ROSE condemns #UndiRabu for GE14

DESPITE THE ODDS, COME BACK TO VOTE. HISTORY IS LOOKING AT YOU! ROSE condemns the decision and announcement by SPR that Polling Day for GE14 would fall mid-week on a working day as it is effectively disenfranchising voters in particular those of Sabah and Sarawak. They have yet to give a cogent and credible reason for fixing the said date on a mid-week. Instead of encouraging voter turnout on this very important day, such a move flies in the face of what an election commission would be expected to uphold; access to the right to vote the government of the day. Many of whom either work in west malaysia and singapore or in the bigger cities in towns but whose polling stations is in the kampung. We therefore appeal to all employers in the private sector in particular those who have staff or workers who will need to 'balik kampung' in order to cast their vote to give them sufficient time off to go back to perform their civic duty as citizens in choosing the next or new government. We would also like to echo Bersih 2.0’s appeal to the Federal govt to declare Polling Day a public holiday and for state govt to declare the day before or the day after as a public holiday. However it is heartening to note from netizens and on social media that ordinary citizens or voters are taking matters into their own hands to overcome this challenge seemingly put in their way by the Election Commission and are starting to organise themselves to go back to vote. One of which is to carpool to balik kampung to vote. We believe we will see more creative and helpful ways in the coming days. We also like to say thank you to all the airline companies who has since before the announcements of dates, carried out their CSR to waive re-routing and re booking fees. ROSE hence urge those voters workingstudying outside of Sarawak to quickly book their air-tickets to come back home to vote. There are also initiatives started to give financial help to those coming back to sabah and sarawak to vote. In line with ROSE’s vision of encouraging citizens participation in elections and democracy, we will be conducting a POLLING AGENT/COUNTING AGENT(PACA) training and refresher this Sunday 15th April 2018 at 1.30 pm at Good News Fellowship Community Hall at Green Heights, Kuching. To register for the workshop pls email to or sms to 016-8604998. Those who wish to serve as PACA and make a difference in the marginal seats in Sarawak, do attend this training. 11th April 2018End statementFor Media contact : Ann Teo 0168604998

PRESS RELEASE “Malaysians Face Rising Costs of Living, says economists”

“Malaysians Face Rising Costs of Living, says economists” Our recent public forum on the subject of ‘GST & PERIUK NASI KITAK’ ( GST & Your Rice Bowl) held in Kuching  received an encouraging response from the student community, members of the public and friends from NGO circles. About 80 persons turned up last Saturday night at a local hotel to listen to the two(2) invited panelists Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid and Encik Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin who are both economists by training. The forum was organised by Rise of Sarawak Efforts (R.O.S.E) in partnership with another NGO known as Lawyer Kamek For Change and has the support of other local NGOs. It’s aim was to raise awareness on the subject of GST and rising costs of living and other issues affecting young people.        Continue reading

SIARAN AKHBAR :'"Kos Hidup Rakyat Malaysia Meningkat, kata Pakar Ekonomi"

"Kos Hidup Rakyat Malaysia Meningkat, kata pakar ekonomi" Forum rakyat  baru-baru ini mengenai  subjek 'GST & PERIUK NASI KITAK'  yang diadakan di Kuching mendapat sambutan yang menggalakkan daripada komuniti pelajar, ahli masyarakat dan rakan-rakan dari kalangan NGO. Kira-kira 80 orang hadir pada malam Sabtu lalu di sebuah hotel tempatan untuk mendengar dua (2) ahli panel yang dijemput, Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid dan Encik Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin yang kedua-duanya pakar ekonomi. Forum ini dianjurkan oleh Rise of Sarawak Efforts (R.O.S.E) dengan kerjasama dikenali sebagai Lawyer Kamek For Change dan mempunyai sokongan NGO tempatan yang lain. Matlamatnya adalah untuk meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai subjek GST dan peningkatan kos sara hidup dan isu-isu lain yang memberi kesan kepada golongan muda. Continue reading

SIARAN AKHBAR FORUM "GST & Periuk Nasi Kitak" March 3, 2018

Forum Rakyat "GST & PERIUK NASI KITAK": Memahami apa yang kita diberitahui oleh pemimpin kita. Satu kaji selidik yang telah dijalankan baru-baru ini ke atas 4,468 responden mendapati bahawa kebanyakan rakyat (82%) percaya bahawa kenaikan kos sara hidup pada masa sekarang adalah disebabkan oleh pelaksanaan GST. Jika anda pernah cuba untuk membuat beberapa perbandingan antara apa yang biasanya dilaporkan tentang kondisi ekonomi Malaysia contohnya KDNK pada 5.9% pada Q4 2017 dan ramalan positif lain dengan apa yang dialami oleh anda sebagai rakyat biasa; terasa dengan kenaikan kos barangan dan perkhidmatan, pengangkutan dan perumahan, kami menjemput anda untuk hadir dalam forum akan datang. Forum ini dianjurkan oleh Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE) akan diadakan pada Sabtu 3hb Mac 2018 pada 7.15 petang di Hotel Grand Continental, Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching. Forum ini akan dikendalikan dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Kami telah mengundang dua individu yang merupakan pakar ekonomi terkenal iaitu Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid dan Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin sebagai panel forum tersebut. Dr Muhammed kini merupakan ketua penyelidik dasar sosio-ekonomi dan perunding di Kuala Lumpur serta telah menulis beberapa buah buku. Salah satu daripada tulisan beliau yang dikenali ialah “Antara Dua Darjat: Agihan Pendapatan di Malaysia” (English Version: The Color of Inequality; Ethnicity, Class Income and Wealth in Malaysia). Beliau digelar pakar ekonomi yang berjiwa rakyat. Dia juga terkenal dengan cara penyampaian dan berkomunikasi beliau dalam bahasa yang mudah difahami ketika menyatakan pandangan beliau sebagai seorang pakar. Beliau tidak asing dalam perbincangan awam dan forum malah pandangan beliau untuk pra-bajet 2018 pernah menjadi viral pada sekitar Oktober 2017. Saudara Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin pula adalah seorang pakar ekonomi dan mempunyai pengalaman hampir 2 dekad dalam sektor kewangan, dasar-dasar awam, perancangan strategik dan pelaburan. Beliau juga pernah menjadi pegawai khas atau penasihat kepada Menteri Besar Selangor.  Sekarang ini beliau menjalankan perundingan dan kerja-kerja penyelidikan untuk pelbagai pelanggan dari institusi kewangan, agensi kerajaan, NGO dan pusat pemikir atau think-tanks. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE GST & Periuk Nasi Kitak Forum March 3, 2018

A People’s Forum  “GST & PERIUK NASI KITAK” ; making sense of what our leaders tell us. A recent survey amongst some 4,468 respondents found that most people (82%)  believed that the increase in costs of living in recent times is due to the implementation of GST. Is this a fair assessment? And why ? If you have been trying to make some sense of what is usually reported about how well Malaysia’s economy is doing eg. GDP is at 5.9% at Q4 2017 and other positive forecast AND what many ordinary citizens are experiencing on the ground ; feeling the pinch of rising costs of goods and services, transport & housing , we invite you to participate in an upcoming public forum organized by Rise of Sarawak Efforts (R.O.S.E) to be held on the Sat 3rd March at 7.15 pm at Hotel Grand Continental , Jln Ban Hock, Kuching. The forum will be conducted using Bahasa Malaysia as language of communication. We have invited two very distinguished panelists and they are Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid and Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin.   Continue reading

ROSE 2017 in Review

Friends and supporters, It seems like yesterday when we mobilized PACA volunteers for the Sarawak state elections in May 2016; unlike other parts of Malaysia elections happens in Sarawak every 2.5 years averagely and soon PRU14 will be upon us again. Looking at the electoral landscape it seems that our job is never done. We continue this journey towards an empowered citizenry and voters in the face of the challenges and odds against our country’s democracy not just on the level of free and fair elections but politics and governance in general. For Sarawakians a matter close to their hearts is state rights and autonomy. But what is more autonomy without more accountability? Would the common man and women begin to taste and see the greater autonomy that politicians in the state across both divides are championing for? The autonomy debate should not eclipse all other important national issues like rising costs of living, employment opportunities for graduates and the young and good governance amongst many others. More on this at the end of this review.   Continue reading

GE14: Get Out to Vote! The Tale of Two Bakeries (Updated with Iban version)

Why vote? Why even bother?  This is why.  If you don't vote, you lose your right to complain. You lose your chance to ever, see change. Get out to vote. Kenapa nak undi? Apa gunanya? Sekiranya anda tidak mengundi, anda hilang hak anda untuk bersuara.  Daftar undi, keluar undi. Ko urang, ngundi nadai ngubah (nama-nama). Tang, amat ka nya?  Lebuh maia nuan enda ngundi, kebendarnya nuan ngenentuka nadai utai tau berubah.  Nya alai, nuan patut ngetanka hak kena ngundi lalu milih bala sida ke ulih ngereja utai ke manah agi.  Laban nuan patut diberi lalu bulih utai ke manah agi! 

ROSE supports BERSIH in Call for Absentee Voting

26th September 2017 BERSIH Sarawak Memorandum to Election Commission (EC) Sarawak Today we are here to submit a memorandum to Election Commission (Sarawak) as part of a nationwide effort by Bersih 2.0 (and its coalition of NGOs) in demanding for electoral reforms. Besides that, we are requesting for a dialogue session to meet with the Director of Sarawak’s Election Commission to discuss more on the reforms. The purpose of the memorandum is to draw EC’s attention to two (2) reforms that are urgent and important for Sarawakian and also Sabahan voters. These reforms are absentee voting and automatic voter registration. If implemented before the 14th General Election, it would be able to enfranchise Sarawakian (& Sabahan) voters. Continue reading


  DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS ELECTION!… GUARD THE VOTE; BE A PACA! PACA, the acronym for Polling Agents  and  Counting Agents. They are the people who are authorized by our elections laws to serve on election day. In summary their role is to protect the secrecy of the vote; ensure that balloting is done according to the rules AND they also ensure that only those who are eligible or who are registered get to vote.  As ROSE is an NGO whose vision is to build a community of informed and empowered citizenry who then participates and engage in the democratic process , we see that the PACA role and platform is one of the channels that enables normal citizens to do so. Our trainings are open to  members of the public from all walks of life as long as you are 21 years and above and is keen to learn. Usually we use a mix of English and BM to conduct the training workshop. We conduct the training in a politically –neutral manner and it is later up to them to choose any candidate they wish to help. We only ask that each of them help to promote free and fair elections. Our trainers and facilitators themselves are volunteers.  Our trainings are interactive and fun as we use role-plays to enable participants to get a hands-on feel of the election process as well as their roles and duties as a PACA. Some people think that having elections  means we have a democracy. A democracy will be as good or bad as the citizens that participate in it. It is not only the responsibility to vote whoever the person of your choice to be ur elected rep BUT we need to participate in the process of governance thereafter. Keeping him/them accountable to the rakyat . Which brings me to next point.. Our Voter Registration exercises. ROSE encourages all to register themselves as voters by attending our mobile counters or going to the nearest post office to register themselves. Process of registration takes 4-6 months and there is no better time to get yourself registered than now. ROSE is forever looking for volunteers to help us in our projects and activities. But if one cannot spare the time , one can choose to contribute financially to our cause and work. We have recently put out the call for our friends and supporters to GIVE to ROSE. Last but not least, we sum this morning’s PC by calling  members of the public to TAKE CHARGE, GET INVOLVED , PARTICIPATE. DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF. ..the best thing you can do this coming Hari Kebangsaan is to devote about 3-4 hours of your time to attend our PACA training session. Pls register your attendance by emailing ROSE at or Contact 016-3233361. Our first session will be held on 2nd Sept 2017 (Sat) at Mastermind Training Centre, Green Road Kuching at 1.30 pm. -END- 26TH Aug 2017 Ann Teo     -Spokesperson for ROSE.  Contact for the media; 016-8604998    

ROSE Fundraising Appeal 2017

  August 10, 2017 Prior to the 11th Sarawak State Elections in 2016, we launched “Jom Jadi PACA!”, an initiative to aggressively recruit PACA volunteers. Polling Agent/Counting Agent (PACA) training has been one of ROSE’s core activities from Day One. PACAs safeguard the secrecy of votes, make sure that each and every vote is accounted for, and that all proceedings complies with election regulations. In the run-up to the elections, we conducted 20 PACA trainings in Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Lawas and KL and coordinated the deployment of PACAs to selected marginal constituencies. To further widen our reach, we also conducted training of trainers (TOT) sessions to empower local ROSE volunteers to become trainers in their own right. Gabrielle, a brand-new ROSE volunteer got an exclusive, front-line view of the electoral process. She says  “ I am 22, and had just came back from studying. I have never voted before and was not in time to register to vote.  So, when I heard about PACA training, I thought if I am not able to vote, why not serve? Learning a bit of everything and gaining the experience is what matters to me most. PACA training conducted by ROSE for me was like voter education; everything I learned is an eye-opener. I had a pretty smooth and uneventful first-time experience during the Sarawak State Elections.  I am hoping that in the coming GE14, I will be able to take on and face more challenging scenarios when I get to serve again.” Continue reading