Radio Free Sarawak interviews Masing


Sarawak’s Land Development Minister James Masing has been surprisingly interviewed by Radio Free Sarawak, a new and mysterious station that has emerged.

In the interview, Masing, a senior figure in the BN state government led by Taib Mahmud, says again that the recent log-jam along the Rajang River was a man-made disaster. He points out that the timber companies and the relevant government departments (for their lack of enforcement) are to blame.

The station transmits on the short-wave frequency for one hour a day.

“The Ibans are angry,” admits Masing. “I hope it’s a wake-up call.”

The anger, he adds, was legitimate. “Whether that anger will be translated to a change of government, that I cannot say. At the moment, it’s still manageable.”

He claims that democracy will arrive when the elections come. This reflects the BN mentality that democracy is only a once-in-five-years affair rather than an ongoing process involving the public participation and democratic decision-making.

You can listen to the full interview at the station’s website here.

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FenceSitter is right, easier and less noisy to log in to Radio FreeSarawak website daily and listen to the recorded version.


I doubt the broadcasts can reach out to the communities that rely on radio. First the broadcast on 7590 kHz cannot be received on a normal broadcast radio receiver because they only cover the 41m band which is between 7200 – 7450 kHz and 31 m, 9400 – 9900 kHz. The second broadcast on 15680 kHz will only give marginal reception if any at all especially if the transmitter is in the UK. I tried the 15680 KHz and all I get is static. So the ruling regime won’t be worrying too much for now. Masing should push to allow… Read more »


Halo Fencesitter,
On what basis do you say that the 7590kHz frequency is only received on the radios for 41m band, between 7200kHz-7450kHz? Is there any reference to this anywhere so that perhaps the folks in RFS can be better advised about this? Is this a radio manufacture industry standard or just some cut corners practice by the radio makers?