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The third DAP wave in Sarawak

(Versi BM)

The new Sarawak state committee elected yesterday will be responsible for launching the third DAP wave in Sarawak for a better Sarawak and a better Malaysia.

The first DAP wave in Sarawak which started under the founding Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Siew Chiang took 18 years from 1978 to 1996, and finally, achieved the breakthrough of having three Sarawak State Assemblymen elected into the Sarawak State Assembly – Wong Ho Leng (Bukit Assek), Wong Sing Nang (Pelawan) and Wong Sing Ai (Kidurong). Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarawak DAP should find out the reasons for the poor performance in the Sarawak State general election but focus on preparing forthcoming 15th General Election which should be held this year

Sarawak DAP did poorly in the Sarawak state general election held last month.

I am disappointed with the results of the Sarawak state general elections as apart from Pandungan and Pending, I had expected DAP to win Kota Sentosa, Bukit Assek, Pelawan, Tanjong Batu and Pujut.

The Sarawak DAP should find out the reasons for the poor performance and the serious setback in the Sarawak state general election but even more important, focus on preparing for the forthcoming 15th General Election in Malaysia which should be held this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarawak general election results show that if there is PH-PSB co-operation, DAP will have seven and PSB six Sarawak State Assembly seats instead of the present two for DAP and four for PSB

(Versi BM)

The Sarawak general election results on Dec. 18, 2021 show that if there is Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) co-operation, the DAP will have seven and PSB six Sarawak State Assembly seats instead of the present two for DAP and four for PSB.

DAP would have won five more seats apart from Padungan and Pending, namely Pujut in Miri, Tanjong Batu in Bintulu, Pelawan and Bukit Assek in Sibu and Kota Sentosa in Kuching while PSB would have won two more seats in apart from Bawang Assam, Ba’kelalan, Batu Lintang and Engkilili, namely Ngemah and Simanggang. Read the rest of this entry »

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GPS should not abuse or misuse their super-majority in the Sarawak State Assembly or they will suffer the fate that befell Abdullah Badawi’s over 90 per cent super-majority in Parliament in the 2004 general election – the beginning of the end of UMNO political hegemony

(Versi BM)

There is a lot of gloom and doom in the political scenario in Sarawak as if the end of the world has arrived.

I am more sanguine. As Nelson Mandela said: “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarawak general election a setback for DAP which must learn from the mistakes but DAP will not be deterred from the Malaysian Dream of making Malaysia a world-class great nation before Malaysia’s Centennial in 2063

(Versi BM)

I was in Keningau yesterday and Pensiangan this morning to celebrate an early Christmas as there was no Christmas celebration last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I had campaigned in the Sarawak general election and I had hoped that DAP will win half-a-dozen seats at the end of the campaign. The election results produced two DAP seats – Padungan and Pending.
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Sabah and Sarawak State Assemblies should set up a Joint Sabah-Sarawak State Assemblies Committee to Restore Sabah-Sarawak rights according to Malaysia Agreement 1963 and to demand compensation from Federal Government for half-a-century of neglect

(Versi BM)

The unanimous two-thirds majority in Parliament on Tuesday, 14th December 2021 for the passage of the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill is historic but it is only the first step to restore to Sabah and Sarawak their rights and status fully agreed by the Malaysia Agreement in 1963

For half-a-century, the people of Sabah and Sarawak were denied their rights to full Malaysian citizenship, such as their rights to equitable financial allocations, true state autonomy especially on education and health, fair apportionment of oil funds and right to development resources were neglected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Sarawakian voters tomorrow to stand up and lead Malaysians in “Battle for New Malaysia 2.0” in the next 40 and 50 years to make Malaysia a world-class great nation

(Versi BM)

The 12th Sarawak general election on Dec. 18, 2021 has turned out to be the most important Sarawak general election in the history of Malaysia although it started off as an ordinary state general election.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 changed the whole scenario as on that day the Federal Constitution was amended with the unanimous support of Members of Parliament on both sides of the aisle to undo the injustices of the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act which made Sarawakians lose their rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 for half-a-century in terms of fair financial allocations, meaningful state autonomy especially in education and health, fair apportionment of oil funds and equitable development prospects. Read the rest of this entry »

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History has proved DAP right and Sarawak government leaders represented by GPS wrong with the passage of the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill to undo 45 years of injustices of the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act

(Versi BM)

History has proved DAP right and Sarawak government leaders represented by GPS wrong with the passage of the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday, 14th December 2021 to undo the injustices of the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act.

GPS leaders cannot completely blame the Federal Government for the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act which placed Sarawak at a considerable disadvantage for half-a-century as the Barisan Nasional Sarawak government leaders had fully voted for the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act and must bear half the responsibility for the “stepchild” treatment of Sarawak for the past half-century. Read the rest of this entry »

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2021 Constitution Amendment Bill is the initial fulfilment of Impian Malaysia launched by the DAP with over 100 health, education and infrastructure projects in Sarawak in the five years from 2013 to 2018

(Versi BM)

The 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill is the initial fulfilment of Impian Malaysia project launched by the DAP with over 100 health, education and infrastructure projects in Sarawak in the five years from 2013 to 2018.

The passage of the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill in Dewan Rakyat on 14th December 2021 is the first step, and not the last step, in the restoration of the full citizenship rights of the people of Sarawak with regard to equitable financial allocations, autonomy for education and health, just share of oil rights and fair share of the development funds for the upliftment of Sarawak.
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There cannot be a new dawn for Sarawak unless there is a new dawn for Malaysia, which is why Sarawak GE is the opening shot for the 15GE and the battle to make Malaysia a world-class great nation by before Malaysia’s 100th anniversary in 2063

(Versi BM)

There are people who say that a new dawn has come to Sarawak with the passage of the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill by the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday, undoing the injustices of the 1976 Constitution Amendment Act which reduced Sarawak to one of the 13 Malaysian states when it was one of the three entities with Sabah and Malaya which formed Malaysia in 1963.

I do not agree. We want a new dawnn for Sarawak, but a new dawn for Sarawak has not arrived yet. It is a work-in-progress. What happened in Parliament on Tuesday is only the first step to bring about a new dawn for Sarawak, after half-a-century of nightfall! Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarawak government MPs cheered when the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill was passed yesterday, but they also cheered when the 1976 Constitution Amendment Bill was passed 45 years ago causing two generations of Sarawakians to lose their basic rights to citizenship and development for half a century

Sarawak government MPs cheered when the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill was passed yesterday, but they also cheered when the 1976 Constitution Amendment Bill was passed 45 years ago causing two generations of Sarawakians to lose their basic rights to citizenship and development for half a century.

The only MPs who opposed the 1976 Constitution Amendment Bill were the nine Members of Parliament from the DAP.
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Four reasons why Sarawak should unite behind DAP candidates and not split their votes in the Sarawak general election on Dec. 18

(Versi BM)

I am at the Sibu Airport to rush back to Kuala Lumpur for the voting in Parliament on the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill to end 45 years of injustices to Sarawak and Sabah caused by the 1976 Constitution Amendment Bill which resulted in Sarawak and Sabah not enjoying the rights and interests intended in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

There are four reasons by the voters of Sarawak should unite behind DAP and Pakatan Harapan candidates and not split their votes in the Sarawak general election on Dec. 18, 2021. Read the rest of this entry »

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Karim said those seeking independence for Sarawak can’t be blamed but he does not realise that the widespread unhappiness of Sarawakians is caused by the failure of the Sarawak government leaders 45 years ago

(Versi BM)

Recently, a GPS Minister, Abdul Kafim Rahman Hamzah, a vice president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (a mainstay of GPS) said that the people who seek independence for Sarawak cannot be blamed for such sentiments, in view of the record of lot state rights but he did not realise that the widespread unhappiness of Sarawakians is caused by the failure of the Sarawak government leaders 45 years ago.

This is why I am interrupting my campaigning for DAP and Pakatan Harapan candidates in the Sarawak state general election and returning to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow as Parliament will be debating and voting the 2021 Constitution Amendment Bill to undo 45 years of injustice to Sarawak (and Sabah) caused by the 1976 Constitution Amendment Bill which was passed by Parliament on 13th July 1976 by 130 votes in support and nine votes in opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Proposal for a High-level Conference of 4,500 Longhouse heads in 2023 to mark the 60th Anniversary of formation of Malaysia to find out why Sarawak is rich but the Ibans remain mired in poverty with poor and backward infrastructure facilities

I have just visited two longhouses in the Dudong state assembly constituency and I am shocked by the bitter complaints from the longhouse residents about their poverty and their poor and backward infrastructure facilities.

Sarawak is very rich and has produced a very wealthy person known all over the world, but the people, in particular the Iban community, are mired in poverty with poor and backward infrastructure facilities. Why is this so? Read the rest of this entry »

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I will interrupt my campaigning for Pakatan Harapan in the Sarawak general election and fly back to KL tomorrow to vote in Parliament on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 to undo the Constitutional Amendment 45 years ago to restore to Sarawak its rights under the Malaysia Act 1963

(Versi BM)

I will interrupt my campaigning for Pakatan Harapan in the Sarawak general election and fly back to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to vote in Parliament on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 to undo the Constitutional Amendment 45 years ago to restore to Sarawak its rights under the Malaysia Act 1963.

When the 1976 Constitutional Amendment Bill was voted in Parliament on 13th July 1976, it was carried by 130 votes supporting and nine votes opposing – all the nine votes came from DAP which included myself. Those who supported the Constitution Amendment in 1976 which reduced Sarawak and Sabah from a region comparable to Peninsular Malaysia to one of the 13 states in Malaysia included all the Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders, like two MPs who became Sarawak Chief Minister and Sarawak Yang di Pertua, Abdul Rahman Yaacob and Taib Mahmud, SUPP leaders Ong Kee Hui and Stephen Yong and SNAP leaders Edmund Langgu, Patrick Uren and Luhat Wan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Election Commission should relax the Sarawak General Election SOPs to ensure that the holding of “clean, free and fair election” is not curbed on the specious ground of preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection

(Versi BM)

The Election Commission should relax the Sarawak General Election SOPs to ensure that the holding of “clean, free and fair election” is not curbed on the specious ground of preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection.

Everybody agrees that in the Sarawak general election, everyone must not take their eyes off from the Covid-19 pandemic and must do everything possible to prevent Covid-19 infections, but this should not be used as an excuse to prevent the holding of a “clean, free and fair” general election.
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Special message to youths of Sarawak on their three-fold challenge – be pioneers of Malaysian youth movement of change to save the country from (i) racial and religious intolerance and extremism, (ii) corruption and (iii)to show the world that Malaysia is show-case of success of Alliance of Civilizations instead of a failure from Clash of Civilisations

Pesanan khas buat anak muda Sarawak berhubung tiga cabaran yang perlu ditempuhi mereka – menjadi perintis gerakan perubahan anak muda Malaysia bagi menyelamatkan Malaysia daripada (1) sikap tidak toleransi kaum dan agama serta ekstremisme (2) rasuah (3) untuk menunjukkan kepada dunia bahawa Malaysia adalah wadah kejayaan Perikatan Peradaban dan bukannya gagal dek kerana Konflik Peradaban

Saya ada pesanan khas buat anak muda Sarawak, khususnya buat anak muda yang berusia antara 16 hingga 25 tahun, berhubung tiga cabaran yang akan ditempuhi mereka, pada penghujung kunjungan saya ke Kapit dan Sibu.

Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak ke-12 dijangka akan dilaksanakan tahun depan atau pada tahun 2021, dan PRN ini akan menjadi pilihan raya pertama yang akan terkesan dengan pindaan perlembagaan menurunkan umur mengundi dari 21 ke 18 tahun.

Presiden Indonesia, Sukarno pernah berkata: “Berikan aku 10 pemuda, maka akan kugoncang dunia”. Bolehkah anak muda Sarawak “menggoncang” Malaysia?

Benar, anak muda Sarawak, khususnya yang berusia 16 hingga 25 tahun yang layak untuk mengundi pada PRN Sarawak ke-12 nanti harus “mengoncang” Malaysia dengan menunjukkan jalan kepada seluruh anak muda di Malaysia — sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 (PRU15) — sebuah daya positif yang mampu menyelamatkan Malaysia daripada terjerumus menjadi sebuah negara penyangak, kleptokratik dan gagal.

Mungkin akan timbul persoalan, bukankah Malaysia sudah diselamatkan daripada nasib sedemikian dalam PRU-14 yang penuh bersejarah dan menakjubkan pada 9 Mei tahun lalu? Mengapa perlu diselamatkan sebuah negara yang bernama Malaysia ini sekali lagi? Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will fight 12th Sarawak state general election for the first time to be part new Pakatan Harapan Sarawak state government and not to be Opposition in Sarawak

The DAP will fight the 12th Sarawak state general election, whether next year or latest by 2021, for the first time not to be an Opposition in Sarawak but part of a new Pakatan Harapan Sarawak state government.

Sarawak is a rich state but the wealth of the country had not been distributed fairly, benefitting only a clique of people instead of all Sarawakians, regardless of race, religion of region.

Sarawak state government has the largest annual state budget for any state in Malaysia, reaching a high of RM11.9 billion for 2019, which is more than four times that of Selangor which was RM2.56 billion; about eight times that of Johor which had a state budget of RM1.55 billion for 2019; about 10 times more than Penang which had an annual budget RM1.2 billion and about 12 times that of Perak which had a budget of RM1.06 billion.

But Sarawak ranks as one of the three poorest states in Malaysia, in the company of Sabah and Kelantan.

In the latest report compiled by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Issues, Philip Alston, the percentage of low-income earners in Sarawak is higher than the national-level figure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Hadi taking his revenge and falsely accuse DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam because DAP did not support his ambition to become Prime Minister-designate under Pakatan Rakyat in 2013?

Adakah Hadi sedang cuba membalas dendam dan menfitnah DAP sebagai anti-Islam dan anti-Melayu kerana DAP tidak menyokong cita-citanya untuk menjadi calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat pada tahun 2013?

Penyertaan Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Hadi Awang ke dalam arena politik Sarawak dimotivasikan oleh kebencian dan kegagalan beliau untuk menerima hakikat kehidupan.

Apakah perkara yang berjaya mengubah seorang individu yang pernah menyatakan kesyukurannya kepada DAP kerana bersolidariti dengan PAS semasa kejatuhan kerajaan negeri Kelantan pada tahun 1977 kepada seorang individu yang penuh kebencian yang gemar mengeluarkan berita palsu dan ucapan kebencian seperti yang dikatakan beliau di Bintulu pada Hari Malaysia?

Di Bintulu, Hadi telah membuat berita palsu dengan mengatakan DAP berhasrat untuk memberikan kuasa dan kekayaan negeri kepada orang Cina dan ucapan kebencian ini bertujuan untuk menyebarkan ketakutan, kerisauan, dan kebencian di kalangan orang Melayu dan Islam terhadap DAP, kononnya DAP merupakan pemimpin terbesar dalam Pakatan Harapan untuk memastikan “kekayaan hanya untuk orang Cina, bukan untuk semua; orang lain ditinggalkan di belakang” apabila tuduhan ini hanyalah penipuan semata-mata.

Adakah Hadi sedang cuba membalas dendam dan menfitnah DAP sebagai anti-Melayu dan anti-Islam kerana DAP tidak menyokong cita-citanya untuk menjadi calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat dalam tahun 2013?

Seperti yang saya dedahkan pada bulan Januari tahun ini, cubaan menjadikan Hadi sebagai calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat adalah satu operasi yang sangat licik tanpa menyebut mana-mana nama langsung.
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If Pakatan Harapan loses the 15th General Election, then its kaput for a New Malaysia as a top world-class nation as this is a mission that will take a decade or two – definitely more than one general election cycle

Tonight’s event is a historic event in Sarawak, even more so as we want it to achieve “history to history” to mark Pakatan Harapan making history in the 14GE when we achieved federal power in Putrajaya to making history in the 12GE in Sarawak to control Petrajaya and form the Sarawak State Government in the 12th Sarawak State General Election.

In the 12th Sarawak State General Election which must be held by mid-year of 2021, Pakatan Harapan must convince Sarawakian voters to join in the venture to create a New Sarawak in tandem with the Federal promise to build a New Malaysia.

Last Friday, at the Malaysian Economic Symposium in Parliament which was co-organised by the Parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance, the Backbenchers’ Club and the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, I said that 444 days after the historic peaceful and democratic change of government in Putrajaya on May 9, 2018 – the first time in six decades – it is time for a major review of Pakatan Harapan Manifesto and promise of a New Malaysia.

We have made the crucial and critical shift in the 14th General Election from the trajectory of a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state and headed in a new direction, resetting nation-building policies to build a New Malaysia of unity, excellence, justice, freedom and integrity to Malaysia to become a top world-class nation.

But there is no guarantee of success that we can inexorably reach the goal of a New Malaysia, for this is work of a decade or two and we can always be hijacked and the nation-building direction diverted along the way.

There is no way that a New Malaysia can be achieved by 2023 in one general election cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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