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#PRNSarawak : Opposition is full of talk, says Salleh Said

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 02:30 AM PDT

The Opposition is "all rant and no returns", says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

"Their chief minister in Penang faces accusations that are now being investigated. It means that they only talk, but they never do what they say," he said during his visit to the Al-Muhajirin Mosque in Kampung Usahajaya Baru, here, Thursday.

Salleh Said was referring to issues surrounding the Pinhorn Road bungalow purchase by Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general.

Also present was Special Affairs Department (Jasa) director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

"(DAP advisor) Lim Kit Siang himself admitted that in Sarawak, it will be Chief Minister Adenan for five more years. He has admitted defeat.

"And if we know the Sarawak chief minister is going to be from Barisan, we must make sure the state seats are Barisan also," said Salleh Said.

He was referring to the veteran politician's response to Adenan's warning that voting for the Opposition could result in the "grim possibility" of Sarawak being governed by Peninsular Malaysia parties.

Kit Siang had said that the most the Opposition could do was to deny Barisan a two-thirds majority in the state assembly.

Salleh Said's first stop in Sibu was to whip up support for the ruling party, which is in a five-cornered fight for the Dudong seat in this Chinese-majority area.

The incumbent, DAP's Yap Hoi Liong, won by a 317-vote majority over the current Barisan candidate Datuk Tiong Thai King in a three-cornered fight in 2011.

"This time, we can win if we ensure that every single supporter goes out and votes," Salleh Said told the villagers.

The other three candidates for this hot seat are independent Datuk Seri Benny Lee, who is the former Dudong SUPP branch vice-chairman; Mary Ting (STAR); and independent Casper Kayong.

However, Salleh Said was dismissive of the lot.

"STAR is no longer laku (viable) in Sabah, what more Sarawak? Independent, free to go where?

"DAP and PKR are fighting among themselves ... So the reason they are in politics is not to help the rakyat, but to get posts for themselves.

"Vote for Barisan Nasional, the ruling party that wants to solve problems," said the Sabah Umno deputy chief.

A simple lunch of plain white rice, half a salted egg, fried fish and tomato sambal was given to the guests at the mosque, who had packed the hall well before 10am in anticipation of the minister's arrival at 11.30am.

After his speech, Salleh Said handed out contributions of cooking oil and rice in Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia bags to 100 attendees, comprising 60 Malay Melanaus, 20 Ibans and 20 Chinese.

Also mentioned was a fund to sponsor activities at the mosque and provide infrastructure, such as two computer units.

Salleh Said posed for photos with the aid recipients before leaving for a newspaper subscription event at University College Technology Sarawak and another grassroots event in Kanowit, about an hour's drive from Sibu.

#PRNSarawak : Najib visits village named after his father

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:34 AM PDT

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak got a rousing reception at a village here named after his father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein who opened the settlement half a century ago. 

Kampung Tun Razak, was launched on Nov 13, 1966, with the visit of Tun Abdul Razak who was then deputy prime minister, something which subsequent generations of villagers have not forgotten. 

"On Nov 13, 1966, my father came to Triboh so now it is his son's turn to come here. 

"History repeats itself, so if Tun Razak has done many good deeds, I also want to do good deeds to the people of Sarawak because the people of Sarawak have been sincere in supporting Barisan Nasional," said Najib. 

The Barisan chairman and Prime Minister flew by helicopter to this village located about 80km from Kuching on Thursday. 

He was warmly greeted by hundreds of villagers and supporters who rushed to shake his hand as he arrived for a gathering at the village community hall. 

Outside the hall was a commemorative plaque explaining how the village, which used to be known as Kampung Triboh, was now Kampung Tun Razak, following the 1966 visit of Tun Razak. 

The multi-racial village has a large number of people from the Bidayuh and Iban Remun communities. 

Najib said a Barisan government would strive to bring development to all regardless of race or religious beliefs. 

"We don't count whether we are Iban, Melanau, Malay, Bidayuh, Chinese or any other copy, we are all Sarawakians who are independent in Malaysia," he said. 

Najib also said as the leader of the Federal Government, he would protect the interests of all communities. 

"I am Apai Besai (No. 1 leader) of Malaysia, and I have to look after all of the country from Perlis to Sabah and all of Sarawak. 

"I will make sure that the government takes care of all Malaysians because we are all one big family," he added.

The village is located in the Bukit Semuja state constituency. 

Also present during Najib's visit was the Barisan direct candidate for Bukit Semuja John Ilus. 

He is in a five-way fight for the new seat against Edward Luak from DAP, Johny Bob Aput from Star, Cobbold John Lusoi from PBDS Baru and independent Datuk Frederick Bayoi Manggie. 

Bukit Semuja has 13,365 voters comprising 47.8% Bidayuh, 21.7% Chinese, 17.2% Malay/Melanau, 12.6% Iban with the remaining 0.7% from other communities.

PM: Defend nation’s prosperity

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 11:54 PM PDT

Malaysians should defend peace and prosperity in the country which have improved over the years, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the Government would continue to do its best for everyone in the country.
"As Malaysians, we should preserve and defend what we have," Najib said in a short speech at the Darul Ibadah mosque in Batu Kawah here before joining in the congregational isyak prayers.

He also noted that the effect of the Arab Spring uprising for change in some Muslims countries had been disappointing.

He said there was foreign interference in some of these countries, which affected their peace.
"Therefore, we should not be taken in by any slander which can cause us to be unable to defend what we have," he added.

Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman, later attended a gathering at a nearby community hall located in the Batu Kawah constituency.

Also present was the Barisan candidate for the seat and SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
The constituency in Kuching city is 62.3% Chinese, 17.7% Malay/Melanau, 9.7% Iban, 8.3% Bidayuh and 0.5% Orang Ulu, with other communities comprising 5.1%.

The Prime Minister, who arrived yesterday, is expected to be in Sarawak until Saturday.

#PRNSarawak : DAP-PKR seat spat continues

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 08:22 PM PDT

Three days into the election campaign, PKR and DAP are like cats and dogs with both parties openly blaming each other for the seat allocation fiasco that led to both sides clashing in six seats.

The parties, which are part of Pakatan Harapan, held simultaneous press conferences yesterday to counter each other's attacks.

At the PKR operations centre, vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar made it clear that the party would not take up DAP's suggestion to withdraw from five seats in exchange for Batu Kitang.

He said PKR's candidates in Mambong, Ngemah, Simanggang, Murum and Mulu all had strong credentials.

"These are people with proven track records of fighting for the people of Sarawak," he said, adding that DAP should not split the votes.

Dr Xavier, who is Sarawak PKR joint operations director, said the one-for-five exchange of seats proposed by DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke showed that DAP was not serious about Batu Kitang.

"In comparison with the DAP candidate who was fielded at the last minute, PKR's candidate for Batu Kitang, Voon Shiak Ni, has been working the ground for nearly 10 years."

Over at DAP's headquarters here, the party's state chief Chong Chieng Jen told reporters they would "leave PKR alone" for now.

"As far as we are concerned, our battle is against Barisan Nasional. Let's leave PKR alone.

"They can say what they want. Let's just ignore them as we are close to defeating Barisan," he said.

However, Chong accused PKR of affecting DAP's popularity by contesting in Batu Kitang.

Citing a survey, he said the findings indicated that DAP had a winning chance of 55% compared with Barisan's 45% in the seats it was eyeing.

"But because of PKR, I'd estimate that this has reduced our chances to 45%," he said.

"I believe we can turn it around. Whatever is said by PKR, let's just put it aside."

He said DAP would not bow out of Bukit Kitang despite its earlier initiative to offer it to PKR.

#PRNSarawak : PKR and DAP release separate manifestos

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 07:19 PM PDT

There appears to be no end to the rivalry between the state PKR and DAP after both parties opted to launch separate manifestos for the Sarawak election.

It is a far cry from the Opposition pact's previous outing in Sarawak in 2011, when Pakatan Rakyat displayed a united front by announcing a joint manifesto.

PKR launched its five election promises and 18-point roadmap on Tuesday, while the DAP followed up with its own list of 10 key policy reforms yesterday.

At a glance, the manifestos appear to contain similar aspirations for the state by both parties, especially on key issues such as land autonomy, education, public transportation and forest restoration.

PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jeyakumar acknowledged at a press conference yesterday that there were not many differences between the manifestos issued by both parties.

Meanwhile, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen evaded questions from the media on the absence of a joint manifesto.

"There are many other reasons," he said, although he refused to elaborate on what those factors were.

Parti Amanah Negara, which partners PKR and DAP, said it would not release its own manifesto as it was only contesting in 13 seats.

Instead, it would highlight issues faced by the constituencies in which it was contesting, said party deputy president Salahuddin Ayub.

#PRNSarawak : Sarawak residential property assessment rates slashed

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 04:46 AM PDT

Sarawak has reduced its residential property assessment rates for 2016 and is waiving payments for amounts below RM50.

Effective Jan 1 this year, those paying RM50.01 to RM100 yearly will enjoy a 90% discount, with higher rates receiving less reduction.

However, those paying above RM700 annually are not privy to a reduction in rates and have to pay the amount in full.

Those paying RM100.01 to RM150 will get an 80% reduction, RM150.01-RM200 (70%), RM200.01-RM250 (60%), RM250.01-RM300 (50%), RM300.01-RM350 (40%), RM350.01-RM400 (30%), RM400.01-RM500 (20%) and RM500.01-RM700 (10%).

The announcement was made by Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King (pic) at its monthly meeting. Tiong said 26 others councils state-wide had received the circular on the matter from the Local Government and Community Development Ministry.

In March, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said that the Government had agreed to make adjustments to the rate to ease the people's burden in view of the rising cost of living.

Tiong said property owners who had already paid the assessment rate would get the refund of the excess amounts.

#PRNSarawak : DAP-PKR deadlocked in seat dispute

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:44 AM PDT

DAP and PKR seemed to have reached a dead end in finding middle ground to solve the ongoing seat allocation dispute.

Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said they will contest the Batu Kitang seat despite a proposal to withdraw its candidate if PKR agrees to withdraw their candidates in five other conflicting seats.

He stressed that it was better for them to "leave PKR alone" and focus on fighting against Barisan Nasional.

"Our battle here is against BN. As far as we are concerned, the battle is against them, let's leave PKR alone.

"They can say whatever they want, let's just ignore them as we are close to defeating BN," he told reporters here Wednesday.

He said if it was not for PKR contesting Batu Kitang, DAP would still have the upper hand against their common contender.

Chong said this was based on the survey conducted by independent pollster Merdeka Centre which found that DAP had a winning chance of 55% compared to Barisan's 45%.

"But because of PKR, I'd estimate that this has reduced our chances to 45%," he said, adding that DAP would go "full swing" in the remaining nine days of campaigning to push for more support.

"I believe we can turn it around. Whatever said by PKR, let's just ignore. Let's put PKR aside," he said.

Chong also denied allegations that the party fielded a Malay candidate, Abdul Aziz Isa in Batu Kitang, as an attempt to 'test the water' in a predominantly Chinese area.

"I think Batu Kitang stands the best chance. We want to see an Opposition front where you have Chinese, Iban, Orang Ulu, Bidayuh or Malay," he said.

Earlier, DAP launched its 10-point manifesto namely "Wealth Sharing for All Sarawakians" which included free public bus service, autonomy in taxation and transparency in governance.

Chong however dodged questions when asked why the party did not make a joint manifesto with its partners in Pakatan Harapan.

"There are a lot of other reasons. These are our party policies…to show what the party stands for," he said, further insisting to "ignore everything about PKR".

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke had on Tuesday said the only way a middle ground could be achieved at this point was if PKR agreed to withdraw its candidates despite their names being on the ballot papers.

The conflicting seats are Batu Kitang, Mulu, Murung, Mambong, Simanggang and Ngemah.
But PKR also refused to back down from the disputed seats.

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