19 Feb 2012

Zunar Takes His Campaign To The UK!

Zunar Takes His Campaign To The UK!

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Introducing Rosmah to Nelson's Column in Trafalagar Square

The crowds passing through ‘Malaysia’s Speakers’ Corner’ on Trafalgar Square had the pleasure of watching cartoons being created live this weekend, as the ‘notorious’ Zunar took his campaign to London.

Zunar does in Malaysia what dozens of successful cartoonists do in the UK and in other free countries, which is lampoon the political leadership.  It is generally regarded as a healthy tonic to be able to make fun of your leaders and to point out their weak spots.

David Cameron probably doesn't really like being shown as a condom. On the other hand he knows better than to arrest and try the cartoonist for sedition!

In the UK, David Cameron has to put up with being portrayed as condom, owning to his rather smooth and ‘baby-bottom’ features!   This is an annoyance that is generally treated as a sign that a politician has arrived and is sensibly laughed off.

However, the BN Malaysia establishment has reacted differently.  They do not like to be portrayed in anything but fawning tones, it turns out, and they have brought out all their anti-terrorist weapons of law and state to suppress Zunar.

It seems has has had far too many people in stitches over his portrayal of a government run by a mild-mannered and hen pecked husband, half the size of his corpulent and domineering wife Rosmah!

One to please Taib? Zunar has a laugh about how his younger wife at least must annoy Rosmah!

Standing trial

So it was that on the eve of publication of his latest book Zunar was arrested at his home at night by a gang of police, who seized all the copies of the book and of his earlier six books, which had equally poked fun at earlier politicians such as Badawi and Mahatir.

Walking exhibit - Zunar draped himself in his cartoons as he posted himself outside the Malaysian Tourist Office to draw his protest!

Zunar was then transferred through the night to seven different police lock-ups, so that protesters would not know where to find him!  For the entire period he was kept in painful handcuffs.

The police then tried to hold him in remand on the grounds that he was a dangerous seditionist, threatening to overthrow the state.

The Magistrate, however, asked what was dangerous about the cartoons and the police could not answer, because it turned out they had not actually reviewed the drawings and were just acting on instructions!

He was released.

However, the state (i.e. BN/UMNO) has continued with its determination to intimidate, silence and jail Zunar for mocking politicians who would rather pretend they are special and superior human beings.  He faces trial next month when he returns to Malaysia.

Backfiring

Gathering to see Zunar's cartoons in London

As ever these bully boy, BN tactics have backfired.  They have only boosted Zunar’s fame and influence, turning a cheeky cartoonist into a national figure of protest!  With great courage Zunar has stuck to his guns… or rather his own particular weapon, which is an inky pen.

For the past months he has been exhibiting in Europe and now has come to London with a collection of his latest cartoons on display at an Exhibition supported by the Freedom of Speech NGO, Article 19 at the Free World Centre in Farringdon Road, London.

He launched the exhibition to a packed audience last week and told listeners that when a regime can no longer afford to be laughed at it is a regime that is waiting to fall.  They laughed.

Ancient and inscrutable?

It will come as no surprise that, like the domineering Rosmah, Taib has also been an irresistible staple of Zunar’s humour.  The greedy old dictator has been portrayed as a sphinx and a second Mahatir.

Same old 'progress and development'!

But, this latest cartoon has the old boy running on empty.  Still spouting the same old Sixties rhetoric about progress and development, but now with Sarawak’s resources fast disappearing and without much progress for anyone else but him, he is shown as a spent force!

Malaysia's "Speaker's Corner" has temporarily located to the spot outside the Tourism Office in the UK's Trafalgar Square, where one can express one's opinions without being arrested!

 

  • aborium

    To see a lampoon with dead serious intent is good as laughing at a judge during sentencing. Though lampoons may have underlying messages, it has the comic elements which taken seriously may damage your health. Give it a good laugh and get on with life!

  • Main Main Manyin

    Very lucky fortunate this crony contractor after delayed a project and yet still awarded even more new projects!

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    NDC DREDGING & CONSTRUCTION SDN. BHD.

    Status: CIDB G7, PKK CLASS A

    Delayed project:

    Title: The Construction and Completion of Proposed Upgrading of Jalan Biawak

    Award Date: 14-08-2009

    Contract Sum: RM 29,954,962.00

    Client: JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    Awarded yet another new road projects!

    Title: Membina Jalan Tebedu/Darul Iman/Darul Insan Jaya/Temong/Darul Fa’lah/Darul Huda/Tapoi, Tebedu, Bahagian Samarahan

    Award Date: 09-02-2010

    Contract Sum: RM 10,347,641.75

    Client: JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    Title: Projek Membina & Menyiapkan Jalan Simpang Sibu/Bintulu Ke Sk. Sg.Anak, Selangau, Bahagian Sibu

    Award Date: 13-01-2011

    Contract Sum: RM 10,990,294.50

    Client: JABATAN PENGAIRAN DAN SALIRAN SARAWAK

    ________________________

    A. Maklumat Syarikat: :

    Company Name : NDC DREDGING & CONSTRUCTION SDN. BHD.

    Address : GROUND – 3RD. FLOOR LOT 157, BLOCK 12, KTLD JALAN HAJI TAHA

    Postcode 93400

    Town : KUCHING

    State: SARAWAK

    D. Maklumat Ahli Lembaga Pengarah:

    Bil Nama Warganegara Jawatan

    1.DOISKANDA BIN RAJALI MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    2.NAZER MOHAMED BIN NOOR MOHAMED MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    3.NOORAISAH BINTI NAZER MOHAMED MALAYSIA PENGARAH

    F. Taraf Bumiputera:

    G.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul :

    a.Modal Dibenarkan (RM):

    b.Modal Berbayar / Modal Terkumpul (RM): 5,000,000.00

    H.Maklumat Projek:

    Bil Tajuk Tarikh Anugerah Nilai (RM) Klien

    1. Projek Membina & Menyiapkan Jalan Simpang Sibu/Bintulu Ke Sk. Sg.Anak, Selangau, Bahagian Sibu 13-01-2011 RM 10,990,294.50 JABATAN PENGAIRAN DAN SALIRAN SARAWAK

    2. Membina Jalan Tebedu/Darul Iman/Darul Insan Jaya/Temong/Darul Fa’lah/Darul Huda/Tapoi, Tebedu, Bahagian Samarahan 09-02-2010 RM 10,347,641.75 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    3. The Construction and Completion of Proposed Upgrading of Jalan Biawak 14-08-2009 RM 29,954,962.00 JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    4. Construction & Completion Of Flood Mitigation Works At Sungai Maong Paroh, 14-07-2009 RM 14,538,123.75 JABATAN PENGAIRAN DAN SALIRAN SARAWAK

    5. Provision Of Civil And Infrastructure Works Of Borf MGP-1 For Phase 1 SK309/311 Gas Development Project 30-04-2008 RM 24,109,623.46 MUREKABINA ENTERPRISE

    6. Provision Of Civil And Infrastructure Works, Piling & Building Works, Oil & Gas Pipe Laying & Installation And Cold Water & Fresh Water Pipe Laying & Installation For Borf (MGP-1) For Phase 1 SK309/311 Gas Development Project (ITB ref no.: MURPHY/P6136) 31-03-2008 RM

    7. Projek Menaiktaraf Lapangan Terbang Kuala Terengganu. Pakej IV (b) : Penambakan Laut & Tebusguna Tanah Dan Kawalan Hakisan Pantai. 10-03-2008 RM

    8. Projek Pengawalan Hakisan Pantai Di Pantai Manis, Papar, Sabah, 04-01-2008 RM

    9. The Proposed Extension & Renovation Of Existing Office Building & Workshop Based On ‘Steel Framed Buildings’ Structure. 06-11-2007 RM

    10. Membina & Menyiapkan Sistem Saliran Bandar Chukai Kemaman, terengganu darul iman – Letter of Award For The Constrcution And Completion Of The Infrastructure Works, Drainage And Sewerages Systems & One (1) unit Pump House And Other related Works. 03-10-2007 RM

    11. Projek Pengawalan Hakisan pantai Di Pantai Manis, Papar, Sabah – Site Preparation, Excavation, Concrete & Spun piling Works. 24-09-2007 RM

    12. The Proposed Extension And Associated Works AT Northern Foreshore Of Asian Supply Base, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. 24-04-2007 RM

    13. Construction And Completion Of The Proposed Jalan Sibu/Bawang Assan/Seredeng, Bahagian Sibu, Mukah, Sarawak. 03-04-2006 RM

    14. Projek Merekabentuk dan Membina Pemecah Ombak Dan Kerja-Kerja Mendalamkan Muara Sungai Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu darul Iman. 22-04-2005 RM

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    Sub-contractors threaten to report to MACC

    by Samuel Aubrey, Borneo Post, February 21, 2012, Tuesday

    PLEASE HONOUR YOUR PROMISE: Diet (first left), Chang (second left) and others showing the bounced cheques issued by the main contractor and copies of police reports they lodged against the company.

    KUCHING: The already problematic Jalan Biawak road project in Lundu District was dealt with another blow when a group of sub-contractors involved in the project threatened to report the main contractor to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

    Yesterday, representatives from five sub-contractors vented their frustrations at the company for not honouring the promise to pay the amount of money due to them.

    They even claimed that the company issued bounced cheques, and gave them various excuses when confronted over payment.

    Their spokesman Diet Bukoh, 53, said they had lost their patience because they were now in dire financial straits themselves and in need of the money to save their own companies.

    “We give the company one week to respond. We want the company to come forward and settle the matter with us. We have been waiting for our payments for the last 14 months. Do not play hide and seek with us anymore, and stop giving excuses,” he said yesterday.

    According to him, he and the other sub-contractors had lodged police reports against the company due to the bounced cheques.

    He added they too had reported the matter to the elected representatives in the area and also the minister in charge of road projects, and were told to take legal action.

    To a question, Diet said his company Nucifera Enteprise was still owed a sum of RM38,000. Chang Tun Wee of Hung Wee Transport and Company said they were owed RM125,000, Fah Shin Fatt Construction and Transport Company (RM35,000) and Yakin General Construction and Transport (RM35,000).

    It is also learnt that the main contractor, whose office is in Jalan Haji Taha, is also involved in another project in Tebedu.

    The Jalan Biawak road project, costing RM30 million, commenced on August 28, 2009 and was supposed to be completed on February 27 last year, to provide linkage to the border post and the CIQ complex in Biawak.

    However, the project is said to be only 30 to 50 per cent completed, and the 18.8km road itself is full of potholes and not safe for small cars.

    Last Christmas Eve (Dec 24), villagers staged a peaceful demonstration at the junction of Jln Biawak to express their dissatisfaction and seek explanation for the delay in completing the project.

    At least 10 villages – Kpg Rukam, Seding, Tanjam, Opek, Jangkar, Jantan, Pasir Ulu, Pasir Tengah, Biawak and Kendaiee — mostly Bidayuhs of the Selako Rara group, are affected by the incomplete project.

    _____________________

    Sub-contractors threaten to report to MACC

    by Samuel Aubrey, Borneo Post, February 21, 2012, Tuesday

    PLEASE HONOUR YOUR PROMISE: Diet (first left), Chang (second left) and others showing the bounced cheques issued by the main contractor and copies of police reports they lodged against the company.

    KUCHING: The already problematic Jalan Biawak road project in Lundu District was dealt with another blow when a group of sub-contractors involved in the project threatened to report the main contractor to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

    Yesterday, representatives from five sub-contractors vented their frustrations at the company for not honouring the promise to pay the amount of money due to them.

    They even claimed that the company issued bounced cheques, and gave them various excuses when confronted over payment.

    Their spokesman Diet Bukoh, 53, said they had lost their patience because they were now in dire financial straits themselves and in need of the money to save their own companies.

    “We give the company one week to respond. We want the company to come forward and settle the matter with us. We have been waiting for our payments for the last 14 months. Do not play hide and seek with us anymore, and stop giving excuses,” he said yesterday.

    According to him, he and the other sub-contractors had lodged police reports against the company due to the bounced cheques.

    He added they too had reported the matter to the elected representatives in the area and also the minister in charge of road projects, and were told to take legal action.

    To a question, Diet said his company Nucifera Enteprise was still owed a sum of RM38,000. Chang Tun Wee of Hung Wee Transport and Company said they were owed RM125,000, Fah Shin Fatt Construction and Transport Company (RM35,000) and Yakin General Construction and Transport (RM35,000).

    It is also learnt that the main contractor, whose office is in Jalan Haji Taha, is also involved in another project in Tebedu.

    The Jalan Biawak road project, costing RM30 million, commenced on August 28, 2009 and was supposed to be completed on February 27 last year, to provide linkage to the border post and the CIQ complex in Biawak.

    However, the project is said to be only 30 to 50 per cent completed, and the 18.8km road itself is full of potholes and not safe for small cars.

    Last Christmas Eve (Dec 24), villagers staged a peaceful demonstration at the junction of Jln Biawak to express their dissatisfaction and seek explanation for the delay in completing the project.

    At least 10 villages – Kpg Rukam, Seding, Tanjam, Opek, Jangkar, Jantan, Pasir Ulu, Pasir Tengah, Biawak and Kendaiee — mostly Bidayuhs of the Selako Rara group, are affected by the incomplete project.

  • Main Main Manyin

    The only thing this Dayak stooges Yes-Man Manyin can say about NDC contractor of delayed Biawak road is “Unfortunately”….

    HA HA HA “UNFORTUNATELY” MY ASS LAH STILL GET EVEN MORE NEW PROJECTS LATER HA HA HA !!!

    THAT’S HOW BN KIDDING ITSELF KEEP TELLING FAIRYTALE JOKE TO POOR DAYAKS HA HA HA DAYAK CHEAT DAYAK KAH KAH KAH !!!
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    Biawak road project only 40% done and 12 months behind schedule, says Manyin
    By ZORA CHAN, The Star, Friday January 27, 2012

    KUCHING: The local contractor responsible to complete the RM29mil Biawak road in Lundu District will have his contract terminated because the project is behind schedule by a year.

    Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said the local company had only completed 40% of the work.

    “The Biawak road is built under the RM1bil Federal Government’s stimulus package and the contract was an open tender. The project started in 2009 and I’ve visited the site twice last year and the road was worse than before.

    “The company’s contract is in the process of being terminated,” he told reporters here yesterday.

    There are about 13,000 Dayak Selakau farmers from 11 villages in Sematan near Lundu who depend on the road to reach the market on a daily basis. The project was scheduled for completion in February last year.

    Manyin said his ministry had directed the Samarahan Public Works Department to assist in maintaining the road temporarily.

    He said unfortunately the same company also got the road project in Tebedu under the stimulus package which was more than 50% completed. The road in Tebedu cost RM9mil.
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    NDC DREDGING & CONSTRUCTION SDN. BHD.

    Status: CIDB G7, PKK CLASS A
    (No limit project size above RM20m)
    (Perfect loot-hole for Ali Baba Kronies plundering milking JKR tits til dry)

    Delayed project:

    Title: The Construction and Completion of Proposed Upgrading of Jalan Biawak

    Award Date: 14-08-2009

    Contract Sum: RM 29,954,962.00

    Client: JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    Awarded yet another new road projects!

    Title: Membina Jalan Tebedu/Darul Iman/Darul Insan Jaya/Temong/Darul Fa’lah/Darul Huda/Tapoi, Tebedu, Bahagian Samarahan

    Award Date: 09-02-2010

    Contract Sum: RM 10,347,641.75

    Client: JABATAN KERJA RAYA SARAWAK

    Title: Projek Membina & Menyiapkan Jalan Simpang Sibu/Bintulu Ke Sk. Sg.Anak, Selangau, Bahagian Sibu

    Award Date: 13-01-2011

    Contract Sum: RM 10,990,294.50

    Client: JABATAN PENGAIRAN DAN SALIRAN SARAWAK