Selangor to repossess cattle land

Meera: Shame on you Jabu!

Kickbacks: Who should be blamed?


SRI AMAN: Tuai Rumah (longhouse chiefs) and village headmen have been warned against asking for any kickbacks from villagers under them for endorsing their applications for financial assistance from the government.

Bukit Begunan assemblyman Mong Dagang, who gave this strong warning, said illegal practice of asking for kickbacks would only tarnish the reputation of the Tuai Rumah and village headmen.

He said as leaders of their respective villages, they should be genuine and honest in helping the people under them. (The Borneo Post dated 28 September, page 6).

It is a good advice and a timely warning coming from YB Mong. We all know that many Tuai Rumah and Penghulu have been asking for “kickbacks” or “commissions” or “kopi o money” from their anembiaks before they sign any application.

But can we blame them for asking such “kopi o money”?

I would have thought that YBs and political leaders should be blamed, because they are the ones who have been “teaching” the community leaders to be corrupted. Come election, the Tuai Rumah would be called to assist in bribing their anembiaks into voting for the BN candidates. Some money would be passed to the Tuai Rumah who distributed them to their followers. Of course being the Tuai Rumah, they would be given bigger “commissions”.

Other forms of corruption include promising the Tuai Rumah some businesses, penghuluship, pemanchaship, temengongship, and even councillor posts as well as minor rural development projects.

Some Tuai Rumah have also seen some YBs receiving some “kickbacks” from timber or oil palm plantation companies which wish to fell timber or plant oil palm in their constituencies. Some YBs have also been asking from 10 to 20% commissions from minor rural development projects from those who are lucky enough to be given the contract works.

Reporting such corruption to MACC is wasting our time. We have lodged a number of reports before with MACC (ACA then) until today no action has been taken.

No wonder the Tuai Rumah and other community leaders are getting bolder nowadays in asking for “kickbacks”. – The Broken Shield



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Thursday, September 24


KUCHING: A State PKR leader Dominique Ng has described as farcical and negligent, the attempted denial by some senior Sarawak cabinet members, especially Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, a Deputy Chief Minister, of the findings of a federal report confirming the occurrence of rape against Penan girls in 2008.

“Jabu who is the minister responsible of Penan affairs should resign from all his posts to take full responsibility for the whole debacle which has now brought tremendous shame to the people of Sarawak,” said Ng, who is the state assemblyman for Padungan.

“The whole cabinet should tender an apology to the Penan people of Sarawak,” he stressed, when commenting on the reports of rape and sexual abuse against Penan girls and women.

He added: “The State government should immediately release the long overdue report in its entirety. It must give a just account to all the people of Sarawak and Malaysia.

“Police and court action must immediately proceed to return justice to the victims and their families,” he said, pointing out that the Police must be seen to be effective in combating crime, and public confidence in the criminal justice system in Sarawak must be restored and promoted by due promptness and effectiveness of the relevant authorities in action.

“The persecution and the sorry plight of the indigenous people of Sarawak occur repeatedly and this is a situation that cannot be tolerated by all decent Malaysians.

“State cabinet ministers concerned should be ashamed of their futile attempts to camouflage the commission of such insidious crimes against our own Sarawak people.

The international reputation of our beloved Nation and State has been severely compromised,” he said.

The occurrence of rape of the Penan girls was raised by Ng in the Dewan Undangan Negeri, Sarawak, during its November 2008 sitting after the initial exposure by the Bruno Manser Fund website in mid-September.

The Star newspaper had on 6 October reported on and confirmed the allegations based on its own on-site journalist investigation, which State cabinet ministers, MPs and State assemblymen had described the reports as “untruths”.

Even when the reports on the rape have been released and are found to contain some “truths”, there are some Cabinet ministers especially Jabu who question the credibility of the reports. – The Broken Shield



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Monday, September 21


SRI AMAN: – Another 11 more Iban NCR land owners from Abok in the Pantu District in Sarawak have been arrested on Friday 18 September for harvesting oil palm fruits from their own land.

The arrest was made following a police complaint filed by the Pelita-Tetangga Akrab oil palm plantation.

This is the second arrest this month in the district. On 4 September six Ibans from Kasindu were picked up together with their three tons of oil palm fruits on a similar offence. They have been released after their statements were taken.

Cobbold John, an NCR land owner and oil palm planter said that a group consisting of 20 Iban males and five women in the group of 32 people last Friday was rounded up and spent a night in the custody of the Police. They were then allowed to go. Eleven others have their statements taken and are going to be charged.

“This is a clear case of harassment,” said Nicholas Mujah, Secretary General of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association. “They are not going to be charged and yet they will have to spend one night in the custody of the police. It shows that the companies are able to exert influence over the police and government.”
The communities’ farm land was taken by Pelita-Tetangga Akrab in 2003 in a joint venture to plant oil palm, despite immediate protest and the filing of a court case by the communities affected. Though they have claimed to do this JV with the community, the vast majority of the communities had rejected the project and their right to free, prior and informed consent ignored.

As a desperate measure, the villagers have taken to harvesting the oil palm fruits that were grown on their land. Though numerous reports and complaints to the police have been made by the villagers, these have fallen on deaf ears.

“The government wants the natives not to leave their NCR lands idle. But when the native communities want to develop their own land by planting cash crops such as oil palm, they are being penalised”, said Mark Bujang, Executive Director of Borneo Resources Institute, Malaysia (BRIMAS).

In Sarawak, native land rights are recognized by the Sarawak State Constitution and their rights to these lands have been reaffirmed through several key judgments in the Malaysian Courts. – The Broken Shield



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Thursday, September 17


Kuching: The Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS) has called on the State Government of Sarawak to halt its current development policy and practice of developing its 1.7 million hectares of oil palm plantations as its development is tantamount to the build–up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In a statement emailed to The Broken Shield, its executive director, Mark Bujang said that over the recent years some 750,000 hectares of land had been planted with oil palm trees, about 70% of this are in deep peat soil area in Sarawak.

“With this massive clearing of peat swamp forest and conversion of peat soil land for plantations, thousands of tons of carbon dioxide are going to be released into the atmosphere,” he said, pointing out to a study conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2007 on the role peat lands play in human-induced climate change, found out that the world’s estimated 988 million acres of peat land (which represented about three percent of world’s land and freshwater surface) are capable of storing some two trillion tons of carbon dioxide.

This, he said, was equivalent to about 100 years worth of fossil fuel emissions.

Sarawak’s peat land is one of the most fragile wetland systems in the world, Bujang said and added that 95% of peat land in Sarawak is deep peat that is more than three metres deep.

He said: “The state government of Sarawak’s target of planting one million hectares of land with oil palm next year is very alarming.

“As such, the widespread conversions of peat bogs into plantations will seriously affect environment especially when the stored carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere from drained or burnt of peat lands,” he said.

BRIMAS he said had over the years carried out field monitoring on oil palm plantations and found out the nature of development activities taken place on peat lands are very destructive with extensive clearing of peat swamp forest and drainage of lands.

These activities, he added, had resulted in total loss of biodiversity as most of the plantations have taken the easy way out of clearing the lands through open burning.

“Hence Sarawak is continuously facing and experiencing poor air quality due to haze when there is dry weather,” Bujang pointed out.

He went on to say that the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO) proposals to amend the RSPO principle and criteria with inclusion of specific measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be lauded and supported by all parties including the Sarawak oil palm owners association.

BRIMAS also called on the State government to stop issuing new licences for planting of oil palm over any peat land area in the state, he said, and also urged the government to stop the oil palm plantation companies from further clearing of forest for new plantations.

“By doing so, the government could avoid the accusations of being labeled as destroyers of the forest and ecosystems by opening up lands for oil palm plantations. Not only that, the government could stand high to prove to the global community that it has taken credible efforts in protecting and restoring peat lands in reducing our country’s carbon footprints as the world braces for global warming,” Bujang said.- The Broken Shield



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Tuesday, September 15


SIMUNJAN SARAWAK: About 120 Iban natives including women from Kampung Ensika, Kampung Entanggor, Kampung Tungkah Iban, Kampung Arus Sebangan are in full force once again setting up blockades to defend their communal land and forest from being destroyed by a logging company Hock Tong Hin (forest licence Holder of T/5090) and its contractor Forest Wealt Sdn Bhd.

This is the second time they have set up blockades to save their communal forest. The previous blockade was made on 14th day September 2006 and subsequently a suit was filed in 2007 (Suit No 22-118-2007) against the same licencee (Hock Tong Hin) which then their contractor was Roundtree Timber Sdn Bhd. The case trial has been set on the 8th December 2009.

Their spokesman, Nicholas Mujah said he had made a police report on the incident at the Simunjan Police Station on 9th September 2009 and also lodged a complaint with the Sarawak Forest Corporation whom he believed is the authority entrusted by the government of the day to deal with logging thief in the state.

“I am very much saddened and of grave concern with no action by authorities to stop government’s assets and monies being stolen in a bright daylight,” he said, alleging suspicious collusion between the SFC especially SAPU section and the logging company.

Mujah further said that when he and colleagues went to SFC office at Serian on the 8th September 2009 to check the validity of the said logging operation, they met one man who later acknowledged himself from the logging concession T/5090. He was seen to really control the office (like just sitting all over the tables belonging to the corporation freely as if on our first glance he was the boss there).

Mujah said: “And when told that the man is the officer from the logging company I approached him about our complaint. He told me that he can only say that I have to refer my complaint to their head office in Kuching.”

Mujah, however met the officer in charge by the name of David Mohamad who took down his little statement. The said officer had promised to call him in a few days later while making arrangement for a transport for field investigation.

Until today the officer has not called to him, claimed Mujah.

Meanwhile at the blockade site the natives had successfully met the “mandor” and stopped the locomotive laden logs from removing them from the communal area.

The blockade is still going on for the third day running. The people are yet to meet the police as normally expected.

Nicholas also said that the people are determined to defend their land and forest even if there are arrests to be made by the police.

“I am already immune to this situation and I will face the authorities and challenged them in the court of justice if my people are harassed or intimidated,” he said. – The Broken Shield


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Thursday, September 10


Is Peter Nyarok (pic above) defending his deputy president’s post when Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) holds its elections in December this year?

This is the question being asked by many of his supporters and friends in view of his silence over speculations that he has offered to step down in order to make way for the Bintulu MP and treasurer general Tiong King Sing.

Even SPDP president William Mawan is unsure of Nyarok’s position; however he includes Nyarok in his line-up hoping that there will be no contests for the top posts.

Speculations have been rife among the members that Nyarok has negotiated with Tiong over the possibility of Tiong taking over the number two post as he wants to retire from politics.

It is learnt that the majority of the party’s supreme council and members are wary of Tiong’s intention to be the two of the party and thus they have held discussions to carry out “Plan B” whereby they want to challenge Tiong, and if need be Mawan’s leadership should he take Tiong as his running mate.

Of course Mawan is hoping that every thing will remain status quo. But Nyarok’s silence seems to confirm the rumours of his stepping down and this will inevitably open the way for the top posts to be contested.

Dr. Tiki Lafe, vice president of the party has already talked about the new line-up, when he said: “There is likelihood that even the top posts will be challenged including his own vice-president post. We are talking of a Plan B now and a new line-up.”

“What some of the us fear is that if Tiong becomes the number two, it will be a matter of time before he takes over the leadership of the party. If this happens, then there are bound to be troubles in the party,” said another member of the supreme council who requested not to be quoted in view of the sensitivity of the issue.

Several reasons they do not want Tiong to be the number two. Firstly, they see Tiong as the stumbling block for Dayak unity through merger between SPDP and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS). The merger talks have been initiated five years ago and nothing concrete has come out of the proposal. Tiong has been known to be not in favour of the merger.

Secondly, they see Tiong and his company Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd are allegedly involved in the PKFZ scandal. The latest news about the scandal is that KDSB account to the tune of RM140 million has been frozen pending investigations into the case. The SPDP supreme council members fear that if any thing happens to Tiong, they do not want the party to be dragged along.

Another reason, and the most important one, is that they do not want Sarawak National Party’s history to be repeated. SNAP was saddled with crisis after crisis since James Wong took over the leadership of the party beginning in 1981. During his presidency, Dayaks’ interests and voices were suppressed.

He treated the party as his own company and did not tolerate any criticism; anyone who disagreed with him was expelled from the party. Daniel Tajem, the late Joseph Samuel and Patau Rubis were among victims of Wong’s dictatorial rule in the party. And even Tiong was a victim in the 2002 crisis which led to split in SNAP and resulted in the formation of SPDP in November 2002.

Some of the current SPDP’s supreme council members had bitter experiences in SNAP and they do not want the same thing happens to SPDP.

One among them is Nyarok, the retired school teacher, who came into prominence when he played a leading role together with Mawan and seven others in the 2002 SNAP crisis in which they disagreed with the SNAP president’s expulsion of Tiong from the party. Their disagreement led to them leaving the party and forming SPDP.

Upon the formation of SPDP, Tiong was given the post of treasurer general, while Nyarok upon the death of Peter Tinggom one year or so later was elevated to the post of deputy president.

“It is in this light that we oppose Tiong taking over as deputy president of the party and we will oppose him by challenging him,” said a SPDP leader who also refused to be identified.

“Moreover, Tiong has become too powerful in the party and has antagonized many supreme council members,” he said, adding that Tiong has been treating them with little respect.

According to him, Tiong rebuked them during last month’s supreme council meeting. He said: “Abis kami ditelanjai ka iya”. (Literally it means Tiong completely stripped them off).

Although Tiong’s outbursts did not go down well with some members of the council, they refused however to argue with him. Instead they preferred to keep silence, but his outbursts caused some fears and worry among them.

As they want to fight Tiong at all costs, many are worried about the consequences and Mawan must realise that four or five of SPDP’s State assemblymen are known to be leaning towards Parti Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), the backbone of the State government, which was responsible for their candidacies.

As claimed by a leader who is one of the initiators of “Plan B”, most of the elected representatives are in the second list.

“It all depends on Mawan. He must make a choice. Either he supports Tiong or supports Dayak unity. If he is supportive of Tiong, then he will be challenged,” said a senior member of the party.

Meanwhile, Party Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) which will hold its delegates conference later is watching with great interest what is happening in SPDP especially in respect of Tiong’s possible election as his party’s deputy president.

“If that happens, we know that the proposed merger between the two parties will not take place in the immediate future as we know that Tiong is against the merger,” said Tedewin Ngumbang, a member of PRS supreme council. – The Broken Shield

(Note the article was first published by the Malaysian Mirror and has been rewritten to suit the readers of The Broken Shield).


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Tuesday, September 8


BARAM: Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Ak Numpang has urged the Orang Ulu Community to be patient, saying that they may have to wait at least 10 years for the vast Baram district to experience progress and development.

“The government has development plans for Baram. Within the next 10 years there will be opportunities for the rural district to get out of vicious poverty cycle.

“The key, of course, is the people of Baram must work hand in hand with the government, with the Barisan Nasional and with one another,” he said at the opening ceremony of PBB Telang Usan triennial delegates assembly last Saturday.

From Jabu’s remarks, the people of Baram will only benefit from the fruits of Merdeka 56 years after Sarawak has obtained her independence through the formation of Malaysia. For the past 46 years, the district has been neglected, marginalized and suppressed.

If I am not mistaken, there was a proposal decades ago to build a trunk road from Miri to Marudi. The proposal was not approved because there were no economic activities there. Furthermore, the state government did not want to disturb, like in Kapit, the boat express services there. But who own these boat expresses?

Jabu admitted that another 10 years then the people of Baram’s rural district – the Kayans, Kenyahs, Berawans, Ibans, Penans and Kelabits – will “get out of vicious poverty cycle”.

By the time, when development eventually comes, if the promise is to be fulfilled, many of those who are now 46 years old or more (if they are born before and during Sarawak’s independence in September 1963) will be dead by then. Sad that they will never taste the fruits of Merdeka.

Jabu warned them of course they must support BN, otherwise forever they will never see development.

The Baram District has abundant wealth in the form of timber, and timber related products, bird nests, good land for agricultural activities and the reason why the people are poor is because the forests have been stripped off their contents leaving nothing for the people to survive on. No wonder the timber blockades are never an ending process. – The Broken Shield



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Gempa Bumi Di Selatan, Gegaran Dirasai Di Semenanjung

Gempa bumi berskala 7.7 Richter berlaku di selatan Sumatera, Indonesia pada pukul 6.16 petang menyebabkan gegaran dirasai di beberapa kawasan di pantai barat Semenanjung Malaysia, menurut Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia.

Pusat gempa bumi itu berlaku kira-kira 60km barat daya bandar Padang di Sumatera dan 452km barat daya Melaka.

Jabatan Meteorologi sedang memantau keadaan dengan rapi.

Di sekitar Lembah Klang, orang ramai kelihatan bergegas keluar daripada pejabat dan bangunan tinggi ekoran gegaran itu.

Agensi berita Reuters melaporkan gempa bumi itu berukuran 7.9 skala Richter dan amaran tsunami telah dikeluarkan oleh Pusat Tsunami Pasifik.

Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM dakwa CPI tidak adil

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Sept: Ketua Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan mendakwa Indeks Persepsi Rasuah (CPI) yang dikeluarkan oleh Transparency International (TI) tidak adil.Sebagai contoh, dakwa beliau, CPI tidak mengambilkira jumlah penduduk negara-negara dalam indeks tersebut.

“Saya melihat begitu banyak penambahbaikan di dalam perkhidmatan awam sejak 10 tahun lalu,” akhbar Filipina, Business Mirror memetik beliau berkata.

Akhbar itu melaporkan, TI menyifatkan reputasi Malaysia sebagai tempat menjalankan perniagaan telah merosot sejak beberapa tahun lalu.

Malah, lapor akhbar itu lagi, TI menyifatkan projek hidroelektrik Bakun sebagai “tugu rasuah”.

Laporan CPI bagi tahun 2008 menunjukkan kedudukaan Malaysia bertambah buruk, merudum ke tangga ke 47 dari tangga ke 43 dalam indeks bagi tahun 2007.

Sejak kali pertama Malaysia disenaraikan dalam indeks tersebutpada tahun 1995, di mana Malaysia berada pada tangga ke 23, kedudukannya terus merudum.

Malah, kedudukan Malaysia lebih buruk dari Israel yang dilabel sebagai entiti haram pengganas. Israel berada pada kedudukan ke 33 dalam indeks tersebut bagi tahun 2008.

Tuduhan Ahmad Said itu dilihat sebagai tindak balas kepada ulasan Presiden Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), Datuk Paul Low kepada indeks tersebut.

Low menyifatkan SPRM belum memperlihatkan hasil yang diinginkan dan orang ramai menganggap suruhanjaya itu sebagai mengamalkan penyiasatan dan pendakwaan secara berpilih-pilih.

Isu rasuah di Malaysia belum mendapat keutamaan dari segi usaha menangani masalah tersebut, kata beliau.

Ketika mengumumkan Laporan Rasuah Global (CGR) 2009 baru-baru ini, Low berkata, usaha mencegah rasuah di negara ini tidak ubah seperti melepas batuk di tangga sahaja jika tidak dilaksanakan tindakan drastik untuk memisahkan hubungan selesa antara kerajaan, perniagaan dan politik.

GCR adalah penerbitan tahunan utama TI yang menghimpunkan penyelidikan dan analisis pakar-pakar di seluruh dunia dengan tumpuan kepada isu berkaitan rasuah.

Ia menampilkan 75 pakar dalam mengkaji skala, skop dan kemusnahan akibat rasuah syarikat, dan meliputi perniagaan kecil dan sederhana hinggalah syarikat multinasional di 46 negara.

Menurut laporan itu, berkata hubungan antara kerajaan, perkhidmatan awam dan sektor swasta di Malaysia melemahkan keberkesanan konsep “check and balance”.

“Pembiayaan politik merupakan isu besar,” kata Low.

Laporan itu juga menyatakan bahawa hubungan kompleks antara politik, sektor awam dan sektor swasta itu bererti rasuah mungkin berlaku dengan bebas tanpa sebarang hukuman.

Satu-satunya sisi yang positif dari laporan tersebut mengenai Malaysia ialah pengiktirafan yang diberikan kepada kerajaan Pulau Pinang dalam memerangi rasuah. _

Mampukah isu ‘tangan ghaib’ pulihkan MCA? — Kamal Ahmad

SEPT 30 — Tarikh 10 Oktober ini bakal menentukan kedudukan Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat; dan bekas timbalannya, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. Kira-kira 2,400 ahli perwakilan pusat parti akan berkumpul dalam Dewan San Choon di Wisma MCA, seawal jam 7.30 pagi untuk membincangkan lima usul yang dikatakan mampu merungkai kemelut dalaman parti kedua terbesar Barisan Nasional (BN) itu.

Menjelang tarikh itu, desakan dan tekanan silih berganti dilakukan Dr Chua terhadap Ong serta kepemimpinannya. Terbaru, Dr Chua mendakwa ramai perwakilan Pusat, pemimpin dan ahli parti MCA akan meletak jawatan malah keluar parti jika resolusi mesyuarat agung luar biasa (EGM) nanti tidak memihak kepadanya. Ini bagai satu lagi ugutan terhadap Ong yang menjurus supaya Presiden MCA itu dipertanggungjawabkan jika parti kehilangan ramai ahli dan pemimpin selepas tarikh berkenaan.

Kenapa Dr Chua mendakwa demikian tetapi tidak tahu perkembangan sebenarnya sedangkan beliau sedar ura-ura berkenaan? Sejauh mana kesetiaan Dr Chua kepada MCA jika EGM kelak tidak memihak kepadanya? Bagaimana dengan ura-ura Dr Chua mahu menubuhkan parti baru, Parti Cintai Malaysia, yang beliau anggap satu lagi propaganda Ong.

Jika benar ramai ahli dan pemimpin MCA akan keluar parti maka kenyataan Dr Chua pastinya bercanggah dengan hakikat beliau konon mempunyai sokongan padu segenap peringkat parti. Kelompok itu pastinya penyokong Dr Chua. Tetapi bagaimana beliau mahu sehidup semati dengan MCA sedangkan ramai penyokongnya keluar parti? Bagaimana seorang ketua tidak mampu mengawal sikap atau pendirian penyokongnya sedangkan kelompok itu beliau anggap bukan taksub kepadanya tetapi kecewa dengan kepemimpinan MCA sekarang yang tiada wawasan, tiada tindakan positif dan tidak konsisten.

Andai ramai ahli dan pemimpin MCA keluar parti kerana kecewa, ke mana hala tuju politik mereka? Mungkin mereka akan menyertai DAP atau Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Bolehkah DAP menerima orang Dr Chua yang mungkin dianggap tidak cukup radikal untuk menjadi ahli DAP? Apakah mereka akan bersekutu dengan PKR kerana ada bekas Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Chua Jui Meng?

Jui Meng tewas kepada Ong dalam pertandingan merebut jawatan Presiden MCA, dalam perhimpunan parti itu Oktober tahun lalu. Namun Dr Chua Berjaya menewaskan lawannya, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan. Apakah ada kemungkinan dua “Chua” ini akan bergabung semula dalam PKR seperti mereka menjadi regu menentang dua “Ong” dalam pemilihan MCA sebelum ini?

Pada pemilihan itu, Dr Chua mendapat 1,115 undi mengalahkan Ka Chuan yang dilihat sebagai “orang” Tee Keat yang hanya mendapat 1,001 undi. Mampukah Dr Chua mengekalkan sekurang-kurangnya undi yang sama dalam EGM kali ini?

“Saya komited kepada MCA dan mahu mati sebagai ahli MCA,” demikian kata Dr Chua menjawab soalan bahawa apa guna beliau kekal dalam parti yang tidak lagi menghargainya. Beliau juga tidak ada sebab memikirkan pelan B dan menyertai parti lain. Ramai pihak yang memerhatikan gerak laku Dr Chua dan menyaksikan kemampuan beliau mengotakan janji itu serta terus setia dengan MCA, andai tewas dalam EGM kelak.

Pendirian beliau yang “tidak berminat dengan jawatan menteri” andai diterima semula sebagai Timbalan Presiden MCA juga mencetuskan tanda tanya. Namun beliau mahu melaksanakan satu tugas besar — menyatukan semula komuniti Cina, dengan syarat — pertama, parti mesti bersatu; kedua, komuniti Cina mesti menerima hakikat kepelbagaian kaum di negara ini dan tidak ada satu kaum mesti mengaut semuanya dan tidak ada satu kaum ketinggalan daripada arus perdana pembangunan negara; dan ketiga, mesti ada semangat bertolak ansur lebih luas dalam usaha pembentukan negara.

Ketika rata-rata pihak yakin EGM ini mampu meleraikan sebahagian besar kemelut dalaman MCA, kini timbul kononnya ada pihak ketiga yang sebenarnya mahu memecahbelahkan MCA. Mereka bertindak menyebarkan semula video seks Dr Chua yang dengan sengaja mahu menaikkan emosi, kemarahan dan kebencian penyokong beliau terhadap Tee Keat, menjelang EGM itu.

Pengerusi Biro Perhubungan Pertubuhan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO) MCA, Datuk Ti Lian Ker, berkata “third force” yang wujud di kalangan parti itu mahu mengeksploitasi kemusnahan maksimum terhadap peribadi dan kewibawaan Tee Keat serta Dr Chua. Katanya, motif “third force” sangat jelas, mahu menjatuhkan kepemimpinan Tee Keat dan merosakkan Dr Chua selama-lamanya. Kemuncak kemarahan ahli MCA akan mengakibatkan parti berpecah selama-lamanya dan sesiapa yang menerajui parti akan menjadi “itik tempang”.

Ti mendakwa “third force” juga mahu menguasai pemimpin MCA untuk motif dan agenda peribadi. Mereka mahu menentukan kepemimpinan MCA seperti yang lepas-lepas dan kemelut dalaman membuka peluang mereka “membunuh dua ekor burung dengan satu batu”.

Siapakah pemilik “tangan ghaib” yang dimaksudkan oleh Ti? Mungkinkah identiti kelompok itu akan disingkap dan didedahkan dalam EGM kali ini? Dan, apakah “isu tangan ghaib” mampu dijadikan tali menyatukan semua Tee Keat dan Dr Chua bagi menghadapi kelompok yang mahu mengancam MCA? Ini akan menjadikan EGM nanti lebih hangat dan mengejutkan. — Berita Harian

Mampukah Isa Bangkitkan Semangat Juang UBN?

[kemaskini] SAH calon Pas, Zulkefli Mohd Omar, 45 tahun. Ia diumumkan Presiden Pas, Abdul Hadi Awang tiga minit lalu. Zulkefli seorang profesional dan menjawat jawatan pengarah sebuah syarikat. Mempunyai enam orang anak. Dalam pilihan raya beliau bertanding di DUN Lenggeng kalah ditangan Mustapa Salim dengan majoriti 1,285.
DI MAJLIS pengumuman calon Pas untuk pilihan raya kecil Bagan Pinang saat ini, Naib Presiden PKR, Azmin Ali sedang berucap. Nama calon Pas bila-bila masa akan diumumkan oleh Presiden pas, Abdul Hadi Awang. Nama Pesuruhjaya Pas Negeri Sembilan, Zulkefli Mohd Omar sudah hampir pasti akan diumumkan sebagai calon.

UBN sudah pun mengesahkan bekas MB Negeri Sembilan, Mohd Isa Samad, 59 sebagai calon mereka. Pengumuman nama Isa dilakukan oleh Timbalan Presiden Umno, Muhyiddin Yassin di Port Dickson kira-kira jam 5:40 petang tadi dalam satu majlis khas sempena sambutan hari raya Aidilfitri yang dihadiri kira-kira 3,000 orang. Turut sama dihadir memberi semangat ialah Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak, isterinya Rosmah Mansor dan beberapa pemimpin kanan Umno dan BN.
Pengumuman Mohd Isa sudah dijangka awal-awal lagi. Walaupun pengumuman itu tidak mengejutkan tetapi ia menyebabkan sebilangan orang mengeluh dengan pemilihan Isa itu. Mereka yang bersetuju dengan pandangan bekas Presiden Umno, Mahathir Mohamad tentu teruja dengan pemilihan Isa. Bagi mereka Umno Negeri Sembilan sungguh berani kerana meletakkan Isa sebagai calon.

Dari sudut lain pemilihan Isa itu menjelaskan Umno sudah tidak mempedulikan lagi pandangan Dr Mahathir. Apakah ketidakpedulian Umno itu bakal memberi risiko kepadanya? Sekiranya pandangan Mahathir itu benar bahawa dengan mencalonkan Isa ia menjejaskan Umno, nampaknya Umno tidak mempedulikan nasihat bekas presiden mereka itu.

Pemilihan Mohd Isa yang pernah digantung kerana penglibatan dalam rasuah politik itu menurut Muhyiddin adalah atas kehendak akar umbi Umno bahagian Teluk Kemang. Umno bahagian berkenaan terus mahukan Isa walaupun bekas MB itu seeloknya bersara dalam politik dan sepatutnya bersedia menyokong calon lain.

Kelebihan Mohd Isa beliau mendapat sokongan akar umbi yang turut mendesak Umno bahagian Telok Kemang agar mempertahankan Isa. Situasi itulah menyebabkan Umno serba salah dan tidak ada pilihan lain melainkan mencalonkan Isa kandatipun Isa bermasalah.

Apa yang jelasnya pencalonan itu menunjukkan pengaruh peribadi Isa masih kuat di Negeri Sembilan khasnya di Teluk Kemang. Pemilihan Isa sebagai calon Umno menjelaskan Isa bukan calon parti tetapi calon dari orang kampungnya sendiri!
Dari sudut lain pencalonan Isa dilihat sebagai satu perjudian besar oleh Umno. Umno seakan memberi ruang kepada pembangkang untuk menjadikan masalah peribadi Isa sebagai modal kempen Pas. Sudah pasti penggantungan Isa sebagai ahli selama tiga tahun akan menjadi bahan kempen utama. Pembangkang akan menjaja kepada pengundi yang calon UBN tidak mempunyai intergriti dan seorang yang korup.

Dengan pemilihan Isa itu ertinya Umno lebih mementingkan kepada kemenangan parti daripada mengutamakan intergriti parti berkenaan. Umno cukup yakin hanya Isa yang mampu membawa kemenangan kepada parti itu. Dan kerana demi kemenangan Umno yang dikenali sebagai sebuah parti yang tidak mengutamakan soal syaksiah, soal ketelusan dan kebersihan pemimpin rela mengambil sesiapa saja menjadi calon mereka termasuk ‘banduan politik wang’ seperti Isa asalnya ia bakal memberi kemenangan! Analisa di suasana pengumuman calon akan menyusul. [*** 10:00 29/09/09]

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Kakaktua dan Salentia Saling Bantu Membantu Basuh Berak
WAH…. bukan main lagi si Kakaktua menempelak Tok Lebi Sikul dengan mengatakan Tok Lebai Sikul kena bertanggungjawab atas kegagalannya memajukan negeri yang diperintahnya. Kakaktua merujuk kegagalan Tok Lebai Sikul itu kepada jawaban balas kawannya si Selentia yang dihina oleh Tok Lebai Sikul.
Tok Lebai Sikul tidak boleh tahan dengan sikap mulut berus, stail makan menyodok dan bijak memutar lidah serta sanggup menampal muka dengan kulit seladang (di bahagian jubur) oleh Selentia itu, telah menghina Selentia dengan mengatakan amal ibadatnya tidak diterima Tuhan dan menganggapnya sebagai sampah.
Maka melentinglah dan merasa hina dinalah si Selentia dengan kata-kata Tok Lebai Sikul itu dan dibalas dengan gesaan supaya Tok Lebih Sikul berhenti dari kerjanya. Khabarnya ada lebih 10 sebab yang diberikan oleh Selentia kenapa Tok Lebai Sikul perlu berhenti. Antaran alasan itu ialah kerana gagal membawa pembangunan dan sudah nyanyuk.
Kata-kata dan kecaman ke atas Selentia oleh Tok Lebai Sikul memang pedih dan memanaskan telinga. Kalau Murai pun mungkin akan merasa begitu juga. Betapalah kalau kata-kata itu sahih maka sia-sialah hidup Selentia atas muka bumi ini macam belon yang dipam angin dan dilepaskan ke udara. Ianya akan menanti masa jatuh ke bumi saja tanpa ada apa-apa kemuliaan dan makna. Ibarat belon kalau jatuh ke bumi tidak akan ada sesipa nak mengembumikan jasadnya…
Bagi si Kakaktua pula yang bersahabat baik dan menerima jasa Selentia turut terasa atas penghinaan Tok Lebai Sikul kepada Selentia itu. Perbuatan Tok Lebai Sikul iru dirasai oleh Kakaktua seperti cubit paha kanan paha kiri juga terasa sakit. Kerana itu Kakaktua membuka mulut tumpang sekaki menyerang Tok Lebi Sikul. Sebenarnya juga Kakaktua sudah lama berbulu dengan Tok Lebai Sikul ini. Jadi bila ada bola tanggung dia akan terus melibasnya…. piutttt….piutttt…
Apabila si Kakaktua turut tumpang semangkuk… mengomen dalam ‘perbalahan’ Tok Lebai Sikul dengan Selentia itu Murai tidak merasa pelik dan hairan sikit pun. Walaupun Selentia adalah mahluk paling hamprak dan tidak bermoral, tetapi ia tidak pada Kakaktua. Bagi Kakaktua yang juga sejenis dengan sifat Selentia, penganutan Machiaveliasm sikap Selentia itu adalah mulia. Sebab itu Kakatua bermadah orang seperti Selentia perlu ada di atas muka bumi ini.
Murai setuju 99.9 peratus dengan kata-kata itu, Selenia perlu ada. Kalau Selentia tidak ada sapa nak makan bangkai labah-labah, tikus, lipan, ular, biawak, cicak, tenggiling, musang dan lain-lain lagi itu. Hanya lidah Selentia saja tergamak menyambar dan cekap memaham segala macam najis Mutawasitan itu.
Selain itu orang lain juga kena faham kenapa si Kakaktua beriya membela Selentia. Semasa si Kakaktua sudah hampir tidak berguna apabila jawatannya sudah tiada, si Selentia inilah yang mengusungnya ke hulu ke hilir macam membawa keranda usang untuk mencari mayat, bagi mendapat perhatian dunia. Ditahan belakangnya untuk ‘dirukas’ oleh si Kakaktua ke mana-mana sahaja. Masa itu kalau diimiginasikan perbuatan Selentia memikul si Kakaktua itu macamlah Lebai Sikul memikul guni dedak….
Jadi janganlah sesiapa merasia harian kalau si Kakaktua memuji tindak tanduk Selentia yang menghentam Tok Lebai Sikul. Kerja si Kakaktua kini ialah untuk membantu memersihkan jubur Selentia sebagai membalas budi dan jasa yang Selentia lalukan kepadanya selama ini. Yang mana Selentia bukan saja setakat sanggup membersih jubur si Kakaktua yang cepuah dengan najis tetapi Selentia pernah menjilatnya. Jadi kalau Kakakua kata orang macam Selentia perlu ada tepatlah kerana Selentia saja yang tergamak menghidu juburnya!

Murai: Sesekali terasa ingin bertanya Selentia macam mana bau punggung si Kakaktua, wangi ke? Si pembacuh kopi tentu tersenyum… mendengar pertanyaan ini.
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