TUARAN, Sept 22, 2020: Kiulu Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate Datuk Joniston Bangkuai received a major boost Monday when 11 native court officials and Tuaran Warisan secretary Rhodes Panilau pledged full support to him.
On hand to witness the significant event was PBS Premier Advisor Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who was at Kampung Malangang Lama to lend support to Joniston’s campaign.
The community leaders, led by Kiulu Native Chief Panilau Kohong, said they have decided to back Joniston because they have seen sincerity in his struggle for the people.
Despite facing the risk of losing their position in the native court for supporting an opposition, Panilau said what was of paramount importance is saving Sabah.
“We have seen just how vocal Joniston is in raising the issue of illegal immigrants, which is the mother of all problems in Sabah.
“We share Joniston’s struggle, which is based on PBS ideals to fight for the rights and protection of Sabahan as well as the state,” he said.
Others who pledged support to Joniston were Native Chief Konduman Gopoi and nine Ketua Kampung (Village ChiefS).
Meanwhile, Rhodes said he ditched Warisan because he had lost confidence in the party after it reneged on many of its promises such as elected representatives will not be appointed as GLCs chairman and that the Chief Minister will not hold the Finance portfolio, among others.
“By turning their back on their promises, it just goes to show that the Warisan Plus government is not trustworthy,” he said.
For the record, Rhodes contested under the Parti Keadilan Rakyat ticket in Kiulu in the 2013 General Election and lost only by 44 votes to Joniston.
Kiulu Native Chief Panilau Kohong (eighth from right) and his son Rhodes (fifth from right),
former Tuaran Warisan secretary, pledging their support to Joniston (ninth from right) together with Pairin (centre) in Kampung Malangang Lama on, Monday.
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department today received a ten tonne truck fully equipped with an 8 ton crane costing RM597,000.00 for elephant rescue translocation. The donor who requested to remain anonymous was a visitor to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre two years ago. The vehicle was handed over to Sabah Wildlife Department director, Augustine Tuuga in a simple ceremony held at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and witnessed by SWD officers and guests.
In Sabah, human-elephant conflict threatens the survival of the Bornean elephants, thus translocating `problem-elephants’ has become an important human-elephant conflict mitigation. If the need really arise in translocating problem-elephants, it is essential to capture it by drug immobilization, transport by truck and release to a protected area and therefore, it was crucial that the department has enough experienced staff and a good truck equipped with a heavy-duty crane to lift a 6 to 9 foot elephant weighing about more than 2 tonne without the help of an excavator.
At present, the department has one very old and heavily used 22 years old truck which made it difficult to provide immediate assistance when needed and that there were many times when elephant problems had to be delayed due to the truck’s condition. It was also unsafe for both, staff and the animal.
While respecting the donor’s request to remain anonymous, the Sabah Wildlife Department would like to thank the donor for this great ‘gift’ to Sabah’s conservation effort and extremely honoured for having received this ‘gift’.
KOTA KINABALU, MONDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 – The Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) through its BEFF365 programme presents a week-long online event dedicated to highlighting the global effects of climate change during Climate Week 2020 from the 21st to 27th of September, on its Facebook Page – Borneo Eco Film Festival.
A total of 4 highly acclaimed international film documentaries of climate conflicts will be screened online for viewing on BEFF’s Facebook page. During Climate Week, a series of Webinars have been tailored for audiences which feature discussions with the filmmakers and producers of the featured films, and local environmental warriors to share their expertise.
The Climate Week highlights the Asia Premiere documentary Climate For Conflict and will be screened on September 21st at 8.00pm, followed by a Live Q&A session with the director and producer of the short film, Laura Heaton and Beth Murphy – both tuning in from Sweden and Boston respectively.
CLIMATE FOR CONFLICT (2018, USA/SOMALIA/KENYA, 15 MINS), investigates how climate change is a catalyst for conflict in Somalia and will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and migration. As one of the places hardest hit on the planet by climate change, Somalia is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of us. This film is part of a larger multimedia project that has been featured here: ABC News Nightline, Public Radio International, Foreign Policy.
Other films highlighted during Climate Week 2020 include South East Asia Premiere SunGanges (2018, INDIA, 75 MINS), Messages From the End of the World (2018, SWITZERLAND, 52 MINS) and Thank You For the Rain (2017, NORWAY/KENYA, 90 MINS). These films shed light on the on-going climate crisis that have drastically affected communities in many parts of the world, and are especially captivating for audiences who live in very different realities, in hopes to garner a greater urgency for climate action among all audiences.
Viewers are encouraged to enjoy the experience of these online film screenings from the comfort of their smartphones. All viewers are welcome to join in the conversation in the Facebook comments during the Live sessions with the invited speakers and filmmakers.
Borneo Eco Film Festival celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a series of online screenings and webinars this year. The first BEFF365 was held in July 2020 in conjunction with Shark Awareness Day. BEFF is a non-profit programme of activities organised by the voluntary society Melapi – the Society for Holistic Outreach, Research and Environmental Action. BEFF is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Movies That Matter (MtM), Shared Earth Foundation, and FINAS. BEFF is also a member of the Green Film Network (GFN) – a network of environmental film festivals around the world.
PENAMPANG : Kapayan independent candidate Chew Shung Seng literarily scolded two voters for publicly demanding cash from politicians in exchange for votes on Sept. 26.
The indicent happened during a walk about in one of the restaurants at Jalan Bundusan Saturday morning.
“The individuals publicly shouted and demanded for RM300 in exchange for votes as I entered one of the kedai to greet and briefly introduce my manifesto to customers “. the disappointed candidate said.
“I tried to politely explain to them that this election is not about money but to no avail. I blatantly told them that vote selling and vote buying are electoral fraud and should not be encouraged,” he added.
Despite my persuations, Chew said the two continued to shout for cash as another candidate entered the same establishment.
He described the actuation of the two as disgraceful, unbecoming of a voter and unacceptable foolish behaviour.
‘I have no choice but to speak the same language for them to clearly understand my truthful message. I don’t care if they call me rude but what is important to me is for all to adhere and respect the law of the land, ” the principled candidate stressed.
With Sabah facing many socio-economic problems plus the life-threatening pandemic, he said he is really disappointed that there are still few who take the electorate exercise as something like money-making exercise at the expense of other law abiding citizens.
He said the snap election is a serious matter and a golden opportunity for Sabahans to once again elect its leaders and architect a progressive and prosperous strategies for the future of our beloved ‘Land Below The Wind’.
Chew said let us not forget the old proverb that says : ‘Love begets love and respect begets respect’.
Chew who is facing a seven cornered fight in the Kapayan electoral seat vowed never to use money to buy votes likewise will always discourage people from selling their votes to politicians.
“I will always be proud of myself to loss an election for being honest rather be victorious out of fraud,” the 45 year-old businessman turned politician stressed.
Chew said he firmly believe that vote selling and vote buying obstruct the democratic process and any kind of electoral fraud will promote corruption and will bring down a community, society, state, and country.
He hope by exposing Saturday’s incident will serve as eye opener to politicians and voters alike.
Some members of the rakyat blame politicians for being corrupt but they forgot that they too help politicians to be corrupt, he added.
If given the mandate, Chew pledge to address problems like unemployment, business opportunities, flash flood, infrastructures, cleanliness and beautification, provide free medical assistance (reading glasses and medicine to senior citizens) and ensure honest, transparent and good governance.
RANAU, Sept 14, 2020:
Disappointment is believed to be the reason why former Parti Bersatu Sabah N38 Paginatan division chief Datuk Dr Othman Minuddin and several others ditched the party for Sabah Solidariti Tanah Airku (Sabah STAR).
According to the division vice chief, Faustian Thomas, Othman was in favour of the division’s deputy chief Juis Konsuling as the party’s candidate for N38 Paginatan.
“We believe that he (Othman) was unhappy when PBS Supreme Council Member Arthur Sen was fielded instead,” she said.
She stressed that their former head and members’ move to join forces with Sabah STAR instead was against the decision agreed during the division’s meeting last month, chaired by Othman himself.
“During the meeting, Othman stressed that the division was keen to field a candidate in the election, and would support any decision made by the party’s top leadership, with regards to the chosen candidate. In fact, our intention was also made public through a statement released on Aug 25, and in speeches during gatherings with the grassroots..
“So, it was actually shocking that he u-turned from the decision made earlier, and worse, ditched PBS for another party,” she said.
She, however, said they respected their decision and wished Othman and the others well.
“The PBS N38 Paginatan machinery is not affected by their absence, and it is business as usual. We will continue to campaign for our candidate and ensure victory for PBS.
“PBS decided to contest Paginatan on the basis that it is a winnable seat for the party as we have a strong grassroots support, based on a survey recently.
“We will also be meeting the top leadership soon to discuss the next course of action against those who left the party,” she said.
KOTA KINABALU, 14 September 2020:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President Gee Tien Siong is pleased with the positive response by the people of Luyang during his walkabout on Monday in Foh Sang and Bornion Centre, Luyang.
Gee, who is Perikatan Nasional candidate for N.21 Luyang said the people in Luyang expressed their support for Perikatan Nasional and the Federal Government in effectively containing the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
They also praised the federal government under the Prime Ministership of Tan Sri Muhyddin for allocating huge sums of financial assistance to help the people such as Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) whose livelihoods were affected by the pandemic.
Gee shared the concern and worries by the public that the dengue situation in the Luyang area has not been improved. He said according to data from the State Department of Health, Kota Kinabalu, Luyang is one the affected areas of high cases of dengue fever.
Cases of dengue fever have been reported in the Luyang constituency since the end of last year but the former state assemblyman only voiced his concern about this matter.
In any case, Gee promised to help, including report by writing to the relevant authorities to resolve the problem as soon as possible including the clearing of all drains around the residential areas.
KOTA KINABALU, Sept 12, 2020:
Parti Bersatu Sabah acknowledges the ‘friendly contests’ between them and other Perikatan Nasional-friendly parties in the 16th state election.
“As conveyed to the PN leadership and the Sabah public, we have indicated that there would be friendly contests in some key constituencies where PBS’ grassroots position is strong, as proven in the past elections. But our mission is clear – we want to win all seats we are contesting,” said PBS Deputy President Datuk Seri Radin Malleh.
He said the matter was brought up for discussion in various meetings regarding seat allocations, and in the case of seat allocation carried out by Barisan Nasional, its Secretary-General Tan Sri Anuar Musa forewarned that there would be overlapping of seats with other parties of the coalition.
Accordingly, Malleh who is also contesting the N42 Melalap, said in the 15 seats allocated to PBS, three seats were also contested by Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah namely N5 Matunggong, N7 Tandek, and N11 Kadamaian
Malleh, who is tasked as the party’s Election Operation Director, further said that the seat of N2 Bengkoka and N42 Melalap were also contested by UMNO of BN.
“Of course we took this in good faith that the contest would be carried out in a manner to strengthen the position of PN in Sabah. These were the basic aims as discussed in meetings with both PN and BN.
“Therefore, after undertaking a close and critical analysis of the KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) areas, and based on the requests of our grassroots, we decided to enter into friendly contests in the seats of N42 Tulid and N38 Paginatan which we had even announced much earlier, N26 Moyog, N39 Tambunan, N40 Bingkor and N41 Liawan.
“Coincidentally, these seats were those allocated to STAR. In the seat allocation meeting chaired by PN’s Secretary-General Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, we had of course raised and appealed for our requests to contest in these seats, so it was not new,” said Malleh.
He further added that PBS decided, in response to the request of our Muslim grassroots, to enter into a friendly contest in the seat of N34 Lumadan, which is contested by UMNO of BN.
“We have done every effort to avoid collision with PN component parties that may be detrimental to our position, but we are also fully aware that it is difficult at times. In the seat of N7 Tandek that was left to PBS to contest, Sabah Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Sabah STAR) openly placed (incumbent Tandek Assemblywoman) Datuk Anita Baranting to defend her seat. Her proposer was the Divisional Chief of Sabah STAR while the seconder Treasurer of the Sabah STAR Tandek division.
“Overall, we take this as a friendly contest. What is important is that a PN component wins all seats,” Malleh stressed.
In addition to the 15 seats allocated by PN, PBS added another seven seats, which added to 22 seats.
Touching on the nomination of PBS candidates today, Malleh said the first hurdle is over, and now the party focuses on winning all seats.
“Nomination went smoothly. Our machinery is going in full gear with campaign programmes.
“We are happy with the outcome. Our goal is to ensure that win all seats, with the collaboration of other parties who are members of the PN coalition,” said Malleh.
He said that aside from winning its seats allocated, PBS will also be fully committed to working with PN and its components in ensuring victory for all seats in other constituencies throughout the state.
Kota Kinabalu, 11 September 2020: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) candidate for Luyang, Gee Tien Siong, got a chance to meet the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin in person at Magellan Sutera Resort.
He thanked the Prime Minister for listening to him patiently about the situation and problems currently faced by the people in Kota Kinabalu.
Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong has on Wednesday called upon the Chinese community to back Chief Minister Shafie.
In a gathering with the Chinese community at Kepayan, he said Warisan has delivered what both SAPP and LDP failed during their administration.
“There are two so called Sabah parties who are claiming to have defended the Chinese community. SAPP and LDP. Have they no shame?”
Junz elaborated a few key decisions under the Warisan administration.
“Both SAPP and LDP failed to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) throughout their administration, despite both Yong and Chong being Chief Ministers.”
“If they as Chief Ministers back then failed, how else can they perform now when being lackeys of West Malaysian right wing parties like UMNO, PAS and PPBM?”
“It was Warisan under the leadership of Chief Minister Shafie Apdal who recognised the UEC in 2019. You can even use the UEC to apply scholarships, placements in universities or even jobs in the civil service today.”
Junz also explained, while not many UEC students sought scholarships or civil service jobs from the State Government, it is the sincerity behind the recognition that counts.
“There are only roughly 1,800 UEC graduates annually. It is not that many. In fact most UEC students are quite well-off.”
“But what the Chinese community yearned from the government is recognition. The Chinese community have for decades yearned to be recognised for our contribution the development and wellbeing of Sabah.”
“Finally under the leadership of Shafie, the contribution of the Chinese community is recognised, specifically in education.”
“Shafie told me, he said education is a key pillar among the Chinese. And there is no reason not to recognise it. So in 2019, the UEC was finally recognised.”
Junz added, the consistency of Warisan is seen in the civil service.
“Can you recall any Chinese heading any civil service agencies or departments during Yong Teck Lee or Chong Kah Kiat’s terms as Chief Minister?”
“You cannot because there are almost none. The Chinese during SAPP and LDP’s terms as Chief Ministers were like second class citizens.”
“Yet SAPP and LDP have the cheek to claim to have defended the Chinese. Have they no shame?”
“Instead today under the leadership of Shafie and Warisan, we have so many Chinese heading various top civil service departments today.”
Junz listed the various agencies headed by a Chinese.
“Umder the Warisan administration, the head of the Economic Planning Unit, the head of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, and the Permanent Secretaries in four Ministries are Chinese.”
“Even the Head of the very powerful Land and Survey Department is a Chinese. And also the State Attorney General is a half Chinese with a surname.”
“Were any of these appointments possible under Yong Teck Lee or Chong Kah Kiat’s tenures as Chief Ministers?”
Junz said, this is proof of Warisan’s sincerity to all Sabahans, regardless of race and religion.
“This is not to say Shafie is pro-Chinese. What is more important is that we have a leader who is a Chief Minister for all.”
“As long as you are a Sabahan, your capabilities and contributions to society will be acknowledged and recognised.”
“Shafie does not care whether you are a Bajau, a Chinese, a Malay, a Kadazan a Dusun or whatever your race is. Warisan does not care whether you are a buddhist, a Christian, a Muslim or whatever your religious background is.”
“As long as you are a Sabahan and you can contribute to Sabah’s development and wellbeing, you will be appreciated and recognised.”
Junz who is also Warisan Vice President reminded the Chinese community not to be complacent.
“The Chinese community have lived comfortably for the past 26 months under the Warisan administration. No oppression no suppression.”
“But do not be complacent because all these will be lost in a blink of an eye if PN comes into power.”
“Just look at what is happening in West Malaysia under the leadership of UMNO, PAS and Bersatu.”
“Durian planters in Raub, Pahang are suddenly evicted. Is it because they happen to be Chinese? The supporters of UMNO, PAS and Bersatu even got their supporters to defend the eviction by telling the Chinese to go back to China.”
“Have we forgotten under UMNO’s administration, Bibles in the Malay language became a hot political issue?”
“Have we forgotten how UMNO and Pas’s supporters protested about crosses built in churches?”
“Have we forgotten UMNO asked what else the Chinese want?”
“Have we forgotten how UMNO supporters called the Chinese to return to China?”
“Where were SAPP and LDP when all of the above happened? They were with UMNO. Do not forget that.”
“All these will repeat if UMNO/PN returns to power.”
Junz ended his speech by urging the Chinese to make the right choice to defend what has been achieved today.
“As such, it is important for the Chinese community to unite and rally behind Chief Minister Shafie. Defend what we have achieved together today. Do not throw away what we have struggled for all these decades.”