From our observer in Sebuyao:
The area where 14 villagers are affected by logging in a disputed areas is reported by our observer as arather quiet place where dissatisfaction may just hide below the inscrutable surface. There are numerous BN flags, posters and banners which overwhelmed the Opposition’s , reflecting the omni-presence of the incumbent party in Sebuyao. The quiet surface however produce a 1000-strong gathering ahead of a court hearing of a local Numpang Suntai who was charged for criminal intimidation after some equipment, vehicles and quarters were burnt after a bloakade. In the hearing the accused was released-but the police is appealing. The sentiment of these largely Iban residents affected may not be reflecting the ground sentiment among the majority muslims community. There is a PAS compaigning contingent here, supporting their candidate who fight here for the first time. Mat Kati Seman the blogger noted during the Perak crisis is among them.
More observers could have been recruited here if not for pressure from the SAO here on the Tuai Rumah who take the CDs containing documentaries of house demolition as evidence that the observers are bias/pro-opposition. 2 weeks ahead of the poll MEO-Net organised a talk here at Rh Lingga, attened by some 50 residents.