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  • Tigeriban 7:25 am on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Stop Timber Corruption and Freeze Taib Assest Now 

    Stop Sarawak Timber Corruption – Freeze Taib assets now!

    For 30 years, Abdul Taib Mahmud has been Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Taib has abused his power in a spectacular way and has transferred the massive proceeds of corruption and illegal logging overseas. He and his family members own numerous companies in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK, the US and other countries.

    Help us to build up international political pressure against the corrupt Taib family and sign the online petition!

    Your e-mail will be sent to the authorities in Australia, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, Jersey, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as to the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering.

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  • Tigeriban 11:37 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Taib will dissolve Sarawak assembly this week, say sources 

    Taken from Malaysian Insider

    Feb 14 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will meet with the Sarawak Governor this Friday to seek his consent to dissolve the state assembly, sources say.

    A source at Astana Sarawak told The Malaysian Insider the chief minister’s office had called last week to fix a February 18 appointment with Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng for that purpose.

    Another source in the state government said district officers have been asked to freeze leave for their staff as of February 19, when the dissolution is expected to be announced.

    A February dissolution would lend weight to speculation that Taib will call for state elections in March or April, ahead of the expiry of the state assembly’s term in July.

    The Election Commission (EC) is required to hold elections within 60 days of the assembly’s dissolution.

    The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that the Barisan Nasional (BN) has decided not to hold a general election simultaneously with Sarawak as Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants to finish touring the country first.

    The prime minister is said to be delaying earlier plans to seek a fresh mandate in the first half of 2011 to allow big-ticket economic projects to gain traction.

    Najib said last week that Sarawak BN will hold a convention on March 6, raising the prospect of early state elections.

    Also, Taib is due to celebrate his 30th anniversary in power on March 26 and an election victory will cap his career as the state’s longest-serving chief minister.

    Umno officials and BN lawmakers told The Malaysian Insider in January that Najib favoured holding elections only after projects like the construction of the city’s mass rapid transit (MRT) and Sungei Besi development kick off.

    Taib, who leads Sarawak BN and also its largest party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB), has kept political observers guessing when state elections will take place.

    The 74-year-old veteran intimated last year that he had received inspiration on when to call the election during his pilgrimage to Mecca, but stop short of revealing the date.

    “I have the inspiration but I won’t tell you (the date),” he told reporters in November.

    Taib, who has served as Sarawak chief minister for the past 29 years, is said to be under pressure from BN partners to step down due to his waning popularity amid abuse-of-power allegations.

    The DAP’s victory in Sibu last year on the back of a major vote swing — which some saw as a referendum on Taib — has given BN cause for concern in a state long seen as a “fixed deposit” by the ruling coalition.

    The Sarawak BN holds 63 seats in the 71-seat assembly, with 35 held by PBB, 12 by the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), and eight each by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

    Of the remaining eight seats, DAP has six and PKR one, while the last is held by an independent.

    The EC has announced its readiness to hold the Sarawak polls at any time, with its chairman stating that the commission had “long made preparations” for any eventual dissolution of the assembly.

    The BN is expected to keep the state with a comfortable majority although there is concern that the DAP might be able to secure more seats in the urban areas.

    A senior DAP leader told The Malaysian Insider that it has heard of a possible dissolution of the state assembly this weekend and has made preparations for snap polls.

    “We are as ready as we can be for the state polls,” said the DAP leader, who declined to be named.

  • Tigeriban 11:21 am on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Bian no match for Sng’s money, connections 

    KUCHING: Should Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian and company continue to place their trust in the party now that money-bags Sng Chee Hua has “openly” moved into the game?

    It’s a question that is being bandied about here and in Sarawak ever since Sng’s “secretive” breakfast meeting with PKR defactor chief Anwar Ibrahim last weekend.

    For one thing, Bian was not invited to Sng’s pre-arranged breakfast chat lending credence to a commonly-held view that Kuala Lumpur has no respect for Bian and his role.

    What was so secretive about the discussion between Anwar and Sng that they couldn’t have Bian sitting in?

    Rumour has it that it was all money talk. Speculations are rife that Anwar is busy “sourcing” for money in Sabah and Sarawak to secure Azmin Ali’s leadership and the party’s depleted coffers.

    Sng is within Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s circle. His son Larry Sng, 32, holds two Assistant Minister portfolios in Taib’s Cabinet.

    Taib is said to have a soft spot for Larry who, despite being a partyless Pelagus assemblyman, has had Taib’s indirect blessings to contest in the coming state polls.

    But Taib has also said that he will not take in independents, who won seats in the polls, into BN. This leaves ample room for father Sng to negotiate a package befitting his son and Anwar.(Incidentally, Larry’s father-in-law is prominent Sarawak businessman and also Taib ally, Ting Phek Khing.)

    Sng is already reported to be “deciding on and financing” PKR’s 15 candidates in Sarawak subject to certain “terms and conditions”’
    Whatever are the terms, it is expected to work well for both Taib and Anwar. Likewise, in Sabah it is said that it is all part of a “strategy” which saw Chief Minister Musa Aman recently “receive” with open arms former state PKR leader Pajudin Nordin, who is with Ansari Abdullah, who in turn is Azmin’s pointman in Sabah. Pajudin’s move to Umno was sudden.

    Clear threat

    Bian unfortunately is not among Sng’s “must haves”.

    In fact, in Sarawak PKR, Sng and his money is a clear threat to Bian’s influence among the Dayak and Chinese members.

    “We are worried. With Sng there is now a change in status quo between Bian and Anwar. He won’t be able to fight Sng’s money and his association with Anwar and Taib.

    “Bian and his supporters don’t have the muscle to take on both Sng and Taib,” a source said, adding that Bian was also having problems within the rank and file in the party.

    According to another insider, Bian was not PKR central leadership”s first choice.

    “He was the third choice… there isn’t a big pool of capable Dayak leaders in Sarawak.

    “And when KL decided on him… the Muslims were angry.

    “Within Sarawak PKR itself, there are three factions… one led by Sng, the other by Muslim members, and now he has to contend with a re-emerging SNAP (Sarawak Nasional Party),” said the insider.

    Not accepted

    Sarawak PKR Youth chief Ahmad Nazib Johari, when contacted about the factions, said that he too was aware of the rumours

    He admitted to an “initial discomfort” with Bian’s appointment.

    “Yes, there were issues when Bian was appointed… I believe there are still some who are not comfortable.

    “But we’ve generally accepted the top level leadership’s decision and are looking at the bigger picture.

    “I don’t think it is a problem anymore… as our enemy is the Barisan Nasional and as a party, we are focused on bringing them down,” Ahmad Nazib told FMT in Kuching.

    Another Muslim PKR member, however, had a terse response when asked about Bian:

    “Bian is not a leader… he is a bigot who should not be leading the party.”

    Meanwhile, Bian is struggling with the threat posed by the re-emergence of SNAP and its willingness to be inclusive.
    Further damaging to Bian is “iconic” Dayak, Daniel Tajem’s unequivocal support for SNAP.

    Respected voice

    Tajem, who was among the key people who set up the now defunct Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS), was once described by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) chief Yong Teck Lee as “the icon of Dayak politics”.

    In fact, at PKR’s fifth national assembly 2008 in Selangor, Anwar liked Tajem to the “star” in Dayak politics.

    Tajem, a diplomat, is a much respected voice among the Dayaks and his call in recent weeks for Dayaks to return to SNAP, which gave Sarawak its first chief minister in Stephen Kalong Ningkan, is troubling for Bian and the state PKR.

    Tajem has his own diehard fans within Sarawak’s PKR and many are in two minds about staying on in the party.

    Said a SNAP insider: “SNAP is crystalising its strength and rapidly gaining support… it’s tapping Dayaks across the country.”
    “Bian should join SNAP. Now is the time for him to realise his worth… SNAP is prepared to field him as a candidate.

    “Our doors are open to him but Bian must decide. What is important now is straight fights with BN in all the constituencies,” the insider said.
    While admitting to Bian’s strength on native customary rights (NCR) land issue, the insider said “land issue alone is now insufficient”.

    “The folk in Lun Bawang like him and he’s known for his work with land cases… but that’s it. It’s not enough in a bigger political fight to administer Sarawak.

    “This is the big opportunity… the opposition must offer workable alternatives to poverty and practical infrasructural development,” said the insider, referring to the majority of Sarawak’s over 60% Dayak community who are still trapped in poverty despite the state being rich in natural resources.

    Taken from Free Malaysia Today

  • Tigeriban 6:15 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Valentine’s Day is not Christian, says church group 

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — Christian groups in Malaysia refuted today accusations by Muslim authorities that Valentine’s Day is a Christian event.

    “Valentine’s Day is a secular observance, and it is not celebrated religiously by churches in Malaysia, or, in other parts of the world,” said Council of Churches Malaysia general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri in a statement.

    “Although the word ‘Valentine’ draws some connection to St. Valentine, the Church’s authorities have not endorsed the connection, be it Roman Catholic or Protestant,” he added.

    The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said yesterday it will launch an anti-Valentine’s Day campaign, quoting a fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council in 2005 which called it an immoral Christian celebration.

    Valentine’s Day is a global annual celebration of love on February 14 that is rooted in St Valentine, an early Christian martyr who was likely associated with romance only in the 14th century, according to historical records.

    A Muslim preacher called Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood has also linked Christianity with vices in a sermon on the festival.

    Siti had said in a television programme aired on TV9 more than a year ago, that “vices, going to discos and to be in remote place with a partner as Christian tradition.”

    She also called Valentine’s Day a Christian festival, claiming it started as a celebration to commemorate the fall of the Islamic administration in Spain.

    The recording of the show has since been uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube and viewed by close to 100,000 visitors.

    Shastri urged the religious authorities today to refute the allegation that Christianity promoted sexual promiscuity through Valentine’s Day.

    “To suggest that Valentine’s Day is observed by Christians, in the said Fatwa is unfair and misleading,” said Shastri.

    “They have erred in their inference, and therefore has hurt the religious feelings of Christians in the country,” he added.

    The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) also disputed links of the popular romantic celebration to Christianity.

    “We strongly urge that better research be done and no mistake be made of linking the Christian faith to Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated publicly in many countries today and not just in the West,” said CFM chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing in a statement today.

    “The Catholic Church has removed the memorial of his (St Valentine) feast since the promulgation of the new Roman liturgical calendar in the year 1969, although his name remains on the list of saints and martyrs,” he added.

    Ng further lambasted Siti and PAS Youth for associating Christianity with vices through Valentine’s Day.

    “Statements which have a tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility against any particular religious community cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Ng.

    Both the city Islamic Department (Jawi) and the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) have also banned Muslims from celebrating the festival next Monday.

    Jais pointed out today that there were 257,411 births out of wedlock between 2000 and 2008, and blamed Valentine’s Day celebration as one of the causes.

    PAS Youth has similarly opposed Valentine’s Day, claiming that it was steeped in immorality.

    The Islamist party said it would distribute educational flyers on Valentine’s Day at several locations it had identified as hotbeds of immoral activities.

    The PAS Youth campaign was announced after it came under fire for reportedly planning a crackdown on Muslims celebrating the February 14 event.

    Taken from Malaysian Insider

  • Tigeriban 7:21 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Sibu Hospital: A sad story of Sarawak 

    Letter by Mimi

    This is a sad story of Sarawak and the Sarawakians.

    What went wrong in Sarawak?

    From the photos taken at the Medical Ward at the Sibu in Hospital, no one would believe Sarawak is one of the largest contributors to the Federal fund.

    End of Dec 2010, I spent some time caring for a relative who was admitted at the Sibu Hospital. From the outside, this hospital looks like a 3 star resort. However, inside the hospital, the story is totally different.

    This is 2011. How come there is no air conditioning in the Medical ward (I didn’t have the time to check out the other wards)? During the day, the ceiling fans are merely swirling warm, muggy air in the ward. It’s so hot & balmy that the patients leave their tops unbuttoned (yes, even the female patients).

    Some patients brought their own table fans but were still too hot and did not wear their hospital blouse. In the afternoons when the heat is most unrelenting, the patients sweat and wet their pillow cases and bedsheets, especially those who are unconscious or unable to turn on their own.

    Judging from the time I spent at this hospital, at least 80 per cent of the patients are natives from the interiors of Sarawak. Many of these patients are illiterate. They don’t know the definition of “standard of living”. Whatever the condition of the hospital, they quietly accept it. Do they have a choice?

    At night, practically all the native carers sleep on the floor. If they had come from the interior via public transport, they wouldn’t have brought with them their own cumbersome lounge chair (if they could afford it in the first place). The ward has plenty of unusable lounge chairs dumped in the store room. We were lucky we could afford to buy a decent lounge chair.

    The restroom inside this Medical ward is wet and stinks of urine 24 hrs a day. There’s no toilet paper or soap. The soap dispensers are devoid of liquid soap. It’s ironic that there are posters above the soap dispensers reminding people to wash their hands but there’s no soap provided.

    The restroom outside (opposite the lifts) has no toilet paper either and it also stinks of urine. By the way, there are only 2 toilet cubicles in both the Men’s and Ladies’ Restroom. The ladies toilet near the lifts are dimly lit. The only light is above the mirror. The blown light bulb remains unchanged (it is now Feb, maybe the bulb has been changed).

    The corridor outside the Medical ward is very wide but not a single chair was in sight. It was a sorrowful sight to see such the relatives of the patients huddle together on the floor. They probably came from too far interior to go home and they were taking turns to care for the patient. There is restricted number of visitors allowed to care for each patient by their bedside.

    Is Sarawak so short of funds that it is not possible to make the Sibu Hospital (and other district hospitals in the state) more hospitable?

    I suspect the state of the hospital has been left status quo for many years because majority of the patients who come here are really poor and not knowledgeable or even illiterate, hence, they don’t complain.

    Yet, when it comes to garnering for votes, our PM Najib Razak so blatently dangled RM5 million in front of the noses of the people of Sibu.

    I had sent these pictures to the Star and the New Straits Times however, neither of them were interested in the story.

    Perhaps Mr. Wong can look into this. We must really improve the Sibu Hospital and other government hospitals in the state. We contribute so much in petroleum revenue. Why should our hospitals be in such a sorry state?

    Thank you.

    Apa Pun Boleh

    To see more picture about Sibu Hospital, click this link Lim Kit Siang Blog

  • Tigeriban 6:28 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thai Airline recruits ladyboy flight attendants 

    BANGKOK Feb 10 — A new Thai airline is hiring transsexual ladyboys as flight attendants aiming at a unique identity to set itself apart from competitors as it sets out for the skies.

    Known as “katoeys” or “ladyboys ” transgenders and transsexuals have greater visibility in Thailand than in many other nations holding mainstream jobs in a variety of fields. They are especially common in cosmetics shops or health stores which almost always have a ladyboy shop assistant.

    PC Air a charter airline set to start operations on Asian routes in April originally planned only to hire male and female flight attendants. But it changed its mind after receiving more than 100 job applications from transvestites and transsexuals.

    Four were chosen along with 19 female and seven male flight attendants.
    “When I knew that I got this job I burst into tears because I’m very happy ” said 24-year-old Chayathisa Nakmai.

    “I had sent many applications to different airlines ”

    The airline said that the qualifications for the ladyboy flight attendants were the same as for female flight attendants with the additional provisos that they be like women in how they walk and talk and have a feminine voice and the right attitude.

    Though there is very little discrimination against ladyboys in Thailand they are not officially recognised as women and their identification cards will always say “male ”

    While the airline strives for equality PC Air president Peter Chan who chooses the transsexual cabin crew himself said he needed to spend longer with interviews for such applicants.

    “For male flight attendants if I don’t want to hire them it’s because of their attitude or their characters like the way they walk and smile For female flight attendants if they have no patience and their character does not qualify we won’t hire them ” he added.

    “For transsexuals we can’t just spend 5 or 10 minutes with them we have to spend the whole day with them to make sure they have feminine characters ” The airline says it may hire more flight attendants from the “third gender” in the future since the Department of Civil Aviation has no objections.

    Though excited by the opportunity the transsexual flight attendants said they were aware they needed to prove themselves.

    “People will keep their eyes on us There will be more pressure ” said Dissanai Chitpraphachin 23 who was crowned as Thailand’s most beautiful transvestite in 2007.

    “We have to prepare ourselves more than the women ”

    The airline is initially set to fly to South Korea Hong Kong Singapore and China. — Reuters.

    Taken from Malaysian Insider

  • Tigeriban 2:23 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mahathir rewriting history on Ops Lalang 

    Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is rewriting history when he blamed the police for the 1987 Operation Lalang mass Internal Security Act (ISA) arrests, claiming that he was furious over the mass crackdown.

    In the new book, “Doctor M: Operation Malaysia – Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad” by Tom Plate, Mahathir said:

    “Well, I would have handled it differently, except that the police wanted to do these things because they say it is necessary…
    “I actually met all of the opposition members (beforehand) and assured them that they would not be arrested. And you know what the police did? They arrested them. My credibility is gone.”
    Mahathir is not only suffering from selective memory and faulty memory but is spinning untruths about his misdeeds in his 22 years as Prime Minister.

    I never met Mahathir and he never gave me any assurance that I would not be arrested before the launch of Operation Lalang on Oct. 27, 1987, although a day earlier I had spoken in Parliament in the 1988 budget debate warning of escalation of racial tensions and calling on all political parties “to agree to a one-year moratorium where no racial, language, cultural or religious issues will be created or raised for every Malaysian to concentrate on the national priority of achieving economic recovery and growth”.

    Let Mahathir name the Opposition leaders had had met and given assurance that they would not be arrested but subsequently overruled by the police in the Operation Lalang crackdown!

    It is unworthy of Mahathir to “pass the buck” to the Police for the responsibility for the Operation Lalang crackdown, as he not only defended the initial 106 arrests by the police under Section 73 of the ISA, he exercised his powers as Home Minister under Section 8 to formally issue two-year ISA detention orders for 49 Malaysians, including seven DAP MPs!

    Mahathir had always made the false and baseless claim that DAP MPs had not been detained because they were MPs or their political beliefs, but for “trying to stir racial unrest”.

    For instance, Mahathir told Asiaweek (11th November 1988): “A few are still under detention because they refuse to give up stirring racial hatred. (Lim) was arrested not because he was leader of the opposition but because he was stirring racial tension in the country…They will be detained until they come around to thinking it is not the right thing to do…”

    I did not change a jot of my thinking during my detention that none of the Operation Lalang detainees should have been detained especially as “the real culprits of the tensions and grave situation” in Malaysia in October 1987 were left free completely, and not a single police officer interviewed me to secure my agreement to purportedly “give up stirring racial hatred” before my release in April 1989.

    This applied to all the six DAP MPs detained under Operation Lalang – Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw, the late P. Patto, the late V. David and Lau Dak Kee – who were released without the so-called “come around to thinking it is not the right thing to do”, when they had done nothing wrong in the first place!

    In fact, the personal, petty and vindictive nature in the misuse of an already very oppressive ISA was further highlighted by the fact that Guan Eng and I were the last two of the 49 Operation Lalang detainees to be released in April 1989 – when the various batches of releases started in June 1988.

    I had always conceded that there were racial tensions in October 1987, but these racial tensions were not created by DAP MPs or others detained under Operation Lalang, but solely the deliberate and irresponsible creation of certain power-seekers in UMNO at a time when there was general insecurity at all levels of the UMNO leadership because of deep UMNO party split between two factions, one led by Mahathir and the other by Tengku Razaleigh-Musa Hitam.

    As Bapa Malaysia and the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman said immediately after the Operation Lalang crackdown in November 1987, “It’s not a question of Chinese against the Government but his own party, UMNO, who are against him”. – The London Times, 9th November 1987.

    The Government White Paper “Towards Preserving National Security” issued in March 1988 to justify the Operation Lalang detentions referred to the UMNO Youth Rally at the Jalan Raja Muda Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on 17th October 1987 with banners displaying slogans: “MAY 13 HAS BEGUN” and “SOAK IT (KRIS) WITH CHINESE BLOOD” but no action was taken against the UMNO Youth leaders who enjoyed immunity and impunity for such seditious and criminal incitements.

    The UMNO Youth leader at the time is none other than the present Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

    Mahathir cannot shirk responsibility by passing the buck to the police but must come clean and apologise to the nation for masterminding Operation Lalang, the darkest chapter of human rights in Malaysia, paving the way for a wholesale clampdown and subversion of the media, the judiciary and organs of state, whether the Police, the Election Commission or the Anti-Corruption Agency in the rest of his premiership.

    Or is Mahathir going to blame the judiciary, the police, the Election Commission, the Anti-Corruption Agency, the media and the key national institutions for their failure to stand up to oppose him to protect, preserve and promote their efficiency, independence and professionalism during his premiership?

    Taken From Lim Kit Siang

  • Tigeriban 5:33 pm on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Father’ of Penan struggle, Along Sega, passes away 

    Penan leader Along Sega, who became a world renown icon for the community’s struggle against logging and the Sarawak government, has died.

    KUCHING: Along Sega, the outspoken leader of the last normadic Penan community in the Upper Limbang and mentor to renown Swiss environmentalist Bruno Manser, passed away on Wednesday.
    Along, 70, leaves behind his wife Yut and a number of children and grandchildren.
    In releasing news of his death today, the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund said, Along became a world icon for his community’s struggle against the logging companies that started encroaching into the Borneo rainforest in the 1980s.
    Along and his group’s struggle was featured in documentaries such as Tong Tana, Blowpipes against Bulldozers, Lakei Penan and The Last Nomads of Borneo.
    Born in one of the last groups of nomadic hunter-gatherers, Along eventually settled himself near Long Adang in Upper Limbang in the early 2000s, mainly because the Penan’s forests had been depleted by logging.
    It was bitter for Along to realize that the Sarawak government never showed any respect for the nomadic Penan’s unique lifestyle and heritage.
    He was angry that all promises given to them by the Malaysian authorities in the 1980s were subsequently broken.
    In a 2005 interview with the Bruno Manser Fund, Along said that life had become very difficult for the Penan due to logging and that Bruno had taught them about blockades.
    ”We taught ourselves how to do the blockades. Bruno taught us how to do the blocakades. He used to remain in the forest and take photos of our blockades. Even after he disappeared, we continued to blockade. I have been to jail twice for blockading,” Along had said.
    He also talked about intimidations by loggers.
    He said that Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s promise to preserve an intact jungle area for the Penan was “all lies” and “nonsense”.
    ”The Chief Minister’s promise to keep an area for the Penan is nonsense. This is all lies and has never beeen realized,” said Along who the young of six siblings. Only his sister Tioung, who lives at Long Adang, is alive now.
    (In 1993, Chief Minister Taib Mahmud promised to set up a biosphere reserve covering 30,000 hectares of primary forest which should be reserved for the Penan. Five thousand hectares of this area would be located in the Long Adang area Along lived.)
    Asked about the ongoing struggle for the conservation of the rainforest and the Penan’s land rights, Along had said that he was trying to teach the younger generation how to lead the struggle for the Penan rights.
    ”When I die, they will continue our struggle because I asked them not to give up,” he said.

    Taken from Free Malaysia Today

  • Tigeriban 12:25 pm on February 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Politician to Fantasy Novelist 


    -Enjoys hearing own voice, a plus for live readings.

    -No problem gambling on my big break as I gambled with taxpayer dollars.

    -Good at inventing plausibly believable fiction.

    -Abnormally high self-esteem, no problem with lack of positive feedback inherent in publishing.

    -Already lives in a fantasy world.

  • Tigeriban 12:49 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Why must you be shy? 

    This incident was happen when I checking arrival passenger from oversea at Miri International Airport. Every time there are oversea passenger, we as front liner must check and scan their luggage to ensure no prohibited item enter to Miri, Sarawak. There is one local guy in mid 40s(businessman)just come back from Singapore, whose don’t want me to check his luggage. Here is rough conversation between this guy and me:

    Me: Sir, please scan your luggage.
    Guy: Ok

    He then put his luggage inside scanner machine. While his luggage going through the scanner machine, my colleague detect something suspicious inside his luggage and he call me to check that luggage. Continue the conversation:

    Me: Sir, please open your luggage.

    Guy: Why you want to open my luggage?

    Me: It just a routine Custom checking.

    Guy: Lu jangan bikin saya malu oooo.

    Me: *smiling at him* Mana ada saya bikin kamu malu. Saya mahu check kamu punya beg.

    Guy: Lu jangan bikin saya malu oooo

    Me: Buka saja beg kamu. Saya mahu check saja.

    Guy: Jangan buat saya malu lah.

    Me: Errrr, mana ada saya buat kamu malu. Semua orang kalau kamu datang dari oversea mesti mahu check. Kamu datang dari Singapore mesti saya mahu check kamu. Orang putih pun check juga. Mana mereka ada malu, malah mereka “very cooperative” dengan Kastam. Saya check semua orang tidak kira kamu businessman ka and etc. You yourself making yourself very shy. Kalau kamu malu, saya bawa kamu ke office saya lah, check di office saya.

    Guy: *his face change to red. He is very angry with me. Then he opened the luggage for me*

    After a few minute of checking, and everything is ok then i release him. The local guys looks unhappy with me but I don’t care about that. It is my duty to ensure the safety of Malaysia. He want to complain to head of department what for. No one is entertain his complain. And for your information to my silent reader, Australia Custom is very very strict. Not to say Australia, USA, Singapore and England also very strict.

    I just don’t understand why you must be shy. What mentality is that. If you prove you are right why you very afraid or shy? Come on lah…..be a man.

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