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RK is believed to have begun late last year, with SWP officials saying at least 100 radio sets had been distributed to rural areas to enable rural dwellers to listen in.

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‘Naughty Radio’ makes waves in Malaysia

Published on Apr 23, 2013

The internet may be giving the Malaysian opposition opportunities to get their message across. But in remote jungle communities, it’s an older technology that’s making waves ahead of elections next week. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from a village in Sarawak.

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Press release: Sunday 24th March 2013.. remember 9pm-11pm [AB]

Radio Free Malaysia to start broadcasting on Monday with the Anwar Ibrahim interview the authorities tried to ban

Malaysia’s newest independent radio station begins broadcasting on Monday night. Radio Free Malaysia will be available on Medium Wave at 1359kHz each night between 9pm and 11pm local Malaysia time.

The highlight of the first show will be a full-length exclusive interview with the PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, who, like other opposition figures, has been largely excluded from Malaysia’s mainstream media so far.
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“A separate team has come together to run this show and their remit is to provide two hours a day of the sort of programming that people have been unable to find on any other mainstream radio or TV in Malaysia”, says Rewcastle Brown. “Just a few days ago one independent station was forced to withdraw an interview with Anwar Ibrahim from broadcast owing to political pressures [http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/political-news/232472-bfm-anwar-interview-not-aired-due-to-regulatory-concerns.html. We do not intend to be bullied in this way and now we can bring people the interview that the authorities have tried to ban”.
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Radio Free Malaysia (RFM)
AM/MW 1359 kHz, 2100-2300 nightly
Also: www.radiofreemalaysia.org
Toll free number: 1-800-815-309
Email: info@radiofreemalaysia.org

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Malaysiakini

Radio Free Malaysia website under attack
11:04PM Mar 25, 2013

Radio Free Malaysia launched was tonight on MW1359 kHz. However its online site, which was already under enormous pressure owing to widespread interest, came under immediate cyber-attack.

The Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks began around the time the programme went on air and were presumably aiming at preventing people from downloading the online podcasts of the show, the radio station said in a statement tonight.

The DDOS attacks slow down the operation of a site for users.

Radio Free Malaysia said its investigations show that the attacks originated from Kuala Lumpur and “bore a striking resemblance to similar attacks on the website Sarawak Report last week”.

Radio Free Malaysia website under attack

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Dear readers,

It’s been an interesting month, we’ve gained great publicity and been featured extensively in the local and international media. Whilst Radio Free Sarawak is now reaching indigenous peoples in the depths of Sarawak’s interior, the global media are beginning to open their eyes to the injustice that is happening under the rule of thief minister Taib Mahmud.

AFP and Bloomberg run stories on Radio Free Sarawak

An excerpt taken from “Radio Activists Channel Anger in Malaysian Borneo”, AFP – March 3rd 2013

An excerpt taken from “Malaysia Regime Ouster Hinges on Borneo as Radio Aids Opposition”, Bloomberg – March 4th 2013

National Geographic features Taib’s plans to flood Sarawak and displace thousands of indigenous peoples

In a piece entitled “Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia” journalist Gan Pei Ling travelled to the Long Lama region of Baram to witness the impact that the proposed Baram dam will have on the natives there. She wrote…

“The Sarawak project is changing landscape and lives. The dam across the sinuous Baram River will submerge 159 square miles (412 square kilometers) of rainforest, displacing some 20,000 indigenous people. Open acts of defiance are rare in Sarawak after three decades of authoritarian rule under the state’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has long battled charges that he has amassed personal wealth by selling off swaths of the rain forest in corrupt deals with timber industry. But protests have become increasingly bold among indigenous people opposed to the megahydro plan. Last September, native tribes set up a blockade to protest the Murum River dam project in western Sarawak. And in January, the longboat protest came to Long Lama, with shouts of “Stop Baram Dam” in indigenous languages reverberating through the normally quiet town.”

Foreign Policy Magazine

In a piece called “The Tangled Tale of Malaysia’s Dirty Battleground State”, Foreign Policy Magazine made some damning statements about Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

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In RFS’s nightly call-in show, their target is increasingly Sarawak’s powerful boss, Abdul Taib Mahmud, 76, who is criticised for building huge hydroelectric dams and other policies they say threaten traditional ways.

Free Malaysia Today

Radio activists channel anger in Sarawak

February 28, 2013

In RFS’s nightly call-in show, their target is increasingly Sarawak’s powerful boss, Abdul Taib Mahmud.

- See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/02/28/radio-activists-channel-anger-in-sarawak/#sthash.hKr9t2le.dpuf

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Malaysiakini

Radio activists channel anger in Sarawak

It’s 6pm in rural Borneo and Iban tribesman Luang Anak Entiyang springs up to fetch his short-wave radio, tuning in the day’s broadcast of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) for a dozen fellow villagers.

Daylight melts away into the rainforest outside and the men of Menyang village sit on the floor of Luang’s simple home, leaning in to hear as callers commiserate over alleged government-backed grabs of indigenous lands.

The programme they are listening to has become so popular that authorities have threatened to jam it, activists and Malaysia’s opposition are handing out thousands of radios, and villages now plan their evenings around it.

“I think we would die without RFS,” Luang, 61, said of the two-hour broadcast.

“We used to eat dinner at this time, but now we listen to the radio first.”

It’s a scene that locals and activists say is repeated nightly in villages across Sarawak, where tribal communities in Malaysia’s most resource-rich state chafe at government-backed development.

Radio activists channel anger in Sarawak

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Malaysian Chronicle

Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:12

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  • 22 Jan 2013
  • The Star Sarawak
  • By YU JI yuji@thestar.com.my

PRS Youth bent on stopping RFS and RK broadcasts

KUCHING: PRS Youth will help the police monitor the broadcast of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS), said its deputy chief Ellison Silo Bilun.

“We are going to monitor it from day to day. At the same time, the police have promised us that they will investigate from A to Z,” Silo said on the phone when contacted yesterday.

The PRS deputy youth chief also said the police had already contacted him to arrange for a meeting scheduled for yesterday evening.

“They called me … (we are) going to meet them by 6pm or 7pm.”

PRS Youth bent on stopping RFS and RK broadcasts

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Free Malaysia Today

Why fear ‘naughty’ RFS, Taib?

FMT Staff | January 21, 2013

Radio Free Sarawak’s daily two-hour broadcast which is ‘threatening’ Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s administration is relayed in native Iban.

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KUCHING: Radio Free Sarawak which has come under attack from Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his beleaguered senior Barisan Nasional leaders here denied they were being “naughty” and “poisoning the minds” of the rural masses with their daily two-hour relay, which is mainly in Iban.

Its founder-editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown said RFS’ transmission merely offered Sarawakians a chance to speak for themselves and be heard.

“How can two hours of RFS undo all of BN’s efforts of educating and informing them [Sarawakians] all these years?

“All that RFS is doing is saying for the first time what has been going on in Sarawak. We are relaying these obvious and simple truths that everyone can recognise.

“RFS is not poisoning minds, it is liberating minds. A free media is a pillar of democracy,” said Rewcastle-Brown in response to both Taib and his Senior Minister James Masing’s accusations and demand that the federal government put a halt to RFS’s transmission.

Why fear ‘naughty’ RFS, Taib?

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Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 19 January 2013 10:31

When big dogs Taib & James Masing need to beg for the military to shut up Radio Free Sarawak!

Written by  Sarawak Report

The Chief Minister has lost his cool and demanded the federal government adopt illegal means to jam the independent radio station, Radio Free Sarawak.

At the same time, his political client, the leader of PRS James Masing, appeared even more heated up as he called for the military to be brought in to shut the station up, as it has been “poisoning the minds” of his constituents!

““We have sent men to the moon and vehicles to Mars, so don’t tell me that we can’t even jam these radio stations.”[Masing]

Considering the balance of power over the media in Sarawak, it would seem these two big dogs are making a great deal of fuss over one very small flea.

After all, for the past 40 years Taib and his family have exercised total control over the local press and broadcast media, either through direct family members or the owners of crony logging companies.  The national media meanwhile is controlled by his allies in UMNO and their business clients.

When big dogs Taib & James Masing need to beg for the military to shut up Radio Free Sarawak!

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The favourite seems to be issues related to the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land where they dismiss its perimeter survey as a scheme to grab such land.

Malaysiakini

Battling it out over the Sarawak airwaves
  • Edward Subeng Stephen, Bernama
  • 11:52AM Oct 23, 2012

Most evenings before 6pm housewife Indai Limau makes sure that dinner is cooked and laid on the table for her husband and their two children. The less urgent chores will have to wait.

Precisely at 6pm and after her bath, she retires to her favourite settee in the family living room, reaches out for her China-made transistor radio and tunes in to 15420 KHz channel on the Short Wave band.

She is not tuning in to any entertainment programme from her very interior longhouse. Like many other rural folks, she wants to keep up with the latest that the no-holds-barred Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) has to offer each evening.

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The RFS is a clandestine radio station. Nobody is certain where it is broadcast from. It is the brainchild of a social activist/journalist and Sarawak-born Clare Rewcastle Brown (left), a sister-in-law of former British prime minister Gordon Brown.

It first broadcast on Nov 16, 2010 and is a thorn in the flesh of local Barisan Nasional leaders especially those from the Dayak community with its unrelenting attacks and accusations against them and the government.

Listeners from the Iban, Orang Ulu, even Melanau, Penan and Malay communities statewide will call in to give their opinions and dissatisfaction on a wide variety of issues.

The favourite seems to be issues related to the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land where they dismiss its perimeter survey as a scheme to grab such land.

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NO MYSTERY. HE WENT INTO HIDING.

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Free Malaysia Today

Straight from the Orangutan’s mouth

June 10, 2012

This is an open letter by Peter John Jaban, popularly known as Papa Orangutan, to clear the air over his disappearance in Miri 10 days ago.

COMMENT

By Peter John Jaban

One week after the recent debacle with the police in Miri, I am happy to be home, here in Sarawak.  I’ve been resting after going to the ground and planning for the future.
I’ve decided that my future is here. I was born here and I intend to remain here. There is so much work to be done, especially with crucial elections just round the corner.

This is our chance is to bring about real change in Sarawak politics. My struggle for Sarawak will continue where it’s needed most.

Straight from the Orangutan’s mouth

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Malaysian Insider

Anti-Taib deejay says safe, will stay in Sarawak to fight for change

By Shannon Teoh
June 09, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The radio host for Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) who went missing on May 31, has finally announced he is safe after fears he was abducted in Miri due to his criticism of Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s administration in the state.

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But the presenter for RFS said in a statement today “I am safer here than in any other country.”

“I’ve decided that my future is here. I was born here and I intend to remain here. There is so much work to be done especially with crucial elections just round the corner.

“This is our chance is to bring about real change in Sarawak politics. My struggle for Sarawak will continue where it’s needed most,” he said.

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Sarawak Report

Papa Orang Utan Makes Contact With RFS

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Papa Orang Utan – Peter John Jaban

DJ Peter John Jaban has now made contact with his colleagues at RFS.  He called early today and admitted to running away, because he feared he would be hurt if he was questioned by the police.

“I can come to a police station with my lawyer, provided the police are not rough with me” he said, citing examples of police brutality against critics of the regime as the reason for his fears.

“I am fearful of what they will do in custody, when you are in their hands”, he added.

Papa Orang Utan Makes Contact With RFS

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Free Malaysia Today

Did RFS deejay engineer own ‘kidnapping’?

FMT Staff | June 1, 2012

KUCHING: A day after London-based Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter John Jaban’s mysterious disappearance, speculations are rife that he may have engineered his “abduction” to escape the clutches of the police and Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s henchmen.

Jaban, more popularly known as Papa Orang Utan, has been on Taib’s “wanted” list since 2011 for his Iban language call-in show which saw hundreds of natives complaining on-air about loss of their native customary rights (NCR) lands to unscrupulous Barisan Nasional leaders and other equally damaging revelations about Taib’s team of choice leaders.

The impact of the programme was best presented during last April’s state election when the opposition won several seats in the rural interior which was until then considered BN’s fixed deposit.

Attempts by BN to curb RFS’s broadcast have been futile.

KUCHING: A day after London-based Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter John Jaban’s mysterious disappearance, speculations are rife that he may have en…

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Star

Saturday June 2, 2012 MYT 12:53:00 PM

Radio Free Sarawak: Jaban is hiding voluntarily

BY YU JI

KUCHING: Radio station Radio Free Sarawak appears to be distancing itself from controversial announcer Peter John Jaban who disappeared in Miri moments after arriving last Thursday.

“We are no longer concerned about his immediate safety or that he might be under detention,” said a statement from Radio Free Sarawak on Saturday morning.

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Radio Free Sarawak wishes to update listeners that is has yet to receive direct or indirect contact from its presenter Peter John Jaban.

However, there has been some news that he has been present in Miri over the past two days and he appears to be moving freely.

This is encouraging information and we are currently concluding, therefore, that he decided to hide himself voluntarily after being frightened by questioning at KK airport and being led to understand that he would be wanted for further questioning by Special Branch when he got to Sarawak.

The police in Miri have announced that they have received no instructions to detain him. However, they are now looking for him, because of the concern over his confusing disappearance after he left the car of the friend who picked him up from the airport.

We are concerned for Peter, who has health issues and who is also clearly frightened because of the threats that have been made about his role at the Radio Station.

However, we are no longer concerned about his immediate safety or that he might be under detention.

We will update on further information and thank the very many supporters in Sarawak and beyond for their concern about Peter, who has taken a great deal of strain since taking up the challenge of working on Radio Free Sarawak.

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Papa Orang Utan – Police Search

Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Radio Free Sarawak presenter, Peter John Jaban had caused concern when he disappeared on Thursday. At the time colleagues feared he had been arrested by plain clothes police.

Police now say they are searching for Peter John Jaban, the Radio Free Sarawak presenter, following concerns about his disappearance.

However, colleagues are now coming to the conclusion that Peter John, known as Papa Orang Utan to listeners, has most likely hidden himself voluntarily after becoming scared after being detained at KK airport.  Today the station issued this further press release as an update on the situation:

Papa Orang Utan – Police Search. Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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  • 2 Jun 2012
  • The Star Sarawak
  • By DIANA ROSE drose@thestar.com.my

Missing or hiding?

The whereabouts of London-based RFS presenter Peter John Jaban, following his mysterious disappearance Thursday, remain a mystery. Miri police chief ACP Mun Kok Keong confirmed yesterday that no police report on Jaban’s disappearance was lodged while a ru

MIRI: More than 24 hours have gone by since Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter John Jaban (pic) was whisked away here by three unknown men early Thursday, and still there is no news on his whereabouts or the circumstances behind his disappearance.

A rumour going around in Kuala Lumpur yesterday was of someone getting hold of Jaban — or better known by his moniker Papa Orang Utan — through his cellphone, and managing to speak to the 48-year-old. Jaban is said to affirm that he was fine.

However, several calls by The Star to Jaban’s cellphone to confirm this were to no avail.

Just after 12.30pm yesterday, the paper also received a call from RFS founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown in London — she was also trying to verify the rumour.

Rewcastle-Brown said Jaban had not contacted her or any of RFS’ staff or even his family in Kuching.

A female friend whom Jaban had communicated with before leaving Kota Kinabalu early Thursday also told Rewcastle-Brown that she had not heard anything.

“I have tried to call him many times but his phone is out of service,” said Rewcastle-Brown.

When asked whether a police report would be made, she said there was even doubt that Jaban was really missing or he was merely taken away by friends for his own safety.

Rewcastle-Brown added that at the moment, she was giving Malaysian police the benefit of the doubt that they were telling the truth and were not involved in Jaban’s disappearance.

Jaban, apparently, is said to have been moving in and out of Sarawak freely and his last trip back was last December.

Which brings up this scenario: If the authorities were really into arresting him as claimed, they could have done so then and not waited until Thursday. He was apparently spotted at some nightspots in Kuching that month, and The Star verified this with Rewcastle-Brown, who confirmed this via SMS.

If he could visit Sarawak freely before, then Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong’s initial suspicion on Thursday that Jaban had been denied entry into Sabah was possible.

That was why he was asked to return to Sarawak on the next flight out, which was to Miri.

The stand made by the police here was verified by Jaban’s lawyer Alan Ling on Thursday. He had confirmed and double-checked with the police here and they were unaware of what had happened.

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At press time yesterday, ACP Mun confirmed that no police report on Jaban’s disappearance had been lodged and added that if any was made, they would refer it to Miri where Jaban disappeared.

Papa Orang Utan still missing

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Police: We did not abduct Jaban

G Vinod | June 1, 2012

Sarawak police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani says that a special team has been set up to search for the Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter.

PETALING JAYA: The police dismissed the allegation that the Special Branch is involved in the disappearance of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter John Jaban.

Sarawak police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the police had no issues with him.

“It’s incorrect to link us with his disappearance,” he told FMT.

Jaban was allegedly “abducted” by three plainclothes men in an unmarked car while the former was travelling to Miri yesterday.

He was earlier detained, photographed and his documents photocopied by the Kota Kinabalu police while waiting to board his flight to Miri to join his family for the Gawai celebrations.

His whereabouts are still unknown to date.

PETALING JAYA: The police dismissed the allegation that the Special Branch is involved in the disappearance of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter Joh…

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Papa Orang Utan On The Run?

Posted Friday, June 1st, 2012

It was during this journey that confusion ensued, as a vehicle then flagged down the car and three men beckoned for Peter to get out, according to Dr Teo.  Peter went to the car and then left with the men, leaving some of his things behind but still carrying his back pack.

Dr Teo was taken by complete surprise and was left bewildered and concerned.  At first it was feared that Peter may have been arrested after all,  however the police authorities have flatly denied this and say that the DJ is not in detention.

Colleagues are now looking to the possibility therefore, that Peter knew the men and recognised the car.  Given his fear of arrest, he may have taken the opportunity to jump into the unidentified vehicle and make his escape before any further moves were taken to detain him.

Papa Orang Utan On The Run? Posted Friday, June 1st, 2012

www.sarawakreport.org/2012/06/papa-orang-utan-on-the-runCached

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  • 1 Jun 2012
  • The Star Sarawak
  • By DIANA ROSE drose@thestar.com.my

RFS man missing

The mysterious disappearance of Radio Free Sarawak’s ‘Papa Orang Utan’ has many baffled. The rogue London-based radio station’s presenter was whisked away by unidentified plainclothes men while on his way to Miri city soon after he landed at Miri airport

MIRI: The whereabouts of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) presenter Peter John Jaban who was whisked away by unidentified plainclothes men soon after he landed here remain uncertain.

Shaken but relieved: (Left) Ling and Dr Teo welcoming a shaken Jaban (centre) at Miri Airport yesterday morning.

But police insist that he has not been arrested and his disappearance on Gawai eve has left all quarters baffled.

Jaban, 48, was in a car with PKR Miri branch chairman Dr Michael Teo on their way to the city after he arrived at Miri airport at about 10.30am yesterday when three men in a Proton car waved down Dr Teo’s car near Tamu Muhibbah in the city centre at about 11.15am.

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Malaysia Chronicle

A London-based Malaysian radio journalist went missing yesterday after he was allegedly seized by unidentified men in the eastern state of Sarawak, his office said. Radio Free Sarawak broadcaster Peter John Jaban had just arrived at the town of Miri, about 1,370kms east of Kuala Lumpur, and was travelling from the airport when his car was blocked by another vehicle carrying three men who forcibly took him. Clare Rewcastle, founder of the London-based Radio Free Sarawak, said Jaban was earlier detained by authorities at the airport in Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah state, while trying to board a plane to Miri.

Journalist goes missing in eastern Malaysia

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+++BREAKING NEWS+++ Malaysian secret police abduct rebel radio presenter

by Bruno Manser Fonds on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:05pm ·

BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND

31st May 2012

Radio Free Sarawak anchorman, Peter John Jaban, abducted by Malaysian security forces – Police deny knowledge on the whereabouts of the popular indigenous radio presenter

(MIRI, MALAYSIA) Peter John Jaban, a presenter of Radio Free Sarawak, an independent radio station broadasting news for Sarawak’s indigenous communities, has today been abducted by unidentified Malaysian security forces who are believed to be members of the Special Branch, Malaysia’s secret political police.

According to a statement by Radio Free Sarawak, the radio presenter was on his way home to spend the Gawai harvest festival with his family when he was detained and photographed prior to boarding a flight from Kota Kinabalu to Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. Malaysian police officers told him that he would be arrested upon arrival in Sarawak. But when he reached Miri, despite heavy police presence, a lawyer and a local politician awaiting Peter John Jaban managed to bring him out of the airport as the police did not have immediate arrest orders.

Several minutes after leaving the airport, Peter John Jaban’s car was stopped and the radio presenter was forced out of the car by plainclothes security forces who refused to identify themselves.

“To say we are worried is an understatement” Clare Rewcastle Brown, Founder of Radio Free Sarawak, has said today. We are desperately trying to find where Peter is and why he was pulled from a car without any proper reason by unidentified people.”

London-based Radio Free Sarawak broadcasts a daily two-hour-show on local news in Malay and Iban, a native language spoken by longhouse communities in Sarawak’s interior. The radio station aims at breaking the information monopoly held by the authoritarian Sarawak government under Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Recently, politicians from Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition had called on the government to clamp down on the rebel radio.

The Bruno Manser strongly condemns the Malaysian authorities’ attack on press freedom and calls on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to immediately order Peter John Jaban’s release.

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For updated information on this case, please check the Radio Free Sarawak website under: www.radiofreesarawak.org

Please call the police in Sarawak to protest against Peter John Jaban’s abduction and ask about his whereabouts:

Sarawak Police Commissioner: +60 82 247204

Sarawak Police Headquarters Hotline: +60 82 240 800

Miri Police Station: +60  85 432 222

For more information, please contact us:

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 Malaysia Chronicle
Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:54

Radio Free S’wak’s Jaban snatched away in broad daylight: Still missing after 6 hrs

Written by  Lim Kit Siang

Is Malaysia under the rule of law or the law of jungle where Radio Free Sarawak presenter Peter John Jaban can disappear for six hours after arrival in Miri this morning without anyone in authority claiming knowledge or responsibility?

I have just spoken to Jaban’s lawyer, Alan Ling, the DAP Piasau State Assemblyman in Miri, and he confirmed that he is completely in the dark as what to has happened to Jaban some six hours after he met him at the Miri Airport on his arrival from Kota Kinabalu.

Radio Free S’wak’s Jaban snatched away in broad daylight: Still missing after 6 hrs

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http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3191901.htm

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“We just hope it is the police and not Taib’s people”, one of Peter’s friends observed today. It was a comment that sums up the atmosphere of mistrust and fear in Sarawak.

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Malaysian Insider

Anti-Taib radio anchor ‘abducted’ by unknown men

By Shannon Teoh
May 31, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — A radio presenter for Radio Free Sarawak, which has been heavily critical of Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s administration, was taken by three unidentified men after landing in Miri this morning.

According to a statement from the radio station, Peter John Jaban was flying in to Sarawak from Kota Kinabalu to celebrate the Gawai harvest festival with his family.

But his lawyer, Alan Ling, said he was completely in the dark as to who the men were or why they had detained him at about 10.45am this morning.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said in a statement that Ling, who is a local DAP leader and Piasau assemblyman, had spoken to Miri police who said they “had no instruction and were not involved in Jaban’s arrest or disappearance.”

“On their way to town, three men in a Proton car stopped Teo and Jaban, and Jaban was taken away,” the Ipoh Timor MP said, calling it an “abduction.”

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www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anti-taib… – Cached

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4 Responses to Radio Free Sarawak, The ‘Naughty Radio’….

  1. kuching hitam says:

    what you get is what you deserve……

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