Tuesday, October 20, 2009

PBTM Sarawak Batu Kawa Branch’s fund raising dinner — ‘Warriors’ Appeal’ -Where Were The Dayak Leaders and Politicians?

Saturday, 17 Oct 2009.

First of all I would like to salute Encik Tiles and his team, the Working Committee members of the Ex-Service Association Batu Kawah Branch Dinner for such a brilliant effort in organizing such a memorable dinner. As for myself, after leaving the services for about 10 years ago, this was the first time that I attended the function organized by the ex-service association. The dinner on 17th October 2009, if not because of Encik Jiram (my colleague and one the Committee member of the dinner) I would not had attended. The dinner which was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Mohammad Ali Mahmud who is also the Muara Tuang assemblyman. Also attended the function were Opar assemblyman Ranum Mina, Nangka assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah, and Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip. I did not see any of the Iban assemblymen(except for YB Ranum Mina who attended as a virtue of he himself a member of the ex-service association) and the rest of the Iban politicians who have been claiming themselves as the fighters of the Iban rights such as the NCR and etc.

Where are the Iban and the politicians from Pakatan Rakyat? PBB Politicians and Assemblymen....I Salute You

If we read the program book for the night, one will see that majority if not all of the PGP/SP recipients listed in the book were Iban. Where were all of the Iban ministers and politicians. Majority if not all of the VVIPs that present that night were from PBB and Malay/Melanau ministers and YBs. To all of these YBs, on behalf of the Iban ex-Service Association membersI Salute You!
But that night will be more memorable if the cost for each of the request songs for that night could be reduced from RM 50 to RM 20 per request. The RM 50 per request was to expensive for the members to bear with the cost.
Some of the activities of the night were the speech by Datuk Awang Tengah which was read by Muara Tuang Assemblymen, presentation of the donation mock cheques by corporate bodies and the presentation of the education Assistance to the children of the members of the association that excelled in their studies.
In his speech , Tengah urged all the 200,000 ex-servicemen in Sarawak to join the association. He described it as a “poor show from the braves of the country”.
In term of the management of the association, he urged those leading at state and branch levels to learn from the strengths and weaknesses of their former leaders so as to be able to bring elements of freshness to the association.
“Only if PBTM is seen as dynamic would more ex-soldiers be drawn to it,” Tengah said .
Urging PBTM members to be sensitive to changing times and life’s reality, Tengah said the association should be re-engineered to be more effective in serving the interest of members.
“For instance, get rid of old ideas because these are like time bombs to the association, and work out a strategic masterplan so that members feel it is worth every minute of the day being members of the association,” he said.
I Agree with YB Awang Ali Tengah. But what about the leaders that has been clinging  on to power for more than 20 years shall they be changed also!

Posing with two(2) PGB Recipients

Presentation of the souvenir by Datuk Ali Mahmud

Members of the Association that Attended

Maj (Rtd) Michael Riman (PGB)

Some of the VVIPs Present that Night Cutting the Cake

YB Datuk Seri Mohammad Ali Mahmud

He also called on those who had yet to become members to do so, saying: “If you join the association, yours and your family’s welfare will be better taken care of and you can have a platform to voice your views.”
The dinner concluded at nearly 1200PM. For all the members out there who did not attend the function, I have few photos here taken during the function for you to see.
To all the members of Ex-Service Association Batu Kawah Branch….Congratulation and Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban

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Najib declares Malaysia Day a holiday

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today declared Sept 16, which is Malaysia Day, as a national holiday from next year, in his latest move to portray his administration as inclusive.

By making Malaysia Day a holiday he is also indicating the importance of the Sabah and Sarawak vote given the balance of politics between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The move to finally declare Sept 16 a holiday appears aimed at giving Sabah and Sarawak due recognition as part of the country.
Malaysia was formed on Sept 16, 1963, and it has always been a sore point with Sabah and Sarawak that the day they joined the federation was never recognised officially as a holiday. The holiday declaration also takes away a perennial campaign complain by opposition parties.
Successive BN governments have ignored calls to make Malaysia Day a holiday. Najib’s administration is now acknowledging the significance of the votes from Sabah and Sarawak.
The timing of today’s announcement also comes at a time when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR appears on the verge of collapse in Sabah and Sarawak.
PKR is facing an open revolt in the two states with local members upset that party leaders had appointed two men from Peninsular Malaysia as state chiefs.
Anwar had already predicted early on that Sabah and Sarawak would be key in PR’s efforts to take Putrajaya. But PKR’s attempts at making inroads in the two states appear to be stillborn. Najib’s Umno and BN maintains a stranglehold on support in the two states.
With the Malaysia Day announcement, BN is set to strengthen its vote bank further. In Election 2008, BN remained in power largely due to strong support from Sabah and Sarawak voters.
Najib told Parliament today that Merdeka Day on Aug 31 will continue to be celebrated to commemorate the struggle against the colonial government.
He added that the Malaysia Day celebration would be filled with events promoting unity, racial understanding and the nation's achievements. “Malaysians will celebrate two national days,” Najib said.
He said the decision to declare another public holiday was made at a Cabinet meeting recently.
PR, in an attempt to canvass for support in Sabah and Sarawak, has been accusing the federal government of downplaying the significance of Malaysia Day.
In an immediate reaction, Anwar thanked the Prime Minister for implementing what he called PR's proposal. “Thank you for accepting PR's suggestion,” Anwar wrote on his twitter site.

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