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Budget 2015: Why Sabah deserves special deal
Posted on October 9, 2014, Thursday

KOTA KINABALU: With Sabah’s basic infrastructures in a “sorry state”, DAP Kapayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi said the State deserves a special consideration in the National Budget 2015.

He said past national budgets have shown how little allocations were given to Sabah.

“Yet, in spite of this apparent disparity, our parliamentarians have seen fit to remain mute, some supporting in protest while others stick to party line and do not want to rock the boat. It appears that only opposition lawmakers were making constructive noises,” he said.

Dr Bosi, who is DAP Sabah secretary, added that the thousands of Sabah youths streaming away to Malaya and other parts of the world in search of greener pastures are testimony of Sabah government’s failure to create and provide jobs.

“The youths were never prepared to take up jobs in the plantations and construction industry. That explains why thousands of foreigners have flooded Sabah to find work in the oil palm plantations and construction industry,” he said.

Dr Bosi said now that Sabah is confirmed as a fixed deposit for Umno BN, the Prime Minister should be more sympathetic to and concerned for Sabah.

“If the basic infrastructure remains ancient, the migration of youth will continue and the people in general will remain in poverty.

“I am pretty sure the 14th general election will produce and spring a surprise. Even the BR1M will not save BN from defeat,” he predicted.

“As one of the three nations to form Malaysia, I am expecting the government to provide at least 30% of the budget to Sabah. Only then we can see the transformation in the basic infrastructures, the agriculture and tourism sectors.

When more investments arrive so would the youths who have left the shores here, and this time with their working skills and experiences. We need to be prepared for them as we prepare the existing local human resources.

“Sabah Budget 2015 will be tabled in November. I am somewhat pessimistic whether the government can come up with another big budget like the one in 2014.

“The 5% oil royalty will be about a billion while the sales tax on crude palm oil (CPO) will likely go down. Unless the government receives high profit sharing returns, issue another bond and receive a substantial amount of federal allocations, then I can say that the Budget 2015 will be below the four billion mark.

“However, if the government is successful in getting 20% oil royalty, then this will immediately inject about four billion to the Sabah treasury,” he reckoned

Dr Bosi also said whatever it is he would like to advise the government to listen to the grassroots when preparing the budget. The inputs from the village chiefs, Kapitan Cina and Village Development and Security Committees should be welcomed and acted upon.

“They would certainly outline all the problems in the villages and towns and the government can put them (their views) to their implementing agencies to study and mitigate while the government looks for funds to implement them.

“The inputs from the government agencies must be taken seriously as they are the people who know what is required to keep the country running well. The District Officer is the most important government officer and it is only fair that the government appoints the most qualified officer for the job,” he said.

“The proposals, recommendations and views from the government agencies are of utmost importance to the government. Needless to say, the government agencies must be ever ready to listen to the people and feel their problems.

“For example, when the Public Works Department engineers proposed building flyovers to ease traffic congestions, the government must say ok and look for the funds for it.

“The Drainage and Irrigation Department engineers must have come up with a master plan on flood mitigation and it is the government’s duty to look for the funds to implement it.

“I am fed up with answers from government agencies saying that there are no allocations for such and such. A government which can boast a huge budget must not disappoint the taxpayers and the people. Our role as opposition lawmakers is obvious. We will always listen to the people and raise their grievances to the government. We will also play our role as constructive opposition lawmakers,” he added.

Dr Bosi expressed the hope of seeing a good budget allocation for Sabah from the national budget 2015.

“When I talk about good budget it means for the development of Sabah. The security funding is equally important but that should come from the national security and defence component,” he stressed.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/10/09/budget-2015-why-sabah-deserves-special-deal/#ixzz3GHUm87Wk

SABAH, BORNEO , HERE I COME!!!
Worth stopping to watch this video         

Uneasy Neighbors: The Plight of Illegal Indonesian Immigrants In Malaysia‏

By | January 31 2013 9:06 AM

The prosperous Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia has something in common with many Western Europe states and the U.S. — a massive influx of illegal immigration from poorer neighboring countries.

According to the New Straits Times newspaper of Malaysia, an estimated two-thirds of the country’s 3.1 million foreign workers are illegal. The Jakarta Post newspaper estimates that 2 million of these laborers originate in Indonesia, working primarily in the agricultural sector. (Malaysia has a total population of about 29 million, meaning more than one-tenth are foreign laborers.)

Poverty in nations like Indonesia and Philippines drives people to seek work in Malaysia, while unscrupulous agencies exacerbate the problem by exploiting the desperation of the poor with unrealistic assurances of good-paying jobs.

Earlier this week, the Jakarta Post reported that 82 illegal immigrants from Indonesia were deported to their homeland. These particular women had been recruited by various migrant agencies who promised them jobs in Malaysia and Mideast countries. None of them possessed valid work visas.

Illegal Indonesians in Malaysia tend to work in construction, in domestic service or in palm oil plantations, usually for very low pay under unpleasant working conditions.

Nonetheless, Indonesians can integrate into Malaysian society quite easily compared with other foreigners, given the two culture’s similarities in religion, language, customs and foods.

As in the U.S., Malaysian businesses depend heavily on the cheap labor provided by illegal foreign workers.

“We are still very dependent on them [foreign workers],” said Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam, according to New Straits Times.

“Business owners said that without foreign laborers, their businesses would take a hit, which in turn, would affect the economy.”Again, similar to the plight of Hispanic immigrants in the U.S., Indonesians in Malaysia are willing to work in the kinds of menial jobs that native Malays tend to shun.

“The work environment is not attractive enough for our locals,” said Shamsuddin Bardan, the executive director of The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), according to New Straits Times.

“No matter how much an employer is willing to pay them, locals shun them due to the low social status associated with the jobs.”A quick survey of the economies of Malaysia and Indonesia may shed some light on why so many Indonesians seek greener pastures in Malaysia.

According to the CIA World/Factbook, Malaysia boasts a GDP-per-capita figure that is almost four times that of Indonesia, while the percentage of people living below the poverty line is three times as high in Indonesia.

But the Malaysian government approves of only five sectors where it encourages foreign labor participation: plantation, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and domestic help. Employers who use foreign labor in other sectors of the economy are subject to punishment and fines, and their charges are vulnerable to deportation.

“These [approved] sectors are critical, and if we discard foreign labor altogether, it would be difficult for them to survive,” Shamsuddin noted.

“Needless to say, to a certain extent, we cannot do away with them [foreign labor], and we must be careful in gauging the sectors which would require them.”

Not surprisingly, despite the similarities in Malay and Indonesian cultures, some Malays are unhappy with the large presence of Indonesians (illegal or otherwise) in their country.

Last April, three Indonesian migrant workers were shot to death in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan by Malaysian police, who suspected them of criminal activity. The killings sparked demands by human rights activists in Indonesia for greater protection of Indonesian workers in Malaysia.

The executive director of the Jakarta-based Migrant Care organization, Anis Hidayah, complained to the Jakarta Post: “Among the destination countries for migrant workers, Malaysia is the most unsafe for Indonesian workers, as between 600 and 700 Indonesians die of various causes, including torture, shooting and exploitative acts by their employers.”

A Malaysian human rights activist, Irene Fernandez, the executive director of Tenaganita, has also campaigned for the right of Indonesian workers in her nation. She condemned the shooting deaths of the three Indonesians in Negeri Sembilan.

“The Malaysian police have no authority to shoot them, even if they are criminal suspects,” she told the Post. “Based on the report that we received, the three workers were not criminals or fugitives and they were not caught committing any crimes.”

On a broader scale, Fernandez lamented that foreign workers in Malaysia have few rights.

“Malaysia has no legal framework, nor a particular law to protect workers,” she stated.

”Even worse, the Malaysian government has upheld discrimination against housemaids and plantation workers, both of whom are excluded from the newly issued regulation on minimum wages. Migrant workers have been objects of exploitation, physical abuse, violence and rape.”

She noted that Malaysian employers frequently hold onto their foreign workers’ passports, multiplying their woes, and are also guilty of paying off police and government officials to avoid punishment over hiring illegal foreigners.

“The Indonesian government should not resume sending workers to Malaysia until the government and employers change their mind-sets and make a particular law to protect them and their rights,” Fernandez declared.

In addition, Indonesian female domestic workers have been raped in Malaysia, placing great strain on relations between the two countries. For two years, Indonesia banned women from migrating to Malaysia to work as domestics — that prohibition was lifted in December 2011.

However, a shocking gang-rape of an Indonesian maid in November 2012 (allegedly by three Malay policemen) again brought the problem of abuse to the surface. According to reports, the police sexually assaulted the woman because she did not have proper work documentation.

Hidayah of Migrant Care called on Indonesian authorities to re-impose the ban on sending female maids and housekeepers to Malaysia.

“I think that [migrant workers] will only become the target of more exploitation, I hope that the government considers a moratorium, not only for migrant workers and maids, but for all kinds of workers,” she told the Jakarta Globe.

But even illegal workers who are deported from Malaysia, frequently seek to return, due to a lack of opportunities in their native countries.

The Malaysian Insider reported earlier this week that two illegal immigrants, a Filipino and an Indonesian, told the local Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that they want to return to work in Sabah, a state in northern Malaysia, but legally.

“I want to get a passport and come back,” the Filipino told the RCI.

“I want to find work. Pay is low [in the Philippines],” he said.

The Insider reported that since 1990, more than 446,000 illegal immigrants have been deported from Sabah alone.Sabah state officials estimate that, even accounting for the steady stream of deportations, about 28 percent of the province’s population comprises foreigners (legal or otherwise).

http://www.ibtimes.com/uneasy-neighbors-plight-illegal-indonesian-immigrants-malaysia-1051856#

Inside Story – Sultanate of Sulu : Pawn or legacy ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eB5uyVOlHOE

Lahad Datu: Malaysia rejects self-styled Sulu Sultan’s unilateral ceasefire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=odVFg0fs114

LAHAD DATU update CNN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oKc8LbsGSiI

12 supporters of sultan killed in Sabah clash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9BCCwZY4YrQ

 

Inside Story – Sultanate of Sulu : Pawn or legacy ?
by AlJazeeraEnglish

Published on Mar 6, 2013

As an armed Filipino group asserts its claim over Sabah, we analyse growing tensions over the island in Borneo. Guests: James Chinn, a professor of political science at Monash University, and a commentator on Malaysian affairs; Harry Roque, a law professor from the University of the Philippines; and Lee Jones, a senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary and Westfield University, and author of the book ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia.


LAHAD DATU update CNN
by MalayaM16 

Published on Mar 7, 2013

(CNN) — A Philippine clan leader’s bizarre attempt to revive the territorial claims of a defunct Islamic sultanate on the island of Borneo appears to be falling apart.
With his followers engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Malaysian security forces in the villages and palm oil plantations of northeastern Borneo, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu is calling for a cease-fire after the U.N. secretary-general urged an end to the violence.
But Malaysia promptly rejected the proposal and said its security forces had killed more than 30 of the Filipino fighters on Thursday.

A Malaysian offensive
Malaysian authorities responded by launching an offensive using fighter jets, mortar shells and ground troops on Tuesday. They followed that up with what they called a “mopping up” operation, going house to house in the area, searching for the Filipino fighters.
But Kiram’s spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, said Wednesday that the Malaysian attack had missed its target, striking an area that the Filipino clansmen had already vacated. He claimed the group hadn’t suffered casualties.
A day later, Idjirani made the call for a cease-fire on behalf of Kiram, saying the clan was responding to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plea for the fighting to stop.
But Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Kuala Lumpur won’t consider any request for a cease-fire as long as the armed intruders in Sabah refuse to lay down weapons unconditionally, the official news agency Bernama reported Thursday.
Later on, Ismail Omar, the head of the Malaysian Police, said security forces had killed 32 “militants” in Sabah on Thursday, including one they believed had the rank of general, according to Bernama.


12 Supporters of sultan killed in Sabah clash (Filipino news)

by TheABSCBNNews

Published on Mar 1, 2013

Nagkasalpukan na ang pwersa ng Malaysian police at grupo ng Sultanate of Sulu sa ilalim ni Rajah Muda Kiram. Ayon sa Sabah police, umabot na sa 12 ang patay sa Royal Security Forces ni Sultan Jamalul Kiram III at dalawang sundalong Malaysian naman ang nasawi. Mula sa Lahad Datu, Sabah, magba-Bandila si Henry Omaga Diaz. Bandila, Marso 1, 2013, Biyernes

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sabah: Ground Zero

Sabah – A prized catch

Gabungan Pribumi Prihatin Sabah (Coalition of Concerned Sabah Natives)

The incident involving a large group of Sulu warriors (Royal Army of Sulu) currently locked in a standoff with Malaysian authorities at Lahad Datu in Sabah is not merely about the Sultanate of Sulu enforcing its ancestral claims on Sabah.

Do not be misled as this current unfolding of events is the beginning of a much sinister ploy. Sabah is ground zero in a conspiracy perpetrated by very powerful entities and the Filipino Muslims rebels currently at standoff with Malaysian authorities are merely pawns in a game where lives are ‘meant’ to be lost for a deceptive cause. Claims that Sulu warriors landed in Sabah because the Sulu Sultanate was left out of the recent peace process brokered by Malaysia between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippines Government is NOT REALLY THE FACT!
The following are some facts and evidence that reveal why Sabah is Ground Zero:

1. The SMOKESCREEN?

This ship – USS GUARDIAN – ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs in Philippines on Jan 17, 2013.
The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.


This ship was ‘deliberately’ made to sail off-course. Imagine with the latest equipment on board and having sailed through the same route many times, this minesweeper ship was unable to differentiate the reefs from the waters.

Despite being warned repeatedly by Tubbataha Reef Marine Rangers, the USS Guardian commander refused to listen and stop.

He even ordered his crew to get into ‘battle position’ when the rangers tried to get on board to make a routine inspection on the ship after it ran aground.

Until today, it remains a mystery: Why were they even near Tubbataha? The Sulu Sea is so vast, and it takes hours from Puerto Princesa to reach it. Why couldn’t they see it when they had all the state-of-the-art maps and navigation systems?” asked Jose Ma. Lorenzo, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines chief executive officer.

THIS is what Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication SecretaryJoseph Emilio Abaya said of the US Sailors on board USS Guardian:  “Some say they probably enjoyed too much of an RnR in Subic, some said error in digital charts, some say they were doing a different thing there on their own…..”

In other words, the Secretary was trying to imply that USS Guardian was running its own ‘clandestine’ operation.

(For further read on the USS GUARDIAN issue, please go to: http://globalnation.inquirer.net)
Could it be that this incident created a smokescreen for some other activities to take place in the Sulu Sea and adjoining Celebs Sea?

* The date of the incident was Jan 17, 2013.

* Members of the self-styled Royal Army of Sulu invaded Sabah on Feb 11, 2013, which is 24 days later.
There was a flurry of activities involving US ships as well as rescue and salvage ships in the Sulu Sea since the Jan 17 incident at Tubbahata Reef region. As a matter of fact, the crew on board USS Guardian were quickly rescued and whisked away to a Japan safe zone. Why were they not brought to Philippines which is the most logical thing to do? Could it be that all this activities that ensued in the Sulu Sea could have provided an opening for hundreds of speed boats with Sulu warriors to sail into Sabah undetected?

Something is just not right with the USS Guardian.

2. The BACK CHANNEL MAN aka DOUBLE AGENT
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Philippines Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Fuentes Trillanes IV,
a former Navy Lieutenant is the man who knows exactly what is going on Sabah.
Trillanes IV (born 6 August 1971 in Manila, Philippines) is a Philippine military and political figure. (You can find his details in Wikipedia). He is best known for his role in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny when he and a group of 321 armed soldiers took over the Oakwood apartment towers in Makati City, lined them with bombs and threatened to demolish them because they were tired of corruption in the army and called for the ousting of then-President Gloria Aroyo. He is an incumbent Senator of the Philippines, the first Philippine Senator to be elected while in jail.

Now, he has called on President Aquino’s administration to make known its policy on the country’s claim to Sabah and on the standoff between Malaysian security forces and a group of armed warriors loyal to Sultan of Sulu in the eastern Malaysian territory.

Trillanes was President Aquino’s backchannel link to Beijing at the height of tensions between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) last year. Trillanes, as told to reporters in Manila recently, is the person responsible for directly briefing President Aquino on the Sabah situation. But some in Philippines claim he is a double agent.

He is known to get things done by playing to Washington’s tune. When he was advising Aquino during the tensions with China, he did his job fairly well by getting sound advice from the Americans while sweet talking to the Chinese at the same time. Leaked diplomatic cables reveal that one or two American special agents will always be trailing Trillanes each time he met with top Chinese Government officials, be it in China or Manila, during the crisis negotiations. And the Chinese probably knew it too, but they were busy playing their own games with the Americans and the Filipinos.

Regarding the standoff issue in Sabah, Trillanes was quoted as saying: “It was high time the Department of Foreign Affairs articulated the government’s policy on Sabah. Until then we’ll have to withhold further comment because this is a very sensitive issue and it involves the lives of our countrymen in Sabah”.

It appears that Trillanes knows that some lives could be lost in the Sabah standoff.

3. Toothless Tiger  Grows FANGS
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Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has been a toothless tiger for
a very long time as he is plagued by a lot of problems, from family infightings,
health issues, financial difficulty and rivals claiming his throne,
more than a dozen to speak.
Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has been a toothless tiger for a very long time as he is plagued by a lot of problems, from family infightings, health issues, financial difficulty and rivals claiming his throne, more than a dozen to speak.
One just has to read www.fakesulusultans.com to catch a glimpse of how many ‘sultans’ are claiming the one throne in Sulu.

Jamalul Kiram knows his kingdom is not safe in his hands, and he suffers from liver ailment as well as other illnesses, and lives in constant fear that someone will poison him to claim his throne.

But then, suddenly, the toothless tiger Jamalul Kiram grows fangs and claws. He orders his troops, helmed by his crown prince, to invade Sabah knowing very well that the full might of the Malaysian army will be upon his men.

How did this happen? Any by the way, Jamalul Kiram is still undergoing treatment at a Manila hospital for liver ailment.

This begs the question, who is behind Jamalul Kiram’s renewed vigour in claiming Sabah?

Who gave money to the Sulu warriors aka ROYAL SULU ARMY to buy speed boats, fuel, food, clothes and weapons that include M16 and M14 rifles, M16 carbines and M203 grenade launchers?

This only means one thing –

SOMEONE IS BANKROLLING THE ENTIRE OPERATION.

And the troops that came in via sea were taken in and cared by those living in Sabah, reinforcing the fact that sleeper cells have been activated. Sleeper cells are activated when orders are given to them together with funds as proof of an assignment’s authenticity.

4. Sulu Royalties Seek AMERICAN Help To Claim Sabah

While poor old Sultan Jamalul Kiram is having it hard in the Philippines, six of his close relatives and heirs are living the American dream. They reportedly have become American citizens.

Upon receiving news that their patriarch is mounting a challenge to reclaim Sabah, Jamalul Kiram’s relatives, nephews and nieces are very excited. They are so excited with the prospects of reclaiming Sabah that they now want the United States and President Barack Obama to help Sultan Jamalul Kiram with his claim.

Former Senator Santanina Rasul, one of  Jamalul Kiram’s relatives and heirs who lay claim over Sabah, told journalists that one of her sons, Abraham Rasul Jr is an American citizen and has right to claim his share in the inheritance of Sabah.

The articles on Sulu Sultan heirs to ask US help on Sabah can be read here:

5. Did PKR duo find facts on CONMAN in Manila or did they learn more?
In early February 2013, two PKR politicians from Malaysian went to Manila to probe on Aman Futures Group conman Manuel Amalilion who defrauded Filipinos of 12 billion pesos in a Ponzi scheme.
The duo told Malaysians that they are going to Manila on a fact finding mission on Manuel Amalilio and his Aman Futures Group. They took a Friday night flight, stayed in Manila on Saturday and returned to KL the following day.

The Question is – why did they go to Manila on a fact finding mission when almost 99% of victims swindled by Amalilio were in the Mindanao and Visayas regions? After all, Manuel’s office and centre of operations was in Pagadian City, a city that is1,113km away from Manila.

What were they actually doing in Manila?

Did they meet a CIA agent there under instructions from Anwar Ibrahim’s American contact, or did they meet an agent of Nur Misuari, leader of rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)?
Or did they meet an agent of Sultan Jamalul Kiram?

After all, the Sultan is undergoing dialysis treatment in a hospital in Manila. Indeed, hours after landing in Manila, they did meet someone who resembled a special agent. It’s no secret that PKR boss has very close ties with the CIA as well as Philippine rebel groups, and is in a position to help US set up a Navy base in Sabah should his coalition form the new federal government (Read http://sabahdigadai.blogspot.com).

6. The MANUEL AMALILIO – SULU SULTANATE CONNECTION

Before we explain further, please read the court proceeding in Philippines as reported in:http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2012/11/28/pagadian-mayor-wife-charged-syndicated-estafa-255647

Manuel Amalilio was under the radar of Philippines internal security agency for supporting terrorism activities. After all, he took thousands of Filipino Muslims to the dry cleaners by promising to double up their money with his preposterous scam. Many Filipino Muslims supported him because he projected a greater cause, which is to make the poor Filipino Muslim community wealthier.

He was often seen praying five times a day and making frequent quotes from the Holy Quran while speaking to investors.

“Philippines Justice Secretary De Lima confirmed the National Bureau of Investigations received intelligence information stating that the multi-billion peso windfall from Aman’s (futures group) pyramiding scheme is being used to finance the activities of a terrorist group”.

The above is the actual quote from justice secretary Leila Magistrado De Lima as reported in Philippines media after syndicated estafa charges were filed on Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co and his wife Priscilla Ann in the wake of the Aman Futures Group Scam end of last year. That is the actual reason why Malaysian police scrambled to stop the deportation of the conman at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Jan 25, 2013.

 Manuel Amalilio was in a position to provide Malaysian security forces with valuable information on terrorists/rebel groups such as Abu Sayyaf, MNLF and the Royal Sulu Army that could threaten the security in the region.

So despite knowing it would turn out to be a public relations disaster, Malaysian Authorities proceeded to block Manuel’s deportation. The backlash received by Malaysian Authorities was severe but nonetheless, it was justifiable and worth the trouble. During interrogation, Manuel has spilled the beans on who he was feeding the money to, and it appears that he is not only a conman, but an enemy to the state of Sabah.

Dozens of payment from these banks (list provided by Philippines Justice Department) indicate that they could have found its way to the hands of terrorist and rebel groups that wanted to derail the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement for peace.

Among the banks covered by the freeze order (on Aman Group’s assets) were the Land Bank of the Philippines; Bank of the Philippine Islands; Banco de Oro; Unibank; Allied Bank; Bank of Commerce; BPI Family Savings Bank; China Banking Corp.; Citibank, NA; Development Bank of the Philippines, East West Bank; Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corp.; Metrobank; One Network Bank; Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Company; Philippine Bank of Communication; Philippine Savings Bank; RCBC; Security Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Union Bank; UCPB; and Philippine National Bank.

7. The UNSEEN HANDS

The standoff in Sabah, and its timing, validates the fact that powerful, unseen hands are behind it.

There is a resemblance to many uprisings in the world!

Through highly specialised covert operations, the Government of many countries have fallen.

And often, these clandestine operations are carried out by private defence contractors and mercenaries appointed by the US Government.

The situation in Sabah is no different.

8. The SPOILS

Sabah, it appears, is a prized catch.

For the American, there is a dire need to enhance and strengthen their military presence in the Southeast Asia region, especially to contain China’s rising power. After Philippines closed its doors on US Clark Naval Base, America has since been looking for another base, ideally in the South China Sea.

Getting its ‘hands’ on Sabah by backing a new Government that will bend to its wishes will be the ideal scenario for US. There will be a lot of spill-over effects. It should also be noted that Sabah has oil and gas reserves as big as Kuwait’s.

Besides, there are abundant natural resources and vast mineral deposits such as coal, gold, copper, limestone and etc.

As for some Opposition politicians in Malaysia, the fall of Sabah will signify the ruling coalition, one of the oldest Governments in the world, losing its fixed deposit and hence losing power after a rule of 50 over years.

CONCLUSION

The standoff in Sabah has all the trademarks of a cleverly orchestrated plan to topple the current administrators of Sabah with influence from world superpowers. The Sulu Sultanate claim is just a smokescreen.

Common sense will show, if Sulu Sultanate wanted to claim back Sabah, why only NOW ???

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tortured, Beheaded and Mutilated

SEMPORNA: Reports reaching The Borneo Insider suggest that at least three of the policemen killed in Semporna after clashes with an armed group, were tortured and their bodies mutilated. One was also beheaded.

However, the bodies of three others, who were believed to have died after being hit by the crossfire, were left untouched.

A group of 19 policemen, who were in the raiding party at Simunul on Saturday night, who were initially reported “missing” and then “trapped” was probably held hostage by the gunmen at several houses in the area.

They were said to have been relieved of their guns as well as hand phones. This group too was left unharmed, though at least one of them suffered wounds, probably in the Saturday night shoot-out.

But police are not willing to confirm anything, especially the torture and mutilation of the three policemen, except say that the 19 others who were initially “trapped” had been released unharmed.

On Saturday, armed intruders were initially spotted at Lorong 4 and Lorong 5 in Simunul, a cluster of water villages, comprising mainly Suluk and Tausug people, with or without Malaysian documents.

Police were called in and about 50 policemen were said to have walked into an ambush where a shootout also took place.

On Sunday, police said six policemen and six armed men were killed in the shootout.

On Monday, the bodies of three of the gunmen were still seen at various places in Simunul while there was no sight of the other three bodies.

It was only after 1.00pm Monday that some 30 residents of Kampung Simunul took the initiative to remove the bodies of the three intruders and handed it over to the authorities.

Village headman Ramli Saraman said they had to remove the bodies because the stench had become unbearable.

Ramli advised the villagers not to believe rumours spread by irresponsible people because they could worsen the situation.

“I was told by villagers that the intruders will burn down Simunul but I told them not to believe as I keep in touch with the police.”

He said villagers are not compelled to evacuate their homes because it is their right as individuals adding peace has returned to the kampung.

Later, when met by reporters, some Simunul villagers sad they were horrified on hearing that one of six dead police personnel was beheaded and two others were tortured.

“It is against our religion to behead anyone. It is terrible, it’s cruel,’’ said fisherman Azmi who has been living close to Lorong 5, Simunul where the shooting began.

“We are Suluks living here for more than 50 years. They (armed men) are bad people ,’’ said a woman who was referring to the gunmen.

Their sentiments were shared by other villagers who claimed that they have also heard that one of the gunmen had recorded the beheading on his mobile phone and had sent a clip to the police.

However, no confirmation was available on the phone clip or the torture of the three who had gone with a team of 56 to check out information that Sulu Sultan sympathisers had stored weapons in one of the stilt houses.

Police sources said that as they approached a house at about 7pm, shooting broke out with the gunmen in a house at lorong 5 of the sprawling seaside squatter settlement of over 500 houses.

At least, 19 of the police personnel were trapped for 48-hours till about 6.30pm on Sunday when a strike force painstakingly concluded a house-to-house search for snipers, booby traps and possible bombs strapped to the dead bodies.

Police declared the Simunul incident as resolved at 9pm on Sunday and announced that all their policemen were accounted for with six of their men dead and six gunmen killed.

As far as the villagers are concerned, this is the first time they have heard of a beheading and Semporna district officer Abdul Mohd Ibnu Abdul Kadir concurred with it.

“It is their culture,’’ said Mohd Ibnu when asked if revenge could be behind the beheading.

Three of the bodies of the six killed gunmen were left lying – one in a boat, one on the walkway and the third on a veranda – at the village until 1pm yesterday (Monday) when religious department officers took them away for burial at an undisclosed location.

Several villagers claimed that they recognised one of the dead gunmen to be a councillor of Pulau Sitangkai in southern Philippines who frequents the village to stay with relatives, while the other two looked like locals living with them.

“I am quite sure he is a councillor,’’ said one of the villagers who added that they had not seen the three remaining bodies of the gunmen.

They said police had also arrested a Ustaz and another local Suluk living along Lorong Lima  for alleged links to the gunmen, several of whom reportedly had been in the village in early February.

Police are still hunting for members of the group which might have slipped out of Simunul as initial reports indicated there about dozen or more in the group at the village.

The plank floor and floors of several houses were splattered with blood close to where the bodies were left and no uniformed security personnel were seen in the areas yesterday as hundreds of families packed their household goods, including furniture, televisions and fridges and bolted to safety.

The villagers said that they were scared to return, and were moving to live with relatives as they were unsure if the place will be safe again.

Although the villagers, who were mostly Suluks who fled the Moro civil war in southern Philippines in the 1970s and had  settled in Simunul which included a refugee settlement of the UNHCR, they have maintained close family across the border.

In afternoon, Semporna town was deserted again from 1.30pm when businesses and shops pulled down the shutters as police were seen rushing Kg Salimbangun not far from Kg Simunul.

One villager claimed shots were heard around 3.30pm and the remaining villagers left the area.

Security forces rushed to take up defensive positions at strategic locations in town, especially the Marine Police and district Police buildings.

Later in Lahad Datu, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar categorically denied that one of the policemen who perished in Simunul had been beheaded.

“We have seen some pictures but I have not seen the police report yet,” he said, and declined to comment further.

He also denied rumours of a ‘possible traitor’ among the security forces.

“No, it is not true,” he said when asked to clarify on the detaining of a member of the security forces for suspicion in leaking information to the enemies.

He however described it as a challenge for the Royal Malaysian of Police.

“And when things like this happen, more untrue stories will spill out. I believe it is just another way to demoralise the police force, but we believe that we are not easily fooled,” he said.

By Alexander Chen

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THE MALAYSIAN DREAM OF CHANGE, MODERATION AND HOPE

– By
LIM GUAN ENG

BN suffered historic losses because BN was an agent of corruption,
abuse of power, cronyism and extremism. BN ran out of both ideas and
ideals. Instead of repenting over its many broken promise BN became
more arrogant. The people chose DAP and PR because we are seen as
agents of change, moderation and hope. Most important we are clean.
the people’s expectations of being an agent of change, moderation and
hope. Despite our lack of experience we have inspired hope by proving
that we can govern better than BN. Whether in Penang or Selangor, DAP
and PR has performed in these 4 years better than BN for the last 51
years. We have made PR states cleaner, greener and safer and we shall
make Malaysia cleaner, greener and safer.

We must fulfil the aspirations of Malaysians, especially the young,
for change from a broken system of corruption and repressive laws that
violates basic human rights. Malaysians wants leadership with
integrity, a democratic people-centric government that listens to the
people, does the people’s work and gives hope to the people.
We have succeeded by practicing moderation and rejecting extremism,
preaching fellowship and not hatred, respecting each other as
Malaysians first and Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans
second. Moderation is justice, freedom and truth combined. Moderation
is our road to success to realise our Malaysian dream of a clean and
developed nation enjoyed by all.

DAP’s greatest asset is our integrity and incorruptibility. That is
why DAP would punish any member leader involved in any illegal or
corrupt acts. We propose 6 integrity measures:-

1) there must be a ban on political parties’ involvement in business
which can only lead to conflict of interest. How can politics mix with
business as the former seeks to uphold public interests whereas the
latter is to pursue private benefit and profit? How wealthy political
parties that are involved in business have become can be seen by MCA
giving money to its members every year.

2) the ban on mixing politics with business must be followed by
establishing an open tender system to check crony capitalism. An open
tender system will avoid unjust contracts such as the Independent
Power Producers and the toll concession operators allowing the few to
earn tens of billions of ringgit in extraordinary profits at the
expense of the 27 million ordinary citizens.
Malaysians mourn the “the lost decade of corruption”, where the
Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI)
estimated RM 1,077 billon of illicit money(including corruption money)
had been illegally siphoned out of our country from 2000-9. The recent
RM250 million “cows and condos” scandal where money was released 2
years before any agreement was signed to a family company of Women,
Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul
Jalil for buying condos instead of cows shows the BN refuses to
change.
No wonder in the latest Transparency International(TI) Corruption
Perception Index, Malaysia dropped to 60th place in 2011 as compared
to 37th in 2003 when Tun Abdullah Ahmad first took over as Prime
Minister. In contrast Penang was praised by TI for implementing open
tenders.

3) Freedom of Information Act to ensure transparency and also public
disclosure of government contracts.

4) there must be a declaration of personal assets by public officials
holding positions of public trust.

5) there must be full and unconditional implementation of the 125
recommendations proposed by the 2005 Royal Commission on the
Enhancement of the Management and Operation of PDRM, especially the
formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct
Commissionv(IPCMC). The IPCMC was intended to cut down abuses of
police powers and police corruption. Failure to set up the IPCMC only
shows the unwillingness of the BN government to deal with the negative
public perception about the police.

6) the Elections Commission(EC) must be punished for failure to act or
even failure to press for action by the relevant authorities on
election bribery, especially failure to comply with the Election
Offences Act 1954 imposing election spending limits of RM200,000 for
every Parliamentary constituency and RM100,000 for every state
constituency.

To Realise The Malaysian Dream Of A Developed Nation We Must Reject A
“Police State” In Favour Of A Policy State That Focuses On Improving
The Quality Of Life And Reducing The Cost Of Living Of Ordinary
Rakyat.

Policies must be made to benefit the people and not to turn Malaysia
into a police state.

Why should BN spend so much time and effort to justify why the Bersih
rally has to be banned, peaceful assemblies are not allowed near
petrol stations, places of religious worship and public places that in
effect bans peaceful assemblies? Should not time and effort be spent
on the managing the rising cost of living and poorer quality of life?
The price of meat, vegetables and fish has gone up over the past year.
Milk powder for babies have risen by nearly 50%. But other basic
commodities have gone up such as:

1. Sugar – RM1.45/kg (Jan 2010) to RM2.30 (May 2011) – 58% in 18 months
2. Telur: B grade RM9/30eggs (sept 2010) RM10/30eggs (now)
3. Electricity tariff – average increase of 7.12% in June 2011.
4. Teh tarik and kopi susu – increase RM0.10 to RM0.20 (9.1% to 18.2%.
5. Gardenia bread – 5%-14% hike (2011)
6. Service tax increase 1% – additional RM720 million in taxes to
Federal Government
7. Onions – price up 17% (Dec 2010)
8. Milo prices – up 5% 1st half 2011; 4% 2nd half 2011
9. Nescafe price went up further 6% in 2nd half 2011 – when price is
already >RM20 per 300gm.
10. All your favourite food whether roti canai, char koay teow and
nasi kandar is smaller even though at the same price.

When the Penang state government implemented our “Golden Child”
programme giving RM200 for every child born to Penangites since
1.1.2011, parents tell me that the RM200 can only last 3 months for
buying milk as compared to 5 months in 2010. This is borne out by the
inflation rate rising by 3.2% for Jan-Nov 2011 as compared to 2010.
The inflation rate rose by only 0.6% in 2009 and 1.7% in 2010. Over
2011(November) food prices increased 4.7%, Transport 4.6%, Restaurant
& Hotels 5.8%, Alcohol & Tobacco 5%.
Rising inflation is a serious problem because of high levels of household debt.
The bottom 60% of our population have an average household income of
less than RM3,000 a month, while the bottom 40% live on less than
RM1,500 a month. More worryingly, Bank Negara’s Annual Report 2010
revealed that Malaysia’s household debt at the end of 2010 was RM 581
billion or 76 per cent of GDP, thus giving us the dubious honour of
having the second-highest level of household debt in Asia, after South
Korea.
In addition, the Malaysian household debt service ratio stood at 47.8
per cent in 2010, meaning that nearly half of the average family’s
income goes to repaying debts. As a rule, banks would not lend money
to those whose total servicing of loans exceeded one third of their
income. In other words, we are spiralling into an indebted nation.
There does not seem to be a way out as income has also stagnated in
the last 10 years. This has resulted in a dire situation whereby the
bottom 40 per cent of our population earns only 14.3 per cent of the
total income while the top 20 per cent shares 50 per cent of the total
income.
To make matters worse, federal debt has now touched RM456 billion as
at the end of last year while our debt-to-GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
ratio has nearly reached the national debt ceiling of 55%. In contrast
Penang reduced our debt by 95% or RM600 million from RM630 million in
8.3.2008 to RM30 million by end October 2011, the largest debt
reduction amongst Malaysian states in history.

It is therefore time to introduce the concept of economic solidarity.
By this we mean solidarity between the rich and the poor, between the
urban and the rural, between the strong and the weak. Ultimately, our
aim must be to build a society that empowers its people, especially
the bottom 60% that really need it. More than anything, we need to
ensure economic survival and create economic solidarity through:
1. Implementing minimum wage.
2. Indexing minimum wage to the rate of inflation.
3. Fostering female participation in the work force.
4. Reducing reliance on unskilled foreign labour.
5. Moving up the value chain in automation and technology.
6. Addressing corruption and leakages through the CAT (Competency,
Accountability, Transparency) Governance model.
7. Observing rule of law and
8. Upholding the freedom of workers to protect their legitimate rights.

We also need to address the weaknesses inherent in the current system
that is characterised by corruption, crony capitalism and monopolies.
As the situation stands, Malaysia is the only rice-producing country
that has privatised rice production and worse, consolidated it into a
monopoly under a single crony capitalist company. As a result, while
Thailand and Indonesia are self-sufficient, we are dependent on
imported rice for one third of our consumption. And because of the
monopoly, we are paying more for imported rice than even Singapore.
Another example of crony capitalism is the gas subsidies of RM20
billion given to Independent Power Producers and lop-sided highway
toll concession agreements which allow toll operators to increase
their toll periodically over extended concession periods, despite the
fact that most of them have already recouped vast profits far
surpassing their investment outlays.
Until 31.12.2010, the toll operator for North-South Expressway (NSE)
spent RM 5,945 million to construct the NSE but has received RM 24,266
million in toll receipts and government compensation. In other words
the NSE toll operator has recorded a surplus of RM 18,321 million as
at 31.12.2010 over its investment outlay.
Is there any need for the NSE toll operator to collect any more tolls
from the public much less increase toll fares? By right and in the
rakyat’s interest, toll collection in the NSE should be stopped
immediately in view that the revenue returns are 3 times more than the
original investment. The situation is similar for Penang Bridge which
has collected RM 1,859 million but spent RM 944 million on
construction cost, enjoying a surplus of RM 924 million.
It is time that we replace this crony capitalistic economy with a
“People’s Economy” that will focus on increasing disposable income and
improving the basic foundations of skills, technology and
productivity.

Economic Prosperity
More than forty years ago, Malaysia’s GDP per capita was USD350 while
South Korea trailed at USD130. Today, South Korea’s GDP per capita
stands at around USD20,000 while we are languishing behind at around
USD7,000. Forty years ago, the average Malaysian was three times
richer than the average South Korean. Today, they are three times
richer than us.
This has happened because human talent was not valued and maximised,
freedom of opportunity was not encouraged and a system was fostered
that rewards know-who rather than know-how. Merit and excellence
became secondary to political connections. (No practice of
Meritocracy)
Hence, we now need to rebuild our economy to achieve prosperity based
on innovation and the ability to create and adapt to new and relevant
ecosystems. For example, today is the age of the information
superhighway. In order for us to prosper we will need to build
internet-related industries and skills that are relevant to these
industries.
We also need to build a new generation of entrepreneurs imbued with
energy and expertise. However, entrepreneurship must necessarily be
driven by the innovation, creativity and drive of the private sector.
In this regard, we believe that the business of government is to get
out of business.
The Government’s role in cultivating economic prosperity is to invest
in the future by concentrating on its social functions. Focus should
be given to the areas of infrastructure, housing, education,
transportation and healthcare, whereby a strong government role will
ultimately result in improving the economic well-being of the people.
For example, better public transportation will reduce the necessity to
buy cars and thus immediately increase disposable income in place of
car loans. The same applies with government intervention in affordable
housing, education subsidies and healthcare.
In Penang, we have embarked on a series of social programmes that have
lessened the burdens of the people. We give RM100 a year to senior
citizens, the disabled and single mothers, in addition to a RM1,000
one-off payment to their heirs if they pass away. We also give RM1,000
one-off to students who are accepted into public universities and
RM200 for every baby born in Penang. To help the people cope with the
high cost of bringing up children, we also give RM100 to every student
entering Standard 1 and 4 and Form 1 and 4.
Besides hand-outs to target groups, we have also established the CAT
Dialysis Centre in Balik Pulau that provides subsidised dialysis
treatment. In addition to that, we also provide free buses for in the
inner city of George Town as well as for commuters from Seberang Jaya
to Bayan Lepas. More significantly, we have also managed to abolish
hardcore poverty a year after taking over. Now, we are aiming to
eliminate poverty altogether by 2015. If we can do this in Penang, we
can do this for the rest of Malaysia.
3 Core Voter Groups To Win The 13th General Elections.
Three groups of voters will decide the next general elections – namely
phantom voters, East Malaysian voters and the youth. If we do not deal
with phantom voters by ensuring clean elections, we will have lost
even before we contest.
For Sabah and Sarawak we can not win only 2 out of 56 parliamentary
seats as in 2008 elections. This is too big a handicap to give to BN.
We need to win at least 1/3 or 18 parliamentary seats. DAP can help by
winning a bulk of the 18 seats. As we are stronger in Sarawak than
Sabah, Sarawak DAP shall be the fire engine room towards Putrajaya for
the next general elections. Even though Johor is one of the front-line
states, Sarawak can make Ubah Malaysia happen.
Sarawak DAP has accepted this challenge thrown by me to lead the
charge as the Putrajaya fire engine room from East Malaysia. Sarawak
DAP Chairman Sdr Wong Ho Leng will present a special report on how to
help PR achieve winning 18 seats at the next general elections.
According to official statistics, 72% or three quarters of Malaysians
are below the age of 40. Coupled with the fact that there will be a
record number of first-time voters in the coming General Election,
estimated to be about 2 million, we must appeal to the youth who make
up the bulk of the two million new voters.
We must also empower women. PR offers women a vision of respecting
their dignity and worth unlike that of Sharizat who will roll up her
sleeves to defend her family company in the cows and condos scandal
but not the Penan women who were raped.

BUILDING INSTITUTIONS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE
We offer the Malaysian Dream. The Malaysian Dream of a country that is
truly Malaysian, where we can share in our country’s wealth, enjoy
equal opportunities to prosper, be rewarded for hard work, and where
economic prosperity and human dignity is assured. In this Malaysian
dream, we must build the following 5 institutions.

1) we are Malaysian First. This is the substantial dispute between DAP
and the racist BN. Despite that the BN-controlled media continues to
paint us as racists. Recently, I won a libel suit against UMNO’s
official mouthpiece, Utusan Malaysia for RM200,000 after they lied
that I am anti-Malay. We must fight lies with facts and let our record
prove that we treat every Malaysian whether Chinese, Indian Malays,
Kadazans and Ibans as brothers and sisters.
2) Malaysians deserve to enjoy basic human rights and a civil society.
We support the Federal Constitution where Islam is the religion of the
Federation and the special position of the Malays as well as freedom
of religious worship and protecting the legitimate rights of the
non-Malays. In Penang we increased the allocation for Islamic affairs
from RM12.5 million under BN to RM 63 million and established the EXCO
portfolio of non-Islamic affairs.
3) there must be equality of opportunity for all where what you know
is more important than who you know. We fervently believe that every
Malaysian is competent and that the colour of your skin does not make
one inferior or incapable.
4) there must be rule of law where institutions and not leaders
protect the people. Five, we must build integrity and intelligent city
communities towards a high-income and knowledge-based economy.
In building these institutions we must be free from fear. Thomas
Jefferson once said, that when the people fear the government, there
is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. A
government must show our respect for the people by trusting and having
faith in their wisdom and intelligence.
Conclusion

Before I conclude I would like to explain the necessity to amend the
party constitution by extending another 6 months to enable us to hold
our Party National Congress in December instead of August this year.
The Selangor Menteri Besar has reaffirmed his commitment to hold
Selangor state elections after June or July this year.
It is our duty and priority to focus on retaining and winning Selangor
for PR. As this amendment would mean only a difference of four months,
the CEC has unanimously proposed adopted this proposal to hold the
Party National Congress in December 2012 so that the party will not be
distracted from fighting the battle in Selangor that PR can not afford
to lose.
I would also wish reassert our party’s firm commitment and solidarity
with Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as leader of Pakatan Rakyat and
Opposition Leader. The focus is not about Anwar Ibrahim but about how
to win the next general elections.

We were entrusted with an opportunity to prove that we can institute
change. We have shown that with a clear agenda of economic solidarity
and democracy, we can make a difference. Now, we seek to bring this
agenda to the national level.
Our party has persevered for 46 years for this very moment. Let us now
stand together, united in diversity and committed to our ideals. In
that respect, it is imperative that we focus not only on strengthening
our organization, aggressive fund-raising to fulfill electoral targets
and comprehensive dissemination of information, but also forge an
unbreakable bond of party unity, to make our dream a free, just and democratic Malaysia come true. We guarantee Malaysians one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of selling out or submission to BN. In our quest for the
Malaysian dream we do not seek the victory of might but the vindication of right.
Let us dare to dream the Malaysian Dream!

LIM GUAN ENG

Discount for all schools
mySarawak | 23/11/2011

ndependent, mission schools also entitled to 10 per cent discount for monthly electricity bills

KOTA KINABALU: Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan yesterday clarified that all independent and mission schools inSabahare also now entitled to the 10 per cent discount for their monthly electricity bills.

The discount introduced under the State’s new power tariff in July was initially meant only for government and government-assisted schools, apart from registered welfare organizations and places of worship.

“Several independent schools have requested to be included for the discount, and the State Government decided that the scheme would be inclusive of all independent schools, whether they are Chinese, Tamil or mission schools which should get the same discount,” he told this to reporters at the State Assembly Building here yesterday.

“I need to clarify that the decision has been made and SESB (Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd) has no objection to comply with the State’s request.”

The issue was recently highlighted by the media following complaints from certain Chinese schools which claimed they had applied for the discount from SESB but had yet to receive any response from the company.

According to Tan, the government had instructed SESB to process the applications, especially from schools with significantly high electricity consumption rate in the State capital.

He said this included two independent Chinese schools, namely Thsung Tsin and Kian Kok whose combined monthly bill was more than RM62,000 per month.

“I name these two schools because their monthly bill is very high. Kian Kok alone pays at least RM24,000 worth of electricity every month and Thsung Tsin is even higher, up to over RM38,000 and sometimes close to RM40,000 monthly.

“It’s not a small amount, so I think the financial burden of the schools is quite heavy, and the government can help by giving the said 10 per cent discount, but I think it is better if we have other ways, where electricity consumption at these schools will be significantly lower,” he said, urging all schools in Sabah to practise Electricity Efficiency (EE) to reduce their monthly bills.

He suggested that schools inspect, and if necessary re-do their wiring system to reduce wastage.

In addition, he said the institutions, in line with the government’s campaign to promote EE, should change their electrical appliances to one that consume less energy.

“Of course we will give discount, but what is the point if their bill is that big and continues to get bigger. If there is a way they can reduce power consumption, then why not.

“We have programmes to promote EE and we want you to use appliances that are more efficient, and you use equipment recommended by SESB or Tenaga Nasional, you’ll be entitled for rebate, on top of the discount on your bills.

“So, we are moving towards better technology in addressing power issue. This is not just for schools but also all NGOs. Maybe this was not clear before, but now we are telling you that these are some of the things you can do to reduce your bills,” he said.

According to him, Kian Kok and Thsung Tsin have the highest electricity bills as compared to any other schools in Sabah, some of which consume less than RM1,000 worth of electricity every month.

He noted that another school in Sandakan also recorded a very high consumption, paying about RM16,000 for their bill every month.

“This is already considered high. I think I need to visit the school and find out how they can reduce their power consumption. But these two schools in Kota Kinabalu are much worse. I think this is something where the government and SESB could help, to help them become more energy efficient, apart from just giving discount,” he said.

Category: Sabah, Sarawak News

Fisherman dies in boat collision
mySarawak | 23/11/2011

SANDAKAN: A Filipino fisherman here died after his boat collided with a speedboat in a river near Kampung Pamaguan, about 10 nautical miles off Sandakan on Monday, November 21.

According to the commanding officer of the Marine Operation Force (MOF), Assistant Superintendent Gan Ping Sin, the speedboat with three passengers on board was headed for Kampung Pamaguan from Sandakan when it collided with a pump boat which was helmed by the victim, Habib Mohd, 71, about 9am.

“The collision caused the victim to be thrown off the boat into the water. His body was recovered and sent to the hospital in the speedboat which had earlier collided with the pump boat,” Gan said, adding that Habib was pronounced death upon arrival at the hospital due to severe bleeding and head injury.

The driver of the speedboat and his three passengers escaped unhurt.

Police were now searching for the speedboat driver known as Majer and urged him to come forward to assist and facilitate in the investigation into the accident, Gan said to reporters yesterday.

He reminded members of the public, especially boat drivers and passengers, to wear safety jackets to prevent any untoward incident from occurring.

Category: Sabah, Sarawak News

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