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Chief engineer and skipper nabbed for selling ship’s diesel
Posted on January 11, 2014, Saturday
MIRI: The chief engineer and captain of a vessel, both Indonesians, have been arrested on Friday morning for allegedly selling off more than 10,000 litres of diesel amounting to more than RM20,000 to other vessels.
The duo was allegedly caught selling off the diesel on Jan 1.
They were arrested at Krokop’s ship dockyard by the security on duty and were later handed over to police around 8am.
According to sources, one of the vessel’s crew had told the security on the wrong-doing of the chief engineer and captain, which led to their arrest.
KUCHING: If BN stronghold Baram falls in the coming 13th general election, the key reason would be the people’s strong opposition to the proposed RM3 billion Baram Dam.
The magnitude of the negative issues surrounding the dam is such that SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan could not state for sure whether to describe it as “grey white” or “quite white”.
What he is certain though is that Baram can be retained if all leaders from the BN coalition rally together to neutralise the negative issues, and not leave everything to SPDP to handle.
Mawan said the dam project was a threat because many villagers in the affected areas, especially young Kenyah, were against it.
“A lot of young people among the Kenyah community are against it (project), and of course we will try to neutralise the issues. When I say it (Baram seat) is white others will say it is grey. But definitely some leaders in the government need to help us to neutralise the situation.
“I hope people won’t see it as, ‘it is a SPDP seat, so it is your (SPDP) problem’. I believe it should involve everybody. It can’t be entirely SPDP alone (to neutralise the negative issues),” he told reporters at Sarawak Club Golf Resort Samarahan near here yesterday.
Mawan, who is also Minister of Social Development, opined that some unsolved issues relating to the Bakun Dam might be the main reason why some villagers were against the Baram Dam.
“As far as our party is concern, we will set up another operation room in Long Lama. We will be holding a discussion with Barisan Nasional headquarters about the need to neutralise some of the negative issues surrounding the dam.
“Time is not exactly on our side. I’ll be going to see few longhouses, probably next week.”
Baram MP and Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan recently said a special committee for the relocation of the effected villagers had been set up.
The committee, headed by him and assisted by Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, would look for the best ways to relocate some 20,000 people from 25 longhouses and riverine settlements.
The Orang Ulu community is the largest group in Baram, followed by the Iban. Sagan won the seat with a 4,044 vote-majority during the 12th general election in 2008.
If you are not the Prime Minister or on whispering terms with him, don’t pretend you know when the election will be called.
EVEN at the eleventh hour, some Malaysians were still speculating whether something big – other than the once-in-a-lifetime wedding date – would happen on 11.11.11.
Yesterday, my smartphone was bombarded with SMSes asking whether Parliament would be dissolved today.
The spread of such speculation can be blamed on politicians who think they can read the Prime Minister’s mind.
Since speculating on the election date has fevered Malaysians, let me list 11 things politicians – to borrow a DAP battle cry in the Sarawak polls – should ubah (change) about themselves.
1) If you are not the Prime Minister or on whispering terms with him, don’t pretend you know when the election will be called.
Yes, it is a powerful feeling to have people lean closer to listen to your theory that it is 11.11.11 because 11 is the PM’s favourite number. But such coffeeshop talk is not good for those planning a life in November.
2) Don’t be a jack-in-a-box politician.
Just like a certain party president who appeared out of nowhere and was PhotoShopped cycling next to the Prime Minister, there are political unknowns who suddenly pop out like a jack-in-a-box.
On the day Parliament is dissolved, they declare themselves a candidate.
If you want to be a candidate, at least let your presence be felt. Perhaps tweet (ie on the Auditor-General’s Report) or lead a fiery protest against something (ie Elton John’s concert).
3) Don’t be a foul-mouthed politician.
Just because you wear a T-shirt with a Superman logo, it does not mean you have superpowers to abuse your rivals with expletives that will make even Kim Kardashian blush. Win over your voters with a cause.
4) Don’t pull a Carlos Tevez.
Make sure that you don’t miscalculate and book your holiday on the day Parliament is dissolved. If not, you would end up holidaying in China while your comrades are campaigning.
They would accuse you of behaving like the Manchester City striker who was charged for refusing to play when told to do so by his coach.
Perhaps you should listen to more coffee shop talk on when Parliament will be dissolved.
5) Don’t be a yo-yo politician.
Meaning: don’t be consistently inconsistent. Don’t say “yes” to hudud today and “no” tomorrow. Chameleons are great for the Animal Planet series but not for Parliament.
6) Stop being a drain-orientated politician.
If you are a politician of a certain status (ie an exco member), don’t proudly tweet that you are solving your constituents’ drainage problem.
Your state has bigger problems than a blocked drain. Leave that to your municipal councillors.
7) Be a frog prince.
Don’t be a political frog who would jump party the moment you experience a political awakening while sleeping in Parliament.
Surprise your voters so that when they “kiss” ugly you, you turn out to be a frog prince as honourable as Nelson Mandela.
8) If you are not Nelson Mandela, don’t compare yourself to Nelson Mandela.
There are politicians from both sides of the political spectrum who have shamelessly compared themselves to Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.
Funny thing is that some of them are more Silvio Berlusconi than Mandela.
9) Quit if you are a has-been politician.
There’s nothing more dangerous than a politician who is looking at the rear-view mirror of his political career.
A has-been politician might join a “trustworthy” non-governmental organisation and start accusing his party of things (ie corrupt practices) he was blind to when he was in power.
10) Don’t promise to build a bridge even when there’s no river.
That’s all. Oops, only 10 whereas I promised 11. Well, like a politician, I lied.