Sabtu, 15 Mei 2010

PRK Sibu : Najib dishes out more money as race tightens..big money..big money...fuyooo...!!! MACC..?? AC..???

SIBU, May 15 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak made an 11th-hour appearance tonight on the stump here with the race for tomorrow’s Sibu by-election vote a dead heat. Making a last-minute pitch in a DAP stronghold, he announced an allocation of RM5 million for flood-mitigation projects in Rejang Park.
The announcement came just three hours before the campaign period for the by-election ends.
“I want to make a deal with you. Can we have an understanding or not?” Najib asked some 1,000 people who attended a public rally at the residential area.
“The understanding is quite simple. I help you, you help me,” said the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.
BN’s Robert Lau Hui Yew is contesting against Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Haron in the by-election.
“If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared,” Najib told the all-Chinese audience.
Najib decided to make a final-day appearance after BN campaign reports suggested the DAP had closed the gap on the ruling coalition’s initial lead in the race.
In Election 2008 the DAP won more than 60 per cent of the Chinese votes.
The community form about 67 per cent of the 54,659 voters in Sibu.
‘I help you, you help me,’ Najib tells the crowd at the ceramah tonight, May 15, 2010. — Picture by Jack Ooi
“Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,” he told the crowd. The campaign stop is the most populated residential area in Sibu, home to about 15,000 voters.
Najib also defended the move to dish out goodies to the voters during the by-election campaign.
“I came a few days ago and I felt like Chinese New Year because I have been giving out ang pows,” he said.
“But it is not because of by-election, but because we are listening to you,” said Najib.
During his last visit to Sibu early this week, Najib presented financial allocations of RM15 million to Sibu Chinese schools.
Najib said his announcements of financial allocations were not empty promises as could be proven in Hulu Selangor.
During the Hulu Selangor by-election last month Najib had also made a surprise visit to the Chinese-dominated areas of the constituency.
In the short visit he announced financial allocations of more than RM3 million for a Chinese school and two cultural organisations at a new village.
Despite the financial pledges, BN obtained fewer than 30 per cent of the Hulu Selangor Chinese votes but won the contest with the support from Malay and Indian votes.

PRK Sibu : A big push for BN from Najib's final pitch

By Pushparani Thilaganathan
SIBU: News of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s meeting tonight with the Malay/Melanau community has upped Barisan Nasional’s support in the Nangka constituency.
Until late yesterday, the 5,470 voters here were peeved with Najib for ignoring them during his last trip.
Najib’s dismissal of the fringe community, which was hardly a distance from the Tua Pek Kong Chinese temple which he visited, was the final straw for an already angry community.
The Nangka constituents are furious with state assemblyman Awang Bemen over his inefficiency and conveyed this to Najib’s legmen yesterday.
Following ground reports, Najib was advised to return immediately and forestall a plunge in the Malay/Melanau support, which PAS has been actively canvassing.
Meanwhile, the situation in the Chinese community too has improved. BN is now looking at 42% support, according to an intelligence source.
“It’s a relief... at least we’re clear,” said the source.
There is much pressure on Najib to win more than a 5,000 vote majority here.
Some 2,537 postal voters have already been cast , comprising 1,910 military and 627 police personnel.
'Money in your hour of need'
Pakatan remains confident of its support among the Chinese, Malay/Melanau and Sarawak Bumiputeras.
BN is facing its toughest ever challenge in 24 years to retain its grip on the Sibu parliamentary seat as a consolidated Pakatan Rakyat coalition systematically chews into its vote pool.
Tonight sees the top leaders of both BN and Pakatan in Sibu running parallel gatherings.
Earlier today, two schools and four churches confirmed receiving funds totalling RM1.7 million as promised by Najib.
Boats ferrying BN’s little “Napoleons” armed with “goodies” have been whizzing up and down the Rejang river.
Each longhouse, Chief Minister Taib Mahmud had reportedly, said would receive RM600.
There are 110 longhouses in 13 villagers here boasting just over 10,000 votes.
Said a Pakatan insider: “It’s the final hours that we most fear… and money in your hour of need.”

PRK Sibu : Najib in last-minute push for Sibu vote...ayooo...problem maa....!!

SIBU, May 15 — Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak took to the ground tonight to campaign for Robert Lau Hui Yew in a close race for tomorrow’s Sibu by-election.
Girls danced on stage to warm up the crowd at the Chinese-majority areas of Rejang Park and Capetown Sibu near the town centre ahead of the prime minister’s arrival this evening.
Both areas are said to be DAP strongholds and the party is expected to win the majority of the Chinese votes there.
DAP national leaders Lim Kit Siang and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng were joined by coalition partners Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in their own last-minute pitch to the Sibu voters.
In Election 2008, DAP won more than 60 per cent of the Chinese votes. The community form about 67 per cent of the 54,659 Sibu voters.
Najib will leave for Kuala Lumpur just before midnight. Officials said his presence could tilt the votes in the ruling coalition’s favour.
In the Hulu Selangor by-election last month, Najib had also made a surprise visit to the Chinese-dominated areas of the constituency.

A dancer warms up the crowd at a Barisan Nasional ceramah in Rejang Park ahead of Najib’s visit later tonight, May 15, 2010. — Picture by Jack Ooi
In the short visit he announced financial allocations of more than RM3 million for a Chinese school and two cultural organisations at a new village. Despite the financial pledges, BN obtained less than 30 per cent of the Hulu Selangor Chinese votes but won the contest with the support from Malay and Indian votes.
During his last visit to Sibu early this week, Najib presented financial allocations of RM15 million to Sibu’s Chinese schools.
He also attended the Tua Pek Kong festival celebration and became the first prime minister to attend a celebration in honour of a Chinese deity.
Just last night, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud announced the downward revision of land premium renewal rates involving residential, commercial and agricultural property throughout the state.
The move was seen as another attempt to win the largely Chinese Sibu urban voters.
Previously, land premium was calculated based on a certain percentage of the land market value.
Campaigning for the Sibu by-election will end at midnight today and the 54,659 voters will cast their ballots beginning tomorrow morning.
Lau is running against state DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Haron in the by-election.

PRK Sibu : Kempen Super Saturday PR meriah



Ketegangan yang berlaku di sesi ceramah di Kampung Bandong malam tadi, Sibu kecoh sekali lagi di hadapan Paramount Hotel apabila sekumpulan anak muda bermotosikal membuat bunyi bising dan mengganggu kempen Pakatan Rakyat.
Wartawan kami yang berada di tempat kejadian berkata kira-kira 50 pemuda bermotosikal berlegar-legar di kawasan itu dan membuat bunyi bising bagi mengganggu ceramah.
Anehnya, tindakan provokasi itu dilakukan oleh sekumpulan penunggang yang membawa bendera Barisan Nasional (BN).
Sukar dipastikan kumpulan itu benar-benar penyokong BN yang sengaja mencari gaduh ataupun sekumpulan remaja nakal yang sengaja menimbulkan provolasi bagi mewujudkan polemik.
Tidak mustahil juga ia mungkin provokasi untuk menagih simpati. Lebih-lebih lagi kempen PR di kawasan masyarakat Iban di Sungai Rassau di sebelah siang tadi ditolak mentah-mentah oleh majoriti penduduk rumah panjang.
Kumpulan blogger yang mengikut rombongan Anwar Ibrahim terkejut apabila cuma sekitar 20 orang menunggu Ketua Pembangkang itu.
Tuai Rumah kemudian memberitahu rombongan PR bahawa pihaknya tidak dapat membenarkan sesi ceramah diadakan kerana mereka merupakan penyokong setia BN.
Suasana menjadi riuh rendah, kerancakan kempen Super Saturday PR itu kembali memuncak apabila Pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh tiba sekitar jam 8.45 malam lalu diusung ke atas pentas untuk berucap. 

PRK Sibu : "Jangan lupa undi DAP"-Nik Aziz

KOTA BHARU, 15 Mei: Biar pun tinggal beberapa jam lagi lebih 54,000 pengundi di Sibu akan membuang undi, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat mengingatkan mereka jangan lupa mengundi calon DAP. 

"Saya minta semua pengundi undi calon DAP. Ini kerana DAP sekarang berada bersama PAS dan KeADILan dalam Pakatan Rakyat.
"Orang PAS dari seluruh negara datang membantu kempen di Sibu biar pun habis duit dan tenaga tak apa asalkan dapat berkhidmat kepada Islam.
"Jadi saya minta rakyat Sarawak di Sibu tolong undi calon Pakatan iaitu DAP. Di mana sahaja ada calon PAS, undi PAS. Kalau tidak ada calon PAS undi calon PKR, dan kalau tidak ada calon PKR undi DAP," katanya di sini.
Pertarungan akhir mempertahankan parlimen Sibu menyaksikan hampir seluruh menteri turun berkempen termasuk di rumah panjang dan kampung Melayu dan Melanau.
Mereka membawa bersama janji-janji pembangunan yang ditabur ke seluruh pelusuk bumi Sibu.
Berdasar kepada gerak kerja tersebut kelihatan Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) berdepan suasana sukar untuk mempertahankan kerusi tersebut bagi penggal ke enam.
Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Mursyidul Am PAS berkata, perubahan yang ketara berlaku kepada kepemimpinan DAP sekarang di mana mereka lebih terbuka dan bersikap intelektual.
Menurutnya dahulu DAP tidak mahu mendampingi PAS kerana perjuangan Islam yang dibawa, namun sekarang mereka sudah faham.
"Sekarang pemimpin PAS dan DAP boleh berceramah bersama. Ketika ceramah saya sebut tentang Islam dari aspek ekonomi, sosial dan semua sudut kehidupan berpaksikan Islam.
"Dan alhamdulillah mereka terima. Apa sahaja perkara yang tidak faham mereka tanya kami. Pemimpin DAP sekarang kebanyakan intelektual, berpelajaran dan berfikiran terbuka. Sekarang ramai pemimpin DAP sebut Assamualaikum," katanya.
Kata beliau situasi itu berlaku sebagaimana Nabi Muhammad saw pernah meminta orang Yahudi berkerjasama dengan orang Islam di Madinah.
Kalau ada musuh yang menentang Yahudi Nabi Muhammad saw akan membantu Yahudi. Dan kalau ada musuh menentang Islam di Madinah Nabi Muhammad meminta Yahudi datang membantu.
Beliau menjelaskan dahulu DAP menentang kerjasama dengan PAS kerana mereka tidak faham Islam.
Kata beliau usahkan DAP, Melayu Umno pun marah kepada PAS kerana memperjuangkan Islam sehingga didakwa boleh menimbulkan pecah belah dan tiada kemajuan.
Menurutnya pemimpin DAP sekarang mendengar sendiri mengenai Islam daripada pemimpin PAS dan tidak lagi terpengaruh tindakan pemimpin Umno memburukkan Islam.
Beliau yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, Islam memberi kebebasan kepada penganut agama lain mengamalkan ajaran mereka.
"Kita hanya terang tentang agama Islam dan kalau mereka tidak mahu terima itu hak mereka. Saya juga banyak menerima kunjungan paderi dan sami datang ke pejabat.
 "Malah saya pergi kepada wat Buddha di Tumpat. Saya sebut Tuhan hanya satu ialah Allah. Semua agama melarang perbuatan mungkar seperti judi, zina dan rogol.
"Ini sudah menggambarkan ada titik pertemuan di antara kami dengan agama lain," ujarnya.
Beliau menyifatkan kejayaan besar hasil dakwah di Kelantan apabila orang bukan Islam tidak lagi marah kepada PAS.

PRK Sibu : NAJIB KE SIBU KALI KETIGA, ISYARAT BN DALAM NAZAK


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Najib diberitakan bertandang ke Sibu untuk kali ketiga hari ini, iaitu hari terakhir sebelum pengundian esok.

Biasanya bila Najib turun sehingga ke saar akhirnya petandanya BN berada dalam nazak. Jika tidak masakan Najib terpaksa dan sanggup turun ke Sibu setelah memberikan habuan dan sogokan kepada pengundi Sibu 2 kali sebelum ini

BN sebenarnya masih takut kepada bayang-bayang sendiri lebih-lebih lagi BN masih sangsi dengan pendirian pengundi Cina. Bagi memastikan sokongan rakyat kembali kepada BN maka Najib terpaksa bersusah payah turun sekali lagi untuk mempengaruhi rakyat.

Namun begitu pemerhati politik masih belum dapat memastikan samada rakyat berketurunan Cina akan menyokong BN atau DAP/PR. Ini kerana dari pengamatan mereka pengundi Cina kelihatan lebih berpihak kepada DAP tetapi ianya belum tentu diterjemahkan ke dalam peti undi.

Kita tunggu esok. Apa yang pasti Najib sebenarnya secara tidak langsung mengakui BN dalam keadaan nazak sebab itu beliau turun buat kali ketiga hari ini.

PRK Sibu : Pemenang Sibu sukar diramal, tapi BN berpeluang

ANALISIS, 15 Mei — Berdasarkan pengalaman masa lalu Perdana Menteri jarang turun berkempen dalam pilihan raya kecil masa-masa lalu. Bagaimanapun kelainan dapat dilihat ketika di Hulu Selangor bulan lalu. Separuh kedua tempoh berkempen menyaksikan Datuk Seri Najib Razak selaku Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Perdana Menteri turun hampir setiap hari.
Suasana hampir sama disaksikan di Sibu. Najib tiba untuk berkempan di Pahlawan Rajang dan kemudian di Capetown Sibu malam ini sebelum kembali ke ibu negara.
Wartawan The Malaysian Insider, Adib Zalkapli melaporkan kedua-dua BN dan Pakatan Rakyat melihat persaingan kali ini sebagai sesuatu yang amat sengit untuk dihadapi.
Kempen rasmi akan berakhir 12 tengah malam ini.
Najib ketika menghadiri festival Tua Peh Kong di Sibu baru-baru ini.
Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang berpendapat BN masih berada di depan dengan menjangkakan akan memenangi persaingan dengan memiliki kelebihan antara 49 hingga 50 peratus. “Bagaimanapun menjelang hari pengundian, kami berharap dapat mencapai peluang 50-50,” kata Lim yang juga anggota Dewan Rakyat.
Lim berkata, DAP memerlukan 80 peratus sokongan pengundi Cina untuk menang kali ini.
Malah menurut Lim, DAP juga memerlukan peningkatan 10 peratus sokongan kalangan pengundi Iban dan Melayu/Melanau.
Dalam pilihan raya umum 2008, DAP hanya memperoleh 30 peratus undi masyarakat Iban dan 20 peratus daripada pengundi Melayu/Melanau, tetapi memperoleh lebih 60 peratus sokongan pengundi Cina.
Semalam, DAP mengalih tumpuan kempen dengan memfokus ke atas kawasan-kawasan Iban. Ia menghantar pemimpin-pemimpin berprofil tinggi untuk mendapatkan sokongan minit-minit terakhir.
Antara lain mereka meninjau sokongan di kawasan rumah panjang yang lazimnya dilihat sebagai kubu kuat BN.
Laporan Bernama menyebut kawasan Parlimen Sibu mempunyai 110 rumah panjang di kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri Bawang Assan dan 29 di kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri Nangka. Bagaimanapun, kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri Pelawan, yang turut terletak dalam Sibu, tidak mempunyai sebarang rumah panjang dan majoriti penduduknya terdiri daripada kaum Cina.
Secara tradisi, rumah panjang merupakan kubu BN, tetapi kebelakangan ini, orang kuat DAP dan PKR seperti Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng dan penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah berkunjung ke beberapa buah daripadanya.
Sebanyak 12,050 anggota masyarakat Iban yang merupakan pemilih berdaftar di Sibu dianggap sebagai “simpanan tetap” BN dalam setiap pilihan raya.
Ini terbukti apabila tidak banyak rumah panjang yang dihiasi dengan bendera atau lambang DAP, tetapi semuanya memasang bendera BN dan poster calon parti gabungan itu.
Pengundi Iban
Bagaimanapun, pembangkang tetap cuba memancing pengundi Iban di kawasan itu dengan memainkan isu berkaitan tanah Hak Adat Pribumi (NCR).
“Menukar kerajaan adalah sesuatu yang agak keterlaluan bagi kami,” kata bekas angota Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu Johnny Weis Engkamat, 60, yang juga anak jati Bawang Assan.
Beliau berkata secara umumnya, rakyat masih mahu kerajaan sedia ada terus berkuasa kerana ia telah menyediakan pelbagai prasarana untuk kemudahan masyarakat.
Presiden Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP) William Mawan berkata langkah menimbulkan isu NCR kini tidak lagi dapat memancing sokongan pengundi.
“Kami tahu kerajaan persekutuan sedang mengambil langkah bagi menyelesaikan isu ini. Ia telah menjadikan program pembangunan tanah NCR sebagai sebahagian daripada inisiatif Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) bagi Sarawak,” katanya.
Tinjauan The Malaysian Insider menunjukkan DAP menerima suntikan dengan kembalinya Guan Eng, yang merupakan daya tarikan utama di kawasan-kawasan majoriti pengundi Cina di kawasan bandar atas kapasiti beliau sebagai Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang.
Pada setiap persinggahan Lim kelihatan menerima sokongan daripada hadirin apabila beliau mengkritik rakan sejawatannya dari Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Kempen Pakatan Rakyat yang menurunkan wakil DAP juga melihat kehadiran Anwar buat kali kedua menjelang hari pengundian esok. Anwar, Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat, menyampaikan ceramahnya di empat lokasi malam tadi.
Malam ini, Anwar akan menyertai pemimpin-pemimpin DAP yang lain dalam perhimpunan umum terbesar sebelum mengakhiri kempen 12 tengah malam.
Dalam pada itu, parti komponen kedua terbesar dalam BN Sarawak, SUPP terus bertungkus-lumus untuk memenangi pengundi Cina.
Pemimpin-pemimpin SUPP menganggarkan parti itu hanya memperoleh sekitar 40 peratus undi kalangan masyarakat Cina pada pilihan raya umum 2008 meskipun menang kerusi Sibu.
Pengundi Cina terdiri daripada 67 peratus daripda 54,695 pengundi manakala Melayu/Melanau pula 10.5 peratus dan Bumiputera Sarawak pula 22 peratus.
Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (kanan) bersama Lim Kit Siang (kiri) dan Karpal Singh di Sibu.
Dalam kempen terakhir mereka, SUPP menggunakan kerjasama DAP dengan PAS sebagai isu untuk menarik sokongan pengundi-pengundi Cina dengan mendakwa kedua-dua pari itu menyokong negara Islam, dalam usaha menimbulkan kebimbangan di kalangan mereka. BN juga ada menaikkan papan-papan iklan kempen dengan merayu komuniti Cina menyokong perikatan itu atas alasan menjadi harapan mendiang Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew agar ia memperoleh sokongan majoriti masyarakat Cina.
Malah, iklan itu juga membawa wajah sepupu Hoi Chew yang juga calon BN, Robert Lau Hui Yew dengan mesej dalam usaha mendapatkan sokongan dengan menyebut bahawa kekecewaan besar bekas wakil rakyat lima penggal itu ialah tidak memperoleh sokongan besar pengundi Cina.
Pengundi-pengundi Cina juga diminta menyokong Hui Yew yang berhadapan dengan Pengerusi DAP Sarawak, Wong Ho Leng untuk meneruskan wawasan Hoi Chew, bekas timbalan menteri pengangkutan bagi masyarakat Cina di Sibu.
Seorang pemimpin BN tempatan mengakui, SUPP sekali lagi akan menang di Sibu dengan sokongan pengundi Iban dan Melayu/Melanau.
“Pertemuan ini masih satu persaingan sengit tetapi peluang untuk mengekalkan sokongan pengundi Melayu dan Iban masih tinggi,” kata pemimpin BN itu.
The Malaysian Insider difahamkan BN hanya memberi fokus untuk mengekalkan sokongan yang ia terima dua tahun lalu bagi mempertahankan kerusi ini.
Kemenangan esok dilihat petunjuk menghadapi pilihan raya negeri yang akan diadakan dalam waktu terdekat manakala Pakatan Rakyat semakin kemerosotan kerusi Parlimen. Semalam, PKR kehilangan satu lagi kerusi Dewan Rakyat ekoran tindakan Ahli Parlimen Wangsa Maju keluar parti.

PRK Sibu : Zaid thrilled by Sibu campaign and upcoming polls

SIBU: The sentiments of Chinese voters here are “hard to read” even for PKR leader Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
Zaid, who lost in the recent Hulu Selangor by-election, said the unpredictable nature of the urban voters here was a thrill for him.
“The campaigning here is less intense than in Peninsular Malaysia. There is no public show of massive support for either side. It is clear that the sentiments of urban voters here are more unpredictable.
“There seems to be a lot of silent political undercurrents in Sibu. It is less obvious and less open compared to the peninsula.
“They make this by-election highly exciting. It will go down to the wire,” he said during a dialogue with members of the Sibu Lawyers' Association.
Zaid, however, noted that there were many similarities here and in the peninsula in Barisan Nasional's campaign tactics.
He said he could see the same “Barisan ghosts” that haunted him during the Hulu Selangor polls.
“It is the same tactic they used to their great advantage.
“Definitely, money politics will have an impact in certain parts of Sibu but I think there is an increasing number of Sarawakians who are more discerning and who are not influenced by money anymore,” he said.
Zaid said the Sibu by-election was extremely important to the opposition front because they needed a victory to kickstart their campaign for the next general election.

PRK Sibu : Sibu voters elect new MP tomorrow

SIBU: A total of 52,158 voters are due to cast their votes to elect their new member of parliament in the Sibu parliamentary by-election tomorrow after a week-long campaign, which saw Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak traversing the length and breadth of the constituency.
Another 2,537 postal voters, comprising 1,910 military and 627 police personnel, had cast their ballots on Thursday and yesterday at the Rascom and Oya army camps as well as the police district headquarters, here.
Altogether 45 polling stations, with 110 streams, will be opened at 39 schools, two kindergartens and a training centre, a longhouse, a public library and a public recreational centre to facilitate polling.
Voters have been asked to turn up in full force when the stations open at 8am to mark their choice of candidates – Barisan Nasional's Robert Lau Hui Yew, the DAP's Wong Ho Leng, who is also Bukit Assek stateassemblyman, or independent, Narawi Haron.
Hui Yew, who is defending the predominantly Chinese urban seat for the BN following the death of Deputy Transport Minister and five-term Sibu MP Robert Lau Hoi Chew on April 9, is scheduled to cast his vote at the SMK Rosli Dhoby polling centre here at about 9am while Wong will be voting at SJKC Goung Ann.
Fair weather
The result of the three-cornered fight is expected to be announced by the Election Commission (EC) at the Sibu Civic Centre here at the latest by 9 pm.
The EC has also assured that the polling process will proceed smoothly as security has been tightened with the reinforcement of police personnel since nomination day today.
Meanwhile, the Sarawak Meterological Department has forecast fair weather with the possibility of isolated showers in Sibu tomorrow, which should augur well for the polling process.
In wrapping up the BN's campaign trail which ends at midnight tonight, Najib will fly here to attend "meet-the-people" sessions at Rajang Park housing estate and Sibu Capetwon at the town's jetty before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
According to the electoral roll, updated as of April 9 this year, Chinese voters make up almost 67% of the total number of voters, followed by Malay/Melanau (10.5%) and Sarawak Bumiputera (22%).

PRK Sibu : Kroni Taib Mahmud Terus Rampas Tanah Adat Tanpa Pampasan

Oleh Dzulkarnain Taib
SIBU 15 Mei - Penduduk Rumah Panjang Rassau di Sibu hidup dalam keadaan tidak menentu memikirkan masa depan 200 keluarga yang mungkin terpaksa berpindah jika tanah mereka dirampas oleh syarikat perladangan yang menjadi kroni kepada Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Ahli Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung di rumah panjang itu, Gurkha ak Gelayan, 49, berkata setakat ini lebih 3,000 ekar tanah adat (NCR) di Kampung Jemboreng yang menjadi milik datuk moyang penduduk rumah panjang itu sejak turun temurun telah dirampas oleh syarikat pelandangan yang didakwa mempunyai kaitan rapat dengan Abdul Taib.
Lebih menyedihkan kepada penduduk yang rata-ratanya bekerja menanam padi dan menangkap ikan tidak ada sebarang pampasan diberi kepada keluarga terbabit.
"Kami orang miskin, pendapatan tidak menentu menanam padi dan bercucuk tanam sahaja. Kadang-kadang menangkap ikan pun susah sebab harga minyak tinggi RM12 satu gelen.
"Syarikat kawan BN dia datang ke kampung kami dan ambil tanah dengan satu surat sahaja. Bila ditanya adakah kami akan dibayar pampasan mereka menjawab itu akan diuruskan kemudian. Sudah lebih tiga tahun tanah kami diambil satu sen pun kami tak dapat pagi," keluh Gurkha.
Gurkha berkata penduduk telah menulis surat bantahan kepada Jabatan Tanah dan Sirvei Sarawak mengenai pencerobohan syarikat terhadap ke atas tanah adat mereka namun agensi kerajaan tersebut memilih untuk berdiam diri dan tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan.
Rumah Panjang Rassau merangkumi sembilan rumah panjang dan akses adalah melalui perjalanan bot selama kira-kira satu jam dari Sibu.
Tinjauan Suara Keadilan yang mengikuti rombongan Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam lawatan beliau bersama pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat ke rumah panjang itu mendapati penduduk yang hidup dalam keadaan daif.
Sejak Sarawak menyertai gagasan Malaysia dalam  tahun 1963, penduduk di sini tidak pernah merasai bekalan air bersih sehingga dua tahun lalu dan langsung tidak mendapat bekalan eletrik.
"Sebelum ini kamu hanya minum air hujan atau musim kemarau terpaksa minum air sungai. Kalau yang mampu bolehlah membeli 'generator' tapi bagi kebanyakan kami terpaksalah memadai dengan cahaya pelita pada waktu malam," kata Unpiang ak Ingie yang berusia 81 tahun.
Beliau berkata kemudahan di kampungnya tidak banyak berubah sejak zaman kemerdekaan.
"Jeti dikampung kami sudah dibina sejak 47 tahun lalu dan keadaan amat menyedihkan. Setiap kali pilihan raya wakil rakyat Robert Lau (mendiang) akan datang dan berjanji untuk membina jeti yang baru. Bayangkan saya dari muda sehingga rambut saya beruban Barisan Nasional janji nak buat jeti baru tapi beginilah keadaan setiap kali pilihan raya, Barisan Nasional akan datang buat janji tapi tak pernah ditunaikan," kata Unpiang.

PRK Sibu : Pengundi Melayu Mesti Berani Tolak SUPP-BN

Oleh Dzulkarnain Taib
SIBU 15 Mei - Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyeru pengundi Melayu di Sibu supaya tidak terus menerus diaibkan oleh ppemimpin Barisan Nasional yang merampas hasil mahsul dan kekayaan bumi Sarawak tetapi meminggirkan mereka dalam belenggu kemiskinan.
Berucap kepada penduduk Kampung Bahagia Jaya yang merupakan kubu BN di Teku semalam, Anwar berkata sudah tiba masanya pengundi Melayu memberanikan diri dan menolak SUPP-BN sekaligus membuktikan bahawa rakyat Sibu Melayu tidak mudah diperbodohkan.
"Pemimpin BN bila datang ke kampung orang Melayu mereka kata mahu tolong tetapi selepas menang pilihan raya mereka tolong keluarga dan kroni mereka sahaja. Sekarang ini kita pangkah calon Pakatan Rakyat daripada DAP, Wong Ho Leng dan kita tunjukkan kepada BN orang Melayu tidak boleh diperlekehkan.
"Siapa di Kampung Bahagia Jaya ini yang dapat tanah, balak atau saham. Kalau tidak dapat kenapa terus menerus sokong BN. Adakah calon belah sana (BN) akan berani membawa suara rakyat Sibu memperjuangkan hak tanah, hak pendidikan dan masalah yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Kita mahu pengundi Sibu memilih calon DAP, Wong Ho Leng supaya dia boleh bangun dengan berani di parlimen," kata Anwar.
Beliau menyatakan setengah dua setengah tahun kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang dan Kelantan rakyat sudah melihat kemajuan dan program kebajiukan yang dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan negeri di bawah Pakatan Rakyat.
"Sarawak juga boleh nikmati kemudahan yang sama seperti negeri-negeri Pakatan Rakyat malah lebih lagi kerana Sarawak negeri yang lebih kaya. Kalau pengundi Sibu memberi ruang kepada Pakatan Rakyat dalam pilihan raya kecil Ahad ini saya yakin seluruh Sarawak mampu kita tawan dan buat perubahan," kata beliau lagi.

PRK Sibu : Menteri Kerja Raya Salahguna Wang Rakyat

Oleh Fazli Othman
SHAH ALAM 15 Mei - Ahli Parlimen Indera Mahkota, Azan Ismail mendakwa Menteri Kerja Raya, Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor mengkhianati rakyat Sarawak dengan menyalurkan sejumlah RM611 juta peruntukan kerajaan pusat ke Sibu.
Azan berkata 30 peratus peruntukan daripada keseluruhan peruntukan untuk membina dan menaik taraf jalan raya berjumlah RM5.68 bilion telah diberikan semata-mata Umno-Barisan Nasional ingin memancing undi berikutan pilihan raya kecil Sibu 16 Mei ini.
"Peruntukan kerajaan pusat tersebut sepatutnya diagihkan kepada semua rakyat di Sarawak tetapi 30 peratus daripadanya telah disalurkan ke Sibu.
"Sebanyak RM611 juta telah diberikan kepada Sibu sempena pilihan raya kecil manakala baki peruntukan tersebut terpaksa dikongsi oleh kawasan lain.
"Saya harap rakyat Sarawak bangkit dan membantah penyalahgunaan dana awam ini," tegas Azan ketika dihubungi Suara Keadilan.
Tambahnya, menteri tersebut telah menyalahguna kuasa dengan mencuri peruntukan kawasan lain dan ini merupakan rasuah kelas pertama.
"Shaziman telah melakukan kesalahan jenayah dan telah menyalahgunakan kedudukan sebagai Menteri Kerja Raya.
"Beliau sepatutnya menjaga kepentingan semua rakyat di Sarawak tidak kira samada ada pilihan raya kecil atau tidak," ujar Azan.
Semalam, laporan media memetik Shaziman sebagai berkata peruntukan besar sebanyak RM5.68 bilion disalurkan Kerajaan Pusat kepada Sarawak bagi membina jalan raya di seluruh negeri.
Beliau juga mengumumkan sebanyak 30 peratus atau RM611 diperuntukkan untuk Sibu.
Dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke-9, sebanyak 322 projek jalan raya dilaksanakan Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak.
Sebanyak 194 projek bernilai RM3.9 bilion adalah projek yang dibiayai Kerajaan Pusat, manakala 128 projek bernilai RM1.78 bilion dibiayai kerajaan negeri.

PRK Sibu : Operation rooms humming with confidence

By B Nantha Kumar
SIBU: Operation rooms in both rival camps – Barisan Nasional and DAP – are working at optimum pace to beat the clock.
A visit to both centres saw volunteers laying out their strategies for tomorrow.
The DAP operation room, located in Jalan Lanang, will be the hub of information dissemination for supporters, said a volunteer from Kanowit.
Preferring to be called Lim Kuan, he said: “Many Pakatan Rakyat top leaders are campaigning in Sibu.
“People here use to see them on television and the newspapers; now they have a chance meet them and listen to their speeches.”
It also gave DAP a chance to explain Pakatan Rakyat’s policies and its relationship with PAS.
"Since the last few days, DAP’s rating has moved up not only among the Chinese but also with the Iban and Melanau.
“Our friends (PKR and PAS) are also working very hard in the village areas," he told FMT.
Calm and confident
Meanwhile, in the BN operation room in a top-notch hotel here, all appeared calm.
There was an air of confidence, with one BN official, who declined to be named, saying: “Yes, we will win. But the question now is, how big a majority.”
He said BN’s top leaders were working very hard to retain the seat.
“ We (BN) are facing a great battle from the opposition. But I feel every thing will change after tonight (Prime Minsiter Najib Tun Razak is expected to arrive later this evening).”
Sibu’s 52,158 voters will go to the polls tomorrow to determine which of the two traditional rivals – DAP and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) – will represent them in Parliament.
As at 5pm yesterday evening, DAP’s probability of a win has inched up to 49.2%.

PRK Sibu : Keluar mengundi awal, pilih yang terbaik


Menteri Kemudahan Awam, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan meminta pengundi di Bandar Sibu untuk meluangkan masa mereka esok hari untuk mengundi calon di hati mereka. Berucap dalam majlis Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat di Rumah Randi dalam kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Nangka di Sibu sebentar tadi, Awang Tengah berkata setiap undi adalah penting dan pengundi perlu menunaikan tanggungjawab mereka sebagai warganegara demokrasi.
Beliau juga menasihatkan pengundi untuk membuat pilihan bijak kerana siapa yang dipilih esok akan mencorakkan masa depan mereka kelak.

PRK Sibu : Najib wrap up campaign in Black Area


Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will fly in to Sibu later this evening to wrap up Barisan Nasional (BN) campign trail for the Bandar Sibu by-election. The premier will attend “meet-the-people” session at Rajang Park housing estate and meeting voters at the Sibu Capetown at the town’s jetty.
The campaign period will end at the stroke of midnight in the hope that voters will choose their representative wisely.
There are 54,695 registered voters in Bandar Sibu who are mostly Chinese.

MEB tidak banyak beza berbanding DEB


mahathir1 Oleh Muda Mohd Noor
KUALA LUMPUR: Model Ekonomi Baru (MEB) yang diperkenalkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak baru-baru ini tidak banyak perbezaannya dengan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB).
"Dasar MEB tidak mempunyai asas yang sesuai dan tepat hingga tidak mendatangkan faedah kepada rakyat," kata mantan perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ketika berucap pada Konvensyen Usahawan Melayu di PWTC, di sini petang tadi.

Beliau merasa sangsi sama ada MEB ini betul-betul telah dikaji sebelum diumumkan kepada orang ramai. Badan bukan kerajaan merasa khuatir sama ada MEB akan membantu dan menguntungkan orang-orang Melayu.
"Tetapi saya diberi peluang untuk mengkajinya dan saya dapati kandungannya tidak banyak berbeza dengan DEB. Saya sudah beri memorandum dan saya diberitahu ia dibaca oleh kabinet," katanya.
Mantan perdana menteri itu tidak bersetuju dengan pendapat yang mengatakan DEB menjadi penghalang kepada program serampang dua mata iaitu membasmi kemiskinan dan menyusun semula masyarakat.
Menurut beliau, semasa DEB dilaksanakan ekonomi negara mencatat pertumbuhan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar lebih lapan peratus setahun untuk selama 10 tahun berturut-turut dari 1987 hingga 1997.
”Matlamat kita pada ketika itu, hanya pertumbuhan tujuh peratus selama 30 tahun maka kita akan muncul sebagai sebuah negara  maju,“ katanya.
Menurut Dr Mahathir, DEB juga telah banyak menyediakan peluang perniagaan dan pendidikan serta membawa keuntungan kepada  golongan bukan Bumiputera.
Beliau menasihatkan setengah-setengah pihak agar tidak menjadikan DEB sebagai alasan Malaysia tidak dapat mencapai status negara maju.

PRK Sibu : Final Day - Najib to visit for third time.... somethings happen..!!!

The appearance of Najib Abdul Razak and Anwar Ibrahim on the last day of campaigning for P P212 signals tomorrow's voting may be close.

karpal singh, lim kit siang and hadi awang sibu by-election6-8am: DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng at Sunday market near DAP Sibu HQ.
8.30-11am: Wong Ho Leng walkabout at Central Market (food stalls).
10am-5pm: Lim Guan Eng boat trip visit to Sg Pinang, Kg Bungan Kecil/Besar, Sg Rassau Longhouses with Anwar Ibrahim.
11.36am: Anthony Loke in a Twitter message claims that all speedboats in Sibu have been booked in order to deliver money to longhouses this evening. "Going rate is RM600 per door!" says the Rasah MP.
11.45am: DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang maintains the party's odds at 49 to 51 in favour of BN, due to what he claimed was continued pressure from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the BN.
NONE"With Najib coming back here tonight, it shows the intense pressure they are putting on the Chinese, Iban and Melanau voters.
"They even went so far to block our party workers from entering longhouses last night," he said at their daily press conference this morning.
Also present were DAP national chairman Karpal Singh, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali.
1.17pm: SUPP Sibu branch information chief Daniel Ngieng (left) responds to Loke's claims on Twitter by urging DAP to lodge a police report on the matter if he was serious about his allegation.
"We also can say they (DAP) gives money. Everytime there are such allegations, if they have evidence, we ask them to make a police report."
4-7pm: Wong Ho Leng goes on walkabout at Bahagia Jaya.
sibu by election 120510 najib at temple possession 25-7pm: Lim Guan Eng attends fellowship programme with Christians, 3rd Floor, Paramount Hotel.
7pm: 'Super Saturday' grand ceramah by Wong Ho Leng opposite of Paramount Hotel.
7.30 pm: PM Najib Abdul Razak arrives in Sibu, his third for this by-election.
7.45pm: Najib speaks at Rajang Park.
9pm: Najib speaks at Sibu town square.

PRK Sibu : SPR bersedia..........

Para petugas Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya membuat persiapan terakhir untuk proses pengundian pilihan raya kecil P.212 Parlimen Sibu yang akan berlangsung esok di Dewan Suarah di sini hari ini. Pilihan raya kecil itu akan menyaksikan pertandingan tiga penjuru antara calon Barisan Nasional Robert Lau Hui Yew, calon DAP Wong Ho Leng dan calon Bebas Narawi Haron.

PRK Sibu : SPR jangka 80 peratus keluar undi esok


SIBU, 15 Mei - Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menjangkakan 80 peratus daripada 54,695 pemilih berdaftar di kawasan Parlimen Sibu akan keluar mengundi pada pilihan raya kecil kawasan itu esok. Pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata proses pengundian bagi pilihan raya kecil itu akan bermula 8 pagi dan ditutup 5 petang.
“Pada pilihan raya umum 2008, jumlah peratusan yang keluar mengundi ialah 68 peratus daripada 53,679 pemilih berdaftar.
“Jabatan Meteorologi meramalkan cuaca cerah. Tetapi tolong keluar awal untuk mengundi, mana tahu jika hujan pula pada tengah hari,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di pusat operasi pilihan raya kecil SPR di Dewan Suarah di sini hari ini.
Abdul Aziz berkata 45 pusat pengundian akan dibuka bagi membolehkan pemilih menunaikan tanggungjawab mereka, 10 daripada pusat itu akan ditutup pada 1 tengah hari, lima pusat pada 2 petang, enam pusat pada 3 petang, dua pada 4 petang dan 22 pusat pada 5 petang.
Beliau berkata pusat pengundian yang mempunyai jumlah pengundi terbanyak iaitu 3,484, ialah di Rajang Park Kindergerten dekat sini.
“Jumlah pengundi paling sedikit ialah di SJK(C) Kai Nang di Seberang Ensurai, Batang Rajang, kira-kira sejam perjalanan dari sini iaitu hanya  sebanyak 42 pengundi.
“Pusat pengundian paling jauh ialah di SK Sungai Rassau dengan lebih 400 pengundi. Pekerja kami akan berlepas ke pusat itu tengah hari ini dengan bot,” katanya.
Beliau berkata kesemua 110 peti undi akan dibawa ke pusat penjumlahan undi di Dewan Suarah sebaik sahaja proses pengundian ditutup.
“Kami menjangka dapat mengumumkan keputusan selewat-lewatnya pada pukul 9 malam,” katanya.
Katanya pengundi yang mahu memeriksa pusat pengundian mereka boleh berbuat demikian melalui laman web SPR diwww.spr.gov.my atau melalui SMS kepada SPR dengan menaip SEMAK NOMBOR KP dan hantar ke 15888.
Sementara itu, Abdul Aziz yang baru kembali dari England bagi meninjau proses pilihan raya umum di negara itu berkata, tidak seperti di Malaysia, pekerja pilihan raya negara itu perlu bertugas dari 7 pagi hingga 10 malam kerana terdapat pengundi yang memutuskan untuk mengundi pada saat-saat akhir. - Bernama

PRK Sibu : Kedaifan Rakyat Dan Isu Kemunduran Buktikan Bahawa BN Sudah Tidak Layak Lagi Untuk Berkuasa Di Bumi Sarawak Itu

Nampaknya, UMNO BN masih tidak serik-serik lagi menggunakan "kuasa wang untuk membeli undi" dalam setiap kali pilihanraya. Kali ini, "rasuah" juga dijadikan senjata untuk membolehkan rakyat menyokong mereka di Pilihanraya Kecil Parlimen Sibu esok. Sumbangan yang dijanjikan itu sebenarnya jelas sekali melanggar undang-undang dan peraturan pilihanraya seperti yang telah termaktub dalam Akta Pilihan Raya. Namun, dek kerana puak-puak BN yang melakukannya maka Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) terpaksa memejamkan mata dan menganggap semua itu "halal belaka". Janji-janji peruntukan dijadikan alat untuk mengaburi mata rakyat. Malah, tempoh dua minggi, sebulan, setahun dan berbagai lagi dijadikan umpan agar mereka mengundi BN. Jika tidak undi, pasti segala janji itu tidak akan ditunaikan. Syaratnya cukup muda, Undi BN maka semua dapat. Terkadang kita merasa sedih melihat kedaifan rakyat Sarawak seperti yang dipaparkan oleh media. Kononnya, BN datang untuk membangunkan kawasan tersebut. Malah, lebih 20,000 penduduk Sarawak juga masih tidak mempunyai kad pengenalan diri (MyKad). Itu pun pemimpin BN berjanji akan menyelesaikannya. Maknanya, bila ada pilihanraya kecil segalanya akan diselesaikan tetapi mereka lupa parti mana yang memerintah Sarawak hingga menyebabkan masalah itu berlaku?. Bukankah sejak dulu lagi Sarawak diperintah oleh BN dan Ketua Menterinya yang paling lama iaitu Taib Mahmud (foto). Beliaulah yang bertanggungjawab membangunkan negeri Sarawak. Tetapi kenapa bila tiba pilihanraya maka muncul satu keadaan yang amat menyedihkan kita. Rupanya begitu ramai rakyat Sarawak yang masih tidak menikmati pembangunan.
Muhyiddin Buka Pekung BN Gagal Bela Rakyat

Pemimpin BN seperti Muhyiddin Yassin (foto) tidak perlu terlalu berbangga dan seronok menjanjikan itu ini kepada rakyat. Beliau sebenarnya memalukan kerajaan BN itu sendiri. Nampak benar pemerintahan Taib Mahmud di Sarawak telah gagal. Muhyididin sangka beliau mahu buktikan BN membela rakyat dengan menaburkan peruntukan demi peruntukan. Rupanya beliau telah membuka pekong tentang sikap BN di Sarawak itu sebenarnya. Ini dibuktikan dengan kedaifan dan banyak masalah yang menimpa penduduk gagal diatasi sejak sekian lama. Kenapa sekarang baru nak mendabik dada untuk membela. Itu pun selepas berlaku pilihanraya kecil Sibu. Jika tidak pastilah rakyat di kawasan itu akan terus merana untuk selamanya. Semalam sahaja lebih satu juta ringgit wang dijanjikan untuk membangunkan beberapa kawasan di Sibu. Malah, ada juga peruntukan diberika secara terus kepada NGO dan pihak yang berkenaan. Apakah motif semua ini?Pastinya untuk meraih undi kemudian mereka akan dilupakan. Inilah yang berlaku sebenarnya. Rakyat Sarawak di kawasan parlimen lain menanti dan berharap untuk mendapat habuan yang sama seperti di Sibu. Namun, apakan daya kawasan mereka tidak berlaku pilihanraya kecil. Mahu atau tidak maka perlulah menunggu pilihanraya kecil jika mahu dapat banyak peruntukan dan kemudahan yang dijanjikan. Itulah BN sejak dulu, kini dan selamanya. Antara peruntukan yang dijanjikan BN pada hari semalam sahaja ialah seperti berikut :-
  1. Peruntukan khas pasukan Rela RM250,000
  2. Peruntukan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal RM100,00
  3. Projek pembangunan Kg.Jeriah, Sibu RM200,00
  4. Baiki rumah daif dan rosak Kg.Jeriah RM1 juta
[Jika dicampur keseluruhan peruntukan yang dijanjikan, ternyata jumlahnya ialah RM 1.55 juta semuanya. Soalnya sekarang, apakah SPR tidak langsung merasakan itu satu kesalahan pilihanraya?. Sedangkan perkara itu termasuk dalam undang-undang dan peraturan yang mereka tetapkan sendiri. Apakah dek kerana BN yang menjanjikannya maka mereka butakan mata tetapi bila ada insiden yang melibatkan Pakatan Rakyat mereka war-warkan. Seolah-olah hanya penyokong Pakatan Rakyat sahaja yang melakukan kesalahan dalam setiap kali pilihanraya kecil dan pilihanraya umum di negara ini. Apapun, janji-janji yang dibuat itu diharap akan memerangkap BN sendiri pada hari pengundian esok. Biar rakyat sedar bahawa mereka hanya akan dilayan bila ada pilihanraya kecil. Selepas semuanya berakhir maka segalanya "indah kabar dari rupa", tambahan pula jika BN kalah di pilihanraya kecil Parlimen Sibu nanti]. PDO.

PRK Sibu : Dayak must know HOW to vote for their “rights”

 by: Dr. John Brian Anthony
Giving up
Some of my well educated friends are telling me that DAP cannot win in Sibu P212. This is a common habit of Dayak as even those well educated Dayak  give up so easily. Why?
Politics is not about “winning the vote” in an election only. Bring mental and mind set change is already politics by it self. Serving in NGO and social organization is political work by itself. we are bringing changes and improvement in the community thinking and life.
There is no giving up in politics even if we have to go to jail of face the firing squad. Our Dayak people is more important then the misery of one Dayak leader that is being prosecuted.
So stop talking about giving up – because we must never give up when fighting for our Dayak rights.
What is changing among Sibu Dayak?
Have you seem the pirate Taib campaigning that hard in the Dayak areas. He knows the Government is losing the Dayak vote.
We have many instances where the Tuai Rumah do not accept Opposition campaigners against the “tradition of welcoming” visitors to long house. But then we have “Mandal Tuai Tuai” acting in his capacity as Deputy head to welcome the Opposition campaigners. That in itself is a changed.
People of Bawang Assan and Penassu Batu Burak, Pasai, Pasai Siong etc are opening up to opposition visit at the insistence of the young voters. It is usual for these long houses to refuse opposition to step into their long house. The Chief Minister of Penang and his Cabinet, those from Selangor, Anwar himself etc are moving freely in the long house.
We can expect that the Dayak votes for Opposition will increase. This put more pressure on the State government. Taib really have to goto the ground. Jabu  “sembah” every Federal Minister coming to visit the long house. this single Dayak leader is causing a nuisance to Dayak progress.
BN campaigners parked in the long  house
In every long house we have BN campaigners park in the long house to monitor the long house vote closely. This is what BN call democracy – it is intimidation of the voters. Do you know who these people are – they are Dayak with eyes on the “election money”. These people are known to pocket the BN money and claiming to strike 4-D after election.
This Dayak parked in the long house are Dayak with business self interest, position in the Government etc but these Dayak will not develop the thinking process of the long house Dayak. They make sure that the long house Dayak is frighten of them so they vote BN. This people are destroying Dayak thinking  and freedom to make a choice.
Dayaklama
Look at Dayak lama. He is so proud to announce that their contribution is to tell the Dayak that to vote for DAP is to vote Islamic state. This is shllow thinking and totally religious extremist in nature.
Let me asked Dayaklama :
  • who burn the Bahasa Indonesia holy Bible
  • who insist that christian must not use the word allah
These are a few examples of BN twisted mind and the evil understanding of progress that Dayaklama have for the Dayak.
Why are Dayak not given land title?
  • Dayaklama says better not to give land title to Dayak because they will sell the land. Do you think Malay and Chinese do not sell their land
What is state land?
  • The Government took Dayak NCR land and give it to outsiders for plantation. Is it State land anymore. Why can’t the Government give Dayak land title. It is because the Government political leaders are “corrupted” and they use the slogan “Politics of Development to fool the people of Sarawak.”
Conclusion
Dayak must know their rights and vote for it. Dayak must vote for tomorrow. Whatever money is given by BN – please take.
Change WE Must: KTS never give Dayak a single cent from the billion of wealth but VOTE DAP to win our rights that has been extinguished by the Government.

PRK Sibu : DAP has just won – land renewal rate




Dayakbaru:
Taib announcement that land use renewal rate is coming down shows that Opposition DAP is already winning the election. The Government is force to revise the rate downward because it cannot pickup Chinese. The same should happen to the Dayak. We must force the Government to issue us land title by not voting BN.
When the Pakatan Rakyat form the Government then wewill issue the land land title to Dayak!

Taib announces new rates for land use in Sarawak

SIBU, May 14 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud tonight announced a revision of rates to premiums for renewal of land leases for residential, commercial and agriculture purposes.
He said the new rates, which will be effective June 1, were the lowest and cheapest compared to all other states in Malaysia and would be based on flat rate charges rather than involving calculations, which might entail bureaucratic delays.
He made the announcement during the launching of the Sarawak Unity Week by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Sibu Town Square here.
With the changes, the renewal rates for land used for residential purposes will be RM1,000 per unit of terraced house, RM3,000 per unit (semi-detached house) and RM6,000 per unit (detached house).
Land use for commercial buildings in primary towns are rated at RM40,000 per unit, secondary towns (RM20,000 per unit) and rural towns (RM10,000 per unit) while for agriculture use the rates are RM5,000 per acre for town land, RM2,500 per acre (suburban land) and RM200 per acre (country land).
“All rates for renewal of land leases are for a period of 60 years,” said Taib.
Acknowledging that the opposition had been harping on this issue in the last state election as well as in the current Sibu parliamentary by-election, he challenged them to revise the land rates in the states they were governing to be lower than in Sarawak and see whether they could still be able to rule with the lesser revenues.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin praised the step taken by the Sarawak government to reduce the rates for renewal of land leases.
He said the decision showed the wisdom and caring nature of Taib.
“This decision is made in the interest of the people, especially the people of Sibu,” he said.

PRK Sibu : $300 per vote in Sibu P212

by: Dr. John Brian Anthony

Vote Buying
It seems that BN is buying Iban vote for $300 each. BN has to do this to compensate for the new young Chinese voters that are expected to vote DAP. BN is trying to retain as much vote as possible from the Iban and Malay / Melanau.
What happened to the RM$18 million for education and the RM$1 billion for flood mitigation
The urban voters are not buying into “corrupted practices” of BN. The Flood Project is fair enough as it is being implemented by stages. You just need to ask whose companies has been awarded the contract for the flood mitigation project? We al know it goes to BN elite politician families. BN supporters are fighting each other to get a piece of the Flood mitigation project.
Those BN politicians who are fighting for the project are working hard to impress the Government or Robert Lau in order to negotiate to get part of the job. This is what BN called “seizing opportunities provided by the Government”.
What happen to the Iban voters – who voted for BN?
Nothing happen to them. They donot get any contract, do not get any job and will have to be contended with the $300 given by BN. Can you blame BN for the Iban state of affair? I think not.
The Dayak leaders are going around to impress the Iban of Sibu progress and the caring attitude of the Government. It is left to the Iban voters to learn from their experience and move forward loke the other communities. Even with RM$18 million, the urban voters are not impress as the allocation is given that is directly link to the buy-election.
The Dayak Iban can take the same cue from the urban voters. The threat issued by BN Dayak leaders frighten many Dayak families. In Penassu long house they fear that no body is going to repair their paved road if DAP win. Some even go to the extend that the “farm fertilizer subsidy” will be taken away from them.
BN has put many Dayak Iban into a “helpless position”. Little do they know that the voters themselves are the only people who can correct the situation by not voting BN. When the vote do not go to BN, then BN will have to think harder on “how” to get the Dayak vote.
Opportunity
This buy-election is a golden opportunity for the Dayak Iban to vote for DAP. Should DAP win, it will be for the next two and a half year before the next election. For SUPP the defeat would signal their ultimate down fall. SUPP lost many state seats and now is time enough for them to loss the Parliament seat. SUPP is not bringing or talking about Dayak priority issue at all in DUN or Parliament. That is good enough for Dayak not to vote for SUPP.
This opportunity will remind SUPP that it needed to change itself to stay relevant. SUPP is no more relevant to Dayak in Sibu. What did the Dayak get for supporting SUPP – nothing. The Dayak are just by standers of the SUPP Vision 2020 team. Rich Sibu company like KTS did not put serious progrom to support Dayak entrepreneur despite being allocated with Forest license, Reforestation programs, plantation – in fact KTS send gangsters to Ulu Niah to control the Iban movement in and out their plantation. KTS refused to negotiate on NCR land taken by the company resulting in an ongoing court case.
Dayak need to recognize their enemies – and SUPP business elite is one of them.
Bawang Assan
I have been to Bawang Assan many times – those who seldom step into Bawang Assan are given “political secretary” job for Bawang Assan.It goes to show that Bawang assan Iban has no bargaining power and is taken for granted by BN. It is not the best place or the most advance place to live in. Job is difficult to come by in Bawang assan and the road leading to Bawang assan is always flooded and driving on one make you feel like riding the sea waves.
With due respect, Bawang assan has no choice but to accept what is given to them. my contention is Bawang assan can benefit from better facilities by not voting Bn now so that BN will need to rethink their strategies to gain Bawang Assan vote in the next election.
Beside the Penassu Batu Burak long houses, Bawang Assan is a prime target for BN vote buying.
Many senior civil servant and graduates are from Bawang Assan. Maybe these graduate voters would be able to think through their situation and that BN is not the only option.
Conclusion
The situation on the ground is still 50:50 between SUPP vs DAP. If SUPP lost P212, maybe it is time for BN Sarawak to resign from the Government. The money spent on Sibu is 5 times more than Batang Ai and the promised is 10 time more. Can you believe that BN will deliver? Even with the tax payer money available to the Government, Sibu is NOT BN priority town. I think Malay town is more important.
Iban of Sibu -Fight for Change WE Must, so that the Government will never say that we are BN “fix deposit vote”. That label is very degrading to mean we are all fools without thinking ability.
VOTE DAP!

PRK Sibu : Whiff of change rising from Sibu



By Pushparani Thilaganathan
SIBU: With a day to go, DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng, 51, is euphoric as he can “now see the dream”.

The sweltering heat in Sibu is fuelling fumes of change across the constituency. After 24-long years, the DAP may very well be the closest ever to win on May 16.
“It's different this time... very different, I can feel the mood... I can see the dream,” said a grinning Wong, raising his voice above the din at last night’s gathering of over 3,000 listeners at Rejang Park.
This is Wong’s fourth attempt at the Sibu parliamentary seat.
In his last outing, he lost to the late Sibu MP Robert Lau by 3,323 votes in a three-cornered fight.
This time -- although still a three-way tussle with independent Narawi Haron in the arena – the primary battle to wrest the seat is between DAP and Lau’s nephew (Lau) Hui Yew (better known as Robert Lau Jnr).
The number “four” denotes death in Chinese and pundits are waging bets on who will “politically die” this time, as the Barisan Nasional’s Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) also has a “four” somewhere in its quotient.
The odds are building up for Wong and ironically, upping his chances at the ballot box, was PKR Wangsa Maju’s Wee Choo Keong's exit from the party yesterday.
Said a PKR insider last night: “This (Wee’s exit) will backfire at the ballot box. It is stupid timing... typical BN-style tactic. This is not Hulu Selangor or the Malays.
“You cannot intimidate the Chinese here. They are excited at meeting the steady stream of DAP leaders. They are seeing the effect of their collective might. It has put LGE (Lim Guang Eng) on an equal footing with other Malay ministers and Chief Minister Taib (Mahmud).
“It is a very powerful feeling... They are conscious of their collective strength now, especially after 2008. They like what they see... the knowledge and humiliaty in Guan Eng, (Lim) Kit Siang, Karpal Singh, Anwar Ibrahim. It’s all strong and credible.
“It’s not about money anymore. It's now integrity, which BN is very short on,” he said.
Before Wong took to the stage, Guan Eng had roused the crowd with his appeal for one more MP in Parliament now that Wee had quit.
“Vote for principled politics, not commercial politics…,” he said in reference to the “frogs” in PKR who had jumped to Umno.
Iban irritation
Meanwhile, the constant barrage of visiting federal officials is irritating residents in longhouses in Bawang Assan and Penusu.
Forced to fete and feed them, the residents are beginning to grumble.
A PKR team, which visited them yesterday, said the tuai (chief), many of whom are retired teachers and civil servants, are unhappy.
“There’s just too much feasting and protocol when the BN delegations come calling. They bring food and ask them to cook and fete the ministers.
“The Ibans are tired and fed up,” he said, adding that the mood in the longhouses is also shifting.
“The DAP has never ever stepped foot in some of these longhouses. The Pakatan strategy has allowed each party to focus on one group.
“That is good. We have put our PKR people in every longhouse. The BN has also come in but we are playing low key.
“We are confident that we now have some of the tuai rumahs on our side. They are educated pensioners who can understand our concerns.
“We feel we have about 25% of their votes,” said the official who was part of the team led by party leader Daniel Tajem.
Also on yesterday’s team were leading native customary rights land lawyers Baru Bian and Paul Raja.

PRK Sibu : The Narawi threat to BN


By Pushparani Thilaganathan and B Nantha Kumar
SIBU: Sibu’s independent candidate, Narawi Haron, is in all probability the least ever flogged candidate in Sarawak’s political history.
It took us the better part of a day and an expensive taxi charter to pin him down at his wife's kuih stall some 50km away on the outskirts of Sibu.Believe it or not, Narawi, 60, an ex-servicemen, has not dropped out of the race, despite speculations that he would if the offer was right.
“There was an offer... I am not interested. This is not about money. I love politics. My bloodline is politics, “ he said referring to his mother who was an active member of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) in her youth.
Narawi is articulate and extremely proud of his lineage.
A father of six and grandfather, he is also related to the famed Sarawakian nationalist, Rosli Dhoby.
Rosli was a leader of the Rukun 13 organisation during British-ruled Sarawak. Rukun 13 was a secret cell organisation which carried out assassinations of British colonial officers in Sarawak.
Rosli’s assassination of Sarawak’s second British governor Sir Duncan George Stewart, in 1948, made him a martyr.
Although legally a juvenile – he was 17– Rosli was sentenced to death for murder in 1949. The death sentence was nonetheless a political statement.
Meaningful life
For Narawi, contesting the Sibu parliamentary seat is his political statement, much to the exasperation of the SUPP. The SUPP has described him as “an irritant”, especially in the Malay/Melanau constituency of Nangka which holds some 5,470 votes.
SUPP-Barisan Nasional has often described the Malay/Melanau community in Nangka as its "fixed deposit" along with the Sarawak Bumiputeras, despite the fact that Pakatan Rakyat coalition member PAS has been chipping away at that bank.
Said Narawi: "I am not interested in the bigger fight. Let the big boys (DAP and SUPP) fight that one. I just want to see how much support I can garner in the Nangka constituency.
"I am aiming to contest in the state election for Nangka. This by-election came earlier so I am trying.
“If I get more than 1,000 votes… then I will be back for the state election.”
Narawi is driven by a desire to live a meaningful life. He is passionate about putting things right in the social system.
"When I retired they promised me land and house. It’s 32 years and I still have nothing.
“You can see how poor the Malays are... When I talk to my friends, they are all still eking out a living and are unhappy.
“Things have not changed since the British colonial times. We just changed masters…” he said.
Throughout the search for Narawi – that took us from Sibu town centre to Kampung Bandung, Pekan Nangka, Kampung Hilir, Sungai Merah, and further into the outskirts – there was not a single banner, poster or flyer of him.
“I don’t need all that... people know me," was his simple statement when asked about publicity materials.
When we first started searching for Narawi in Nangka, we were told to find him “under a big tree near the mosque. He is always talking there".
When we got to the mosque, he had left.
Thus began our chase for this elusive candidate, who, come polling day tomorrow, will walk away with some of BN’s much-needed Malay/Melanau votes
In 1995, Narawi secured 975 votes, in 2006 he stepped away after filing in his nomination to allow for a straight fight between SUPP and his cousin in PKR.
“Now I am back. I will secure more than before. .. that I am sure of,” said Narawi.