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Monday, 24 May 2010

PARTNER STATES


UPKO has always been consistent it is political struggle. Some friends of mine called me to congratulate my boss for the following response to an issue which is very close to Upko’s perjuangan. Am not surprised at all with such answer because this is the Upko stand and language since its inception in 1994. The founding fathers’ intention, that is the basis of our arguement. My boss said this just before coming to officiate the Upko Sepanggar Kaamatan. I happened to be the organising chairman of that event. Kotobian do Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan
DOMPOK: SABAH, SARAWAK PARTNERED MALAYA TO FORM MALAYSIA
PENAMPANG, May 22 (Bernama) -- Sabah and Sarawak partnered Malaya to form Malaysia and therefore cannot be regarded in the same way as the states in the peninsula, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said.
"For all intents and purposes, the founding fathers had envisaged the situation where Sabah and Sarawak and the Federation of Malaya were to form a nation called Malaysia.
"I think the spirit of that agreement is reflected today with Sabah and Sarawak having their own cabinets and systems of government," he told reporters after launching Kampung Madsiang Kaamatan Festival here Saturday.
Dompok, who is Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, was asked to comment on issues raised by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) lecturer Prof Dr Ranjit Singh during a public policy seminar here on Thursday.
Prof Dr Ranjit Singh, of UUM's College of Law, Government and International Studies, in his working paper titled "Sabah Politics and Policy and Federal-State Relations 1963-1995", said Sabah and Sarawak could not claim that Malaysia was a partnership of three equal members.
Dompok said when Sabah and Sarawak were brought in to form Malaysia, certain provisions were made to ensure the rights of the two Bornean states were preserved and protected, including their administration systems and control over immigration matters.
Meanwhile, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said historical circumstances gave Sabah the basis to enjoy certain autonomy compared to other states in Peninsular Malaysia.
"Dr Ranjit was saying it from the academic point of view," he said.
"The challenge is not only to understand the peculiarities in the Peninsular Malaysia, but also for the people in the peninsula, including decision-makers, to understand our (Sabah and Sarawak) systems," he said.
"In other words," Masidi said, "there is no such thing of a one-size-fits-all policy. It has to be tailor-made to suit the peculiarities of Sabah and Sarawak." -- BERNAMA

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

NEW LEADERS


I THOUGHT Obama was brilliant. I had posted his speeches here. Now, read this one. And am very impressed. Young and eloquent leaders... the youngest PM of Britain. Well done, sir.

DAVID CAMERON (Prime Minister elect of Britain): THE NEED OF THE HOUR


Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I have accepted. Before I talk about that new government, let me say something about the one that has just passed. Compared with a decade ago, this country is more open at home, and more compassionate abroad, and that is something we should all be grateful for. And on behalf of the whole country, I'd like to pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister for his long record of dedicated public service.

In terms of the future, our country has a hung Parliament, where no party has an overall majority, and we have some deep and pressing problems. A huge deficit; deep social problems; and a political system in need of reform. For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good, decent government that I think we need so badly.

Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and work hard for the common good and the national interest. I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive government that we need today.

I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead, and I believe deeply in public service. And I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions, so that together we can reach better times ahead.

One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system. Yes, that's about cleaning up expenses, yes that's about reforming Parliament, and yes it's about making sure that people are in control, and that the politicians are always their servants, and never their masters.

But I believe it's also something else: it's about being honest about what government can achieve. Real change is not what government can do on its own; real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together; when we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our communities, and to others. And I want to try to help build a more responsible society here in Britain. One where we don't just ask: "What are my entitlements," but: "What are my responsibilities?" One where we don't ask: "What am I just owed," but more: "What can I give?"

And a guide for that society, that those who can, should, and those who can't, we will always help - I want to make sure that my government always looks after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country. We must take everyone through us on some of the difficult decisions that we have ahead.

Above all, it will be a government that is built on some clear values, values of freedom, values of fairness, and values of responsibility. I want us to build an economy that rewards work, I want us to build a society with stronger families and stronger communities, and I want a political system that people can trust and look up to once again.

This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges. But I believe that together, we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs, based on those values: rebuilding family, rebuilding community - above all building responsibility in our country. Those are the things I care about; those are the things that this government will now start work on doing.

Thank you very much.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

SIBU BY-ELECTION


I AM in Sibu. Was at the nomination centre yesterday. Went to the Atong Rumah Panjang in the afternoon. Still too early to tell. Feeling is, it is going to be a tight race...


THREE FOR SIBU


SIBU, 8 May 2010: The Sibu parliamentary by-election on May 16 will be a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional's candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew, DAP's Wong Ho Leng and independent Narawi Harun, returning officer Wong See Meng announced at the nomintation centre, at the Sibu Civic Centre, Sarawak at 11.25 am Saturday.

Hui Yew was the first to hand in his papers at the nomination centre at the Sibu Civic Centre at 9.03am, followed by Wong at 9.04am.

Narawi handed in his nomination papers at 9.13am. Nomination closed at 10am.

Thousands of supporters from both sides, including 5,000 from the BN, had gathered at Sibu town since early today, causing traffic congestion on roads leading to the nomination centre.

An early statement by the Election Commission described the the mood as “orderly” despite thousands of supporters of the candidates gathering at the locations.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud headed the BN supporters in a two-km march from the Delta Estate while DAP was led by its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PKR by president Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.

Security around the nomination centre was tightened as policemen were in full force to direct traffic and maintain order.

There will be 45 polling stations set up at 39 schools, two kindergartens, a training centre, longhouse, public library and public recreational centre with 110 polling streams.

Sibu has 54,695 voters, comprising 52,158 ordinary voters and 2,537 postal voters made up of 1,910 military and 627 police personnel. BERNAMA