Wakil tetap Malaysia ke Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (United Nation) telah dipanggil oleh Setiausaha Agung PBB Ban Ki-moon bagi mencari jalan penyelesaian krisis di Sabah agar hak asasi manusia dipelihara dan lagi tiada lagi kehilangan nyawa. Kenyataan beliau ini terdapat dalam agenda harian beliau di bawah tajuk "bilateral meetings".Read More “PBB panggil WAKIL TETAP MALAYSIA BINCANG ISU SABAH” »»
Dua artikel oleh Anthea Mulakala dari The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Malaysia dan Marcel Simok dari Asia Calling menceritakan nasib dan masa depan puluhan ribu kanak-kanak di Sabah yang mana ibu bapa mereka telah datang ke Sabah dari Filipina atau Indonesia kerana mencari sesuap nasi. Kanak-kanak ini tidak memiliki sebarang dokumen yang sah. Kesannya ialah mereka tidak dapat menggunakan kemudahan untuk bersekolah serta rawatan dan penjagaan kesihatan. Kerajaan Sabah seolah-olah lepas tangan. Yang mahu menghulurkan bantuan setakat ini hanyalah badan bukan kerajaan serta Gereja. Amat malang, sebuah negeri yang kaya raya dengan hasil mahsul tetapi tidak memberi bantuan kepada anak serta warga pekerja yang membantu membangunkan ekonomi Sabah.
Sabah’s Stateless Children
By Anthea Mulakala
The Malaysian state of Sabah on the northern point of Borneo, though resource-rich, has the highest poverty rate in the country. Official figures claim 16 percent, but unofficial sources put the poverty rate as high as 24 percent. Interestingly, the face of the poor in Sabah is quite unlike that of the rest of Malaysia. Sabah’s population is largely non-Malaysian, including many Indonesians and Filipinos who have migrated to Sabah (legally and illegally) for employment and to escape poverty in their own countries.
|Sekolah atas air kaum Bajau Sabah|
Sabah’s GDP per capita is half the national average. Many of these migrants are employed in the palm oil sector. The demand for cheap labor in Sabah’s palm oil plantations and its labor-intensive production processes have kept the migrants coming since the 1970s. Many come with families or have started families since their arrival. This phenomenon has resulted in approximately 52,000 stateless children in Sabah as of last year.
Since 2006, children who have no documents to prove their nationality have not been able to access government services, including health and education. While documents are available upon application, the criteria and process for application is restrictive. Many parents in the migrant worker and indigenous communities do not know the application procedure to obtain the documents or simply cannot afford the travel costs or middlemen pay-offs required to get a child registered. In addition, Malaysia does not practice or guarantee citizenship by birth alone. A child must have a parent with a Malaysian Identity Card to confirm citizenship. Foreign parents have to register newborns with their respective consulate office. Indonesia has a consulate office in Kota Kinabalu (the capital of Sabah), but this means extra travel costs for the parents, which many cannot afford. The Philippines does not have a consulate in Sabah. Foreign workers are not allowed to marry, according to the immigration laws of Malaysia, and hence migrant marriages are conducted through customary or religious rites only. When a couple has a child, they are unable to register the birth because they are not legally married.
Whether the issue is legal status, poverty, or distance, the number of stateless children in Sabah is rising. These children, mainly from Indonesian and Philippine plantation workers, grow up on palm oil plantations and face a childhood without a single day in school. Others spend their childhood on the streets, as child laborers, and are exposed early to social ills like glue sniffing, drugs, petty crime, or child abuse. According to surveys, in certain areas more than 50 percent of children without schooling end up working as child laborers.
Since 1991, the Borneo Child Aid Society Sabah (BCAS), an independent, Malaysian-registered NGO, has been working to get these children off the streets and into school. The Society provides education to children aged 3 to 16 years who otherwise do not have access to schools due to legal status, poverty, or distance. BCAS currently educates more than 1,300 children in the towns of Lahad Datu, Semporna, and Kalabakan, and provides the main subjects of Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language), English, Mathematics, and Science, as well as arts and activities like singing and dancing. The first three learning centres started in 1991 in Lahad Datu at the request of local parents and children on the plantations. Since then, the Society has grown rapidly with more than 10,000 children in over 115 learning centres today. According to its Executive Director Torben Venning, the Society works closely with the Malaysian Ministry of Education to maintain its license to operate the learning centres. The Society is now looking at a higher degree of cooperation with the Ministry to increase collaboration with government schools in the same areas as the BCAS learning centres to better serve marginalized children residing in Sabah. Some palm oil companies have also supported BCAS efforts as part of their corporate social responsibility programs, offering facilities for children’s learning.
One unique BCAS endeavor is the Bajau Laut floating school. The Bajau Laut minority are traditional seafarers who live most of their lives aboard family boats. Their lack of legal status means many children are unable to attend government schools. In response, BCAS started a “floating” school with a special curriculum developed by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Malaysia that is highly relevant to their environment and emphasizes the environmental and economical importance of sustainable fishing and protection of reefs.
The Bajau Laut minority are traditional seafarers who live most of their lives aboard family boats. Their lack of legal status means many children are unable to attend government schools. In response, BCAS started a “floating” school, above.
So far, the results speak to the Society’s huge success: in the areas where BCAS learning centres operate, less than 10 percent of children end up on the street. More than half of the BCAS children graduating from 6th grade attend secondary school when they move back to Indonesia or the Philippines.
Many of these children now aspire to be teachers, nurses, doctors, and police officers. Very few say they want to stay on as plantation workers. Quality education is certainly one critical factor in a brighter future. The Asia Foundation supports BCAS through our Books for Asia program, which provides high-quality English-language books and resources to the BCAS learning centres. Despite such enthusiastic support, the issue of education for stateless children requires far greater attention by the federal and state governments of Malaysia. Similarly, oil palm companies which attract large numbers of migrants to sustain their profitability need to act to protect and promote the welfare of their workers and their families.
Philippines stateless children in Sabah
Aid workers and non-governmental organisations estimate there are about 50,000 stateless Indonesian children in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.
And there is a lesser known population of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of stateless Filipino children living there.
Marcel Simok has the story of one of these children from Kota Kinabalu.
This is Lynn. She’s the eldest of nine children. She has no legal documents for Malaysia or the Philippines.
So she can’t legally work here or get an education. She works under the counter at a Chinese restaurant.
“At age 2, my parents brought me here to Labuan, Philippines and never been back since.”
Christina is the President of NGO Hope in Sabah.
“The issue of stateless children in Sabah is very serious. Is a real problem for the people of Sabah and I suppose the government as well because they are all over the state.”
Lynn is one of perhaps tens of thousands of stateless children in Sabah.
“My father works as a welder. I am not sure either because he goes everywhere like Sipitang to work. He was arrested, once in Labuan and many times here. It was all about passport.”
Since the 1960s Muslim migrants can apply to be given a temporary identity document from the Sabah Islamic Council.
But it is not an official identity card, says Christina.
“These stateless kids are being deprived of education due to their stateless status. Unless and unless they are legalised, they cannot be of any use to our society.”
Anne Keyworth is the co-founder of the shelter Bukit Harapan.
It’s a home for disable children but also abused women including undocumented children who parents have been deported.
“We have to face the fact that they will be here forever. If we don’t do anything about them then they will be our future criminals.”
Many people accused the illegal migrants of being involved in crimes.
Over the years Malaysia has carried out several major evictions of undocumented migrants and stateless people.
However critics say it will not stop the influx of foreign migrants like Lynn arriving on Malaysia's shores.
They come in the hope of a better life. Just like Lynn.
“I hope the temporary identity document which they gave us now is genuine so that my younger siblings can go to school and not will be like me. I have to start working at the age of 10 until now.”
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|Peta 1 Daerah di Sabah|
agak menarik untuk melihat sedikit statistik demografi dan geografi empat daerah yang sedikit sebanyak terlibat dengan insident berdarah iaitu daerah Lahad Datu,Tawau, Semporna dan Kunak.
Keempat-empat daerah dalam negari di bawah bayu ini berjiran antara satu dengan yang lain, mempunyai persisiran pantai yang
panjang dan memiliki persisiran pantai berteluk. Yang paling penting ialah keempat-empat daerah ini adalah yang paling hampir dengan kepulauan Sulu serta negara Filipina. Sila lihat peta 1,2 dan 3.
|Peta 2 Bandar Utama di Sabah|
|Peta 3 Majlis daerah Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak dan Semporna|
Dari aspek demografi, keempat-empat daerah di atas, memiliki kadar pertumbuhan penduduk yang agak tinggi dari tahun 1980 hingga 1991 menurut Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. Sila lihat jadual di bawah. kadar pertumbuhan penduduk Sabah secara keseluruhannya memang tinggi berbanding kadar negara dan negeri-negeri lain kecuali Sarawak. Pertumbuhan penduduk di Lahad Datu antara 1980 dan 1991 ialah 10.01 peratus, manakala Tawau 6.97%, Semporna 5.13% dan Kunak 10.54%.
Sebagai perbandingan sila lihat jadual 5, taburan pendudk di Malaysia sebagai perbandingan.
|Jadual 4 Pertumbuhan Penduduk di daerah Sabah|
|Jadual 5 taburan Penduduk Di negeri-negeri Malaysia|
Dari aspek pecahan kaum pula daerah Tawau,Lahad Datu , Semporna dan Kunak bagi tahun 2010, kita lihat dari jadual di bawah, secara purata, jumlah bukan warganegara hampir sama dengan jumlah warganegara. Juga kita dapati jumlah bumiputera selain Melayu, Kadazan-Dusun, Bajau dan Murut yang dikategorikan sebagai "bumiputera lain" cukup tinggi, hampir 15 - 20 %.
Kita juga dapati di daerah Tawau dan Lahad Datu, jumlah penduduk lelaki mengatasi jumlah penduduk perempuan,manakala di Semporna dan Kunak, jumlah kedua jantina agak seimbang. Namun, wujud perbezaan antara jumlah isirumah ("household") dan tempat kediaman ("living quarters").
Sekarang kita bandingkan dengan jumlah pengundi di seluruh Sabah. Pada tahun 2004, terdapat 513,490 pengundi berdaftar dengan SPR, 2008, ada 794,448 orang dan setakat Nov 2012, terdapat 969,467 orang pengundi berdaftar. Ini merupakan pertambahan seramai 175,000 pengundi baru. Bandingkan dengan Selangor yang jumlah pengundi baru naik mendadak seramai 470,526 orang setakat Nov 2012.
(1) Jumlah penduduk di keempat daerah iaitu Lahad Datu, Tawau, Semporna dan Kunak mencatatkan pertumbuhan penduduk yang tinggi.
(2) Jumlah penduduk bertaraf BUKAN warganegara hampir menyamai jumlah warganegara di daerah berkenaaan.
(3) Jumlah penduduk bertaraf warganegara yang dikategorikan sebagai BUMIPUTERA LAIN agak tinggi, hampir 15-20 peratus.
(4) Lebih 80% penduduk di empat daerah berkenaan berumur kurang dari 40 tahun dan jumlah lelaki melebihi kaum perempuan.
(5) Walaupun penduduk Sabah hanya berjumlah 3.2 juta orang, tetapi Sabah dipweruntukkan sebanyak 25 kerusi Parlimen, berbanding Selangor yang mempunyai penduduk 5.4juta orang dengan jumlah pengundi 2juta hanya diberi 22 kerusi Parlimen.
(6) Migrasi antara negeri mencatatkan Sabah di tangga ketiga dan pada tahun 2011, seramai 17,000 rakyat Sabah telah berhijrah ke Selangor.
(1) Jumlah Bukan warganegara menyamai jumlah warganegara sebenar di Lahad Datu, Tawau, Semporna dan Kunak. Adakah mereka PATI atau sebaliknya daripada negara Filipina, ?Indonesia ? Australia ? Amerika
(2) Majoriti penduduk di empat daerah berkenaan adalah lelaki berumur di bawah 40 tahun. ? bakal pengundi
(3) Warganegara bertaraf "bumiputera lain" menghampiri 20% jumlah warganegara. Siapa mereka? Suluk
UN chief encourages dialogue to peacefully resolve situation in Sabah6 March 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an end to violence and encouraged dialogue among all parties to peacefully resolve the situation in Sabah, Malaysia.
According to media reports, Malaysian troops are searching houses and terrain for armed members of a Filipino clan embroiled in a three-week conflict in Sabah on Borneo island. Related violence has reportedly left eight members of the Malaysian security forces and 19 clan members dead.
“The Secretary-General is closely following the situation in Sabah,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. “He urges an end to the violence and encourages dialogue among all the parties for a peaceful resolution of the situation.”
Mr. Ban also expressed concern about the impact this situation may have on the civilian population, including migrants in the region.
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|Nur Misuari bersama Sultan Kiram|
Kini terdapat 800,000 ribu bangsa Filipino (dari pelbagai keturunan dan suku kaum seperti Maguindanao, Maranau dan Tausuq atau Suluk) yang tinggal di Sabah sama ada sebagai pekerja, penduduk tetap atau warganegara. Perairan yang memisahkan kepulauan atau Semenanjung Sulu dengan Sabah hanyalah beberapa jam perjalanan menaiki speedboat. Daritu, kenyataan Habib Hashim Mudjahab, pengerusi MNLF’s Islamic Council Committee yang beribu orang kaum Tausug
sedang dalam perjalanan ke Sabah harus dikaji dan diambil berat oleh pihak berwajib. Mereka pernah melakukannya dengan menembusi sekatan yang pernah dikenakan oleh regime Marcos suatu ketika dulu. Kaum Tausug pakar dalam bidang pelayaran melalui " pintu belakang selatan" dari Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga dan Sulu ke Sabah, yang sukar dikesan oleh Tentera Laut, Pasukan marine atau Jabatan Laut Malaysia.
Thousands of Tausug sailing to Sabah to aid beleaguered comrades – MNLF exec
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Thousands of Tausug from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have sailed to Sabah to reinforce members of the so-called royal army of the sultanate of Sulu who are fighting it out with Malaysian security forces, a Moro National Liberation Front official said Tuesday. “We can no longer prevent our people. We are hurt and many of our people, even the non-combatants, are going to Sabah to help the sultanate,” Habib Hashim Mudjahab, chair of the MNLF’s Islamic Council Committee, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.
But Lt. Gen, Rey Ardo, chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, said they have not monitored reports of reinforcements trying to enter Sabah. “But we cannot avoid that some residents who have relatives in Malaysia would react to the situation,” he said.
Mudjahab said at least 10,000 Tausug from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga on Monday night started to reinforce the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III now holed up in a coastal village in Sabah via the Philippines’ so-called “southern backdoor,” a route regular traders are familiar with. He said the reinforcements “sailed in small numbers so they can easily penetrate Sabah unnoticed. “The naval blockade is of no use; our military should have known that. We did that before at the height of Marcos regime.
We can easily go to Sabah and blend with the people there,” he added. He was referring to a naval blockade thrown up by the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard to ensure armed sympathizers do not joined the beleaguered men in Sabah as reinforcements.
Days ago, Mudjahab said, he advised several MNLF commanders against going to Sabah to help a group of about 200 men who landed in a coastal village in Lahad Datu on Feb. 9 to assert the sultanate’s claim to Sabah. They engaged Malaysian authorities in a standoff that has resulted in a series of skirmishes since last Friday. At least 27 people, including eight Malaysians have been reported killed in the violence. The Malaysian Air Force is reported to have dropped bombs Tuesday on the Filipinos’ suspected lair.
“I told them to hold on to their ranks and avoid getting emotionally affected with the situation. But our President Noynoy (President Benigno Aquino III) kept issuing statements favoring the Malaysians, which made our people agitated. The President must realize that for the Tausugs, being pushed to the wall, fighting for a cause, is dying with victory,” he said. He said with three old heirs of the Sultanate, “who have no history of rebellion, living quietly on their own, now leading the cause in Sabah, is something great for the Tausugs.”
Malaysian troops moving in to flush out members of the Sulu Sultanate’s ‘royal army’ from a remote village in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The Star/Bernama-Asia News Network “It is about pride and honor, and our people are ready to sacrifice,” Mudjahab said. Ajil Jaffar, 50, an oil palm plantation worker in Kota Kinabalu and who was among those repatriated to the country on Sunday, said he wanted to return to Sabah. “I want to help them. It’s our honor to be with the sultan so that this deportation and abuses will stop,” he said. A retired educator in Tawi-Tawi, who asked not to be identified by name, said the sultanate of Sulu represents an extension of their rich heritage. “They are the first Filipinos. The sultanate of Sulu was already there even before Philippines existed,” he said. Amirah Lidasan of the nongovernmental group Suara Bangsamoro said the status of the sultanate of Sulu was unfinished business that “keeps on nagging us.” “We have a bloody history of Moro people getting killed while defending the homeland. It also speaks of the Philippine government’s giving in to the interest of foreigners instead of its citizens,” Lidasan said. Meanwhile, Hataman said at least 70 Filipinos arrived in Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi yesterday (Tuesday) to escape being caught in the crossfire in Sabah. “They boarded a commercial vessel and they arrived this morning,” Hataman said. Hataman has been meeting for what he called “security and social preparations” with the military and local government officials since Tuesday morning.
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Sekali lagi kita terduduk apabila keputusan TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION 2013 Kedudukan Reputasi institusi pendidikan dunia diisytiharkan. Beberapa bulan yang lalu, kita amat terkejut dengan keputusan TIMSS
yang mendedahkan kelemahan sistem pendidikan sekolah rendah dan menengah di Malaysia. Setakat ini, kita hanya mampu menggigit jari melihat kejayaan jiran kita di selatan , Kotaraya Singapura, mampu mengeluarkan DUA universitinya bertaraf antarabangsa dan menduduki tangga 22 dan 71.
Tulisan ini sekadar melihat ke dalam diri dan bukan bertujuan menuding jari ke arah siapa-siapa. Segala sumber dan keupayaan perlu digembleng dan difokus untuk kejayaan masa depan.
Di Selangor, kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat telah mencuba yang terbaik untuk menonjolkan Universiti Selangor (dulunya UNISEL) sebagai sebuah institusi pendidikan tinggi yang menjadi pilihan lepasan pelajar SPM. Dalam masa lima tahun, Exco Pendidka, Pentadbir dan Pensyarah Universiti Selangor telah berusaha sedaya upaya dalam batas-batas dan kekangan yang wujud untuk melahirkan graduan yang serba boleh dan memiliki syahsiah yang tinggi di samping berjaya dalam kerjaya yang dipilih.
Singapore varsities move up in world reputation rankings
March 05, 2013
SINGAPORE, March 5 — The reputations of local universities have risen among academics again, according to the 2013 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released this morning.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) inched up a spot to 22nd, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) moved to the 71th-80th band, up from the 81-90th band last year. Among universities in Asia, NUS ranked second behind Japan’s University of Tokyo, with NTU coming in 13th.
The rankings are based on 16,639 responses from senior academics around the world. The poll asked academics to nominate no more than 15 of the best institutions in their narrow field of expertise, based on their experience and knowledge.
American universities dominated the rankings this year, taking seven of the top 10 places. Harvard University took the top spot, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University, while Oxford University climbed two places to finish fourth. The University of Tokyo was the top-ranked Asian institution at No. 9, after it slipped one spot in this year’s rankings.
According to Times, the top six’s membership has remained consistent since the first rankings were conducted in 2011, with the gap between it and the chasing pack widening each year.
The latest rankings, however, showed the two local universities making steady improvements over the past three years. In 2011, NUS was ranked 27th, while NTU was placed in the 91-100th band.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, president of NUS, felt the latest ranking was a strong recognition of the university’s commitment to delivering “high quality education and research of global impact”. With two Singapore universities in the top 100, NTU president Professor Bertil Andersson said it shows that the republic is known for being “a knowledge-based city driven by innovation and technology” despite being a small country.
Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “It seems clear that Singapore’s academy is increasingly recognised by scholars as a world-leading destination for research and innovation. Both universities are rising in the reputation table and in the overall World University Rankings, which are based on objective performance indicators.
“Now is clearly a very exciting time for Singapore, which is establishing itself at the heart of the boom in East Asian higher education and gaining ground on the traditional Western elite.” — Today
Singapore schools still pulling in Malaysians despite spike in fees, bus fares
KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — More Malaysians are making the daily commute across the Causeway to study in Singapore public schools, the republic’s Straits Times (ST) reported today despite a burgeoning education hub featuring top-notch foreign institutions in Johor’s Iskandar area.
Citing school bus operators ferrying Malaysian students to and from the narrow straits separating the two countries, the daily reported a growing passenger load despite the recent hike in education fees for foreigners at all levels — from primary all way through to pre-university.
A Malaysian student now has to pay between S$350 (RM874) and S$700 (RM 1,748) a month, up from between S$115 (RM287.17) and S$170 (RM424.51) from last year at Singapore’s public schools, the paper reported, adding that independent schools there had also upped their fees for foreigners.
“The parents want their children to have more job options in the future and having English is one way to make sure they are on the right track,” Janet Lee, 43, was quoted saying.
Lee’s family owns the biggest Singapore-Malaysia school bus operator, Century Bus, which the daily reported had seen a five per cent increase in the number of students it ferries since last year.
Century Bus estimates that there are at least 2,000 students, half of whom are Malaysians ferried to school by the company’s buses, the paper reported.
Another private school bus operator, Lee Chee Chen, 60, told the paper his Malaysian passengers have nearly doubled from the 18 students he had last year.
Malaysian parents interviewed by the paper admitted the increase in the fees was a strain on their wallets, but said they were willing to put up with it for the benefits of an English-medium.
“The lack of an English-speaking environment means fewer job opportunities for my daughter,” said Yap Nyet Ling, 48, who had put her college-age daughter through 12 years of education in Singapore.
“Malaysian Chinese schools focus on Chinese rather than English, and Malaysian international schools are more expensive than Singapore schools,” said Johor tutor Cindy Seah, 33, who sends her two primary-age daughters to school in Singapore.
Malaysian parents, especially those in Johor, have been sending their children to study in Singapore schools for years.
EduCity, a 242.81-hectare education hub developed by Iskandar Investment Berhad, has managed to pull several international schools to set up branches in Johor.
However, the schools have complained of bureaucratic hurdles when setting up shop in the southern state’s economic corridor.-Malaysian Insider
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Breaking News: Intruders chief an ADO in Kudat during USNO reign
By Alexander Chen/ Borneoinsider
CENDERAWASIH (LAHAD DATU): The leader of the so-called royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate once served as an assistant district officer of Kudat during the reign of former chief minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun.
|Sultan Jamalul Kiram III|
Ajbimuddin speaks good English and showed the emissaries documents of the ancestral claim to Sabah.
He wears a white robe and is unarmed and is staying in the house of a man called “Pakcik Umrah”, who with his wife, were the only two villagers who did not flee Tanduo on Tuesday.
The standoff entered its fourth day Friday. The numbers of the group which started off with 32, is said to have swelled to just over 100 and now claims are there are some 300 of them in the area.
The Maritime Enforcement Agency’s patrol boat as seen from the Dent peninsular where Kg Tondua is located.
There are plans to get Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, one of the descendants of the Sulu Sultanate and related the Radjah Mudah to get involved in the negotiations.
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, Ajbimuddin has already met another relative of the Sultan who was brought in from Kuala Lumpur but is standing firm to the group’s demands
On Friday, Borneo Insider quoted a Philippine Daily Inquirer report as saying: “We want to live in our place. Sabah is our territory, as it is part of the ancestral domain of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.
“One more thing, it’s as if we were not Filipinos,” he said. “The President of the Philippines pays no attention to us.”
Radjah Mudah is one of the three leaders of the Kiram family, heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu that is claiming Sabah.
“They (Malaysian security) have surrounded us—me and my group of civilians and royal security forces—and, of course, they were armed,” Radjah Mudah was said to have told the Inquirer by phone Thursday.
“But there was no fighting. We talked. We have an open line to a high Malaysian official and he talked to us, referring to me as ‘Your Excellency, Your Royal Highness,’” the Radjah Mudah said.
A Police water truck ferrying fresh water and heading towards the stand-off point;
Based on reports from those who managed to enter the village, there is now a bigger presence of armed intruders with the number put at 300, though this could not be immediately confirmed.
Most of them were in black and grey military fatigues and armed with M16 rifles, M14 grenade launchers, Colt 45 pistols and bullet straps.
Among the group is five women and a number of civilians, including a man on crutches, but it could not be immediately ascertained if they were the hostages that was earlier reported.
They were seen cooking tapioca grown at the village.
The group comprises Tausug and Bajau from Basilan, Jolo, and Tawi Tawi, aged between 20 and 60, and had arrived in several boats since Saturday.
A four-star commander wearing the name tag identifying himself as Musa or Musang, was also spotted among the group.
At least six temporary camps have been set up in the village sprawled over a 250ha area along the coastline of the Celebes Sea facing the Tawi Tawi chain of island in southern Philippines.
According to a villager who had returned to check on his belongings, since fleeing on Tuesday, none of their houses had been encroached nor their property taken away by the intruders.
The emissaries will return to the village later Saturday to continue the negotiations, with Sabah police chief Datuk Hamza Taib saying he expected all to be over soon.
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Dilaporkan oleh BUZZFEED POLITICS, sebuah portal berita berpangkalan di New York bahawa akhbar Washington Times, San Francisco Examiner dan lain-lain menyiarkan berita memburuk-burukan Anwar Ibrahim yang ditulis oleh penulis JOSHUA TREVINO. Penulis ini pula dibayar oleh APCO Worlwide, sebuah syarikat perhubungan awam. Trevino juga telah diupah untuk menulis dalam MalaysiaWatcher dan MalaysiaMatters.
Di bawah Akta Pendaftaran Agent Asing, satu pengisytiharan telah dibuat kepada Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat bahawa Trevino yang digaji the Guardian sebuah akhbar Britain telah beroleh pendapatan RM1.2 juta untuk satu kontrak kempen dari Mei 2008 hingga April 2011.
FBC Media, syarikat yang bertanggungjawab secara langsung kepada BBC untuk lapan program mengenai Malaysia telah dibayar RM85juta oleh kerajaan Malaysia .
Putrajaya’s media strategist funded anti-Anwar campaign, US filings show
By Debra Chong/Malaysian Insider
March 02, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Putrajaya’s media strategist APCO Worldwide covertly financed international media reports in a campaign against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after Election 2008, filings to the United States Department of Justice this week revealed.
Widely-read New York-based news portal Buzzfeed Politics reported yesterday that media outlets from Huffington Post and Washington Times to San Francisco Examiner and National Review carried several articles by right-wing American writers, most notably Joshua Trevino, who had been engaged by global publicity firm APCO Worldwide.
Anwar was the target in articles by right-wing American writers.Trevino, who was last year sacked as the US correspondent for British paper The Guardian over a news-fixing scandal linked to Putrajaya, was reported to have declared earning US$389,724.70 (RM1.2 million), in a belated filing to the US Justice Department under its Foreign Agent Registration Act earlier this week, for a contracted campaign that spanned from May 2008 to April 2011.
According to Trevino’s belated federal filing, the interests paying Trevino were in fact the government of Malaysia, “its ruling party or interests closely aligned with either”, Buzzfeed reported.
The news site highlighted the writer telling the influential US website Politico previously in 2011 that “I was never on any ‘Malaysian entity’s payroll,’ and I resent your assumption that I was” following allegations he had hidden his business relationship with Malaysian political interests.
The contract also involved a firm called FBC (short for Fact-Based Communications), whose involvement in covert propaganda prompted a related scandal and forced an executive at The Atlantic to resign from its board, Buzzfeed reported.
Trevino told Buzzfeed he had been approached by publicist and social media executive David All in 2008 and never had contact with “the ultimate client.”
“I only had an assumption of who I was working for. I never knew exactly who APCO was dealing with, never knew exactly who FBC was dealing with,” he was quoted as saying.
He was reported to have acknowledged he had lied to BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, who was then at Politico, when the allegations first surfaced in 2011.
According to the filings, Trevino was also employed to write for websites called MalaysiaMatters, now defunct, and MalaysiaWatcher.
Trevino had also frequently criticised Anwar in his other columns in other publications such as the Huffington Post.
Trevino was also reported to have farmed out his work to 10 other conservative American writers, including former Washington Post blogger Ben Domenech, who earned US$36,000 from the deal, and Rachel Ehrenfeld, the director of the American Center for Democracy, who made US$30,000.
Buzzfeed reported Seth Mandel, an editor at Commentary, drawing US$5,500 for a National Review piece while Brad Jackson picked up US$24,700 for work in Redstate.
“It was actually a fairly standard PR operation,” Trevino told BuzzFeed last Friday.
Domenech, who wrote two pieces for Huffington Post and the San Francisco Examiner, was reported as saying he had been picked by Trevino’s strategy and media company in 2010 to write about Malaysia, specifically its political scene.
“Of course, Josh picked me knowing what my opinion was — I stand by what I wrote at the time and I continue to be critical of Anwar Ibrahim, who I think is a particularly dangerous fellow,” he was reported as saying by Buzzfeed.
FBC Media, the company alleged to have been referred to by The Guardian, made eight programmes for the BBC about Malaysia while failing to declare it was paid £17 million (RM85 million) by the Malaysian government for “global strategic communications”, which included positive coverage of Malaysia’s controversial palm oil industry.
The BBC also used FBC to make a documentary about the spring uprising in Egypt without knowing the firm was paid to do PR work for the regime of former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The BBC was forced to make a public apology over the matter.
FBC had also been exposed to have doubled up as a publicity firm for the Najib government and was paid millions of pounds to conduct a “Global Strategic Communications Campaign”.
But Putrajaya ended its RM94 million contract with FBC, which started in 2007, in 2011 after it was revealed Malaysian government leaders regularly appeared in paid-for-TV programmes.
The Malaysian Insider has reported of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak contracting a series of public relations strategists, including APCO Worldwide, to polish his personal image and his government’s locally and worldwide.
Late last year the government said FBC helped raise the standing of Malaysia as a tourism and investment destination during the three-year deal.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told Parliament that the London-based media company, which is facing bankruptcy, “supported the efforts of government leaders and ministers” to burnish the country’s image overseas.
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