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Re: What do you all think of Taib and his corruption and his new marriage to young wife?
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Echoing mass movements by Tunisians and Egyptians, tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in Sana’a, the capital, on Thursday calling for an end to the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president.

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The protesters gathered at four different points in the city, including the university, and urged Mr Saleh to leave for Saudi Arabia, as Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali, the ousted Tunisian leader, has done.

“King Abdullah, take Ali Abdullah,” the protesters chanted, referring to the Saudi king, and adding: “We are stronger than the Tunisians”. They also shouted slogans against Ahmed Saleh, the president’s son and head of the army’s special forces, whom many believe is being groomed to succeed his father.

There have been almost daily protests in Yemen since the ousting of Mr Ben Ali this month but Thursday’s was the largest. Analysts said protests have been led by the parliamentary opposition, an alliance in which the two strongest parties are socialists and Islamists. More demonstrations have reportedly been called for Friday.

Yemenis have been angered by corruption, a decline in the currency and a recent constitutional amendment removing limitations on the presidential term.

There was outrage when a prominent female human rights activist was arrested over the weekend, though she has since been released. There were no immediate reports of arrests on Thursday.

Unemployment is rampant in a fast-growing population where almost half the people are aged under 15 and many live on less than $2 a day.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, is struggling with rapid population growth, dwindling natural resources, an armed insurgency in the north, a secessionist movement in the south and a flourishing al-Qaeda presence.

Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled the country for more than 30 years through a mixture of co-optation and occasional coercion and the corruption associated with his rule is widely blamed for the abysmal state of the economy.

Unlike the spontaneous grassroots reactions in Tunisia and Egypt, Thursday’s demonstration was organised by the mainstream opposition parties, who want the president to enter dialogue on political and electoral reforms before taking the country to the polls in April.

The opposition wants Mr Saleh to reverse a constitutional amendment recently approved by parliament removing limits on the presidential term.

Since the overthrow of Mr Ben Ali, Mr Saleh has struck a conciliatory tone, implying he would not put his son in place for succession, as he was widely believed to be planning.

Abdulghani al Iryani, a political analyst based in Sana’a, said the ruling party was likely to begin talks with the opposition and that if a deal was found, protests could be expected to die down.

However, he warned the situation could change, especially if the government did not improve its legitimacy before an ant­icipated exchange rate crisis, which will make food and other necessities ­prohibitively expensive in the import-dependent country.

Speaking about the economic situation and the day’s protests, Jalal Yaqoub, the deputy minister for finance, said people had legitimate grievances that had to be addressed by substantial socio-economic reform but insisted that “President Saleh is the one who can provide stability for this country.”

The economy depends on Yemen’s declining hydrocarbon resources, with oil accounting for 75 per cent of the budget and 90 per cent of export revenues. Water resources are also being depleted alarmingly. Economic woes deepened last year and Sana’a was forced to spend about $800m to try to stem a currency slide.

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motif?

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You shall know what the motive is. Get rid of Taib and BN. If not balls to protest then vote them out in next election.

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Sorry guys.

I seldom come in here. I should have check this place more often.

1. Isnt the election over?
2. Can we be 100% safe to say that the election is fair in Sarawak?

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The state election is coming in months time. The federal election will also be this year.

It is difficult to comment on whether the election is fair. If some voters willing to exchange their votes with hundreds ringgit or some other goodies, it is their own will.

But for sure, they are selling their future and their next generation future.

What I also hesitating is that, the native always give full support to the BN. BN will hand out cash and upgrade their long houses before the election. But after the election, it is the same people who complainted that their NCR land has been taken by Taib and his gang. Seriously, who are they to blame beside their ignorant?

I just hop that Sarawakians have the guts to said enough is enough. We demand Taib and his gang to brought to justice and all their ill gooten wealth be return to the people of Sarawak.

Anyone with me?


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I know. Just asking. Let burn down spring, Pullman, 4 point, boulevard, one jaya, etc. Yes! Let burn everything. From public to private properties. Let rob all the supermarket ie everise, hsl, ta kiong. I the end, what left for our kid? I do have balls. Pretty big one. But I have brain, bigger than my ball!

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Disk WTF is wrong with you? No one said anything about burning anything down! You can't seem to have a proper discussion without you going into some sort of silly tangent that completely leads away from the discussion.

This is about Taib's corruption and the OP asked for an opinion about people's feelings. And both replies you posted completely avoids that.

There are two types of people who state that they do not believe i the corruption allegations. Those that are too stupid to realize that they are being robbed; and those that are doing the robbing.

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Unfortunately, using money to buy votes is a very common place not just in Sarawak, but all around the world.

Then we also have interest groups and big companies that buy politican votes too to gain things in their flavour.

My suggestion is that the people of Sarawak get serious and know your political leaders on who you want to vote for.

I just dont know what to tell you all. Who is listening to us here on this forum. You think oridinary Ah Sim and Ah Pek is going to come to this forum to read what we are posting here?

What sort of people in Sarawak has bigger political voice to be heard?

disk79, we dont want to burn down anything. This is not Egypt.

Unfortunately, nobody outside the world know where is Sarawak vs Egypt. Only time when foreigners know where Sarawak is after seeing an orang utan at the zoo.

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when someone posted.."let followed Egypt, Tunisia, Iran etc...bla...bla'.....its okay for them....but when i posted something what or what we should do as what happen at egypt...etc....you guys asked me"what wrong wit me"....why should do alang-alang? follow 100% what happen there la...better and merrier!

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Hi chong67 and disk79 ....


If chinese assemble to protest like the Egyptians, Tunisians and now Algerians, all will be in jail before the sun sets. But if malays and dayaks show up, it'll be a sticky mess for the cops! But honestly, who in Sarawak will ever dare to do that when TM has the ISA in his back-pocket at all times?

Venting anger in cyberspace is perhaps all that can be done, and even that can be dicey. Better watch your back!


Happy Chinese New Year!

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