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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Upko flaunts Dompok’s aide for Sepanggar

AFTER about two months of hard work in Jelajah Konvensyen Upko Sepanggar 2012, turun padang, with a great team spirit with leaders Walter Galis, Wong Thien Fook, Christopher Motogil, Condrad Wong, Angela Kok and many more, the 18th November event at the Dewan Institut Latihan Perindustrian was a great success. There were several reports in the mass media. This is one of them. Credit goes to Upko Sepanggar as a whole. FBI bah ini, kihoiii. Upko style!
By Joseph Bingkasan
November 21, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is cranking up the pressure on the state Barisan Nasional leadership to contest the Sepanggar MP seat for the coalition in the coming general election.
In a less than subtle theatrics, Sepanggar Upko chief Steven Kutai offered the constituency to party president Bernard Dompok in place of their rising star Albert Bingkasan who is said to be eyeing the seat.
Dompok, who is Federal Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister, as expected, declined, saying that it was best to field a candidate from the Sepanggar Upko division and he would be defending his Penampang seat.
The byplay gave the party general convention that was held on Sunday the opportunity to unanimously adopt a motion to be presented to the state BN leadership for its leader to contest the Sepanggar seat.
Kutai, who spoke at the one-day convention, told the over 1,000 delegates that Sepanggar had been a BN stronghold with Upko having the largest number of members in the constituency, which encompasses the state seats of Inanam and Karambunai, compared to other BN components.
The two state seats make up the Sepanggar parliamentary seat. Inanam has 12 polling districts and Karambunai 11. The total number of voters, according to the latest electoral rolls, is 47,836.
Half of the polling districts are considered KDM (KadazanDusun Murut) areas.
The seat was won by BN through Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) in the 2004 and 2008 general elections but the Kadazandusun majority constituency is now in opposition hands after SAPP pulled out from BN on Sept 17, 2008.
Incumbent MP Eric Majimbun is deputy president of the party. He polled 16,884 votes against PKR’s Mohd Ibrahim Abdullah 5,423 while Edward Ewol Mujie of DAP obtained 3,709 votes.
Though Kutai, as party chief in Sepanggar, should be the candidate by convention, he has said he would not be standing in the coming election and is proposing his deputy Bingkasan as the nominee for the post.
Everyone wants Sepanggar
Bingkasan, 48, who initially studied for the priesthood and worked for a few years in the media industry, is one of Dompok’s senior aides in Parliament and in the ministry. He is married to Nelly Henry James and they have four children.
Addressing the delegates at its closing, the would-be freshman MP said the resolution adopted for Upko to contest Sepanggar was in line with the resolution by Upko 13th triennial delegates conference last year.
Dompok brushed aside murmurs that the party was not following BN protocol by overtly grasping for seats.
“It is not wrong to request because we are in a democracy. Requests are the norm when it is election time and there are times when even seats which are held by a component party will also be requested by another party.
“For instance, Upko seats that we have in our pocket are being requested for. But it is up to the BN central leadership to decide which party should get the seats, not only in Sepanggar but also in the other constituencies,” he said.
The other BN component parties to have laid claim to the constituency are Umno, PBS, LDP and PBRS. Free Malaysia Today

Sepanggar, Putatan seats not for me – Dompok

Posted on November 19, 2012, Monday
SEPANGGAR: United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusun Murut Organization (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok has declined a suggestion that he contests the Sepanggar parliamentary seat in the 13th general election and also quashed rumours that he will contest the Putatan parliamentary seat.
“Today, UPKO Sepanggar division chief Datuk Steven Kutai suggested that I should stand in the parliamentary seat here in the coming election. I want to put this to rest and today I am saying that this request cannot be fulfilled because I ‘belong to someone else’,” the Penampang Member of Parliament said.
“The same goes to talk that I will be contesting the Putatan,” Dompok said when officiating at UPKO Sepanggar delegates convention yesterday.
On the division’s resolution that UPKO be given the opportunity to represent Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sepanggar in the 13th general election, Dompok said it is not wrong to make the request as Malaysia is a democratic country.
Sepanggar, according to the Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister, is a BN stronghold and many of the coalition’s parties have indicated their interest to contest in the constituency.
“It is not wrong to request because we are in a democracy. Requests are the norm when it is election time and there are time even seats which are held by a component party will also be requested by another party.
“For instance, UPKO seats that we have in ‘our pocket’ are being requested for. But it is up to the BN central leadership to decide which party should get the seats, not only in Sepanggar but also the other constituencies,” he said.
Among aspects the BN leadership must consider when making its decision is the involvement of a particular party in the area, he said, adding that from the aspect of support, UPKO is not wrong in requesting for the Sepanggar seat.
While asking UPKO Sepanggar members to be patient and to abide by whatever decision the BN central leadership makes, Dompok said the party must show the leadership and readiness to lead in the constituency.
In his speech, Dompok said he was glad to see the representatives from the BN component parties attending the opening ceremony as it speaks volumes of the unity in the coalition.
“This is what I have been telling the UPKO conventions I have officiated, that I want to see the cooperation between UPKO and its fellow members in BN to continue as it strengthens the coalition,” he said.
Unity, he stressed, is important and it is BN’s strength, adding that the opposition is doing its best to show that they are united in Pakatan Rakyat because there are factions there which do not agree with their leadership.
Dompok also spoke about the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and how some quarters are already criticizing the Commission even though they have just started their work.
“My foray in politics started in the 80’s and I noticed then the problem with the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and the implications on the state’s economy, culture and security among others.
“Do we want a continued situation where foreigners enter Sabah illegally and some of then become Malaysian citizens through dubious means? It is because we do not want this to continue that the Royal Commission of Inquiry was formed… to get to the bottom of the problem and to find a solution to resolve it once and for all.
“So I say, let the Commission finish its work and I also urge those who have proof of the negative implications the presence of illegal immigrants have on the state as well cases of foreigners getting citizenship through dubious means to come forward with their information to the Commission,” he said.
He also urged the people not to belittle the Commission as it is appointed by the Agong and therefore is the highest authority in the country.
On the ‘hudud’ law, Dompok said that although some people think it is a sensitive issue, he feels it is not wrong for him to talk about it because he has family members who are Muslim.
“And because we live in a multi religious and multi-racial country, what happens in when the ‘hudud’ is implemented will affect us all. Like what former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said in the newspapers today, that this is an unfair system.
“To me what is really unfair is when it is enforced on those who are not Muslims but their MyKad says differently. I know some people who are not Muslims but because of technical problems, their Identity Cards says differently.
“So when an offence is committed by these individuals who are not Muslims, will they be punished according to the hudud law?  If their hand is cut off as punishment and only after that it is confirmed that they are not Muslim how can you re-attach their hand?
“So to me this is not good and I object this as a system that is not good and is against the country’s constitution,” he stressed.
Dompok also said that there is no reason why Sabahans don’t give BN the mandate to continue governing the country and that there is also no reason why constituents in Sepanggar do not continue to support UPKO which has proven that it is focused, sincere and brave in speaking out when things are not right.
UPKO leaders are very open and will tell it like it is if they feel that what is happening is not right or does not benefit the people, he said. The Borneo Post

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS BIBLE ISSUE

Kopisanangan.  I know, this is an old statement, or rather government policy. But, I took the liberty to get it from THE STAR, because it is a basis upon which we, as a country could move forward. In the midst of the hue and cry due to the Innocence of Muslims youtube saga, perhaps it is also not out of the way for us all to look into ourselves and see where we can together further progress as a nation - regardless of creed or ethnicity. FBI bah.... kihoiii (to those yet to know, FBI is Fokus. Berani. Ikhlas. A battle cry coined by Upko Sepanggar)

April 3, 2011 - Press statement by Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, on a 10-point solution.

THE Government confirmed that it has been in dialogue with the Christian groups to look into their specific requests on the Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia Bible and also other religious issues. Taking into account the polarity of views of the different religious groups, including the Muslims, the Government decided on a 10-point solution.
1. Bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia.
2. These Bibles can also be printed locally in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This is a new development which should be welcomed by the Christian groups.
3. Bibles in indigenous languages of Sabah and Sarawak such as Iban, Kadazan-Dusun and Lun Bawang can also be printed locally and imported.
4. For Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian community in these states, there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing of the Bible in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and indigenous languages. There is no requirement for any stamp or serial number.
5. Taking into account the interest of the larger Muslim community, for Peninsular Malaysia, Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia, imported or printed, must have the words “Christian Publication” and the cross sign printed on the front covers.
6. In the spirit of 1Malaysia and recognising that many people travel between Sabah and Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, there should be no prohibitions and restrictions for people who bring along their Bible and Christian materials on such travels.
7. A directive on the Bible has been issued by the Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) of the Home Ministry to ensure proper implementation of this Cabinet decision. Failure to comply will subject the officers to disciplinary action under the General Orders. A comprehensive briefing by top officials, including the Attorney-General (AG), will be given to all relevant civil servants to ensure good understanding and proper implementation of the directive.
8. For the impounded Bibles in Kuching, Gideon, the importer can collect all the 30,000 Bibles free of charge. We undertake to ensure the parties involved are reimbursed. The same offer remains available for the importer of the 5,100 Bibles in Port Klang, which have already been collected by the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) last week.
9. Beyond the Bible issue, the Govern­ment wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with the Christian groups and all the different religious groups in order to address inter-religious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the Constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws of the country. In order to bring urgency to this work, the Prime Minister will meet the representatives of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) soon to discuss the way forward.
10. The Christian ministers in the Cabinet will meet on a regular basis with representatives of the various Christian groups in order to discuss their issues and work with the relevant ministries and the PM in order to resolve them.
I hope this 10-point solution will be received positively by the Christian groups as being fair and reasonable. We have to look for a solution that deals with the Bible issue and also put a way forward to handle other issues raised by the Christian groups.
I think the Bible issue is very unfortunate, and in the spirit of Lent, it is time for sacrifice, reconciliation and forgiveness.
In our history, as a young nation, we achieved a lot in a short period of time, but we have our shortcomings.
The Government and our civil servants are not perfect as indeed all human beings are “beautifully imperfect” in the eyes of God.
And for all our shortcomings in handling the Bible issue, I hope the Christians would find it in their hearts to forgive us.
In my Church at SIBKL, we have been praying for a Christian revival to take place in our country. For all the hurt that exists as a result of our differences, I believe that we need healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in this country.
The Bible says in Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Ends

Friday, 17 August 2012

THURSDAYS WITH...

BUDDY: Wah, long time no see...Minnie, Eebot. How are you, friends?
MINNIE: Hello, Buddy and Eebot. Ya bah...it's been ages since we have our kedai kopi talk...
BUDDY: Well actually I met Eebot many times but not here and not the three of us sharing a table.
EEBOT: We might not have that many kedai kopi meetings, but we are still friends, the best of friends, right... that's what matter bah
MINNIE: Ya bah
BUDDY: Betul betul betul
MINNIE: So you have been seeing Upin Ipin ahh...
BUDDY: Marvelous .... so what's up Minnie, Eebot?
EEBOT: The usual and more, Buddy. Wish things are more settled than they are now. Am talking about politics and all. Elections are upcoming or had been. In the Middle East, Latin America, the USA, and here in our own country, our beloved country, I must stress.
MINNIE: Ya bah... in the office, at tamu, in public places, somehow somewhat politics or rather when the Prime Minister will call for general elections is a must-topic. Tiring lah
BUDDY: So, Eebot, when do you think the GE will be?
EEBOT: Personally I thought it was last March. Now, I hope it will be held next year.
MINNIE: Aiyoo... the sooner the better bah. Get it over with.
BUDDY: Minnie, Minnie. You are still the same Minnie lah. Everything you want fast. Now lah. Tiring lah, this lah, that lah...hahaha
MINNIE: And you, apa kurang bro? 
EEBOT: Hey you two... actually this is what I miss most, a friendly frank talk. The elections will come sooner or later, we just have to be prepared, since it is a time for us to be directly involved in nation building. We have to be... ahhh, never mind lah. 
MINNIE: What?
BUDDY: Apa bro?
EEBOT: Forget it friends. I enjoyed Usain Bolt, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Pandelela Renong, the Olympics. And this weekend, the the Red Devils will try to be the very best again.  May be best for us to just enjoy the moment. Then this kopi kaw kaw will taste like heaven...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

ANWAR'S HIGHFALUTIN CIRCUS

ANWAR'S HIGHFALUTIN CIRCUS
THIS is a piece written by the NST training editor published today. I find it a good read. Simple yet loaded. And yes, very relevant to the increasingly hot political atmosphere, not the least in Sabah.
Having been in the arena myself for quite a while now, since 2001 to be exact, I am of the opinion that our every action today must be based on our past experience, guided by our destination. And pardon my being parochial, or even communal, but now is time for my fellow minority bumiputra to be pragmatic and realistic. I am still in Upko. And the ruling government...
By AZMI ANSHAR 
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has always tried to make himself bigger than anything earthly -- bigger than Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party he founded, and even bigger than Pakatan Rakyat, the axis in which PKR fraternises with the DAP and Pas to challenge the Barisan Nasional's political supremacy.
It seems that all political machinations and hubris that the Opposition and de facto PKR leader initiated, engaged in or supported inevitably revolves only around his political relevancy and longevity.
Anyone charmed to do Anwar's bidding would bitterly find out later that they were nothing but political collateral.
After his meteoric ascension to the deputy Umno presidency in 1993, Anwar made the mistake of thinking he was bigger than Umno, that he was the "special one" -- able to "walk on water", troubleshoot problems and rally the masses despite exposing his character flaws that eventually could not be protected anymore.
Umno didn't think much of his halo: they sacked him in 1998 for misconduct but until this day, Anwar cannot shrug off that mentality of making himself bigger than what he really is -- a desperate politician helming a troubled ship steadily hurtling to nowhere.
Axis partners endure Anwar's antics as they privately wince at his narcissistic bent on making the news -- good or bad -- to be all about him.
Consternation aside, Anwar's value as the key interceder to smoothen structural disagreements between DAP and Pas, especially their recurring quarrels on hudud, is the reason why his chicanery is tolerated.
The latest Anwar outing is fishing for politicians, Sabahans Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing in particular, out of Umno amidst their laughable poseurs of idealism for some short-term gains offered by Anwar.
That stated, Lajim and Bumburing's departure was received with relief by BN, the duo's negligible roles restricted to Sabah's "cowboy town politics".
That's why Anwar tries hard to turn the departures into a national circus where he can play ringmaster to an enthralled crowd ready to buy tickets to his gaudy show of seeing him elevated as prime minister.
Anwar's dream though of grabbing the premiership is already an ordeal: for the opposition that hope to improve their status in the general election, for the BN government forced to fight tenuous firestorms detonated by Anwar; and for himself after deluded into thinking that the majority of Malaysians are still spellbound by his waning ideas.
This coaxing of politicians to abandon ship is déjà vu typical of Anwar's waning ideas, more so when he thinks that the love is missing, that he has to dip into his veritable bag of clichés -- tricks once useful to deceive the public, but now pitiful.
There are too many clichéd tricks that Anwar deployed in the 14 years since his sensational sacking under an embarrassing cloud of still reverberating revelations but one stands out for relevance: Anwar's hoary proclamation that on Sept 16, 2008, six months after the opposition's huge electoral gains, the Federal Government would topple due to the so-called defections of BN members of parliament, including those from Sabah. Or not.
You should have witnessed Anwar then: he was fuelled by excessive smugness and undrinkable moralistic fervour, poking easy holes into a then tottering administration that just lost five states and the two-thirds parliamentary majority.
Yet, Sept 16 came and no one defected, at least not on the massive scale brazenly touted by Anwar. As much as Sabah politics is unpredictable, unwieldy and satiated with "warlordism", they still respect their BN brethren too much to rock the boat. That respect is still holding.
There was a time when Anwar's double dealing was so overbearing that the DAP stalwart Karpal Singh went postal, decrying Anwar's party hopping complot with this eye-popping rant, "Anwar Ibrahim must repent for his action, and Pakatan Rakyat should look for a new leader and not one that promotes party hopping".
Can we expect Karpal to launch another honourable, albeit dramatic, rant against Anwar's latest spectacle? Karpal could and he should. Everyone else within the DAP or Pas is either cheerleading or dare not wrinkle the Pakatan fabric.
After all, to rebuke Anwar for his highfalutin circus is to degrade the fragile glue bonding the precarious Pakatan Rakyat axis. New Straits Times

Monday, 7 May 2012

Malaysians Await Election With Apprehension As UEFA Euro Fever Brewing


ITS Tadau Kaamatan month. Bulan Lima. Went to a few celebrations already. And yes, BILA ELECTION is such an overused question. Those who are working lamented they have been asked not to take leave. So called politicians are working round the clock to ensure their bosses are retained, given chance to stand, etc etc. Some say its gonna be in June. Or July. Or September. Or November. Or next year. My say? It could be held sooner rather than later. But, surely, by May 13, it is going to be either heartbreak or jubilation for me - depending on how MU ends its campaign this season. Because EURO is not in our book...

PUTRAJAYA, May 7 (Bernama) -- As the frenzy over the UEFA European Football Championship, with the opening match scheduled to kick off in Warsaw, Poland on June 8, gripped the world, Malaysians await the 13th general election in apprehension.
Since UEFA Euro was first held in 1960, it has coincided with three general elections in Malaysia when the coveted tournament was held in 1964 in Spain, 2004 (Portugal) and 2008 (Austria and Switzerland).
Spain are the favourites to retain the title which they won in 2008. If this materialises, Spain will become the first European country to win a treble consecutively -- the Euro 2008, the Fifa World Cup 2010 and the Euro 2012.
Given Malaysians fascination about football as manifested in an advertisement tagline, "Makan Bola, Tidur Bola" (eat football, sleep football) many football fans will stay awake late into the night to watch UEFA Euro matches.
As UEFA Euro progresses to the final on July 1, Malaysians are keeping their fingers crossed whether the next general election will be held during the championship.
Suffice to say, the build up to UEFA Euro 2012 is somewhat similar to the preparations for the 13th general election where political parties get their election machinery in tip-top condition while scouting for winnable candidates.
Candidates, who are a liability to the parties, will be dropped.
As team managers decide on the line-up, likewise Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will field Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates after consulting party's top leaders.
As in football, Najib's decisions will be closely watched as they will have a far-reaching impact on the party and the country.
He has to name candidates, whether old guards and newcomers, who have the physical and mental strength, to endure the political turbulence.
Fielding wrong candidates can be detrimental to the BN and give the opposition an upper hand.
More importantly, Najib needs to create an unbeatable cohesive team to thwart the opposition onslaughts as the coming election will be keenly contested like a football final.
As Najib has until April 28 next year to dissolve Parliament, political parties and pundits are playing a guessing game when the election will be held.
The Election Commission has hinted that Parliament might be dissolved as early as May to make way for the general election within 60 days.
The excitement over the date of the next general election heighten after BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor asked BN component parties to submit their list of candidates.
The lists are said to have been handed over to Najib.
The fluttering flags of political parties in many places signifies the general election is around the corner.
Speculation about the election date is drawing nearer is rife after former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently asked Najib to hold the general election soon as the political situation favoured the BN.
Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying that Najib's has the edge for his leadership, which was noted by various transformation programmes, was well-received by the people.
As the coming general election is expected to be more intense than before, Najib has to be cautious in determining the right time to dissolve Parliament.
He must ensure that a thorough preparation is made not only by Umno, but also other BN component parties besides gauging the opposition's strength.
The public acceptance of his leadership is a good indication of BN's advantage in recapturing opposition-led states and winning a two-thirds majority.
Najib had said that history has shown BN's resurgence after going through big tests like the May 13 disturbance, the deregistration of Umno and the dismissal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from all government and political posts.
Besides Mahathir, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and several political analysts were also confidence of the BN's good showing.
Najib, who took over the reins on April 3, 2009, has proven his mettle as a visionary leader with the people enjoying the fruit of his labour through the national transformation programmes.
As a people-oriented leader, he is serious about correcting government weaknesses and going down to the grassroots to attend to their problems.
The 2008 political tsunami was a bitter lesson to the BN. Najib and the BN definitely do not want another nightmare to occur. -- BERNAMA

Thursday, 19 April 2012

NAJIB TO VISIT SABAH

TODAY, 19 April 2012, is the last day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting. It has been a marathon persidangan especially this week. 
On Monday and Tuesday, Dewan ended 9.30pm. Last night was 11.55pm. Tonight, the Aturan Urusan Mesyuarat (we fondly call it AUM) is HINGGA SELESAI, meaning Dewan will end only after the AUM of the day is completed. 
There are eight bills today, the major ones are amendments on the Election Offences Bill and Universities and University Colleges Bill. 
Next week, the Dewan Negara will begin its three-week session, before ending on May 10.
I have heard so much debates, and craps (more of the latter I think).
My boss will be going back to KK tomorrow. At about the same time, the PM will be there, for a two-day visit as per Bernama report below. Dare I dream that the PM will announce the setting up of the RCI on Illegal Immigrants?...
 
 
KOTA KINABALU, April 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to visit Sabah on Friday and Saturday.
According to a statement issued by the Press and Publication Office of the Chief Minister's Department, the prime minister would have a packed itinerary.

Shortly after arrival on Friday afternoon, the prime minister will attend the Malaysian Trust Fund Week 2012 at Likas Sports Complex, here.

He will later leave for Sandakan on the state's east coast to attend the 1Malaysia gathering with the people for the Sandakan and Batu Sapi parliamentary constituencies at Dewan Hakka.

The next day, the prime minister is schedule to go for a walkabout at Taman Mawar and Bandar Kim Fung, Sandakan, before returning to the national capital.
-- BERNAMA