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Speculation on early election as PM visits S’wak

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 07:44 PM PST

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's three-day visit to Sarawak, starting this evening, has sparked off speculation for an early state election as elaborate programmes have been laid down for him and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

During the visit, he is expected to meet with the state BN leaders to discuss the state's preparations for the coming state election although there is no mention of him meeting them in the programme.

Political observers said that all programmes arranged for Najib and statements made by BN leaders seemed to point to an early election.

Many had expected it to be held in September this year.

The term for the current state assembly should end in June next year.

Yesterday, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen (left) told newsmen that the visit by the  PM indicated an early election for Sarawak and during the visit he would bring a lot of 'election goodies' and make many election promises.

"He will act as 'Santa Claus' distributing election goodies especially to the rural people," said Chong who is the Kota Sentosa State assemblyperson.

"But don't underestimate the intelligence of the rural people now - they know what is good and what is bad.

"We have gone through a number of elections, and we know the voters will not be swayed easily by such goodies and promises," he said.

As for the DAP, they would not be intimidated by the 'election goodies'.

Programmes for PM

Meanwhile, this evening the prime minister will open Sarawak Urban Transformation Centre and the following day he will fly to Sri Aman where he will lay the foundation of the much-talked-about Sri Aman Hospital.

After the function, he will proceed to Beladin to perform a ground-breaking ceremony for the Beladin Community Hall.

In the afternoon, Najib will fly to Serian where he will open the Selabi water treatment plant. He is also expected to announce the upgrading of Serian district into a division.

Tomorrow night, the prime minister and his wife will attend a Chinese New Year celebration with other BN leaders.

Some 40,000 people are expected to attend at the Dewan Masyarakat Kuching.

Before returning to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, he will visit Satok Food Centre, where he will hand over aid to victims of the recent floods.

on Malaysiakini(26/2/2015)

Sarawak DAP to file motion to make 'Dayak' a race

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:04 PM PST

Sarawak DAP will move a motion in the coming state legislative assembly sitting to seek the term 'Dayak' to define all indigenous races in Sarawak, other than Malays.

To do so, there needs to be an amendment to the term 'natives' in the Sarawak Interpretation Ordinance (SIO), state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference in Kuching today.

As it is, Sarawak natives already recognise themselves as Dayak, the Kota Sentosa assemblyperson said.

"It is with this strong sentiment that there is now the call for the term 'Dayak' to replace the term 'dan lain-lain' or the suggested 'bumiputera' in the race column of all government forms."

Chong (left) said the party wants Sarawak natives to be classified as two races – Dayak and Malay.

"All the previously referred to races, like the Iban, Bidayuh, etc, will be regarded as sub-ethnic groups under the unifying term for the race called 'Dayak'," he said.

"At the moment, the shocking truth is that there is no 'Dayak' race in the SIO."

DAP's proposal will also see sub-ethnic groups Berawan, Lakiput and Tering, now omitted from the definition of 'natives', to be recognised as 'Dayak'.

Under the SIO, the term 'natives' means Bidayuh or Land Dayak, Bukitan, Berawan, Bisayah, Dusun, Iban or Sea Dayak, Kadayan, Kelabit, Kayan, Kenyah (including Sabup and Sipeng), Kajang (including Sekapan, Kejaman, Lahanan, Punan, Tanjong and Kanowit), Lakiput, Lugat, Lisum, Melanau, Murut or Lun Bawang, Penan, Sian, Tagal, Tabun, Tering, Ukit and any admixture of these races with each other.

No more divisions

The proposal will not be the final draft, Chong said, and welcomes suggestions from Dayak NGOs, academicians and community members.

Sarawak DAP vice-chairperson Leon Jimat Donald (below, right) has been tasked to receive feedback on the proposal, which the party wants to finalise before the deadline for submissions to the secretary of the state legislative assembly.

Submissions must be made two weeks before assembly sitting. The date for the next sitting has yet to be announced but the Sarawak assembly traditionally sits in May and in November.

"Under the BN regime, the Dayak have been divided into small groups and marginalised, sometimes even totally forgotten in the federal government's policy-making process.

"It is time that the Dayak stand united so that their voices be heard and their plights be addressed properly by the ruling government.

"Hopefully, this amendment will be the first small step towards the unification of Dayak into a stronger political force, so that their interests may be better protected," Chong said.

on Malaysiakini(25/2/2015)

行动党来届州议会 动议修改《砂拉越诠释法》

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:01 PM PST

(本报古晋25日讯)民主行动党将于来届州议会提呈动议修改《砂拉越诠释法》,把砂拉越的土著归纳为两大民族,即达雅族和马来族。
民主行动党今早在其砂拉越总部,由其砂州主席张健仁和砂州副主席里昂吉玛做出如是的联合宣布。
他们指出,近期有许多达雅族的非政府组织已在许多场合做出公布,大部分的砂拉越(非马来人)土著,都认为他们属于"达雅族"。他们认为"达雅族"包括伊班、比达友、比砂雅、肯亚等。因此,这些非政府组织也已做出强烈的呼吁,要求所有政府部门的表格,在种族归类方面,对于砂州(非马来人)原住民的归类,应该取消之前的"其他(dan lain -lain)"或阿迪南所建议的"土著(Bumiputra)",而由"达雅族"来取代。
张氏说,为了迎合这个泛婆罗洲的趋势,也符合国际和历史对于砂拉越土著的定义,行动党将于来届砂州议会,提呈动议修改目前的《砂拉越诠释法》有关砂州原住民的定义。
没有"达雅"这个民族
他指出,在《砂拉越诠释法》之下,砂拉越的原住民(Native)被主观和任意的分为伊班族、比达友族、比砂雅族、等20个民族。让人感到惊讶的是,在目前的《砂拉越诠释法》,根本就没有"达雅"这个民族。
"早在英殖民时代,除了马来人之外,砂州原住民都被统称为'达雅'族,但是,让人感到纳闷的是,我们的法令却没有给予'达雅'族这个砂州最大的民族一个法律的定位。 这是否又是国阵的分而治之的权谋?"
张健仁和里昂的联合文稿中指出,《砂拉越诠释法》对砂州原住民的定义,是非常重要的,因为我国联邦宪法和砂拉越宪法对于砂州原住民的定义,也是根据和援引《砂拉越诠释法》所阐明的定义。
"如果在法律上都没有'达雅族'这个民族,那又如何能够在官方文件上填写'达雅族'这种族? 因此,若'达雅'这个词要有法律的定位,受到法律上的承认为一个民族,首要条件就是必须修改《砂拉越诠释法》对砂拉越原住民的定义。"
行动党所将提呈的动议,原则上如下:
1. 砂拉越原住民包括两个民族,即,达雅族和马来人。
2. 达雅族包括以下的所有籍贯(sub-ethnic group),即,Bidayuhs or Land Dayaks,Bukitans,Berawans,Bisayahs,Dusuns,Ibans or Sea Dayaks,Kadayans,Kelabits,Kayans,Kenyahs (including Sabups and Sipengs) ,Kajangs (including Sekapans,Kejamans,Lahanans,Punans,Tanjongs and Kanowits),Lakiputs,Lugats,Lisums,Melanaus,Muruts or Lun Bawangs,Penans,Sians,Tagals,Tabuns,Terings,Ukits
欢迎提出意见或反建议
里昂吉玛表示,这是民主行动党所草拟的动议的初稿。行动党欢迎所有的达雅非政府组织、学者、各别团体或个人,能针对这个动议提出意见或反建议,以便该党能够加以改善。
他希望所有的建议可以通过其电邮地址leon.donald@rocket.com 电邮给他。行动党将给予考虑和讨论,直至来届州议会提呈动议的期限为止。
他也表示,过去几十年的国阵统治下,达雅族已被分化为许多小族群并被边缘化。更甚的是,往往,在联邦政府制定政策时,达雅族群的权益完全被遗忘掉,只有在接近选举要他们的选票时,才会记得达雅人。
"因此,是时候达雅族团结一致,加强达雅族整体的声音以便政府会正视他们的诉求和问题。 我们行动党希望,这次行动党所建议的《砂拉越诠释法》的修改,可以成为团结达雅族的第一个小步。"
取自诗华日报(26/2/2015)

张健仁:料将出现重叠 火箭放眼攻30州议席

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 05:59 PM PST

(本报古晋25日讯)民主行动党砂州委员会主席张健仁披露,该党将于来届州选举放眼攻打30个州议席,其中大部分上阵的将是非华候选人。
言下之意,行动党是否将于来届州选举攻打更多非华裔选民为主的选区?而同属民联阵营的伊斯兰党及公正党会否因此而影响州议席分配,更是引起关注!
"在政治上,没有永久不变的局势,有可能多过30个州议席,也可能少过30席。唯一肯定的是,目前我们放眼攻打30个州议席。"
对于选区预料将出现重叠的情况,他并不以为然,称西马也出现重叠情况。
"行动党砂州委员会在民联课题上依旧坚持立场,至于民联三党是否能够重修旧好,择日再谈。"
对于此举是否代表行动党将孤军作战,他不置可否。
他补充,在州选举的准备工作上,该党持续处于备战状态。
他今早于行动党总部召开记者招待会上,接受媒体访问时如是指出。
首相来送大礼了
另一边厢,张健仁也表示,朋岭区州议员杨薇讳在上届州立法议会发表砂第二资源与环境部长拿督阿玛阿旺登雅无视伐木课题,而被部长动议提呈至砂州议会特权委员会辩论,预计将于一至两个月后召开听证会。
他称,随后特权委员会将整理报告并提呈至州立法议会以进行动议辩论,决定杨薇讳的命运。
对于首相拿督斯里纳吉将于明日抵达砂州进行为期3天的访问,他笑称圣诞老人(首相)来送大礼了,希望可为人民捎来好消息。
取自诗华日报(26/2/2015)

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