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Save the last Eagle dance for…..?

The Semban’s ladies who wear copper rings on their limbs from young perform a unique dance called the Eagle Dance for visitors. But since they will be evicted to make way for the Bengoh dam soon they may dance their last dance-at least in their ancestral home, very soon as well. The other villagers don’t have such tradition. It means that when these ladies stop the whole tradition may come to a halt. The eviction does not help. Actually the village itself is 200 meters above the dam’s reservoir and at least 2 km away-giving rise to suspicion that this could be just another of the hundreds of land grabs around the state! Worse their houses are said to be converted into tourist homestay props! Come to watch the Bengoh film to find out how ridiculous the whole thing could be!

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MCLM’s chief Harris Ibrahim flew in to Kuching with a partner just now and got arrested upon touch down. He cannot be contacted currently. He was scheduled to give a talk on his political group’s plans this evening. Now that Harris, who had left Bersih to pursue his political aspiration, is put out of action-as expected, the partner will take over his job following their plan B. It is expected that there will be more audiences for MCLM after Harris’ arrest. This is his 2nd time being stopped from entering Sarawak-the 1st being at the 10th Sarawak state elections.

Update: Harris is said to have been sent out at 7.00pm(he was arrested at 6.30pm). Now another speaker is addressing a small crowd in Kuching. Harris flew in from Sabah earlier after finishing his RARA forums in Tawau, Sabah.  MCLM has earlier shown interests on Sabah and clashed with PKR on how to handle the local parties.

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Move is afoot to make the Parliament independent administratively-by reviving the Parliamentary Services Act which was dropped years ago. So: if this can be done for Parliament-why it can’t be done for the supposedly independent Election Commission?

Giving Parliament more independence

K Pragalath | September 28, 2011(Freemalaysiatoday)

With Parliament running its own administration, staffing and financing it would cease to look like another government department.

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Just a quick count   over 30  Assemblymen/women of Sarawak BN had been appointed as a minister/assistant minister of sort in Taib’s new cabinet! Are they to do some really needed work that fewer people cannot do-or they are there to satisfy the party’s `need’? This is a `political’ cabinet or a `working’ cabinet?

New ministry, seven new faces in Sarawak cabinet reshuffle latest!

Posted on September 28, 2011, Wednesday

KUCHING: The state cabinet reshuffle that will take effect on Friday will see a new ministry being created, five ministries renamed and seven new faces including a woman to be appointed as assistant ministers.

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PAS found that thus far, after numerous challenges from the party and NGOs the EC had erased 120 361 dubious voters from the official roll, amounting to 0.98% of the entire electoral roll with 12mil voters. The EC has released a statement that from July to Sept 15th 69 293 voters had been removed with help from the JPN. And another 50 000 voters are under investigation for error of registration. Such a mass erasure cannot be explained by clerical errors -and should not go without some form of accountability from the EC or the JPN! The amount is enough to influence election results-the criteria for election court to uphold an election result challenge! If the situation is not addressed this alone can render the election results suspect!

The practice to not answer complaints of electoral rolls weaknesses had finally backfired on the EC. The accumulated weaknesses would snowball and crush any credibility of the EC in performing one of its Constitutionally mandated job ie compiling the nation’s electoral roll. The person in charge ie the Chairman, should step down to take responsibility rather than do as in the past, to claim that he is no expert in this area!

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What help do the Bengoh villagers need?

New Rejoi village-but unlit houses
Candle light dinner-but not for every night?

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State Govt lost again

SIBU: The State government lost yet another case of dispute over native customary rights (NCR) land to the natives this time at Budu, Krian, Saratok, prompting Baru Bian, the natives’ legal counsel to say that it is a clear proof of land grab by the present government.

“Today (23 September), another judgment handed down by the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak at Sibu, is another clear proof that the land grab by the present State Government of Native Customary Land (NCL) in Sarawak is on the rise,” Bian, who is Sarawak PKR chief said.

He was commenting on the natives’ victory against a company Vita Hill Sdn Bhd, the Director of Forests and the state government.

Update: full judgement here.

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UN report praising Sarawak is pure fiction

Jeswan Kaur | September 27, 2011

A UN report that states Sarawak has done much to arrest human rights abuse and environmental damage could not be further from the truth.

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In a surprising move, the United Nations say it is pleased with Sarawak for overcoming various socio-economic challenges in the past decade. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Kedayan villagers hope govt not proceed with eviction plans

BO – Thursday, September 15, 2011, 17:29 MST

Laleh Taha, 75 left and his brother in-law Yussop Abdullah, 64 right. Behind them is Simalajau river.

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See the Undilah video banned from TVs here:

http://www.undilah.com/#s5

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