News from Batang Ai (Part 3)


The daily update of news
from Batang Ai by-election
1. Is this not corruption?

Reports have been received by PKR operations room in Lubok Antu that Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing visited Rumah Sandah, Sg. Ara on 21 March 2009 (Sat). During the visit he allegedly promised each of the 946 people a sum of RM500.

By now, some money has been paid. And what was the money meant for is not very clear. But giving money during election time is tantamount to enticing people to vote for the BN candidate, and it is wrong in the eyes of the law.

Any one of the receivers can come up and lodge a report with the Police, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), the Election Commission and Malaysians for Free and Fair Election (MAFREL) so that action can be taken.

2. What Bank account?

The residents of Batang Ai were never asked to give their bank account details to the Land and Survey department as claimed by Anwar Ibrahim, de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). They were only asked to give copies of their identity cards because the department wants to update its data and records, said Masing.

Masing described Anwar’s accusation as very serious and pointed out that it was the opposition’s tactic to stir emotions in the run-up to the Batang Ai by-election.

When contacted today, Dominique Ng, a PKR State leader said that it was a “day light lie” and described it as a “part of pack of tricks” to fish for votes. Masing should explain to the people why they asked for the people’s bank account numbers.

The Broken Shield received a faxed copy of the letter (pics below) from the Land and Survey department. It is clearly stated in the page two of the letter a column was meant for the Bank Account number of the land owner.

The questions here are: “Why is the Land and Survey Department so suddenly interested to update the data and records of land owners during the by election? Why not 25 years ago? Is there any “prawn underneath the stone”?

3. Masing promises to tar-seal Batang Ai roads

The people of Batang Ai are happy to hear that the Minister of Land Development James Masing is going to tar-seal their roads that have been neglected for more than 25 years. The value of the projects is RM50 million for the tar-sealing of 7km Lemanak Road and the survey and design of a 60km road from Lemanak to Ulu Engkari. These projects, he said, and the RM12 million tar-sealing of 10km ring road in Batang Ai would be implemented by JKR.

Upon completion of these roads, the many longhouses in Ulu Engkari would no longer be isolated; they would be linked to Lubok Antu and other major towns and cities in the state.

While the people of Batang Ai are happy to hear about the promised road projects, the people of Kapit especially from Masing’s own Baleh constituency are sad and have called on Masing to do something about their road linking Kapit with other towns like Kanowit, Sibu, Miri, Kuching etc.

Like Ulu Engkari, Kapit has also been waiting for the last 45 years for the road to be constructed. Should not charity begin at home?

4. No Police permits required in longhouses

Political gatherings which are held in enclosed areas or on private property such as longhouses do not require Police permits, says Sarawak deputy commissioner of police Datuk Hamza Taib. Police, he said, will take action against any party that organizes political gatherings in public places without a permit.

In view of the coming by-election in Batang Ai those found to have flouted the rule could face action under section 27 of the Police Act. Fair enough.

5. Johnny Chuat may not contest

Johnny Chuat, an Iban blogger and producer of Iban magazine called Pegari may not offer himself as an independent candidate, if information received by The Broken Shield is correct. It is understood that he has booked his ticket to go to an African country following his gas and oil company.

This makes the PKR camp happy as BN candidate was not doing well in last election in Engkari and the surrounding areas. Up-todate, eight nomination forms have been taken from the Election Commission.

6. Masing is questioning Jawah’s about turn

Masing today questioned Jawah’s about turn from BN to PKR and said that two years ago in which Jawah the MP for Lubok Antu had expressed his undivided support to BN at a longhouse gathering. But in the space of less than two years Jawah is now with the Opposition and has been picked as its candidate in the by-election.

At that time Jawah also praised the chief minister who had brought tremendous development to Sarawak. Jawah also praised Jabu, a Dayak leader who had done so much for the people especially the Dayaks in the fields of education, culture and economy.

Masing should not have raised this issue of Jawah joining PKR, because Masing himself was in a similar situation, although in a different scenario. In 1991, Masing was launching the “KM project 1992” of PBDS. The project, Ketua Menteri Sarawak ‘92, was the key plan in its campaigning strategy to topple Abdul Taib Mahmud’s government.

If PBDS won, Masing would have been the Chief Minister of Sarawak. Unfortunately the plan failed. And now Masing is praising the Chief Minister and even defended his policies that are the sources of Dayak problems during a TV interview.

On why Jawah was praising Jabu, Jawah’s close friends said that it was to please Jabu because Jabu and the late Unting had “detained” Jawah’s MP projects worth about RM1.6 million. Jawah was given MP projects because he was a BN MP through PBDS in 2004 parliamentary election. We were told after praising Jabu, the funds were released.

7. Mussen’s low key campaigns

Reports from Batang Ai described Malcolm Mussen’s campaigns were up to now in a low key. Just released from the Civil Service, he has still retained the civil servant attitude, the “yesman” type of attitude.

Furthermore, Mussen is being surrounded by some civil servants who act as his “body guards” or PR men who do not allow people to see him. These people who could be Mussen’s supporters are not only angry but have also joined Jawah’s camp. Assuming that Mussen is elected, can he become an effective YB?

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Thursday, March 26

News from Batang Ai (Part 2)


The daily update of news
from Batang Ai by-election
1. Entulu calls on Bawin to join PRS
Deputy president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Joseph Entulu Belaun yesterday called on Nicholas Bawin, Director of Operations of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) for the Batang Ai by-election to join PRS. “I believe that Bawin is only wasting his time by associating himself with PKR, so it will be good if he can use his potential and join PRS to develop Batang Ai,” said Entulu who is also deputy minister of rural and regional development.

Isn’t this irony? Only now that Entulu knows Bawin has the potential to help develop Batang Ai, when he is with PKR. Such a gesture should have been offered to Bawin when he was jobless and partyless (he was a SNAP man and later joined SPDP) after he was asked to resign on 28 February 2004 as deputy president of Majlis Adat istiadat Sarawak.

He was asked to resign after he campaigned for Jawah Gerang, then Barisan/PBDS candidate for Lubok Antu against William Nyallau Badak, the independent. Jawah’s candidacy was endorsed by the Prime Minister as head of the Barisan Nasional, while Nyallau’s candidacy was supported and arranged by the State BN leadership principally Abdul Taib Mahmud and Alfred Jabu anak Numpang.

All state civil servants and leaders of government agencies including Bawin were directed to campaign for Nyallau as he was the “true” Barisan candidate. Jawah was then known as Barisan “Palsu” (false). As Bawin failed to obey the directive, he was asked to resign. Furthermore, Bawin was an expert witness on NCR land court cases. As a result of Bawin’s testimony, the government has lost many cases. Bawin is therefore a thorn in the flesh for the State BN. During this time no one from PRS and SPDP dared to be seen in Bawin’s company as they feared Taib and Jabu might see them.

There are also rumours floating around that the State BN is trying to offer Bawin RM2 million to defect. Is Entulu sincere in inviting Bawin to join PRS? Or is he merely poking fun at him?

2. The rating is 50:50

With the names of the candidates representing each party are now known, political observers are busy making predictions. It depends on who you are talking to. If you talk to Mussen’s supporters, they will say Mussen will win. Likewise, if you talk to Jawah’s supporters, Jawah will win. But I say the two are having a tough fight. The rating is about 50:50 for the time being.

3. Oldest voters

It has been discovered in the latest electoral roll there are about 26 voters whose ages are ranging from 90 to 111 years old. Election watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Election (MAFREL) is sending its team to track them at Kutai Polling district. If they have died, then their names must be struck from the roll. What MAFREL and the Opposition fear is that the “deads” may be asked to cast their votes on 7 April as it happened many a time in West Malaysia.

4. Mussen’s posters done by PBB

According to The Borneo Post today (25 March) all posters for Malcolm Mussen have been prepared by PBB members at their headquarters at Jalan Bako. Since Mussen is a PRS-nominated candidate, we would have thought that all his posters and campaign strategies be handled by PRS director of operations, who is James Masing himself. It seems that Jabu has a greater say. So what does all this suggest?

5. PKR not serious in Batang Ai by-election?

PRS campaigners have been telling voters of Batang Ai that PKR is not serious in the Batang Ai by-election as they are more interested to see victories in Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang by-elections. If PKR is not serious, why is it that Anwar Ibrahim is making a number of visits to Lubok Antu? We are told that some 2,000 campaign workers from DAP, PAS, PKR and SNAP will be going to Lubok Antu and visit each and every one of the 156 longhouses.

During nomination day on 29 March, Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will accompany Jawah to the nomination centre. He will be spending a night in a longhouse? Have you ever heard of our chief minister “yang kita sayangi” spending a night in an Iban longhouse since he became Chief Minister on 26 March 1981?

6. RM500 for each household

We have also received information that BN will give each family RM500 during the by-election. Imagine how much it costs the BN? Let say out of 156 longhouses, the average number of doors is 25, it will mean 25x156xRM500 equals RM1.9 million. Where does this money come from? Is it from the people’s money?

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Wednesday, March 25

News from Batang Ai (Part 1)


From now onwards The Broken Shield will daily update its readers on news regarding the by-election in Batang Ai.

1. No split in PKR

Deputy Chairman of PKR Batang Ai Division Maling Anak Luna today denied there is split in PKR following the selection of Jawah Gerang as the candidate for the Batang Ai by-election. No doubt various groups in PKR have lobbied for their favourite son to be selected as a candidate as PKR has a free election process to select a candidate. Some have supported Nicholas Bawin and others Jawah Gerang.

He said: “Since Jawah has been selected, Maling called on members and supporters of PKR to be united and give their support to Jawah. “This is because the enemy is not anyone or anybody inside the party. The real enemy is the BN – the cause of the miseries and problems of the people.

2. Mussen teamed with PBB

Reports reaching Kuching today alleged that Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and its candidate PRS operations room was still in disarray. When Dublin Unting was still in coma for nine months, his service centre had been neglected. The PBB operations room is under the general command of “General” Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, who is deputy president of PBB.

3. New names for Jawah and Mussen

James Masing and his men have smsed a number of people naming the PKR candidate as Jawah Sng anak Gerang. They thought that Sng Chee Hua was behind Jawah’s candidacy. In return, the PKR has alleged that Malcolm Mussen is a PBB man wearing the PRS shirt. They have named him as Malcolm Mussem Jabu anak Lamoh.

4. Linang another independent candidate?

Linang Merujun is said to have performed a “miring” ceremony in his longhouse Sebangki. The reason is unknown. Could he perform the “miring”in order to seek blessing from gods in order to contest as an independent candidate in the coming by-election?

5. Is he serious to contest?

News from Lubok Antu said that several Tuai Rumah from Batang Ai are now being held at the Hilton Hotel, Batang Ai as “hostages”. Each of the Tuai Rumah is said to have been given RM1,000 and given free food and lodging. How nice? No wonder so many want to become Tuai Rumah.

7. Sandau ari for Jawah

Jawah Gerang, the PKR candidate tonight is performing a “Sandau Ari” (a kind of thanksgiving) at his longhouse at Sayat.

More to come…stay tune. –


Johnny Chuat of Iban magazine Pegari is seriously thinking of contesting in the by-election as he believes he has the support of about 800 voters from his longhouse and those nearby.

6. Tuai Rumah held

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