On behalf of MoCS, I wish to invite my fellow Sarawakians in PBB Youth to join us on August 13 for a peaceful ‘Walk for democracy and reforms’ in Kuching.
I urge PBB Youth to look at the event in a more positive manner.
It is an opportunity for the people of Sarawak to show their concern and love for their home state. It is also an educational exercise for our people to understand better their democratic rights as citizens of a free, vibrant democracy.
The theme of the August 13 event is ‘We LOVE Sarawak’.
Let me invite PBB and other Sarawak BN members to join MoCS in the peaceful walk for we all love Sarawak.
I appeal to PBB Youth to be more accommodating with the wishes of those not aligned with your party.
There is no necessity to be confrontational. We are peace-loving Sarawakians. We do not brawl in the streets.
MoCS is not your enemy. We are your friends, your fellow Sarawakians who genuinely want to see changes and reforms for the betterment of our home state and people.
As for the month of Ramadan, I have thought of this matter months ago and had consulted our Muslim friends.
On the contrary, besides fasting, doing good deeds, fighting evil and acting in the interests of our fellow beings are especially encouraged during Ramadan. It is in fact holy to fight against all evils during the Fasting Month.
A walk for democracy, reforms and peace for Sarawak is a good deed during Ramadan.
After the rally, we will encourage our Muslim friends to break fast at the Reservoir Park/Museum Grounds. We will all join them and even invite the police to join us in the breaking of fast.
We will also offer prayers for the purpose as one strong Sarawakian voice, no matter what religious faith we belong to. at the rally.
That day will be a celebration of the multi-religious facade of Sarawak.
We will suggest to the local authorities to issue licences for afternoon bazaars for Ahmad to sell burgers and chicken wings, Ah Kow to sell cendol and ice cream and Maniam to goreng kacang putih and muruku. Our Pak Ciks and Neneks from the Satok Sunday Market can sell their fresh vegetables and fruits.
We will turn this ‘Walk for democracy and reforms” into a carnival-like atmosphere. It can also be a family afternoon picnic.
Let’s hope the weather will be kind on that day.
Francis Paul Siah
19th July, 2011
Siah urged to call off rally
Posted on July 18, 2011, Monday
KUCHING: Twenty-four PBB youth leaders expressed their support to statements made by party president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, vice president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and youth information chief Abdul Aziz Adenan on MoCS’ public rally planned for August 13.
PBB Youth exco Radin Kadri Radin Budiman, spokesman for the youth leaders, said they believed that Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS), which is an illegal organisation, has an ulterior motive when it decided to hold a public rally themed ‘A Walk For Democracy and Reforms’.
“How are we going to listen to MoCS when the organisation itself has failed to observe the law by registering itself with the appropriate authorities.
“At the same time, we have not heard of any democratic election process within MoCS to elect Francis Siah as the leader of the organisation,” he said when met yesterday.
Radin Kadri added it was never the state’s culture to hold public rallies to cause disturbance in the state.
He pointed out that the multi-racial communities in the state have lived peacefully side-by-side for years with no untoward incidents ever happening between the communities.
“The proposed public rally is only going to cause tension in the multi-racial communities because it aims to incite members of the community to go against each other in the name of democracy and reform.
“Sarawakians, have enjoyed tremendous development under the Barisan Nasional (BN) government which is under the leadership of Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and other leaders of the coalition.
“We just can’t fathom the logic for Francis Siah to incite the rakyat to act foolishly by joining the public rally,” he said, adding the rakyat would not be easily swayed to carry out demonstrations in the streets.
On Thursday, Taib took to task MoCS by saying that the movement did not represent the people.
Meanwhile Awang Tengah on Wednesday said it was illogical for MoCS, as an unregistered organisation, to question the mandate given by the people to the BN to govern the state.
Aziz echoed a similar opinion last Thursday when he said if the unregistered organisation was really honest in promoting democracy, the first thing it should do is carry out a democratic process in the organisation.
Radin Kadri, who is the Sibu Youth chief, expressed hope that Francis Siah would call off the public rally as to not taint the sanctity of month of Ramadan.
“We hope that Francis Siah would not be blinded by his obsession to carve a name for himself in the local politics by insisting the public rally to take place on August which happens to be the month of Ramadan,” he said.