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Sabah Newspapers


Nowadays almost everything can be shared online and Sabahans can find out what happens in their hometown, even if they live overseas. Though the “e” generation youngsters declare that the newspaper era is “dead”, newspaper is still a more reliable source of information. Well, how much a 140-character Tweet and one-praragraph Facebook post can tell you?

All Sabah newspapers have a website. However, Sabah news sites aren’t updated as frequent as the bigger national newspapers, and most of them don’t post news on weekends. And some still holds the belief that “if we post everything online, nobody will buy our newspaper.” Below is a list of Sabah newspaper websites. You may share this with your Sabah friends overseas:

English Newspapers

New Sabah Times

logo of New Sabah Times Their web site is simple and easy to use. Their news is also available in Malay and Kadazandusun languages. During weekdays, usually they upload the latest news before noon.

website of New Sabah Times

Website: www.newsabahtimes.com.my

Borneo Post

logo of Borneo Post
This is the most advanced news site of East Malaysia and offer the richest content. They cover news about Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. Their website is very well designed and the news sections are well-organized and easy to browse. They post more photos than other Sabah online newspapers, and the website is very “social media friendly”, which means you can click a button to share the news and even post comment. Besides English, they also have news in Malay, Kadazandusun and Iban languages.

website of Borneo Post

Website: www.theborneopost.com

Daily Express

logo of Daily Express This is the first Sabah newspaper that goes online, but their website doesn’t change much over 10 years. Their online news isn’t as updated as other Sabah news site and the articles are in plain text, no photo at all, quite boring… They only post a handful of featured news online. There is no archived news for users to read older news. They have Mobile App for iPhone & Android.

website of Daily Express

Website: www.dailyexpress.com.my

Sabah Kini

logo of Sabah Kini Also a pure online news (or blog), Sabah Kini is doing the opposite things to Insight Sabah, and they act like the Sabah version of Malaysia Kini. Sabahans who are sick of the political propaganda in mainstream media can breathe a bit of air of freedom here. The story behind the news is even more interesting, so they always reveal the scandal, nepotism and corruption in Sabah government. Sometimes their Photoshopped photos about politicians make me laugh.

website of Sabah Kini

However, many of their news are not backed by proven fact and evidence, so they sound more like rumors and gossip in coffee shop. That’s why they are controversial and a magnet for lawsuit. You need to use your intelligence to judge whether their reports make sense, and sometimes they do give you an answer that newspapers try to hide. Their blogs are in English and Malay languages.

Website: sabahkini.net

Chinese Newspapers

Sabah also have a few Chinese newspaper websites but their news is usually slower than English newspapers.

See Hua Daily News (诗华日报)

logo of See Hua Daily News (诗华日报) This newspaper is under Borneo Post, and their website is also the best online Sabah (and Sarawak) newspaper.

website of See Hua Daily News (诗华日报)

Website: seehua.com

Overseas Chinese Daily News (华侨日报)

logo of Overseas Chinese Daily News (华侨日报) This newspaper is under Daily Express. They only feature dozens of news every day. I wish they will do more, as many people say that their Chinese news is outdated compared to other local newspapers. Some call it “Oldman newspaper” b’coz it is the first choice for locals to post obituary.

website of Overseas Chinese Daily News (华侨日报)

Website: ocdn.com.my

Asia Times (亚洲时报)

logo of Asia Times (亚洲时报) A low budget news site. What I like is they post current news and archived news on same page, so it saves my time to look for both new and old news.

website of Asia Times (亚洲时报)

Website: www.asiatimes.biz

City Newspapers

Most Sabah newspapers are printed at West Coast, and the newspapers are sent to cities of East Coast by plane. Normally, people in East Coast get the newspapers after 10am. Therefore, “city newspaper” finds an opportunity b’coz most people want to read newspaper during breakfast. One of them is Harian Tawau (凤凰日报) of Tawau city.

Tawau: Harian Tawau (凤凰日报) (No longer in business since 1 Jul 2015)

logo of Harian Tawau (凤凰日报) I can’t comment much b’coz I live in West Coast and don’t read this newspaper. They don’t have a website but they have a Facebook fan page.

website of Harian Tawau (凤凰日报)

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Mainstream media and newspapers are controlled by the corrupted government, and most newspapers practiced “self-censorship”. Compared to neighboring countries such as Indonesia and Philippines, we rank very low in media freedom. We are not living in North Korea. Citizens have the right to know the truth and make their voices heard. Sadly, what I read every day on newspapers are monopolized by those arrogant politicians who treat us like 3-year-old kids.

booth of Malaysia Kini
Above: a photo I took in a KL exhibition. There should be a booth for Malaysia Kini, then it was gone and replaced by another company. May be the organizer was pressured by the government?

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Bersih 3.0 Rally in Sabah

Bersih 3.0 rally in Sabah

To protest the corrupted election system and Barisan Nasional government, I joined the Bersih 3.0 rally in Kota Kinabalu city (KK) today (28 Apr 2012). At first I was hesitant to participate b’coz I worried about the possible violent repression from the authority. After second thought, I decided to go regardless of the consequence, as I love my country and I want a change.

Sabah Bersih 3.0 rally gathering
“Bersih” means Clean in Malay and Bersih 3.0 is Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections. In brief, our rally is to demand for changes to our “dirty” and unfair election system. Bersih 3.0 rally is scheduled to launch simultaneously across Malaysia today. Our group was instructed to gather nearby Center Point Sabah between 10am and 12pm. When I was on the way to the city, I heard helicopter flied over my head, obviously the authority was targeting at us. My heart skipped a beat. I hide my yellow Bersih 3.0 T-shirt in my bag as I was told that there were some police road-blocks to stop protesters from entering the city.

buying T-shirt of Bersih 3.0
When I reached the gathering point around 11am, there were only about 50 people. There is a small booth to sell T-shirt and badges for the rally. The atmosphere was quite relaxing and participants were chatting with one another.

Bersih 3.0 banner of Sabah
The mainstream Malaysian media, which are controlled by the ruling government, have been describing us as hooligan and spoilers. However, after I talked to a few of them, it’s not hard to find out they are just ordinary people like you and me. We have only one thing in common – we are the victims of corrupted Barisan Nasional government.

ladies of Bersih 3.0 rally in Sabah
There are a lot of women joining too. In fact, the rally group consists of citizens from different races, religions, towns and age groups. I even met participants from Pitas, Kota Belud, Sandakan, etc. Not far away from us is a small group of police having breakfast at a restaurant. When I pass by their table, one of them winked at me. Haha, you see, no tension at all, unlike Kuala Lumpur, where protesters experience tear gas and water cannon.

yellow theme of Bersih 3.0 rally

yellow in Bersih rally
What to say… the rally looks like a “theme party”. As yellow is our official color, besides wearing yellow T-shirt, someone creative had other ways to showcase yellow. Even Angry Bird is used LOL.

yellow masks in Bersih 3.0
Hey, cool mask man!

yellow motorbike in Bersih 3.0 of Sabah
Even a yellow motorbike became a highlight. Some participants worried that police would arrest them so they didn’t wear anything yellow. The yellow Bersih 3.0 T-shirt was sold out anyway. The turn-up rate this time is quite high, we have about 500 people, a huge difference to 30 people in Bersih 2.0 held at Tanjung Aru few months back.

young people in Bersih 3.0 rally
I’m so glad to see many young people taking part. iPhone and iPad are not the only things they care.

ready to start
More and more people joining the rally and we had a group of hundreds. Our spirit was getting high and everyone was ready to demonstrate.

police in Bersih 3.0 rally in Sabah
Police came to regulate the flow of traffic. They seem worrying more about the traffic jam than the rally. We were also very cooperative and didn’t give them any headache.

start of Bersih 3.0 in Sabah
Finally, the rally group moved at 1pm. Below is the route of the rally.

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We started from the parking area next to Chinese Chambers of Commerce building, then pass by Kampung Air shoplot, Chong Thien Vun Park, High Court building, KK City Hall, and stopped at Padang Merdeka (Merdeka Field).

Bersih 3.0 in Kg. Air
We marched and shout out our slogan “Bersih” (Clean) along the way. We stopped occasionally to re-group the people. Some motorists horned us and gave a thumb-up. Nobody in town is frightened by our peaceful rally. Instead, they are amused and very supportive. Some tourists even smiled and took our photos. There were some spectators decided to join us so our group grew bigger.

Bersih 3.0 marching to Chong Thien Vun Park

Bersih 3.0 in City Park
We entered the City Park for a short break and briefing.

angry Sabahans in Bersih 3.0 rally of Sabah
Why we are so angry? You might ask. Below are the main reasons in brief:
1) The ruling Barisan Nasional government is using many dirty tactics to win the election in unfair manner. Just to name a few, phantom voters (can you believe we have voters over 150 years old?) and questionable use of postal votes.
2) Also, they are giving citizenship and voting right to foreigners who favor them. They have “imported” million of foreign voters to Sabah and this significantly changes our demographic structure (now every 1 in 4 Sabah people is foreigner). Now they are using this formula in other Malaysian states.

That’s why we want a CLEAN and FAIR election.

Bersih 3.0 at High Court

Bersih 3.0 rally
After the break, we continued our rally and head to Merdeka Field. We passed by High Court building…

Bersih 3.0 in Sabah (KK City Hall and Gaya Street)
Then KK City Hall and Gaya Street..

Bersih 3.0 rally walking hand in hand
Walking hand in hand..

Bersih 3.0 re-grouping in Gaya Street
Re-grouping in Gaya Street and head to Padang Merdeka

police in Padang Merdeka
See what was waiting for us at Merdeka Field? Don’t worry, it’s only a drill by Civil Riots Action Unit (PORU). “Coincidentally”, KK City Hall (DBKK) was having their “Safe City Programme” at the same place. There were so many armed enforcement units that they can dismiss our rally in minutes.

Bersih 3.0 group sitting in Padang Merdeka
The Anti-Lynas Green group was also with us but in far smaller group.

We are mothers
Luckily the police didn’t stop us to enter the field. This was a “Sit-in Protest” so we sat on the grass. The music of DBKK there was so loud that we couldn’t hear what our organizers said. Since the field was in use, we only occupied 1/3 of the field. We concentrated on shaded area to avoid the scorching sunlight.

police drill in Padang Merdeka
The police drill is quite a psychological warning to us. Note the police in red hat. We call them “red head army” and they are really aggressive in repression. We loved them in the old day when they swept the illegal immigrants out of Sabah. Sadly, now the corrupted government has turned them into the enemy of citizens.

Bersih 3.0 rally at Padang Merdeka

Sabah Bersih 3.0 rally in Merdeka Field
However, that didn’t put us off. We just sat there listening to the speech and shouted our slogan.

helicopter checking out Bersih 3.0 in Merdeka Field
There was a helicopter hovered around us a few times. I’m not sure if they are police or media.

tourist in Bersih 3.0
A confused tourist in Padang Merdeka..

Jimmy Wong gave thumb-up
Jimmy Wong, a politician from opposition party, gave a thumb-up. Obviously he is very happy.

giving speech in Padang Merdeka
Everyone has a chance to speak if they want to. Merdeka Field (Padang Merdeka) is a meaningful and historical venue to Sabahans, b’coz that’s where Sabah declared independence.

closing speech of Bersih 3.0 rally in Sabah
Finally, the crowd dispersed at 4pm as planned. Nobody is arrested. I would say it’s a very successful rally.

What We Want for a Clean & Fair Election

  1. “Sanitize” the electoral roll
  2. Reform postal ballot
  3. Use indelible ink to mark voters
  4. Free & fair access to media
  5. Minimum 21 days for campaign
  6. Strengthen public institutions
  7. Stop the corruption
  8. Stop the dirty politics
  9. Set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants issue

Below is the 3-min video of Bersih 3.0 rally in Sabah:

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Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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