Insecurity on the High Seas - So Much for ESSCOM.

Wednesday 6 April, 2016

Malaysia-pirates

Picture Credit: krmagazine.com

On today’s show, we travel to Sabah from where another 4 Sarawakians have been kidnapped from our waters, presumably by Abu Sayyaf terrorists seeking ransom. We speak to YB Chan Foong Hin about ESSCOM, the initiative set up to protect 1,400 km of Sabah’s Eastern Coastline in the wake of the tragic and violent Lahad Datu incident. However, kidnappings have continued, not least that of murdered Sarawakian Bernard Then. YB Chan tells us how the multi-agency platform, combining the Marine Department, the Police and Immigration seems to be focusing inwards rather than outwards, spending more time on the safety of land looking for China girls in massage parlours or second generation immigrants rather than the slightly more daunting pirates on the high seas. Of the 2014 proposal to extend ESSCOM to Sarawak? Why extend an already failed enterprise, asks Chan?

Then Jannie Lasimbang tells of her fears for the residents of Lahad Datu, living under curfew, and of their fears for themselves, only growing as kidnap after kidnap raises the tension. She urges the government to look into the matter seriously. Paying ransoms after the fact are only fuelling an already lucrative trade.

Christina Suntai returns with her hard-hitting commentary. Under Prime Minister Najib Razak, Malaysia has earned the reputation of being the second most corrupted country in the universe!  His embezzlement of 1MDB fund is well known internationally and is covered by major newspapers through out the world.  If these articles are lies, as Najib and his supporters claim, why doesn’t the Prime Minister sue these news media? Despite all these scandals, known all over Malaysia, Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem and Barisan Nasional elected officials continue to support Najib and ignore his blatant practices of corruption.  Therefore, a vote for Barisan Nasional and Adenan Satem is also a vote for Najib, a vote to encourage corrupted practices in Malaysia!  Is this the government you want and deserve, she asks?

In an attempt to uncover yet another 1MDB scandal, YB Rafizi Ramli has fallen foul of the new draconian Official Secrets Act. Akmal Nasir, Director of PKR Youth Strategy, tells how 15 burly policemen were deemed necessary to stop Rafizi at the parliament gates and haul him off to lockup. In an unprecedented show of industry, the police searched Rafizi’s house and office until the small hours of the morning and have been interrogating him since. The only question now is whether the last vestige of sense will be seen in the Judicial System when the police ask for remand. Will they actually grant it?

Then we have day two of our coverage of the ‘No GST’ rally that took place over the weekend. We speak to a wide range of participants, activists, lawyers, visitors from West Malaysia even, on why they want to see the back of this tax, plugging holes in a budget filleted by corruption at the highest levels.

Tune in for all this and more, plus our Borneo Bulletin.

Semoa kitai tau bejako!

BN, Adenan Satem dibelakang koruptor?

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Dalam rancangan hari ini, kita membawakan isu ESSCOM (Pusat Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah). Adakah ia berupaya menjaga keselamatan di Sabah khususnya di perairan pantai Timur Sabah? Adun Sri Tanjung Chan Foong Hin memberitahu kita bahawa rasuah telah mengakibatkan perairan Sabah senang dicerobohi walaupun ia mendapat kerjasama antara Marin, Polis dan Imigresen. Bercakap mengenai perluasannya di Sarawak, Chan menjelaskan ia idea yang buruk kerana ESSCOM sebuah kegagalan di Sabah. Sementara itu, Jannie menegaskan penculikan empat rakyat Sarawak memberikan gambaran yang menakutkan mengenai ESSCOM yang tidak memberi kesan dalam membanteras pengganas yang bermaharajalela di sana.

Seterusnya, Christina Suntai dalam Jaku Kenangnya memperincikan bahawa kepimpinan di bawah Perdana Menteri Najib Razak memalukan kerana Malaysia kini berada di tangga kedua negara paling mempunyai rasuah terbesar di dunia! Penglibatan Najib dalam 1MDB kini mendapat liputan luas media antarabangsa. Namun begitu, walaupun liputan skandal Najib kini “famous”, Ketua Menteri Sarawak Adenan Satem dan Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak berpegang teguh di belakang Najib. Jadi, undi kepada BN dan Adenan ialah undi kepada Najib, sebuah undi mengalakkan rasuah terus diamalkan di Malaysia. Adakah ini kerajaan yang anda mahukan?

Semalam kita digemparkan dengan penahanan Ahli Parlimen Pandan Rafizi Ramli diluar Parlimen. Pengarah Strategi Pemuda PKR, Akmal Nasir mendedahkan bahawa setelah selesai sesi parlimen semalam Rafizi ditahan oleh sekumpulan 15 anggota polis diluar bangunan parlimen. Semalam juga pejabat dan rumah Rafizi digeledah sehingga jam 1 pagi dan pagi tadi Peguam Rafizi memberitahu bahawa beliau sedang disoal siasat di Menara 238 Bahagian Jenayah Perdagangan, untuk direkodkan keterangan beliau.
Pihak polis telah berjaya mendapatkan perintah tahanan reman terhadap Yb Rafizi selama tiga hari.

GST, GST, GST! Masih diteruskan walaupun protes pada hujung minggu lepas meminta GST dimansuhkan. Apa pun, GST tetap diteruskan – rakyat terus terhimpit! RFS bersama dengan Saudara Arun, Garai dan Gasah yang memberikan pandangan mereka kenapa GST ini memberi kesan kepada kehidupan harian mereka!

Bujang Ayak Tuai dalam Jaku Kenang memperincikan bahawa kenaikan minyak baru-baru ini menunjukkan kerajaan tidak konsisten menguruskan perbelanjaan negara sedangkan kata mereka GST dapat menampung penurunan harga minyak dunia.

Akhir sekali, Abun Sui Anyi memberikan komen beliau mengenai kenyataan Adenan Satem yang mengatakan Pembangkang patut malu jika berdiri dikawasan luar bandar. Amat menghairankan kawasan luar bandar jauh ketinggalan dibelakang walaupun selama 50 tahun memegang Sarawak. Siapa yang patut malu, soal Abun?

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