The court declaration that the appointment of Sabah Water Department director Amarjit last year was unlawful has revealed how a thoughtless decision by the Shafie Government has opened a Pandora’s Box with incalculable consequences for the state.

People are now saying we don’t know what other appointments made by Shafie Apdal after taking charge of Sabah Government was illegal or didn’t follow SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). We need another Yong Teck Lee, they are saying.

Even the appointment of a non-Sabahan Sarawakian timber-man Hu Chang Lik @ Hii Chang Lik’s to the president of the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) is raising question, with many questioning the state government’s move of giving senior position in the civil service to private citizens.

Was the appointment of Sarawakian Hu Chang Lik as Sandakan Municipal Council President legal?

Hu Chang Lik mysteriously held the position as Sandakan Municipal President for only 1 year, why only 1 year?

And if Hu Chang Lik’s appointment as Sandakan Muncipal Council President is found to be illegal, all decisions made by him as President of Sandakan Municipal Council will also be subject to lawsuits.

Then the appointment of a non-Sabahan from Penang as a nominated assemblyman by the Warisan-led state government which was Never in the history of Sabah. It goes to show they have no respect on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). This is again a blow to Warisan’s slogan of “Sabah for Sabahans” which they stole from Party Bersatu Sabah. Which was also criticised by Dr Mahathir recently. All along it was very clear that the appointment of Nominated Assembly Member is to represent Sabah’s own minorities and not a West Malaysian from Semanunjung.

The appointment of Johan Arriffin A Samad  as the Chief Executive Officer of Institute For Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) also lasted for only 6 months although Shafie gave Johan all the hopes that he would continue to be CEO. The decision did not depend on the chief minister but with the board of directors of IDS, who voted 6-5 against him. Johan had to leave the IDS abruptly.

Then there is also talk that Shafie could replace Jamalul Kiram the Director of Yayasan Sabah cum Chief Executive Officer of Innoprise Corporation Sdn. Bhd (ICSB) with Former Sabah State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman. It seems Jamalul Kiram did not live up to Shafie’s expectations.

Under Shafie’s rule, an unprecedented and dire situation has arisen, as key institutions have squirmed under the overbearing pressure of interference. Some have raised the banner of revolt, some have buckled under the weight. Although institutions have always had to negotiate with political rulers, and there have been periods in Sabah’s past when things came to a flash point, but never before has such a sweeping discontent been visible to the people. It poses a danger for the country’s democracy if institutions like the Court and the MACC and the police are pressurised to function for political ends. As the Court of Appeal hearing of the legitimate Sabah CM approaches, many of these institutions are sensing that the Warisan-led state government could be on the losing side, and that has emboldened them to speak up. It is a hint of the shape of things to come.


Will Sukau Bridge 2 Project be Peter Anthony’s next Pot of Gold at the expense of Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys?

Peter Anthony is looking into reviving the Sukau Bridge 2 Project.

Even World’s No 1 environmental icon Sir Richard Attenborough and international environmental NGOs were heavily critical of this project. Sir Attenborough had said that Sabah’s global appeal as an ecotourism will be doomed if the Sukau Bridge 2 Project went ahead.

The UK Guardian newspaper published an article highlighting Sir David Attenborough’s concerns over the proposed bridge that would span 350m across the Kinabatangan River, threatening one of the last sanctuaries of the rare Bornean pygmy elephant.

Musa Aman had scrapped this project. Looks like Musa is the only true defender of the environment. Musa’s track record in saving Sabah’s environment cannot be denied.

The Sukau Bridge Project is RM223mil and split into two phases.

Phase 1 is RM67 million and it involves an approach road followed by a bridge across the Kinabatangan at Sukau.

Phase 2 is RM150 million and it involves upgrading 0.3km of the IOI dirt road before constructing an ambitious 1.38km of elevated bridge featuring a raft of viaducts for animals to cross a forested Lot 3 of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in addition to upgrading 1km of dirt road till Kg Moresem.

What Peter Anthony is suggesting is a slap in the face of Shafie Apdal as only yesterday Shafie had issued a stern warning to businesses, that the protection of wildlife in Sabah is absolute, and no compromise on wildlife.

The Kinabatangan Conservation Area is described as “Sabah’s Gift to the Earth” and has been dubbed the “Corridor of Life”.

Lets see if WWF opposes this project again as they did it in the past. In the past, the WWF representative RAHIMATSAH was vehemently against the Sukau Bridge 2 Project but now I hear RAHIMATSAH was recently awarded a project in the Danum Valley and may choose to stay silent.

I also heard last year a couple of soldiers were caught for poaching wildlife in the Danum Valley and so far nothing has come out of it.


This came out today, 15th September 2019 in the Daily Express. See also here n here


As we celebrate the 56th anniversary of our beloved nation, it is time to reflect on the circumstances which led to the formation of Malaysia with Sarawak joining the Malayan states, Sabah and Singapore to give birth to a new federation on Sept 16, 1963.

Watch this video!


PKR president Anwar Ibrahim our PM-in-waiting is coming to Sabah on the 17th of September 2019. I’m made to understand that on reaching Kota Kinabalu, Anwar is expected to go to Kota Belud immediately where thousands of USBO (United Sabah Bumis Organisation) members including Pandikar Amin Mulia, Salleh Said Keruak, Amir Kahar Tun Mustapha among others will be officially joining Anwar’s PKR.

It seems USBO wants to rev up Muslim support for Anwar in Sabah.

Interestingly, Shafie Apdal from day one has been trying to win over USBO into Warisan, but seems like he has failed.

USBO’s membership is made up of Bajau, Bajo, Badjau, Jama Mapun or Kagayan, Balangingi, Binadan, Kubang, Sama, Sama Delaut, Simunul, Sibutu, Sikubung, Yakan, Sibaud, Ubian, Suluk and Iranun individuals.

USBO was formerly known as Persatuan Sabah Bajau Bersatu (PSBB) formed on June 15, 1964 and changed its name to USBO on Aug 31, 2006.

Sabah politics is getting more and more interesting. With this USBO move, PKR will be even stronger than Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu, and would certainly take the wind out of Warisan’s sails. USBO for sure is going to create a stir among political circles in Sabah with this move.

Lets wait and see.

September 8th 2019, Anwar Confirms KB visit.

Read BERNAMA story from George Town….

Anwar’s KB visit on  invite of  Bajau  Community Published on: Sunday, September 08, 2019 By: Bernama

GEORGE TOWN: The visit by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to Kota Belud, Sabah, on September 17 is on the invitation of the Bajau community in the state, said PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. He dismissed speculation that Anwar’s visit to Sabah with several of the party leaders was to recruit or receive new PKR members. “We were invited on September 17 to Kota Belud by the Bajau community. We know Sabah has so many different ethnic (groups). They invited Datuk Seri Anwar and the rest of the party leaders,” he said, adding that as party president, Anwar was often invited by people from all walks of life. “This time, he accepted the invitation by Sabah, it is not an event to receive (new) members,” he told reporters after launching a blood-donation and health programme in Pantai Jerejak..

A news portal reported speculations that former Cabinet Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia would be joining PKR. According to the report, United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) information chief Musli Oli was quoted as saying both were among several leaders of the Bajau community in Sabah who will be making the move. It is understood that Salleh and Pandikar Amin will be submitting their applications to join PKR after the Malaysia Day celebrations on September 16.

In December last year, Salleh and Pandikar Amin announced they were quitting Umno to become independent politicians. They are among nine Sabah Umno state assemblymen, four Members of Parliament, two senators and 21 division leaders who left the party.


Hong Kong protests demands have changed. Unlikely to end soon.

Since the protests kicked off, the full withdrawal of the extradition bill has been one of the central objectives. This has been conceded. The bill has sparked weeks of violent unrest in the former British colony.

But the movement has swelled to encompass a growing list of demands, including an independent inquiry into perceived police brutality and direct elections for the city’s leaders. Direct elections will mean dilution of Beijing’s control with a government answerable to the electors.

Can Beijing afford this?

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Hong Kong Leader Withdraws Extradition Bill


Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test.

It is commonly understood that the most acceptable marker of economic growth of a state is its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Economists, who rarely agree with each other, acquiesce with this economic measure; that is a considerable achievement by itself.

However, since CM Shafie Apdal took charge of Sabah on May 12, 2018, after the defections of Upko assemblymen who after winning their five seats on the BN symbol, flags and manifesto led to the loss of Musa’s majority. Ever since then, Sabah’s GDP has become a subject of controversial discussions, especially since it accompanied several grotesque claims of government achievements that appeared questionable.

While the Opposition decried the GDP chest-thumping roar as akin to cockamamie, the Shafie Government gloated on its spectacular accomplishment, its spokespersons hyperventilating on TV screens and social media.

Something is clearly amiss. Many think Sabah’s data under Shafie is not just cooked but barbecued.

I try to unravel this intriguing conundrum, in brief, by addressing questions that crop up with predictable regularity.

What was the GDP inherited by the present Shafie’s Government from the former Musa’s Government?

It was 8 per cent – healthy, strong and recovering robustly.

But, Shafie and his Warisan coalition through their massive propaganda machine spread the canard of apocalyptic doom that “Sabah was on the verge of a collapse”, as fearmongering and manufacturing anxiety suits. In May last year, Chief Minister Shafie Apdal claimed that Sabah was in financial difficulty and the previous Musa administration did not leave RM4 billion reserve as claimed. Shafie, who is also Sabah’s finance minister, insisted that the state’s reserves were in the negative.

Since then, however, the auditor-general’s report for 2017 has indicated otherwise, leading the state’s Opposition to dispute Shafie’s claim.

After confusion and controversy over Sabah’s financial health, state treasurer Rusdin Riman said that the state grew its reserves by over RM4 billion last year-2017.

What about the claim by Shafie that his government is responsible for the miraculous turnaround to make Sabah the fastest growing economy?

It is an absurd proposition that even a kindergarten child will debunk. How can a economy make such a dramatic turnaround within 15 months, one which was being disingenuously trashed by Shafie as a failure just a few months earlier?

The truth is that Sabah moved into the global financial arena taking giant footsteps under the 15-year period of then CM Musa Aman.

Many have called it the golden period of Sabah’s economy, as for the first time ever, we witnessed a 10-year average GDP growth rate of 7.7 per cent and lifted a million people above the poverty line, reflecting the successful model of inclusive growth.

In successive years, between 2003 to 2018 April, Musa’s government reached growth rates of 8 per cent, hitherto deemed unreachable, almost reaching double digit growth levels.

In short, Sabah was much better under Musa than under Shafie now. How do you compare the Musa’s GDP performance over that of Shafie?

There is no comparison whatsoever; GDP went up by over 300 per cent during the 15 years of Musa government. The Musa government performed extraordinarily better compared to the anaemic, almost lackadaisical numbers of Warisan-Upko-PH government.

In fact, Shafie’s government had a great opportunity to build on a strong inheritance from the previous Musa’s government, but wasted a burgeoning growth momentum.

One must remember that the Musa’s government succeeded despite facing Malaysia’s worst economic crisis, recession of 2007-08, low oil prices, drop in timber royalty due to export ban and running a difficult coalition government, and facing repeated sabotage by Shafie at the Federal level and a very difficult Vice President of Umno to deal with.

Why is the ground reality so different from the headlines and the hype?

Under Shafie, what you see is not what you get; there is selective cherry-picking, exaggerated claims, new methodologies adopted to make a sheep look like a lion, and in many cases, data that inspires grave apprehensions about their authenticity. Shafie indulges in a lot of puffery.

Thus, we have this atrocious contradiction where Shafie claims that Sabah is a growing economy, but the farmers are crying under severe rural distress, joblessness, private investments, exports, aggregate private expenditure are all looking dismal.

It hardly needs further assertion that the rural economy, in particular, has crippled small businesses. Lucky for Shafie, there is tourism, thanks to previous Musa’s government for laying the groundwork and logistics.

The damage is still being undone.

Is GDP the only macro-indicator of the health of the economy?

No, it is not, it is just the easiest one. The true health of Sabah is determined through a more detailed biopsy of economic and social indicators, mostly job creation, per capita income, export performance, gross fixed capital formation, reduction in poverty levels, per capita expenditure allocations to health and education.

On all these factors, Shafie has slipped by having both feet on a banana peel. We must not forget that the relevant index for Sabah is Human Development Index. The fact that we have seen an alarming dip in Poverty Index, or the Gender Disparity Index should tell us that this government has merely indulged in headline-hunting, rhetorical speeches, statistical manipulation and massive publicity blitzkrieg.

Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test due the presence of huge number of illegals immigrants with fake IDs.

About time. Governance in a democracy is like a fishbowl, everyone must know the truth. But under Shafie opacity rules, or as Salman Rushdie would say, there is a lot of chutnification going on. But truth does ultimately win.


There’s something fishy about Imran Khan claiming that Germany and Japan were neighbours. Can a well travelled person like Imran Khan be unaware of Germany and Japan’s locations? It seems mighty farfetched. Or did Imran Khan smoke something very potent when he made all those historical and geographical statements? Remember his ex wife Rehan Khan Imran Khan has said he takes drugs.

Maybe Geography not his strong point. For sure somethings that they don’t teach at Oxford!

He was nicknamed Im the Dim by Salman Rushdie. Pakistan’s Friday Times satirical column Howzatt Alsi refers to him as Im the Dim. Seems with good reason.


Shafie Apdal’s dislike for Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu is so clear.

In April this year, the Sabah chapter of Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu was launched with nine assemblymen — eight from Umno and one from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah — and five MPs. Now Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu is the second largest party in the Sabah state government and can boast to have close to 300,000 Sabahan card-carrying members, and more new members are joining, some even Warisan supporters from Sembulan and Likas.

Right from the beginning after taking over power as Chief Minister from Musa Aman, Shafie didn’t want the entry of Dr Mahathir’s PPBM (Bersatu) into Sabah.  After 15 months the differences deepen. There’s nothing new about a Warisan-Bersatu row. But when Bersatu happens to be Dr Mahathir the Prime Minister, and the chief minister, Shafie, the row is more like a clash of titans.

This video below showing Shafie criticising Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu (PPBM) and likening it to Umno has gone viral in Sabah. In the clip, Shafie is seen in casual conversation with at least two ladies about Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu and is heard saying that the party is “just like Umno”, and asked why they would join Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu? While the woman said that they heard they will lose their voice in Warisan.

Its a two-minute video, but here it is…

P.S:  Shafie has responded

It’s an old clip, Shafie says on PPBM-Umno video

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today dismissed a video of him appearing to equate PPBM with Umno, saying the clip which has been making the rounds on social media is an old one.

Speaking to reporters after an event here today, Shafie, who is the president of Warisan, said the remarks in the video were about PPBM spreading its wings to Sabah.

“Previously, we had an understanding that PPBM would not enter Sabah,” he said.

“We knew there were members in our party who doubted and who were concerned, as well as those who wanted to leave because they had no positions.

“But it’s an old story. Today we are together, so we will work with each other with PPBM in the state.”

In an agreement with Warisan before the general election last year, PPBM said it would not set foot in Sabah.

However, the party chaired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched a chapter in the state in April.

The two-minute clip in question had shown a man resembling Shafie holding a lively conversation with several women who are believed to have sought his views on joining PPBM.

“This PPBM is Umno. Why do you want to join them?” he asked.

He also said that joining PPBM would be akin to supporting Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Mohd Noor, the former Sabah Umno chief who led dozens of Sabah Umno members to cross over to PPBM early this year.

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Even for the his year’s (2019) state-level National Day celebration, PPBM was not invited, see here…

Dakwaan Tidak Hadir Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Peringkat Negeri

KOTA KINABALU:Respond Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktir Sabah, Datuk Peter Anthony, berhubung ketiadaan Ahli-Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Sabah dalam Majlis Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Peringkat Negeri Sabah semalam, menimbulkan persoalan.

Peter yang juga merupakan Pengerusi Penganjur menyatakan bahawa urusetia telah menghantar surat jemputan kepada para ADUN Bersatu Sabah.

Namun, semakan Borneonews kepada beberapa orang ADUN Bersatu mendapati mereka tidak menerima sebarang jemputan untuk menghadiri majlis berkenaan.

Persoalan yang timbul adalah adakah Peter sendiri tidak mendapat maklumat yang tepat daripada pihak urusetia, ataupun ada pihak dalaman yang sengaja ingin sabotaj, ataupun mungkin ada pihak dalam Kerajaan Negeri Sabah yang sehingga kini masih tidak senang dengan kewujudan parti Bersatu di Sabah, sungguhpun parti tersebut adalah parti pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sendiri.

Ini adalah kerana bukan sahaja Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tersebut, namun sebahagian besar majlis rasmi Kerajaan Negeri masih tidak menjemput para pemimpin Bersatu Sabah dengan kaedah yang teratur.

Menurut sumber Bersatu Sabah, dalam satu majlis berbuka puasa anjuran Kerajaan Negeri yang melibatkan kehadiran Dr. Mahathir sendiri, penganjur tidak menjemput para pemimpin Bersatu secara rasmi sehinggalah saat akhir jemputan dibuat hanya melalui aplikasi whatsapp melalui pihak ketiga, hanya setelah wakil Bersatu membuat semakan sama ada para pemimpin Bersatu dijemput dalam majlis tersebut.

Sumber Bersatu juga menyatakan, bukan sekadar Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tersebut, malah majlis rasmi pada malam hari yang sama, yang juga melibatkan kehadirian Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) iaitu Sambutan Maal Hijrah 1441H, para ADUN, Ahli Parlimen dan Ahli Dewan Negara daripada Bersatu tidak mendapat sebarang jemputan.

Sumber tersebut juga menyatakan kekesalan pihak Bersatu Sabah terhadap pihak yang cuba menimbulkan isu berhubung ketiadaan para ADUN mereka dalam sambutan tersebut, sedangkan hakikat sebenarnya mereka tidak menerima jemputan atau memang tidak dijemput.-pr/BNN65


KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan has queried the statement by the minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk V. K. Liew, for disputing the media report on what the prime minister had said.

The president of StarSabah, opined that Liew’s response can be likened to the proverbial king shooting the messenger because the messenger came with bad news.

“He conveniently accused the media, especially Daily Express of ‘misquoting’ the prime minister,” Dr. Jeffrey said. “But he was too much in a hurry trying to defend Tun Mahathir without verifying if Mahathir really said as what was reported.”

In its front page last week Daily Express reported that the Prime Minister said he was unaware of the complaints by Sabah leaders on the three issues, namely the departure levy, the appointment of the new UMS vice chancellor and the introduction of Jawi in primary schools beginning next year.

In a terse response Liew said “I am deeply disturbed by the unprofessionalism of the news reporting today by Daily Express which published a distorted and incorrect statement of what Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed said today in response to a series of questions asked by Mr. James Sarda, the Chief Editor of Daily Express. As far as I’m concerned, they (Sabahan representatives in the Federal Cabinet) did not say anything.”

Dr. Jeffrey was surprised that Liew accused Daily Express for unprofessionalism while he himself was clearly unprofessional by diverting from answering the issue and resorting to finger pointing.

“He could have verified the matter by going back to the source and checked other media reports before playing his blame game,” the Member of Parliament for Keningau and assemblyman for Tambunan said. “He should have addressed the questions directly, taking the bull by the horns, and offered a reasonable explanation, even if he was reluctant to admit that Sabah, again, has been grossly taken for granted in national decision making affecting the state. This federal attitude has been going on for half a century and it continues today with irresponsible leaders like Liew.

“By shifting the blame he took the cowardly act to avoid the real issues affecting Sabahans. Clearly Liew is now more concerned with his political relations and less with issues having negative impact on Sabah,” Dr. Jeffrey said. “I guess there was a lot truth in what Tun M had said, and this truth is too hurtful for Warisan leaders to accept.”

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THIS IS VK LIEW’s STATEMENT….

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law Minister) Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic) expressed displeasure over Daily Express’s front page yesterday where the Prime Minister said he was unaware of the complaints by Sabah leaders on the three issues, lately.
This is what Liew said in his statement issued Saturday below: “I am deeply disturbed by the unprofessionalism of the news reporting today by Daily Express which published a distorted and incorrect statement of what Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed said today in response to a series of questions asked by Mr. James Sarda, the Chief Editor of Daily Express.
“In today’s Daily Express news articles, it was falsely reported that:- Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is surprised to learn that Sabah Government leaders have been complaining about not being consulted on recent decisions taken at the Federal level.”
Responding to a Daily Express question that as a Pakatan Harapan-friendly government their views should at least have been sought or considered on major decisions like the departure levy, appointment of the new Universiti Malaysia Sabah Vice Chancellor and introduction of Jawi in primary schools next year, he said:“As far as I’m concerned, they (Sabahan representatives in the Federal Cabinet) did not say anything. “However, the Prime Minister didn’t say what James had distortedly reported. I’ve listened and watched the relevant video recording of the press conference today. “The Prime Minister had clearly said: “Well, the Sabah Government did not say anything to us, only you (James Sarda) said it.

“Nowhere in the Prime Minister’s response had mentioned my Sabahan colleagues and I had never raised our concerns in the cabinet on major issues such as departure levy, appointment of the new University Malaysia Sabah Vice Chancellor and introduction of Jawi in primary schools next year. The Sabah Daily Express’s report is clearly unfounded.  “As ministers for all Malaysians and together with all my cabinet colleagues, we strive to carry out our duties to the best of our abilities, to rebuild our nation, pushing for institutional reform and addressing nationwide social and economic inequality, and eradicate corruption.  “I hereby demand for a retraction, correction, and an apology in respect of the false statements published by Sabah Daily Express. Lastly, I call upon all Malaysians to reject unethical media reporting who distort the truth to create social tensions and unrest. Thank you.”

P.S: It only goes to show James Sarda of Daily Express is a true professional. He prefers not to be caught up in pretending to know what the PM meant when he said “Sabah government”, but only assume and leave it to them to ask the PM himself. VK Liew didn’t respond, he degenerated into name calling and trying to manufacture another controversy.

And here is the video recording of the press conference Dr Mahathir had SPECIFICALLY said ” SABAH GOVERNMENT” . Listen…