Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Gawai Dayak is just around the corner. In conjunction with the celebration, I would like to write an article on the Dayak Community... Lately so much has been discussed about the term dayak. It all started when Datuk Joseph Entulu, a Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister on 10th May 2009, proposed that the term dayak should be dropped and replace with Iban, Bidayuh, Kenyah..etc. He made such a stupid and uncivilized proposal when met by the reporters after witnessing the installation of the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) Rajang Branch new committee members led by its chairman Maj (Rtd) Mosses Ripai. According to Entulu, the term should be dropped because it conveyed negative connotations like being uncivilized, uncouth and “low class. Other than that according to Entulu, the term dayak had not been acknowledged according to their respective ethnic groups. According to Entulu, the term dayak should be also abolished because it was not nationwide recognized. He quoted an example where Dayaks working in the peninsula were turned away when they wanted to invest in the Amanah Saham Nasional or when they applied for low-cost housing because some people there thought they were not bumiputra. To strengthen his call, Entulu said that some leaders of Sarawak non-Muslim communities had some years ago suggested that the government stop using the term. He strongly believed that the suggestion has the tacit support of the leaders and the people concerned. Response From The Dayak Communities Most of the dayak community leaders and individual that met and asked to comment on Entulu proposal, had in total disagreement with him. Some even suggested that Entulu should be stripped off his deputy minister post. They believed that Entulu is holding the post on dayak ticket. Some of the dayak leaders (political and NGO) that met and opposed to Entulu proposal were :-
Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing
- Self-Proclaimed PRS President
- Responsibled for diregistration of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak
- Entulu Boss
- Comments - Disagreed with Entulu and added " The colonial powers could not have coined the term Dayak because it was an existence long before they set foot in Sarawak. The term used in this context is a generalised term that covers three main non-muslim bumiputeras - Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu.
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu ak Numpang
- Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak
- Responsible for Dayak Marginalisation by Taib Mahmud government
- Comment. Not available for Comment as he was still in National Heart Institute (IJN)
- Secretary General of the Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) and President of Bung Bratak Heritage
- Comments - Since time immemorial, the Bidayuh have referred to themselves as Dayak that literally means people. The notion that the word was coined by anyone, or for that matter, the colonial power, has little basis.
Dato Celestine Ujang ak Jilan
- Former State Minister
- Comments - The term Dayak has been been widely accepted and establihed in this country. Whoever suggests that it should be dropped must be crazy.
Patrick Rigep Nuek
- Author and Expert on Bidayuh Culture
- Comments- As a Bidayuh, If I were to say the term Dayak was uncivilised, uncounth and low class, then I would be suffering from inferiority complex. It shows I am not proud of who I am and What I represent.
As far as the history is concerned, the term dayak has been used by the Dutch, Portuguese back in 1600s to describe the natives of Borneo ; in Kalimantan and Sarawak.
The best example for us to look at in the usage of term dayak is our brother in Kalimantan Indonesia. During Suharto rule, just like us, they were also marginalised. Their land were taken away from them for timber, oil-palm plantation and gold mine by Suharto and his cronies.
But after the fall of Suharto , with the new order, they formed-up Dayak Association. One of such association that has been very succesfully in unite the Dayak is Lembaga Musyawarah Masyarakat Dayak dan Daerah Kalimantan Tengah ( LMMDD-KT) in Kalimantan Tengah. Nowadays Dayak in Central Kalimantan (or Kalteng) has better representation in the government, even the governor is a Dayak.
The top Dayak Communities -Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu etc.., should forget about politicking for personal gain but start to work for the communities. At present most of our leaders are willing to sacrificing the survival of our communities in order to gain personal interest. The best example is Jemut Masing himself. He has willing to sacrifice his political ambition (of course to fight for the right of the Iban community) after given the ministrial job by Pehin Seri Taib Mahmud, Malaysian longest serving Chief Minister/Menteri Besar.
As for Joseph Entulu, for his stupid proposal he deserved with the most severe punishment that is on exile to the "no man land" (as he is no longer belong to the dayak).....
Please stay tune with my next posting entitled " Dayak Marginalisation by Taib Mahmud’s Politic of Development Could Trigger Communal Violence in Sarawak – Lesson learn from Madurese and Dayak Conflict in Kalimantan Indonesia 2001"
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Penanti is one of the State Assembly under Permatang Pauh constituency, and one of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) stronghold. One basis of BN cowardness here is because they failed to fulfill few promises made during Permatang Pauh by-election held last year. In the election, Datuk Seri Anwar humiliated BN Candidate with bigger majority.
This by-election of which many believe is just an endorsement for PKR candidate. The PKR Candidate in this by election is a Penang PKR deputy chief Mansor Othman . Mansor, holds three Masters degrees, including two from Yale University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy. He had served as the political secretary to Anwar when he was deputy prime minister in the 1990s, and moved on to joined Keadilan after Anwar was sacked from Umno and the government in 1998. The former Keadilan Penang chief was also heavily involved in negotiations undertaken between DAP, PAS and PKR within the Pakatan coalition.
He is challenged by 3 Independent Candidates ; former Parti Keadilan Nasional (KeAdilan) Penang Wanita chief Aminah Abdullah, also 56, company manager and former Gerakan Telok Wang Branch Youth head Nai Khan Ari, 41, and motivational expert Kamarul Ramizu Idris, 42.
Although many believes that PKR candidate will win with comfortable majority, but personally I would like to urge all the PKR supporters in Penanti to work hard and win with bigger majority.
Good luck to PKR Penanti..
Friday, May 22, 2009
In the last general election held in March 2008, Ismail Yaacob won the predominantly Malay seat after defeating Zulkepli Omar of United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) with a 1352-vote majority. He had been the Assemblyman for Manek for five terms (except in year 2004) since year 1986.
On behalf of Bukittunggal, I offer my condolences to his family.
Another By-Election - Will Cowardice BN Standing in Manek By Election? With the death of YB Ismail Yaacob, EC is expected to make a Press Release to announce whether the by-election is going to be held. If EC decides to hold the by-election, this is going to be the 3rd by-election in Malaysia in year 2009. First by election was held last month, where Pakatan won 2 seats out of 3 seats contested. Second election will be held for Penanti seat, on 31st May 2009. Nomination day for Penanti will be tomorrow, 23rd May 2009. Barisan Nasional (BN) had already decided that they are not going to nominate any candidate for the election. The New PM, Mr Najib had blaming the opposition parties especially KEADILAN for exploiting the election process . Penanti is one of the state constituency under Permatang Pauh (DSAI stringhold). Let’s see whether BN is going to nominate any candidate for Penanti by-election..... To all the PKR supporters in Penanti..All the best to all of you from Sarawak Mupok aku
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
YB. ENCIK WONG HO LENG (N.45 BUKIT ASSEK) - 12 Month Suspension
First Casualty of BN Power Abuse and Misuse Of DUN Process
YB. ENCIK CHONG CHIENG JEN (N.12 KOTA SENTOSA)
Next Casualty ? Threaten by Dr Wong Soon Koh to retract his statement or face the consequence
YB. ENCIK VOON LEE SHAN (N.11 BATU LINTANG)
Could he be next ?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I was quite surprised last week when I read in the local newspaper that Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Jabu was not involved in the one year suspension of Bukit Assek Assemblyman YB Wong Ho Leng from DUN.
Last week 60 BN Assemblymen suspended YB Wong Ho Leng for using the word “camouflage” against Datuk Wong Soon Koh during DUN sitting November last year.
YB Wong suspension which I called as “May the 13th” for Sarawak politic was proposed by Jemut Masing. All this while, Tan Sri Jabu has been known as the hard critique of Opposition especially in defending his boss. He will do whatever it take to humiliate them.The question of Tan Sri Jabu absent from Sarawak politic was answered this morning when the reliable sources informed Bukit Tunggal that Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu had been admitted to hospital for an emergency heart by-pass operation.
If the new is true, I hope that Tan Sri can recover soon from the operation and be able to give his Gawai Dayak advise to the Dayak particulay Iban which gawai Dayak is just around the corner.
This hope is not so much about the vacum that he is going to leave supposely he is bedridden for the rest of his life , as the BN government still have few Iban leaders (with the same caliber) that can take up his role as the "great Iban leader" of his time. These Iban leaders such as Jemut Masing, Mawan Ikom..etc. are always ready to play the role.
To all the dayak especially the Iban , let's all pray for the fast recovery of Tan Sri Jabu so that EC doesn’t has to call for another by election. Being the Iban myself, I dont want to see another split in the Iban community just like what Mussen and Masing had done in Lubok Antu (Batang Ai.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Misused Of DUN Process and Abused Of Power Involve In Wong Ho Leng Suspension For 12 Months From DUN
The motion was tabled by the most controversial, stupid and coward Iban leader a.k.a Disgraced PRS President (Dr.James) Jemut Masing and seconded by Roland Sagah (Make a guess why the motion was not tabled and seconded by the Chinese BN MPs ? Why only the stupid dayak/Iban leaders were willing to do it?).
The motion was tabled against YB Ho Leng for the word "camouflage" that he uttered against Dr. Wong Soon Koh when debating and seeking clarification from the later on 23 November 2008. The motion was supported by all the 60 BN assemblymen.
With this suspension orders, YB Ho Leng will be absent from DUN for 12 months until May next year and therefore will not be able to discharge the duties entrusted to him by majority of the voters in Bukit Assek.
Ho Leng is one of the best people leaders that Sarawak can produce so far. Supposing if the Iban/Dayak have the leader with the same caliber as YB Hong Leng, we will not be suffering just like what we are now.
YB Ho Leng was charged under Section 14(1) of the Dewan Undangan Negeri (Privileges and Powers) Ordinance for uttering a “camouflage” remarks against the senior minister.
Yesterday, 13th may 2009, marked another black history of Malaysian politic. Barisan Nasional blatantly misused the DUN process and abused their majority power in suspending YB Wong Ho Leng. I don’t mind if the same process and abuse of power being used against the non-productive leaders such as Jemut Masing, Mong Dagang, Snowdan Lawan, and the rest of the useless Iban MPS, but to use it against the effective and good YB like YB Ho Leng is a waste . Uttering the words “camouflage” should not be punished with 12 months suspensions[ in the army, the word "camouflage" is used regularly especially in the Defense Orders]. Such punishment look too harsh and the rakyat will look at it, as the speaker abused his power. As for BukitTunggal, we look at it as another “May the 13” incident.
For YB Wong, KEEP UP THE SPIRIT…they misused DUN Process…bring the matter to the next level and fight them in court. Let the court decides and teach BN MP the lesson.
As for Iban/Dayak MP, stop acting like a coward and stupid politicians. Stand Up and fight for the people that had chosen you. Remember tok Uban did not vote for you, the rakyat did !
“Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban”
Monday, May 11, 2009
The Truth Prevails – Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin is The Real Menteri Besar of Perak ( Third coup d’état By BN That Failed )
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Barisan Nasional Politic Of Development - The Best DUN Building in Malaysia VS Delipated and Without Electricity Long Houses
Is it necessary to construct the new facility if the existing one is still in a good condition and fit for occupation.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Is this the way how the DUN Speaker should be treated ? In February, Mr Najib convinced three opposition lawmakers to sit as independents, a move that deprived the People's Alliance of its majority in the state, one of five ruled by the opposition. On Thursday, the National Front succeeded in ousting the speaker of the assembly and installing its own person in the post, effectively taking over the legislature, which was then officially opened by the son of the Sultan of Perak. The former speaker was pulled from the building by police after scuffles and arguments inside the assembly. The PAKATAN had wanted new elections, which were resisted by Barisan Nasional that has lost four out of five state and parliamentary by-elections since a March 2008 general election. A spokesman for Malaysia's Islamist party said that 65 had been arrested, including five MPs, although police would not confirm the figure. 'We are willing to lose in an election but not to be treated like this,' Salahuddin Ayub, an MP for the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party, told reporters before he was arrested.
Inhuman action by a group of men believed to be of Malaysian Police to the elect-DUN Speaker.
Being the member of PAKATAN sympatizer , I strongly condemn BARISAN NASIONAL for employing dirty politic to wrest Perak from PAKATAN. They used the same tactic in Batang Ai during the just concluded by-election. The police should stop from being the agent for BN government. They should remain positive just like the approach taken by the Malaysian Armed Forces. As for the palace, Sultan of Perak is one of the most intelligence Sultan in the history of Malay Sultanate , I believed that his royal highness will act neutral without being seen or showing his support to any of the coalition be it BN or PAKATAN..DAULAT TUANKU !
As for PM Najib, be a getleman, dissolve Perak's DUN and call for fresh election, let's the rakyat determine who their government is . As for PAKATAN in PERAK...Keep the fighting Spirit on , and...
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"
About 35 years ago, 1976 (Tun) Abdul Rahman Yaakub signed an agreement with (Petronas) Kuala Lumpur to give it full authority to undertake oil exploration and in return, SARAWAK was given a 5 % oil royalty annually.The question is where most of Sarawak leaders at that time (inclusive of James Wong) requested for 15% but Chief Minister at that time, (Tun) Abdul Rahman agreed with 5% oil royalty.One must remember that Taib Mahmud, who is a niece of Tun Rahman , in 1965 was dismissed from his post as a Minister of Communications and Works by Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan , who was then the Chief Minister of Sarawak. Taib was dismissed for his role to initiate the vote of no confidence against Ningkan but with the help of Federal government Ningkan was overthrown from his Chief Ministrial job and Taib once again made a minister but with more important potfolio as a Development and Forestry Minister.
Many people believed that the 5% agreement was part of Tun Rahman payment to UMNO for the roles that the party played in ousting Iban Chief Minister Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan 10 years back.
Yesterday once again the history repeated. Dato Abang Johari Tun Openg announced that Sarawak is a "Fixed Deposit" for Barisan Nasional. Many believed such announcement was made as a payback to Federal government for a role it played during a just concluded Batang Ai by-election. During the election, Federal government had promised to allocate more fund to Batang-Ai. The promised helped BN to win Batang Ai with bigger majority. And last week just before DUN sitting, new Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Mahyuddin came to Sarawak to deliver the promised......We had been sold to Najib.
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
While all the Menteri Besars in Peninsular Malaysia are trying their best to ensure that their rakyat (people) spend their monies wisely, but Jabu's beloved Chief Minister encourage us to spend more monies on gambling.
Is this the type of government or leader that we we are suppose to choose ? Is this the leader of the people ,for the people and by the people that we should continously support ???