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Archive for November, 2010

Many crazy ideas had been proposed by outsiders to connect Sarawak’s interior to the outside world. Latest is the `wifi village’ idea from the government. Previously there was a `philantropic’ idea to donate mobile phones to Sarawakians. However the better ideas seems to be SW radios. 

WiFi village project turns into a farce

Sunday, 21 November 2010 13:58(Malaysian Mirror)
KUCHING – The people of Nanga Berkiok at Merurun, Julau cannot be blamed if they thought that the government’s ‘Kampung WiFi’ project recently implemented at Rumah Guntol was a mere publicity stunt. 

A satellite dish which was installed in the longhouse last Sept 17 broke down less than a week later.
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Brunei keen to buy power from Lawas, Limbang plants
Saturday, 20 November 2010 15:10
LAWAS – Brunei has offered to purchase power to be generated by the proposed hydroelectric plants to be set up in Limbang and Lawas, Sarawak.

Second Minister of Planning and Management Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said while the actual starting  date for the projects have yet to be fixed, Brunei had already showed keen interest in the power plants.

“We already have an agreement with Brunei to supply 100MW and they have agreed to upgrade their transmission lines. In fact they (Brunei) want us to speed up the (implementation of the) project,” he told reporters last night after launching the Malaysian Islamic Welfare Organisation  Lawas Branch’s family night.
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From information from Lawas the 1st 4 blockaders arrested will be required to report back to the Investigation Officer of the Lawas police station today and get to know if they will be charged, followed by the next 3 tomorrow. All together 7 persons were arrested at the blockade last week. They staffed the blockade for 1 week before the police took action allegedly under pressure from Petronas. The blockade intended to stop Petronas workers who come in 10 trucks daily, consisting mainly of Bangladesh foreign workers, to install the Sabah Sarawak gas pipelines which cross into many NCR lands on its 500km+ length. Blockades against the land encroachment by the pipelines were reported elsewhere in Limbang and Ulu Baram.

Update: According to Investigation Officer there is no decision yet on whether the police will charge the 4 arrested at Lawas blockade. The 4 were asked to report back again on Dec 15 2010 to find out if the decision has been made to charge them.

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Penduduk Baram bimbang bahana empangan

Philip Jau menunjukkan berita muka depan akhbar tempatan bertarikh 27 Okt yang bertajuk ’Sekolah Mungkin Ditutup’ jika Sungai Rajang semakin cetek, yang membimbangkan lebih 20,000 penduduk di sepanjang Sungai Baram berikutan cadangan pembinaan Empangan Baram. (more…)

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Why the Penan set up blockades

The indigenous group wants the government to gazette their village forest reserves as Communal Forests and to stop logging companies from encroaching into their land, says Ajang Kiew.

 

We would like to make some clarifications about the five blockades which have been set up by Penan communities in Baram recently to avoid any misunderstanding on the part of other parties. The villages which are involved in this blockade are Long Sayan and Long Belok in Sungai Apoh, Long Lutin in Sungai Patah, Long Kevok in Sungai Layun, Tutoh and the nomadic group Ba’ Bevan in Sungai Si’ang, Tutoh.

Here we would like to explain why those blockades were set up.

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Stop plantations within Murum Dam catchment

From Aliran

The Peleiran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee has called on the government to revoke provisional leases to plantation firms at the Murum Dam catchment area.

Ramlie Bujang, the Pemupa spokesperson, is seated fourth from left – Photo credit: Pemupa

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This is done by folks in Simunjan…still testing if they can hear the transmission:

Testing, testing...

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See how they celebrated like never before, after `graduating’ from the Simunjan police lock-up!

Bujang Berani celebrations, an onsite report from Nicholas Mujah of SADIA

by Borneo Independent News Service on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 12:09pm

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Press Release from Radio Free Sarawak

Radio Free Sarawak gets seal of approval from BN minister James Masing

Speaking in a set piece interview on the Rajang River log jam disaster, broadcast Friday 19th November on Radio Free Sarawak , James Masing, who is the Iban representative of the area and a senior minister in Taib’s BN government said that he welcomed the new radio station’s arrival on the scene.

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halo folks,
Radio Free Sarawak has kicked up a storm from listeners and internet downloaders from all over the world. So far there are positive reception reports from all over the world-but reception in the most crucial target areas in Sarawak’s interior remain unclear! There are positive reception reports from Japan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Dubai, Australia etc. There are also positive reception reports from Lawas and Pantu. However the listeners from Selangau and Simunjan are still scratching their head/ears!

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