New Iban language radio station in the offing


KUCHING: Radio Kenyalang will be the latest radio station to be transmitting through short wave, and it is bound to be courting controversies once it gets on air soon.

Reliable sources said the RK, which will broadcast in Iban, is linked to Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).

And just like SWP, RK will be BN-friendly but will hit out at Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) the party it declared it would contest against in the coming election.

The source also mentioned that RK will be something like Radio Free Sarawak (RFS).

It will be headed by Lester Melanyi, who is the SWP media unit chief. Lester, who has vast experience in journalism mostly in the print media, was at one time with RFS in London for a year.

When interviewed via email, Lester said he and a group of friends were in Kuala Lumpur and in London to work out the details on how to operate the station.

“We will get our airwave right from World Radio Network in London, meaning we will broadcast direct from London,” he said.

Asked whether RK will be based in London or Sarawak, Lester was evasive and merely said: “We are more than happy to operate from home but then again, we don’t want to be harassed or watch our back all the time.”

“Let’s just wait and see. Moreover, we hope the radio will be up and running in a matter of weeks. For a start, we will go on air for an hour,” he added.

SWP prime mover and now advisor Dato Sng Chee Hua also has years of experience in the media industry.

He was once the owner of The Malaysian Today, a local tabloid.