Monday, February 28, 2011

Riot, Manyin quash rumours on falling out

Riot, Manyin quash rumours

Posted on February 28, 2011, Monday

SERIAN: Datuk Richard Riot yesterday denied rumours that he had a falling-out with Dato Sri Michael Manyin.

The two Bidayuh Barisan Nasional leaders made a rare joint appearance at Kampung Paon Gahat yesterday with Riot saying that he had always enjoyed a good working relationship with Manyin.

He said they were seldom seen together not because they had a falling-out but because of their conflicting schedules.

Manyin is the assemblyman for Tebedu, one of the two seats under Serian parliamentary constituency represented by Riot.

“We are seldom seen together not because we are not on the same wavelength. It’s because of our schedules – I am needed here, and he (Manyin) will be needed somewhere else. Today (Feb 27) is an exception and historic indeed because both of us Bidayuh leaders could make it here at Paon Gahat.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Masing is seen to be taking advantage of the federal government’s dislike of Taib.

What’s Masing’s plan now?
FMT Staff | February 25, 2011

Cornered Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing maybe making a calculated move soon.

KUCHING: Allegedly “bullied and ignored” by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, State Land Development Minister James Masing, who has faithfully waited in the wings, is now, it appears, prepared to go his way, with or without Barisan Nasional, if forced to accept Pelagus assemblyman Larry Sng.

Masing, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, made a covert visit to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently, causing much discomfort among Taib’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) party.

They know Masing had gone behind Taib’s back and complained to Najib about Taib’s interference in PRS internal matters.

PRS secretary-general Wilfred Nissom, however, said the meeting with Najib was about the seat allocation for the party.

“The delegation went to seek the prime minister’s agreement on the allocation of seats which will be honoured,” Nissom said, adding that Sng’s case did not arise as he was no longer a member of the party.

But the visit by PRS is certain to worsen the relationship between the BN coalition parties.

Masing, however, is unfazed because he knows Kuala Lumpur (KL) also does not like Taib.

In fact, according to insiders, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in KL wants Taib to step down before the state election.

“KL wants to regain the confidence of the Chinese. Taib is in the way.

“This time Taib is a liability to KL. He carries with him too many issues going into the election… he’s become an embarrassment,” said the insider, referring to a horde of police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reports and allegations of corruption, abuse of power and cronyism being labelled against Taib.

(The latest came on Monday when the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund released a blacklist of 49-companies in eight countries which were linked to Taib. His own company Cahaya Mata Sarawak allegedly hold monopoly over projects in the state.)

So Masing is seen to be taking advantage of the federal government’s dislike of Taib.

Powerless Masing

Masing is perhaps the only Dayak leader who has dared to speak up on issues.

Several months ago, he blamed the massive logjam, described as an ecological disaster, on over-logging in the upper reaches of Batang Baleh.

But Taib’s defenders chided Masing and instead blamed the logjam on the weather.

Then Masing, defending himself against allegations of doing nothing to help resolve land grab issues, said he had “no power” to deal with native customary rights (NCR) land issues despite being land development minister.

The “power” was in Taib’s hand.

Masing had also said even Sarawak Land Consolidation Rehabilitation Authority’s (Salcra) oil palm plantations, supposedly to help the natives to eradicate poverty, is under Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu’s State Rural Development Ministry.

Several applications by possible investors for the development of NCR land under a new concept devised by Masing’s ministry have also been delayed for more than three years because the decision laid in Taib’s hands.

Many would-be investors are also irked by the delay because the deposit of about RM5 million as required by the government for each application for an oil palm plantation could have earned them some interests had it been deposited in a bank.

But now the money is idle.

Raising these issues along with other matters like recruiting Dayaks into the state civil service, promotions in the civil service, and appointments into government-linked companies has not endeared Masing to Taib or his lieutenants in PBB.

Still suspicious

If anything at all, the strain between PBB and PRS, which sees itself as the leading party for Dayaks in Sarawak, is beginning to show.

PRS is considered “a threat to PBB” during the runup to the 2006 state election when some of Masing’s proposed candidates were dropped and replaced by PBB-inclined candidates.

At the time, PRS had submitted Lantak Amin as the candidate for Balai Ringin, but Taib dropped her and instead nominated Snowdan Lawan, whose father was an active member of PBB.

A similar situation arose during the 2008 parliamentary selection. This time, Masing’s candidates for Sri Aman and Lubok Antu were replaced with PBB’s Masir Kujat and William Nyalau Badak respectively.

Both of them were strong supporters of Jabu, who is PBB deputy president.

If Masing has moved on, Taib, it appears, hasn’t.

According to a PBB insider, Taib is still suspicious of Masing, who had tried, unsuccessfully, to topple him during the 1991 state election through “Project Ketua Menteri 92” .

“Taib remembers all these situations well. He knows what Masing did to try and topple him… it was a long time ago and Masing has been waiting since.

“Personally, I think it is time for Masing to come out. Jabu is not chief minister material. People prefer Masing to Jabu and Taib knows this too.

“And Masing, whatever is said, will know how to be grateful to Taib when the time comes,” said the insider.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

PRS to teach PBB a bitter lesson over Larry Sng issue??

Tedewin is to be PRS' proxy to fight PBB???

KUCHING February 22, 2011: The coming state election might see a proxy fight between two component parties of Barisan Nasional (BN).

The bone of the contention is the Pelagus issue involving its assemblyman Larry Sng, who is also an assistant minister in the Chief Minister's Department.

According to a political observer, who declined to be identified, the move by former information chief of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Tedewin Ngumbang for not joining Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and linking himself to a group of independent candidates who declared their interest to contest six seats belonging to Pesaka wing of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is very suspicious.

This was reported in a news portal last Saturday which quoted Tedewin as saying that he himself would be contesting against PBB deputy president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang in LOayar constituency in Betong.

The political observer pointed out that the fact Tedewin stills maintain a good relationship with the leadership of a certain BN component party makes him look the likely candidate to carry out the proxy fight against PBB.

"There are no rumours on the ground that indicate Tedewin has a fallout with the party leadership which resulted in him leaving the party. At the same time, many who are with the party leadership are not happy with PBB leaders for being seen as supportive of Pelagus assemblyman (Larry Sng).

"Thus, with Tedewin's decision not to join SNAP at this juncture when the party is not happy with PBB is very suspicious.

"The timing in making the decision not to join SNAP is very suspicious," said the political observer.

There are 71 state seats in Sarawak.

Based on BN quote system. 35 of these seats will be allocated to PBB, 19 to Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), nine to PRS and eight to Sarawak Progressive Democratic party (SPDP).

The last election results showed that there were 12 marginal state seats in Sarawak.

About 15 seats can be considered predominantly urban and of these, eight are overwhelmingly Chinese.

The rest of the 15 are mixed seats. - Borneo Post

Also read:
* Larry Sng and his future
* NEWS FLASH - Larry to square off with Philimon
* PRS undang padah jika singkir Larry dari Pelagus

Friday, February 18, 2011

PRS claims prime minister agrees to nine state seats

by Peter Sibon. Posted on February 18, 2011, Friday

KUCHING: A Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) official claimed yesterday that the party’s high-level delegation has got the assurance of the prime minister on the seat allocation for the party.
Datuk Wilfred Rata Nissom

Speaking to The Borneo Post here yesterday, PRS secretary-general Datuk Wilfred Rata Nissom said: “The delegation seeks the prime minister’s (agreement) on the allocation of seats which will be honoured.”

Nissom disclosed that besides himself, the other members of the delegation were party president Dato Sri Dr James Masing, deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun and vice- president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum.

It is understood that the meeting took place in the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Nissom said with the assurance of the prime minister who is also
the Barisan Nasional chairman, PRS would maintain its nine state seats, namely, Balai Ringin, Bukit Begunan, Batang Ai, Belaga, Baleh, Tamin, Kakus and Pelagus.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PKR Sarawak declares war on SNAP

LETTERS/SURAT - Malaysia Today
Monday, 07 February 2011 Super Admin

PKR Sarawak Insider

PKR Sarawak has declared war on SNAP, even though both are opposition parties and both want to see the end of Barisan Nasional rule in Sarawak.

The Blog, Antu Beduru, managed by Baru Bian's boys, published two articles called SNAP - Get real or get lost and SNAP - The stubborn Dayak whore.

Baru Bian’s boys are worried that PKR Sarawak may get left behind once SNAP reemerges as a dominant opposition force in Sarawak.

The recent breakfast meeting between Anwar Ibrahim and S’ng Chee Hua also rattled Baru Bian’s boys who see their boss about to be sidelined.

According to the talk in Kuching, the S’ng clan will soon emerge as the PKR powerbroker in Sarawak who will decide the line-up and candidates for the coming state elections expected in the next couple of months.

S'ng is also said to be the financier of Radio Free Sarawak, which operates out of London.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Baru agree that SNAP is a stubborn Dayak whore???

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SNAP - The stubborn Dayak whore.

For a party which claims to have 100,000 members, it was quite a disastrous showing when less than 100 members turned up for SNAP's latest symposium held at the Grand Continental Hotel in Kuching over the weekend. The large function room was sparsely populated with a smattering of over 80 people and even this small gathering of so-called strong supporters gradually thinned out as the day wore on; a slight improvement from the 50 people who turned up for Sibu previously.

Despite the concerted publicity to advertise all their symposiums thus far, SNAP has not been able to mobilise even 1% of its membership to attend its symposiums. If the Sibu symposium of 50 odd members and now the Kuching symposium touted to be the biggest yet of only 80 members are anything to go by, then SNAP must immediately arrest this dwindling membership or accept the reality that its much trumpeted support by the grassroots is as good as non-existent.

Augustine Liom, one of the speakers at the symposium, was heard to be leading the charge against the BN on land issues. He spoke on land grab and abuses of the system as though he has been a champion of Dayak land rights since time immemorial. Very valiant of him. However, perhaps we should ask our learned friend why he remained quiet when he was a Sessions Court Judge and did nothing to rule in favour of the Dayaks who brought cases on land issues against the Government?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Masing is having problems with Pelagus and Ngemah

Anonymous said in Sebanaku Sarawak "Larry Sng and his future":

PRS Northern Region,

This time Dato Sri James is having great problem in deciding who is his best man to take over Pelagus from Larry who's influence and popularity keeps on increasing everyday. All the potential candidates he try to propagate to wrest {Pelagus does not make any impact in Pelagus. Wonder what Dato Sri's James next move and who is in his mind.....let us all wait and see.

This also goes to Ngemah seat, where YB Gabriel Adit is the incumbent.Gabriel Adit won the seat against Alexander Vincent from BN and Richard Lias from PKR during the last ADUN.