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Call on Sarawak voters to cast their vote on Saturday to ensure that the DAP can campaign to capture the Sarawak state government in the next Sarawak State Election in five years’ time in 2021

Two issues in the 11th Sarawak state general election on May 7 are already decided – that Tan Sri Adenan Satem will be the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years and that the Sarawak Barisan Nasional will form the next Sarawak State Government.

The real issue about the Sarawak State Assembly to be decided on Sarawak Polling Day is whether there is going to be a strong, effective and principled Opposition grouping in the Sarawak State Assembly to ensure three things: (i) that Adenan keeps his election promises to serve the people; (ii) Adenan does not abuse his powers as Chief Minister; and (3) to prepare for a new non-Sarawak BN government in five years’ time in the next Sarawak state general election in 2021.

With the situation very clear that Adenan will be the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years with Sarawak Barisan Nasional as the State Government, the most ideal result of the May 7 Polling is for the denial of Adenan’s two-thirds majority in the State Assembly which is the best safeguard to protect the rights and interests of Sarawakians.

However, I do not think this is likely to be achieved on Polling Day on Saturday as I do not see the signs that the Opposition collectively will be able to win 28 State Assembly seats, the “magic figure” to deny Adenan two-thirds majority in the 82-seat Sarawak State Assembly.

I hope more than 20 Opposition State Assembly representatives could be elected on May 7, which would be a resounding setback for the many high-handed actions taken by the Sarawak Barisan Nasional in the election campaign, aimed at reducing the DAP to a “mosquito” presence of about half-a-dozen seats in the State Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time for Katibas voters to have a young, dedicated and idealistic State Assemblyman instead of a seven-term incumbent who became Assemblyman even before Paren Nyawi was born and could not build the road from Song to Kapit and Kanowit after more than three decades

It is time for the Katibas voters to have a young, dedicated and idealistic State Assemblyman instead of a seven-term incumbent, Datuk Ambrose Blikau, who became Assemblyman even before the DAP candidate Paren Nyawi was born and could not build the road from Song to Kapit and Kanowit after more than three decades as government representative for the area.

Before the formation of Malaysia, numerous fact-finding missions from Sarawak visited Peninsular Malaysia and were promised that if Sarawak, together with Sabah and Singapore, agreed to form Malaysia, the people of Sarawak particularly in the rural areas could expect a standard of development and living comparable to those in the rural areas in the peninsula.

We now have the third generation of Sarawakians, after 53 years of the formation of Malaysia, but the promises made in the early sixties have still to be fulfilled or the road from Song to Kapit and from Song to Kanowit would have been completed one generation or two ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarawak BN is running the most schizophrenic election campaign in Malaysian election history

Only eight days into the 11th Sarawak state general election on May 7, Sarawak Barisan Nasional is running the most schizophrenic election campaign in Malaysian election history, painfully reflecting the confusion, “double vision” and split personality of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional campaign.

The best example is the reaction of the PBB Deputy President Abang Johari Abang Openg who warned Barisan Nasional not to be lulled into a false sense of security by my statement that DAP risks losing seven seats.

Abang Johari should not be accusing me of employing a “ploy”, but should direct his attack on the Sarawak Chief Minisrer, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, as I was only taking Adenan seriously when he declared two days ago that Barisan Nasional would win at least 70 of the 82 seats in the May 7 polls.

This would leave at most 12 seats to be won by the Opposition. Baru Bian predicts five seats for PKR, which leaves only some five to seven seats for the DAP – which fits exactly the worst-case scenario described by Adenan, and why I had warned in Sarikei on Saturday night that DAP risked losing more than half of the 12 seats won in the 2011 general election.

If I am wrong, then it was Adenan who was wrong in publicly declaring that BN would win at least 70 out of 82 State Assembly seats on May 7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just as DAP took 24 years before trying to go for power in Penang State, Sarawak DAP is ready to go for power to form Sarawak State Government in 2021 if DAP Sarawak makes headway in May 7 polls

DAP took 24 years before trying to go for power in Penang State to form the Penang State Government.

DAP was formed in 1966, and the first time DAP declared its intention to form the Penang State Government was in the 1990 General Election when I led the campaign of “Tanjong 2” to go for power in the Penang State.

DAP did not succeed in the 1990 General Election, nor in the subsequent General Elections in 1995, 1999 and 2004; but we finally succeeded in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections, heading the Penang State Government under Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for the past eight years.

In fact, in the “political tsunami” of the 2008 General Elections inspired by the first political “earthquake” caused by the 2006 Sarawak General Election which had started the series of political shocks and earthquakes in Sarawak and Malaysia in the past decade, Barisan Nasional lost power in five states – Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan.

Just as DAP took 24 years before trying to go for power in Penang State, Sarawak DAP is ready to go for power to form the Sarawak State Government in 2021 if DAP Sarawak makes headway in the May 7 polls in five days’ time. Read the rest of this entry »

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If DAP can win in Bawang Assan, which was not won by DAP in previous general election in 2011, then Sarawak is ready for DAP Sarawak Plan to capture Sarawak state government in 2021

The battle for Bawang Assan in the 11th Sarawak state general election is very significant, for it was not one of the 12 State Assembly seats won by the DAP in the 2011 Sarawak general election five years ago.

If DAP can win in Bawang Assan on May 7, then it will be one powerful evidence that Sarawak is ready for DAP Sarawak Plan to capture Sarawak state government with like-minded political forces in the next Sarawak state general election in 2021.

The political journey of Sarawak DAP for a more just, equal and democratic society had not been an easy one. It had been an arduous struggle since the establishment of Sarawak DAP 38 years ago in 1978. Read the rest of this entry »

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My three wishes for the 11th Sarawak state general election on May 7

I have three wishes for the 11th Sarawak state general election on May 7.

Firstly, that the DAP will be to defend the 12 State Assembly seats won five years ago in the 10th Sarawak state general elections – which have now been turned into 13 state assembly seats as a result of increase and redelineation of constituencies. This is to demonstrate that DAP’s support among the people of Sibu, Bintanggor, Sarikei, Kuching, Bintulu and Miri remains as solid and powerful as in the past decade.

Secondly, that DAP succeeds in its “political offensive” in the 11th Sarawak state general election to make a breakthrough to win seats in the Dayak-dominated areas like Tasik Biru, Mambong, Serian, Simanggang, Pakan, Mulu and Murum to demonstrate that it is not only in the urban areas, but also in the rural areas, Sarawakians support the DAP mission to create a more just, equal and more democratic society.

Both these objectives are not easy to accomplish. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can Adenan doubt that his position as Sarawak Chief Minister is completely safe and unshakeable when he expects to win 70 of the 82 state assembly seats on May 7?

The caretaker Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem has said that he is confident that the Sarawak Barisan Nasional will win at least 70 out of the 82 seats in the 11th Sarawak State Election on May 7.

lf this is the case, how can Adenan doubt that his position as Sarawak Chief Minister is totally secure and completely unshakeable?

This is the ninth Sarawak state general elections contested by Sarawak DAP since it was established 38 years ago in 1978.

For 17 long years, DAP Sarawak struggled in five Sarawak state general elections to “break the egg” and make the breakthrough to get one Sarawak State Assemblyman elected into the Sarawak State Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salleh should stop making asinine statements like I have said its a waste to vote for the Opposition

The Minister for Communications and Multimedia Datuk Salleh Said Keruak should stop making asinine statements like I have said its a waste to votethe Opposition in the Sarawak state general elections.

Salleh was trying to be “little clever” when he twisted my admission that Adenan Satem will be the Sarawak Chief Minister and that the Sarawak Barisan Nasional will win the 11th Sarawak state general election into saying that in the circumstances its a waste to vote for the Opposition.

In fact it is an argument for voters to vote for the Opposition to ensure that there will be effective check and balance to ensure that Adenan will fulfill his election promises and not commit abuses and excesses of power. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Simanggang and Sarawak voters to unite to “create miracles on May 7” to deny the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan two-thirds majority in State Assembly by voting 28 Opposition Assemblymen

I do not know why Tan Sri Adenan Satem wants to give out the impression that he may be knocked out as the Sarawak Chief Minister in the 11th Sarawak state general election, when it is as clear as daylight on Nomination Day on Monday that there is 100 per cent certainty that he will continue as the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years.

This is why I am prepared to do what is not my practice, to bet with anyone who said that Adenan will not be the Sarawak Chief Minister on May 7. In fact, I am prepared to bet even with Adenan himself!

Does Adenan really believe that he might not be the Sarawak Chief Minister after May 7? I will like to know the reasons why.

The issue on May 7 Polling Day is not whether Adenan will become the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years, but whether he can be denied two-thirds State Assembly majority to ensure that he keeps his election promises to the people of Sarawak and does not abuse his powers as the Sarawak Chief Minister.

I call on the voters of Simanggang and Sarawak to unite to achieve the objective of “May 7 – Create Miracles” to deny Sarawak Barisan Nasional two-thirds State Assembly majority by voting at least 28 State Assemblymen into the Sarawak State Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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“507 – Create Miracles “ – Call on Voters of Serian, Tasik Biru, Mambong, Simanggang, Mulu, Murum, Samalaju, Pakan, Ngemah, Katibas and Bukit Goram to support the voters of Kuching, Sibu, Sarikei, Bintulu and Miri for political change and meaningful development for all

In the 13th Parliamentary General Elections of May 5, 2013, the call and slogan of the polls was “505 – Change Government”.

In the 11th Sarawak State General Election on May 7, 2016, the call and slogan of the polls should be “507 – Create Miracles”.

This is a tall order for the voters of Sarawak in ten days time on May 7, 2016 – for they are being asked to create a third political wave in Sarawak and Malaysia in preparation for the fourth political wave in Sarawak in five years time in 2021.

The first wave of political change in Sarawak was in the 2006 Sarawak state general election where the people of Kuching, Sibu, Meradong and Bintulu stood up for the rights of all Sarawakians by giving the DAP an unprecedented six State Assembly seats in Sarawak.

This created a great impact and was the precursor to the “political tsunami” of the 12th Parliamentary General Elections in 2008, which saw Barisan Nasional lost power in five states – Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Penang and Selangor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Assurance to Adenan that he is sure to be the Sarawak Chief Minister for next five years and that the most the Opposition can achieve is to deny Sarawak Barisan Nasional two-thirds majority in Sarawak State Assembly

I want to assure the caretaker Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem that he is certain and sure to be the Sarawak Chief Minister for the next five years and that the most the Opposition can achieve on May 7 Polling Day is to deny the Sarawak Barisan Nasional two-thirds majority in the Sarawak State Assembly.

I cannot understand why Adenan is so suspicious-minded that he urged voters in Kuching last night not to believe Opposition parties’ claim that they only wanted to deny Barisan Nasional a supermajority in the state election.

He considers this “a ploy to convince voters that supporting the opposition would not result in a change of government” and said:

“Don’t be fooled by this talk by Lim Kit Siang about reducing our majority of two thirds, because if people overreact to this one, then you might end up having them be the government.

“This is just a ploy so that people think there’s no harm in voting for them, and that they would get the best of both worlds. But then their aim is to form the next government, and if that happens, we will be governed by parties from west Malaysia.”

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Hope for Bidayuh breakthrough in Sarawak state elections with a quartet of DAP Bidayuh state assemblymen elected into the Sarawak State Assembly on May 7

DAP hopes to achieve a Bidayuh breakthrough in the Sarawak state elections with a quartet of DAP Bidayuh State Assemblymen elected into the Sarawak State Assembly on May 7, comprising Mordi Bimol contesting in Tasik Biru, Sanjan Daik in Mambong, Edward Luak in Bukit Semuja and Andrew Nyabe in Kedup.

This is part of the third wave of political change which I hope the 11th Sarawak State General Election on May 7 can achieve.

The first wave of political change in Sarawak was started in the 2006 Sarawak state general election where the people of Kuching, Sibu and Bintulu stood up for the rights of all Sarawakians by giving the DAP an unprecedented half-a-dozen State Assembly seats in Sarawak.

This created a great impact and was the precursor to the “political tsunami” of the 12th Parliamentary General Elections in 2008, which saw Barisan Nasional lost power in five states – Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Penang and Selangor.

The second political wave was the 2011 Sarawak State general election where DAP State Assembly representation in Sarawak was doubled from six to 12, with Miri joining Kuching, Sibu and Bintulu in the vanguard for political change.

This impacted on the 13th Parliamentary General Election in 2013, resulting in a whisker away from change of federal government in Putrajaya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are the voters of Tasik Biru prepared for their rendezvous with history on May 7?

Are the voters of Tasik Biru prepared for their rendezvous with history on May 7?

The famous gold-mining town of Bau had been replete with history, going back some 200 years.

There was a historic episode in Bau in 1837 and another in 1857, but on May 7, 2016, the people of Bau and the voters of Tasik Biru are set to write a new and greater history for Sarawak and Malaysia in the 11th Sarawak state general election by spearheading a third wave of political change in the country.

I first visited Bau in September 1978, after the Great Fire of Bau on 24th September 1978 when Bau town was virtually razed to the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

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Final appeal for a one-to-one electoral contest between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in Sarawak general elections as the Sarawak polls on May 7 is a battle for Malaysia

Monday is the nomination day for the 11th Sarawak state general election.

I want to make final appeal for a one-to-one electoral contest between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in Sarawak general elections as the Sarawak polls on May 7 is not just a battle for Sarawak, but a battle for Malaysia.

DAP and PKR leaders have actually reached an electoral understanding for a one-to-one contest in the Sarawak state general election with Barisan Nasional, which had involved difficult give-and-take, and it is most unfortunate if this electoral understanding reached by DAP and PKR leaders are broken resulting in a multi-cornered electoral contest involving the BN on the one part, and the DAP and PKR on the other.

I hope that in the interests of the political future, not only of Sarawak but of Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan parties can face the challenges of the 11th Sarawak state general elections as one team.

DAP leaders are prepared to campaign for PKR in state constituencies contested by PKR candidates, and PKR leaders are welcome to campaign in areas contested by DAP candidates so that se can send out a message, loud and clear, of Pakatan Harapan’s solidarity, cohesion and commitment to bring about political change not only in Sarawak but also in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Adenan to honour the 1963 Malaysia Agreement which guarantees Malaysians the right to enter Sarawak for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity in the 11th Sarawak state elections

The barring of the DAP Political Bureau Director and MP for Kluang, Liew Chin Tong, from entering Sarawak today bespeaks of two things:

Firstly, the continued abuse of power in the country to deny to Malaysians the fundamental right of freedom of movement in their own country. This will make Malaysia another reason to be the laughing stock of the world where Malaysians dan visit Beijing, Moscow, Havana but not Kuching, Sibu or Miri.

DAP supports immigration autonomy for Sarawak and Sabah to protect the two states from being swamped by West Malaysians in the employment market, but this is not designed to deny to Malaysians the fundamental right of freedom to travel in their own country.

Section 67 of the Immigration Act 1963 makes it very clear that there should be no bar on Malaysians entering Sarawak for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity, and there is nothing which is more of a “legitimate political activity” than the 11th Sarawak state general elections.

This is why the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a frequent traveller to Sarawak – to engage in legitimate political activity in the 11th Sarawak state general election on May 7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Sarawak voters to support DAP and Pakatan Harapan candidates as an appreciation for the life-long struggle of Wong Ho Leng and Karpal Singh for their commitment and sacrifices for a democratic and better Sarawak and Malaysia

Today is the second anniversary of the passing of DAP National Chairman, MP for Bukit Gelugor and life-long champion for democracy and human rights in Malaysia, Karpal Singh.

In another two months, we will sadly mark the second anniversary of the passing of another great Malaysian son who had also dedicated his life to promote democracy and human rights in Sarawak and Malaysia, as well as the constitutional rights of Sarawakians to autonomy in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 – Richard Wong Ho Leng, DAP Sarawak State Chairman and State Assemblymen for Bukit Assek.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the formation of DAP in Sarawak and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the DAP in 1966.

For half a century, DAP leaders who have passed the test of time have proven that we are a breed of political leaders who are in politics not because of wealth, position or glory but because of our political convictions and ideals, even when we are subject to trials and tribulations like detention without trial, selective prosecution and persecution, protracted character-assassination in the mainstream media, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poor Abdul Rahman Dahlan – he had to be saved by SPRM and IGP from a debate with Guan Eng which will confirm the truism that ‘empty vessel makes the most noise’

There are many events happening in the country which seem to be remote from Sarawak and unrelated to the 11th Sarawak state general election which will be held on May 7.

In actual fact, on deeper reflection, one would realise these developments have intimate relationship with the 11th Sarawak state general elections, whether the latest developments in the first global scandal in the country, the RM50 billion 1MDB scandal and all the acrobatics which are being performed every day in furtherance of the media scam that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has nothing to do with Malaysia’s first global scandal, or even the cancellation of the debate that should be telecast live next Wednesday by TV3 between DAP Secretarg-General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director and Minister for Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

In fact, all the hoo-ha and the allegations against Guan Eng for corruption in connection with his RM2.8 million bungalow purchase is not unrelated to the Sarawak state general election! Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Adenan to lead Sarawak BN to an election victory which will be the result of clean, free, fair and democratic elections which could be the pride of Malaysia and the world

I flew from kLIA to Miri this morning with the DAP National Organising Secretary and MP for Seremban, Anthony Loke, to carry out legitimate political activities n Sarawak, i.e. the 11th Sarawak State General Elections, as guaranteed by the Malaysian Constitution, the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the 18 Points, but Anthony Loke became the latest victim of a gross abuse of power when he was not allowed to enter Sarawak and was sent back to KLIA on the same Air Asia flight back.

Loke joins a long list of DAP, PKR and Amanah leaders/MPs who have been denied their constitutional right to carry out legitimate political activities in Sarawak in the 11th state general election – a list which includes DAP leaders/MPs like National Vice Chairman and MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok, DAP National Publicity Secretary Tony Pua (MP PJ Utara); Asst National Publicity Secretary Teo Nie Ching (MP for Kulai); PKR National Chairmen Nurul Izzah Anwar (MP Lembah Pantai), Tian Chua (MP Batu), Rafizi Ramli (Pandan), Shamsul Iskandar (MP Bukit Katil) and PKR MPs like Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang) and Sim Sze Tsin (Bayan Baru) and Parti Amanah President Mohamad Sabu. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will 2016 Sarawak GE herald great changes in Malaysia’s 14GE as happened in two previous 2006 and 2011 Sarawak state elections, or will Adenan succeed in crushing DAP and Pakatan Harapan as he is hoping to do?

For the past 10 years, Sarawak had been both the barometer and the vanguard of political change in Malaysia.

DAP’s breakthrough win of six State Assembly seats in the 2006 Sarawak GE heralded the “political tsunami” in the 12th GE in Malaysian parliamentary elections in 2008 which saw the Barisan Nasional losing power in five states – Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan.

DAP’s doubling from six to 12 State Assembly seats in the 2011 Sarawak GE heralded the 13th GE in Malaysian parliamentary elections in 2013, which should have toppled Barisan Nasional from Putrajaya as Pakatan Rakyat won 53% of the popular vote, but because of an unfair and undemocratic electoral system, Datuk Seri Najib Razak became the first minority Prime Minister in Malaysia.

What will happen in the May 7, 2016 Sarawak state elections, and what has it in store for the 14th GE in Malaysian parliamentary elections which must be held by 2018?

There are both certainties and imponderables in the 11th Sarawak State General Elections on May 7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Both Adenan and I are septuagenarians who do not have many active political years left – let us do something worthwhile as promoting democracy, national unity and Sarawakian rights of autonomy instead of abuses of power to prop up a political party past its shelf life

Both Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and I are septuagenarians.

Adenan is 72 and I am 75. We do not have many active political years left.

Let us do something worthwhile in the evening of our life, as promoting democracy, national unity and Sarawakian rights of autonomy instead of abuses of power to prop up a political party past its shelf life. Read the rest of this entry »

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