1. UGGAH’S DEFAMATION SUIT HEARING CONTINUES
The hearing of a defamation suit filed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas continued yesterday, with five witnesses coming forward to testify for the plaintiff.
The five witnesses, subpoenaed by the plaintiff’s counsels Sim Hui Chuang and Alex Lim Lip Sze, included three from the media fraternity.
They responded to straightforward questions, including whether they were a member of a WhatsApp chat group ‘PKR Sarawak State Media’.
Uggah is suing Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak information chief Vernon Kedit, who allegedly called the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) heavyweight a ‘liar’ and a ‘traitor’.
In April this year, Uggah told the High Court that he was a victim of defamation as a result of slander by Vernon, adding that he had been heavily criticised by others but ‘none had defamed him like Vernon had’.
Vernon reportedly used those defamatory words against Uggah when commenting on the alleged imperfection of the amended Sarawak Land Code, particularly on the mechanism(s) to convert Native Customary Rights (NCR) land to Native Territorial Domain (NTD).
2. PAN BORNEO HIGHWAY PROJECT WILL POWER AHEAD
Works Minister Baru Bian has given his assurance that the Pan Borneo Highway project will go on until it is completed.
He says this is because the high-impact project is crucial for the well-being of the people of Sarawak.
Speaking at the state-level Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s Gawai Dayak-Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at Sarawak Youth and Sports Complex in Kuching, Baru said he would emphasize on the project as the minister-in-charge.
He explained it won’t be long for Sarawakians to enjoy roads that are on par with Peninsular Malaysia once the highway is completed and as the minister responsible, he will ensure that the well-being of the people are taken care of and this project will be continued until it is completed.
More than 3,000 visitors from all walks of life attended the open house event, which also hosted PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.