Friday, October 30, 2009

Do The Malayans Get To Decide Who's A Sarawakian Bumiputra?

Marina, you’re no bumi

Friday, 30 October 2009 02:02

KUCHING - For 17 years, Marina Undau lived a life of a child growing into a young adult.

School, her family and friends were a central part of her existence. She dreamt of doing her parents proud by furthering her education in a university and eventually getting a good job.

SPM came and went, and the 18-year-old science stream student of SMK Simanggang did well, scoring 9As and 1B last year.

But then she had a rude shock.

Not eligible

The education system said she was not eligible to enroll in a matriculation course, a prelude to varsity and a degree. The reason? She was, it seemed, not a bumiputra.

Born to an Iban father and a Chinese mother, Marina’s hope for a smooth climb up academia was dashed. With it went a part of her identity and the drive that made her a top scorer.

In an interview with The Borneo Post at her house in Sri Aman on Wednesday, Marina expressed her feelings in Iban: “Aku amai enda puas ati nadai olih nyambung sekula ngagai universiti (I’m very sad that I can’t pursue my university education).”

Meantime, she has started Form Six in her old school as a workaround solution for now.

Upset and bewildered

Seated between her parents, Undau Liap and Wong Pick Sing, the disappointment in the teenager was plain to see.

Her elder sister never had a problem getting into a university. Her identity was never questioned and she is at present in her second year at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.

Marina is worried that a similar obstacle awaits once she completes her STPM.

“If I get good results, what’s next?”

Marina’s father, Undau, would not take no for an answer.

When her application to enter matriculation was rejected, Undau, a civil servant, contacted the Education Ministry’s Matriculation Department in Putrajaya on June 23 and was told that her daughter was not a bumiputra.

Pressing on

Dissatisfied, the father wrote to the ministry on July 1. The reply he received shocked him, and it is bound to challenge the identity of many Sarawakians who are of mixed-parentage.

The ministry said in a reply on July 14 that Undau’s appeal was turned down because “the candidate is categorised as non-bumiputra (father is Iban and mother is Chinese)” based on a definition used by the Student Intake Management Division, Higher Learning Department and Higher Education Ministry.

Their definition is as follows:

• If either parent of a candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/Orang Asli as defined in Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a bumiputra.

• Sabah – If the father of the candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/native of Sabah as defined by Article 161A(6)(a) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a bumiputra.

• Sarawak – If the father and mother is a native of Sarawak as defined under Article 161A(6)(b) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a bumiputra.

Despite the explanation, Undau is still dissatisfied and urged the government to clear up education issues that differentiate bumiputras from non-bumiputras.

He said the 1Malaysia concept would be rather hollow if education today continues to be polarised along such lines.

“Why all the differences in the intake of students for higher learning? I am not questioning the Constitution, but what is the meaning of 1Malaysia if things like this happen?”

NRD and Native Court weigh in

The National Registration Department (NRD) headquarters here said it has received a flurry of enquiries about the bumiputra status of late.

An NRD spokesman said that in Sarawak, a person’s race is registered based only on the race of the father.

On whether such a person is automatically accorded bumiputra rights, the spokesman said: “We don’t actually handle that. We look at the race of the father. If the father is Iban, the child is Iban. If the father is Chinese, the child is Chinese. The bumiputra status comes under the Native Court.”

Native Court registrar Ronnie Edward said the bumiputra status was a “birthright” and the Native Court only hear cases where a person who was to be declared a bumiputra although his father was not a native.

He said Marina was not alone in facing this problem.

Edward believes the only way to clear the air is to amend the Federal Constitution.

“Article 161(A) of the Constitution has to be amended. The article says that in Sarawak, both parents have to be ‘exclusively’ a native,” he said.

Being ‘mixed’ is no privilege

Iban-Chinese schoolgirl in limbo over Bumi status; ministry ascertains her as non-native, throws out application to do matriculation

KUCHING: Getting her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) result was the best — and the worst — thing that could happen to Marina Undau.The 18-year-old science stream student of SMK Simanggang scored 9As and 1B in the SPM examination last year.

She thought she was on her way to university, especially being a Bumiputera and all, but that was not to be.

Born to an Iban father and a Chinese mother, Marina’s life was turned upside down when her application to undergo a university matriculation programme was rejected by the Ministry of Education. The ministry determined that she is not a ‘Bumiputera’.

Her dreams were crushed and in the process, she lost a part of her identity and the drive that made her a top scorer.

The Borneo Post met Marina at her house in Sri Aman yesterday.

Seated between her parents, Undau Liap and Wong Pick Sing, the disappointment in the teenager was obvious.

Speaking in Iban, she said: “Aku amai enda puas ati nadai olih nyambung sekula ngagai universiti (I’m very sad that I can’t pursue my university education).”

With no chance of entering a university for now, Marina has started Form 6 in her old school.

Asked what she thought of everything that was happening, she replied: “What worries me is that will this happen again when I pass my STPM next year? If I get good results, what’s next?” What confuses Marina even more is how her elder sister could further her studies in Universiti Sains Malaysia in Pulau Pinang, where she is now in her second year, without ever having her identity questioned.

When Marina’s application was rejected, Undau contacted the Education Ministry’s Matriculation Department in Putrajaya on June 23 and was told that her daughter was not a ‘Bumiputera’.

Dissatisfied, the father, a government servant, wrote to the ministry on July 1 and the reply he got shocked him, and it is bound to challenge the identity of many Sarawakians who are born of mixed-parentage.

The ministry said in a reply on July 14 that Unau’s appeal was turned down because “the candidate is categorised as non-Bumiputera (father is Iban and mother is Chinese)” based on a definition used by the Student Intake Management Division, Higher Learning Department and Higher Education Ministry.

Their definition is as follows:

• Semenanjung – “Jika salah seorang ibu atau bapa calon adalah seorang Melayu yang beragama Islam/Orang Asli seperti mana yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 160(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera.” (If either parent of a candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/Orang Asli as defined in Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera.)

• Sabah – “Jika bapa calon adalah seorang Melayu yang beragama Islam/Peribumi Sabah seperti yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 161A(6)(a) Perlembagaan Persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera.” (If the father of the candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/native of Sabah as defined by Article 161A(6)(a) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera.)

• Sarawak – “Jika bapa dan ibu adalah seorang Peribumi Sarawak seperti mana yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 161A(6)(b) Perlembagaan persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera.” (If the father and mother is a native of Sarawak as defined under Article 161A(6)(b) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera).

Undau could not accept the explanation given by the ministry and he hoped that the government would seriously look into education issues that involve Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera status.

“Is this what we call the 1Malaysia concept? Why all the differences in the intake of students for higher learning. I am not questioning the constitution, but what is the meaning of 1Malaysia if things like this happen?” Unau asked.

A check with the National Registration Department (NRD) headquarters here revealed that there have been numerous enquiries about the Bumiputera status of late.

A staff said she was somewhat surprised because no one had asked until recently.

A spokesperson for the NRD here said that in Sarawak, if a person is born to an Iban and his mother is Chinese, he is registered as an Iban according to the race of his father.

Asked if such a person is automatically accorded Bumiputera rights, the spokesperson said: “We don’t actually handle that. We look at the race of the father. If the father is Iban, the child is Iban. If the father is Chinese, the child is Chinese. The Bumiputera status comes under the Native Court.”

Native Court Registrar Ronnie Edward, when contacted, said the Bumiputera status was a ‘birthright’ and the Native Court only hear cases where a person who was to be declared a Bumiputera although his father was not a native.

He said there had been others who had suffered the same fate as Marina and it all boiled down to the Federal Constitution.

“I think to solve this problem. Article 161(A) of the Federal Constitution has to be amended. The article says that in Sarawak, both parents have to be ‘exclusively’ a native,” Ronnie said.

Marina, you’re not alone

By Nigel Edgar

Parents like Marina’s now worry for children’s future; STU calls for immediate solution

KUCHING: Marina Undau is not alone. Apparently, there are many students in Sarawak suffering the same fate as her.Yesterday, several parents contacted The Borneo Post to thank Marina for speaking up for them and of the heartache they now endure after learning that their children are not Bumiputera.

One of them is a teacher here, who wants to be known only as James. Like Marina, James’s daughter, Lymie, was also rejected after applying for matriculation this year.

James is an Iban-Bidayuh from Serian while his wife is a Chinese-Iban from Kuching.

“My daughter from SMK Kuching Town No. 1 also scored 9As and 1B in her SPM but she was rejected when she applied for matriculation. I asked her to appeal to the Education Ministry online. The appeal failed,” he said.

“I contacted the matriculation section of the Education Ministry after that and their explanation was that my daughter is not a Bumiputera. I was puzzled because as far as I know, if the father is Bumiputera, the children are also Bumiputera,” he said.

He said he had recently written another appeal letter to the Education Department with the help of two elected representatives whom he declined to name.

“A few months ago I also went to an education fair. I stopped by a matriculation programme booth opened by the Education Ministry to ask one of the people there on the criteria of enrolling into the programme.

“I explained to them my daughter’s status but they said she is considered a non-Bumiputera and is not qualified to enrol. I asked them why and they replied it is according to Sarawak law. They even explained to me other local higher learning institutions like UiTM also implement this criterion,” said James.

“My daughter is now in Form Six in SMK Kuching Town No. 2. My concern is what would be in store for her after Form Six?”

He urged the state ministers to look into the matter because there could be more parents and students facing the same problem.

“My brother-in-law also faced a similar problem with his daughter who tried to enrol at UiTM. He, a Bidayuh, is married to my wife’s sister who is a Chinese-Iban,” James said.

Another father who wants to be known only as Lambros, a Bidayuh-Iban with a Chinese-Iban wife, said his daughter also had excellent SPM results but failed to enrol at UiTM for the same reason.

“I have to put my daughter into a private college for now. I am concerned over my four other kids who are still schooling. What does the future hold for them?” he said.

Some more parents called in to express their concern as well as support for Marina and all those children in a similar predicament.

They said many Sarawakian native children who are excellent in their studies have been bogged down by this issue which is preventing them from utilising their full potential.

When Marina’s application was rejected, her father Undau Liap had contacted the Education Ministry’s matriculation department in Putrajaya on June 23 and was told that his daughter is not a ‘Bumiputera’.

Sarawak Headhunter's comments:

Looks like it's easier to be a Malay in Malaysia than a Sarawakian Bumiputra, if we leave it to the Malayans. Even if one's father was Indian and mother half Malay and half Indian, one could still be a "Malay". What nonsense is that?

Irrespective of what the Federal Constitution says (who cares anyway?), what business do the Malayans have of deciding who is a Sarawakian Bumiputra and who is not? That is for Sarawakians to decide.

Just give those idiots a declaration or certificate from the Sarawak Native Court or the NRD. If neither of these wants to give the requisite declaration or certificate, time to declare 1Malaysia DEAD and Sarawak INDEPENDENT!

The Sarawak government under the evil Taib's regime also has some dirty tricks of its own. See Jetty's comments from "Is Iban a Bumiputra or not?":

If the Higher Ministry of Education really applies the ruling as it does to Marina, then many of those having native fathers with Chinese as their mothers in Sarawak will suffer. For Marina, her status as a Bumiputra is being questioned and it is made worse by the amendment to the Sarawak Interpretation Ordinance in 2004 when the State Government banned the use of the word “Dayak” in official communication. Thus “Sea Dayak” has been changed to “Iban”, “Land Dayak” has become “Bidayuh” and “Murut” to “Lun Bawang”.

The words “Iban, Bidayuhs and Lun Bawang” are not listed in Article 161a (7) and thus they are considered as non-natives under the Federal Constitution. The legal effects of these are many and Marina when she puts her race as Iban, she is not considered as native or Bumiputra, and should not be accorded any privileges given to natives.

Even now, there are efforts to say that Ibans do not have any native customary rights over land as they are not natives according to the law due to the amendment to the Interpretation Ordinance. When the bill was passed, our Dayak elected representatives including Alfred Jabu, William Mawan, Michael Manyin and James Masing were too eager in supporting the amendment in 2004. They did not realise the legal implications.

From now on, it is advisable for Iban when filling a form asking for race, to write down “Iban (Sea Dayak)” to ensure that they are not going to be disqualified. I believe Marina could have been a victim of the doing of our elected representatives.

Since the story has been highlighted by The Borneo Post, our leaders like Jabu, Masing and Mawan should do something to help her and many others by urging the authorities to relax the conditions of entry to matriculation, etc. These students really need their help since they (ministers and our elected representatives) are walking along the corridors of power and rub shoulders with the powers that be. If they can do this, then they really help Prime Minister Najib Razak in his campaign of 1Malaysia. Otherwise the 1Malaysia is a mere lip service.

These are the issues that our Ministers – Jabu, Mawan, Masing and Manyin – should be very vocal and firm in fighting for the rights, the future and livelihood of the Dayaks rather than shouting at the top their voices on petty issues such as “cawat” “sirat” (loin clothes) or Miss Dayak Borneo pageant contest.

Don’t you think so? – The Broken Shield


They Might As Well Declare Perak A Police State

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sarawak: Government Servants Of The People Or People Servants Of The Government?

From Sarawak Talk:

A day in the life of an investor in Kuching

Posted by ENDING, SAYING GOODBYE SARAWAK, MALAYSIA FOREVER on October 27, 2009 at 15:03:54:

Temporarily working for a would be large foreign investor in Sarawak.

Work for the same company in Indonesia.

The company had a pilot team to feel the investment atmosphere here. They been here 2 months and my job is to show them the truth about local conditions. They have signed a MOU with the government but finality only after 6 months.

First thing is the visit to TM office for telephone lines and internet lines. The foreigner was aghast at the chaos at the waiting area. He was even more astonished when I told him that TM do not care how big or busy a boss you are, you must come here and sign the contract yourself, and also wait in line for 1 to 2 hours. He had a good laugh.

Next we went to the Immigration Department to extend his visa. At the entrance we were told our car must be parked at a public carpark far away and the near car park is for staff. He said, in our place staff park at the far car park and all customers park at the near car park otherwise the boss there will get sacked. Continuing he said, "public serve the boss or the boss serve the public?" he laughed.

Then we entered the building, he could not find where he needed to go to because all (the signs) were in Bahasa. (Melayu). So I pointed to the place where he needed to go. Again he laughed saying, "your Immigration expects us foreigners to study Bahasa (Melayu) in your country? Visas are for foreigners and yet no English or Chinese language signs!"

We went into the Immigration room, 20 people, all foreigners are waiting, so we asked the receptionist. She said we had to wait. So my foreign friend asked her, "for how long?". She screamed at him, "WAIT LAH!" and walked away. My foreign friend saw 4 to 5 people laughing and chatting in another room. He went in to ask and was rudely told to get out and wait outside. 15 minutes later that woman came out and looked at the pile of forms.

My friend said he also needed a form to fill maybe. She gave him one. It was all in Bahasa (Melayu), so he asked her to help him to fill. She scolded him and asked him to look for a runner to help him. Immediately someone approached him to help for a fee.

Promptly he refused and asked to leave.

He was not angry, just amused. Then he asked me to bring him to MIDA at Bank Negara. There the people know him and try to carry his balls knowing him to be a big guy from a big company. The MIDA boss personally came out to ask him to go into his office and try to sell him Sarawak, Malaysia. He laughed and laughed and did not answer much.

Then we went back to the hotel, had a bath and he said he wanted to buy me the best dinner in Kuching. We went to the Hilton bistro.

Finally, after dinner he told me, "I thank you a lot for telling me to go down to the ground and see for myself the atmosphere of the situation in Sarawak. On one hand your government begged us to come in, on the other hand your other ministries do not care about the investing people or rather any people. The people serve the government in this country and all its servants and not the government and its servants serving the people. So investors like us come in, then we become like Sarawakians serving the government and its servants. In the end it is the people and the investors paying for the government and its servants. So if we come in, we are paying billions to be slaves of your government and its servants. Yes, the businessmen Sarawakians are very helpful and diligent and hoping that we will invest here so that they have some business and jobs to do. But the government and its servants not only want to get paid by the people but also want to be their Boss, God and their Lord. So tell me a good reason why I want to bring my money and my people to come here and be slaves?"

He laughed and laughed and laughed.

Adding he said, "why invite foreigners to your country when you make sure they do not understand anything, from forms and making them to walk so far to see the authority while your office boy can park his car in front of the authority's office? If you cannot serve your own public with ease and convenience to them, it means your servants do not know their priority, it means the civil servants top to bottom do not understand their jobs and priority, so tell me what am I doing here?"

With this he ended his company's mission to invest in Sarawak and paid me 25k for the simple reason of opening his eyes, ears and feeling to the reality in Sarawak (and) Malaysia for investment.

So, why does anybody in Sarawak believe that the government can turn Sarawak into a higher income state from the poverty we are in? It is not my duty to con anybody for my state and country. I show the foreigners the truth. The government must change, address the bullshit in the civil service and the negative image that civil servants are king and the people paying their salaries are slaves.

Sarawak just lost a big investor.....ending they have their laugh!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Behind The Sarawak Headlines 17.10.2009

Sarawak Headhunter is starting a new series of short looks behind the headlines of the local Sarawak newspapers, especially the Borneo Post. Sarawak Headhunter's comments will be in red, as usual.

Same role but new approaches for Saberkas
Anthony Aga | Sat, October 17, 2009

Youths of today are very knowledgeable and more demanding compared to their predecessors: Abang Johari

SARIKEI: Sarawak’s largest multi-racial youth organisation, Saberkas, will continue to lead and guide youngsters to become the country’s important asset, its president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

Mislead and misguide is what they do best. Important asset for whom, their political masters?

Not true SPDP breaking up, says political secretary

Churchill Edward | Sat, October 17, 2009

KUCHING: Multi-racial Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) yesterday brushed aside talks that it is on the verge of breaking up.

They have already broken up, they just don't know it yet. And since when were they "multi-racial"?

Safeguard spirit of sharing in society: Sng
Sat, October 17, 2009

KAPIT: The spirit of sharing which is very strong in Sarawak needs to be protected, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Larry Sng said Thursday night.

For the benefit of all politicians, especially Taib Mahmud, his henchmen, family and cronies, including the Sng dynasty. But they don't need to share with the people, they only take.

My duty to serve everyone, says Taib
Sat, October 17, 2009

KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Thursday night his responsibilities as a Muslim leader of the state were not only towards Muslims, but also non-Muslims.

Who is he kidding? His only duty is to serve himself, his family, henchmen and cronies first, all others only by the way, if at all.

Hardcore poverty no more for these families
Doreena Naeg | Sat, October 17, 2009

DALAT: A total of 104 out of 170 families in Rejang Hilir have managed to break out from the cycle of poverty.

Let's hope they stay out of poverty. But if Fatimah thinks that there are only three components of poverty, i.e. lack of money, education and food, chances are they won't last very long out of hardcore poverty.

SCORE to draw RM300 bln investment in next two decades: CM
Gaing Kunding | Sat, October 17, 2009

BALINGIAN: Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is to attract more than RM300 billion worth of investments over a period of 20 years from now, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said yesterday.

We all know for whose benefit. The ordinary people will just remain enslaved to him, his family, their henchmen and cronies and their descendants - not just for the next 20 years. That is what the so-called "employment opportunities and economic spin-offs" really means.

“It is very important for the people not to listen to negative ideas and perceptions painted by irresponsible quarters aimed at discrediting the government so they will not become the ultimate losers, deprived of development and progress,” said Taib, referring to these irresponsible quarters as people playing ‘hatred politics’ for personal gain.

And what "personal gain" would such "irresponsible quarters" (presumably including Sarawak Headhunter) get? Who is getting most if not all of the "personal gain" from Taib's "politics of development"?

The people will only see real development and progress once Taib and his evil regime are no longer in power.

Sarawak Headhunter

Senyum Kambing - Bahaya Besar Menanti Melayu

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Deepavali 2009


Senyum Kambing - Pembangkang Disifatkan Talam Dua Muka

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Scenarios Of Blatant Institutionalized Corruption In Malaysia At The Highest Levels Of The BN Government

From Sarawak Talk October 14, 2009

With minor editions by Sarawak Headhunter

What is PKFZ? Read carefully here and understand

How massive corruption is implemented in the CABINET:

Bakun tendered out 8 turbines for 800+ millions. One of the successful suppliers is a consortium called LAPSA. The chairman is the head of the Bumiputra (Chamber of?) Commerce Malaysia.

His company supplied 4 units of the turbines for 433 million. Although his tender is more expensive by 10 million, MoF awarded the contract to it.

3 years down the line, LAPSA put in a claim for 455 million extra. The claim was for all sorts of nonsense which to read is to believe that such nonsense can be claimed in the hundreds of millions in Malaysia......2 million for 10 temporary toilets included, the irony being that the other supplier on the job did not put in a cent of extra claim.

What is PKFZ here?

LAPSA is dangling a 456 million carrot in front of all the ministers in the cabinet - approve the claim, never mind what for, and each will get 5 to 10 million. THAT IS HOW ONG KEE TEAT get his 10 million from Tiong King Sing.

What or how the cabinet arrives at the approval is irrelevant because the cabinet is not accountable as the whole report and everything will be OSA'd. Nobody can accuse the cabinet of corruption when there is no information of the deed.

So PKFZ get their funds of 12 billion for work costing less then 920 million including land, and for Bakun LAPSA also can claim endlessly for additional funds.
















From Sarawak Talk
October 14, 2009

Let me show a real scenario - I was doing a 223 ml road project, when one day the same Minister called me.

He told me I can make a 50 million extra claim. I asked him for what. He asked me to be innovative.

The same night he asked me to make it 100 million and I would get 25 million for myself.

I showed him my claim - I claimed anything from making telephone calls to chase for my due payment to the fuel I spent on driving to collect my check. He said, no problem and everything's okay.

That night he called asking me to increase my claim to 200 million, and I would get 30 million in return.

I asked him "how?", he simply answered, "just double the amount of everything you claim lah!"

The initial amount was already 99.9% absurd. I did not want to think any more, actually there was no point thinking, I booted up my computer and just doubled everything, printed the claim and tomorrow sent it to him.

He just simply said, without 200 million, the Cabinet cannot approve.

I forgot about the matter after a few days.

2 weeks later I received from JKR a letter advising that my claim was approved. I was dazed for 15 or more minutes. I went to collect my payment certificate and to await the check.

The Minister called me up, okay, do not worry, Titanium (Taib Mahmud's son's company) also did the same. They did 426 million and did an extra claim for 466 million....all approved.

When I received the check, that blew my mind away. After leaving an amount for taxation and above my 30 million the rest of the money I slowly cashed out, transferred to Singapore and placed into a nominated account.

I never really knew what happened to the 124 million I banked in.

I quickly finished off the project, paid everyone, wound up my company and left the country.

Up to today, my mind still stayed blown away until I read of the PKFZ matter. Then I realized what is happening and that what I had done is titbits to the real things.

I was puzzled how my claim for the food and drink that I paid to entertain people at 500 a pax ever got paid. I was told not to worry, all the matters were filed away in a safe place where nobody will ever read it. In fact he told me, I myself am the (only) one who had read it.

So PKFZ is so real to me that I think the government is also paying TIONG KING SING for arranging sex for the MPs, the ones he brought to Taiwan to avoid Anwar's D-day.

I am sad for Malaysia, but like the Romans say, when in Rome do what the Roman do or be squashed.

BYE..have a nice life.

From Sarawak Talk October 12, 2009

Additional claim of 456 million for a contract of 433 million..privately he said, duit kopi 100 milllion, then the additional claim will be approved. If you claim too little, duit kopi not enough, nothing will move.

This is called the PKFZ class of claim.

The fundamental of the claim is not important, the duit kopi is everything, if enough, you can buy the whole Cabinet approving the claim, they will OSA the claim and give you the money without any questions asked.

I learnt this when I was a young QS based in a local construction company. I worked hard and came up with a competitive bid for a government tender. On submission my boss asked me to up 50 million for a 75 million project. I was puzzled. Then he explained, it is all about what you can give to the right people in the end if you want the job.

After that I knew, we never really needed to price the job, only to have a feeling of the market for the price.

Compared to any Chinese and the Chinese government, the BN MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS DEVELOPED THE PKFZ SYSTEM OF CRUDE AND BLATANT METHOD OF CHEATING THE PEOPLE'S MONEY USING THE OSA (Official Secrets Act) = illegal to question the illegality of the Government cheating billions from the public.


The above speaks for itself. No comment from Sarawak Headhunter.

Senyum Kambing - Pemuda UMNO Cadangkan Penubuhan Bank Belia

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Experiences Of Harrison Ngau Laing


Subject: Sharing and learning from past experiences

Dear All,

Its very interesting and indeed refreshing to hear and read of our diverse views and comments on the decision of and action by our Penan brothers and sisters in "re-setting" their blockades and on the so-called dialogue held between them and YB Lihan Jok, the Resident of Miri Division and the Ketua Polis Daerah Baram recently on the same subject.

In 1987, I was working with the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) (environmental organisation) Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) based in Marudi, Baram and it was at our office there that the Penans came to lodge the same complaints that they were making today which forced them to set up their blockades then, which complaints concerned the blatant disrespect for their rights over their lands and forests, the pollution of their rivers, disappearance of wildlife which they hunt, the intimidation from gangsters paid by the companies whenever they try to protest, damages done to their burial grounds, the bias of the government against them in favour of the companies, ignoring their complaints as above, etc.

SAM repeatedly wrote appeal letters on their behalf to the govt, the Chief Minister, our elected reps in Council Negeri and Parliament but was also ignored.

In July, 1987, I led a delegation comprising representatives of not only the Penans but also of the Ibans, Kayans, Kenyahs, Kelabits and Lun Bawang to meet with Federal Ministers including the then Deputy Prime Minister, the late Ghafar Baba. We also met with the IGP, Tun Haniff Omar and top army officials of the country at Bukit Aman and had a very lavish lunch with them there.

During the meetings held with all the above, we told them that the problems as above affect all native communities in Sarawak not just the Penans. Everyone of them promised to help to look into the problems.

NONE OF THEM TOLD US that it is an offence to put up blockade on our customary land. The IGP in fact told us that its not for the police to decide who has a right over the land in dispute. That is for the court to decide.

In fact, for the record, all those arrested by the police and the Forest Department for putting up the blockades and who were defended by the lawyers were all acquitted and discharged by the courts.

After we came back to Sarawak, many of our people put up blockades like the Penans.

I was visited by a lot of company managers and their towkays who tried to offer me and my family large sums of money. Some even brought fruits to our house.

My answer to them was simple and standard. "The land where the blockades are set up is not my land. So even if you pay me money, I have no authority to ask those who put up the blockades to dismantle them. Its their land and only they can decide whether or not to dismantle their blockades."

There was one General Manager who came all the way from Sibu who cried (probably only shedding crocodile tears) in front of me after I told him I cannot go with him to one of the blockade sites affecting their company as I don't want to be accused of being bought by the company.

Officials of the companies also tried to seduce me with luxurious food and drinks, holidays and beautiful women of different nationalities.

Gangsters were also unhappy with me but I couldn't be bothered with them.

Many of our own people, particularly our Ketua Masyarakat, Ketua Kaum and political leaders humiliated me in many ways and on many occasions. They said, "if Harrison is such a good man, why can't he help his own parents and family first. He is just an empty tin". Of course, it was and is a fact that, my parents and family were the poorest and most downtrodden in my longhouse, Kampung Long Kesseh.

And of course, being so poor and as a human being, working only with an NGO and yet still dare to get married at that time, I was many many times tempted to take the money dangled to me by the companies, mind you, they were in big bundles (of hundred ringgits!).

But somehow, my heart kept telling me, "never mind, GOD is fair and just."

I hate to also think that if I received the money from the companies and bought say a house, how would I feel every day living in this type of house knowing I got it from the companies. I would be tormented with guilt every day.

But things even got worst for me after that. The in famous "Operation Lallang" (ISA arrests) took place in October, 1987 and I was one of those arrested during that operation accused of instigating our people to go against logging.

I was detained for a full 60 days and interrogated by 12 officers from different sections of the police special branch for 2 to 3 weeks. They also went through the files they seized from SAM office on the day I was arrested.

On the 60th day of my detention, I was brought to see the Director of the Special Branch Sarawak, Datuk Lee Seong Mei, a Sabahan Chinese who told me I would be sent back to Marudi. I told him this, "Tuan, I have been your guest for 60 days and now you want to send me back but nobody told me what I have done wrong". His reply was, "Harrison, if I am in your position, I would also do the same thing".

After our meeting, the police sent me to stay in one of the hotels in Kuching as Mahathir the PM and Home Minister at that time has yet to sign my "Restricted Residence Order" restricting my movement to Marudi for 2 years but which was revoked after about 1 year. That night they brought me to a night club around 9.00 pm and we came back around 4.00 am. There were Taiwanese, Thai, Filipino women in the club and one Chinese businessman footed all the bills! I was wondering whether he was one of the tycoons.

About one month after my release, the former Baram District Officer, Richard Pahang came to my house one morning saying the State Secretary (SS) Tan Sri Bujang Nor wanted to see me. So I went with him to the District Office Marudi and saw the SS there with the former Resident of Miri, Stephen Jussem and all the Ketua Masyarakat of Baram. The SS told the Ketua Masyarakat that he wanted to meet with me first before he talked to them.

Some of our Ketua Masyarakat were stunned and confused with some I heard exclaiming "the government just arrested and detained him, now the SS is meeting with him".

During the meeting, the SS asked me to work with the governmentt and I said I cannot. He asked why not? I said, the government is the cause of our problems and I went on to explain why. He told me that is why I need to join the government to help solve the problems. I assured him that even if I am outside of the government, I am prepared to help and that there is no point even if I join the government but the government doesn't want to listen or to change its ways of doing things I won't be of help.

He asked me what the government needed to do to solve the problems of our people. I told him to gazette the communal land boundaries of all the longhouses or Kampungs and Penan settlements so that there would not be any dispute over land or the boundary of any land in future. I also told him that the Brookes and British started and encouraged that during their time so there is no reason why our own government cannot do even better than them. But he said its difficult.

I said its a question of political will on the part of the government and that it could be done phase by phase or area by area and if every year the government can gazette the communal land boundaries in one Division within 10 or 15 years, the government would have gazetted the land boundaries in all the adminstrative Divisions of Sarawak.

I also proposed the State Government allocate a specific budget for the purpose and that after gazetting the communal land boundaries, the next step would be to survey individual plots of individual NCR land within the communal land boundary of the longhouse and issue individual documents of title to the individual owners. As for the shared area outside of the individual plots but within the communal land boundary of the longhouse, the government should issue the title in the name of the longhouse.

In relating my abovesaid experiences, it is my earnest and fervent hope that all of us will learn something about our individual weaknesses, limitations, how people who want to grab our land and our resources in it divide, rule and manipulate us often particularly targeting our political and community leaders.

And most important of all, why we all must stay united, fight our enemies together, be brave because we are not here robbing other people of their rights or property but merely defending or protecting what is rightfully ours. We must learn how to detect or identify and handle enemies among us as our enemies will always try to recruit and use (or abuse) our own people to fight against us.

A few other things I also learned were that, when you want to help your own people to defend or protect their land or rights, you will be demonised, ostracised, branded a traitor to our country, being anti-government or anti-development or tools of foreign NGOs jealous of our country etc. etc. in the local newspapers, in the radio and TV by those having vested interests or those who are after our land and resources.

Some of our own political leaders who are "apple polishers" will be their local agents to mount all these accusations against you and I. Their strategy is to frighten our own people from supporting our cause so that we are weakened and left alone in our fight to defend and protect our lands and our resources.

Mark my words, all the big companies will unite with these enemies among us using money and threats to get or buy our votes during the coming state election.

Would you still give the key of your house to the thief?

May God Bless you all and guide and give His Wisdom and Protection and Courage to all of us and to our Penan brothers and sisters at their blockades.

Harrison Ngau Laing

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

BN's Continuing Reign Of Bribery & Corruption

So the voters of Bagan Pinang can be bribed after all, and it doesn't take that much either (see below). Nothing new there. Guess they are not much different from the folks of Batang Ai'. Who's wearing the cawat now?

The voters' verdict is not really a vindication of Isa or even UMNO for that matter. They've only decided who won and who lost in Bagan Pinang, not who is right and who is wrong. That's politics, for better or for worse.

If UMNO or BN see it as an endorsement and vindication of their misguided policies and misrule, they are dead wrong and they will never learn. Expect it to get worse.

BN's tyrannical reign of bribery, corruption and misgovernance will continue and worsen until the general populace can take it no more. Until then - we don't know when - it's business as usual for 1Corrupt UMNO and its BN partners.

Disappointed? Yes. Despairing? No.

We fight on, step by step. It's going to be a long war, all the way up to the next state election for Sarawak and GE-13 for the whole country and, if the opposition doesn't get its act together, maybe even longer.

Don't expect it to be a fair fight. UMNO and the rest of its BN cohorts will fight as dirty as they can, and we all know how dirty they can be.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

How Much Does It Cost To Buy Votes In Bagan Pinang?

Not much, apparently, according to Wanita UMNO. This is what they have been distributing to voters in Bagan Pinang:

This would probably be sufficient for the rural voters of Sarawak, but Bagan Pinang? Are the voters so hard up or is it UMNO that is so desperate? Probably nothing wrong with this according to the Elections Commission, which is why UMNO is doing it in broad daylight.

Apparently there're also lots of "Duit Raya" for the taking, courtesy of UMNO - nothing wrong with that either according to the Elections Commission, since it is the Raya season!

Hopefully the voters of Bagan Pinang are smart enough not to fall for all this outright and blatant election bribery and corruption. Is UMNO so politically bankrupt of ideas that they have to resort to such desperate measures as we have seen openly in Bagan Pinang?

Are we witnessing UMNO committing political suicide here? Will the voters of Bagan Pinang create history here in spite of all these indecent inducements? Let us dare to hope, for the sake of the future of our divided and misruled nation.

God save us from the tyranny and corruption of UMNO!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

UMNO Desperadoes Campaign In Army Camp

UMNO must be really desperate and have thrown all caution to the wind, campaigning openly in the Army Camp (while disallowing their opponents from doing the same) and making all kinds of promises and distributing cash, all amounting to BLATANT election bribery and corruption.

WHERE IS THE ELECTION COMMISSION? Probably deaf, dumb and blind as usual, except to any perceived fault committed by the opposition. Do they think the people are also still deaf, dumb and blind?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Senyum Kambing - BN Buat Majlis Sambutan Hari Raya Aidil Korupsi

Muhyiddin Bribes The Voters Of Taman PD Utama With Their Own Money

Will the Election Commission do anything about this blatant and illegal act of election bribery and abuse of Government machinery, staff and resources at a purported Hari Raya celebrations gathering in the midst of a by-election? Don't hold your breath!

This is an election offence, whether the useless Election Commission agrees or not. If Isa wins, it would definitely be the substance of an election petition by Zulkefly to annul the results and any straight judge would agree - if such a judge may still be found in Malaysia.

Voters of Bagan Pinang, take the money - it's your own money they are giving back to you! But vote against Isa!

If you want to know why you should vote for Zulkefly, see the video on the sidebar at the right ("Zulkefly Mohd Omar - Hero Of Broga").

Read & see more at Bagan Pinang > Fight Never Surrender

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More On The Damned Bakun Dam

WE ARE DAMNED! from Malaysia Today

Posted by admin
Saturday, 03 October 2009 10:20

Why would someone want to generate electricity through a giant hydroelectric plant in an area that does not demand that massive supply? Answer me that question and you can stop reading.


Hakim Joe

Why would someone harness the power of moving liquid and transform it into a clean and usable energy? The answer is of course for the electricity that is utilized to operate the multitude of electrical and electronic devices that we have. Simple answer.

Now comes the harder question. Why would someone want to generate electricity through a giant hydroelectric plant in an area that does not demand that massive supply? Answer me that question and you can stop reading.

As Sarawak Headhunter has pointed out in an earlier post "A Hole The Size Of Singapore In The Middle Of Sarawak": "And just how much would timber from a virgin forest area the size of Singapore have fetched? The size of Singapore is about 646 sq kilometres, equivalent to 64,600 hectares or 159,626 acres. Based on a conservative yield of 30 tonnes per acre, that would amount to about 4.8 million tonnes of timber, worth RM2.1 billion at RM450 per tonne, if it was all classified as MLH.

Clear felling could easily yield twice the tonnage, while better species than MLH could be sold for between twice to more than quadruple the price of MLH (depending on species). Easily at least RM5-6 billion worth of timber would have been stolen in this manner, just from Bakun alone.

Any benefit to the state? Only nominal, since the bulk of the timber income would have been siphoned off and deposited into overseas bank accounts, in this case by Taib and Ting Pek Khiing.

See Sarawak Headhunter's post on "Timber - How Do They Cheat?" to get an idea of the scale of the stealing that has been going on and perpetrated by Sarawak logging companies."

Any way, continue reading Hakim Joe's long and interesting article here.

In the case of the Bakun dam, the additional energy from this site will hopefully help generate a host of other businesses, assuming that the dam works. Such heavy investments will take a long period of time before its funders can start to recoup their initial investments; in this case it is the state and federal governments. If something goes wrong and the dam becomes yet another white elephant, the government will be the one to financially support it and guess where the money will be obtained from? If this happens, the Sarawakians will be the first to feel the impact. State budgets for other purposes (like medical, education and social services) will be cut to prop up the dam. This would mean a general lowering of the standard of living for all Sarawakians.

Is this what the Sarawakians want?

Read Part II here.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

UMNO's Money Bags In Bagan Pinang - Watch Out For 1 Tan Sri & 2 Datuks

The wheeling and the dealing has started in Bagan Pinang. This Isa Samad have pledged – with hands on his heart and the other hand with fingers crossed behind his back – that he will win Bagan Pinang. But he will not do what he did when he got caught for money politics in UMNO the last time. That time he was physically handing over the money like nobody’s business – thinking that those that took the money from him will know that he is generous – and that they can count on him to give them more when elected. He was elected but he did not count on Pak Lah’s insistence that they go after Isa and when UMNO members knew that Isa was going to be the ‘sacrificial lamb’ of money politics -the very people who took money from Isa now took money again to declare that Isa had bribed them! As they say there is no honour among thieves. Isa is not sorry for his involvement in money politics – he is just sorry that he was caught.

Who will be UMNO's money bags for the Bagan Pinang By-Election?

They are Tan Sri Dr Gan Kong Seng, Dato' Chua Tiong Moon and Dato' Yap Kat Boon.

Whoever they are or whoever they use, the message to the voters must be "Take their money and vote for PAS!"

See the whole story at "Bagan Pinang - One Tan Sri. Two Datuks." Steady Aku 47, Hussein Hamid's Blog.