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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Armed Robbers Strike In Bau






A group of armed robbers tied up a family of four, feast on their food meant to be sold in Bau and then left in the house owner’s cars this morning.

The house owner, Chin Poo Kiong, 52 who was tased a few times said from what he could check through, he lost RM5000 cash, over RM5000 worth of gold jewelry and four mobile phones.  

Chin stayed in a single storey detached house with his wife and two sons, 16 and 20 at Jambusan, Bau.

At 6 am this morning, Chin heard his dogs barking wildly. Thinking that the fish might have jumped out of the fish pond causing the dogs to bark before, he went to check and saw two men, one masked and one holding a parang.

Chin thought it was a prank from his staff and pulled at the parang. Instead, the man grabbed him and held the parang at his neck telling him to give them his money or they would kill him.

The two was joined by a few others, some masked. His 48-year-old wife who was cooking for her hawker stall business in Bau screamed when she saw the robbers coming in. The two sons were also threatened with parang when they went to see why their mother shouted.

The four were tied up with nylon and gagged as the robbers searched through every room.

One of the robbers even had a taser with him and tased Chin whenever they asked where he hid his values. Chin said after he was tased a few times, the taser went conk.

Chin said as the robbers conversed among themselves, he realized some are local and others are foreigners.

After eating, the group left the house in Chin’s viva. They also blindfolded them all. Chin managed to free himself and his family before seeking help.

Bau OCPD, DSP Mohammad Sabri bin Zainal said based on the statement from the house owner, there could be about 8 or 9 robbers, a mixed group of both local and foreigners.

Police later found the cars abandoned along Jalan Jambusan and another at the rubbish dump in Bau. A shop owner said he saw Chin’s car driving in the town and was surprised that Chin had gone to work so early. He did not realize that the car was driven by someone else.

Police are now investigating the case.

Catatan Ketua Pemuda PAS Sarawak: Ziarah ke Tiris, Bekenu


Alhamdulillah pada hari Ahad, 26 Februari 2012 yang lepas saya bersama-sama sahabat-sahabat daripada PAS Kawasan Miri telah mengadakan siri ziarah ke Tiris, Bekenu. Bekenu merupakan sebuah daerah yang terletak di dalam Bahagian Miri dalam Parlimen Sibuti. Perjalanan daripada Bandaraya Miri ke pecan Bekenu mengambil masa lebih kurang 50 minit. Kebanyakan penduduk di daerah Bekenu adalah berbangsa Kedayan dan Iban. Sementara Tiris pula terletak lebih kurang 6 kilometer daripada pecan Bekenu.
Kami memulakan perjalan pada hari tersebut pada pukul 2 petang dan kami berhimpun di Masjid Kampung Luak sebelum memulakan perjalanan. Alhamdulillah pada petang tersebut ALLAH telah turunkan hujan rahmat mengiringi perjalanan kami tidak seperti hari-hari sebelumnya yang panas. Kami bergerak dengan 2 buah pacuan empat roda dan sebuah MPV Citra. Saya memandu Citra saya untuk pergi ke tempat tujuan kami.
Turut bersama-sama di dalam perjalanan kami ini adalah YDP PAS Kawasan Miri merangkap Timb. Persuruhjaya 3 PAS Sarawak. Kami tidak pergi dengan tangan kosong dengan membawa 50 bungkusan bantuan kebajikan yang seperti biasa kami lakukan. Alhamdulillah perjalanan kami bermula dengan baik walaupun hujan turun sekejap lebat dan sekejap renyai.Kami sampai di simpang pecan Bekenu pada jam 2.40 petang dan kami teruskan perjalan pula ke Tiris.
Pada gambaran awal saya kami boleh sampai ke Tiris sebelum jam 3 petang memandangkan baki perjalanan hanya lebih kurang 6 kilometer. Namun pandangan dan gambaran asal saya jauh meleset. Sebaik sahaja tiba di simpang masuk ke Tiris telah nampak sebuah jalan tanah merah berbatu. Dalam keadaan hujan pada petang tersebut menjadikan perjalanan kami masuk ke Tiris semakin sukar. Jalan tanah merah berbatu ini dipenuhi dengan lopak selepas hujan dan berbukit. Di sesetengah kawasan jalan kami terpaksa melalui jalan di lereng bukit yang curam.
Dalam benak fikiran saya, bagaimana jalan di sebuah kawasan yang terletak dalam sebuah negeri yang telah merdeka lebih 40 tahun, dalam sebuah negeri yang kaya, di dalam bahagian yang menjana sumber pendapatan negeri dan negara masih lagi belum memiliki kemudahan asas yang cukup baik. Akhirnya, Alhamdulillah kami selamat tiba di lokasi tujuan kami pada jam 3.30 petang dalam suasana masih hujan.
Dalam ziarah ini kami telah Berjaya menyampaikan bantuan kebajikan kepada 30 orang penerima bantuan dan bertemu lebih 50 orang dalam suatu majlis ringkas. Dalam perjalan ke tempat program sempat juga kami menyapa dan beramah-mesra den gan penduduk-penduduk kampung yang diduduk di hujung jambatan. Mereka mengatakan itulah rutin hujung minggu mereka, kerana tidak ada kemudahan atau tempat komersial di dalam Tiris sedangkan Tiris antara tempat yang menyumbang kepada sumber pertanian di Bekenu malah untuk pasaran tempatan di Miri.
Menurut tuan rumah yang menjadikan rumahnya sebagai tempat program kami pada petang itu, antara masalah utama yang membelenggu penduduk di sekitar Tiris adalah masalah pengambil-alihan tanah temuda atau NCR penduduk asal di sana. Hingga setakat ini terdapat tiga PL atau kawasan tanah yang cuba diambil-alih dan setakat ini satu PL telah digazetkan. Tuan rumah menyebut, memang benar sekarang penduduk kampung telah memiliki tanah masing-masing di kampung masing-masing di Tiris sebagai tempat penginapan mereka. Tetapi ini tanah tersebut hanya untuk satu generasi untuk diwariskan turun temurun. Yang menjadi kerisauan mereka adalah tanah untuk penempatan pada masa dan generasi akan datang selain tanah-tanah terbabit menjadi keperluan penduduk kampung untuk diusahakan sebagai sumber pendapatan melalui pertanian.
Selain masalah tanah yang menjadi ibu segala masalah kebanyakan penduduk asal peribumi Sarawak, masalah lain adalah jalan yang tidak sempurna. Dimaklumkan bahawa jalan yang digunakan sekarang adalah satu-satunya jalan masuk ke Tiris dan merupakan jalan balak sebelum ini. Disebut juga, sebelum pilihanraya negeri yang lepas Kerajaan BN ada menjanjikan untuk membuat jalan baru. Ya, memang ada jalan baru yang cuba dibuka masuk ke Tiris. Yang menjadi masalahnya menurut penduduk kampung adalah kerja-kerja pembinaan jalan tersebut dimulakan beberapa minggu sebelum pilihanraya negeri yang lepas dan sehingga kini masih lagi tidak nampak apa-apa perubahan daripada kerja-kerja awal tersebut. Sekiranya jalan tersebut dapat disiapkan dalam kadar yang segera memandangkan jaraknya cuma sekitar 3 kilometer ia bakal menjadi satu rahmat dan kemudahan yang amat baik kepada penduduk di Tiris. Namun penduduk di Tiris perlu lebih banyak bersabar kerana selagi BN yang memegang tampuk pemerintahan negeri dan pusat perkara ini akan dijadikan umpan pada setiap kali pilihanraya.
Sebagai rekod, ADUN bagi Lambir iaitu YB En. Ripin Lamat berasal dari Tiris. Sebagai ADUN seharusnya beliau perlu bersama-sama penduduk di Tiris memperjuangkan hak penduduk di sini untuk memiliki sebuah kemudahan jalan yang terbaik. Rasionalnya adalah berliau mempunyai akses kepada jabatan-jabatan yang bertanggungjawab untuk kemudahan ini sebgai seorang ADUN. Selain itu setiap tahun terdapat empat kali sesi persidangan DUN yang sepatutnya menjadi medan kepada ADUN-ADUN untuk menyuarakan masalah-masalah yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Di samping itu, penduduk kampung yang menjadikan pertanian sebagai sumber pendapatan mereka boleh menjadi seorang usahawan tani yang Berjaya bila mana ada kemudahan yang baik untuk mereka membawa hasil pertanian mereka untuk dipasarkan.
Itulah hakikat yang berlaku di Sarawak negeri yang saya sayangi, dikurnikan oleh ALLAH dengan hasil bumi yang cukup melimpah ruah, mempunyai tanah yang amat luas dibandingkan kepadatan pendudukan rakyatnya namun masih lagi jauh kebelakang dari segi pembangunan infrastruktur asas seperti jalan, air, elektrik dan sebagainya. Masih lagi masalah-masalah pengambil-alihan tanah rakyat masih lagi kedenganran walaupun tanah di negeri yang amat luas permukaan buminya.
Kesimpulan yang saya ingin sebut di sini adalah kerajaan BN yang selama ini sentiasa mendakwa hanya mereka sahaja yang mampu membawa pembangunan dan kemudahan kepada rakyat adalah satu pembohongan. Nasib rakyat di Tiris, Bekenu menjadi bukti kepada pembohongan BN ini. Saya menyeru kepada seluruh rakyat di Tiris, Bekenu, Miri dan rakyat Sarawak yang saya kasihi untuk sama-sama melakukan perubahan dalam pilihanraya umum ke-13 nanti kerana Pakatan Rakyat adalah harapan untuk membawa perubahan yang lebih baik demi kesejahteraan rakyat dan bumi yang bertuah ini.

Mohammad Arifiriazul B Paijo
KETUA PEMUDA PAS SARAWAK
Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Armed Robbers Strike Again

Force entry... The victim's house back door 


Armed burglars broke into a house at Seng Goon Garden and robbed a housewife at 4.30pm today. 

The victim was alone in the house watching television when a masked man suddenly stood in front of her with a parang in his hand.

He then demanded for cash so the housewife led him to the top floor and gave him RM200. The robber said it was not enough and wanted gold. The woman then led him to another room where gold were kept in a drawer.

The robber took the whole drawer out and walked down to the ground floor with the housewife following behind.

She saw an accomplice in the kitchen and dashed to the entrance before climbing out of her locked gate, spraining her feet in the process.
  
Missing from the house was two laptop, cash, an Ipad and gold jewelry.

 A police report had been lodged

House Razed



A mother despite losing all her properties in a fire was grateful to see her two children safe and sound.

Rozita Ahmad aged 35, a kindergarten teacher in Bako rushed back to her wooden house at Jalan Mendu, Lorong 2 when she was told that her house was on fire. 

Her two children, Nurquamarina, 13 and younger brother, Izuddin Syukir Nusa, 7 were alone in the house at about 3pm when the fire started in the kitchen.

Nurquamarina told State Assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen who arrived to the scene that she was doing homework when she felt hot and realised that the house was on fire. She said she suddenly felt the presence of her deceased grandmother who told her to go to the kitchen.

Nur then went to the kitchen and saw her brother inside. She pulled him out of the house. 

A neighbour who saw the house on fire rushed out and was relief to see that the two children were safe and sound. She said Nur even tried to go back into the house to salvage her belongings but was stopped by her.

The fire and rescue services department received the call at 3.27 and 38 firemen from Padungan, Batu Lintang and Tabuan Jaya rushed to the scene. The fire was put out at 3.45 pm after it razed down the house.

Tabuan Bomba Head, Tawang Lingem said they are conducting an investigation into the cause and losses in the fire.

Frequent Blackout in Sentosa, DAP

State Assemblyman for Sentosa, Chong Chieng Jen is not satisfied with the reply from Sesco claiming that there were frequent black out in Sentosa the last week due to overloading.

Chong said he had written in to Sesco last Friday seeking explanation why the breakdown was so often as it not only caused loss in business to shop owners but inconviences and also damages of electrical appliances.

He reasoned that before any development of buildings or housing estates were to take place, the developers had to write in to get the approval plan from relevant agencies and SESCO is one of them.

'Normally, SESCO will estimate the electricity usage and at times, developers had to come out with their own funds to build a sub station," he said.

Chong pointed out the people here did not have problems with electricity some 20 or 30 years ago.

Now, he added, with the hiring of a CEO whose pay is RM4.4 million annually and about RM20 million salary for a dozen or more expatriate's working as engineers here, he said the people unfortunately did not enjoy better services.

He urged SESCO to take a more serious view into the teething problems.

Danger In Hospital Compound


An old man sustained serious injuries on his face and mouth after he tripped over a chain attached to a pole leading to the Emergency department 10 days ago.

Loui Ah Seng from Chawan Road, 66 had gone to the Sarawak General hospital on February 18 with his wife and was going to the car parking lot when he fell.

His cheek bone was crushed and his lips break which he need 6 stitches.

Loui told SU that he accompanied his wife to the hospital once every two months as she need to get her eye drop.

He said there was a chain tied across the road to prevent vehicles from going through but unfortunately, he said it was a road that people had to walk across.

"I did not see the chain as it was 8.30 pm and the three spotlights at the hospital shine on the car park. So that area was dark as the lights were blocked by the roof," he said.

After falling down, some members of the public helped him to go to the Emergency ward and after the necessary checking, he was send home at 3 am that day.

This morning, Loui went to do a follow up check and was dismayed that not much was done to improve the matter. He said the problem is not during the daytime but at night.

Calling to the hospital to take necessary action, Loui said he had told Dr. Sim Kui Hian about the matter. "I dont expect the hospital to respond that fast to such problems so I want to tell the people to be more careful when crossing the area," he said.

Loui who still have a swollen face said his face is now disfigured and the doctor had agreed to do some operation but he had told the doctor it is not necessary as he is already an old man. He said it is more important that the roads are safe for public usage.

Anwar Ibrahim a bully


by Sarawak Monitor

Malaysians in Sarawak will not readily forgive Anwar Ibrahim, for what he did and did not do in Sarawak as the Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister and also the Minister of Finance.

His party PKR is not likely to win any seats in the forthcoming General Elections. The party’s victories in Ba’kelalan and Krian State constituencies in April 2011 State elections were nothing more than flesh in the pan. They did not reflect the strength of the party but the weakness of SPDP, which had failed to get proper feedback from the people on ground.
SPDP had taken the people for granted especially in Krian, which used to be the baston of Ibanism in the 60s, 70s in the State. It was the stronghold of Dayak based party SNAP.  
 
Read more, here.

Sarawak as a region needs bigger allocation for development


by Mulu View
 
Obviously, the opposition, in dismissing the potential of Sarawak to become the richest State in the country by the year 2030, is ignorant of the fact that the State government has a concrete plan to achieve the desired objective.
Admittedly, Sarawak, at this stage on development, is like Peninsula Malaysia in the 90s in terms of infrastructure development like building of roads, bridges, ports and airports. The state only started development in 1963 and has to run faster in order to catch up with the development and progress of Peninsular Malaysia.  The special allocation of RM4 billion for infrastructure development in the beginning of 2011 from the Federal Government should be able to push further the development by year 2013.  
But, it is still not justifiable for the opposition, which has only been making hot air and rhetoric, to condemn Sarawak as the fourth poorest state in the country and that its development is being done haphazardly. 
Both DAP and PKR, in criticizing Barisan Nasional - led State government, conveniently ignore the fact that Sarawak, is about 94% of the total size of Peninsular Malaysia but with a small population of 2.6 million or 10% of the population of the latter; some districts or parliamentary constituencies are bigger than most states there. 
Dato Aloysius Dris leading the media group and Azam members to the Tokuyama plant.
The opposition will do more good, if apart from making sharp criticisms of Barisan Nasional at the state level, to drive home the points at the Federal level that Sarawak cannot be treated just as a state in the Federation but a region that needs much bigger allocation for development.  
Sarawak has a total land size of more than 125,000 square KMs with 11 administrative divisions, 31 districts and 28 sub-districts. The small population is scattered over more than 5,000 settlements, comprising of longhouses, bazaars and traditional villages, with distances of anything from 10 to 45 KM apart. And 60% of the settlements each have less than 50 families only. The demographic pattern is already a real challenge in development.
As the opposition has no experience in developing Sarawak and has no credibility to talk about its progress and development, the comments and criticisms should only be taken as a pin of salt. Understandably, the opposition, being urban bias, boasts of its capability to develop double highways to major towns and cities throughout the State in less than five years. 
But what about developing a good network of roads to connect the longhouses in the hinterlands of Ulu Kapit, Ulu Baram and Ulu Limbang and the traditional Kampung along the coastal areas to major towns or cities?  Even places like Marudi, Long Lama, Kapit, Belaga and Tunoh, with huge potential of economic growth, have been bidding for roads to be constructed to connect them to growth centres.
DAP has pledged to scrap SCORE, which it claims to be an unnecessary burden to the people.  But it fails to give the alternative plan to bring development to the hinterlands of Kapit, Baram and Ulu Limbang, which constitute the region in the middle of Sarawak that is still under-developed as compared to those in Miri in the North and Kuching in the South.  
Of course, the State government, unlike the opposition, has the concrete plan to develop Sarawak, through SCORE, to achieve the desired goal. The response from investors to develop heavy industries has been very good.  It is projected  that Sarawak will be able to secure more than RM30 billion worth of foreign investment to develop heavy industries in SCORE development area in the next few years.
Engkabang nursery at SITC, Tatau
Now it has to cope with the demands for more electricity by potential investors to set up heavy industries towards the year 2020. At the moment Sarawak Electricity Board (SEB) has the capacity to generate more than 2,000 megawatts of electricity from 1,000 megawatts during the last 50 years.
The development of Halal hub in Tanjung Manis is progressing well. It requires more people to do life sciences and research.  The development of hydro dams will create lakes and lots of islands in each of them.  They will make the development of eco-tourism feasible in areas, which used to be in the middle of nowhere, for the benefits of the local people. 
Generally, the development of Sarawak in the next 20 years will be beyond the imagination of even the present generation of Malaysians in Sarawak.  Sarawak has the real potential to become the richest state in the whole of Malaysia.  However, the success hinges on the steadfastness of the people comprising of various ethnic and religious groups in preserving unity and co-operation among them.
They must not make issues merely to score political capital and ruin the prospects of Sarawak to develop fast. It is the only way to guarantee success in the pursuit of the common struggle to push the State far ahead towards the year 2030 and beyond. The fact remains Sarawak, once in the backwater lane of development is emerging as the fastest developing state in the country. 
Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, in his recent speech, during the Chinese New Year gathering organized by the federation of Chinese associations in Miri, says Sarawak is on the right track towards becoming the most prosperous state in the country towards the year 2030. Every community must be involved in the process. The people, regardless of their ethnic origins, must remain focused in whatever they do in order to achieve results. 
When he told the Prime Minister about the State’s ambition to become the richest state, the latter assured him if it could be done the Federal government would give all the support.  The State government, with the experience to undertake very difficult tasks to push development during the past 50 years, should be able to do so provided the people, comprising of the  Chinese, Ibans, Bidayuhs, Malays, Orang Ulus and others can continue to work together toward achieving the common aim. That is the foundation of how Sarawak can grow towards the year 2030 and beyond.
Coal-fired generating station at Matadeng, Mukah
Pehin Sri Abdul Taib says Sarawak is making conscientious efforts to develop technical education with the target to produce more than 100,000 graduates and other kinds of technical people by the year 2030.   The standard of learning among Sarawakians has gone up.  His only interest is to get the local people to be trained regardless of their backgrounds.
Besides, a ¼ million more people will undergo training at the certificate level. The State government has no choice but to recruit young people from rural areas to acquire all the skills.  Generally, the youth from longhouses learn to do things fast as proof by their ability to work in logging camps or factories. They can even work in factories using new technology. That is the unique characteristics of youth from rural areas.  
Pehin Sri Abdul Taib reaffirms his belief that the people comprising of about 30 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups, each with its own customs and traditions and other backgrounds, share the same future; it cannot be separated. In this respect, any movement, social or political cannot get one race to co-operate at the expense of other races.
He calls on Chinese leaders to work conscientiously to strengthen the solidarity of the community. They should put their political differences aside to ensure that they remain united and provide avenues for members to solve problems together with other races.  The State or the country no longer has anything like in the old days. Besides, the State or country will use to the full the talents that the people can produce in pursuit of greater progress and development towards the year 2020 and beyond.
Monday, 27 February 2012

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

by Dr Jerip Susil


Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness of infants and children caused by a virus. It most often occurs in children under 10 years old. It is characterized by fever, sores/ulcers in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. The blisters may appear in the mouth, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The rashes may also appear on buttocks and on the legs and arms. The ulcers in the mouth usually appear on the tongue, the sides of the cheeks, gums or near the throat.

The most common causes of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease are coxsackie virus A16, enterovirus 71 (EV71) and other enteroviruses. The enterovirus group includes polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses and other enteroviruses.

HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ("feeling sick"), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks. The skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days with flat or raised red spots, some with blisters on the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. A person with HFMD may have only the rash or the mouth ulcers. 

Hand, foot and mouth disease is usually diagnosed based on a complete history and physical examination of your child. It is generally suspected on the appearance of blister-like rash on hands, feet and mouth in children with a mild febrile illness.

Usually, the doctor can distinguish between HFMD and other causes of mouth sores based on the age of the patient, the pattern of symptoms reported by the patient or parent, and the appearance of the rash and sores on examination. A throat and/or blister swab collected preferably within 2 days of onset of HFMD may be sent to a laboratory to determine which enterovirus caused the illness.

Presently, there is no specific effective antivirul drugs and vaccine available for the treatment of HFMD. Symptomatic treatment is given to provide relief from fever, aches, or pain from the mouth ulcers. Dehydration is a concern because the mouth sores may make it difficult and painful for children to eat and drink. Should their affected children be having fever, the parents are advised to dress their children in light, thin clothing, to do tepid sponging with water (room temperature) as often as necessary, and to expose them under the fan. Taking enough liquids is very important apart from body temperature monitoring.


HFMD occurs mainly in children under 10 years old, but may also occur in adults too. Everyone is at risk of infection, but not everyone who is infected becomes ill. Infants, children, and adolescents are more likely to be susceptible to infection and illness from these viruses, because they are less likely than adults to have antibodies and be immune from previous exposures to them. Infection results in immunity to the specific virus, but a second episode may occur following infection with a different virus belonging to the enterovirus group.

(Resource :Sarawak Health Department)

Parents must make sure their children practice a good health care. Wash hand before having food, have shower after play outside and bring your children seek for doctor when they are ill. Be alert at all time in any circumstances and most important make sure our residential are clean.
 
***The ADUN Blog here

RM25,000 Gone



A woman's hard earned money of RM25,000 disappeared in five days right under her nose after it was transferred to an unknown account holder.

Chong Jia Jia, 24 from Stapok Selatan said on February 18, at about 1 pm she went to the ATM to get some cash. She was shocked to find that she only had in her account, RM 3,900 left.


After lodging a police report, Jia Jia went to check with her bank (CIMB) and found that the cash was transferred through internet banking to an account holder by the name of Christian Tima Iseyi in another bank (Maybank). Trying to get Maybank to freeze the recipient account's, Jia Jia was told they could not help her. Police told her that the name is that of a foreigner.


In a press conference this morning with Sentosa State Assemblyman, Jia Jia said she had never do any banking or buy anything through online.

Chong said the account holder was only allowed to withdraw RM3,000 per day from the ATM and was surprised that RM5,000 could be transferred without her knowledge and she was not alerted.

He said even when he bought an air ticket with his card, he would immediately received a SMS alert from the bank.

Despite five consecutive days of transfer of cash out of her account, Chong said it was an anomaly but the bank never alerted Jia Jia.

He added that after the transfer of RM25,000 to to said, the account holder must either have a passport number or identity card before an account would be opened.

Chong said he had written to Bank Negara, CEO of CIMB and CEO of Malayan Banking Berhad for action to be taken.

Pilihan raya umum Jun depan?


Dr Jeniri Amir

Kebelakangan ini saya sering ditanya, bilakah pilihan raya umum ke-13 akan diadakan?
Sesungguhnya, ramai yang ingin mengetahui tarikh penting itu. Sejak sekitar setahun lepas lagi, begitu banyak tukang ramal yang membuat tekaan silap. Ketika agensi berita antarabangsa AFP bertanya tentang soalan yang sama tahun lepas, saya mengatakan besar kemungkinan bulan Jun tahun ini. Sama ada tekaan saya itu betul atau tidak, hanya masa yang dapat menentukannya.

Lembu dan kondo

Sebelum ini, ramai yang meramalkan PRU13 itu bakal diadakan Mac, tetapi disebabkan dua faktor utama yang menyelubungi kerajaan Barisan Nasional, maka tarikh itu dikatakan tidak lagi sesuai. Pertama, membabitkan NFC iaitu bersabit  isu  lembu dan kondominium yang ada kaitan dengan keluarga salah seorang menteri kabinet. Kedua, adalah berkaitan dengan skim gaji baharu yang begitu kontroversial, sehingga dikatakan mengecewakan sebahagian besar penjawat awam kerana tidak menepati janji yang diberi, selain dilihat terlalu memihak kepada penjawat tertinggi.

Kita boleh terus membuat ramalan dan memberi tarikh baharu setiap kali tarikh yang diteka berlalu. Hanya Perdana Menteri dan beberapa orang kepercayaan beliau yang mengetahui bila pilihan raya akan diadakan.

Namun, yang pasti tidaklah terlalu dekat. Bulan Mac adalah terlalu awal. Saya masih percaya bahawa pertengahan Jun adalah jangkaan yang terbaik, iaitu dua minggu selepas perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak dan Keamatan di Sarawak dan Sabah dan sekurang-kurangnya tiga minggu sebelum  bulan puasa yang dijangka pada 23 Julai. Tidak mungkin pilihan raya diadakan pada tahun depan.

PRU13 merupakan pilihan raya yang begitu penting bagi BN dan Pakatan Rakyat. Ketika BN berusaha keras untuk mengekalkan kuasanya, Pakatan Rakyat pula mernafsu besar untuk menakluki Putrajaya.

Mengikut perkiraan saya, tidak mudah untuk Pakatan Rakyat menewaskan BN dalam pilihan raya akan datang selagi majoriti kerusi di Sabah dan Sarawak masih digenggam oleh BN. Berdasarkan kenyataan beberapa pihak dalam BN Negeri Sarawak, mereka yakin untuk menguasai sekurang-kurangnya 24 atau 25 kerusi daripada 31 kerusi Parlimen di negeri ini.

Pada pilihan raya umum 2008, BN menguasai 30 kerusi. DAP memenangi kerusi bandar Kuching, sebelum satu lagi kerusi jatuh ke tangannya dalam pilihan raya kecil Sibu pada 2010. Untuk pilihan raya nanti, SUPP dijangka tewas di lima kerusi bandar. Dijangka dua kerusi luar bandar milik PRS dan SPDP juga akan dimenangi Pakatan Rakyat. Adakah mungkin kerusi Mas Gading, Hulu Rejang, Saratok atau Baram terlepas daripada tangan BN?

Gendang perang

Agak mudah untuk membuat ramalan tentang tarikh pilihan raya. Petanda jelas adalah, lihat sahaja pergerakan dan aktiviti membabitkan pemimpin tertinggi negara, khususnya Perdana Menteri dan timbalan beliau. Adakah mereka luar biasa ligat atau sibuk dengan pelbagai aktiviti di pelbagai tempat? Jika mereka semakin banyak turun ke padang berjumpa dengan rakyat, maka ini merupakan petanda jelas bahawa gendang perang semakin dekat.


Jika mereka banyak menjelajah ke pelbagai pelosok negeri dari Perlis hingga ke Sabah, sudah terang lagi bersuluh bahawa, tidak lama lagi pilihan raya bakal diadakan. 

Tengok sahaja pergerakan Perdana Menteri pada hujung minggu lepas. Pada hari Jumaat, beliau berada di Melaka, manakala pada pagi Sabtu beliau menjelajah ke Kedah, sebelum berangkat ke Sibu pada sebelah petang. Pada pagi Ahad pula beliau sudah berada di Selangor, negeri yang benar-benar mahu dikuasainya balik dengan apa-apa cara.  Jelas kelihatan bahawa pergerakan beliau semakin intensif, dengan menjelajah ke segala ceruk dan pelosok negara. Segala tindak-tanduk pemimpin tertinggi akan membawa isyarat dan kesan tertentu terhadap rakyat.

Dalam pertemua sedemikian, sedapat mungkin mereka  dan juga para pemimpin lain, termasuk di peringkat negeri ingin berjumpa dengan sebanyak mungkin rakyat. Apakah yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin berkenaan ketika berjumpa dengan rakyat?

Makan dan minum percuma

Selain memberi makanan dan minuman percuma, mereka cuba sedaya upaya untuk berjabat tangan dengan seramai mungkin rakyat dan pengundi.  Mereka ingin kehadiran mereka dirasai oleh rakyat sesuai dengan slogan, 1Malaysia: Rakyat didahulukan, presasi diutamakan. Mereka juga mahu mendengar rintihan dan masalah rakyat. Sedapat mungkin, masalah rakyat diselesaikan di situ juga, dengan memberi jaminan bahawa masalah terbabit akan segera diselesaikan.

Caranya, adalah dengan memberi peruntukan segera, kadangkala berjumlah berjuta-juta ringgit. Yang penting, rakyat senang hati, rungutan dan masalah yang membelenggu mereka untuk sekian lama diselesaikan, dan akhirnya BN dilihat sebagai parti yang prihatin dan sentiasa menjaga kebajikan dan kepentingan rakyat.

Ketika ditanya oleh agensi berita AFP tahun lepas, antara jastifikasi yang saya berikan mengapa pilihan raya  bakal diadakan pada tahun ini, ialah pentingnya kerajaan memastikan bahawa segala program transformasi yang dilaksanakannya sudah menyerap dan melimpah ke peringkat bawahan.

Maksudnya, segala kesan daripada rancangan yang diperkenalkan untuk membantu rakyat perlu terlebih dahulu dirasai dan dinikmati oleh mereka. Ini termasuklah Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP), selain transformasi politik, ekonomi, sosial, pendidikan dan sebagainya. Hakikatnya, program transformasi berkenaan adalah hasil daripada kajian dan dapatan daripada pelbagai sesi percambahan fikiran dan pertemuan dengan pelbagai pihak dan rakyat akar umbi.

Program transformasi

Isu dan masalah yang dibangkitkan dalam sesi berkenaan dirumuskan dalam program terbabit, sebagai langkah dan tindakan konkrit untuk menangani rasa tidak puas hati rakyat, yang menjadi punca utama kegagalan BN menguasai majoriti dua per tiga kerusi Parlimen dalam pilihan raya lalu, selain kegagalan mereka menakluki lima buah negeri. Persoalannya, sudah berjayakah kerajaan menangani segala isu dan masalah yang menjadi penyebab rakyat dan pengundi menolak BN dalam pilihan raya lalu?

Sejauh manakah kerajaan telah berjaya menangani masalah jenayah, hubungan kaum yang meruncing ketika itu, masalah peningkatan kos sara hidup dan gaji, dan sebagainya? Adakah tindakan kerajaan memberi baucer buku RM100 dan bantuan RM500 kepada keluarga yang berpendapatan RM3,000 ke bawah merupakan sebahagian daripada langkah untuk menyelesaikan masalah itu? Atau itu lebih sebagai tindakan untuk memancing undi rakyat? Kita tidak dapat lari daripada tafsiran bahawa, memberi bantuan sedemikian merupakan satu tindakan berbau politik yang tentunya mempunyai kesan dan implikasi politik.

Memberi ikan

Memang, dari satu segi, bantuan tersebut, dapat dianggap sebagai tindakan memberi ikan, dan bukannya mengajar rakyat bagaimana untuk memancing. Bagaimana jika ikan itu sudah habis? Adakah kerajaan akan memberi bantuan yang serupa setiap tahun atau setidak-tidaknya setiap dua tahun? Jujur sahaja, kerajaan tidak boleh sentiasa memberi ikan, sebaliknya, ia perlu membiakkan lebih banyak ikan di laut atau di kolam  agar lebih ramai yang menikmatinya, malah yang jauh lebih penting ialah , kerajaan perlu mengajar rakyat untuk memancing ikan yang banyak itu?

Faktor lain yang menjadi pertimbangan utama adalah sejauh manakah pengundi Melayu, India dan Cina sudah beralih angin kembali ke BN? Bagi pengundi Cina, sudah hampir pasti, sukar untuk BN memenangi hati mereka. Boleh dikatakan, pengundi Cina hampir berpatah arang dengan BN setidak-tidaknya untuk pilihan raya akan datang sebahagiannya kerana mereka masih belum puas hati dengan transformasi yang dilakukan kerajaan, khususnya membabitkan politik, ekonomi, pendidikan, dan tadbir urus kerajaan.


Namun, kerajaan BN kelihatan yakin bahawa sebahagian besar daripada pengundi Melayu dan Cina sudah berubah sikap. Mereka dikatakan kembali kepada BN. Najib dan UMNO yakin berdasarkan sambutan terhadap acara yang diadakan sejak kebelakangan ini,  UMNO pasti akan dapat memenangi kerusi yang sebelum ini ditawan oleh parti lawan.

Ya, jika Najib sudah yakin sebahagian besar rakyat akan menyokong BN, maka itulah ketikanya beliau akan memutusdkan tarikh sebenar pilihan raya diadakan. Beliau perlu membuat perkiraan betul, kerana pilihan raya ini amat penting bagi memastikan beliau dan BN terus berada di Putrajaya.

Penulis ialah penganalisis politik dan penulis buku prolifik.

Abdullah Saidol Ketua Setiausaha Politik Ketua Menteri

ADUN Semop Abdullah Saidol akan mengangkat sumpah sebagai Ketua Setiausaha Politik Ketua Menteri esok hari.

Majlis dijadualkan bermula pada sebelah petang esok itu akan diadakan di Pejabat Ketua Menteri.

Beliau menggantikan Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yang kini menganggotai kabinet negeri sebagai Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia dan Menteri Muda Perumahan.

 Sebelum ini Abdullah juga dipilih sebagai timbalan pengerusi Kelab ADUN Penyokong Barisan Nasional (BNBBC) Malaysia.

Abdullah merupakan pengerusi Kelab Penyokong Kerajaan Sarawak, juga menggantikan Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdullah menang dengan majoriti besar di Semop dalam Pilihan Raya Negeri Ke-10, selepas menggantikan Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

Abdullah ketika dihubungi, menjawab dengan SMS berkata: Perlantikan ini adalah satu amanah serta tanggungjawab yang harus di pikul selaras dengan agenda politik pembangunan dan perpaduan kaum yang menjadi teras agenda politik BN yang sering kita dengar menjadi intipati ucapan serta pesanan YAB KM Sarawak. Insyallah, saya akan sentiasa cuba untuk melakukan yang terbaik menepati falsafah dan agenda politik ini untuk kesejahateraan kita bersama di negeri Sarawak tanah tumpah darah kita. Kita harus berkerjasama dan bersatu di semua peringkat masyarakat.





Friday, 24 February 2012

DPM: 80% Of Projects Completed
















Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said almost 80 per cent of the 312 projects costing RM2.35 billion announced during the Sarawak 10th State election were completed in less than 10 months.


"Just now, I checked with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah whom is the minister in charge and was told 245 projects totalling RM213.67 million or 78.5% of them have been completed," he stressed at a meet-the-people session at the SJK (C) Tong Ah, Selangau Bazaar.

He said that 40 big projects costing RM1.312 billion is steadily in progress, while only 67 projects are delayed due technicalities such as land acquisition.

Now that the 13th General Election is around the corner, Muhyiddin said PR leadership would be making round as usual to attack the government while promising the people the moon and the stars.

Looking at the National Result Key Areas (NKRA), for rural Sarawak, he said the state is on the right track when achieving 222.95km of new roads, treated water supply to 18,052 households,  electricity to 14,123  and build 3,963 homes for the rural poor in 2011.

Earlier in his speech, Selangau MP Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun said Selangau was a sleepy hollow with only three lots of wooden shophouses 15 years ago.

Today, Selangau is accorded with facilities that befit a Full-District Township with multi millions health clinic, police stations, water supply tanks, Giat Mara Training Centre and Rural Information centre.

"In fact, we lacked the criteria to become full district, and rightfully only a sub district but with the full support from Chief Minister Pehin Seri Abdul Taib Mahmud - we were accorded the status elevation, perhaps partly because of my uncontested victory in the last Parliamentary Election," he said.

Entulu won uncontested in Selangau in the Malaysia 12th General election, a rare feat considering the current political climate.

Entulu, whom is also Deputy Minister for Rural and Regional Development thanked his immediate boss Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for the full support rendered in developping Selangau and helped transformed part of the rural Sarawak into what it is today.

Chief Minister who also spoke stressed that Selangau is an evident of rural settlement transformation under BN rules but insisted that the local populace must embrace the needs for expertise and technical education that were urgently required in view of Sarawak rapid industrialisation.

"We must prepare our children from now because the investors are looking for skilled and semi-skilled workers in big numbers. Each factories would need between 400 to 2000 workforce. We are left with not much choice but must be able to meet the demand of producing not least than 100,000 graduates and certified skilled population, or risk being left out," he said.

Taib said it would be meaningless for Malaysia to achieve a developed nation status if the population were to remain backward due to lack of aspiration to pursue knowledge, languishing in poverty and frustration.

Computer Shop Goes Up In Smoke



A spark from an air conditioner caused a computer shop to go out in smoke causing estimated losses of more than RM100,000 this afternoon.

The manageress of the shop had gone out for lunch at 1.45 pm today and returned to find sparks coming out of the air condition.


Worried, she contacted the air conditioned company and then saw smoke billowing out from it.


She asked workers to take the fire extinguisher and tried to put out the fire but failed.


The Tabuan Jaya Fire and Rescue services department received the distress call at 2.12 pm and and arrived to control the fire until 2.41.


The cause of the fire is not known and the owner said he had used the ground floor to sell his computers and hardware while the first floor of the shop was used for meetings.

Habitual Thief Who Never Improve






A hardcore criminal spend the last ten years of his life getting in and out of the police station with his strings of crimes which range from housebreaking to car theft to motorcycle theft and snatching.

Despite making a criminal his daily ‘job’, Tan aged 34 has not become an expert or sleekly as one would expect him to be.


He was caught so many times that most police in Sibu could recognize him.


Tan was caught yesterday at about 6 pm while doing his ‘patrolling’ job looking for targets in his father’s house at Ulu Sg. Merah.


He had jumped bail two weeks ago for a snatching trial and a warrant of arrest was issued against him. So he moved from his house at Tong Sang Road to his father’s place.


When residents at Ulu Sg. Merah saw a suspicious motorcyclist, they alerted police. Police went to the area and recognized Tan. He was arrested and detained for questioning. His motorcycle was also seized.
Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lost Varsity's Student Found




29 university students out of 37 (10 male) who went jungle trekking in Santubong were missing for seven hours before they were rescued yesterday.

Ruzhaziq Mohd Zubir, 19 who was one of the missing group said they reached the summit at about 3 pm after going up the mountain at 9 am.

While eight of them decided to go down, the rest stayed put and had a picnic there.

After trying to go back, one of them sprained her legs and another suffered leg cramps. Ruzhaziq said due to the injured, they moved slower and realised they could not find the track in the dark and wandered around.

Head of Rescue operation from the Fire and Rescue Services Department, Sabaruddin Mohd said he received the call at 8 pm.

19 personnel were dispatched to the scene including those from the Civil Defence Unit and Rela.

The students were found at 10.13 pm and were guided down the trail by the firemen.

He said the students were not equipped with any mountain climbing facilities.

Evil person sees everything evil

by Sarawak Monitor
 
Of course, when you are an evil person, you only see evil things in what other people are doing.
The picture of a floating hut on Bakun dam, which is a highly restricted area, should not be there in the first place.  
The government is aware that a number of such huts have been erected illegally by some people from Sg. Assap Resettlement Area for resting or fishing in the lake.  
Penan Longhouse at Sg. Assap

read more, here

Rumah Roboh akibat Hakisan Tanah di Kampung Sungai Dalam

oleh Jofrie Jaraie, PAS Miri

Miri - Sebuah keluarga yang tinggal di pinggiran Sungai Dalam B, Lambir di Miri, merayu pihak agar kerajaan segera menyelesaikan masalah hakisan tanah dihadapan rumah mereka. Sebahagian rumah mereka telah roboh akibat hakisan tanah pada tahun yang lalu.

Keluarga tersebut bernasib baik, kerana hanya sebahagian saja rumah mereka yang roboh , kalau tidak sudah tentu perkara yang lebih buruk berlaku keatas mereka.

Penduduk kampung, menasihatkan keluarga tersebut agar meminta bantuan dari pejabat Tanah dan Ukur untuk mengatasi masalah tanah mereka.

Puan Minah Binti Sulong, dan suaminya Aban bin Juhai pernah mengadu kepada pejabat tanah dan ukur di Miri mengenai masalah tempat tinggal mereka tetapi tiada sebarang tindakan diambil.
Mereka pernah juga memohon bantuan dari Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, tetapi tiada sebarang bantuan yang dihulurkan.

Si suami yang agak berumur tapi masih lagi bekerja di supermarket berdekatan dan terpaksa menggunakan wang sendiri untuk membina semula bahagian rumah mereka yang runtuh akibat tiada bantuan atau peruntukan dari pihak yang berwajib.

Sepatutnya pihak berwajib mengambil tindakan segera memperbaiki dan membina benteng pertahanan di pinggir sungai tersebut untuk mengelak berlaku hakisan tanah yang lebih teruk lagi akibat hujan lebat. Jabatan Perparitan dan saliran (JPS) dan Jabatan Kerja Raya sepatutnya, membina parit dan juga jalan untuk kemudahan penduduk di kampung Sungai Dalam tersebut, agar mereka tidak dilanda oleh masalah tanah hakisan dan banjir di kawasan tersebut.

Kita mendesak pihak berwajib segera datang ke kampung Sungai Dalam dan meninjau keadaan sungai di kawasan tersebut, agar tidak berlaku hakisan tanah lagi. Jangan sampai berlaku kecelakaan barulah pihak yang berwajib mahu bertindak.

Kita harap mereka yang diamanah oleh rakyat dapat menjalankan tugas dan tanggungjawab mereka dengan jujur dan adil tanpa mengira bangsa, agama dan fahaman politik.

Jofri Jaraiee
PAS Miri,Sarawak

English version

Houses collapsed due to Soil Erosion in Kampung Sungai Dalam
Miri - A family who lived in the suburb of Sungai Dalam B, Lambir in Miri, pleading the government to immediately resolve the problem of soil erosion in front of their house. Parts of their homes were damaged by soil erosion last year.

The family was lucky, because only part of their house collapsed if not certainly worse things would happen on them.

The villagers advised the family to request help from the Land and Survey office to solve the problem on their land.

Mrs. Minah Binti Sulong, and her husband Aban bin Juhai complained to the land and survey office in Miri on the problems where they live, but no action was taken. They also have applied for support from Social Welfare Department, but no assistance render.

The husband is quite old but still working in a supermarket nearby and had to use his own money to rebuild the collapsed portion of their home due to no support or funding from the authorities.

The relevant authorities should take immediate action to improve and put up barricades at the edge of the river to prevent soil erosion occurs even worse due to heavy rain.

The Department of Irrigation and drainage (DID) and the Public Works Department should, build trenches and roads for the convenience of the villagers of Sungai Dalam, so they are not affected by soil erosion and flooding problems in the area.

We urge the relevant authorities come to the village and explore the river at the Sungai Dalam area, so that soil erosion does not occur again. Do not wait until an accident occurs then the authorities want to act.

We hope those who are entrusted by the people can carry out their responsibilities honestly and fairly regardless of race, religion and political belief.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Buang Bayi: JKM Mukah Cari Ibubapa Kandung


Pihak Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Bahagian Mukah (JKM) sedang mencari ibubapa kandung bayi yang dijumpai di sebuah rumah di sini  baru-baru ini.

Ketika ditemui bayi yang dipercayai berusia lebih kurang seminggu itu ditinggalkan  di beranda sebuah rumah di Kampung Jebungan pada jam 12.15 pagi  1 Februari lalu.

Menurut Pegawai JKM Bahagian Mukah, Tang Kee Lee, bayi malang itu kini berada di bawah jagaan JKM.

“JKM sedang mengesan ibubapa kandung bayi tersebut untuk tindakan lanjut sebelum Mahkamah Bagi Kanak-Kanak Sibu bersidang dan membuat keputusan pada 8 Mac akan datang,” katanya.

Justeru itu, orang ramai yang mempunyai maklumat mengenai ibubapa kandung bayi tersebut diminta menghubungi JKM di talian 084-873701 or 873801.

Perkara tersebut telah menggemparkan penduduk-penduduk tempatan, dan mereka bersyukur kerana bayi malang itu di temui dalam keadaan  baik.

Pada masa yang sama, ramai juga yang menawarkan diri untuk mengambil bayi itu sebagai anak angkat, dan tak kurang juga yang terkejut dan mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya perbuatan yang tidak berperi kemanusiaan ibubapa bayi yang malang itu.

Sementara itu, Tang  mendedahkan  bahawa mereka juga sedang mencari keluarga seorang lelaki yang dijumpai berkeliaran di Terminal Bas Mukah pada 7 Februari lalu.

Lelaki yang di dalam lingkungan 40an itu sekarang di bawah  jagaan JKM Mukah, dan sesiapa yang mempunyai ahli keluarga yang hilang diminta untuk ke pejabat JKM untuk tindakan pengecaman…..ends.


 
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