Cops urged to issue permit for anti-Taib demo

Ang Ngan Toh
May 20, 11

The Sarawak DAP has called on the police to issue immediately permits to allow the people of the state to hold street demonstrations to force long-serving Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down.

“They have their constitutional right to stage peaceful street demonstrations and the police should not stop them,” Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said yesterday.

Peaceful street demonstrations should be allowed, he said, adding that DAP would consider joining the protesters if the police issued the permits allowing the people to assemble in the streets.

“We fully support the plans of the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) to hold peaceful street demonstrations to force Taib to step down,” the Bandar Kuching MP said.

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyperson, said Taib and the BN have suffered the worst setback in the April 16 state election, losing 16 seats to the opposition.

“The BN’s share of the popular vote in the election has also declined by eight percent to 55 percent, while the opposition’s share rose to 45 percent.

“This means that only 55 percent of the voters supported Taib and his BN while the other 45 percent rejected them.

“Normally, under such circumstances, a leader would have to take responsibility for the setback by resigning from his position,” Chong said.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the BN could no longer consider Sarawak its “fixed deposit” state and therefore, “the call by MoCS for Taib to resign by Aug 13 is fair and just”.

‘Ridiculous to lodge police reports’Chong said it was ridiculous of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) Youth members to lodge police reports against MoCS leader Francis Siah, who is leading the move to pressure Taib to leave office through the street protests.

“It is out of line and insane to lodge the reports against MoCS, which wants to hold peaceful demonstrations,” he said of the three police reports lodged by PBB Youth last Tuesday.

The reports were lodged in Kota Samarahan, Bintulu and in Kuching

PBB Youth exco member Wan Hamza Wan Paie, who lodged the report in Kuching, wants the police to place Siah under house arrest so that he would not be able to organise the street protests.

He said he had heard that Siah (above, left) wanted to bring in large numbers of people from outside Sarawak to take part in the protest.

Wan Hamza also accused Siah of getting funds from non-governmental organisations in the West to hold the street demonstrations.

Undaunted by police reports and calls for his arrest, Siah said he would not relent in his demand for Taib’s resignation.

“I am more determined than ever. The show will go on,” he said in a text message to friends who asked him what his next step would be, following PBB Youth’s demand that he be placed under house arrest.

Siah aims to mobilise some 200,000 people to hold peaceful demonstrations in various parts of Sarawak to force the ageing Taib, who has also been accused of corruption, to relinquish power.

  1. #1 by Taxidriver on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 1:09 am

    BN managed to garner only 55% of total votes despite using truck-loads of notes. It could have been 55% for PK and 45% for BN without those notes.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 2:15 am

    4 polis 2 immediately issue permits 2 allow d people of d state 2 hold street demos against pek moh, DAP must first follow d advice of Nordin K 2 join BN n romance with UmnoB
    Whoa! UmnoB now accepts DAP in lieu of MCA, Gerakan, n SUPP

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 7:09 am

    #1 by Taxidriver

    That is why they are cutting subsidies now – to save more money to give away during GE13!

  4. #4 by k1980 on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 7:46 am

    1farting malaysia .. Farters first .. Fart Now

  5. #5 by Not spoon fed on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 8:38 am

    RM888 billion have been taken out illicitly from Malaysia from 2000 to 2008. See

    Mahathir was closing his eyes duirng his 21 years of ruling. Anti Corruption Agency is reporting to prime minister dept. Is Mahathir stupid on this RM888 billion?

    Barisan Nasional is now trying to cut subsidiaries because they (thru UMNO owned companies) want to “send money again” (profit via more mega projects without tender like 2nd Penang bridge) out from this country again (like Taib having billion RM property overseas: lah.

  6. #6 by bush on Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 10:24 am

    Why DAP so naïve and fall into BN trap. If BN want to remove “Pei moh” with their intelligent and evidence of corruption. They have done it before the election.

    The reason they don’t do it themselves is because “Pei moh” hold the important card and they cannot afford to get him out directly with BN involvement and purposely expose the issue to get the opposition involved to kick him out for not offending “Pei Moh”.

    DAP, please wake up and do the right thing instead of being used by BN.

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