Saturday, 22 November 2014

Faulty fan may have triggered the mine explosion, initial probe reveals

KUCHING, Nov 22, 2014: Initial investigation revealed that an explosion at a coal mine in Abok, near Pantu this morning, was caused by sparks from a faulty fan which ignited a gas fire and explosion in the 700-metre long tunnel.

The investigation was conducted by Sri Aman Fire and Rescue Department, led by its chief Ranger Moos.

CM to BN Youth leaders from Malaya:Speak up against extremism in Malaya

KUCHING, Nov 22, 2014: Chief Minister Adenan Satem had directly told Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth leaders from Malaya to speak up against racial and religious extremism, and not keeping quiet about it.

While Sarawakians are proud of its history of untarnished racial and religious harmony, Malaya is not. The rise of extremist groups, like Perkasa and Isma in Malaya, is a cause for concern. Racial riot broke out in Malaya in 1969, but not in Sarawak and Sabah.

Adenan's anti-illegal logging drive receives WWF's support

KUCHING, Nov 22, 2014: World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) supports the Sarawak government’s intent to uphold integrity and legality of logging operations in Sarawak, stating that getting the main logging firms known as the “Big Six” and 15 forestry-related government agencies and companies to sign integrity pledges is a good start.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Time for Jabu to be realistic

News commentary by James Tegas

In his winding up speech at the just concluded  State Assembly sitting, Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang ridiculed Sarawak DAP over a Kanowit gathering in 1996, purportedly to oppose the development of native customary rights (NCR) - an event that happened some 18  years ago.
Alfred Jabu Numpang using his arms to measure the size of a rubber tree

No problem for PBB, PKR to support each other's views and suggestions

KUCHING, Nov 19, 2014:  Abdullah Saidol, chief political secretary to  the chief minister, has praised Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian for supporting Chief Minister Adenan Satem's tough stance on corruption and illegal logging in the state.

"I am happy that he (Baru) is supporting our chief minister in the fight against corruption and illegal logging.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Not by judicial review, but writ of summons, rules Federal Court

KUCHING, Nov 19, 2014: In a landmark decision, the Federal Court ruled that native customary rights (NCR) landowners can now challenge the public authority by way of writs of summons, not by judicial review as applied for by the state government, in NCR land disputes.

The apex court, thus, upheld the decision of the High Court which was later affirmed by the Court of Appeal, in dismissing the state government's application that NCR land disputes be initiated by way of judicial review to challenge the public authority.
Baru Bian

240,000 domestic consumers to benefit from electricity tariffs reduction

KUCHING, Nov 19, 2014: Some 240,000 domestic electricity consumers in Sarawak will get to benefit from the reduction in electricity tariffs, effective Jan 1 next year.

In announcing the downward revision, Chief Minister Adenan Satem said the state government can afford to reduce the tariffs.

SAPA officially receives its deregistration letter today, may seek legal avenue

KUCHING, Nov 19, 2014: Sarawak Association for People's Aspiration (SAPA) today officially received a letter of its deregistration from the Registrar of Societies (RoS), four days after the Home Ministry had made the announcement.

SAPA president Lina Soo received the letter from the state RoS office at Jalan Wan Alwi this morning.
Revocation of registration order from the Home Ministry

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Protest by NGOs is to discredit SEB, says spokesperson

KUCHING, Nov 18, 2014: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) spokesperson believed that the protests by a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow is an integrated effort to discredit SEB.

"The same NGOs have been protesting and manipulating information with the intention of gaining international sympathy and support.

SAPA chief Lina to hand over mins of AGM to ROS

KUCHING, Nov 18, 2014: Sarawak Association for People's Aspirations (SAPA) president Lina Soo said she will come to the State Registrar of Societies (ROS) office here tomorrow to personally hand over minutes of SAPA's annual general meeting held in Feb this year.

"We will submit our AGM minutes as requested and politely ask for a  letter to communicate the decision to us or in its stead, a copy of the gazetted notice from the home ministry," Lina said today.

Baru: Sarawak pays heavy price due to illegal logging and corruption over past decades

By Simon Peter

KUCHING, Nov 18, 2014:  Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian stressed that illegal logging and corruption in Sarawak are crimes which have been long-standing and that Sarawak has paid a heavy price over the last few decades.

" It is undeniable that the economy, the environment and the people have suffered heavy losses. In fact, this was one of the major issues we highlighted to Chief Minister Adenan Satem when State PKR leaders had a meeting with him in October this year," he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the State Assembly sitting here.

SEB-Cats FM team up on proper electrical usage, safety procedures

KUCHING, Nov 18, 2014: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is teaming up with a local radio station Cats FM in a bid to spread awareness on proper electrical usage and safety procedures.
Under this collaboration,  SEB will disseminate information and advisory messages on electrical safety via Cats FM for a duration of six months, from today to April 16 next year.

BMF gives top mark to Adenan for his courageous stance on timber corruption

KUCHING, Nov 18, 2014: Swiss-based anti-Abdul Taib Mahmud non-governmental organisation (NGO) Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has praised new Chief Minister Adenan Satem for his stance on timber corruption, describing it as "a stunning development in the Malaysian state of Sarawak."

"For the first time in the history of Sarawak, which has been part of Malaysia since 1963, a Chief Minister has taken on the timber industry.

 Strausmann (centre) at the launch of his book Money Logging

Monday, 17 November 2014

Headmaster, teachers coerced into signing away school's land?

SIMUNJAN, Nov 17, 2014: State Education Department has begun investigating  allegations that headmaster and teachers of SK Semalatong, near here, were coerced into signing an "agreement" by the school's Parents-Teachers' Association (PTA), giving away the school's land to a  plantation company.

Kurup embarrassed with report on religious restrictions in Malaysia

KUCHING, Nov 17, 2014: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Joseph Kurup said he is embarrassed that Malaysia has been placed on par with Egypt, Syria, Somalia, Russian, Sudan and Iraq on religious restrictions.

" I am also little concerned with certain international reporting which makes our freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution questionable.," he said at the launch of the UN International Day for Tolerance at Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Joseph Kurup...dramatic decline in culture of tolerance