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 [email protected] 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

Partner with Us for Project Rumah Baru

Project Rumah Baru is a 2 to 5-hour civic education workshop intended to empower young people and rural adults to think about why we vote and who do we vote for. Drop us a line at [email protected] if you're interested to partner with us to run this as part of your community event.    Continue reading

ROSE in the Press : Project Rumah Baru @ HAUS KCH

Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE), a local citizen’s action group dedicated to voter empowerment and free and fair elections, will be having a public session of Project Rumah Baru in collaboration with HAUS KCH on May 20, Saturday, from 1.30 to 5.00 pm. Entry is free of charge. Project Rumah Baru is a civic education workshop module conceptualized by ROSE. This three-hour workshop starts with a scenario - Sarawak has been completely destroyed in a zombie apocalypse, the remainder of the population needs to rebuild Sarawak 2.0. This then follows with a series of three group activities that progress in a logical narrative. In brief, the citizens need to elect a new leadership from a selection of individuals, each of whom have a positive and negative trait. In the second activity, following a period of stability and prosperity, the citizens of this new society need to vote on which services should the leadership provide for its people. The final activity comprises of a game of cops versus robbers, where the leadership attempts to outsmart the conmen who are scheming to steal its money. Continue reading

ROSE In The Borneo Post: ROSE advocates automatic voter registration

KUCHING: Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE) does not see why automatic registration of voters is not possible for implementation by the Election Commission (EC) if the post office is able to read the information of one’s MyKad when one turns up to register as a voter. ROSE chairperson Ann Teo said EC was after all already using the information available on the MyKad such as a person’s age and address. Continue reading