Friday, December 26, 2008


Elections are meant for people to choose government. Soon Sarawak will require new mandate to continue. Tony Thien and Rahmah touched on growing fears that Sarawak may deny entry to many more politicians.

  • Will others be banned from S'wak
  • Tony Thien | Dec 26, 08 1:01pm
  • There are growing fears that Sarawak may use its immigration powers to deny entry to Peninsula-based politicians, including PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim
  • Gobalakrishan: I know why I was kicked out
  • Rahmah Ghazali | Dec 26, 08 3:03pm
  • There are two key reasons why Kedah parliamentarian N Gobalakrishnan was banned from entering Sarawak on Wednesday.

2. I will start of by saying leave them, the Sarawakians alone. Whats seem excusable here, may not be so somewhere else.

3. Western style of pressure through demonstrations and protests [peaceful?] had been tried in China in 1989 following the collapse of Soviet Block, but resulted in the Tiananmen Square Massacre [referred to in Chinese as the June Fourth Incident].

4. Following the violence, the government conducted widespread arrests to suppress protesters and their supporters, cracked down on other protests around China, banned the foreign press from the country and strictly controlled coverage of the events in the PRC press. Members of the Party who had publicly sympathized with the protesters were purged, with several high-ranking members placed under house arrest, such as General Secretary Zhao ziyang . The violent suppression of the Tiananmen Square protest caused widespread international condemnation of the PRC government. But as Soviet crumbled further, China rose to greater height economically. [Tiananmen Square protests of 1989]

5. Political rallies and protests over here in the peninsular has gone a little bit too far. Things should stop as soon as the result of PRU12 was made known. Prolonging the political campaign beyond the permissible period is a bad taste. In fact Singapore will never allow the way things are boiling here. Jail's door is ever wide for deviants.

6. Anwar's updated date as the next prime minister is beginning to lose its surprise. On that note, it is only wise to ban would-be deviants from entering Sarawak. If allowed in, the chaos would be too much to handle, and Sarawak doesnt need that.

Laman Sarawak harus dijaga dari jadi kotor dan celaru.....

Sarawak is progressing ahead....

SCORE to help equitable wealth distribution: Taib

KUCHING: The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is more than just a boon for the state’s economic progress as it will bring about greater equitability in the distribution of wealth among the people.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said in his Christmas and New Year message that the state government had planned numerous projects with the aim of improving the living standard of Sarawakians.

He said development projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, including SCORE, would expedite the state’s industrialisation efforts and stimulate more economic opportunities, which would in turn create more jobs for the people.

He added that SCORE would attract more foreign as well as local investors to the areas in the corridor.

“In short, in planning the development programmes, no race will be left out. At the same time, the negative factors that have held us back such as our colonial heritage, the inequitable economic achievement of our people and any negative feelings between them, will be removed.

“Therefore, all races will enjoy the fruits of our progress fairly,” said Taib, who is also the Planning and Resource Management Minister as well as the Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman.

He pointed out that the focus of the government’s development programme were industrialisation, agriculture, education, infrastructure development, transportation and telecommunication and ICT. Taib said the people must have a more positive mindset.

The state required quality human resources to ensure that its industries would be vibrant.

“To realise our goal of making Sarawak an industrialised state, our multi-racial people must be big-hearted, diligent, dedicated, creative, highly disciplined, quality-focused, adaptable, sensitive to the needs of the market and competent in technical fields. All this, the government had taken into account in planning the state’s progress into the future,” he said.

SCORE has received enquiries for proposed investments amounting to RM65.4 billion in the short time since its launching in February this year. The amount came from just 18 major enquiries.

Recently, Japan’s Tokuyama Corporation announced its plan to open a polycrystalline silicon manufacturing facility in Samalaju, Bintulu — its first plant overseas.

The demand for polycrystalline silicon is growing rapidly globally, with its applications used in solar cells and other products.

SCORE covers an area of more than 70,000 sq km from Tanjung Manis to Similajau in Bintulu and is expected to drive the state’s real gross domestic product (RGDP) up to RM118 billion in 2030 from about RM26 billion this year.

The state’s GDP has been also projected to grow at seven per cent in 2030 as a result of SCORE, which could create some 2.5 million jobs for a population of about 4.6 million people.

The key elements of SCORE are energy, physical infrastructure, manpower and institutional setup, particularly the establishment of the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA).

The government has identified new growth nodes in Tanjung Manis, Mukah, Similajau, Baram and Tunoh for resource-based and energy intensive industries.

There are also secondary nodes covering Balleh, Murum, Samarakan, Long Lama, Semop, Balingian, Selangau, Bakun and Nanga Merit for small and medium industries and enterprises.

In terms of energy resources, the state has the potential to develop 20,000MW of power in Bakun, Balleh, Belaga, Murun and Baram; there are 1.467 million tonnes of coal in the Mukah-Balingian area and Nanga Merit; and natural gas amounting to 40.9 trillion cubic feet in Bintulu.

SCORE’s 10 priority industries are aluminium, steel, oil-based, glass, palm oil, fishing and aquaculture, livestock, timber-based, marine and tourism.

SCORE to help equitable wealth distribution: Taib
The Borneo Post, Malaysia -