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#PRNSarawak : Moves to smear SUPP, says ex-chief Peter Chin

Posted: 05 May 2016 12:15 AM PDT

Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) former president Tan Sri Peter Chin claimed there are moves to smear the party's image ahead of polling day on Saturday.

At a press conference on Thursday, Chin said Sarawak Report had published an article with a picture that allegedly showed him receiving a cheque to be used for the election from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Chin said the article was an attempt to create suspicion against SUPP.

"This is clearly an attempt to smear the good image of the SUPP and meddle in the affairs of our party.

"As the past president of the SUPP I must explain that we have never received any monetary contribution as that is against the law.

"I urge voters not to be swayed by such sinister tactics to cast suspicion on the SUPP," he said.

Last week, Senadin SUPP said it had uncovered attempts by certain rivals to smear its image and cheat voters in the hotseat of Senadin in Miri City.

SUPP-BN candidate for Senadin, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, said  certain people had been distributing RM200 to each voter and claiming that the money was from SUPP.

He said these people are saying that they are agents of SUPP so that they can collect the voters' MyKad and vote on their behalf.

Lee said he had alerted the police on the matter.

#PRNSarawak : Sarawak teachers get tablets to enhance teaching

Posted: 04 May 2016 11:34 PM PDT

Teachers in the country will be given tablet computers to enhance teaching in classrooms, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The project will start in Sarawak with the distribution of tablets to more than 42,000 teachers in the state. The tablets are preloaded with education and e-paper software developed by Utusan Malaysia newspaper.

"We hope that this will help to increase the creativity of teachers," Najib said at an event to mark the symbolic distribution of the tablets to teachers in the state.

The Prime Minister said the move would hopefully narrow the divide between teachers and pupils, who have a better grasp of the latest technology.

"This is the first state. All teachers in primary and secondary schools and all teachers serving under the Education Office at district and state level will receive this tablet.

"After Sarawak we will move to the other states and in due course, all primary and secondary school teachers will be equipped with this tablet," he said.

Najib hoped the move would have a major impact in improving the quality of teaching and learning in the classrooms.

#PRNSarawak : PBB set to bag all the 40 seats it is contesting

Posted: 04 May 2016 08:31 PM PDT

PBB, the party which has always been part of the ruling alliance in Sarawak, looks likely to repeat its feat in the past two state elections when it swept all the seats it contested.

Most political observers are confident that PBB president Tan Sri Ade­­nan Satem's team will be relatively untroubled in the 40 seats it is contesting as most are in rural areas.

Back in 2011, the PBB went for 35 seats.

Team Adenan appears to have pressed all the right buttons especially with his talk about unity and autonomy.

"At the heart of this manifesto is our promise to safeguard this precious unity of ours," he said at the launch of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional manifesto last Tuesday.

His manifesto emphasised religious freedom, no hudud in Sarawak, no restriction on the word Allah and Bahasa Malaysia bibles.

In fact, Adenan has openly quoted from the Bible and given the assurance that Sarawak does not condone forced conversions.

Prof Dr Syed Arabi Idid of the International Islamic University said Barisan Nasional would lose some seats but it would not be those contested by PBB.

"I believe they're very confident of straightforward victories; firstly because of Adenan's popularity and secondly, there's no strong Opposi­tion in the seats contested by PBB," he said.

Development plans laid out by the chief minister for rural areas would comfortably see PBB through, he said.

PBB publicity and public affairs working committee chairman Datuk Peter Minos was quoted as saying last month that PBB's election machinery had been ready for battle since March.

In the 2011 state election, Barisan secured about 80% of the Muslim bu­­miputra votes. This segment re­­mains PBB's strongest support base.

Notably, none of the Muslim majority constituencies are in any danger of going to the Opposition.

So far, the grey seats PBB is contesting are those involving non-Muslim bumiputras like in Machan.

Nonetheless, Barisan's dacing symbol remains a potent force to be reckoned with in rural Sarawak.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir said rural areas had been the stronghold of Barisan and PBB for decades.

"The 40 seats should be no problem, but there will be uphill battles in a few seats maybe because of promises not fulfilled, less development and 'wrong' candidates," he added.

#PRNSarawak : Barisan making a final push to win over voters

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:29 PM PDT

With two days left to polling, Barisan Nasional is making a final push to turn grey areas into safe seats. Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is not easing up on the campaign trail, continuing to meet voters across the state.

Yesterday, he attended a meet-the-people gathering at Kampung Maludam in Lingga, where Barisan incumbent Simoi Peri is in a three-way contest with PKR's Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh and ex-PBB independent Wan Abdillah Edruce Wan Abdul Rahman.

Today, Adenan will attend similar gatherings in Meradong and a longhouse in Engkilili.
On polling eve, he will attend functions in Lundu before attending a final ceramah at Premier 101 here, a DAP stronghold, in support of Barisan's urban Chinese candidates.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on Barisan parties to keep working hard in the last lap.
"We cannot take victory for granted. We must ensure all efforts are made and leave no stone unturned," he said when asked about Barisan's push to turn grey seats white.

He cautioned the people not to be taken in by the Opposition's tactics, such as their claims during the 13th general election that Barisan had brought in 40,000 Bangladeshi nationals to vote.
"This became a hot issue at that time and made the people angry with Barisan, but after the election they found out it was not true.

"So I want to remind voters in Sarawak to be careful. Barisan will not resort to tactics which will incite anger or cause confusion," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Adenan's 70-seat target was achievable if the Barisan machinery was able to reach voters across all 82 constituencies.

"We are working very hard and very smart to reach the target," he said .

He said Barisan's biggest worry was any last-minute "bombshell" which might be thrown by the Opposition on polling eve.

"We should not try to undermine any political parties. We should be mature enough in carrying out our campaign," he said.

He also reckoned that the attitude of urban Chinese voters was now shifting towards Barisan.
"Now is the time for change – change to go with Barisan Nasional. Our opponents have been promoting this tagline before but the wave has now moved to our side," he said.

I’ll see Mukhriz in court, says Tengku Sariffuddin

Posted: 04 May 2016 06:28 PM PDT

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sarif­fuddin Tengku Ahmad says he is standing by his remarks about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, and that he was prepared to meet the latter in court.

He said it was ironic that the former prime minister's son had resorted to suing him.

"It is his father Tun Mahathir who always claims that the law is being used to silence critics of Prime Minister Najib Razak," Tengku Sariffuddin said in a statement uploaded on the Prime Minister's Facebook page yesterday.

On Monday, Mukhriz filed a civil claim against Tengku Sariffuddin seeking damages for loss of reputation for alleged defamation.

Stressing that he was unperturbed by the legal suit, Tengku Sariffuddin said he was looking forward to discussing the matter in court.

"Their legal action shows that I have hit a nerve. It is understandable that Mukhriz is emotionally distressed that for once his father has failed to get his way," he added.

Stressing that he did not make any wild allegations, Tengku Sarif­fuddin said his opinions were "fair comment" based on the actions by Dr Mahathir, Mukhriz and ousted Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who led a failed campaign to unseat Najib.

"They (Dr Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin) were interested parties, and I believe motivated by ambition and desire for power.

"Many think that Tun Mahathir wanted Tan Sri Muhyiddin to be his proxy prime minister, with Mukhriz as deputy prime minister until he was ready to take over," Tengku Sariffuddin added.

He said Dr Mahathir was aware that there was a much faster way than the courts to stop speculation pertaining to his motivation to replace Najib.

"All he (Dr Mahathir) needs to do is state who he wants instead as prime minister and deputy prime minister.

"His (Dr Mahathir's) consistent failure to answer this one simple question betrays the truth: the ob­jective of Tun Mahathir's Anti-Najib Campaign is to pave the way for his son," said Tengku Sariffuddin, adding that his statements were fair and without malice.

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