Monthly Archives: March 2009

Jerai PKR division dissolved, Kalai money oriented?

kalaiThe Jerai Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) division was dissolved today after more than 500 of its members, including its head, B.Kalaivanar, resigned.
Kalaivanar said they had lost confidence in the party leadership.

Kalaivanar, who was also the Kedah PKR Indian Community Development Committee chairman, said all the members who resigned would campaign for non-PKR candidates in the Selambau state by-election.

The by-election on April 7 will see a three-way fight among PKR’s S.Manikumar, the Barisan Nasional’s Datuk S.Ganesan and 13 independent candidates.

This Kalai guy really money minded ey?

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Beratus tidak selesa hidup dekat Pusat Pelupusan Sampah

KENINGAU: Beratus penduduk yang tinggal berhampiran dengan Pusat Pe-lupusan Sampah Keningau, mendakwa tidak hidup selesa berikutan kegagalan Majlis Daerah Keningau mengurus selia pusat itu dengan baik.

Pusat pelupusan sampah itu terletak di Bt. 11 Jln Sook, di suatu kawasan perbukitan yang dikelilingi kebun getah dan kelapa sawit penduduk.

Penduduk berkata, sampah yang tidak dilupuskan dengan serta-merta menerbitkan bau hanyir, yang mengganggu ketenteraman penduduk setempat.

Mereka mendakwa, bau hanyir itu menjadi perhatian jutaan lalat yang disyaki pembawa pelbagai jenis penyakit.

“Sampah dilonggokkan di sana-sini se-hingga berminggu-minggu,” jelas seorang penduduk.

Udara dalam lingkungan 5 km persegi turut dicemari bau hanyir, di samping kualiti air sebatang sungai berhampiran yang menjadi sumber kepada beratus penduduk di bahagian hilir turut terjejas.

Kira-kira dua tahun yang lalu, Majlis Da-erah Keningau mencadangkan pusat itu dijadikan terminal pengurusan sampah, dan sebuah kilang kitar semula akan didirikan di kawasan itu, namun sehingga sekarang ca-dangan itu masih menjadi tanda soal.

Jalan raya awam yang berharga ratusan ribu yang sepatutnnya untuk kemudahan penduduk setempat, turut mengalami kerosakan selepas ia menjadi laluan utama lori MDK atau kontraktor untuk membuang sampah ke kawasan itu.

Walaupun setakat ini tidak terdapat seba-rang kes jangkitan penyakit berjangkit, na-mun penduduk mendakwa keselesaan hidup mereka terjejas teruk sejak pusat pelupusan sampah itu wujud di situ.

Sehubungan dengan itu, penduduk merayu kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan agar mengurusselia pusat pelupusan sampah itu dengan baik, atau ia harus dipindahkan di kawasan yang tidak mengganggu keselesaan penduduk.

Pusat pelupusan sampah itu turut menjadi tumpuan pemburu besi buruk, menyaksikan sampah di pusat itu semakin berterabur.

Pengurusan MDK tidak dapat dihubungi untuk mendapatkan reaksi, disebabkan cuti pada hujung minggu.

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Tekong Filipina ditahan bawa pendatang tanpa izin

pti2SANDAKAN: Cubaan seorang tekong rakyat Filipina untuk membawa masuk enam pendatang tanpa izin melalui perairan Sandakan gagal apabila ditahan Pasukan Gerakan marin (PGM) di sini, kelmarin.

Kapal milik tekong itu yang berdaftar di Filipina dan terlibat dalam urusniaga tukar barang di sini dikesan membawa enam lelaki dari negara jiran itu ketika diperiksa anggota PGM berhampiran Pulau Berhala di sini pada kira-kira pukul 8 pagi.

Pegawai Pemerintah PGM Sandakan ASP Muhammad Sallam Spawi berkata tekong berusia dalam lingkungan 30-an itu ditahan mengikuti Seksyen 55 Akta Imigresen 1959/63 (Pindaan 2002).

“Kapal milik tekong berkenaan didapati membawa enam pendatang tanpa izin berusia 16 hingga 40 tahun dari Kagayan di Filipina,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini.

Beliau berkata kapal itu didapati menyalahguna kebenaran yang diberi untuk urusniaga tukar barang di sini.

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Batang Ai: Ho! Ho! Ho! The White-Haired One arrives…

santa-taibDue to climate chaos wreaking havoc to Santa’s North Pole winter detection system, he has mistakenly set out to balmy Asia way ahead of schedule.

Having been tipped off, my contact in Sarawak has been keeping an eye out for his early arrival. Hark, are those sleigh bells ringing? The ring-a-ling draws closer and then… with a mighty flourish, the sleigh draws into view and screeches to a halt. As the jolly White-Haired One, a huge sack of goodies slung over his shoulder, disembarks and bellows, “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, his band of cronies… er, I mean, faithful elves dances a jig.

It’s Santa and his elves bringing the politics of ‘instant noodles’ development to the good folks of Batang Ai.

taib-mRM2 million for Longhouses in Batang Ai
By Churchill Edward; Borneo Post; Sunday, March 29th, 2009

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=49427

Land titles

…Sarawak is conducting a census among people in the Batang Ai resettlement area to resolve the long-standing issue of land titles after they were displaced by the construction of the Batang Ai hydro-electric dam in 1982…(NST, 27 March 09)

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/National/2516060/Article/index_html

Projek RM60 juta bukan ‘mi segera’

Borneo Post, 26 Mar 09

Pelbagai projek di DUN Batang Ai sudah lama dirancang: Masing

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=49304

RM45 juta kos subsidi
Oleh Edwin Raoh, Borneo Post, 23 Mar 09

Jumlah tersebut adalah bagi seragamkan harga petrol dan diesel di Sarawak di bawah pelaksanaan Projek Komuniti Drumming

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=49152

Rural grants

“…federal government had allocated minor rural project (MRP) grants amounting to RM420,000 for Batang Ai…” (Borneo Post, 22 March 09)

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=49073

Road improvements

 

“…priority to tar-seal the 10km Batang Ai settlement area ring road and two other roads at a cost of RM42 million…” (Malaysian Insider, 15 March 09)

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/20428-bns-battle-royale-for-batang-ai

 

Fish breeding course

“…The next catfish breeding course will be held at Batang Ai Hilton Resort from March 23 to 25. It is targeted at community leaders from Batang Ai…” (Borneo Post, 20 March 09)

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=48980

 

PKR’s bad political maths
By Samuel Aubrey, Borneo Post; Thursday, March 19th, 2009

…Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang “…hands over RM345,000 in rebates to 692 outboard engine owners….”

…According to Jabu, Batang Ai can look forward to several  projects soon and these include building of new roads and upgrading of present roads which are estimated to cost in the region of RM12 million…

…These projects which include the RM5 million Batang Ai ring road, the resettlement road and the RM4 million Lubok Antu-Nanga Bulu road would be implemented  under the second stimulus package announced recently by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he added…

…Later, another ceremony to hand over cash rebates took place at Serubah, Lemanak which was also officiated by Jabu and attended by Masing.  They  also took the opportunity to introduce Mussen to the people there…

…In Serubah, 177 people received cash rebates totalling RM87,000…

…In total, there were 869 recipients and RM430,000 in total cash rebates were paid out in Lubok Antu, which was the first area in the state to receive this assistance….

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=48941

 

RM12 mln for roads in Batang Ai; project state’s priority: Masing
By Churchill Edward and Connie Banji; Borneo Post; Monday, March 16th, 2009

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=48821

Lubok Antu folk first to receive cash rebate
By Samuel Aubrey, BP; Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Outboard engine owners to get RM400,000 from scheme

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=48566

 

Lubok Antu folk to enjoy phone, Internet service soon
By Jacob Achoi; BP; Monday, March 9th, 2009

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=48499

 

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Pengundi Bukit Selambau masih dalam mood perubahan

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PENGARAH Pilihanraya KeADILan Negeri Kedah , Johari Abdul berkata rakyat khususnya para pengundi di Dun Bukit Selambau masih berada dalam mood perubahan selepas pilihanraya umum pada 8 mac lalu dan kemenangan berturut-turut Pakatan rakyat pada dua pilihanraya kecil di parlimen Permatang Pauh dan Kuala Terengganu.

“Kita hanya perlu hidupkan semula jentera dan ketengahkan isu-isu yang masih panas untuk mengekalkan kemenangan pada pilihanraya kecil ini,”ujarnya ketika ditemui di Bilik Gerakan jentera Pilihanraya di Sungai Lalang.

Menurut beliau yang juga merupakan Ahli parlimen Sungai Petani, para petugas Pakatan Rakyat telah tiba ke kawasan itu sejak pertengahan bulan mac dan kebangkitan anak muda dapat dilihat di markas-markas Pakatan rakyat.

“Ini tunjukkan fenomena baru selepas perhimpunan Umno, rakyat bangun secara mendadak menyatakan rasa kurang senang dengan proses peralihan kuasa yang berlaku dalam Umno dan kerajaan,”katanya.

Katanya, tindakan pihak pemerintah menghalang ceramah pilihanraya diadakan di kawasan awam sebagai mencabar kebebasan bersuara dan demokrasi. Jelasnya, tindakan itu menunjukkan kerajaan kini sedang dalam keadaan ketakutan dengan gelombang kebangkitan rakyat.

“Kita nak beritahu pemerintah, parti yang bertanding perlu sampaikan kepada pengundi apakah dokongan, manifesto dan halatuju parti untuk disebarkan kepada rakyat,”

“Bagaimana kita mahu menerangkan perkara ini kepada pengundi sekiranya kempen diterhad di tempat tertutup yang hanya boleh dihadiri beberapa orang, sedangkan ada lebih 34 ribu pengundi di luar sana?,”soalnya.

Menurut Johari, Ketua Polis Kedah yang mengeluarkan larangan itu seharusnya memberi kelonggaran untuk kempen tersebut diadakan di tempat awam bagi menghormati prinsip demokrasi pilihan raya.

“Bagi BN tidak ada masalah kerana media dikawal oleh mereka, tetapi bagi Pakatan Rakyat, bagaimana kita mahu sampaikan hasrat ini sedangkan permit penerbitan akhbar parti kita sendiri pun telah ditarik balik?,”soalnya..

Ujarnya, pilihanraya kecil N.25 Dun Bukit Selambau ini merupakan peluang kepada rakyat untuk membuat keputusan kerana pada akhirnya rakyat yang akan menentukan siapakah calon yang layak mewakili mereka.

“Rakyat bukan bodoh, 50 tahun kita merdeka dan rakyat kini sudah bijak untuk menilai dan membuat keputusan,”katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Johari menyeru kepada pengundi Dun Bukit Selambau supaya membuat pilihan yang tepat tentang calon yang bakal mewakili mereka dengan memilih calon keADIlan, S.Manikumar.

“Pengundi di sini dihidangkan dengan calon yang baik, mempunyai perwatakan dan pendidikan yang baik. Yang paling penting beliau orang muda yang mempunyai tenaga untuk memberi khidmat kepada rakyat,”katanya.

Berhubung tindakan FRU yang mengasari orang ramai pada satu majlis yang turut dihadiri ketua Umum KeADILan pada 23 mac lalu, Johari berkata Polis bertindak demikian atas arahan dari peringkat atasan dan ia sebagai satu percubaan untuk menghalang hak rakyat.

Menurutnya, tindakan Polis itu adalah keterlaluan apabila menggunakan kekerasan sedangkan permit bagi mengadakan ceramah itu sudah diluluskan.

“Polis tidak menggunakan hemah. Adalah tidak benar laporan yang mengatakan ceramah itu tidak ada permit. Permit telah dapat dan pihak penganjur telah dimaklumkan,”katanya

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Police seize PAS flags in Batang Ai

Sarawak’s Batang Ai state seat by-election will see a straight fight between the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Barisan Nasional. Former five-term MP for Lubok Antu, Jawah Gerang, of PKR is to face BN candidate Malcolm Mussen .

 

Johnny Chuat, an Iban blogger and publisher of an Iban magazine, who entererd the nomination centre at about 9am failed to submit his papers as an independent.

Coming out of the centre, he wore a PKR shirt and met his supporters, telling them to support Jawah Gerang.

There were some tense moments when objections were raised against the two candidates, but the returning officer, Nelson Mujah Girie overruled the objections and accepted both nominations.

The returning officer made the announcement at 11.30am.

batang ai nomination day 290309 02The large crowd estimated at 10,000 exchanged friendly taunting, but there were a few tense moments among the PKR supporters when the police started to seize PAS flags.

PKR Dominique Ng intervened and talked to a senior police officer. Later Ng told Malaysiakini that the police refused to allow PAS flags to be displayed at the field among the DAP and PKR crowd.

‘Dayakism in action’

The police told Ng that PAS was not a participating party in the by-election and according to the rules of the Election Commission, any party which was not involved should not be allowed to join the crowd displaying its flags.

Ng told the police that if that was the case, then SUPP, SPDP and PBB should also not be allowed to display their flags. But the police replied that they were parties in the Barisan Nasional, whereas Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was not a registerd body.

After a long argument, the police allowed the PAS contingent to join its partners, saying that it was all a miscommunication.

A former senior BN leader commented on the number of so many Dayak lawyers present at the nomination centre to support the PKR…it shows “Dayakism in action”.

Many ordinary Dayaks from professionals down to rural dwellers have taken a greater interest in the Dayaks’ political predicament while using PKR as the main vehicle to articulate their fears and hopes.

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Crowded Bkt Selambau – headache for BN and PR?

SUNGAI PETANI, March 29 – Just imagine, 15 candidates for one by-election. It’s unprecedented and the presence of the 13 independent candidates for the Bukit Selambau by-election weighs heavy on the minds of both the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and the Barisan Nasional (BN).

The record number of candidates – and the fact that many of them are disgruntled PKR members, both past and present – has brought a different dimension to the contest for the Kedah state seat.

However, PR leaders are confident that they hold a large enough lead on the ground to mathematically overcome whatever votes these independents may “steal.”

“Even if each candidate takes 100 votes, based on our 2,362-vote majority last year, we will still win. That is the formula,” Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak told The Malaysian Insider.

PR’s election director Azmin Ali added that voters would not back the independent candidates as those in rural areas have “been marginalised for the past 50 years, so they now need a strong leader.”

The PKR vice president added that if S. Manikumar wins, he would sit on the executive council by virtue of the fact that the previous incumbent V Arumugam vacated the post reserved for an Indian PKR assemblyman.

“So the people of Bukit Selambau will vote for him, as he can bring direct development to the area,” Azmin said.

But MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek said that the high number of independent candidates would affect PKR adversely, although BN will also have to struggle with anti-MIC sentiments among the Indian community.

“Most of the independent candidates are disgruntled PKR men who are unhappy with their candidate,” echoed MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

He added that Indians here were “overwhelmingly happy” with Datuk S. Ganesan, an MIC central working committee member, citing the support he received when he attended a function last night attended by 1,200 Indians.

However, eyewitness reports said that Samy Vellu was forced to leave the event after 10 minutes because he was booed aggressively by the crowd.

Judging by the head count of supporters, Azmin would seem to have a case, as the 5,000-strong group accompanied by a lion dance troupe waving PKR, Pas and DAP flags cheered boisterously for “Reformasi!”

Barisan Nasional’s 2,000-strong camp was dominated by the baju kurung of Wanita Umno and supported by Malay percussion instruments.

Deputy Election Commission chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar pointed out to police that using musical instruments on nomination day was an election offence and requested that they “advise the supporters to stop” but the supporters kept banging on.

PR supporters engaged in a battle to see who could be louder not with their BN counterparts, but with a police helicopter which whirled incessantly overhead.

The only undesirable incident was when Samy got caught up in a war of words with some PKR supporters, but police quickly moved in to break up the situation.

With over 100 riot police supported by FRU personnel, supporters did well to keep within their allotted areas.

BN election director for Bukit Selambau Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was visited by Azmin at the BN tent and both agreed to a clean and fair campaign.

“No provocation and no violence,” they said and shook on the deal with Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, MCA vice president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Pas information chief Mahfuz Omar as witnesses.

The first to arrive this morning was Husaini Yaacob, who was bright and early at 7am. By the time nominations began at 9am, 10 independents and Manikumar were in the centre, but Ganesan was still waiting with the BN ranks for Samy Vellu and Hishammuddin to arrive.

The 10 independents included Radzi Md Lazim, a last-minute candidate who said he was a PKR Baling division chief up to 2007, turning the 14-way fight into a 15-way contest.

But Ganesan and the three independents all managed to show up by 9.45am, 15 minutes before nominations closed.

It included A. Jayagopal, whose PKR membership was suspended when he declared that he would contest Bukit Selambau.

He arrived and spoke to reporters in English, Hokkien and Tamil and even sang in Mandarin.

“I am very close to MB Azizan but I do not want an exco post. I just want to help the poor people who do not even have clean drinking water,” he said before going on with more details about himself to the point that reporters told him to hurry into the nomination centre.

At noon, returning officer Datuk Abdullah Mat Akhir announced that nine objections were received and rejected, confirming that 15 candidates would take part in the historic by-election.

While Manikumar will run under the PKR flag, and Ganesan the BN scales, the other 13 selected various logos such as a rooster, an alarm clock, an aeroplane and a fish.

The battle for the April 7 polls is expected to be fierce, with more than just a state seat at stake.

It is seen as a referendum on the relevance of MIC and forms part of a triple header that will reflect the acceptance of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s newly-minted leadership of BN.

It will also see how the rakyat is responding to the PR administration in Kedah with a series of recent scandals afflicting the coalition’s state governments in Penang, Perak, Selangor and also here in Kedah.

PR look set to ignore a ban on open-air ceramahs reportedly issued by state police with Azizan saying that “the only black and white on that is the newsprint from the media reports.”

BN, on the other hand, is riding on the new leadership of Umno. Vice president Hishammuddin said that “the process of returning support to BN has already begun with the new Umno line-up.”

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