Day 6 - DAP forced to change ceramah venue

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What's happening today in Sibu? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they occur in P212.

8am-2pm : DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng will have a walkabout at Sg Merah, Bahagia Jaya and Teku Market.

He will have a two-hour break before another round of walkabout in these areas till 7pm.

9am: Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak goes on a walkabout at Sibu Central Market.

His wife Rosmah Mansor to attend a meet-the-people session at the residence of Perkim Sibu chairman Sharifah Zaidah Syed Abdul Aziz in Kg Bandung.

Later at 10.30am he will visit Rumah Sebastian Onggoh at Pasai Besar, Jalan Teku and later have lunch with government officers at RH Hotel before flying back to Kuala Lumpur.

9am: Sibu SUPP information chief Daniel Ngieng stressed that the '1Malaysia' concept proposed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been successful and urged the people to support the BN government.

The party lists down some progress under the Najib administration, that includes 4.5% of economic growth in the fourth quarter last year and crime rate reduction of 6.7 percent.

"Sibu people must therefore fully support the reform introduced by our PM," he said.

Meanwhile, Sibu SUPP chief Wong Soon Koh praises the prime minister for awarding RM15 million to Chinese primary schools and independent schools.

10am: Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu will visit Rumah Jalak in Tanjung Penasu. Later at 1pm he will attend a meet-the-people session at the Sibu Rural District Council indoor badminton court in Bawang Assan.

11am: Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will visit Rumah Mathew longhouse in Rantau Panjang. He will continue his tour to Rumah Jonathan Juna in Sungai Aup at 2pm.

11am: DAP daily press conference at the party candidate Wong Ho Leng's legal firm.

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua is scheduled to be there along with PKR sec-gen Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Pakatan Rakyat coordinator Zaid Ibrahim.

11.15am DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang ( below ) criticises prime minister's visit to Sibu's Tua Pek Kong temple yesterday, claiming Najib Abdul Razak’s brief appearance as "three-minute lightning visit".

NONE "(Najib's) leaving even before the start of the historic procession is a disappointment all-round as advance publicity said the prime minister would speak at the temple and would lead the procession," he said.

"The Tua Pek Kong temple procession was to start at 6pm but was held back till 7.30pm for the arrival of the prime minister.

"Because of the SUPP build-up in the advance publicity for the prime minister’s visit to Tua Pek Kong temple to lead the procession, there was excitement among the thousands who gathered at the temple for the start of the procession and the tens of thousands of people lining the roads of the procession."

11.20am: Prime minister approves the application for 6,000 hectares of land by Ibans for oil palm plantations, during his visit to a longhouse, Rumah Sebastian Onggoh along Jalan Teku.

Najib Abdul Razak also announces that RM34 million will be set aside under the 10th Malaysia Plan to upgrade the Pasai Siong road in Sibu's rural district.

1.00pm: Political parties involved in campaigning for the Sibu by-election were reminded not to touch on religious issues.

According to Bernama , Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said Sabahans and Sarawakians did not have problems where it came to religion and had a high degree of tolerance in religious matters.

"I do not want outsiders to come here and stir up religious issues. We will come down hard on them if they resort to this.

"Although no complaints have been lodged, we are monitoring the situation and know who are those usually involved in raising such issues," Musa Hassan told reporters after visiting the police's by-election operations headquarters at the General Operations Force base in Lanang.

2.09pm : The prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor called on BN's women campaigners in Sibu to understand the problems faced by fence sitters.

rosmah hilton hotel 221209 rosmah smile According to Bernama , she said they were normally more concerned about the minor problems they were facing and gave little thought to long term matters.

"I hope BN's women campaigners will go the extra mile to convince fence sitters to vote for the BN candidate to enable the coalition's work of bringing progress for the people to proceed smoothly," she said at a gathering of Malay and Melanau women in Kampung Bandung this morning.

2.20pm: DAP's Wong Ho Leng and his family have a kampua mee lunch, in what is seen as a move to rebut SUPP's claim that a vote for DAP will mean the end of the popular Foo Chow dish because of their partnership with PAS and its vision of an Islamic state.

NONE "All that talk of Islamic state is rubbish," he said, adding that he is "101 per cent" confident with his chances.

3.45pm: Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will attend a meet-the-people session at Rumah Baseh in Kg Bawang Assan.

7pm: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Aziz to attend a meet-the-people session at Rumah Dick along Batu 8, Jalan Oya.

7-10.30pm DAP will have its 'Sibu4Change' ceramah at four locations: Rejang Park, new bus terminal, Delta Seafood Café and Sung Chiong Seafood, Sungai Bidut.


The DAP speakers, among others, are Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and the party candidate Wong Ho Leng.

PAS' Dzulkefly Ahmad, PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar and Zaid Ibrahim are expected to speak as well.

7.40pm: DAP was forced to hold its 'Sibu For Change' ceramah on the sidewalk along Jalan Lanang after the owners of their initial venue cancelled their booking at the last minute.

Earlier today, DAP national information chief Tony Pua claimed the original venue owner decided not to rent our their premises after they were threatened with by the police.

"This is not the first time, but this is more serious because we had advertised the forum in newspaper. Such a thing should not happen in a free and fair election," he said during the DAP daily press conference.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said they faced a similar situation, when the owner of a cafe in Nangka was called up for questioning by the police and threatened by the local council for hosting an opposition ceramah.

8pm: Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will attend a dinner at the Sibu Trade Exhibition Centre in conjunction with Tua Pek Kong day. Later at 10pm he will host supper with members of the press corp at the Sunflower room in RH Hotel.

9.00pm: Smooth sailing at roadside ceramah . DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng calls on his audience to reject BN and Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, likening him to a crocodile which is plentiful in Sarawakian rivers. 

"Sarawak has oil, gas, timber, even land. But it also has a crocodile, and I don't mean with four legs. This one has two," he said.

"If you want to choose your candidate, choose someone who has the guts to catch a crocodile."

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