Wednesday, 20-Jun-2018

Labuan Motorists Dismayed Over Lack Of Proper Highway Lighting

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LABUAN: Motorists are dismayed over the lack of proper street lighting at the stretch of the highway from Ranau-Lahad Datu-Tawau which has left nocturnal drivers in the dark.

Pot holes on most of the roads are leaving motorists and their families to dice with danger when plying the stretch.

A motorist, Zulkiflie Salleh, 45, who works in Labuan had returned to Tawau for the Hari Raya holidays had this to say:

“The pot holes on most of the roads are putting drivers, especially those with families onboard their vehicles, at risk.”

“The condition of the roads in the Telupid district, all the way to Beluran and Lahad Datu are in deplorable state, and what worsens the situation is, when drivers of small vehicles compete with large trucks and coach buses, with heavy loads of cargo or passengers,” the 45-year told Bernama in a recent interview.

He lamented that the absence of traffic lights made travelling difficult at night as the indicator lines on the highway roads were not clearly marked, making it difficult to drive on track.

“That is the daily, dark reality for thousands of Sabah commuters,” he said.


MMEA detains two foreign ships, 14 Viet men for trespassing Sabah waters

KUDAT: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized two foreign boats and arrested 16 Vietnamese nationals off the coast of Pulau Balambangan near here, in an operation codenamed Ops Pagar Laut (Sea Fence Operation).

The two captains and 14 sailors, aged between 20 and 40, were held on suspicion of illegal fishing and trespassing into Malaysian waters.

They also failed to produce valid identification documents.

District Lieutenant Commander Boon Chin Chau said the MMEA patrol vessels intercepted the two fishing boats before they could escape beyond the country’s maritime border at about 2.30pm Tuesday (June 19).

“The vessels were detained for trespassing into Malaysian waters and illegal fishing.

“The boats and 16 Vietnamese nationals were then brought to the Kudat jetty for further action,” he explained, adding that MMEA also confiscated fishing tools from the two foreign vessels.

Boon said the seized items and four-tonne catch amounted to about RM1mil.

The suspects are being investigated under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for illegal fishing in Malaysian waters.

Under Section 25(a) of the same Act, the captain of the fishing boat can be fined up to RM1mil, and each crew member up to RM100,000.

MMEA Sabah and Labuan regional director Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the agency will continue to track down and arrest foreign vessels that trespass Malaysian waters, including the Malaysian-Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE).

“We will not compromise, and will continue to investigate any party or syndicate bringing in foreign fishermen to reap profits from our waters without permission, as this will only cause losses to the country,” he said, adding that the situation was under control.

Mohd Zubil said 25 Vietnamese vessels have been detained between 2013 and now.

He urged the public to come forward with any information about illegal maritime activities in their respective areas.


Nepalese security guard kills friend over sex incident

Compiled by JAROD LIM and ROYCE TAN 

A NEPALESE security guard who chided his roommate for bringing his girlfriend into their room for sex was stabbed to death.

It is believed that both got into an intense argument when the couple got intimate in the apartment in Sentul, Harian Metro reported.

The suspect, who is also a security guard, was arrested when police were called in after other housemates noticed him acting suspiciously outside the apartment compound.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the suspect would be investigated for murder.

> The daily also reported that actor and singer Izzue Islam was offended by comments on social media criticising the looks of his wife Nurinafilah Waha­rudin.

The 28-year-old artiste called for a stop as social media users have been making the same comments for the past five years since they got married.

“What’s the problem if my wife is not beautiful? She has done nothing to disturb your life,” he said, adding that those who really do not like his wife’s looks could unfollow his account.

> A former civil servant was threatened by a “Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer” who alleged that he was involved in laundering RM2.8mil.

Berita Harian reported that Azizi, 40, said he was harassed by the “officer”, telling him that he was involved in a crime under the Anti-Money Laundering Act and had transferred money to Hong Kong and Labuan.

He said the telephone number used to contact him matched that of the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

“He even knows my MyKad number and my previous job. He also claimed that he has sent me three notices to facilitate investigations.

“That man kept asking me questions and how I obtained so much money and scolded me, saying that I refused to answer his questions,” said Azizi.

He later contacted the MACC headquarters only to find out that he is one of the many victims that were nearly conned by syndicates impersonating authorities.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.


Free telecast shows Pakatan Govt cares: Lafa

Free telecast shows Pakatan Govt cares: Lafa
Published on: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Labuan: Labuan Amateur Football Association (Lafa) has given the thumbs-up to the Pakatan Harapan government for its decision to provide free live telecast of the 2018 Fifa World Cup on RTM channels saying that it was a wonderful Hari Raya gift that was never given before under Barisan Nasional (BN).

Lafa Chairman ST Tan said: “The free live telecasts would certainly bring cheers to thousands, particularly those who don’t have Astro at home or with Astro subscription but without the sports package.

There would also be no necessity to purchase the World Cup channel at a cost of RM100.”

He added that with the free live telecasts, people would not have to look for suitable places to watch the once-in-four-year games.

“They would watch at the convenience of their own home with family members and friends.

“There is tremendous savings for many,” he said.

He noted that some of the games were held after midnight, adding that: “Imagine how worrisome would be for the family members if some of them are not back home after midnight.”

He further said that watching big games would arouse greater interest in football and sports has a great unifying force.

“When we watch games like this and get interested we forget about race or religion.”

On another note, Tan said that the free live telecast was also well-timed as it provided a refreshing break from the daily agenda of political talks with the elections now over.

The telecasts were arranged by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry at a cost of about RM30 million sponsored by several companies. Its minister Gobind Singh Deo is known to be a football fan with Brazil being his favourite team.

The games commenced on June 14 and the finals would be played on July 15 over the period where 64 world-class football would be presented. – Sohan Das


Vietnamese fishing vessels encroaching Malaysia waters for highly prized tuna – MMEA

Zawawi pointing to a tuna that was part of the catch found on board the fishing vessel caught on Sunday.

KOTA KINABALU: Vietnamese fishing vessels are encroaching into Malaysian waters to hunt and catch the highly prized tuna as well as other marine life.

This was highlighted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Zon Kota Kinabalu which has caught two Vietnamese fishing vessels fishing illegally in Malaysian waters within a week and found a total of about 1.7 tonnes of tuna on board.

Both vessels were caught during MMEA’s OP Pagar Laut which was launched last week said KM Arau’s Commanding Officer Kepten Maritim Mohd Zawawi Abdullah told reporters here yesterday.

The latest arrest was made 78 natutical miles off Pulau Balambangan Kudat at about 9.30am on June 17 by MMEA’s KM Arau patrolling the area, he said adding that the first vessel was caught on June 14.

“After stopping the vessel and checking the crew on board, we found that the five men including the captain were fishing illegally in Malaysian waters. We also found 450kg of fish, mostly tuna and other species on board,” he said.

But these foreign fishing boats are just a minor component of the problem as the main culprit is the mothership that collects the marine life caught and supplying the vessels with logistics like food, water and fuel.

These fishing vessels are usually out catching fish for two to three months a time and would ‘report’ to the mother ship which collects the marine life caught and helps the fishermen to restock their food, water and fuel supply, Zawawi said.

“Our target is the mother ship but it has been very hard to catch them as they are usually operating just beyond the Malaysian sea border and in this case, on the Philippine side,” Zawawi said.

He added that in the past MMEA has caught many Indonesian and Philippines registered fishing vessels fishing illegally in Malaysian waters but noticed that the encroachment of Vietnamese registered vessels are on the rise with two caught within one week.

Zawawi disclosed that the captain and crew aged between 24 and 53 years old as well as the fishing boat and catch will be referred to the Fisheries Department for further action.

The case will be investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Fisheries Act 1985 and if found guilty under Section 25(a) of the same Act, the captain can be fined a maximum of RM1million and RM100,000 per crew member, he said.

Zawawi expressed MMEA’s gratitude to local fishermen who reported the presence of foreign vessels in Malaysian waters and hope that the assistance from the angling community will continue.

Meanwhile MMEA Sabah and Labuan FT Maritime Director Rear Admiral Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som stressed that there will be no compromise for any quarters especially foreign fishermen who encroach into Malaysian waters and steal our marine life.


GST sifar tak selesai harga barangan mahal di Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Walaupun harga barangan kini lebih rendah berikutan penetapan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) berkadar sifar sejak 1 Jun lalu, ia tidak memberi kesan besar dalam menangani isu harga barangan yang tinggi di Sabah.

Aktivis pengguna dan hak asasi manusia, Datuk Patrick Sindu, berkata keadaan itu disebabkan kebanyakan harga barangan pengguna sudah sedia tinggi di negeri ini, ditambah pula kos pengangkutan dan kos lain yang diambil kira peniaga.

Katanya, pengguna di negeri ini bukan saja mahu GST berkadar sifar tetapi juga harga yang seimbang dengan negeri lain di Semenanjung, terutama membabitkan barangan keperluan pengguna.

“Kebanyakan harga barangan di Sabah jauh lebih tinggi berbanding di Semenanjung, jadi kalau tiada GST pun, harga masih dikira lebih mahal berbanding di negeri lain.

“Itu belum dikira nasib pengguna di kawasan luar bandar dan pedalaman yang kita tahu beban ditanggung mereka lebih tinggi kerana harga barangan keperluan pengguna yang lebih mahal,” katanya ketika dihubungi NSTP.

Patrick yang juga bekas Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Sabah dan Labuan (CASH), berkata harga barangan yang lebih mahal di negeri ini menjadi punca utama kos sara hidup tinggi terpaksa ditanggung rakyat Sabah ketika ini.

“Adakah GST akan menurunkan harga makanan dan minuman di kedai kopi. Saya percaya peniaga sukar menurunkan harga walaupun kos barang mentah yang ada GST sebelum ini sudah diturunkan.

“Realitinya, harga barangan di Sabah tetap tinggi walaupun GST sudah sifar. Perkara ini yang kita harus ambil perhatian dalam usaha menangani kos sara hidup tinggi di negeri ini,” katanya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata, kerajaan baharu sekarang perlu mencari pendekatan yang benar-benar berkesan dalam menangani kos sara hidup tinggi di Sabah sejajar manifesto mereka menjaga kebajikan rakyat ketika berkempen pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

“Apabila kerajaan baharu mengambil alih pentadbiran negeri dan negara, maka rakyat pastinya mahu masalah kos sara hidup tinggi yang dihadapi mereka dapat diatasi kerana memang itulah harapan rakyat apabila memilih kerajaan baharu pada PRU-14.

“Rakyat juga mahu kebajikan mereka lebih terjamin di bawah kerajaan yang baharu selain dapat menikmati ekonomi dan pendapatan yang lebih baik,” katanya.


Kelibat veteran, pemimpin UMNO di Menara Dato Onn

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelibat beberapa veteran dan pemimpin UMNO kelihatan di Menara Dato Onn, di sini, hari ini.

Antaranya, bekas Menteri Besar Johor yang juga bekas Ahli Parlimen Gelang Patah, Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman.

Tidak ketinggalan, Ahli Majlis Tertinggi (MT) UMNO yang juga bekas Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim.

Kedua-duanya ketika ditemui pemberita enggan mengulas lanjut tujuan mereka hadir di Menara Dato Onn.

Masing-masing dilihat mengunci mulut daripada menjawab pertanyaan pemberita sama ada mereka menghantar borang pencalonan untuk bertanding pada pemilihan UMNO akan datang.

Irmohizam sekadar memberi respons ringkas bahawa beliau akan berfikir terlebih dahulu untuk bertanding ataupun tidak.

Yang turut kelihatan di pekarangan Menara Dato Onn ialah EXCO Pemuda UMNO, Mua’amar Ghadafi Jamal Jamaludin

Ketika ditemui selepas solat Jumaat di Surau Ar-Rahman, Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), beliau bagaimanapun menegaskan tidak akan bertanding jawatan tertinggi parti, terutama membabitkan Pemuda UMNO kerana berasakan ramai lagi individu yang layak.

Katanya, beliau akan memberi sokongan kepada sesiapa sahaja yang dipilih sebagai ketua demi kelangsungan parti pada masa depan.

Sementara itu, bekas Setiausaha UMNO Bahagian Bandar Tun Razak, Datuk Zaharin Mohd Yasin, turut menghantar borang pencalonan hari ini untuk bertanding jawatan Ahli MT UMNO.

Zaharin, 66, yang juga Ketua UMNO Cawangan Sri Labuan, ketika ditemui oleh pemberita berkata, niatnya bertanding jawatan Ahli MT bertujuan mengubah imej UMNO.

Beliau yang pernah dipecat dua kali akibat kelantangannya mengkritik pemimpin tertinggi UMNO berkata, budaya tegur-menegur pemimpin perlu disuburkan supaya parti keramat orang Melayu itu dapat belajar daripada kesilapan.

“Saya boleh dianggap seorang yang agak berani menegur pemimpin ketika mereka berkuasa dan kini sudah tidak lagi.

“Sekiranya dapat duduk sebagai Ahli MT nanti, saya akan memberi pandangan bahawa UMNO yang tersasar mesti kembali ke landasan perjuangan sebenar, iaitu ‘back to basic’ (kembali kepada asas). UMNO mesti kembali berjuang demi kepentingan dan faedah orang Melayu serta Islam,” katanya.


Kaji keperluan Dasar Kabotaj di Sabah

TAWAU: Kerajaan Sabah akan mengkaji semula pengecualian Dasar Kabotaj, sama ada ia berkesan atau perlu meminta Kerajaan Pusat memansuhkan sama sekali dasar itu di negeri ini.

Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Christina Liew, berkata kajian itu perlu memandangkan harga barangan di Sabah lebih mahal berbanding di Semenanjung kerana faktor kos pengangkutan, sekali gus membebankan rakyat bergaji rendah di negeri ini.

Katanya, apa pun yang diperoleh menerusi kajian itu, beliau yakin keputusan kerajaan negeri sentiasa berpihak kepada rakyat.

“Jika dasar ini dimansuhkan sepenuhnya, ia dapat membantu mengurangkan kos pengangkutan barangan ke Sabah sekali gus mengurangkan harga runcit.

“Kerajaan perlu mengkaji kebaikan dan kelemahan Dasar Kabotaj ini. Pada pendapat saya, lebih banyak kelebihan jika dasar ini dimansuhkan (kepada Sabah),” katanya

Christina yang juga Menteri Pelancongan, Kebudayaan dan Alam Sekitar negeri berkata demikian ketika Majlis Pelancaran Skim Kawalan Harga Musim Perayaan Hari Raya Puasa di Giant Hypermarket di sini, hari ini.

Kerajaan sebelum ini melaksanakan pengecualian Dasar Kabotaj bermula Jun tahun lalu bagi kapal kargo dari Semenanjung ke Sabah, Sarawak dan Labuan.

Dasar Kabotaj adalah sebuah dasar perkapalan kargo yang mula diperkenalkan di Malaysia pada 1990 melalui pindaan Ordinan Perkapalan Saudagar 1952.

Dengan adanya dasar ini, Malaysia mengenakan syarat kepada syarikat perkapalan tempatan dan antarabangsa supaya menghantar barangan ke Pelabuhan Klang terlebih dahulu sebelum ia diedarkan ke pelabuhan lain dengan menggunakan kapal kargo tempatan.

Dalam pada itu, Christina berkata, pihaknya juga akan meneliti isu mengenai kadar gaji diterima rakyat Sabah yang masih rendah berbanding di Semenanjung.

Katanya, ia juga satu aspek yang perlu diambil kira dalam usaha untuk mengurangkan harga barangan keperluan harian di negeri ini

“Bukan sahaja harga barangan (keperluan harian), harga rumah juga perlu diberi tumpuan, terutama kepada masyarakat luar bandar,” katanya.

Ahli Parlimen Tawau itu juga mengumumkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dijangka berkunjung ke daerah ini pada 1 Julai depan untuk bersama masyarakat dalam Majlis Rumah Terbuka Raya 2018 anjuran Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

Menyentuh mengenai program hari ini, Christina berkata, Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi Dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) menentukan harga bagi 22 barangan terkawal mengikut Skim Kawalan Harga Musim Perayaan bagi daerah Tawau.

“Daerah ini menunjukkan wujudnya kes mengambil peluang menaikkan harga barang dan peniaga yang melanggar peraturan itu boleh didakwa mengikut Akta Kawalan Harga Anti Pencatutan 2011 yang mana mereka didapati bersalah boleh dikenakan kompaun maksimum RM25,000,” katanya.


Institusi Islam dalam era Pakatan Harapan

HAL-HAL berkaitan institusi Islam antara perkara yang viral di media sosial pasca Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Walaupun begitu, sehingga kini tidak banyak kenyataan berkaitan perkara ini disuarakan oleh wakil kerajaan.

Saya percaya, kedudukan Islam serta institusinya yang nyata disebut dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan mendapat perhatian sewajarnya oleh barisan kepemimpinan negara.

Ini berdasarkan pernyataan yang disebut dalam Buku Harapan: Membina Negara Memenuhi Harapan (Buku Harapan). Saya petik beberapa bahagian dalam Buku Harapan untuk ditatapi oleh pembaca.

Antara lain, Buku Harapan menyatakan bahawa;

“Falsafah pentadbiran Pakatan Harapan adalah berdasarkan falsafah dan lunas-lunas Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Rukun Negara, visi yang telah dibawa oleh para pejuang negara… Matlamat ini terangkum dalam Maqasid Syariah (matlamat Syari’ah yang lebih tinggi) buat memandu program pembangunan negara yang akhirnya memberi rahmat dan keadilan untuk seluruh rakyat Malaysia”.

“Pakatan Harapan mengulangi ikrar yang telah termaktub dalam Perjanjian Pakatan Harapan (9 Januari 2016) iaitu akan: Mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan; Islam sebagai agama bagi Persekutuan dan agama-agama lain boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan harmonis di negara ini sejajar dengan Perkara 3; serta melindungi kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah serta Sarawak dan kepentingan sah kaum-kaum lain yang sejajar dengan Perkara 153… Mempertahankan peranan dan tanggungjawab institusi Raja Berperlembagaan”.

Perincian kepada petikan di atas didapati pada halaman 45 hingga 47 dan janji ke-11 PH untuk “Mengembalikan maruah orang Melayu dan institusi-institusinya”.

Antara lain, dinyatakan pada halaman 45 bahawa “Kuasa Raja-Raja Melayu dalam mentadbir agama dan adat istiadat Melayu akan dikembalikan ke negeri-negeri dan campur tangan Kerajaan Pusat akan dihentikan”.

Pentadbiran berdasarkan keadilan, maqasid syariah

Berdasarkan petikan dari Buku Harapan di atas, adalah didapati bahawa PH berjanji untuk melaksanakan sebuah pentadbiran yang berdasarkan kepada keadilan dan maqasid syariah dengan mengambil perhatian mengenai kedudukan Islam sebagai agama bagi negara dan mengiktiraf kebebasan beragama dengan formula aman dan harmonis.

Buku Harapan juga menyatakan ikrar untuk menjaga keistimewaan Melayu dan Anak Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak serta kepentingan sah komuniti lain seperti yang diiktiraf oleh Perkara 153.

Mengenai Islam, seperti yang kita dapati pada prinsip dan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, terutama dalam Perkara 3(2), Islam adalah urusan negeri dan Islam adalah terletak hak pada raja bagi negeri, sama ada dalam hal perundangan serta pentadbirannya.

Bagi negeri yang tidak mempunyai Raja (Melaka, Pulau Pinang, Sabah dan Sarawak) dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya), hal ehwal Islam adalah terletak hak kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Parlimen adalah badan perundangan berkaitan Islam bagi Wilayah Persekutuan.

Secara umumnya, apa yang dinyatakan dalam Buku Harapan tidak mengecewakan kedudukan Islam dan institusi berkaitan Islam, terutama institusi beraja.

Adalah jelas, dari dulu sehingga kini bahawa kedudukan Islam di negeri tidak menjadi persoalan besar kerana ia adalah manifestasi kepada persetujuan yang disepakati institusi beraja.

Ia dengan jelas sekali dimaktubkan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Jaminan kedudukan Islam

Jaminan yang diberikan kepada kedudukan Islam di negeri serta jaminan supaya Islam dinaungi Raja, menunjukkan kerajaan amat memahami kedudukan Islam serta peranan yang perlu dimainkan oleh raja-raja bagi negeri sebagaimana diperuntukkan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Kesan baik daripada pendekatan ini ialah ia akan mengurangkan kebarangkalian bahawa hal berkaitan Islam dijadikan bahan untuk memancing undi atau menjadikan Islam sebagai subjek kepartian dalam arena politik.

Justeru, kesan daripada pendekatan ini di peringkat kerajaan bagi setiap negeri ialah, negeri juga hendaklah mengambil inisiatif dalam pentadbiran negeri masing-masing agar peranan dan fungsi Raja berkaitan Islam, sentiasa dihormati pimpinan negeri.

Dalam merealisasikan kuasa dan fungsi Raja mengenai agama Islam di negeri, ia juga memerlukan komitmen tinggi daripada kerajaan negeri mengenai hal ehwal Islam dengan memberi penghormatan kepada Raja sebagai Ketua Agama Islam.

Dalam menggubal dasar pentadbiran di negeri, hendaklah juga mengambil kira dan memberikan kepentingan kepada kedudukan institusi beraja dalam hal berkaitan Islam.

Tiada campur tangan politik

Secara jelasnya juga, semua institusi Islam adalah bertanggungjawab secara langsung kepada institusi beraja dan seharusnya tiada campur tangan politik dalam pelaksanaan Islam secara pentadbiran atau perundangan.

Oleh itu, dalam realiti pelaksanaan fungsi dan kuasa institusi Islam pada peringkat negeri, ia perlu dilaksanakan dengan cekap dan berwibawa agar kuasa yang berada di bawah naungan Raja tidak dipandang serong dan menjadi bahan bicara negatif mana-mana pihak.

Institusi Islam, termasuk institusi pentadbiran, perundangan dan pendidikan, seperti Majlis Agama Islam, Jabatan Agama Islam, Jabatan Mufti dan Mahkamah Syariah semestinya mempunyai peranan masing-masing untuk menunjukkan martabat sebenar agama Islam.

Pada masa sama, ia mengangkat kemuliaan institusi beraja sebagai institusi yang menaungi agama Islam.

Sementara itu, undang-undang Islam dan fatwa di negeri perlu diberikan nafas baharu.

Ini termasuk proses penambahbaikan perundangan dan juga reformasi dalam proses penguatkuasaan undang-undang Islam. Perkara serupa perlu berlaku dalam hal berkaitan pendidikan Islam.

Semua ini perlu diperkasakan di negeri dan Raja perlulah memainkan peranan utama dalam menggerak dan merealisasikan kedudukan Islam di negeri-negeri.

Mengenai jaminan Kerajaan Persekutuan terhadap kedudukan Islam dan institusi beraja, sudah tentu sebagai rakyat, kita membaca dan menghayati janji berkaitan.

Sudah tentu kita amat mengharapkan agar kerajaan berterusan menjaga kedaulatan institusi beraja, kedudukan Islam sebagai agama negara serta memastikan semua institusi Islam berjalan seperti dihasratkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan di bawah naungan Duli-Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja-Raja.


Sudden rush to join DAP Labuan

Sudden rush to join DAP Labuan
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Labuan: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) here which for years had been struggling under a two-man operation, Lau Seng Kiat as chief and young lawyer Wong Kwan Kit as secretary, has now become the first choice party of many Chinese.

“Due to the overwhelming interest, we are setting up three branches initially and will expand by another three or four later. We welcome anyone to join DAP as long as they are doing for the right reasons and understand the party’s agenda,” said Wong after handing over a stack of membership forms.

The forms were handed during a simple ceremony to Sabah DAP Organising Secretary Henry Shim, witnessed by KK Member of Parliament Chan Fong Hin and Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt.

Wong said the interest in joining DAP was a good sign.

“It shows many are confident that DAP, being a component of Pakatan Harapan, the ruling party, is now well placed to address local and other problems affecting the community and others,” he said.

It is understood that among those applying to join DAP were from MCA as well as Parti Gerakan.

DAP Labuan has always received strong support, as shown in the 2008 general election, when Lau Seng Kiat, contesting as an independent candidate, could scratch the Barisan Nasional (BN) elephant by snatching away 2014 votes. The result showed the undercurrent of disappointment against MCA especially.

Even MP Datuk Rozman Isli acknowledged before the recent general election that he wanted an increased support from Sungai Keling, Ramsay and Bandar as in the previous elections BN lost to the opposition.

All the areas have predominately Chinese voters.

“But instead of getting more Chinese votes, BN was more severely rejected by Chinese voters, some 90 per cent of the 5,000 Chinese who voted supported Warisan,” said an observer.

He added that many came back for voting from as far as Kuala Lumpur using their own money to support Warisan.

According to another observer, the Labuan Chinese had always been a silent supporter of the opposition because they felt sidelined in opportunities.

“Now they are surfacing and joining DAP because they don’t fear to be aligned to the new political powerhouse.” – Sohan Das


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