Unravelling BN’s spin

Monday 18 February, 2013 / Leave a comment

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More BN spins get unspun by our eloquent commentator, Kumbong ak Langit. First, he tears apart Prof Razali Bolhi’s opinion that a Pakatan Rakyat win would see a non-Sarawakian chief minister installed. Next, he unveils the trap behind PTPTN, which Pakatan promises to abolish were it to come to power. Tune in to more sense from the PKR Hulu Rajang campaign director.

Don’t put our trust in the Dayak leaders who used to oppose BN but have since been coopted and care little about the Dayak’s lot, says Garai of Selangau. Similarly, Tuai Rumah Serang of Pakan advises people not to be afraid to vote out BN. For more compelling reasons, check out Sarawak Report’s “Spotlight on Masing”, presented by Christina Suntai in liew of our usual Iban news.

The death of a police detainee who had been in a coma since last November following an interrogation is certainly chilling. DAP’s Wong King Wei, who is representing the family of the late Kamarulzamrizal Kamarulzaman, explains what needs to happen.

Sanga Samy was thrilled to ‘discover’ RFS when he was in Indonesia. He shares with us his pride that there is such a radio station in Malaysia.

The comically contrasting events of late at LCCT in Sepang, Selangor, and Lahad Datu in Sabah had political analyst Dr Wong Chin Huat advising foreign visitors, including elected representatives, how to ensure their welcome in the land of “Truly Asia”.

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P204 Betong, here we come!

Saturday 2 February, 2013 / Leave a comment

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RFS chats with PKR potential candidate for P204 Betong, Noel Changgai Bucking. In this maiden interview, the former Mayang Tea Plantation manager, among others, shares his development ideas for Sarawak agricultural sector that lacks the human-capital vision.

Another PKR potential candidate, Joshua Jabeng, for Selangau, having spoken on the subject matter in the Malay language “so that more people can benefit”, as he said, shares his thoughts on the on-going RCI in Sabah on the ‘citizenship-for-vote’ scandal and warns of the same fate to befall Sarawak if they don’t kick out BN.

Is RFS instilling hatred towards the BN among rural folks? Or is it that BN cannot bear to hear the truth from the very people that they are now begging to keep them in power? Take a listen to the interview with Mr Jimbun who laments about the infamous Jalan Lapok, rain-dependent life and betrayal by BN-backed headman.

“Come on, ladies!” – a courageous woman from Limbang urges her fellow female citizens of Limbang to support Baru Bian openly as he goes on his campaign trail. “I may not be educated nor speak well but I will speak in support of Baru on RFS.”

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When being called ‘seditious’ is an honour

Thursday 13 December, 2012 / Leave a comment

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Voicing out the people’s problems can get you labelled “seditious”. So what has PKR done this time to deserve this ‘honour’ from Mambong MP James Dawos Mamit? Find out from Willie Mongin how BN has failed the people affected by the Bengoh Dam.

It’s the same with spotlighting crime, corruption and injustice, as our foremost political cartoonist Zunar discovered. For his pains in raising these censored issues, he faces indirect harassment from the authorities. So, please support him by buying his latest books!

DAP Tawau’s Libra Kiding raises the issue of IC-less Ibans in Sabah and the discrimination against Sarawakian Ibans there. She also points out another instance of BN’s self-contradictory policy for the poor – increasing the loan amount but imposing a 10% interest, too. Go figure.

Housewives will get RM50 monthly from the Pakatan Rakyat government if they come to power, which is more sustainable than BN’s one-off BR1M. More on this from PKR vice chair Helen Jambai.

Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat thinks the lack of a logo reflects poorly of Pakatan Rakyat. Joshua Jabeng, PKR’s potential candidate for Selangau, has the pleasure of ripping apart that reasoning.

Previously BN-friendly longhouses are now supporting Pakatan Rakyat, thanks to RFS for exposing the nepotistic and corrupt Taib administration, shares Tuai Rumah Jupiter, who also has a you-help-me-I-help-you story involving Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing.

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Drastic or Desperate?

Tuesday 25 September, 2012 / Leave a comment

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SUPP screams bully after being in the BN coalition for more than 40 years. The motion to review its position in the state BN is revealing the cracks between the party and the dominant PBB led by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. But is it a drastic move to assert its rightful place or a desperate one to prevent a total annihilation come GE13?

Listen in on DAP’s Wong King Wei and PKR’s Abang Zul on this latest political development ahead of the mother of all general election.

All eyes are on the budget that will be tabled this Friday. Abang Zul, PKR potential candidate for P201 Batang Lupar shares his views.

Political gimmicks, they are not. The 7-point Kuching Declaration has broad understanding and support by all leaders in the respective parties of Pakatan Rakyat. Today, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali shares his thoughts on the promises.

Beware of phantom voters! A headman from Pakan who witnessed the cheating of BN cautioned against similar tactic. Another listener highlight BN’s media war using Astro Njoi with the distribution of free decoders and satellite dishes in conjunction with the Hari Malaysia celebration.

A Sarawakian working and living in Sabah urges fellow Sarawakians there to tune in to RFS as the source for real news.

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No land grabs, ever.

Thursday 16 August, 2012 / One comment

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Here we go again – No land grabs, ever – this time by James Masing. Really?! Because we speak to Sirai and Abun Sui, both who have experiences and cases, EVIDENCE of the confusion tactics used in land grabs. Hear their stories from Hulu Rajang. Also another case of the long process of cheating native Sarawakians of their land in Punan Biau, all to benefit crony company – Samling.

Why do native Sarawakians face so a mountain of bureaucracy and red tape when applying for MyKad identification when these ID cards are being dolled out to illegal or immigrant workers? Is this because Sarawakian children are not of age to vote?? Tuai Rumah Siba from Bintulu shares his heart-wrenching problem not being able to apply for his grandchild’s MyKad despite having a birth certificate. Jeffrey Kiding shares a similar from Tawau, Sabah and tells how he finally got it. Listen in for his advice.

We continue our ground reporting on the Danau Melikin 5 arrests, this time speaking to the protesters at the Free the Villagers Protest and to the family of the Five.

Sabah defections update: Jeffrey Kiding from Tawau shares some behind the scenes information on the recent defections and what these could signal for Sarawak’s political landscape.

The subsidy for Beras 1Malaysia being used to buy grains that not even pigs would eat, and this feeds the poor. How genuinely concerned for the welfare of the poor is this BN government?! BN sending spies to report on the “friendliness” of each longhouse then “unfriendly” houses see their development projects and funding halted. Listen in to our callers on these despicable practices against the people of Sarawak.

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Give Me ‘TingKi’ to Vote

Wednesday 25 April, 2012 / 2 comments

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On our show today, more on identity card issue that is denying many Sarawakians’ rights to participate in a fair and free election!

To begin with, our presenters Christina Suntai and Stanly Rentap explain the meaning of BERSIH.

But, how could it be fair if many citizens can’t even vote? Understand the situation better with the case of a villager from Batu Niah, who failed to obtain his precious MyKad.

The situation is even more tragic for a villager originates from Song. She moved to Sabah in the 70s. Now, She lost everything and not even an eligible MyKad to enter her home country.  Listen to her heartbroken story!

Yet another BN YB tried to stop RFS. Why do some BN party members insist on trying to silence rural folks from voicing their concerns? We have more to share.

Next, a landowner from Sungai Salim, Sibu, reports how BN officials cheated them in a rubber plantation.

Endless disappointments, broken promises, ongoing land grabs and many other long-standing issues, who is there to share this information if there is no Radio Free Sarawak?

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No Safe Land for Anak Borneo 15/3/2012

Thursday 15 March, 2012 / Leave a comment

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On our show today, we feature the miserable fate of some 500 Ibans living in Tawau, Sabah, many of whom are ex-army and border scouts from Sarawak who fought for our country during Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation.

BN’s cruel directive to vacant the land they settled before the formation of Malaysia came as a huge blow – a veteran ex-army collapsed upon hearing the unbelievable news!

Listen to the sorrows of our fellow Sarawakians bullied by BN and contacted us urgently for help!

Also, we talk to a poor villager from Kampung Batu Satu, Miri, who is terrified of losing his house!

Instead of helping needy people, we hear more gruesome truths of how BN Ybs enrich themselves at the expense of Rakyat.

A local resident from Sungai Asap, Belaga, reveals more dirty deals committed by Hulu Rajang MP Billy Abit Joo as the website Sarawak Report spotlights on this corrupted YB!

Do you wish for a clean government too? We tell you a good cause to wear purple this Sunday, stay tune!

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Friday 21/10/11

Friday 21 October, 2011 / One comment

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RFS speaks to a villager of Siru Dayak in Sematan on yet another encroachment of NCR land by a private company armed with a mixed-zone land title.
Year after year, the ‘fixed deposit’ states of Sarawak and Sabah had been taken for a ride by the Barisan Nasional leaders with promises of development projects. However, de facto Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim revealed that 90% of the promised development in the last two years were not implemented. RFS also speaks to other PR leaders to get their views on the unfulfilled promises of BN.

RM3 for a wholesome 1Malaysia meal? PKR’s Tian Chua exposes the Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia as nothing more than political gimmick of Prime Minister Najib Razak to pacify the people suffering rising cost of living.

A Sarawak political observer shares his views on the recent strategic cabinet reshuffling of Taib Mahmud which is the latter’s move to strengthen his position and weaken the Dayak-based parties of SPDP and PRS.

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Wednesday 12/10/11

Wednesday 12 October, 2011 / 5 comments

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On today’s show, we talk to insiders about corruption by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. Rumours are circulating that Len Talif Salleh could be his successor. We discuss how Salleh has abused his power as the director of forestry through his own company Pusaka KTS, grabbing land in the process from the natives of Long Terawan.

We speak to Borneo Dayak Forum leader Jeffrey Kitingan who shares his vision to unite all Dayaks in Borneo and how the opposition parties in Sabah will work together to fight BN in the coming general election.

And we speak to DAP’s Charles Santiago on why PKR MP’s are satisfied with their current wages whilst BN are striving for more money.

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Tuesday 11/10/11

Tuesday 11 October, 2011 / 10 comments

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On today’s show, PKR leader Anwar gives us a post budget speech interview. We also re-vist the Baram Dam issue as activists get going on the ground to warn the local people about what problems are heading their way.

Another so-called ‘development’ problem is coming in Samalaju with the new aluminium processing plant that is planned for the area’s industrial park. Ministers have been claiming nobody lives there – in fact the plant is going to be situated in the middle of a community of 2,000 people. They tell us about their fears of pollution.

And we talk to the social acitivist and popular rapper Atama from Sabah about how he is trying to promote native music back in his communty.

And as the election talk grows, we examine concerns about fake IDs that are being given to foreign workers, so they can vote BN. Meanwhile, local people are still waiting to get IDs and cannot register as voters.

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