbent deputy president Peter Nyarok in the party elections last month.
Ngo was soundly beaten in the contest.

The beginning of a split?

Although Paul Igai denied that the eight party leaders walked out in protest over Balang's appointment as the new secretary-general, observers see the walkout as a signal of a major split in the seven-year old party.
Any split now, said a veteran politician, is sure to undermine SPDP's chances in the coming state election. SPDP has eight seats, many of which were won on a borderline majority.
But Mawan, according to his aides, believes that Balang's appointment is to thwart the growing influence of Baru Bian, PKR state chairman in the Ba'Kelalan constituency.
They said that the president has his own reasons in reorganizing the party, and one of them is to strengthen his own position.

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Baru Bian Advises Sarawak's natives must stand up for their rights and fight for them

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:25 AM PST

Thursday, 23rd January 2010

Sdra Baru Bian-Sarawak PKR Head

Baru Bian is a renowned Sarawak lawyer who has recently been appointed Sarawak chairman of the People's Justice party, PKR. His law office in Kuching, the state capital, is representing well over 100 land rights cases filed by native communities against the Sarawak State Government. Baru, who is a member of the native Lun Bawang community, grew up as the son of a pastor in Sarawak's interior. He studied law at the Mara Institute of Technology in West Malaysia and completed his studies in Melbourne, Australia. Baru is a father of three children and lives with his family in Kuching.
Recently, Sdra Baru Bian was interviewed by by Lukas Straumann / BMF. I would like to ask for apology from  Lukas Straumann / BMF for publishing the interview at Bukittunggal without their/his permission.
Here is the interview between Lukas Straumann / BMF ( BRUNO MANSER FUND ) and Sdra Baru Bian conducted in January 2010.

BRUNO MANSER FUND (BMF): Baru Bian, almost 50 years after independence, Sarawak's rural  inftructure in many ways remains underdeveloped, and a considerable part of the rural population is leading a life close to or even below the poverty line.What has gone wrong with Sarawak's rural development?

BARU BIAN: I think there are several reasons for this. Firstly, I believe that the federal government has neglected Sabah and Sarawak. After 47 years as part of Malaysia, Sarawak has a poverty rate comparable with some of the poorest countries in Africa. Sarawak and Sabah are the richest in natural resources within Malaysia, yet we rank among the four poorest states. It is obvious that the federal government has concentrated the country's development onWest Malaysia and has neglected Sarawak and Sabah, in spite of the fact that we are a state that produces petroleum and liquid natural gas and are rich in timber and land.We only receive five percent of the royalties from petroleum, and hence a huge share of our wealth is siphoned off toWest Malaysia. This had, in fact, been one  of the fears of the native leaders when they were asked to become part of Malaysia in 1963.
BMF: Does this mean the native leaders' worst fears have come true?

BARU BIAN: Yes, that has now become reality.We are living under another form of colonialism, whereby the colonial power is inWest Malaysia. This neglect by Kuala Lumpur constitutes the first point. The second point is that Kuala Lumpur considers Sabah and Sarawak to be separate states and not to be part of Malaysia. Thirdly, our local leaders are not bothered because they are under the dictate of Kuala Lumpur.

"Sarawak and Sabah are the richest in natural resources within Malaysia, yet we rank among the four poorest states. A huge share of our wealth is siphoned off to West Malaysia. We are living under another form of colonialism whereby the colonial power is in West Malaysia."
BMF: In the 1980s, industrial-scale logging was brought into the interior in the name of development. Today, Sarawak's formerly rich timber resources are almost depleted. The native communities have had little benefit from logging.Where did the profits end up?

BARU BIAN: It is public knowledge that most of the profits went to timber tycoons who are involved in the timber business and to certain individuals – the political leaders who issued the licences. The revenues of our timber resources are all being siphoned off overseas and are not being brought back to Sarawak.

BMF: Some political observers are suggesting that Taib Mahmud has made himself into one of the richest men of South-East Asia during his 28 years as Chief Minister of Sarawak. Do you think this is plausible?

BARU BIAN: Yes, I think it is public knowledge that he is extremely rich. I remember an article written by Doctor Andrew Areia from UNIMAS in the Aliran magazine in 2008, and he talks about billions of dollars.

"It is public knowledge that most of the profits from logging went to timber tycoons who are involved in the timber business and to certain individuals - the political leaders who issued the licences. The revenues of our timber resources are all being siphoned off overseas and are not being brought back to Sarawak."
BMF: Can you tell us what Taib's and his family's main routes to enrichment have been?

BARU BIAN: Basically, they are involved in various companies which are awarded contracts by the government. That is one route. And another route is through the issue of provisional leases and imber licences to companies with which they have links, and these leases and licences are then sold off to investors for huge sums.

BMF: Where has the money gone?We have heard rumours that Taib transferred large sums overseas and that he owns real estate in the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries.
BARU BIAN: I have nothing to add to that because I have no knowledge about it, but it appears that that is where the money went. A few months ago, there was a report that one of the daughters owns one of the most expensive homes in Canada.

BMF: Will there be calls for restitution in the post-Taib area? In Switzerland, we can look back to the case of former Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, whose assets in Swiss banks were restituted to the Philippine government.

BARU BIAN: Personally, I think we must look into a restitution process in the post-Taib era. If his wealth is found to have been obtained unlawfully and illegally, then the law must take its course, and I think this will require a very strong resolve on the part of those who take over. It is a matter of political will. The Philippines did it, Indonesia did it, and I see no reason why we shouldn't do it. The ordinary people have been suffering and have been short-changed by Taib Mahmud.

"Taib Mahmud acquired immense wealth and riches at the expense of the  ordinary people. I think we must look into a restitution process in the post-Taib era. If his wealth is found to have been obtained unlawfully and illegally, then the law must take its course. The Philippines did it, Indonesia did it, and I see no reason why we shouldn't do it in Sarawak."
BMF: Even though Taib Mahmud's grip on power in the state remains firm, his days as Chief Minister appear to be numbered.What will his legacy to the state of Sarawak be? How will history judge Taib Mahmud's years in power?

BARU BIAN: I am trying to look at it from an ordinary Sarawakian's point of view. To a certain extent, there are a number of development projects that have been carried out. The latest one is the huge state assembly building that cost us millions. The question here is really why did we need a new building if the old one is still OK, and this is the people's money? From the Dayak perspective, in particular, we think that we have been politically divided and this was intentionally engineered by Taib Mahmud in order to weaken us. Today, we have five parties which the Dayaks are divided over. That is how we perceive him at the end of the day. Thirdly, he acquired immense wealth and riches at the expense of the ordinary people.

"From the Dayak perspective, we think that we have been politically divided and this was intentionally engineered by Taib Mahmud in order to weaken us."
BMF: Moving on to another subject, the Bakun dam, which is close to completion.What, for you  personally, is the lesson learned from the Bakun experience?

BARU BIAN: Our people, the natives, should not be easily hoodwinked by the government when the government says that a project is good for them. They must examine it properly, obtaining an expert opinion on whether it is really good for them. If the project is viable and good for the people, we have no objection. At the same time, the people's interests and future must be better taken care of by the government. So they must not be in a worse position than before. Although the project was carried out in the name of development, a lot of the natives in the region are now in a worse position than previously.
BMF: Transparency International has labelled the Bakun dam a 'monument of corruption'.Would you agree with such a statement?

BARU BIAN: From what we know, I definitely agree with it. It is very obvious that the cost of the project cannot be justified by comparison to the benefits we might get from it.

"From what we know, I definitely agree with labelling the Bakun dam a 'monument of corruption'. It is very obvious that the cost of the project cannot be justified by comparison to the benefits we might get."

BMF: Last year, the state government's plan for another twelve new dams in Sarawak became public.What is the rationale behind these dam plans?

BARU BIAN: The government says we need the power and talks of selling the power to Brunei. But I doubt this. I am quite suspicious and don't think we need so many dams in Sarawak. I really question the value of these projects and whether it is possible to send the power that is produced to West Malaysia, as we have been reading about.What I am afraid of is that they may use this as an occasion to invoke a provision of the land code and extinguish native rights in the courts for public purposes. Once that is done, the native peoples will not be able to challenge the legality of the extinguishment of their rights. The only remaining issue will then be how much compensation they are to receive. So, once the area is gazetted, the contractor or the company in charge of the project would start clearing the land and felling the timber. The contractor could get a few millions for the timber alone. That is what happened in the Bakun area.

BMF: So, basically you are saying the dam projects are a pretext for taking away the native lands. 

BARU BIAN: Yes, that is the bottom line, because there is no need for these dams. Even years later, they can forget about the dam and use the land for other purposes, without the natives having any opportunity to object.

"The state government's plan for twelve new dams is a pretext for extinguishing native land rights in the watersheds of our main rivers, in the name of a public purpose. There is no real need for these dams as we
have enough power in Sarawak."
BMF: A number of native communities are troubled by the dam plans and with the way they are apparently being kept in the dark about the progress on the projects.What will these dams mean for the native communities?

BARU BIAN: To dam their rivers marks a real disruption of their traditional way of life. It is the destruction of their land and their history. It would eventually be the destruction of their whole source of livelihood. Their very existence and livelihood is being threatened.

BMF: Why is the Sarawak government seeking such a close partnership with China for the construction of these dams?
BARU BIAN: Perhaps one of the reasons is that the Chinese have experience of building some of the biggest dams in the world, such as the three gorges project.

BMF: Do you see a geopolitical interest on the Chinese government's side?

BARU BIAN: I have no idea about that, apart from the fact that the Chinese contractors and the people who are involved in this locally may have some connection with the Chinese government. I have no proof of political motives.

BMF: Will the dams be funded with loans from China?

BARU BIAN: The funding for these projects is not being publicly disclosed. This is the way things are being done here.

BMF: Do you see a danger of Sarawak having a long-term state debt to China with the realization  of such economically questionable mega-projects?

BARU BIAN: If the dams are funded with Chinese loans, we will have obligations for quite some time paying these loans back to the Chinese government. In the meantime, the people involved in these projects will already have been paid with the commission for the dam.

"If the twelve new dams are funded with Chinese loans, we will have obligations for quite some time paying these loans back to the Chinese government. In the meantime, the people involved in these projects will already have been paid with the commission for the dam."

BMF: After much criticism, let us turn to the future. If the opposition wins the next state election, what is your alternative development model for the state of Sarawak?

BARU BIAN: If our opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, were to win and beat the government, we pledge to correct all these things that are not right. Top of the agenda comes the transformation of the land policies – not only the native land rights but also land questions affecting all the people of Sarawak, because the Chinese population is also affected by the renewal of leases. There are Chinese non-natives who need land too. Land is a necessity for people to survive.

"If our opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, were to win and beat the government, we pledge to correct all these things that are not right in our state. Top of the agenda comes the transformation of the land policies –  only the native land rights but also land questions affecting all the people of Sarawak, including the Chinese population."
BMF: What role will the native communities play in this development?

BARU BIAN: Opening up the rural sector for development is the next step. The main idea is to empower the rural population, with its vast tract of land, which constitutes our assets.We want to empower the rural population to engage in true development, based on agriculture. For this to happen, we would open up the way to rural development by building roads. Amenities must be provided. To achieve this for the people, we are prepared to fight for the oil and gas royalties.With that money alone, we could do plenty of things for Sarawak.

"We want to empower the rural population to engage in true development, based on agriculture. For this to happen, we need to improve the rural infrastructure, in particular by building access roads to the remote rural
BMF: Justice party leader Anwar Ibrahim has displayed his willingness to renegotiate Sarawak's  share of the oil revenues.Will you remind him of this promise if he comes to power in the next general elections?

BARU BIAN: Yes, we will most certainly remind our Pakatan leaders of their undertaking and the promise made to Sabah and Sarawak to channel a minimum of 20 percent of the oil and gas royalties to Sarawak, which the present federal government is refusing to give.

BMF: How will a new government deal with the complex issue of native customary rights?

BARU BIAN:We propose that a land commission be set up, headed by a native with knowledge of the adat, the native rights system, which will investigate and confirm rights and then issue titles.We will use the Philippines' model for resolving the native land issue

"We propose that a land commission be set up, headed by a native with knowledge of the adat, the native rights system, which will investigate and confirm rights and then issue titles. We will use the Philippines' model for resolving the native land issue."

BMF: The Malaysian indigenous peoples' coalition, JOAS, has called for a moratorium on new plantations in Malaysia. How will you deal with the valid plantation and logging licences issued for the native communities' customary lands?

BARU BIAN: This is very simple. I will look at the terms and conditions of the licences and leases. I believe that all the licences and leases have clear provisions expressly stating that they are issued subject to native customary rights: notwithstanding that, land may be categorized as state land and native customary rights may still exist. The problem is really that the government, the licensees and the leaseholders are not willing, or courageous enough, to implement this provision. It's contained in the terms of the licence already. So there are ways and means of dealing with this. In fact, the land commission, like in the Philippines, would be in a position to do that. They would not nullify the licences and leases immediately.

BMF: What are your infrastructure development plans for the rural areas?

BARU BIAN: The main thing for me is the roads, the communication aspect of development. If you look at Sarawak, most of the rural areas are only accessible by air, river or jungle trekking. So creating road access is the most important issue. Secondly, the needs of the people must be placed in the foreground. For example, gravity water systems and flush toilets must be introduced in the villages. Power must come in as well. Many villages are still using generators, which is too expensive because they are run by diesel. In place of that, I am thinking in terms of hydropower, small mini-hydropower plants close to the villages, which are very cost effective and reliable. These are the main things that can empower the rural people to change their whole living environment. And, from there, new farming techniques can be introduced.

"We must place the peoples' needs in the foreground, improve the road network and move over to a decentralized rural power supply based on mini-hydropower plants which are very cost effective and reliable."

BMF: Does this mean you are championing decentralized development and are recommending a move away from mega projects in favour of being close to community needs?

BARU BIAN: Yes, for that to work, the roads must be in place. From there, the road continues on to education. Improving the education system and creating access to education and knowledge in the rural areas is extremely important. School libraries and internet access etc. must be made available to all rural people. I tend to think that Taib Mahmud's government deliberately left out our people so as to keep the natives dependent and to weaken us economically and politically. This then ensured that we stayed on the receiving side without having independence.

"I tend to think that Taib Mahmud's government deliberately left out our people in order to keep the natives dependent and to weaken us economically and politically. This then ensured that we stayed on the receiving side without having independence."
BMF: How will you deal with the growing call of the international community for the conservation of Sarawak's tropical rainforests?

BARU BIAN: I am strongly in favour of that, and it is still possible. I think, if a government is free from corruption and focuses on the needs of the people and the need to protect the environment, a government must have a policy and a stand on this issue. This is a global concern, and we must take it on. I look forward to proper management of the forests, and we must achieve clean rivers and sustainably managed forests again. This is what I experienced in my childhood in the interior. I have seen this transformation in South Korea and Japan, and it has been done there successfully. Because the government has taken a firm stance on forest and timber policies.

"I am strongly in favour of the conservation of Sarawak's tropical forests, and this is still possible. This is a global concern, and we must take it on. I look forward to proper management of the forests, and we must achieve clean rivers and sustainably managed forests again. I have seen this transformation in South Korea and Japan, and it has been done there successfully.
BMF: After over twenty years, the Penan communities in the Baram are still struggling for their rights and against logging.What does the Penan struggle mean to you?

BARU BIAN:We should really look at the Penan's claims and grievances and resolve them respectfully. From the legal angle, on the basis of the principle of common law, they do clearly have rights over the land, and I want to agree with them. The Penan's land claims are only a problem if you look at them from a company perspective, because the companies think in terms of profits and business, and perhaps the government had the misconceived idea that the Penan have no rights.

BMF: Do you see a chance of reconciling the Penan's land claims with a sustainable management of the natural resources?

BARU BIAN: I think that, if we can avoid greed, this is not a big issue because that is in line with the conservation of the environment and the land, which is good for everyone.We can log the forests and have a timber industry but we must do so with all these issues in mind. Other countries have successfully managed these industries, so we can do it too.

"This current government must be changed. Give us, the opposition, the opportunity to be the state government for one term, and I can assure you that the entire policies currently in place will be changed. All the problems the native communities are facing are linked to the present policies of the government."

BMF: What is your personal message to the Penan?

BARU BIAN: My personal message to the Penan is: hang on there, stand up for your rights and fight for them. Of course, this is my message not only to the Penan but to all natives. The fastest and easiest way of achieving a result is through political transformation. This current government must be changed. Give us, the opposition, the opportunity to be the state government for one term, and I can assure you that the entire policies currently in place will be changed. All these problems they are facing are linked to the present policies of the government.

BMF: Baru Bian, thank you very much for this interview.
You can read the interview in pdf format at Bruno Manser Fonds
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Police report against AdukaTaruna

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:41 AM PST

Well, there is no real reason to say nasty things to people who have died, they cannot defend themselves and they are now before their Lord

Whoever this aduka taruna is, and I do expect his identity will be made bare to all soon, let this be a lesson about civility and common sense.

tak usah lah mencerca orang yang dah meninggal

buruk sangat adabnya tu

walaupun dia dah meminta maaf ( bak pulak bahasa buila minta maaf, tak macam biasa punya menyumpah seranah) but it appears that the damage is done

the years of hate preaching by PAS has manifested itself in Adukataruna and now people see his action as the result of this persistent conditioning to hate whoever that disagrees with them...

stepping on the pictures of national leaders at kindergartens may seem harmless to some but it breeds this kind of hatred and inconsiderate reaction

if you read his apology, it has been bombarded with nearly 100 comments, nearly all dropped by to tell him that nasi dah menjadi bubur

what to do

It may have been a pointless act but it is coming back to stab Adukataruna and who can say what pain it would inflict on this OTT Pas blogger

Notice that no one has come to even defend him in blogsphere, well at least none of the usual suspects are een associating themselves with this grossly misjudged lack of adab

Good to read : ) - The "Allah" issue

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 08:12 AM PST

  1. Farish Noor's here
  2. Zulkifli Sulong's here
  3. Hadi, Manuty and Asri here
  4. Dzulkefly Ahmad's here

happy reading :)

Malaysian Insider slams Dr M again

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:06 AM PST

I got this e-mail alert from Salomon Smith Barney, about how the Malaysian Insider continuously throwing sticks at former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, accusing him of being inciting and racist.

(Salomon Smith Barney is where Amok was before Pak Lah picked him up to head Khazanah. I used to harrass him for interviews but he was OK then. The last time I saw him was at a clubhouse in Jln Tangsi last week. Unfortunately he might have forgotten me).

Blaming Dr M for all the political and financial chaos in the country, Malaysian Insider puts the blame on him, saying:

"He blamed the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis squarely on currency speculators led by one George Soros, a Jew (which he then retracted after a meeting with Soros years later). Mahathir's administration employed financial giants Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup, also with clear Jewish links, to assist the country in climbing out of the crisis.

"The superficial antagonism of Mahathir towards Jews is a clear paradox to his irrefutable association with them.

"In fact, back in the 80's his rumoured involvement in the Freemason movement put him on the backfoot, to the extent that he had to deny it in his speech during an Umno general assembly in that period.

"Mahathir can wear the facade of an anti-Semitic while behaving in the exact manner at almost the same time". (read more h e r e).

My immediate comment is, Insider has never say a single good thing about Malaysia, about the government or about the Malays. Everything about others are excellent in their eyes. I dont know what kind of brains do they employ. I know a few of them whom I describe as ''Malays without religion and without faith''.

"Nepotism, cronyism and abuse of power have been the order of the day.

"Mahathir feeds on the dogmatic and Malay-nationalist patriotic junkies with his often racist statements on Malay rights and supremacy of the Malay race.

"He started out as an Ultra-Malay, according to the first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. Mahathir then ruled the country for 20-odd years, displaying his liberal side but never lost any of his anti-imperialist and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

"By wearing the "Keffiyah" symbolising his solidarity with the Palestinians' struggle, Mahathir has shown his ultimate chameleon side..."

P/S... is it true Kali has back off from the Malaysian Insider?

Also read SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 by Dr M. He somehow explains why the Jews are to be blamed.

Sultan Of Johore Dies

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:45 AM PST

Saturday, 23th January 2010

The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, has passed away. He died at the Puteri Specialist Hospital here at 7.08pm on Friday. He was 77.
He was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day due to an unspecified illness. The ruler's death was announced by Mentri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman over national TV and radio at 11pm.
The sultan will be buried at the Royal Mausoleum at 2pm on Saturday. The public can pay their respects at the Istana Besar from 9am to 10.30am, while dignitaries can do so from 11am to noon.
Sultan Iskandar was born on April 8, 1932 in Johor Baru and became ruler of the state on May 11, 1981. In his younger days, his hobbies included horse-riding, fast cars, go-carts, race boats, hunting, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming and polo.
He is survived by his consort Sultanah Zanariah Almarhum Tunku Ahmad and 10 children, including the Tengku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ibrahim Ismail and the Tengku Bendahara, Tunku Majid Idris.

News of illness surfaced on Thursday

Two hours before the sultan's death, Tunku Ibrahim Ismail was appointed the Regent. Head of the Johor Council of the Royal Court, Tunku Osman Tunku Temenggong Ahmad, who proclaimed the appointment of the crown prince, said the court made the decision after receiving the medical report on the sultan from three medical specialists.
Tunku Osman declared that Tunku Ibrahim will perform the duties of the Sultan of Johor as required under Section 9(1)(b) and 9(2) of the Johor State Constitution 1895.
News about the sultan being ill had surfaced Thursday night. Ghani cut short his trip to India with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to return here by 6pm Friday. The first to visit the Sultan in the morning was the Sultan and Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, who arrived by helicopter. Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited him at about 3.40pm.

Second time for Tunku Ibrahim

For Tunku Ibrahim, this is the second time he has been appointed the Regent.
The first time was on April 25, 1984 when Sultan Iskandar was appointed the eighth Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, ruling as King for five years.
On Friday, as he took his oath as the acting ruler, Tunklu Ibrahim said he would rule all his subjects fairly.
"I also swear to guard and respect Islam as well as the Malay tradition under the state constitution," he said.
In attendance were Tunku Majid and the Raja Muda of Johor, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim.
Present were also state dignitaries, including state assembly speaker Ali Hassan, state Mufti Tahrir Shamsuddin, Johor Islamic Council adviser Nooh Gadut, several state executive council members and state police chief Deputy Comm Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff.

Studied at home and abroad

Tunku Ibrahim, 51, was installed as the Tunku Mahkota of Johor on July 3, 1981 at the age of 22.He is married to Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah and they have five sons and two daughters.
The late Sultan Iskandar received his early education at the Ngee Heng Primary School here before furthering his studies at the English College, now known as Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar.
He continued his studies at the Trinity Grammar School in Australia and then in Britain, where he completed his studies. On retutning to Johor in 1956, the sultan served as a cadet officer with the Johor Civil Service.
He also received basic military training with the Johor Military Forces, founded by his great-grandfather Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar in 1885 and who was the JMF commander before he passed away.
Sultan Iskandar was formally appointed the Tengku Mahkota on April 29, 1981. On May 11, 1981, he was proclaimed the fourth Sultan of Johor following his father's death

Sultan Iskandar laid to rest at royal mausoleum

The late Sultan Iskandar ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail was laid to rest today next to his father's grave at the Bukit Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum here.
Present were the newly-proclaimed Sultan of Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail, Sultanah Zarith Sofiah, Sultanah Zanariah and other members of the royal household.
Also present were Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlah Shah, Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tunku Muhriz and Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong were also present.Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Khalil Yaakob, Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah and Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri were also at the burial ceremony.
Among leaders who attended the burial were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Earlier, Sultan Iskandar's body was taken in a 3km procession from Istana Besar to the Royal Mausoleum, with thousands of people lining up both sides of the road.
A 77-gun salute were fired by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of Sungai Buloh Camp to mark Sultan Iskandar's age during his death.

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Four Nab Over Mosque Arson In Muar

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:30 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur
Saturday, 23 January 2010

Four men, one of whom is a son of a police officer, were arrested today over the arson attempts at two suraus in Muar, Johor on Jan 21, according to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
In the attacks on Thursday, the Sirratulrahim Surau in Kampung Sabak Awor, Jalan Ismail suffered burns to a window and some curtains, while another surau in Parit Beting was also badly damaged, with scorch marks found on a door, a window, and carpet.
A police forensics team which took evidence at the first surau discovered traces of splashed kerosense at the site, leading to suspicions that the fires were intentionally set.

Political leaders have been quick in condemning the attacks in Johor.

Via a statement, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng slammed "the destructive behaviour of the perpetrator of such irresponsible attacks, who clearly intended to provoke suspicions among our multi-racial and multi-religious communities".
Whoever these culprits are they must be punished. Their irresponsible acts can cause racial/religious unrest in this nation.
The latest attacks come on the back of a lull in tempers following a Dec 31, 2009 High Court ruling that allowed Catholic weekly Herald to use the term "Allah" to describe the Christian God in their Bahasa Malaysia section.
The ruling sparked Muslim outrage across the country, as some Muslims claim that the term "Allah" is exclusive to Islam and must not be used by anyone else.
In the wake of the on-going controversy and prior to Thursday's attacks, nine churches, a mosque, a surau, a Sikh temple and a convent school have been damaged by fire, paint or stones since Jan 8.
The government has appealed against the decision and obtained a stay of execution.

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Sembah Takziah Di Atas Kemangkatan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Johor. Al Fatihah

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:28 AM PST

Malaysiawaves memohon merafak sembah takziah di atas kemangkatan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan Johor, Sultan Iskandar. Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya. Al Fatihah.

Malaysiawaves juga mengucapkan tahniah di atas Pertabalan Tengku Mahkota Johor, Tengku Ibrahim Ismail, sebgai Sultan Johor yang Baru.

Daulat Tuanku, Daulat Tuanku, Daulat Tuanku.

Sultan Johor Sultan Iskandar, yang mangkat malam Jumaat lalu pada usia 77 tahun, adalah seorang raja yang tegas tetapi adil dan sentiasa mahukan yang terbaik bagi rakyat, menjadikan negeri Johor sebagai antara negeri termaju di negara ini.

Baginda yang dimasyhurkan sebagai Sultan Johor pada 11 Mei 1981, mangkat pada 7.15 malam di Hospital Pakar Puteri selepas dimasukkan ke hospital itu hari ini kerana gering.

Baginda meninggalkan Sultanah Johor, Sultanah Zanariah serta dua putera dan lapan puteri iaitu Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail, Tunku Puteri Johor Tunku Hajah Kamariah, Tunku Besar Tunku Zabedah Aminah, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Tunku Hajah Mariam Zahrah, Tunku Norani, Tunku Maimunah Ismailiah, Tunku Bendahara Johor Tunku Abdul Majid Idris Ismail, Paduka Puteri Tunku Muna Najiah dan Tunku Aminah Kalsom Masera Marian Zahirah.

Semasa pemerintahan baginda, Sultan Iskandar dikasihi pelbagai lapisan rakyat negeri Johor atas bimbingan dan perhatian berterusan baginda terhadap segala naungannya.

Baginda bukan sahaja bijak dalam hal keagamaan dan pemerintahan tetapi juga dalam pelbagai bidang lain seperti ketenteraan, sukan dan perniagaan.

Baginda sering bertitah mengingatkan rakyatnya agar sentiasa hidup bermuafakat, bersatu padu dan bekerja bersungguh-sungguh bagi menjamin kebahagiaan negeri Johor.

Sultan Iskandar dianugerahkan ijazah Doktor Kehormat Undang-undang oleh The National University of Singapore (NUS) pada 12 April 2007 sebagai mengiktiraf peranan baginda dalam kemajuan dan kemakmuran negeri itu serta sumbangan baginda terhadap hubungan dua hala antara Malaysia dan Singapura.

Pemimpin Singapura dijemput ke istana

Dalam menjaga hubungan dua hala antara Malaysia dan Singapura, baginda sering menjemput pemimpin Singapura ke Istana Bukit Serene di Johor Baharu semasa sambutan Hari Raya.

Sultan Iskandar, yang dilantik menjadi Yang di-Pertuan Agong kelapan pada 26 April 1984 hingga 25 April 1989, diputerakan di Istana Semayam, Johor Baharu pada 8 April 1932 merupakan putera sulung kepada Almarhum Sultan Ismail ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim.

Menggemari permainan polo, papan layar, golf dan memburu, baginda merupakan uruterbang bertauliah dan pernah mendapat latihan asas ketenteraan dalam Pasukan Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor.

Baginda merupakan Panglima Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor yang diasaskan dan ditubuhkan oleh moyang baginda Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar pada tahun 1885.

Minat baginda dalam bidang ketenteraan jelas dilihat daripada perwatakan baginda yang sentiasa segak beruniform tentera dan ketegasan baginda dalam soal disiplin.

Sultan Iskandar pernah menyertai batalion kedua Askar Wataniah di Johor Baharu pada 1960 dan berkhidmat dengan Pasukan Simpanan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) sebagai pegawai dan dilantik sebagai Kolonel Yang Dipertua Rejimen Gerak Khas.

Sebagai Ketua Agama Negeri, baginda sentiasa mengadakan hubungan erat dengan Majlis Agama Negeri atau pentadbiran jabatan berkenaan untuk mengikuti perkembangan dan masalah agama. Baginda sendiri turut menyampaikan khutbah-khutbah Jumaat di masjid-masjid sekitar Johor.

Gemar sukan lasak

Di arena sukan, baginda terkenal sebagai peminat dan ahli sukan dalam pelbagai acara yang mencabar seperti golf, tenis, tinju, luncur layar, ski air, menyelam, berenang, payung terjun, lumba kereta dan menunggang motosikal berkuasa tinggi. Baginda merupakan seorang juruterbang helikopter dan pesawat ringan yang dikagumi.

Sultan Iskandar yang turut gemar berburu, sering menasihatkan rakyat negerinya agar menceburi sukan menembak kerana baginda percaya sukan itu akan muncul sebagai sukan utama di masa hadapan.

Ketika merasmikan Kejohanan Menembak Sultan Iskandar Challenge Trophy 1997, baginda bertitah sukan itu bukan lagi menjadi aktiviti yang dikhususkan kepada golongan berada tetapi terbuka kepada semua golongan kerana yuran dikenakan oleh kelab menembak adalah kecil.

Hasrat baginda itu kini menjadi kenyataan kerana Malaysia mula muncul sebagai antara negara yang mempunyai penembak terbaik di peringkat antarabangsa.

Dan sehingga kini, Persatuan Penembak Clay Target Johor (JCTSA) terus menganjurkan pertandingan menembak Piala Sultan Iskandar, yang melibatkan penembak tempatan dan luar negara, sempena sambutan Hari Keputeraan Sultan Iskandar.

Selain sukan menembak, baginda turut memberikan sokongan kepada sektor pelancongan dengan seringkali mencemar duli menghadiri Festival Layang-layang Antarabangsa di Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang yang menjadi venue tetap acara itu.

Titah baginda, penganjuran agenda bertaraf antarabangsa merangkumi acara-acara sukan, rekreasi serta temasya layang-layang dapat memberikan imej antarabangsa kepada Johor dan Malaysia.

Sultan Iskandar menerima pendidikan awal di Sekolah Rendah Ngee Heng, Johor Baharu sebelum melanjutkan pelajaran di English College (sekarang Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar) di Johor Baharu dan seterusnya melanjutkan pelajaran di Trinity Grammar School, Australia pada usia 16 tahun sebelum ke Devon Technical College, England lima tahun kemudian.

Setelah menamatkan pengajian pada 25 Januari 1956, baginda pulang ke Johor pada 1956 dan terus berkhidmat sebagai pegawai tadbir dalam Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Johor sehingga 1959.

Sultan Iskandar dilantik Tengku Mahkota Johor pada 8 Mei 1959 berikutan kemangkatan nenda baginda, Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar di London.
Pada Disember 1966, baginda dilantik Raja Muda Johor oleh ayahanda baginda dan turut menceburkan diri dalam bidang perniagaan dengan menubuhkan beberapa syarikat seperti Mados Enterprises dan Mados-Cito-Daiken.

Pada 10 Mei 1981, baginda dilantik Pemangku Raja pada 11 Mei 1981, selepas Sultan Ismail gering dan dimasyhurkan sebagai Sultan Johor keempat dalam sejarah Johor moden.

Sumber - Malaysiakini

No, Villains Won't Get To See Allah

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:39 AM PST

Following my hypothesis, sorry, conspiracy theory that the death of Sultan Iskandar is a staged Sandiwara simply because there is no way Allah Almighty would have allow such a murderous villain to die in such a nice way.

As I mentioned before: If indeed Allah had allow a murderous tyrant to die so nicely and worse, allow him to be admitted to Syurga ... Why? Well, I see some self-proclaimed champions of Islam such as this one - Al Fatihah! Kemangkatan Sultan Johor Darul Takzim. from MAHAGURU58who seemed to suggest the villain is going to see Allah in Syurga by splashing his blog with all sort of Allah related video and messages!

It's okay if he got political or commercial agenda to bodek this staged Mampoi, sorry, kemangkatan. Otherwise, I think the self-proclaimed champion of Islam has unfortunately defamed Allah Almighty by virtue of his attempt to glorify the Sandiwara.

No. no bad guy is welcome to Syurga. Otherwise, it simply mean Allah is a Mafia Boss. This cannot be the case.  Please don't tell me Allah does not exist, that's why it's perfectly okay to murder, pillage, and do all sorts of bad thing, in the end, one still can go to Heaven.

I am sorry, you got it all wrong, the place for villains to go is not the Syurga, it's called Neraka, the Hell, in case you are not aware.

Simple truth: Allah says all bad guys will rot in Hell.

UMNOPutra, please take note.

Mobile Update - Friendly URLs Are Working Fine Now

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 06:04 AM PST

Previously, I said the friendly URLs below are not that friendly to iPhone because they failed to 'shrink' to size of iPhone if forwarded through them: - 

They are 100% Okay now!

I found the reason why they weren't that friendly is not because iPhone is stupid, it was me. I have masked the URLs with dedicated details that make the phone ignore what is stated on the actual site, that's why the iPhone will just regard them as a full fledge websites.

The reason why I masked the URLs is because I don't want to confuse people with two different URLs (you will never see the real URL if it's masked).

Anyway, I have deactivated. So, it' s okay to use them now.

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Posted: 23 Jan 2010 04:25 AM PST

It is clearly apparent that as people of a nation based on the passage of time we have moved into the new year of 2010. We have had to face a puzzling and non productive debate over the generic term of Allah. The political leadership of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) has not been astute and progressive. Whilst UMNO invented paradoxes its immature followers carried out dastardly acts against the places of worship of the Christians and Sikhs.

These uncultured people who carried out such cowardly and low lying criminal acts may have been given encouragement by some non-governmental organizations that have carried out protest after Friday prayers, as these people do seem to have only an irrational soul. They claim that the word Allah should not be allowed to be used by non-Muslims.

The reason for reference to be made to these people for having "an irrational soul" is owing to the fact that all humans to a large extent have some form of faith and belief in some form of religion and visit the house of worship to obtain divine guidance.

We go to a place of worship with humility and seek for divine guidance. And upon obtaining divine guidance, no rational person immediately thereafter shows or demonstrates his anger or displeasure over the use of a generic term.

Hence, it would be an inescapable truth that an irrational soul is the product of a disorderly mind that does not have an appropriate seat of reason, sound imagination, understands that there is good over evil, pseudo memory and malevolence.

On the other hand if these demonstrators claim to be literate and cultured they would in the first place never have carried out such dastardly acts just after Friday prayers. Even if there did prevail a contentious issue over which they were unhappy or had a grievance.

They could have acted in a divine or rational manner by preparing a memorandum stipulating their arguments against the issue with reason and wisdom, imagination and understanding, giving a logical explanation as to why the authorities should give attention to their grievance.

Now by their acts and malevolence, Malaysia has once again made news all over the world. This has compelled the United States of America to issue a "Travel Advisory" to its citizens, not to travel to East Malaysia.

Further, there seems to be a great deal of news on the alternate and print media all over the world which is of a negative nature. This negative news will no doubt have adverse affects on the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in our nation.

Malaysia has for sometime faced a "brain drain" situation where the best educated people, do not return to the country to serve, because of the governments discriminatory racial policies.

Now we are faced with a lack of FDI and soon we would have less income from our depleting oil reserves. Than, contrary to all matters being under control, there has been a flight of capital from both international and local investors, to greener pastures.

We as a nation of people are placing our hopes on the Pakatan Raykat(PR) to put things right in the near future on what the Barisan National and UMNO have not been able to do in their 52 years of rule.

But then the question that arises is, when will the Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) remove the rotten apple, that is, the Kulim-Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin from the party. Anwar, it is time that you take stock of the fanaticism of Zulkifli Noordin (ZN).

We have been a nation of tolerant people but it is people like ZN that cause great apprehension in our communities and our society at large. ZN by his fanaticism is knowingly attempting to tear up the social fabric of PKR and the supporting base of PKR.

The supporters of PR are endeavouring to move on with their lives and hope to make the change at the ballot box. But ZN does not seem to appreciate our patience. Whilst Khalid Samad (KS) has pragmatically aired out his views at various public gatherings that the 1988 enactment on non-Islamic religions was out dated, ZN is calling the police to take action against KS for purportedly ridiculing the Islamic institution.

The Star of 23.01.2010 reports that in response to ZN call KS has stated that "there is an Arabic saying that the dog barks but the caravan moves on. I am not going to respond to his emotionally driven comments. I am just a caravan but I did not say he is the dog."

This statement was made by KS after KS met the Sultan of Selangor who advised KS to avoid polemics, which in simple terms means avoid controversies.

We as a people of this nation have had a great deal of controversies thrown at us both from the print and alternate media.  But the time has come for our politicians to be taught that we need leaders who are ethical and thereon would demonstrate that they are morally experienced.

Therefore, Anwar, we have to make it known to you that PKR should have politicians who are not just moral persons who not only know what is the right course to take for the future well being of the party and the nation but they must choose it as well. As such every individual leader which includes ZN must accept their responsibility for their voluntary actions which will inevitably involve others.

Hence if ZN is not able to be the master of his faith he will not be the captain of his soul. Under that premise ZN would be a fool who would not make more out of the hereafter than he has made of this life. So maybe we should let barking dogs lie.

Attack against one faith is attack against all faiths

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 04:17 AM PST

A string of civil society groups in Malaysia have come out to strongly condemn the arson attempts on two suraus in Muar, Johor on 21 January.

No more food for boarding schools on weekends?

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 05:21 AM PST

I don't have much time to write for the time being as I am quite tight with my other personal errant jobs that I need to attend to for next few days.

Somehow I just scribble a bit as I am also too worried hearing complains from parents whose children are in the boarding schools country wide; who are apparently not served with food in the weekend.

It appears that all boarding schools nation wide are not opening up their kitchens and dining halls on Saturdays and Sundays and parents are asked to bring back their children home.

The reason is simple. The schools are not having enough funds to provide food and getting the students back to their parents and guardians is one way of addressing the issue.

For parents who have their children in the boarding school far from home now has to send pocket money for their children through their accounts to ensure that their children have enough food in the weekends.

Personally I don't have that problem as my children are grown up but I am concerned about the situation which directly implies that the government now is too poor even to maintain the most basic need of growing up children that is food.

The Education Ministry is unable to unravel the financial anguish and grief suffered by the schools and it touches the nerve of parents and I just cannot comprehend how the situation could have stretched to this extent.

This has never happened before in any country, even in economically poor rated nations but it happens here in Malaysia. We are creating another history.

The situation is already ridiculously unbearable and hurting but my prayer continues hoping for the news to be untrue.

Who is accountable for this happening? Where have all the money allocated for the students gone to?

We at witnessing the extremes; the other extreme we hear and see wives of Ministers and the big names spending shopping sprees in France, London and Middle East to the tune of millions of ringgit while on the other extreme we witness students having no more food on the weekends.

Why can't the government leaders sacrifice their first class travel and vacation? Why let the growing up children to undertake the sacrifice? Where is the fairness here?

Where is the point of reconciliation between this extreme? Can anyone enlighten these parents and the rakyat as a whole?

What happen to the big talks of transforming Malaysia to be fully industrialized nation?

What happen to the slogan of 'Rakyat didahulukan, pencapaian diutamakan'? How can we get the 'pencapaian' when we can't even give food for the students we sponsor?

I stop here as everyone can already anticipate and foretell the sequent of events following this ruinous environment without exertion.

I don't need to elaborate any further; I mean about the KPI of the government which has been widely talked about.

Thanks…………………………………………..Aspan Alias

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Posted: 15 Jan 2010 02:02 AM PST

Mahathir The War Monger: US preparing for attack on Iran

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 03:56 AM PST

NUKE ISRAEL FOR WORLD PEACE. Finishing Hitler's Job is not nice, but somebody has to do it !

Mahathir Mohamad

From The Official Iranian Government Propaganda News Service, PRESS TV

The former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned that the US is preparing to launch an attack on Iran with the help of Israel.

"Obama is preparing for a (military) offensive on Iran with the help of his ally, the Israeli regime," IRNA quoted Mohamad as writing on his weblog.

Mahathir said that President Barack Obama, who had received the Nobel Peace Prize, did not fulfill his promises regarding withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a pledge to close the Guantanamo prison.

Obama "has not even fulfilled one word of his promises," he said.

Mahathir went on to say that the US is expected to launch the war on Iran on the pretext that the Islamic Republic was seeking to build a nuclear bomb.

He said that the US will introduce "forged evidences" showing Iran aims to "start a nuclear war against the world."

Tel Aviv and Washington have never ruled out the possibility of a military strike against Iran, which is accused by the US, Israel and some European countries of aiming to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of its civilian nuclear program.

While categorically denying the allegations, Iran says it has the capability to ward off any attack on the country and has stressed that an Israeli or US strike would meet a 'decisive' response from Tehran.

Iran says its nuclear program is meant to meet the civilian needs of its people and is being pursued within the framework of international atomic agency regulations.

Mahathir also referred to Iraq that came under the occupation of the US and its allies on the pretext that the country has weapons of mass destruction — a claim which proved to be untrue.

He questioned "whether we could believe that the war against Iran will be because of its potential nuclear strike against the world?"

Malaysia: More rhetoric than reality on human rights

Posted: 21 Jan 2010 05:13 AM PST

The New York-based Human Rights Watch has found false promises and persistent human rights abuses in Malaysia in 2009. "The Malaysian government appears to be more interested in pursuing short-term political advantage than safeguarding rights," said it deputy Asia director.

Walkout SPDP..!!!

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 02:25 AM PST

Latest from SPDP :- Mawan has finally let it loose. At this afternoon SC meeting he has appointed Nelson Balang as the new SPDP Secretary General. The immediate reaction a walkout from 3 State YBs Slyvester Entri,Peter Nansian,Rosey yunus and 2 Federal Ministers including Jelaing Mersat who is Deputy Home Minister and Jacob Sagan Deputy Minister International trade plus 3 other Supreme Council Members.

A new party is not impossible as Jelaing is a Deputy Minister says another source who is really looking forward to further developments within the party. There is too much control by one person who seems to be pushing too much of the button. This is the resulting scenario. Seems the  Phoenix will take its legitimate place and it will not be too long as he makes his timely entrance but  the phone was interrupted aburptly with phone calls coming into audie61.

PKR “N52 and N53..??”

Posted: 23 Jan 2010 01:02 AM PST

These two seats N52 and N53 held by newly appointed Assistant Minister John Sikie anak Tayai and Joseph Mauh ak.Ikeh is seriouly under threat of being overun by PKR not so much by the machinery or the party but by the voters in the constituency. According to inside sources in PRS if these two are still maintained as Candidates in the next State Elections  this seat is as good as GONE. The truth is that the people are fedup with them and have put up with them over twenty years and thats enough  and new faces needs to given the choice to be candidates. HEAR ,HEAR ,HEAR NOW…"WHAT IS THE GROUND SWELL TELLING YOU..????

Tamin N52  has a total of 10900 registered voters 95 percent are Ibans while the rests are Malays and Chinese. Joseph Mauh prior to being elected as assemblyman was a headmaster for over twenty years. He is very well known amongst the locals for his humility and good peoples approach. But even with his personality this time round it will certainly be tested to the fullest as PKR has made inroads amongst the electorate in the area.

The source continued,"They just have had enough and are tired of the same old faces which has been preaching, telling and using the same tune of Politics. The NCR land issue will hit PRS hard and with landmark cases won by the landowners over the government it will be a major obstacle for Joseph Mauh.

If Joseph Mauh in N52 is under threat N53 under newly appointed Assistant Minister with 9417 registered voters will be no different.Kakus part of the selangau Parliamentary state seat is an Iban majority seat of 85 percent of the voters Iban 10 per cent Orang Ulu while the Remainder chinese and Malays. 

The people of this constituency depends very much on logging,sawmill activities and oil palm plantations for their income. Infrastruture and access to information communication technology( ICT) facilities is very poor and only about 1o percent of the population of Kakus benefits. The source said if the article written on N56 is anything to go by and reposted this will certainly be a wake up call too for these two incumbents. The quicksand and the traps in waiting will suck both of them up and PKR whoever they fields will benefit and will sit in the next DUN seating after the State elections. They have to make the unselfish choice for PRS and the State. PKR has indeed been watching these two seats with anticipation……………….

Earlier article:-PKR Sarawak"N56 Baleh…Will Tears Flow..??"

sarawak state seat 2006 breakdown 011208

It seems that 99.51 percent  of Iban voters in the 9731 Baleh Constituency will see a challenge forthcoming during the next State elections. In the last state elections Dr.Masing (President of Party Rakyat Sarawak) was challenged by Lucius Jimbun using the SNAP symbol but he truomphed quite easily.

The likes of strong man and party Presidents Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon( news flash:- A big surprise! Penang State Chief Minister has LOST!) and Sammy Vellu were soundly defeated in the 308 elections and James will be very wary of the threat that will be posed this time round from PKR. The divisional chief of PKR Ulu Rejang Frankie Bendindang is speculated to give James a "good fight" and touted to be the candidate favoured by PKR.

However the voters of Baleh thinks otherwise according to a survey conducted by Natasha and Joey of audie61 and team. The results indicate that the voters are in favour of another candidate who gave the BN a lot of sleepless nights in the last 308 elections.It was found out that he losts the lasts parliamentary seat as BN had the full machinery and also only the ENEMY FROM WITHIN  his own camp derailed his path to Parliament. He was an independant candidate then but if he is a PKR candidate surely Baleh will be an EXPLOSIVE SEAT.

According to a veteran voter and a local from Baleh in 1983 when James stepped in the world of politics he brought GOOD and BIG Hopes for the Ibans in Baleh. Dr.James is afterall a doctor of Philosophy and he graduated from the Australian National University Canberra. He also served as a senior research officer with SESCO(Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation) He has all the credentials to be helping and assisting all his fellow Ibans in the area.

Has he done sufficiently enough after two and half  decades as Assemblyman for the area? He has all the facilities within his reach and if he has done enough there would not be any more rumblings and disgruntled Ibans would they? This is what James envisage in his vision for the 2006 elections. If he is relected he will bring more infrastructure development and land development for large scale farming  and plantations in Baleh.

He will ensure all schools in the area are supplied by electricity as part of the plan to equip the schools with the necessary infrastructure and facilities to facilitate the promotion of the information and communications technology.As for roads,James said the first phase of the proposed 37 Km Kapit-Nanga Mujong-Baleh-Nanga Gat Road would be completed by 2007 while the second phase was due for completion by 2010.

Baleh being one of the remotest and biggest rural state constituencies James has done sufficently enough to stay in power for the last two and half decades but  they are still many oppostion voices harping on his failures to deliver as promised.  WHAT WAS PROMISED..?? WAS IT THE CHIEF MINISTERS SEAT.Hmmm.??

This is the very question now being asked in Baleh,'What other hopes has  James to deliver to the Ibans in Baleh.?" Will James be able to withstand the next challenge? Will they be tears flowing or champagne to reach his third decade? This audie61 picked up from an internet blog,"I suspect that in the subconscious psyche of many Sarawakians, they do not believe that opposition parties can defeat the BN in the state general election.

Will PKR stop the champagne flow for James as he looks forward to three decades of being a State Assemblyman or will this be a hurdle too far for James? We shall monitor N56 with interests and for now we shall leave it to the people of Baleh to see who is mosts suited to represent them in the State legislative Assembly.

Wawancara Khas YB Tn Hj Zulkifli Noordin Bhgn Akhir

Posted: 22 Jan 2010 11:26 PM PST

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.

Inilah dia bahagian terakhir wawancara khas saya bersama YB Tn Hj Zulkifli Noordin, Ahli Parlimen Kulim Bandar Baharu (PKR) yang telah berlangsung baru baru ini.

Hayatilah skan segala keterangan yang diberikan YB Zul tentang isu isu berbangkit semasa ini dan sebarluaskan lah rakaman rakaman video ini secara percuma.

Insya Allah akan saya mewawancara tokoh tokoh negara kita yang lain untuk mendapatkan pandangan mereka pula mengenai segala perkara perkara yang patut kita perbincangkan.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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