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AirAsia planes in fresh incidents in Thailand and Philippines

A photo of AirAsia flight Z2272 which had overshot the runway at
Kalibo airport in Boracay island this evening. The photo is from
the Twitter account of Filipino journalist Jet Damazo-Santos.
 – Twitter pic, December 30, 2014. -
An AirAsia flight bound for northeast Thailand turned back to the capital Bangkok shortly after takeoff today when pilots detected an "irregularity" in the storage compartment, airline officials said.

Just hours later, another AirAsia jet – this time in the Philippines – skidded off the runway on arrival at a popular resort island, causing no injuries but shutting the small airport, the airline and police confirmed.

Bodies retrieved in QZ8501 search, full-on search tomorrow

 An Indonesian warship has recovered more than 40 bodies from the Java Sea today in the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501, a navy spokesman told AFP.

"Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now," Manahan Simorangkir said.

The number of bodies retrieved was corrected later this evening by Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Bambang Soelistyo, who said that only three bodies had been recovered so far.

Sabah groups list 6-point action plan to tackle illegal immigrant problem

With no action forthcoming on foreigners with illegal citizenship in Sabah even after the release of an inquiry commission report, a group of political parties and non-governmental organisations in the state have put up a list of demands for the authorities to fulfil next year.

Among the demands is for a thorough clean up by the Election Commission of the state's electoral roll to weed out unqualified "voters", the group, made up of 21 non-governmental organisations and three political parties, said.

The parties are the Sabah State Reform Party (STAR), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS).

Malaysia, an IS in the Making if the Malaysian Mess Not Resolved Soon - Dr. Jeffrey

Kota Kinabalu:  “Sabahans and Sarawakians need to unite and assert themselves to reclaim Sabah and Sarawak rights and to untangle themselves from the on-going “Malaysian Mess” which is getting messier with serious repercussions” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, UBF Chairman in his keynote address on the 4th anniversary celebration of UBF held on Sunday in Keningau.

According to Dr. Jeffrey, while parts of Malaya are submerged in the raging floods, Malaysia is now submerged in a sea of Messes, comprising, Political, Economy, Corruption and Financial, Socio-cultural, Constitutional and Administrative, Lawlessness and Anarchy, Security and the pressing Borneo/Sabah Mess.

Najib told to sack half of his ministers

najib cabinet3KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Cabinet has proven to be a disaster, a popular blogger and Umno critic has declared.

In his latest blog entry, Shahbudin Husin notes that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has had to order holidaying ministers to return immediately to take part in handling the crisis brought on by heavy flooding in the East Coast.

They should have been sensitive enough to cut short their overseas vacation at the first sign of a crisis and without having to be told, he says.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 with 162 on board goes missing on way to Singapore

  • Airline CEO: Unknown if weather was an issue, but pilot asked to fly higher
  • Plane went missing over heavily traveled shipping channel, officials say
  • 162 people are on board missing flight, including 18 children
  • Search operation halted for the night, but big ships won't return to shore
(CNN) -- An AirAsia passenger jet carrying 162 people lost contact with Indonesian air traffic control early Sunday, gripping Southeast Asia with a second missing plane crisis in less than a year.
The search operation for the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been halted for the night, but big ships won't return to shore and will leave their searchlights on, according to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.
Before communication was lost, one of the pilots asked to fly at a higher altitude because of bad weather, officials said.

Right to greet all on Christmas Day, says assistant minister

Daud (front row, fourth right) taking a photo with Wilfred (front row, second right) and his family during Christmas open house.
KUCHING: Sending Christmas greetings to the Christian community is not wrong as long as it is not in conflict with Islamic law.

“We can still visit each other to enhance relationship among the multi-races,” said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman at the Christmas open house of PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) Ranting Kampung Sagah secretary Wilfred Benjamin in Jalan Singai, Bau, on Thursday.

Non-Departing Foreigners Given ICs

Kota Kinabalu:    “Reading between the lines, the RCI Report infers that the 229,484 non-departing Indonesians between 1996 and 2000 were given ICs dubiously along with 11,741 Filipinos.   Although there were no figures given for Pakistanis, Indians and other nationalities, it would not be surprising if these non-departing foreigners were also issued ICs dubiously” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on the missing Indonesians and Filipinos that came into Sabah officially but with no records of their departure.            

Pairin, stop procrastinating – Zainnal Ajamain

I made this statement in the recent talks held in Kota Kinabalu “during the recent PBS Congress, the Prime Minister already offered Tan Sri Joseph Pairin the means to get this done – but instead of start cracking to establish the necessary mechanism and getting the necessary powers and authority– PBS went to make a Police Report.  They are more interested to get cheap publicity, instead working to seek solutions – They are more interested to carry out a political event rather than making sure a solid process is established.  Tan Sri Pairin must remember, that offer was made NOT to the President of PBS – but to a Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah – because the problem of illegal immigrants is a Sabah problem NOT PBS problem.”

Johor Catholic priest detained, 30 hymn books with ‘Allah’ seized

Barely has the dust settled on the issue of the seized Bibles in Selangor, a Catholic priest in Muar, Johor, was detained for having 30 copies of a hymn book with the word Allah which were meant for his Orang Asli parishioners.
Father Cyril Mannayagam (pic), 44, said although the police later decided not to pursue the case against him, the hymn books, titled "Kepujian Kepada Tuhan Allah" (Praise be to God) were seized and had yet to be returned to him.

Kg. Kibbas Mark World Human Rights Day

Ranau:     A group of Sabahans took the opportunity to mark World Human Rights Day at Kg. Kibbas, an idyllic countryside village nestled between Kundasang and Ranau, not far from foothills of the majestic Mount Kinabalu, to highlight some basic human rights issues confronting Sabah.

If the settings were appropriate, it was more meaningful for Kg. Kibbas where the native villagers recounted how in 2012 they had carried out a protest with placards and banners demanding for clean treated water to be supplied to the village.   Eventually, the government relented and quickly installed pipe facilities for the water supply, perhaps due to the then pending GE-13 elections.

Tanduo Terrorism Trial Confirms Sabah Security Problem Self-Inflicted by Federal

Kota Kinabalu:    “The evidence unearthed at the on-going Tanduo terrorism trial not only corroborate with the findings of the RCI Report but shows that the Sabah security problem is self-inflicted by the federal government in giving ICs and MyKads to ineligible foreigners and with it voting rights" said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, noting that a MyKad was amongst the items seized from a terrorist suspect at the trial.

“Actually, it is nothing new as any Sabahan will tell you.   Malaysians have awoken to this threat of fake Sabahan/Malaysian with criminal activities including murder and foreign security guards holding fake Malaysian ICs and Pakistani taxi drivers holding ICs purporting them to be Sabahans in the past few months” explained Dr. Jeffrey.

Federal and Sabah Governments Are Illegitimate?

Kota Kinabalu:     “If we base the findings of the RCI Report and the Court decision in the 1999 Likas Election Petition, there is no doubt that the present Umno/BN federal and Sabah governments are illegitimate” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief.

The illegally issued ICs and MyKads to ineligible foreigners and their entry into the electoral rolls is high treason of the highest degree.   In many countries, the wrong-doers would have been shot, hanged or beheaded.   In some countries, the family of the shot wrong-doers would have to pay for the bullets for they are not worth the cost of the bullets.  In fact, PAS Sabah has called for the perpetuators to be hanged for treason.

Why No News of Approvals for Sabah Flood Mitigation?

Kota Kinabalu:    “The turning of a blind eye to Sabah’s problems and the continuing failure of the federal government in addressing Sabah’s problems will make Sabahans angrier.  Worse still, it will contribute towards Sabahans wanting to opt out of the federation since there is a breakdown in the federation system of equal partnership” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief.

Devastating floods especially the last 2 years in Sabah have claimed lives, destroyed homes and schools as well as roads and bridges and massive destruction of crops.  The floods have even submerged the towns of Donggongon and Tenom.  Many are still suffering from the damaging effects of the floods.

PBS Actions Should Be Respected and Supported But ….

Kota Kinabalu: “The actions of PBS including the lodging of police reports in prodding the federal authorities to pursue further actions on the wrong-doing as highlighted in the RCI Report ought to be respected and supported by all Malaysians, more so by right thinking Sabahans” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, in response to news of police reports being lodged by PBS representatives on the RCI Report.            

This is totally contrary to the other Umno leaders from Sabah who are aiding and abetting the Malayan leaders to continue to strangle and control Sabah as an internal colony.   They even

Rahman Should Help Solve Problems Not Blame Sabahans

Kota Kinabalu: “The federal Minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan should help find solutions and openly declare his intention instead of making insinuating statements defending the federal government and blaming everything on Sabahans to deflect blame from the government” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, in response to the Minister’s various press statements on the RCI Report.            

If Rahman is defending his federal bosses and the federal government in Putrajaya, he should provide concrete proof and not make wild accusations and sweeping statements.  

Move Forward and Act on the RCI Findings

Kota Kinabalu:    “There is no point in arguing about the statement issued by the Chief Secretary on the RCI Report which was obviously a misleading BN public relations exercise, but what can be done to move forward and resolve the problems identified by the RCI” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, in a press statement on the furore created by the Chief Secretary on the RCI Report.            

The main issue at hand is not whether there is or there is no Project IC? or Is the federal government or Tun Mahathir involved or not?

Unsafe Sabah streets : Take it from activist Harris Ibrahim

SOMETIME in June, 2011, I was in Kota Kinabalu for meetings and some on-the-ground activism.
Yes, I had not as yet been banned by Musa Aman from entering Sabah then.

 Around 1am, I ran out of cigarettes ( yes, yes, I am working on quitting, so please don’t nag me ), and went down to the hotel reception to enquire where the nearest shop was that I could get some.

The receptionist asked if I would like the hotel doorman to get them for me, as it might not be safe.

Rahman Dahlan the mouthpiece of KL...

By Ezra Haganez
KOTA KINABALU : Parti Kerjasama Rakyat (PAKAR) calls on Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan to stop being the mouthpiece of Malayan leaders when dealing with the issue of large presence of illegal immigrants in the state.

PKAR deputy president, Paulus Gani said in as many cases in recent years, Rahman stood out as the Sabahan tool for his political masters to legitimise whatever acts in a pursue of Umno agenda, including calling on fellow Sabahans to now just accept these illegal immigrants who have been around for 40 years".

People's Petition to Acknowledge Housewives

Kota Kinabalu:   “Wanita Malaysia harus diiktiraf dengan sewajarnya sumbangan besar and pengorbanan mereka di dalam pembangunan Negara.   Sebagai salah satu pengiktirafan tersebut, Wanita Keadilan menggesa Kerajaan BN menyalurkan terus sebahagian pemberian Bantuan Rakyat Satu Malaysia (BR1M) kepada suri rumah” kata YB. Haniza Talha, Timbalan Ketua Wanita PKR Sabah, dalam suatu sidang media selepas  melancar “Petisyen Rakyat Iktiraf Suri Rumah” peringkat Sabah di Kinarut, pada hari Sabtu lalu.

RCI A Cover-Up to Absolve Wrong-Doers?

Kota Kinabalu:    “It is now clear that the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah (RCI) was nothing more than a political gimmick for GE-13 to hoodwink Sabahans to vote Umno/BN and a manipulated cover-up to absolve the federal government, its leaders and the political party referred to in the RCI from Project IC " said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on release of the much delayed and much awaited RCI Report.                                         

Even in releasing the RCI Report, the Chief Secretary to the Government deemed it fit to play politics, and taken log stock and barrel by the government-controlled media, that “Project IC” Did Not Exist” when it was clear that the RCI specifically made a finding that Project IC probably existed.


Mariam Mokhtar

If some of you think that this nation is in a mess, then blame the Malays because they are the problem. Malays know that Malaysia is not the land of gold and honey any longer. In these difficult times, they have become more aware of their surroundings; but one other person has noticed this sea-change in the Malays.

He is former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He knows that a thinking and independent Malay is detrimental to his legacy and creation- UMNO-Baru – and to the well-being of his family’s fortunes. Today’s self-aware Malay is Mahathir’s downfall.

NASA's first Orion test flight is the first step to a human mission to Mars

By Andrew Fazekas
IF all goes as planned Thursday, NASA will test its first built-for-humans space capsule since the Apollo moon missions four decades ago. Many in the space community believe this is the first step on the long road to finally get humans to Mars and beyond.

NASA’s unmanned Orion capsule will undergo its first test flight when it launches on a four and-half hour trip that will take it twice around Earth. It will flying out to 6,000 km from the surface of our planet – the farthest a spacecraft destined to carry astronauts has gone since we last went to the moon in 1972.

Pemimpin Persekutuan memperbodohkan Sabah dan rakyatnya

SAYA yang sudah tua pada umur menjangkau 74 tahun ini semakin merasa sangat rimas dengan tingkah-laku pemimpin-pemimpin Persekutuan Malaysia yang melayan amat buruk sekali rakyat Sabah.

Terlalu banyak perbuatan buruk mereka terhadap kita sehingga kertas pun mungkin tidak cukup untuk menyenaraikan kejahatan mereka.

Apa tidak jahat lihatlah hasil Sabah telah dihisap habis oleh Malaya sampai kita yang kaya ini telah menjadi yang termiskin di antara 13 negeri dalam Malaysia, walhal Sabah adalah sebuah negara asalnya.

Corrupt officials, syndicates blamed for alleged 'Project IC'

KOTA KINABALU - Syndicates and individuals aided by corrupt officials spun a web to create a so-called "Project IC" in Sabah with a purported corrosive political agenda for monetary gains.

This was among various issues highlighted in a 368-page report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah made public Wednesday.

The report, however, did not name any perpetrators or guilty parties as this was not within the commission's scope of duties, as stated in the terms of reference (TOR).

New party PAKAR supports Ghapur and Jeffrey against Seditious Act

By Ezra Haganez
KOTA KINABALU : Newly-registered Parti Kerjasama Rakyat (PAKAR) is in full support of the calls made by both Kalabakan MP, Abdul Ghapur Salleh, and STAR state chairman, Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who seeked for the Federal to punish the perpetrators in the perennial illegal immigrants problems in Sabah.

The multi-racial party claimed this should be the Federal's focus rather than busily threatening those who called for Sabah and Sarawak rights to be restored.

Hasut-menghasut adalah hasil kerja Persekutuan

NAMPAKNYA Kerajaan Najib Razak akan lebih teruk dari kerajaan kuku besi Mahathir Mohamad dulu. Kenyataan Najib akan mengekalkan Akta Hasutan 1948 bukan saja melanggar janji terang bulannya mahu hapuskan akta itu tapi maklah lebih teruk dari itu.

Najib cakap Umno akan menambah lagi kekuatan Akta Hasutan untuk melindungi Islam dan menangkap orang yang berkempen memisahkan Sabah dan Sarawak dari Malaysia.

Menteri Dalam Negeri Zahid Hamidi pula dengan angkuh mengulangi kata-kata Najib termasuk untuk menangkap pemimpin Sabah dan Sarawak yang mahu dua negeri itu keluar dari Malaysia yang sebenarnya sudah terbukti sangat merugikan Sabah dan Sarawak lebih 50 tahun ini.

Pessimism and Cowardice Will Not Lead Sabah Forward

Kota Kinabalu:    “Sabah needs leaders that are progressive and forward-thinking to lead Sabah towards progress and prosperity which will also contribute towards the advancement of the nation.   Leaders that are pessimistic and cowardice will not lead Sabah and the nation forward” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief in response to statements looking down on Sabahans especially youths that are unaware of the history of the formation of Malaysia and would not be able to look after and safeguard Sabah.

The party that should be taught the true facts of history should be the federal government and the Ministry of Education so that the young in Malaysia are taught the true history not some twisted fact that Malaysia gained independence on 31 August 1957.

As for security, there is a hidden agenda to threaten Sabahans with misplaced threats and dependence on security on the federal government.  We even have a federal Minister saying Sabah is not safe for tourists resulting in cancellations of tourist bookings and slowdown for the tourism industry in Sabah.

Unlike many Sabahans, some leaders have gone weak probably due to their easy and sometimes luxurious life that they seem to have no fight left in them and simply surrender or give up when discussing about security for Sabah or merely repeating the official story-line from Putrajaya that Sabah cannot defend itself, only the federal government can.

They are merely giving excuses when the people on the ground are talking about being prepared to defend their homeland if Sabah is invaded by foreign forces or even if Sabah do indeed separate from a break-up of Malaysia due to non-compliance of the terms of the merger agreed in 1963.    And these people cut across all races and include all the multi-ethnic races in Sabah.

And Sabahans served with distinction during World War 2 with the allied forces from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and others.   There was also the Sabah Border Scouts who before being disbanded by the federal government, had secured Sabah’s borders much better than later federal security forces who allowed in illegals during their guard.   Such is the make-up of Sabahans if they are indeed called upon to defend their homeland.

And their further and lame excuse to look towards the federal security apparatus is misplaced confidence.  

It is the very federal government and its leaders that failed to fulfil the promises and failed to provide the security to Sabah since 1963.   In fact, some of the security problems caused by insurgents in the Southern Philippines is caused by the Malaysian government through covert operations to fund, train and arm the insurgents.    Sabah was even used as a training ground and safe heaven.

Added to the problem was the wanton issuance of ICs and MyKads to foreigners even from as far as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.    Many were issued ICs on the illegal basis that they were “born” again in Sabah when they were not.  It was a common story repeated and repeated again at the RCI hearings last year.

The purported claims of the Sulus and the Kiram descendants will not go away whether Sabah is part of Malaysia or independent on its own.   The purported claims will also not be settled by military means and their claims are not helped by conflicting internal disputes even amongst families.  Even Umno Sabah members are claiming to be the “Sultan of Sulu”.

The federal government and past leaders are the culprits of the insecurity problem in Sabah.  “How can we rely on the federal government to provide security” queried Dr. Jeffrey.

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