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Syed Ibrahim of GMI was stopped at Kuching airport yesterday while Wong Chin Huat managed to enter through Sibu airport. Wong even managed to speak at a ceramah there!

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As reported by our observers BN made last minute pay out to the Sg Asap resettlers to the tune of Rm50k per family. Since there are 10 000 residents this is equivalent to about 2000 families -meaning that the BN has carted Rm50k X 2000 =Rm100mil to Sg Asap to ensure the polling stations here -which support BN: opposition by ratio of 50:50 in 2008 general elections, would retain or improve their support for BN! Let’s see if the hope can be fufiled, or the Sg Asap folks may take the money and vote as they like anyway, taking cue from the way the BN become generous only after they show tendency to dump BN?

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Joint media statement (14 April 2011): Control of information handicaps Sarawak elections

On 16 April 2011, close to one million voters in Sarawak will choose their new state government. In order to exercise this right, they require accurate and timely information about the candidates, political parties and election manifestos, as well as the crucial issues of the day.

However, we, the undersigned civil society organisations, note that there have been serious incidents and factors ahead of the 10th state elections which are preventing Sarawakians from seeking, receiving and sharing vital information that can help them decide on their representatives and government:

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Pertaining to Bernama Report (14 April) – It was reported that Dato Seri Annuar – after 20 minutes into his ceramah was interupted by a longhouse chief who asked him about his sodomy case and the omega watch and therefore he(Dato Seri Annuar) had to cut short his speech and go away. The truth is, Dato Seri Annuar spoke for about 1 hour.

This was reporting at its worst. Quoting resources without thinking and without verifying the source. No wonder Bernama is labelled as the mouth piece and propaganda machine of UMNO and BN.

First and foremost: Dato Seri Annuar did not give his ceramah at Rh. Edison Bugap, Melekun. (After inquiry, Edison Bugap, the longhouse chief had yet to receive his Tuai Rumah appointment letter). It was at Rh. Jugo (ex-Tuai Rumah).

Secondly, Edison Bugap did ask the MC for permission to ask Dato Seri Annuar after Dato Seri had officially finish his ceramah, and was already seated.

Thirdly, the question was scripted by someone, and Edison Bugap was merely a mouthpiece. Had he understood these questions and as a respected Tuai Rumah, he would not have asked these questions. It was obvious that he(Edison Bugap) was uneasy and looking very silly when asking these questions – as indicated by his body language and eye contact. He was not looking at Dato Seri but elsewhere with both hands in his pocket. So much for someone who wants to be the Tuai Rumah!!!!

Fourthly, the so-called resident as quoted by Bernama obviously didn’t know how to count. Obviously not 120 as reported. The crowd who came that night was close to a thousand, despite a heavy downpour. Had the police given the permit for Dato Seri to give his speech at the Town Square, the crowd would have been bigger. Dato Seri visit this time was really anticipated by the people of Kapit, especially the chinese. Unfortunately, they were deprived of the opportunity to witness and hear first hand Dato Seri’s firebrand speech.

Anf finally, it was Dato Chua Jui Ming, Dato Dr. Tan, and YB M. Ravi (from Port Dickson) who had their ceramah at Rh. Edison Bugap on 9th April 2011. And the crowd were more than 300 that night.

Despite what Bernama and all the mainstream newspaper tried to portray and twist around, Dato Seri Annuar’s ceramah was always well recieved and his firebrabd speech was an eye-opener to his listeners. Nothing hurts more than the truth. It seems this time BN is really scared. For BN/PBB/UMNO:

“AND NOW THE END IS NEAR, AND SO YOU FACE, YOUR FINAL CURTAIN,

BN, DON’T STOOP SO LOW, JUST PACK YOUR BAG, AND OFF YOU GO.

REGRETS, YOU HAVE ALOT, DON’T UNDERESTIMATE, THE INFLUENCE OF INTERNET,

AND GO, BN WILL GO, PAKATAN RAKYAT HAS ITS WAY.

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The City Council personnel tried to deny Pakatan their rallying venue by dismantling the stage for the rally at 4.00pm. Then the stage was re-erected afterwards by Pakatan’s fast workers. By 7.30pm the police came  to stop the rally-which was attracting a growing crowd-despite a downpour. Some crowd surged towards the stage and the police, who must be shocked by the angry crowd, retreated. So the rally restarted in a high note of defiance…The attempt to deny rallying venue to a political party is perhaps the last attempt by the incumbent to restrict the unbeatable sentiment against the incumbent. A video on the crowd situation is here.

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PRESS RELEASE – 1226 utc 15/04/2011

RADIO FREE SARAWAK IS BEING JAMMED

Radio Free Sarawak, which has been broadcasting independent Radio to the interior of Sarawak and providing the only platform in this election for the opposition and voices critical of BN is now being subjected to jamming.

We can confirm that the first jamming transmission happened yesterday with a test the day before, all on 15425kHz which is right up next to our station’s 15420 kHz and against all international protocols.
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1st part of  interview is here. 2nd part is here.

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