Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Go for small dams, Mahathir tells Sarawak government



KUCHING, Jan 27, 2015: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he prefers Sarawak to build a smaller, not mega, dams as being proposed by the state government.

"Mega dams destroy the environment,  forests, inundate large areas of land and displace many people," he said in his keynote address at the opening of the International Energy Week 2015 here.

Sarawak, under former Chief Minister Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, had plans to build 12 mega dams which are capable of generating about 30,000MW of electricity.

Only Batang Ai dam (100MW)  is in operational while Murum dam (944MW) has just been completed.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Now, BMF goes after Cahya Mata Sarawak



KUCHING,  Jan 26, 2015: An explosive new research report by the Swiss Bruno Manser Fund discloses that Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), a Kuching-based infrastructure company, received over USD 1.4 billion (MYR 4.9 billion) in state contracts since its takeover by the relatives of Sarawak Governor and former Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The report, entitled “Corruption Management Sarawak – Cahya Mata Sarawak and Malaysia’s Taib family” analyses 89 contracts granted to CMS by Malaysian government agencies between 1993 and 2013.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Baru: Court of Appeal's decision shows that Malaysia is a secular, not Islamic state



KUCHING, Jan 23, 2015: Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian stressed that a judgment of the Court of Appeal  (CoA) on the Negri Sembilan Syariah case shows that Malaysia is a secular and not Islamic state as what  some Malayan politicians and various Islamic authorities have been claiming all this while.

"After a disappointing decision from the Federal Court in the appeal by the Catholic Church on the ‘Allah’ matter, the judgment from the CoA comprising Justices  Mohd Hishamudin Yunus,  Aziah Ali and Lim Yee Lan on the Negri Sembilan Syariah case gives us reason to be hopeful," he said today.
Baru Bian

Adelaide University to examine request to rename Taib Mahmud Court



Adelaide University distances itself from Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud – Estates Committee will examine request to rename the Taib Mahmud Court on the Adelaide campus

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, Jan 23, 2015: The University of Adelaide’s Estates Committee will examine a request by civil society groups for the University to rename the Taib Mahmud Court on its campus.

This was announced today by the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, in a letter to the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Naive to think that "junior" panel would review a decision of a larger panel headed by Chief Justice himself, says Bau



KUCHING, Jan 22, 2015: Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said he is not surprised that the five-member panel of the Federal Court had dismissed an application for leave of appeal by the Catholic Church for a review on the ban on the use of the word "Allah" by the weekly publication, the Herald.

The seven-member panel of the Federal Court had two years ago ruled that the publication could not use the word as it was exclusive to Islam and Muslim in Malaysia.

Illegal logging in Sarawak is due to corruption, says British think-tank



LONDON, Jan 22, 2015: Malaysia and Cameroon have failed to make progress in tackling illegal logging since 2010, due to corruption and a lack of transparency and political will, a report by a British think-tank said yesterday.

Chatham House has looked into illegal logging and the response of governments and the private sector since 2006.


Logs being transported along Bintulu-Bakun road

Monday, 19 January 2015

SEB shutting down electricity substations in flood-affected areas



KUCHING, Jan 19, 2015: To ensure the safety of people in flood-hit areas, Sarawak Energy is shutting down substations in several areas affected by the torrential rain.

As of 6pm today, the areas affected are located in Limbang, Bau and Lundu. They include the Ulu Medamit area in Limbang, Kranji area in Bau and part of Selampit and Bokah at Lundu.