Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Why Why Why?

This posting is from HERE

Jeffery/Christina....The thorn in PKR?

The guns of Navarone have taken aim,but this time the pathetic targets are leaders within Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah(PKR).What was the ever charismatic de-facto leader, Dato'Seri Anwar Ibrahim thinking when he said during a press conference " I never saw the resignation letter of Jeffery Kitingan".As President Abraham Lincoln once said,"You can fool the people some of the time,but you can't fool the people all the time".

Does Anwar honestly believe Sabahans still live on trees...!! There is no denying that the reform agenda for change by Anwar has the thumb's-up by Sabahans, yes that includes the many who are still with UMNO/BN. Enough with all these David Copperfield illusions and get your act together.The people are thirsting for change and support your reform agenda,but will not bow down to the selfish demands of unscrupulous characters.

Were the voices of the majority heard,that propel Anwar to reinstate Jeffery Kitingan and Christina Liew?Why was PKR Sabah State Chief,Ahmad Thamrin silent in addressing the situation,when he perfectly knew the majority were not in favour on their returned?Was he merely safe guarding his position,surrendering to Jeffery's demands or was it poor leadership of the highest order?Ironically,what happen to the other state leaders?A precedent has now set in,the central leadership appear to have no qualms with any of it's leaders taking the party to hostage and ransom with their ultimatums.Like a sing-along in a Karaoke session,you sing the verses and we'll sing the chorus.

The one certainty we can all agree is,UMNO/BN and their bandwagon of con-artist are happily laughing all the way to the next general election.Should the present scenario persist,PKR is history and doomed to eternity,in Sabah at least.The younger generation must not fall prey to these hypocritical chameleons whose agenda has always been personal with total disregard to the aspirations of the people at large.We should now seriously examine these "sai- lang" leaders who have reached their prime,yet embarrass to admit. The people are watching and they don't like what their seeing.

Friday, 25 December 2009

The Sabah PKR Convention

Thursday, December 24, 2009

SABAH PKR CONVENTION 2009 : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Nobleman - adopted from HERE http://pkrcommsab.blogspot.com


“Ini adalah konvensyen terbaik yang pernah diadakan di Sabah”said Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his closing address on Sunday at Atlantis Restaurant to the cheering crowd of more than 1500 party leaders.

The State PKR Chairman Saudara Ahmad Thamrin Jaini and Datuk Kong Hong Ming the chairman of the Organizing Committee were beaming. Christina Liew wept uncontrollably but only God knows why, as she has a very poor command of the National Language. So it can’t be the speech delivered by Anwar. Newcomer Datuk John Ghani who was seated next to her looked confused. He must be wondering why...!!Keningau Divisional Chief, Gapari @ Jeffrey who was still on sabbatical leave sat impassively without betraying his emotion.

Among the crowd were John Jinus Sibin, Jeffrey Yap, Hj Awang Bakar, Peter Linuk, Adris Taripin, Amirbeck bin Laja and their fellow AJKs from Keningau, Kota Kinabalu, Tenom and Batu Sapi Divisions. The party owes them unspeakable gratitude for holding the forts when the going got tough-all the fanfare of ultimitums. These were the good guys.

“ Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan telah membuat keputusan untuk berbuat demikian,saya menghormati keputusan dia,tetapi bukan bererti saya bersetuju dengan tindakan dia. Hak dan kebebasan untuk membuat keputusan adalah di tangan kita sendiri dan perlu di hormati. Keputusan yang saya buat ini adalah atas dasar prinsip moral dan maruah. Sebab itu saya meneruskan perjuangan saya didalam PKR dibawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,John Jinus Sibin Setiausaha Bahagian”. That was his sms to Hj Ansari Abdullah on the 5th. November, 2009 at 1.59pm.

On the first day of Ramadhan, while Muslims elsewhere were celebrating Hari Raya to commemorate their victory over human weaknesses and desires, a memorandum was crafted to humiliate Pakatan Rakyat Whip and Party Vice President YB Azmin Ali, the Sabah State PKR Chief. PKR Sabah was tested to the brink as the oncoming drama unfurled. It had to wither it's most bitter and painful storm since it's inception in Sabah in late 1999.

On the day of the convention, PKR Sabah had survived the onslaught by its own so-called leaders because there were those in the Division level who had the guts to stand up and defend the struggles of the Party. To these Borneo warriors, the Party and its objectives are more important than individuals, whoever there are.

John Jinus Sibin and his colleagues in JKC Keningau had prevented the party from being dissolved. “Once Keningau is dissolved, Kota Kinabalu will also be dissolved” so say Christina Liew in Malaysiakini. Earlier she had resigned as a member of the Party’s Central Committee on the ground that her mother were ashamed that she was not reappointed as Deputy Chairman of Sabah PKR.

However, when she tabled the motion to the committee members of Kota Kinabalu Division for it to be dissolved, Jeffrey Yap and the other committee members opposed the motion. No other member of the Divisional Committee supported her. For all these transgressions against the Party, she was rewarded with the appointment of Deputy Chairman PKR Sabah. Her partner in crime, Gapari @Jeffrey Kitingan was reinstated as nominated Vice President. Christina’s Mother will be celebrating like Santa Claus this Christmas.

Gosibin the acting Chief of Tenom with his “Kadoh Agundung” hairstyle and Datuk Nahalan Damsal were nowhere to be seen. Sylvester was busy carrying his computer, chair and table from the Papar division office as he and Evelyn Gobili had just taken their “sabbatical leave.” Daniel John and Moses Iking must be occupied with Parti Cinta Sabah. They were “the bad” guys.

There are other good guys, like members of the Organising Committees for the dialogue, convention and dinner including Dr Roland Chia, Ronnie Klassen, Jonathan Yassin and Datuk Chau Chin Tang the moderators. The eloquent speeches of YB Zuraidah Kamaruddin the Wanita Chief, YB Tian Chua the Director of Strategy and Hj Ansari Abdullah at the Convention and YB Tian Chua and Dato Chua Jui Meng at the Dinner made the Convention a memorable curtain closer for a stormy 2009 for Sabah PKR. The highlight was of course from the ever charistmatic leader of Pakatan Rakyat, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

I leave it to you to decide who are “the ugly” but while doing so, please do not forget “the good” guys like John Jinus Sibin and the rest.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Ho Ho Ho...Celebrations all days/nights long

A Blessed Christmas 2009 and Happy New Year 2010 to all Visitors to Aki Momogun!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Yes starlet Zizie is Bung Mokhtar's second wife

'Yes we're married, now respect our privacy'

2009/12/20

By V. Vasudevan and Natasha Ilyas HERE

KUALA LUMPUR: The colourful and controversial Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin has admitted to marrying starlet Zizie Ezette.

The 50-year-old Kinabatangan member of parliament now wants his privacy respected.

Bung Mokhtar is currently abroad but denied he is on honeymoon with his new wife.

"I am with my children," he said when contacted by the New Sunday Times yesterday.

The garrulous MP had just a few days ago denied marrying the 31-year-old actress when rumours spread within and outside Parliament of his nuptials.

Asked when the marriage took place and pressed for other details, he said: "Everybody knows. No need for details. The newspapers have been writing a lot about it this whole week.

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"It is best to just leave it alone. Pray for my happiness. No need for so many details."

On why he had been so coy initially when the rumours were circulating, he said: "I am a married man. I have to protect my other wife."

Will he hold a grand wedding reception for family and friends?

"When it is the right time, I will hold a reception.

"I will invite you. I will let you know."

The Sabah lawmaker, who has over the years earned a reputation for his outbursts at the Dewan Rakyat, sported a new look at the just-concluded 2010 Budget meeting.

He had dyed his grizzled hair black and looked slimmer.

He said he had worked off some of the excess pounds by exercising.

"I just stopped dying my hair and it went back to my natural colour."


The actress' mother, Khathy Fauziah, had earlier said she had no problems accepting the 50-year-old married politician as her son-in-law.

Zizie, when contacted, said she "respected" Bung Mokhtar's confirmation of their marriage. She declined to comment further.

Efforts to contact Bung Mokhtar's first wife, Datin Nor Asidah Alimuddin, were futile, with one aide saying that she had changed her number and another claiming her phone had been switched off the past few days.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Herald finally got its publishing permit

Malaysia’s only Catholic newspaper, Herald, finally got its publishing permit renewed for next year after several weeks of delay, its editor Father Lawrence Andrew confirmed in Kula Lumpur on Dec `5, 1009 .
Andrew disclosed that a newspaper representative collected the permit from the Home Affairs Ministry in Putrajaya yesterday as the editor was busy in court for the “Allah” hearing.
“We received a fax copy of the permit on Friday,” Andrew told The Malaysian Insider.
“It would take two weeks for them to mail it to us,” he added.
Close aides to minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had assured Andrew a month ago at a specially-arranged meeting in Putrajaya that the latter would likely receive the 2010 permit by end November.
The priest became worried when the permit was delayed.
While checking with ministry officials to find out the status of the permit, he was told it was being held back because the Treasury had yet to issue a receipt for the RM800 fee, which had already been paid in August.
Andrew appeared unhappy with the delay, but is relieved that he got the permit at all.
The home affairs ministry governs the issuance of the permits, which is a must under the country’s publishing laws.
The Herald is currently embroiled in a suit against the home minister who has banned it from using the word “Allah” for God outside the Muslim context.
The High Court will pronounce its judgment on Dec 30.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Lunar Eclipse on Jan 1, 2010

This what the Kadazans believes that the moon is being swallowed by a Tarob/Tarob.

This story by Bernama today

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will be able to observe a partial lunar eclipse on Jan 1, between 1.17am and 5.28am, according to the National Space Agency (Angkasa).
It said in a statement today that the eclipse would start at 1.17am when the moon starts to pass the penumbral shadow of the Earth. However, it added, the eclipse could only be observed when the moon starts passing the umbra (the darkest part of a shadow) at 2.53am until the maximum phase at 3.24am. "The moon will totally leave the Earth's umbra shadow at 4.53am," the statement said, adding that the eclipse would last until 5.28am. A lunar eclipse generally occurs when the moon passes the Earth's shadow during full moon. Angkasa, with the cooperation of the National Mosque, will organise an eclipse observation session at the main entrance of the mosque from 1am to 6am on Jan 1, the statement said.
A live web cast of the partial lunar eclipse will be available on the Angkasa website at www.angkasa.gov.my. - Bernama

Bloggers vs journalists

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 15
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said some bloggers, unlike local journalists, do not adhere to the rules and ethics of journalism in their bid to garner popularity.The local journalists adhered to ethics but these bloggers did not, and this was what differentiated the journalists from these bloggers," he said at the presentation of the 2009 ExxonMobil Journalism Awards here last night.Hishammuddin said journalists in the country would have nothing to fear so long as their reports adhered to the ethics of journalism, adding that they would be accepted by the people.He said journalists who reported the truth would not be penalised and those who spread slander would not be successful.At the function, two Bernama journalists were among those honoured. Wan Affandi Wan Mahadi of Bernama TV was awarded the second prize (RM1,000 cash) in the audio visual category while Ibrahim Abu Bakar won the third prize (RM750) in the sports writing category.-- BERNAMA

Saturday, 12 December 2009

A lettter to me....

My Say:
The following letter was sent to several people, including me. It was sent to my email today - Dec 12, 2009.
Farouq Omaro to enquiries, editor, cchurch, jmositun, me, jeffreykitingan, sabahdap, sjdisimon
show details 1:21 PM (33 minutes ago)


Dear Sir,

I had on the 9th of December the opportunity to visit the MPH Bookstore at the Mid-Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. While browsing at the books there, one particular book caught my attention.

The title of the book is "Gerakan Orientalisme dan Kristianisasi" and was authored by Haji Nik Azran Muhamed and Haji Mohd Mahadi Hj Isa. The book was published by Hijjaz Records Publishing in May 2009. After going through the book, I have come to the conclusion that it is downright offensive and seditious.

On pages 163-182 of the book is a chapter entitled "Pengakuan Bekas Paderi Besar Sabah, Thomas Laiden". I believe this chapter is entirely fictional and is meant to insult the Christian faith as well as to incite Muslim hatred towards the Christian church, particularly the Roman Catholic church.

In other chapters the authors had come up with wild theories about the intentions of Christian groups around the world in giving aid to the needy. The authors have also referred to certain Christian organizations in Malaysia as "pertubuhan Kristianisasi".

As a concerned citizen myself, I would like to urge Christian leaders to call for a ban on the book as the book might cause Muslims to be unnecessarily suspicious of Christians. I also believe the book is highly seditious in nature.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Non-native teaching Kadazandusun in schools

Reports By Bernama
KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjong Malim, Perak, is offering Kadazandusun language as a minor programme beginning next year as part of its efforts to produce trained graduate teachers in the language.
Its Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Dr Abdul Ghani Abu, said that for a start, 20 students currently taking Malay language studies at the university would be selected for the course.
"These students will graduate with two majors, in Malay language and the Kadazandusun language," he said when closing a workshop on Kadazandusun language in Kota Kinabalu Thursday.
He said the Kadazandusun programme would be carried out simultaneously with the Iban language."UPSI is now recruiting lecturers for the purpose where we need at least seven people for each language," he added.
The teaching of Kadazandusun was introduced in 1997 in 15 primary schools in Sabah. The language was made one of the subjects in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination for the first time this year.
My Say:
This should be a reminder to Kadazandusun parents to speak in their own langauge with their children at home. When these 20 trainee teachers graduated, we will have non-Kadazandusun teaching Kadazandusun to Kadazandusun students.

Parti Cinta Malaysia spreads wing to Sarawak

While the people of Sabah are waiting for ex-PKR vice president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to register his Parti Cinta Sabah, Parti Cinta Malaysia now has set its foundation in Sarawak and with immediate effect had Ngemah assemblyman Gabriel Adit Demong in its cattle.

The following article from HERE tells the story in Sarawak.

Ngemah state assemblyperson Gabriel Adit Demong, 58, who has been partyless since withdrawing his support for PKR in October, today joined Parti Cinta Malaysia.

NONEHe was immediately named as the Sarawak head of the Penang-based party which was formed just four months ago.

The announcement was made this morning at a press conference by PCM's president Tang Weng Chew (left).

PCM claims to be neutral although it is believed to be backed by some BN leaders.

Adit, who was also present, said he will not disappoint Sarawakians by joining the new party.

"After watching PKR, I don't think they can take over Sarawak (in the next state elections. I hope we (PCM) can serve the people of Sarawak better," he said.

Adit is a four-term Ngemah state assemblyperson, three of which were on BN ticket when he was a vice-president of the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak(PBDS), a Dayak majority state BN component party which was de-registered due to internal leadership crisis.

NONEHe had joined PKR with much fanfare at the end of 2008 but left the party last October, claiming that he was neither pro-BN nor pro-opposition but merely "pro-issues".

"I look at issues as they come. If I agree with the issue I will support it and if I don't then I will not support it. That's why I brought up the issue of some people who suddenly find themselves not bumiputera. A lot of people are affected by that," he had told reporters last month.

There had been much speculation that he would be forming his own party in Sarawak

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Sabah, the poorest state in Malaysia says SAPP


UNFAIRpractices by Kuala Lumpur has made Sabah from the richest to the poorest state in the country, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul said Sabah also has the most number of poor people with one out of every four individuals. Sabah has to pay more due to various created imbalances in the country's system by the BN government.

"Sabah's poverty rate stands at 23 per cent while the national rate is 5.7 per cent while Sarawak's poverty rate stands at 7.5 per cent, " he said in Kota Kinabalu.

Dagul said Sabah also had the highest unemployment rate in the country at 5.7 percent. The national unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, Kelantan 2.4 percent, Penang 1.7 percent, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur 2.8 percent and Sarawak 4 percent.

He said poverty in Kelantan an opposition state for almost 20 years is only 10 percent. Another two opposition states, Penang and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, fared better with poverty at 0.3 per cent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

No budget for QEH

Kuala Lumpur is also treating Sabah unfairly ignoring the basic needs of the people such as health care services, electricity supply, clean water supply and many more.

Dagul said Kuala Lumpur leaders should visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), here, which has been declared unsafe for more than a year and no firm decision has been made to address it.

"It caused much suffering to the people. Even health workers like doctors and nurses are seriously affected in their work. There is no budget for QEH in 2010 in the National Budget 2010, but RM14.8 billion was allocated for health services including five hospitals in Peninsula Malaysia," he said in a statement, here, today.

BN's empty promises


He said the Barisan Nasional's (BN) promise to build Nabawan hospital was announced by the then Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 1999 was never fulfilled.

Examples of unfair practices...subsidies...

He said the unfair double taxation of the Cooking Oil Subsidy in 2007-2008 took more than RM700 million from Sabah by using Sabah's oil palm industry to subsidize the cooking oil prices in the country.

"But, the Federal Government did not tax the rice producing states in the Peninsula to subsidize rice. Sabah and Sarawak also had to subsidise the Bernas monopoly to the tune of RM200 million per year each," he added.

Cabotage policy

He said the national Cabotage policy protect Peninsula-based shipping companies like the Malaysian International Shipping Company (MISC) and others.

He said as a result, Sabah's economy suffers higher freight costs.

"Why is it that the federal government can subsidise road users in Kuala Lumpur to the tune of hundred million of Ringgit for toll rates but cannot do the same for Sabah freight charges? Dagul asked.

Coal-fired power plant

He said Sabah also is not allowed to use its own cheaper and cleaner natural gas for electric power generation. Sabah were asked to compromise and use the harmful coal-fired power plant.

"Why should the poorest state be the one to compromise?" Dagul asked.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had recently asked Sabah to compromise on the coal-fired power plant.

No federal funds for drainage and irrigation

According to him, the Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Yahya Hussin had revealed recently that Sabah needs RM1 billion for drainage and irrigation.

Dagul said Yahya had lamented before that federal funds have not been forthcoming.

The National Budget 2010 provided RM70 million for drainage and irrigation for rice scheme in Terengganu called Skim Pengairan Padi Besut.

He added that the National Budget 2010 also did not mention Sabah's rice bowl in Kota Belud, Papar and Penampang.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Hiccup for Love Sabah Party

Hiccup for Love Sabah Party

Sat, Dec 5, 2009

National

By Joseph Bingkasan as published in http://freemalaysiatoday.com

KOTA KINABALU: Rebellious Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah leaders aligned to ex-vice president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan are hoping for a new start in a new party.

But they may have to wait a bit longer.

They submitted an application to register a new political party–Parti Cinta Sabah (Love Sabah Party)–to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) two days ago, but have since withdrawn it for “technical reasons.”

“There are certain criteria which have to be ironed out,” Daniel John Jambun, a senior aide of Jeffrey told FMT here today. One of the reasons relates to the name of the party.

They named the new political organisation Parti Cinta Sabah (Love Sabah Party), or Paati Guminavo Sabah in Kadazan.

Jambun, the Sabah PKR liaison committee deputy chairman and the head of its Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) Task Force, said lawyers were studying the matter and would make adjustments recommended by the ROS.

“A new application will be ready for submission to the ROS before Christmas,” he promised.

According to Jambun, the party would be multi-racial and its protem members respected leaders and professionals. A numbers of them will be from Sabah-based Barisan Nasional component parties, especially Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and UPKO, whose members were Jeffrey’s supporters when he was in government.

Explaining the reason for the new party, Jambun said PKR leaders in Sabah who supported Jeffrey needed a “house” because their voices were not heard by PKR national leaders.

“We were treated as if we are subservient,” he said. Jambun was PKR’s candidate for the Inanam state seat in the March 8, 2008 general elections. He lost in a three-cornered tussle, polling 4,293 votes against PBS incumbent Johnny Goh’s 5,979 and DAP’s Jeffrey Kumin’s 2, 864 votes.

Jambun said the party’s name could be changed if the ROS reject it. He said there were several options, but the name must reflect Jeffrey’s love for Sabah.

Jeffrey, who is PBS president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan’s younger brother, resigned last October as PKR national vice president, as a supreme council member and as a political bureau member.

He and his supporters said they were dissapointed with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwars Ibrahim’s decision to appoint Ahmad Tamrin Jaini from Sandakan as the party’s new Sabah chief.

Jeffrey, a former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee, was a PBS founder member and was once the party’s supreme council member. He was also a senator and a Federal deputy minister.

Jeffrey was unavailable for comment. Jambun said he was overseas.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Court battle looms over coal plant

As reported HERE on Sun, Dec 6, 2009


Ansari_Abdullah1 KOTA KINABALU: It’s supposed to be a clean coal power plant for oil-rich Sabah. However, even before it can get off the ground, more dirt is sticking to it than was envisaged.

A looming court battle threatens to spill even more dirt over federal-state administrative matters that transpired 30 years ago with Kuala Lumpur regarding the land where it will be sited.

The latest salvo fired against the project has come from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat supreme council member Haji Ansari Abdullah (picture) who hopes to regain the land grabbed by Federal Land Development Authority and give it back to poor Sabahans.

Ansari claims the land where the plant is to be sited was originally meant for the poor, but was turned into a commercial plantation by Felda.

“Some 200,000 hectres of state land in Lahad Datu was given to the Felda under an agreement signed on Dec 4, 1979,” said Ansari, brandishing the agreement. “It’s all here.”

According to the agreement the land in Tunku, Lahad was granted for Felda to develop a settlement scheme for some 13,000 poor Sabah families to help wrench them out of poverty.

“But after 30 years, Felda turned it into a commercial plantation. It is now known as Bandar Sahabat. To make matters worse, the government now want to build a coal-fired power plant (there),” Ansari said.

He warned that PKR was prepared to take the matter to the courts to stop the government from building the plant.

PKR Sabah legal bureau chaired by senior Datuk Chau Chin Tang will be holding a meeting here next week to discuss the matter, he added.

Ansari explained that under the agreement signed by the then Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh, the State Government indicated that the land was to be used to help the poor as a way to pull them out from abject of poverty.

“But what has happened now is against the letter and spirit of the agreement. As a result (of this) the people for whom it was intended for to be taken as settlers remain poor,” he said.

Ansari, who is also a senior practicing lawyer in Sabah, said legal action is being planned against the Sabah Electricity Board Sdn Bhd and Felda. PKR Sabah will be identifying individuals to file the court action.

PKR Sabah’s move comes as a boost to the non-governmental organisations’ effort to stop the building of the plant.

Several organisations have banned together to pressure the government to scrap the project due to its environmental impact and to keep in sync with global efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Among those opposing the building of the multi-million ringgit plant are the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) and Green Surf, who among others claimed that the terms of reference of the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for the plant was filled with pre-determined and conclusive statements without scientific backing or facts and figures.

They also claimed that it is substandard and totally unacceptable as it ignores the long-term impact of the coal plant’s emission into the pristine Darval Bay.

The plan has also drawn controversy over the way it was presented. Critics say that it is based on climate conditions in the Tawau district, where it was initially sited. The new site for the proposed RM1.2 billion power plant is in Tungku, some 200 kilometres away.

Darval Bay falls within the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) which Malaysia recently pledged to conserve.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak attended the CTI summit in May and pledged US1million for its protection.

Ansari said that the court action would be PKR Sabah contribution to the effort to stop Sabah turning from `green to black’ because of the coal-fired power plant.

Bandar Sahabat, he claimed is now like a State within a state, guarded by its own policemen.

“Should the plant be built, it will destroy Sabah’s image as a green and beautiful state which is known worldwide,” he said. - http://freemalaysiatoday.com


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Congratulations! Tuan Haji Karim Sulaiman

Pix above is Aki Momogun babies sitting Sdr Karim' sons at Hyde Park, London. One of them must be Khair.

Congratulations to Tuan Haji Karim Sulaiman and wife Hajah Siti Hawa and their son Khir. The story from HERE tells their story.
Sdr Karim was Berita Harian correspondent in London at the same time I was with Times of Malaysia London Limited (1997-98). I was staying a floor below them at 31 & 32 Chapel Side, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London W2 4LL.

From Ahmad Kamil Tahir

MECCA, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Karim Sulaiman's prayers were answered when he successfully completed the haj.

For the former Berita Harian editor, this was no ordinary feat.

He is suffering from scleromyxedema, a rare disease which causes skin to become thick and hard.

The chronic connective tissue disorder which makes moving affected areas difficult, did not break the man's spirit.

He managed to perform the rites of the haj, such as the wukuf in Arafah, tawaf, saei and tahalul, as well as stoning the Jamrah in Mina.

These were made possible with continuous help from his wife, Siti Hawa Mohd Arif, and their fifth child, Khair Naqib, 13, who came along on the pilgrimage.

When met by the Tabung Haji media team, Siti Hawa said the relaxed Islamic regulations for disabled persons performing the haj was of great assistance t the group, including her husband.

"For the tawaf ritual, we pushed Karim on a wheelchair on the second floor of the Masjidil Haram which has tracks for wheelchair-bound pilgrims and this was also done for the saei, whereby wheelchair tracks are provided between Safa and Marwah," she said.

Siti Hawa said she had been worried about her husband's health, especially during the wukuf in Arafah, with its sweltering temperatures, but she was grateful that everything went smoothly.

She added that Khair Naqib was of great help in attending to his father as regulations required male and female pilgrims to live separately, during the duration of their stay in the Holy Land.

Asked about his prayer in front of the Kaabah, Karim said he had asked that his skin disease be healed.

He also advised Muslims to complete the fifth fundamental Muslim practice (performing the haj) while they were healthy and able.

Karim and his family will return to Malaysia on Dec 27.

-- BERNAMA

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

SAPP: BN Government lacks political will

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Datuk Eric Majimbun is amazed by sudden interest and strong reaction of certain people when it comes to determining an individual's bumi status and pressing for a police probe.
"Political leaders in the present government seem trying to divert our attention to more serious and severe problems such as the illegal immigrants numbering hundreds of thousands whom the federal government granted citizenship with Mykad, better treatment, getting government facilities free of charge, living on state government land and untouched.
"Worst of all, our rural as well as urban Sabahans have to compete with these foreigners, so-called 'Malaysians', who are now sitting comfortably inside the state administration, some as teachers and some perhaps are engaged in the government enforcement departments.
"The incredible increase in Sabah's population of 10 percent yearly is a heavy burden to shoulder compared to the national population growth of only 3 percent and this is something we need to think about.
"It also seems that some political leaders are questioning the state law especially CAP 64, of Interpretation (Definition of Native) Ordinance. Yet the state government has no political will to amend the mentioned ordinance, the issuance of native certificates since frozen in early 1984 has deprived the right of our genuine sons of soil as anak negeri of our young generation.
"This is a blow to the state government," said Majimbun. "The integrity of the Native Court should be protected. It seems that some politicians are questioning the law."The Native Court system has in recent years also been increasingly denied jurisdiction over matters that fall within the purview of the Syariah and Civil Courts. The issue seems to be the district and native chiefs not possessing even some basic legal background.The administration of the Native Court system existed long before the advent of British North Borneo Chartered Company and colonial rule. It was recognized by the British Government. No advocate was allowed to represent the respondents before the Native Court Enactment 1992. Since the 1992 Enactment, lawyers are allowed to represent their clients in the Native Court of Appeal

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Sabahans breeding like rabbits?

Are Sabahans breeding like rabbits?

A posting in http://freemalaysiatoday.com on Wed, Nov 25, 2009


Sabah’s population growth rate is almost twice higher than the national average of about 3.2%. Why is this so? EDWIN BOSI of DAP enlightens us.

clip_image001 WHEN Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya merged to form Malaysia, Sabah contributed about a third of the land mass.

Census reports put the population of Sabah in 1947 at 320,500. In 2000, this figure was 2,449,389. The average national growth rate is about 3.2%.

In Sabah, there are spikes in the population growth rate that merit attention. These growth rates which were of interest are 1971–1975 (6.3%), 1976–1980 (4.4%), 1980–1991 (5.69%), 1986–1988 (3.4%), 1988–1995 (3.4%) and 1991–1995 (5.5%).

It is therefore interesting to analyse the “breeding” pattern of Sabahans.

Armed Conflict in southern Philippines

During the USNO era (1963–1975), there was a surge in “breeding” activity especially between 1971-1975. The growth rate then was reported a staggering 6.3%.

It was during this time there was armed conflict in the southern Philippines. The influx of refugees into Sabah may be the reason behind the sharp upward spike.

The Berjaya era came from 1976–1985. Again there was a huge population growth, above 4%. The conflict in southern Philippines continued and more refugees streamed into Sabah.

The PBS era from 1985–1995 marked a growth rate of about 3.4%. However, in the 1991-1995 period, the growth rate was registered at 5.5% — but there was no more armed conflict in the southern Philippines.

So what was a plausible explanation? There was a huge increase in the number of Indonesians working in the oil palm plantations and this could be attributed for the massive jump in the population of Sabah.

Special Identification Papers

In 1931, the Sarawak population was about 600,000 and in 2000, about 2 million. On the other hand, Sabah’s registered 270,233 population in 1931, shot up to 2.4 million in 2000. Furthermore, in 2003, Sabah’s population stood at about 2.8 million — an increase of about 400,000 within three years!

Sabah’s population growth rate is about twice higher than the national average. But why do population surveys indicate Sabahans are multiplying like rabbits?

Sunday, 15 November 2009

No Kadazan, Dusun section in The Herald: Permit renewed


Catholic paper in 'Allah' row gets new permit
Reports from Malaysiakini on Nov 15, 09 1:37pm
Catholic newspaper
MCPXThe Herald will be allowed to continue publication after the government withdrew a controversial decision to cancel its publishing permit, the editor said today.
The Herald said earlier this week the government had told it that its permit for next year had not been approved. Under Malaysian law, all publications must renew their permit every year.
The move came amid a long-running dispute over the weekly's use of the word "Allah" as a translation for "God" in its Malay-language section. The government argued "Allah" should be used only by Muslims, who dominate the country's population.
The Herald's editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, said government officials in a meeting Friday said the paper's permit would be approved, but rejected its request to publish a supplement in a language used by indigenous group on Borneo island.
"They have asked us to ignore the September letter which says the permit is not approved and stick to an earlier letter in August stating a new licence will be given, there is no more confusion," he told AFP.
"On our application to publish an additional page in the Kadazandusun language, we are sad it has been rejected. We will put the plan on hold and won't be using the language for the time being," he said.
It was a miscommunication
A home ministry official confirmed The Herald was allowed to continue publishing, and attributed the controversy to "miscommunication".
"We are processing their permit renewal. We never disapproved their application, (the September letter) was due to miscommunication but it has all been solved now," said the official, who requested anonymity.
"We only rejected their application to publish in the Kadazandusun language," he added.
The Herald, circulated among the country's 850,000 Catholics, nearly lost its publishing licence last year for using the word "Allah". The paper is printed in four languages, with a circulation of 14,000 copies a week.
The row is among a string of religious disputes that have erupted in recent years, straining relations between Muslims and minority ethnic Chinese and Indians who fear the country is being "Islamised".
Religion and language are sensitive issues in multiracial Malaysia, which experienced deadly race riots in 1969.
- AFP

Friday, 13 November 2009

Herald still has its permit?

This story is from HERE

The Home Ministry clarified that The Herald's permit for publication has not been revoked and that the renewal of its permit for 2010 is in process.
"There was never an issue of revoking the permit for The Herald," explained an official from the publication control and Al-Quran text division.
He told Malaysiakini that the last letter sent to The Herald in September was a notification that the application to publish in the Kadazan-Dusun language was not approved, and that a refund of the permit fee could be made.
The reason being, he said, is that The Herald paid its permit fees too early."We will only process the permit three months before the old permit expires, as in this case it is in January 2010.
The ministry will give the option for a refund if monies were paid prior to the three months.The official said that it was a norm for the ministry to send applicants a letter to remind them of an option to claim refunds for fees paid too early.
This is so they could pay the ministry closer to the expiry date.He said that the confusion arose from a misunderstanding, stressing that the Home Ministry did not have issues with The Herald.
He also added that the 'Allah' ban is a pending court case and should not be tied to the issue of the permit.Herald insists permit application was rejected.
Meanwhile, the letter that was sent from the Home Ministry on Sept 3 was titled Refund for the publication titled Herald-The Catholic Weekly'.It further reads: "This is to inform you that the application for the change of language is not approved. Therefore, the Ministry will refund the money that was paid."And the letter further goes on to explain the procedure to obtain the refund.
Editor of The Herald, Father Lawrence, however, declined to comment on the explanations given by the Home Ministry, as there will be a meeting between the parties later today."I do not want to comment on this. All I am saying is, I have the letter and let the facts speaks for themselves," said Father Lawrence.
Earlier this week, there were reports that the Home Ministry has cancelled the approval of the renewal of the permit to The Herald.Father Lawrence was mystified as to why the approval was cancelled as no reasons were given.
The Herald newspaper, circulated among the country's 850,000 Catholics in four languages, nearly lost its publishing licence last year for using the disputed word.The Roman Catholic Church is still waging a legal battle, which started two years ago, with authorities over the use of the word 'Allah'.

The Herald lost its publishing permit

Catholic paper loses permit to publish

Read more in http://freemalaysiatoday.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s weekly Catholic newspaper has lost its publishing permit for next year amid a long-running dispute over its use of the word "Allah", the editor said Thursday.

The loss of The Herald’s permit comes as it prepares for a High Court hearing on December 14 in a legal battle between the Catholic Church and the authorities over the use of the world "Allah" in the paper’s Malay-language section.

The government has argued that the word "Allah" should be used only by Muslims, who dominate the population of Malaysia.

"It is very confusing. One letter in August said we have the licence to print (in 2010) and the next thing is we receive a letter in September saying the permit is not approved. Something is amiss," The Herald’s editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, told AFP.

Father Lawrence said the home ministry cancelled the new permit without any reason.

The Roman Catholic Church has waged a two-year legal battle with Malaysian authorities over the use of the word "Allah".

The priest said he had met with home ministry officials last month to resolve the issue but declined to elaborate.

Home ministry officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Herald newspaper, circulated among the country’s 850,000 Catholics, nearly lost its publishing licence last year for using the disputed word.

Asked if The Herald would be available in January 2010, he said: "I hope it will be there."

The newspaper is printed in four languages and has a circulation of 14,000 copies a week.

The row is among a string of religious disputes that have erupted in recent years, straining relations between Muslim Malays and minority ethnic Chinese and Indians who fear the country is being "Islamised".

Religion and language are sensitive issues in multiracial Malaysia, which experienced deadly race riots in 1969.

About 60 percent of the nation’s 27 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims, who dominate the government.

The rest of the population includes indigenous tribes as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians — practising Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, among others.

More than half of Malaysia’s Catholics are from indigenous groups, most of whom live on the Borneo island states and who mainly speak Malay.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

New Portal

Looking forwrd to reading hot news in this new portal..

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Najib in Sabah

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will make a two-day official visit to Sabah starting Saturday.

Najib, who will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, is scheduled to open three meetings of Barisan Nasional component parties in Sabah during the visit.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman told reporters here on Friday that Najib would open the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) congress at a hotel upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu.

On Sunday, he would attend the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) congress at 1Borneo, near here, have lunch with Sabah Umno leaders and open the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) national convention at the Penampang Cultural Centre hall before returning to Kuala Lumpur. - Bernama

Friday, 6 November 2009

KL PKR leaders to meet Dr Jeffrey today

PKR leaders from Kuala Lumpur Tian Chua and Michael Bong are to meet Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Kota Kinabalu PKR head Christina Liew and their core supporters at 2pm today at Sokid Villa (Dr Jeffrey residence in Kota Kinabalu).

The KL PKR leaders are, in a last bid, to persuade the Sabah leaders to stay put in PKR.

Dr Jeffrey delays plan to launch his new political party



Top Pix PKR Tenom head Gonsubin speaking the gathering in Tambunan yesterday. Pix below Jeffrey addressing the gathering.

Yesterday ex-PKR vice-president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan was all set to announce the formation of his new political party - One Nation Party (Parti Satu Negara) Parti Iso Pogun)


But he deferred it to another day pending further development in the Opposition party, in particular, actions by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the party's leadership issue in Sabah.


"PKR national leader wanted me to consider or postpone ditching PKR, they called on me and supporters to continue to be in PKR fold's." he told a gathering of PKR local leaders at the Tambunan Village Recreation Club in Tambunan on Nov 5, 2009.


However, he said whatever will be his next move, it would very much depend on the wishes of his die-hard supporters in Sabah. More than 200 PKR leaders, among them divisional and branch heads, attended the gathering.


A close aide to Dr Jeffrey, the younger brother of Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, said the new political party, now has a big following, mostly those who followed him to join PKR.






Monday, 2 November 2009

Ong Tee Keat enemy of the people of Sabah & Sarawak


A Government member of Parliament from Sabah has branded the Federal Government, MCA president and Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat as the enemy of the poor people in Sabah and Sarawak for imposing a policy to have cars aged more than 15 years go for mandatory roadworthiness inspection from next year. Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh, UPKO Putatan MP, described the new policy as ridiculous and annoying as well as burdening especially to the people of Sabah and Sarawak. He said it should not be imposed in the two States as yet. He said owners of such cars were mostly poor in the rural areas where there is no Puspakom branch. "This minister is a rich man, Please ask him to replace our cars. He is becoming the enemy of the poor people. The poor people are not happy as the policy will render them losing their only mode of transportation," Mojigoh told Daily Express' journalist Chris Maskilone in Kota Kinabalu Sunday.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

BNP

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Borneo National Party

With reference to the article "Parti Rakyat Borneo Anyone?" which appeared on thebrokenshield.blogspot.com The North Borneo Herald would like to add that in 2006 a group of people met in a restaurant in Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu to discuss the formation of the Borneo National Party.

The most senior leader in the group was Mathurin Daim, a former United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO) strongman from Papar. Mathurin Daim also served under various governments.

Among the things discussed were the alternating of the president's post between a Sabahan and Sarawakian every five years, the restoration of the original constitution of 1963, the need to place indigenous unity above personal concerns and a need to find a strong and consistent source of funding.

Unfortunately plans for the proposed party came to a halt when Parti Keadilan Rakyat made the Tambunan Declaration and the health of Daim worsened.

The draft constitution of the party is still available in the hands of Daim's trusted aide (in hard copy only) complete with party flag and all. Unfortunately very few of people still remain committed to the proposed party while one of them is still a member of a Barisan Nasional component party.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

AnD finally Dr Jeffrey quits PKR...More to follow suit

Dr Jeffrey quits as PKR V-P, may return to PBS
2009/10/28
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has resigned as a vice-president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), and has not ruled out the possibility of rejoining Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) led by his elder brother Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
"At the moment, I will leave my options open. I will decide when the right time comes," he told Bernama here. Dr Jeffrey was asked to comment on whether he would consider rejoining PBS, a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN). He said he would consult other PKR divisional chiefs, his supporters and grassroots leaders before making a final decision on the matter. "I'm in no rush to make decision or to decide our next course of action," he said. Dr Jeffrey had also resigned as a member of the party's supreme council and the political bureau.Asked whether Dr Jeffrey was ready to team up with former Sabah PKR deputy chairman Christina Liew, who had also resigned as a supreme council member, to pursue their political careers, he said: "Yes, we will work together". Dr Jeffrey's resignation is seen as having dealt a major blow to PKR's attempt to strengthen itself in Sabah.
Dr Jeffrey, who is expected to send the resignation letter to the party headquarters by today, will remain as an ordinary member of the party, according to his former aide Kanul Gindol. It is believed that many of the division chiefs, including Dr Jeffrey himself, were disappointed with the decision of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to appoint Ahmad Thamrin Jaini as the party's new chief in Sabah. Sabahan Ahmad Thamrin was named as the new state PKR chief last weekend after a group of division chiefs expressed no-confidence in PKR vice-president Azmin Ali leading the state PKR. The resignation of Liew as a supreme council members is also seen as a setback for PKR. Liew, who is Kota Kinabalu division chief, announced her resignation as a supreme council member today, following in the footsteps of Dr Jeffrey. Liew said, however, that she would remain as a party member and retain the post of Kota Kinabalu division chief. "I will be submitting my resignation letter to the party president today," she told Bernama. Liew said she had always believed that the party was fair and transparent, until the appointment of Datuk Kong Hong Ming as PKR Sabah deputy chairman and Ahmad Thamrin as the party's new chief in Sabah. "My mum (mother) had to take the public humiliation of me being replaced (as deputy chairman) for unknown reasons. I worked so hard for the last nine years to promote Sabah PKR. "Since the party has disregarded my contribution, I will bow out with dignity now," she said.
PBS secretary-general Datuk Radin Malleh said the party did not want to speculate on Dr Jeffrey rejoining it.
"We will cross the bridge when the time comes. Right now, we don't want to speculate on anything," he said when met after a meeting of the party's organising committee. Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, who is a Sabah deputy chief minister, said Dr Jeffrey was welcome to join the party."We welcome anybody who wants to join the BN. Of course, we will welcome him back to BN's side ... (because) he is not alone, he got supporters as well," he told reporters when asked if Umno would be willing to accept Dr Jeffrey should he decide to join the party.

More on PKR Sabah

JEFFREY MISSION IMPPOSIBLE ENDED? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 October 2009 07:37


By: THOMAS LAJINUN HERE

FIRST of all we, a loyal members of PKR would like to congratulates Ahmad Thamrin for being appointed as Sabah State Chief. Well, as per camp J requisition, to have a truly Sabahan to hold the post of State Chief, so the President has granted their request by appointing Ahmad Thamrin. Excellent job Dato' Seri President!

According to PKR's constitution, President has every right to appoint whoever that he/she likes to be the State Chief. So there shouldn't be any doubtful about it, eventhough camp J has claimed that they got 3/4 supports from the Divisional Chiefs. As a party member we should obey with the President decision. If anybody or whoever reluctant to bear the decision made, they are welcome to pull themselves out from PKR in block.

This group are just a liability to the party. They might think that they are the important person in party. For a God sake, they are nothing but a trouble-maker. They've created a lot of irreparable problems. I believes if they are gone, a lot more KDM will joint PKR and PKR will gain more trust from the Muslims and KDM. As what I've written before, this camp J is a disaster to PKR. Get rid of them and PKR will gain more and more supporters from every level of peoples. Trust me.

Dr Jeffrey should be thankful to the President for appointing him as the Vice President of PKR. To be frank, Dr Jeffrey has no influence in Sabah. Dr Jeffery bought a number of ‘fragile’ divisional chiefs in order to show to President and Ketua Umum that 3/4 divisional chiefs has supported and wanted him to be the State Chief. The grass-roots doubts the sincererity of Dr Jeffrey and his so called hard-core teams. Dr Jeffrey is a racialist and there's no way in hell that he could unites natives Muslims and natives non-muslims. We exactly don't have faith on him. They are experts in making up defamation.

I remembered Dr Jeffrey at once has chosen his own relatives to stand in Pitas on 2008 general election. Pitas is a Muslims area and it's end up with miserable result and deposit deprived ! Even Dr Jeffrey manage to win all KDM's seats they still can't rule the state. Happy daydreams Dr Jeffrey and the gangs.

From the rumours I've heard that Dr Jeffrey and the gangs would like to joint SAPP and it's not a shock if the current President of SAPP will be kicked out by Dr Jeffrey and the gangs. Well Yong Teck Lee, beware! This bizzare groups will crushed your SAPP as what they did to PKR. No wonder Pairin doesn't want his brother back to PBS. PKR should have not bring in Dr Jeffrey to PKR on the first place. Look what he did to PKR - a massive destruction!

By the way, who is Daniel John Jambun in PKR? He is not even a divisional chief and he is only former Deputy Sabah State Chief. Talking about the so called so powerful KDMTF, another daydreamer!

This task force it's not mentioned elsewhere in the PKR's constitution. This KADAZAN MURUTDUSUN task force are only created by Dr Jeffrey to ensconce himself. Wake-up dude, stand on your own feet and stand right infront of the mirror, and ask yourself, who am I and does myself meaningful to the party? If the answer is NO, it means that you and Dr Jeffrey brains need to be motivated and get polished!

Once again, to Ahmad Thamrin just ignores these uppish and broken-hearted groups headed by Dr Jeffrey and the gangs such as Awang Ahmad Sah, Awang Tengah, Duljit, Johanis, Jalumin and Lajim Yusof.

We are definately will gives our 100% moral supports to you. These groups will continously attacks you and your line-up Majlis Pimpinan Negeri. Let it be. Let the camp J barks all night long. So far they've done nothing good to PKR only demolishing and jeopardizing PKR.

To Daniel John, who are you to judge Ahmad Thamrin as a poor performer? Don't ever equalize the messed that you and Dr Jeffrey has done with other people. At least we are having a Sabahan leaders and may I remind you as per you and your gangs requested, remember?

So take it or leave it. Don't like? Get yourself out from PKR and leave PKR alone!

PKR Sabah is `melting'

Mr Kanul Gindol, ex-political secretary to Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan says Parti Keadilan Sabah is now melted and what is left was a small black bitter bean. This former executive Bernama journalist was commenting on the latest development of PKR Sabah's changed in leadership. (see story below)

"Di Sabah PKR sudah cair macam coklat kena matahari dan yang tinggal sebiji kacang hitam yang pahit," he said in a SMS to Aki Momogun last night.

Disrespect by PKR leadership: Jeffrey
Published HERE on: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Vice President, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, said the appointment of the new State liaison chief by party's Supreme Council on Sunday was made without taking into consideration the majority voices of its supporters in Sabah and Sarawak.

"It was a disappointment for the party's branch chiefs and members in Sabah because the appointment was not made based on the majority voiceÉmeaning there was no respect for the voices of majority in Sabah," he said.

"The concept of democracy, supposedly being practised, is not being practised," he told Daily Express when contacted in Kuala Lumpur Monday, on his way back to Sabah.

He was asked to comment on the appointment of Ahmad Thamrin Haji Jai as the new State liaison chief, succeeding Azmin Ali who is also the party's Vice President.

Congratulating Ahmad Thamrin who was the party's State liaison secretary and division chief for Libaran on his appointment, Jeffrey said he did not anticipate there would be any difference (on the decision-making process by the party's Supreme Council) from what has happened previously.

"But the party's supporters in Sabah and Sarawak are very disappointed that the voices of the majority were left unheard in the decision-making process," he said.

Jeffrey, who was actually also among those whose names were submitted to head the State PKR, said Sunday's decision does not mean the end of everything for him, including his position in the party.

Asked whether it would make him reconsider the offer made by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) to return to the party, he said it has not crossed his mind.

"I do not think about that offer. I am actually going on long leave until January next year. And I would take this opportunity to have a re-look at the whole political scenario in SabahÉthere are still other ways to opt to," he said.

Ahmad Thamrin was appointed the new PKR Sabah liaison chief during the party's Supreme Council meeting held at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Monday. Azmin was previously the interim State liaison chief.

Meanwhile, Kadazandusun and Murut (KDM) members in PKR have been urged to rethink their participation in the party, considering their presence is not appreciated by its supreme leadership.

United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Vice President, Datuk Siringan Gubat, who made the call Monday, invited them to join or return to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) instead.

He said the appointment of Ahmad Thamrin Haji Jai as the new State liaison chief to succeed Azmin Ali seems to suggest there are no more credible KDM leaders left in the PKR Sabah.

He said the PKR supreme leadership does not even care about the feelings of its KDM members in Sabah most of whom wanted Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to be named as the new State liaison chief.

"At one time Dr Jeffrey seemed to be the flagbearer of the PKR Sabah and that's why many members of the KDM community were attracted to the party. But unfortunately Dr Jeffrey was replaced just before the last General Elections.

Many actually predicted they (PKR) could have won certain seats if he (Dr Jeffrey) was not replaced," said Siringan who is Ranau Member of Parliament.

He said Jeffrey now seems to be out of favour in PKR even at the national level.

"So all those KDM members of the PKR are now like anak-anak ayam kehilangan ibu (chicks without the mother hen) É I urge all of them including Dr Jeffrey to just abandon the PKR and join the BN instead," said Siringan.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Kadazans and Dayaks plans new political party - Parti Rakyat Borneo

My friend, Joseph Tawie in Kuching posted this HERE.

Someone from Sabah inquired from me today whether it is possible for Kadazans and Dayaks to form a regional party, say Parti Rakyat Borneo. Or is there any other suitable name?

“The party will be based in Sarawak and to be headed by a Dayak Christian with a fair representation from both sides,” he said, and added that it should preferably be a multi-racial party.

He said: “We must try the never tried before one party and I want to shatter all mentality blocks among us in East Malaysia.

“I admit it is not easy to accomplish it, but let us give ourselves a chance to ponder on our broken brotherhood,”
he said.

The idea was not the first. Daniel Tajem made a suggestion in 2000 soon after he returned from New Zealand where he spent five years as Malaysian High Commissioner. But his suggestion was shot down by Leo Moggie, then the president of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) and James Masing. At the time, Moggie and Masing were like inseparable twins.

Tajem also made a suggestion that if a regional party between Sabah and Sarawak could not be formed, then they should seriously consider merging PBDS with SNAP in order to strengthen Dayak unity.

That idea was also shot down by the two men, claimed Tajem and pointed out that they disliked the idea as they were living in “comfortable zones” at the time, (and still are today).

In view of the recent calls for justice and equality for the people of Sabah and Sarawak as promised in the 20/18 points in the Malaysian Agreement it is good that we explore this suggestion further. Without Sabah, Sarawak cannot fight for justice and equal partnership alone. Likewise, without Sarawak, Sabah cannot do it alone.

Now, what is our response to the Sabahan's suggestion?

Friday, 23 October 2009

PBS keeps Pairin

PENAMPANG: Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan remains the president of Parti Bersatu Sabah 24 years after he formed it.

He was returned unopposed when nomination papers for posts ahead of the party elections on Nov 8 and Nov 9 were revealed at its headquarters here on Thursday - Oct 22, 2009.

Two of his three deputies -- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai -- were also returned to their posts while Datuk A.K. Aliuddin Pengiran Mohd Tahir will likely see a challenge.

Three senior party members qualified to contest for the Muslim Bumiputera deputy president's post he holds. They were former Youth chief Almudin Kaidam, Rakam Sijim and incumbent Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim.


Jahid, however, may likely stick to defending his post as he is challenged by Jikulin Nointin alias Jake Nointin who qualified by virtue of securing four nominations from the party divisions.

Joint nominations committee chairman Johnny Mositun revealed those nominated for posts had until Oct 27 to confirm their decision to contest or otherwise.

There will be no contests for the top Wanita posts as its chief Datin Jamilah Sulaiman and her deputies, Datin Genevieve Kitingan, Datin Malianah Ugau and Datin Vicky Yee, were returned unopposed.

The committee in the last two days had screened hundreds of nominations for the various posts and rejected some, including one for a former party member who is now in the opposition.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Long overdue says SAPP

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, said that the September 16 national holiday is a long overdue rectification of national consciousness of Malaysia Day.

"Because of the PM's belated announcement, the five Pakatan Rakyat States have missed out on 2 years of opportunity to take the lead in fulfilling public expectations that they would declare September 16 as public holidays in their respective states, like Sabah and Sarawak.

"Further, it is only right that next year's Hari Kebangsaan be declared as 47th, and not 53rd and this 2009 year is also no longer 52nd Anniversary of Malaysia, but 46th.

"School books and government publications must similarly be corrected," Yong stressed.

MeanwhileSAPP vice president and Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui welcomed the annoucement by the Prime Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak in the parliament that 16/9 will be made a Malaysia Day, a public holiday.

She said after a long wait of 46 years, the fact has eventually been made right to the Malaysian people with the known fact that the date is the formation of Malayisa, when Sabah, Sarawak and west malaysia joined to form Malaysia on 16/9/1963.

She said she has repeatedly urged the government to recognize 16/9 as a public holiday and she is happy to see that such appeal has eventually been recognized.

She said it is not the public holiday that is important but the significance to recognize the effort of our forefathers from Sabah and Sarawak who had sacrified and made significant contributions on the formation of Malaysia on 16/9/1963. This should be recorded down in history and known to all Malaysians.

This is a significant recognition which will foster greater national unity and integration between the East (Sabah and Sarawak) and the West so that the true spirit of 1 Malaysia concept will not just be a slogan.
She also hopes such recognization will be a way forward to further focus to correct on the differential treatment and socio-economic gap faced by the Malaysians in Sabah, among many of the issues encountered.

She hopes the government will look into why civil servants posted to Sabah are getting higher housing allowances and hardship allowances than their counterpart from Sabah who are posted to West Malaysia ? This has deterred some Sabah civil servants to be transferred to West Malaysia.

She also questions why a total of 568 students graduates (Education faculty) from UMS (university of Malaysia Sabah) majoring in different subjects are still waiting in the dark whereas their counterpart graduates from universities in West Malaysia have been interviewed and posted to government schools. This is a clear case of marginalization between the East and West Malaysia.

She hoped the government is sincere in walking its talk on the 1 malaysia concept.