Friday, 31 October 2014

Plain disgraceful act to dismantle blockade, says SAVE Rivers

MIRI, Oct 31, 2014: Save Sarawak Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) viewed the actions of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation enforcement officers (SAPU) together with the police to collude with a company doing illegal logging to dismantle the blockade at KM15 Long Kesseh, Baram as plain disgraceful.

Writer says will not retract a single word in his book, despite Taib's warning

KUCHING, Oct 31, 2014: Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud has instructed his London lawyer, Mishcon de Reya, to stop the international launch of Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, according to Bruno Manser Fund in a statement.

PKR and BN in working relationship in Layar constituency?

BETONG, Oct 31, 2014: Is it a case of PKR building a mini-hydro and the State Barisan Nasional erecting up electric poles. Good working relationship between two rival parties in Layar constituency?

"Not so," stressed PKR Betong Division chief Vernon Aji Kedit in a statement today.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Land Code Bill short of expectations

By Simon Peter
KUCHING, Oct 30, 2014: The Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2014, to be tabled at coming Sarawak State Assembly sitting, is short of expectations of those who want to see a comprehensive and inclusive definition in the native customary rights (NCR) land.

The Bill has excluded giving definitions to "Pemakai Menoa" (territorial domain) and "Pulau Galau" (communal forest reserve) as NCR land.

Monday, 27 October 2014

"State govt has no prior knowledge of conference organised by women's wing of Isma"

KUCHING, Oct 27, 2014: The State Government has no prior knowledge to the holding here of the inaugural conference organised by  women's wing of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) from Oct 24 to 25, Chief Minister's Office said in a statement this evening.

"In  any  event, the  State  Government  had  never  given  approval  for  the Conference to be held here," it said.

DNC is concerned with Dusit's safety, says DNC president

KUCHING, Oct 26, 2014: Dayak National Congress (DNC) president Mengga Mikui has expressed his concern over threats of bodily harm to Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) president Dr Dusit Jaul for raising up issues concerning the rights and interests of the Dayak community.
"Although a police report has been lodged by Dusit on Oct 16, we are still concerned of his safety since we do not know the outcome of the police investigation at this moment," Mengga said in a statement today.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

It is not Taib, but BN policy that the people oppose, says Chong

BINTULU, Oct 26, 2014: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen admitted today the political scenario in Sarawak has changed significantly since Adenan Satem became chief minister in February this year.

Sarawak DAP wants 50% of all tax revenue from Sarawak to be returned to State government

BINTULU, Oct 26, 2014: Sarawak DAP wants the federal government to return 50% of all tax revenue generated and collected in Sarawak to the State government as well as to give back 20% of oil and gas royalties as compensation in lieu of oil and gas rights.

These are among the points raised in the "DAP 2014 Bintulu Declaration: Towards Equal Partners"  adopted at the Sarawak DAP Convention here today.

The declaration stressed that asking the federal government to return the 50% of all tax revenue and the 20% oil and gas royalties is to empower the state with sufficient revenue for the planning and development.

It said this is to enable Sarawak to be on par with Malaya.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Chong wants to table Sarawak Freedom of Information Bill at the coming State Assembly sitting

KUCHING, Oct 24, 2014: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has notified the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly of his intention to apply for leave for him to table a Private Member's Bill on Sarawak Freedom of Information at next month's sitting.

He submitted the notice today to the state assembly's secretary. The state assembly, which sits for eight days from Nov 10, will decide whether to grant him the leave.

Wildlife now inhabiting rehabilitated dumping ground at Kuching Wetland Park

KUCHING, Oct 24, 2014: When PETRONAS brought some 200 students to plant mangrove (bakau) seedlings on a former dumping ground within the Kuching Wetland National Park (KWNP) in May last year, they never thought that the badly contaminated plot can fully regenerate.

 A PETRONAS staff showing a couple of sea snails at the former dumping ground.

Anti-Baram dam protesters celebrating their year-long blockades with prayers, games and barbecue

BARAM, Oct 24, 2014: The anti-Baram dam indigenous landowners celebrated their year-long peaceful blockades  with games, prayers and a barbecue, yesterday.

The blockades were erected on Oct 23 last year to stop the construction of the proposed Baram dam.

The celebration, however, was clouded by attempts to remove one of their  barricades by deploying a local man who claimed to be a timber license holder.
Picture: The rebuilt barricade at the proposed dam site