Thursday, March 31, 2011

Weather forecast: Tsunami in Sarawak to sweep BN away

A political tsunami is expected to rock Sarawak in the impending elections as Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s dirty linen has been washed in public too many times for voters to ignore.

“The rakyat are responding well to us. We are confident we will at least deny BN a two-thirds majority – at least 36 seats. The news of Taib’s squandering, the Bible issue and the Penan rapes will not go down well for him during the elections,” PKR MP for Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin told Malaysia Chronicle.

The candidate set to contest against Taib himself in his stronghold is a woman, whom Zuraida said she hopes will put Taib to shame for his “rotten” treatment of ladies. She referred to the Chief Minister’s treatment of a female candidate in the previous election, where his bodyguards tried to physically block her.

Apart from the political slap in the face such a move was meant to be, PKR leaders also said it was meant pre-empt any undue and overly-harshly harassment against the Pakatan candidate by Taib and his men.

“We hope Taib will be more circumspect when he and his gang campaign against our candidate. If he wants to be rough and resort to violence, that’s his problem but we warn him it will backfire and expose him even more as a dark force that Sarawakians must reject at all costs,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

Riding the wave of anger
The anger of people over land issues among other things gives this elections an upbeat atmosphere said Pakatan’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

“Sarawakians are very angry with Taib, mostly over land issues and this puts BN in a very tight spot. For Pakatan, we are riding on the wave of the best elections mood so far,” said Fuziah.

However, they have to watch out for BN’s tactic of offering goodies to voters, especially those from semi-rural and rural areas.

Sarawak voters who were mostly below the poverty line are very dependent on the financial aid given to them and susceptible to BN’s tactics. BN might even be willing, to amend policies, to make the hopeful she said, adding this campaign proves to be a challenge for the Opposition as the duration is very short and logistics are tough.

“The Ibans and Dayaks are very loyal people. They will not ride on boats bearing BN flags to transport them to polling stations if they are Pakatan supporters. Since it is very difficult for us to get our boats inside, they will wait and wait until elections are over,” she quipped.

According to Fuziah, sentiments are high but it was difficult, to translate sentiments to votes, to predict how Pakatan will perform this season.

Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution said PKR will be announcing the seat allocations and the 10 to 12 focus areas, which it considers to be winnable. The identity of Taib’s contender will be confirmed, today, in the presence of PKR top guns in Kuching.

“They think they can fool people, especially those who live in the rural areas in Sarawak because of their poor living conditions. But what now, the relevant issue, related to these people is the land exploitation,” he told Malaysia Chronicle.

This was said in reference to Nazri Aziz’s comments that handouts and goodies in the form of financial assistance, to voters during elections cannot be considered as corruption. He has never before seen such a blatant misuse of government funding, Saifuddin said.

Tipping the scale for BN
Known to be the largest electorate in the state, Dayak voters accounted for 41 percent or 401,716 registered voters, followed by Chinese voters at 31 percent (303,737) and Malay/Melanau at 28 percent (274,343), it would be interesting to know if the Dayak will tip the scale in favour of Sarawak BN with the dirty laundry that is being washed.

As the smallest number, the Melanau was given the chance to lead when the Dayak was the one who should have led the state. Being rural voters, the Dayak community, is a challenge for the Opposition to break from the BN and get them to favour them. Thus far they have held 29 seats from the 71 state constituencies.

Having a loyal mindset they feel let down on the extent to which the government was able to develop rural projects and settling their traditional rights, which will determine the loyalty votes.

Political analysts believe BN would be able to retain most of the seats but in some areas it would find it difficult to defend the seats due to the delay in providing the much needed development in an area.

The Opposition could also play up the thorny native customary rights like the NCR land title ownership, to convince the people but it maybe too difficult for them. Some areas like Ba”kelalan, Balai Ringin or even Kedup are the “grey” areas the BN was predicted to have a tough time. Effective strategy to win the hearts and minds of the people had been providing clean water, tarred roads and electricity supply, now read as the Internet, to connect the towns and villages.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior political science lecturer Dr Ahi Sarok told Bernama “It is safe for me to say that in some areas, the opposition will make significant inroads but not enough to win and in some Dayak-majority areas, the majority will be reduced.”

As far as the NCR land issue was concerned, he said, the question was whether the land owners were being paid compensation by the government based on the market value, including the Bidayuh villagers affected by the Bengoh dam project near here.

Dr Ahi said the issuance of NCR land titles on areas not affected by land acquisition for development purposes would have some positive impact, especially among the state BN coalition while the opposition might exploit the provisional native customary rights (NCR) land lease issue to their own advantage.

For Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) president Dusit Jusit, “Land issue is the heart of all issues.” A lot of rationalisation needed to be done depending on how effective both sides could penetrate these affected areas to resolve and rectify the issue.

It is commonly known the Sarawak Land Ordinance was utilised under the reason of development for the state government to seize, NCR land and allow companies to carry out plantation projects and logging related activities without the owners permission. However, Taib’s leadership did take measure to implement the perimeter survey for NCR land under the New NCR Initiative of the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).

“Sentiment is one thing but translating it into votes is another thing,” Dusit, adding the people were better educated nowadays besides having access to information.

The youth was exposed to the world, where a lot of self and national developments motivated people globally especially in the political sphere. This bodes well for them to make informed decision when it comes time to exercise the right of freedom, to vote according to their conscience and liking.

Nominations have been set for April 6, and polling on April 16. The dissolved Sarawak state legislative assembly has 71 seats with BN winning 63 seats through Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) (35), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) (12), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) (8) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) (8).

Opposition party DAP has six seats while Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) account for one each. – Malaysia Chronicle

Opposition resolves Sarawak seat allocations

Opposition resolves Sarawak seat allocations
Hemananthani Sivanandam

KUALA LUMPUR (March 28, 2011): Pakatan Rakyat’s Sarawak state leadership has finalised allocation of most of the 71 seats for the upcoming state polls, but 23 overlapping claims are still under discussion.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said DAP and PAS have been given 15 and five seats, respectively.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali confirmed that PKR would be contesting at least 24 seats while discussions on the overlapping 23 seats with Sarawak National Party (SNAP) are ongoing.

SNAP thus far has announced its intention to field 27 candidates to contest in the state election. Azmin added that there are no disputes in four seats which will be contested by SNAP .

“PKR and SNAP have overlapping interest to contest in 23 seats. These seats are Iban majority seats,” said Azmin in a press conference after the Pakatan leadership council meeting in Parliament today.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man were also present.

The division of the 23 overlapping seats is based on “winnability” and acceptance factor of the candidates.

“If SNAP can come up with stronger candidates, then we will be more than happy to allow SNAP to represent that particular constituency,” said Azmin.

He said although SNAP will be contesting in four seats, the PR leadership council has not endorsed it yet as negotiations are ongoing.

He added that Pakatan wants to finalise the whole process before the seats are endorsed.
He did not reveal the names of the seats, adding that an official announcement will be made at the end of the month in Kuching.

Azmin said the negotiations with SNAP are based on the premise that it will continue to work with and for Pakatan.

He added that negotiations with SNAP adviser Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem and secretary-general Stanly Jugoh have been “warm”.

Anwar said state-level discussions were held before the seat allocations were confirmed by the Pakatan top leadership.

“It was a lengthy process at the state level. We are proud as there has been a lot of patience in dealing with the different issues that were resolved,” he added.

Nomination for the 10th Sarawak state election is on April 6 while polling has been set for April 16.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

23 Mei 2010 tarikh keramat, Pelancaran DHPP Peringkat Kebangsaan

Saturday, May 1, 2010
23 Mei 2010 tarikh keramat, Pelancaran DHPP Peringkat Kebangsaan

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Kuala Lumpur 1 Mei 2010 - Kelab Penyokong PAS selepas ini dikenali Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS mulai 23 hb Mei 2010 nanti, ia adalah sebahagian dari usaha susulan parti sebagai satu pengiktirafan tertinggi terhadap sokongan bukan Islam terhadap Parti PAS

Masyarakat di seluruh dunia dan Malaysia sedang menunggu dengan penuh debaran dan penuh perhatian akan kelahiran Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP) ini dengan penuh debaran dan seribu pertanyaan bagaimana keajaiban boleh berlaku dimana puluhan ribu masyarakat non-muslim di seluruh negara boleh bersetuju untuk masuk kesebuah Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS)

Bagi yang terlibat menjayakan Pelancaran Dewan ini "You are part of history making".

Orang kuat disebalik pelancaran ini ialah Penasihat Program, YB Dr Mujahid, Pengarah Program, YB Dr Halimah Ali, Pengurus Event, YB Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, Setiausaha, Pn Hajjah Kamariah Naris, Bendahari, YB Dr Ahmad Yunus Khairi, YB M. Zainuddin Mohd Yusof, YB Firdaus Jaafar, AJK Lajnah Perpaduan Nasional BPPNS (selaku tuan rumah), AJK LPN PAS Pusat, AJK LPN DMPP, AJK LPN DPPP, KPP, En Hu Pang Chow, En. Balasubramaniam, LPN PAS Kota Raja, Klang dan Shah Alam..

PAS pusat telah meluluskan perlembagaan khusus bagi sayap baru itu dengan Majlis Pelancaran akan dilakukan oleh YB Dato Seri Hj Abd Hadi Awang, Presiden PAS bertempat di Dewan Serbaguna Majlis Daerah Tanah Klang bermula jam 8.30 pagi hingga 2.00 petang.

Kira-kira 1000 orang jemputan akan hadir dalam majlis yang penuh gilang gemilang dan bersejarah ini. Para Perwakilan terdiri dari semua Ahli Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, semua Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN PAS, Perwakilan negeri terdiri dari LPN dan KPP. Surat-surat jemputan kepada para perwakilan akan dikeluarkan oleh AJK Panitia Pelancaran Pn Hajjah Kamariah merangkap Setiausaha LPN PAS Pusat.

AJK Panitia Pelancaran DHPP bermesyuarat di Pejabat PAS pusat di Pengerusikan oleh Pengarah Program YB Dr Halimah Ali, turut hadir YB Dr, Siti Mariah, Dr Ahmad Yunus, YB Zainudin, Hu Pan Chow, Balasubramaniam, Vincent Lee serta AJK LPN BPPNS.

Kelab Penyokong PAS terdiri daripada lebih 20,000 ahli daripada kaum India, Cina, Siam dan Iban. Ia ditubuhkan pada tahun 2004.

Pengerusi Lajnah Perpaduan Nasional PAS Pusat Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa memberitahu, usaha mengiktiraf ‘kehadiran’ penyokong bukan Islam dalam bentuk “dewan” akan membolehkan mereka menjadi pemerhati khas dalam muktamar.

Mujahid berkata, perlembagaan induk membolehkan parti itu mewujudkan jawatankuasa atau dewan baru tanpa melibatkan pindaan pada perlembagaan induk PAS.

“Ini langkah awal untuk mengiktiraf penyokong-penyokong bukan Islam dalam PAS. Malah ini juga langkah susulan mengiktiraf selepas Kelab Penyokong PAS diwujudkan,” katanya.

Draf perlembagaan Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS, kata beliau, telah tiga kali dibincangkan di peringkat jawatankuasa pusat PAS dan telah diterima untuk diguna pakai.

Draf itu membolehkan Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS ditubuhkan di peringkat pusat, negeri dan kawasan.

“Tetapi tiada Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS peringkat cawangan,” katanya.

Mengulas lanjut mengenai ketiadaan hak mengundi, Mujahid yang juga anggota jawatankuasa pusat PAS berkata, peruntukan itu memerlukan pindaan pada perlembagaan induk parti yang kelulusan Pendaftar Pertubuhan juga akan mengambil masa yang lama.

Bagaimanapun apabila usaha terbaru ini diterima ramai langkah meminda perlembagaan induk akan dilakukan dalam jangka panjang, tambah beliau.

“Kami hendak menjalankan perubahan secara berperingkat-peringkat,” katanya.


* Penaung & Perasmi : YB Dato Seri Tuan Guru Hj Abd Hadi Awang, Presiden PAS.
* Penasihat : YB Dr Mujahid Yusuff Rawa
* Pengarah Program : YB Dr Halimah Ali
*Timbalan Pengarah : En Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamal, En Hu Pan Chow, En Balasubramaniam, En M. Shahriezan.
* Setiausaha : Pn Hajjah Kamariah bt Naris
* Penolong S/U : En Muslim Ismail
* Bendahari : YB Dr Ahmad Yunus Khairi
* Pendaftaran : AJK LPN DMPP & AJK LPN DPPP
* Tugas-tugas khas : En B. Balendran
* Jemputan : Pn Hajjah Kamariah & En Muslim
* Protokol : YB Zainudin Yusof & YB Firdaus Jaafar
* Event Manager : YB Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud
* Banner, Bunting
& Backdrop : En Razif Maslan (Kota Raja)
* T-Shirt Koporat : En Sujak (Kapar) & En. Razif (Kota Raja)
dan Imej
* Montaj & Gimik Pelancaran : En Shamsul & Adly Zahari
* Cenderahati : Dr Hamzah Jaafar
* Unit IT & Video : En Sujak, En Zul, En Shamsul Bharin
* Persiapan Tempat : En Razif Maslan (Kota Raja)
* Pengerusi Majlis : En. Prasad Hanif
* Persembahan : Citrawarna 3 budaya : LPN Shah Alam
* Jamuan : Pagi : En Azmi (Kota Raja), Tengahari : Jasni, LPN Klang
* Jasamu dikenang : YB Dr Mujahid
* Sidang Akhbar : YB Salehuddin Ayob

Disediakan oleh : En.Razif Maslan, Sekretariat Parlimen Kota Raja, merangkap AJK Panitia Pelancaran Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP)
Posted by Sekretariat Parlimen Kota Raja at 11:43 PM

Friday, April 30, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pengerusi DAP Sarawak calon Pakatan Rakyat di Sibu

27 April 2010
Pengerusi DAP Sarawak calon Pakatan Rakyat di Sibu

12 Jamadil Awal 1431H.

SIBU: Pengerusi DAP Sarawak yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Bukit Assek, Wong Ho Leng (gambar), diumumkan sebagai calon DAP untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Sibu.

Pengumuman rasmi calon DAP itu dilakukan Setiausaha Agungnya, Lim Guan Eng, pada majlis makan malam di Good Happiness Restaurant di sini, sebentar tadi.

Dicatat oleh DRS. KHALIL IDHAM LIM di 10:18 PM

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Malaysia's opposition alliance puts house in order

Malaysia's opposition alliance puts house in order

Wednesday, 04 November 2009 18:26
By EILEEN NG, Associated Press

Malaysia's three key opposition parties moved to formalize their coalition despite ideological differences by officially registering their alliance, senior officials said Wednesday.

The move comes as the three-party People's Alliance seeks to bolster unity and to counter populist measures instituted by Prime Minister Najib Razak to revive support for his ruling coalition since taking power in April.

The People's Alliance was first formed as a loose coalition among the multiracial People's Justice Party, the leftist and Chinese-based Democratic Action Party, and the religion-based Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party to compete in general elections last year.

It proved to be a winning formula when it captured more than one-third of parliamentary seats and gained control of several key states, handing the worst-ever electoral results to the National Front coalition, which had governed the country since 1957.

Tian Chua, a senior member of the People's Justice Party, said the People's Alliance submitted an application Tuesday to the Registrar of Society to become a formal coalition.

"This is a big step forward. It will make us more organized and structured" ahead of the next general elections in 2013, he told The Associated Press. Once approved, the alliance will call for a special meeting to elect its office bearers, he said.

It was not clear how long it will take to get the registrar's approval.

Another party official, who declined to be named, said the People's Alliance proposed the emblem of a rising sun, signaling a new dawn for the country as it seeks to unseat Najib's National Front coalition.

The move will be a moral booster for the opposition alliance beset by ideological spats, especially between the Democratic Action Party and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who heads the alliance, was instrumental in bringing the three disparate parties together. But the alliance began to strain when some top members of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party began talking about uniting with the United Malays National Organization, the main component of the National Front.

The move threatened to split the opposition, but the Islamic party agreed last week to shut the door to any attempt for such talks.

Still, the People's Alliance faces a tough task in countering Najib who has taken steps to reach out to ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities that have long complained of racial discrimination and corruption.Najib has liberalized selected aspects of the services sector to tackle the economic slowdown. Last month, he also instituted radical reforms on the way leaders are elected in his ruling Malay party to make it more democratic.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009