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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TAIB MAHMUD AGREES WITH MAJORITY SHOULD RULES AND MINORITY MUST LEARN TO GIVE WAY" PRINCIPLE!

"Taib Mahmud Sir! This is the first time that I am in the Agreement With You....
Majority Should Rules and Minority Must Learn to Give Way Principle"
After more than 25 years holding the post of the Chief Minister of Sarawak, today is the first time that I ever read or heard that Jabu beloved Chief Minister Pehin Seri Taib Al-Mahmud saying these two noble principles for democracy; Majority should rules and minority must learn to give way. Taib Mahmud has been quoted by Borneo Post for saying those two principles when he gave advise to the parties that squabble in the formation of Dudong SUPP Branch.
Even though the advise was directed at SUPP members that involved in their party internal crisis but it is not wrong for me to say that the same principles should also applicable for Taib Mahmud political status and his position as the Chief Minister of Sarawak.
Taib Mahmud is of the ethnic Melanau descent. The Melanaus can be divided into six different groups which are: Melanau Mukah, Melanau Dalat, Melanau Oya, Melanau Matu-Daro-Rejang, Melanau Ba'ie (Bintulu) Melanau Balingian and Melanau Miri.
The latest consensus of Sarawak population showed that the population of Melanaus was about 96,000 or about 4% of the Sarawak total population of 2.5 millions people. Even though they are not majority in term of population, but they are politically strong. Democracy promotes the principle of majority should rules. But in Sarawak such priciple is not applicable. This has been proven by Melanau, despite being the minority group , they are in full control of the politic, economy, government administration and many more matters in Sarawak.
Melanau grip on power started in 1970 when Tun Rahman Yaakub took over the Chief Ministership from the late Datuk Tawi Sli, and continued when Taib mahmud took over from Rahman Yaakub in 1982. Since then all the three top posts, the Governor and the Chief Minister and the State Secretary posts have been monopolised by the Melanau. Surprisingly both Iban and Malay did not do anything about it.
By mutual agreement (eventhought the two top posts were supposed to be belong to the Iban), the Chief Minister and the Governor should be held by the Iban and the Malay respectively but as I said ealier when Taib took over as Chief Minister and followed by the infamous Ming Court incident, the mutual agreemen between Iban and Malay was not been followed anymore. The Malay and Iban were just kept quite. But why were they keeping quite?What could be the caused?
For most of the Sarawak populations, the Ming Court incident can be considered as the starting point for the Melanau control and the end of the Iban and Malay political dominance in Sarawak. Since this point and until to this date (Pehin Seri) Taib Mahmud the most powerful Chief Minister in the history of modern sarawak, started to put his own cronies to head all important government departments and business entities in Sarawak.
And to "cripple" the Iban, Taib Mahmud and his Melanau cronies implemented what they termed as a "Politic Of Development". Iban were diprieved from the mainstream development. And to weaken the dayak solidiratory, he tried to do away with the term dayak, instilled the spirit of hatred amongst them by given more development in Bidayuh majority areas compared to the areas inhibited by the Iban .
Another reason why Melanau managed to control Sarawak is through religion. Majority of Melanau are muslim. This has been manipulated by Taib Mahmud to secure the support of the Malay . So far this has been very successful...the Malay still throw their supports to Taib Mahmud and his Melanau cronies despite the fact that they are less developed compared to their Melanau counterparts.
"The robber of Iban Rights....Iban Must Get Back What is Ours From this Robber" If we strictly follow to what Taib said in Borneo Post about the basic principle of democracy : the majority should rules and the minority must learn to give way, with its total population of about 750,000 or 30% of Sarawak total population, no doubt Iban is the majority group in Sarawak. Due to the dumbness of the Iban past and present leaders, both of the posts had been robbed from us by Melanau, Taib Mahmud and Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng (aka Tun Sallahuddin) as the Chief Minister and Governor of Sarawak respectively. Taib Mahmud has been diagnosed with Colon cancer since January 2006 and since then he has been recieving regular treatments in Australia . His last trip to Australia was during the recent Hari Raya public holidays and just came back early of this week.
"Because of the Dumbness of our past and present leader(s) We had Lost What Were Supposed to Be Ours , To Taib Mahmud and his gang of Robbers"
Of no matter whether he made such comment while he was still under the side-effect of kimoteraphy treatment, but I am in the agreement with Pehin Sri (Dr) Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud that Majority should rules and minority must learn to give way. If he fail to practice what he had said, by all means, the Iban must take back what is ours. When I said by all means, it could be through politic or we should follow what had been done by HINDRAF…WE WILL GO TO THE STREET AND REJUVENATE OUR "AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN" spirit!
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Wife Were Drinking Too!

A friend of mine this morning informed me about Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Wife shown drinking beer at http://www.gutteruncensored.com/.
One of the man holding beer look familiar. Do you recognise him?
Here is his wife not to be confuse with his mistress enjoying a cold one too. She look totally wasted but she seem to be hotter than his mistress.(www.GutterUncensored.com)
This is supposedly one of his mistresses, the air stewardess that was caught having an affair with him in Johor Bahru. And she is said to be the same lady that he took to Mongolia on a trip with the then PM (http://www.gutteruncensored.com/)
Please see by yourself and make your own judgement whether this minister was sincere when he agreed with the punishments imposed on Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno for drinking beer by the Syariah court? On supporting the punishments, Hishammuddin said :
“There was little force involved and it was not going to inflict pain, not even like the caning carried out in schools in those days.“I am now satisfied that the caning can be carried out by the department if the court decides to proceed and enforce the sentence,” .
Hishammuddin had recently said the ministry needed to study the proper procedures before caning the woman according to Syariah law, adding that he would not allow the department to execute the caning sentence ifit did not have the knowledge and expertise to do it. Kartika, a 32-year-old mother-of-two, was fined RM5,000 and ordered to be whipped six times for drinking beer in a hotel in Cherating last year. Her sentence has been deferred until after Ramadhan. Several parties, such as the Bar Council, have called for the sentence to be annulled. Hishammuddin said that although he was now satisfied that the department was able to conduct the caning, he still felt it had no experience to do so.
“This is because the woman (Kartika) will be the first to be caned (under Syariah laws applicable to Muslims). Four men who have received caning sentences by the Syariah Court are appealing their sentences,” he said.
On the merits of Kartika’s caning sentence, the minister said he had told the department not to get “embroiled in this.”
“That is not their purview. It is the judicial process which decides that. If the caning sentence is to be imposed, it is their duty to carry it out fairly.”
Kartika’s father, Shukarno Mutalib, when contacted, said the family was happy to hear that the department was able to handle the caning.
“Alhamdullillah (praise be upon Allah). Kartika wants it over and done with,” he said.
Will Hishamuddin and his wife be charged in Syariah court also ? This is Malaysia, a country that is rule by law!
To see more pictures of this hypocrite UMNO minister please visit http://www.gutteruncensored.com/
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Dumbness Things Ever Said or Done By Iban Politicians

Why are they So stupid and Dumb like Shit?
If we look deeper at Haji Abdul Hadi Cawat (loin cloth) remark, I tend to agree with him eventhough he was heavily criticised by some BN politicians, BN Supporters dayak community leaders and the BN supporter dayak scholars just merely because of one reason-we the dayak are being lead by a group of stupid dayak leaders, of course the one in BN I mean. Today posting, I am going to list down some of the dumbness things ever said by selected dayak leaders and their mentor Pehin Seri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud (Tok Uban). Being the mentor for stupid Iban leaders, I am going to honor Tok Uban as top of the lists, follows by Tan Sri Alfred Jabu (Jabu), Datuk Seri James Jemut Masing(Jemut) and YB Snowdan Lawan (Snowdan). I will continue with another two stupid leader, YB "Tuan" (wonder from where did he get the "tuan" title ) William Nyalau Badak (Nyalau) and YB Dr Rayong(Rayong) in my next posting.
I am honor them in this posting today not because of the contribution that they have made to their people, as most of their motives are to collect as much wealth for themselves, but because of their stupid remarks!
Tok Uban.
(1) When the most corrupted CM in Malaysia talk about corruption. Below were the excerpts of his speech read by Abang Johari Haji Open during bclosing of the 2009 Sarawak Anti-Corruption Carnival at Padang Merdeka on 12 July 2009. In his speech he said :-
“Past experiences had shown that these noble values (integrity and efficiency) had made the country do well in its economy, nevertheless, the war against corruption do not rest on the shoulders of the government and the authorities alone. It should be the concern of all. The state and the country could only wipe out corruption if everybody said ‘no’ to corruption and realised that the activity would only pull the country and its people down. Emphasis should be given to having a government whose administration and service delivery was effective and efficient with high integrity and disciplined civil servants."
Jabu Numpang
Jabu may be few Ibans graduated from the university in oversea late in the 60's. But he will be remembered as a traitor to his own community. He was responsible/involved in instrumenting the policy that marginalized the Iban/dayak. Listed below is some of his dumbness/stupidity . (1) During one of DUN sitting, he told the ADUN that Ibans in Lubok Antu, Sri Aman and Betong had expressed great concern over a sudden death of someone when Pakatan Rakyat de-facto leader Dato Sri Anwar Ibrahim visited the area on May 24. And he further added :-
"The sudden death was because PKR did not observe the adat (customs) of “meresi ulah Anwar Ibrahim” before freely bringing him there and this was regarded as adat ‘Tungkal’ to the community. The Iban customs referred to is one that requires someone like an ex-convict should be ‘cleansed’ before he could enter the longhouse or he would bring misfortune".
(2) Lim Guan Eng suggested that to set up a Dayak Endowment Board (DEB) to help the poor and marginalized Dayaks who earn less than RM200. In responding to Lim, Jabu said :-
“When people are bankrupt of ideas, they tend to say things that are unrealistic. Cannot compare Sarawak with Penang"
(3) In-Denial Of Penan Rapes Reports.
(a) First Denial, 24th September 2008. Jabu said unless the organisation was able to give specific details of their allegations, it would be a waste of time to investigate. “Show proof. Tell us where and which Penan settlement. I have not heard of such complaints from the Penan communal leaders in my many visits to ulu Baram,”! (b) Second Denial, 25th September 2008. He said that the foreign organisation making the claim was fond of sensationalising events to create stories to earn a living. I’ve just came back from the Penan areas, meeting their leaders and people but no such thing was reported to me. But if the allegations were true then the non-governmental organisation (NGO) concerned should be specific. State the logging area and who are involved. Otherwise we are just wasting our time with such an NGO preying upon any situation just to create sensationalisation without respect to the facts...respect to the truth,” !
Jemut Masing
(1) In controrary to what he said when he was in the opposition with PBDS, during one of the campaign in P202 he urged the listeners who were mostly came from the longhouses, to vote for BN as only BN could develope Sarawak! ...The Traitor! (2) When responded to Haji Hadi "Cawat" remarks, he said :-
“Calling Dayak voters uncivilised is uncalled for. It shows just how ignorant PAS is of the situation in Batang Ai. PAS is ignorant about the fact that the people there are well-educated and civilised. “It is also a very degrading statement from a person like Hadi to make. He should go to the longhouses and see the situation for himself. It is this sort of comment that is causing racial tension in Malaysia. This is totally uncalled for,”
YB N25-Dumb as Shit!
Snowdan Lawan
(1) On 17 Sep 2009, in a Breaking of Fast with a group of muslims in Balai Ringin, Snowdan Lawan said peninsula-based opposition parties continue to look down on Sarawakians despite wanting to take over the state and should therefore be rejected at the polls (Bukit Tunggal Comment- Not to sure whether his remark also targeted UMNO). He said :-
"This is the best time for us to unite and realise the truth. We must reject the opposition to show them that we (Sarawakians) are smarter than what they think,”
NCR Land Robbery ......Because we are lead by Stupid Leaders!
All The Dayak Assemblymen (ADUN) that supported Tok Uban Motions on the word "Dayak" and on NCL
(1) That supported Tok Uban motion to cancel the word DAYAK from the State Constitution. Despite many Dayak ADUN present in the DUN meeting none of them stood up to oppose this move. Some even wen much further to say that it was better without being called “DAYAK” but instead by the ethnics group like Iban, Bidayuh, Lun Bawang, Kenyah, Kayan -Berawan etc. What is the implication of such decision for the Dayak. Because of their stupidity, legally we, the dayak have no right to celebrate Gawai Dayak festival.
See How Easy Taib Mahmud and his group of robbers (to include the Iban ADUN) to rob the natives of their NCR lands. Just include the word "development" in the reason, the lands will be no longer theirs. Just imagine the lands that they enherited from their forefathers for generations...robbed by these robbers!
(2) That supported Tok Uban motion proposal on a change to the land code in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000. In 1994, the amendments were to empower the minister in charge of land matters to extinguish native customary rights to land, In 1996, the onus was placed on a native claimant to prove that he has customary rights to any land against a presumption that the land belongs to the State, In 1998, to pave the way for relinquishment or compulsory acquisition of land, the mechanisms for assessment and payment of compensation, and in 2000 defined the ‘native rights’ which was curiously missing in earlier legislation. The changes created the possibility of wiping away the “rights” of the Dayak to their land. What happened then - the Chief Minister influence the state Assemblymen (ADUN) plus the Dayak ADUN to vote in favour of the proposal. This is the beginning of Dayak NCL problem that still affecting the dayaks until now, unless the BN government in Sarawak is changed.Being an Iban myself, I would like to urge my fellows Iban brothers and sisters to get rid of all the dumb like shit Iban leaders from leading us. In my previous posting , I've touched on the same topic but today I would like to re-enforced it again so that we will not be lead by the same dumber and stupid leaders in the future. So VOTE THEM OUT!
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

DNA Confirmed Nordin Mat Top Dead-He Is Now In Paradise Sorround By 23 Virgins

JI Members believed paradise held the promise of 72 virgins for single men, but only 23 if a man had been married on earth. As for Nordin, since he was married with two wives while he was still alive , in paradise he will be only awarded with 23 virgins!
According to Reuters report from JAKARTA on Sept 19, the Forensic tests on the DNA from the body of a man killed during a raid by Indonesian police this week confirm he was Noordin Mohammad Top, one of Asia's most wanted militants. He was first reported died in an ambushed mounted by Indonesian special forces in early August 2009 but was later confirmed that the man suspected to be Nordin was Ibrohim who worked as a florist in the Ritz-Carlton hotel. With his death, Nordin has fulfilled the call made by Jemaiah Islamaiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Ba’asyir as and he is now must be in “heaven”. Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has stated his belief that Indonesia must adhere to Sharia law and had called for all muslims to wage a Jihad war as he said:-
"There is no nobler life than to die as a martyr for jihad. None. The highest deed in Islam is Jihad. If we commit to Jihad, we can neglect other deeds, even fasting and prayer". 'It's the key to paradise, everything will be very, very nice,'.
And then in late 2007 he gave a controversy sermon and allegedly refers to tourists in Bali as 'worms, snakes and maggots' with specific reference to the immorality of Australian infidels.. by saying that “the young must be first at the front line, don't hide at the back. You must be at the front, dies as martyrs and all your sins will be forgiven. This is how to achieve forgiveness...'” Based on their (JI) belief (JI) Malaysian-born Noordin, must be now in heaven! This belief is not strength. Remember the Bali bombers and murderers , Imam Samudera, another Abu Bakar Ba’asyir followers when he was sentenced to death by firing squad said that he win and will not afraid to die as he would be going to paradise, as he said to Sydney radio station 2UE:
He believed paradise held the promise of 72 virgins for single men, but only 23 if a man had been married on earth. As for Nordin, since he was married with two wives while he was still alive , in paradise he will be only awarded with 23 virgins!
And for Nordin Mat Top, before he was shot dead by Indonesia special forces, he had eluded authorities for years. With his death, we hope that South East Asia will become free from terrorist’s threat.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dayak Dilemma

There is a rising tide of excitement and euphoria among many politically conscious Dayaks in Sarawak over a series of massive grand dinners held first in Sibu, then in Miri last week, and finally ending in Kuching in the immediate future, to welcome Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Since the next Sarawak election is widely speculated to be held next year, the sudden surge of Anwar’s PKR in this East Malaysian state could be a prelude towards an all-out no-holds-barred assault on the Sarawak Barisan Nasional. The prize that PKR seeks will be state power in the Land of the Hornbill, to add to their Pakatan Rakyat stable of state governments, in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kedah, and Kelantan.
In this ambitious project, the Dayak voters’ support becomes critical, for they constitute nearly half of the total population of Sarawak.
By virtue of the logic of politics of race, which is entirely based on ethnic head-counting, the Dayaks ought to be the dominant community in Sarawak.

The chief minister ought to be a Dayak.

The reality is quite a different thing. The first Sarawak CM Stephen Kalong Ningkan (1920-1997) was indeed an Iban. But he was forcibly removed in 1996 by a federally initiated Declaration of Emergency and a constitutional amendment. Since 1970, the two Sarawak CMs have been Melanau Muslims.
Since then, the Dayak communities have been mired in political marginalisation and socio-economic backwardness that can hardly be imagined by people living in affluent states of Peninsular Malaysia.

Time stood still

Living mostly in the vast rural areas of Sarawak, many still live without basic amenities such as roads, jetties, clinics, treated drinking water, and electricity. Time for them has stood still since independence in 1963.
In most villages that I have visited, young men and women have left their community, to seek work and better prospect in large towns in Sarawak, with increasing number crossing the ocean to West Malaysia and Singapore. Only the very old and the very young are left to eke out a meagre living on their land. The massive exodus of the young has practically emptied the rural communities of the vital force for social and economic renewal in rural Sarawak.
(The think-tank people in PKR should start to think about devising a method to enable these Sarawak diasporas to go back to Sarawak to vote in the next state election.)
Meanwhile, the Dayak people have seen escalating erosion to their land tenure held under Sarawak Native Customary Rights (NCR), from first massive logging, and then giant plantations and dam building have robbed many Dayak communities of their land. Without land, the physical survival and the survival of their cultural traditions and ethnic identity are threatened.

It would be tempting to blame the socio-economic marginalisation of the Dayaks entirely on racial discrimination, but that would be too simplistic. Although many Malay/Muslim politicians and technocrats have amassed fabulous wealth under the patronage of CM Taib Mahmud, the Malay/Melanau people too live in the same kind of socio-economic quagmire that impedes progress in their community.
I have visited the coastal area of Samarahan near Kuching. The people there had been represented by Taib Mahmud in Parliament for decades, and despite some huge drainage and irrigation projects, the Malay people there are still poor. For some fishermen there, they wake up to think of how to find their next meal.
Since the political demise of Stephen Kalong Ningkan, the failure of the Dayak nationalist impulse in Sarawak in presenting a more inclusive Sarawakian narrative is one of the reasons for its failure.

26 indigenous communities

Even so, the imagined Dayak nation – as a theoretical construct – is an anomaly within the context of the politics of race in Malaysia.
As an important political category, the terms “Dayak” and “Dayakism” came to prominence only upon the formation of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) in 1983 as a splinter group from the Sarawak National Party.
The term “Dayak” is supposed to signify all non-Muslim natives of Sarawak. But by definition in the federal constitution, there are some 26 different indigenous communities in Sarawak that can be regarded as Dayaks. If you include all the sub-groups that fall within any one of these communities, then there are actually well over 40 distinct ethnic groups that could be considered as “Dayak” communities.

They are all divided by lineage, language, customs, and religion. Many of these communities have even fought prolonged bloody wars with one another in the old days.
(I once asked a Jagoi Bidayu from the Bau area why the Bidayuhs had chosen to live mostly on high grounds up on the hillside, thus earning them the name of “Land Dayak” under the British administration, in contrast to the Ibans who were called “Sea Dayaks”. He said that in the old days, it was easy to shoot down at the enemies during wars with the marauding Ibans.)
The Bidayuh is an interesting case in point. Though lumped together as a single ethnic group, this small community comprising some 8% of the total population of Sarawak has seven major dialects, and countless sub-dialects. Sometimes, when you travel 20 kilometres down the road, you find another group of Bidayuhs speaking another dialect. Such ethnic diversity may be a gold mine for cultural anthropologists, but it must be a nightmare for politicians to try to forge a Dayak nation, without recourse for appeal to a single language, a single religion, and a single history.
Fortunately for them, all the Dayaks of Sarawak are united in two things. With the exception of some Penans, they all depend on shifting cultivation as their traditional way of life. Land is more than a piece of property. Their land is the source of their immediate sustenance, the bosom of the gods that protect them, and the burial ground of their ancestors.

Their land, their rivers, and their forests are all alive with mysterious forces that interact with them in their daily lives. They will never harm the land which is like a mother to them. To fault shifting cultivation for deforestation is the paragon of cynicism. To deprive their land rights through legislative and administrative fiats is the apex of injustices.
Secondly, all Dayak communities have their own set of internal rules called adat, handed down from generation to generation through word of mouth and daily practice. They even have their own tiers of native courts to trial offenders and settle disputes. In the hearts of many natives, these rules and these courts have greater force than the laws of the state and the Borneo judicial system.

Limited political horizon

Unfortunately, in recent decades,the state appointed judges of these native courts, the Pengulus and the Temengongs, have often sided with the state government when it comes to disputes between Dayak villagers and timber companies.
It is this common self-identification of all Dayak communities to their extraordinary tie with their land and their common cultural heritage of living by their adat that allows the nationalist idea of a “Dayak nation” to flourish for a while.

Then again, Dayak nationalism could not be sustained for long because they simply do not have an alternative mass medium of communication, for them to imagine themselves as a single nation. According to Benedict Anderson, print capitalism was one of the vehicle for nationalist sentiments to grow.
Living in scattered far-flung and sometimes very remote jungle communities, the Dayaks depend heavily on word of mouth, personal contact, and the government controlled radio for their information. Newspaper delivery would be impossible for most long-houses situated a long way from towns. Many are poor by the standards of modern cash economy; it is unlikely that they can afford the newspaper subscription fees. Without a viable market, there is no chance for an Iban or a Bidayuh newspaper to survive. Naturally, the Internet Is a different universe for them.
Therefore, the political imagination of the rural Dayak voters seldom extends beyond their part of the river or mountain. I have all too often heard Dayak political and community leaders talk about “my people”. What they mean is their folks and kin living in the few villages surrounding their own. This limited political horizon is not conducive towards creating a state wide national consciousness, and it creates ample opportunity for opportunism for the Dayak ruling class at the highest level.
Having been exposed to massive money politics for many decades past, voting means very different things for the Dayaks. The vote is often seen as a currency of exchange for tangible immediate benefits like cash and gifts. I have witnessed how Dayak communities that had protested vehemently against logging voting consistently for the BN during subsequent general elections. They have yet to link democracy with changing their own collective fate.
So now the Dayaks are looking to PKR as another political vehicle to regenerate and revive their political fortune. PKR is a multiracial party, and that means the Dayak leaders should aspire towards a more universal inclusive and enlightened discourse, to educate every Dayak voter on the meaning of democracy first.
Meanwhile, the PKR leaders in West Malaysia must also realise that they should take a crash course in Dayak culture, if they are to campaign effectively in Sarawak. Like Sabah, Sarawak is a cultural universe unto itself. Outsiders wishing to help the disenfranchised people of Sarawak will have a thing or two to learn from Sarawakians first.
Although the demographic composition of the various ethnic communities is vastly different from that in West Malaysia, there have been tremendous pressure from Kuala Lumpur for Sarawak politics to conform to the racial equation that exists in the Umno-led alliance on the Malayan Peninsula even before Merdeka.
The idea that then prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Sarawak chief ministers Rahman Yakub and his nephew, Taib Mahmud (both from the partisan Rakyat Jati Sarawak, or Berjasa) shared was the creation of a Sarawak alliance dominated by Muslim/Malay/Melanau leaders with subservient Dayak and Chinese partners.
From the very beginning prior to and after Merdeka, there was this heavy tendency for federal intervention into Sarawak politics to ensure the creation of a Malay nationalist polity through Malaysia. Even then, Umno was determined to create Sarawak in its own image. This tendency at the Malayanisation of Sarawak politics was resisted by the first Iban chief minister, Stephen Kalong Ningkan of the Sarawak National Party (Snap).

For this and many other reasons, Stephen Kalong Ningkan was forcibly removed from office by a federally initiated declaration of emergency and a constitutional amendment in Parliament. A stop-gap Iban chief minister Tawi Sli was elected, and after the general election of 1970, Rahman Yakub – a Muslim Melanau – stepped in to take over the helm of Sarawak government. Muslim Melanau dominance has continued to this day.
Both Rahman and Taib were consummate Machiavellian politicians. Through their masterly manoeuvre, Berjasa and Parti Negara Sarawak (Panas) merged into a single party, finally uniting all the Sarawak Malay and Melanau Muslims under one umbrella. A further merger with the Dayak-based Parti Pesaka Anak Sarawak (Pesaka) to form the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) in 1973.

Until today, PBB is the dominant partner of the Sarawak Barisan Nasional. PBB itself is a political vehicle for Melanau/Malay/Muslim dominance with a subservient Dayak arm in Pesaka, and a subservient Chinese BN component, the Sarawak United People’s Party (Supp), within the BN coalition. Umno indeed has succeeded in creating Sarawak politics in its own image. As a result of federal intervention, the leaders from the minority Malay and Melanau communities have been able to enjoy political dominance in Sarawak, defying the logic of the politics of race in Malaysia.

Endless series of internal strife

This project for Melanau and Malay dominance in Sarawak politics has been much aided by the fractious divisiveness among Dayak politicians. In the years before and after Merdeka, the two Dayak-based parties, Snap and Pesaka, had been at loggerhead with each other over regional and historical rivalries between the Ibans of the Second and Third Divisions of Sarawak.
Snap left the Sarawak Alliance to fight for state control from the political wilderness. They almost succeeded in 1974 when they won 18 out of 48 seats in the Sarawak state general election that year. But unable to sustain themselves, they decided to rejoin the state BN soon after.
The subsequent history of Dayak politics until this day has been an endless series of acrimonious internal strife, leading to waves of formation of splinter Dayak parties. Unable to remember those dizzying series of Dayak political upheavals, I sought the help of Joseph Tawi, author of the book ‘The Broken Shield – A Chronicle of Modern Dayak Politics’, and the host of a blog by the same name.

This is what he has to report:


“PBDS was formed on July 17, 1983 when Daniel Tajem (left) was sacked from Snap for allegedly supporting an independent candidate. PBDS then joined BN-plus government. PBDS left the BN coalition on March 9, 1987, when they joined forces with Permas to form the Maju group to oust Abdul Taib Mahmud. They won 15 seats in the state election that year, but eight YBs (elected representatives) defected to Snap and PBB.
“In the 1991 state election, PBDS put up 34 Dayak and Chinese candidates. They were trounced and managed to retain only seven seats. They applied to rejoin state BN after the results were announced on Sept 29, 1991. Finally they rejoined BN on May 31, 1994.
“Power struggle in Snap in 2002 resulted in the expulsion of Tiong King Sing and the formation of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), followed by the deregistration of Snap on Nov 5, 2002. SPDP was registered on Nov 8 after three days of application.

“PBDS was deregistered on Oct 21, 2004 following a power struggle. Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) was registered on the same day. One year later, power struggle occurred in PRS. Since April this year, the crisis has been solved.
“Those remaining partyless members numbering about 100,000 after the deregistration of PBDS wanted to form Malaysian Dayak Congress. But the ROS (Registrar of Societies) rejected the application submitted on May 6, 2005 on grounds of security under Article 7 of Societies Act. Now appeal is still on to the Home Ministry. Now more of the ex-PBDS members are joining PKR.”
The above account shows you how messy Dayak politics can be in Sarawak. The obvious conclusion is that Dayak political leaders are too prone to fight to the death whenever there is a power struggle within their party. Their inability to resolve their differences is the despair of their supporters and commentators. The logical rhetorical question is this: if they cannot find unity among themselves, how can they hope to unite the diverse Dayak people?

The all-powerful ROS

But there is more than meets the eyes. The shrewd observer would immediately note how awesome the power of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) can be, in dissolving political parties, in deciding which faction should retain control of the party, and in approving within days application for the formation of a new political party by a certain faction, while similar applications by other factions can be rejected on flimsy grounds.
In reality, the ROS takes order from the home minister, who answers to the prime minister in turn, and both these powerful federal offices are held by Umno bigwigs. It is then obvious that Umno and federal interference in the internal politics of Sarawak has continued to divide and weakened Dayak political base, as has been the case since the formation of Malaysia.

Another salient point is this. Upon the split of a Dayak party into two factions, the new party formed by the faction favoured by the Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud would almost immediately be accepted into the Sarawak BN, leaving the other faction in the cold. Whenever this happens, Taib consolidates his near absolute control over Sarawak politics once again, at the expense of Dayak bargaining power within the state BN.
The root cause of this particular aspect of the Dayak dilemma lies again beneath the demographic reality of Malaysia. Although the Dayaks collectively constitute the largest ethnic community within Sarawak, they form a mere 5% or 6% of the total population of Malaysia. Generally, Dayak political leaders feel that they must belong to the Barisan family in order to be effective to serve the Dayak people. Being in the opposition at federal or state level is not a long-term option.
Once exiled to the political wilderness, Dayak politicians will be excluded from the vast network of largesse made available to BN YBs by the state government administration, such as minor rural development projects and agricultural subsidy schemes. Worst still, opposition Dayak candidates will have to face the monumental task of winning at the poll in the next general election. Electoral contests in the rural and semi-rural constituencies in Sarawak are notoriously expensive, and vote buying in one form or another is the norm rather than the exception. In sharp contrast, BN Dayak candidates have at their disposal seemingly inexhaustible campaign funds.

They need statemen, not politicians

In this context, the arrival of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in a big way in recent days offer many fresh and interesting opportunities for political redemption for Dayak politics in Sarawak.

The Pakatan Rakyat, of which Anwar Ibrahim is the leader, already controls five state governments in West Malaysia. They have shown how federal opposition parties can form government at the state level and bring in reform for the benefit of the people.
They have also announced their intention to march to Putrajaya, and so offer hope for Dayak politicians to free themselves from this fatal slavish dependence on the federal BN.
It is now a famous lesson that if aspiring reformers want to bring meaningful change to their own society, then they must first reform themselves. As Obama used to say on his campaign trail, “We are the change that we seek.”
It is now obvious that appealing to mere ethnic unity has come to a dead end for Dayak politics. If Dayak leaders want to liberate their people from the bondage of ignorance and poverty, they must seek alliance with similarly depressed and disenfranchised ethnic communities to form a pan-Sarawak people’s movement for radical change. They must rethink their agenda, and begin a new conversation based on the common good of all. They need statesmen, not mere politicians.
In this critical process, PKR offers a suitable vehicle, because their ideology speaks of Ketuanan Rakyat, or people’s dominance. To resolve the Dayak dilemma, the Dayaks will have to seek redress in more universal inclusive and non-ethnic terms.
While PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim has made grand declaration of intent on taking power in the next Sarawak elections, very few Sarawakians themselves would be convinced that it would be an easy venture.
I myself would be happy if the opposition coalition can win 24 or more state seats, thus denying BN a two-thirds majority in the Sarawak state assembly. Twenty-four indeed would be well within striking distance, since I expect the DAP and their partners to do well in the urban constituencies.
But in Sarawak, as in other parts of the country, opposition politics can only survive in the urban Chinese areas for a certain time. In native majority areas in Sarawak, opposition parties that have no ambition to rule the state will not attract bright political talent as well as the support of the voters. So what Anwar has announced is not just grandstanding, but the right thing to do.

Again, those of us who are familiar with politics in Sarawak know that the challenge of toppling the BN state government is harder than the ten Herculean Tasks put together. Massive vote-buying is rampant in rural constituencies, and has come to be expected by voters themselves. It has become a way of life in Sarawak.
Equally significant is the unique social structure of the rural communities in Sarawak.
The native communities are very closely-knit communities. They have to be because they live in far-flung isolated terrains and mutual dependence and close social cohesion is the way to be for their collective survival. Blood ties through generations of close marriages between neighbouring villages also mean that members of a local community are often related.
(In an election, the success and failure of a candidate sometimes depends on how many relatives a candidate has within the constituency!)
Within any one village, the most authoritative figure would be the village head, the ‘Tua Kampung’ or the ‘Tuai Rumah’ (in the case of the Ibans)
The village chief used to be an expert in native customary laws so that he could settle disputes between different households on various civil and criminal cases. In that sense, he was also a judge of sort. Nowadays, as the head of the JKKK, the village security and development committee, he has undisputed power over his charges under him. To the outside world, he is also the sole representative and spokesman for the whole village.

Not all chiefs that compliant

These village chiefs used to be freely elected by their villagers. Sometimes, the position was a hereditary one, passed down from father to son.
After the emergence of political parties in Sarawak following independence in 1963, it was increasingly clear that the Tua Kampong and the Tuai Rumah played a critical role in the fight for grassroots political support.
In fact, the Sarawak BN government has been quite successful over the past few decades through all kinds of administrative fiat in bringing these otherwise independent village chiefs under their direct control.
Today, even if a village headman is still elected by his villagers, his status must first be confirmed by the BN-controlled state government. He is answerable to low-grade state civil servants like district officers and the residents above them. Today, a village chief is akin to somebody at the lowest rung of the state civil service.
Joseph Tawi, in a Jan 6 posting on his blog has this to say:
‘Today, the criteria for Tuai Rumah have changed; he must be educated at least up to Form Three, be pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) and not necessarily having a deep knowledge of Iban Adat (this he can learn from the Tusun Tunggu, a book containing all the customs, traditions, taboos, fines, etc.).
‘After being elected, his appointment must be endorsed by the government so that an allowance of RM450 per month can be given to him. His duties include being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the BN government, a judge, a law-enforcer, tax-collector, consultant, and chairman of the JKKK (Village Security and Development Committee) through which government funds are being channelled.’
Be that as it may, not all village chiefs are all that compliant. I have personally met village chiefs who could stand up against powerful logging and plantation interests on behalf of their people. For their bravery and their service, they had been removed from their posts by the state government who then appointed others to replace them.

In the case of one such Tuai Rumah somewhere upstream from Bintulu along the Kemena River, he had merely led his villagers to fight against a logging company that had infringed upon their NCR land. For that, he was accused by the Pengulu Court of the crime of bulak (lying) under the adat istiadat, the Iban customary laws.
He felt great shame for being charged with this minor crime. On the day of the court hearing, I brought along a heavyweight lawyer from Kuching to defend him. The ‘Pengulu’ and the ‘Pemanca’ who were supposed to try him evaporated into thin air.
We also attended a gawai in his longhouse and made fiery speeches to exonerate this wonderful Tuai Rumah from his alleged sin. I was still a ‘YB’ then and my words carried quite some weight with the village folks.
But general elections are a different business altogether in the rural communities.
Naturally, it is common for village voters to defer to the opinion of the Tuai Kampong or the Tuai Rumah even on the matter of voting for a candidate. But I have been to some longhouses where the village was split into two over their choice of candidate. After the election was over, the losing side would just move out and build another longhouse for themselves. Only my Iban readers can appreciate the financial difficulty and the emotional pain of such a drastic move.
Now, Joseph Tawi has something new to report on the same blog posting quoted above. The paragraphs below are taken from his soon-to-be-published book The Broken Shield Volume Two – The Dayak Dilemma.

No seat is easy to win

‘In this 2006 election, the BN devised an entirely different campaign strategy, which caught the opposition with their pants down. Previously, the money was passed directly to the voters on the eve of polling. This time the distribution was done through their Tuai Rumah.
‘Three days before polling, all the headmen were summoned for a meeting where they were coached to say something to their own people. And on their return to their respective longhouses, they were given some money that was to be shared with the voters of their own longhouses. In addition to this, there were also minor rural development projects that were promised to be implemented.
‘The Tuai Rumah then called for a meeting of the longhouse folks and ordered them to vote for the BN candidates. Anyone who failed to follow his order or directive would not be given any share of the goodies or any project that the government had promised them. And he was also likely to be expelled from the longhouse.
‘The Tuai Rumah must ensure that his followers must vote for the BN candidate, otherwise the BN candidate would report him to the district officer, the resident or the state secretary. As a Tuai Rumah is like a civil servant, action including the termination of his Tuai Rumahship could be taken against him. He might lose his monthly allowance of RM450 per month. And the promised minor rural development projects might be withdrawn.

‘In Daniel Tajem’s constituency of Bukit Begunan, he was defeated by a man, Mong Dagang, whom he had picked to replace him in the 1996 state election. Tajem practically lost in all the longhouses in the five polling districts. Before the money came, many longhouse chiefs and their followers had pledged their support to him who had represented them in six previous elections.
After the distribution of money and the threats issued, everything changed; longhouse headmen, their followers and even Tajem’s own relatives voted against him. And a similar tale of vote- buying had also been reported in other Dayak constituencies.’ Daniel Tajem – a long-time personal friend of mine – may be unknown outside Sarawak, but he is still a household name in the Land of the Hornbills. He had held that constituency -Bukit Bangunan - near the town of Sri Aman six times, including the period when he was in the opposition. When an established brand name like that can fall to the hands of vote-buying and puppet-like Tuai Rumah, no seat is easy to win for any opposition party – including PKR.
I suppose that, once the Kuala Terengganu by-election is over, Anwar Ibrahim and his team of advisers would be sitting down over the impending Sarawak battle ahead. They would be thinking of what pledges to make to the people of Sarawak, if and when they take over the Sarawak government with the help of the other opposition parties.
Surely one of those pledges must be the restoring of the autonomy of the democratically-elected village chiefs throughout the state. The state government must recognise whoever is elected by the villagers as their headman, and pay them well nevertheless. Empowering the rakyat at the grassroots level would be the most meaningful reform in rural Sarawak indeed.

Final

This concluding part to my series on the Dayak dilemma is actually about a Sarawak dilemma: Money politics during general elections. The problem is not limited to the rural Dayak and Malay constituencies. It is rampant even in the supposedly middle class financially-independent urban constituencies.

I should know. I contested as an opposition candidate in Kuching eight times. I could tell that most of my opponents spent millions on their election campaigns. Even in my last election in 1995, which I lost to a Supp candidate, vote buying was quite widespread.
My personal experience at the receiving end of money politics can be compiled into huge volumes. Corrupt election practices can indeed take ingenious forms.
In one case, my opponent summoned and feted all the gangs in towns before the nomination days, making offers that these hard hats could not refuse. During the actual campaign, these gangs will take over the town, street by street, hanging up the banners, watching their respective turf, intimidating my campaign workers, and serving as runners when there was heavy betting that would favour the BN candidate. These gangs were paid tens of thousands each, with limitless supply of beer thrown in as bonus.
In another election, my opponent summoned all the tut-tut drivers numbering in the hundreds to his house for a grand dinner before nomination day. The tut-tut is usually a van or a small truck driven by the vendors into every street and every housing estate to sell their meat, fish, and vegetables to housewives every day. Having been paid hundreds and thousands by the candidate, these mercenaries can make a big difference in any election.


More money on trees than hornbills

A blogger by the name of Hantu Laut has this to say on his posting on December 27 2008:
"Sarawak and Sabah are the mothers of money politics, progenitors of vote buying, political arm twisting, and the ultimate money-can-buy-anything. If words cannot convince you money can, and more often than not it works, and Sarawak and Sabah have plenty of it during election times."
"In the Land of the Hornbills, there is more money growing on trees than the legendary birds in the forests. The forests have made millionaires and billionaires."
If money can work in even the literate, affluent, educated and informed voters in the towns, think of what wonders it can achieve in semi-literate, isolated and impoverished rural constituencies.

It starts on nomination day, when thousands of mercenary supporters have to be transported by bus or boats over great distances to the nomination centres to wave flags and shout slogans during the nomination process. The difference between Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia in this particular mode of campaign is the high costs of transport in my home state.Immediately after that, the election agents of the BN candidate would issue as many Form Es as possible; eventually there should be a candidate's agent or two in every village within the entire constituency.
Form E is an authorisation required by our election laws for anyone to canvass for votes on behalf of the candidate. In Sarawak's jungle, it is a piece of IOU from the candidate to the voter, to be exchanged for cash after the election. The promised amount varies, depending on the size of the candidate's war chest, and the extent of the competitiveness in the contest. In small constituencies of less than 10,000 voters say, one can buy an election victory by issuing mere thousands of Form Es,
The greatest enemy for the financially challenged opposition candidates is of course the infamously hostile terrain of Sarawak's vast territory, which makes transport and communication prohibitively expensive.
In many rural constituencies, the only way to gain access to one village of less than 100 voters is by the boat or the four-wheeled drive. The powerful and well endowed BN candidate can just book up all the boats and four-wheeled drives in his entire constituency, leaving his opponent with little or no mode of transportation. Better still, he can book up all the petrol stations, so that the opposition candidates cannot move at all! This tactic is particularly successful in those up-stream constituencies along many of Sarawak's great rivers!

Very common practice



Then again, I know of more than a few BN YBs who would serve up running feasts for their voters and campaigners, day and night, throughout the entire duration of the campaign period. Animals and birds would be purchased and slaughtered in great numbers, while endless supply of alcoholic drinks would stand ready for the usually very thirsty Dayak voters. They can eat and drink to their stupor; naturally they would feel morally obliged to vote for the generous hosts.
In the old days, the local home brew like langkow would have sufficed. Nowadays, I hear rural voters have higher expectations of their brew. Beer and Guinness Stout are now preferred. The candidates must thank God that the rural Dayaks have yet to discover the beauty of single malt Scotch whisky!
The free dispensation of cash is a common practice in rural constituencies. In one Bidayuh village in the Bengoh constituency near Kuching, I met a voter who had four or five party badges. He laughingly told me that whichever party candidate came to his village during the election campaign, he would be a party member with an outstretched hand with its palm up!
A few days before the voting, I used to see at various airports young men boarding helicopters with the tell tale James Bond bags. This would be the time when information reached me that huge sums of money in small notes had been withdrawn from banks. Eventually, on the eve of polling day, voters in even the remotest village would receive their cut.
It would be all too easy to rant and rave at the stupidity of Sarawak voters for selling out their rights, as Sarawak bloggers and coffee-shop analysts are wont to do these days.
Look at it from the poor villagers' point of view. Politicians from both the BN and the opposition parties are irrelevant in their daily life in those long years between elections. Politics is talked about only when election fever arrives at their longhouse.
These voters know quite well that the candidates will disappear after the elections, back to the towns where they would get rich with their business ventures for the next few years. They may as well get the maximum benefits for themselves while the election lasts.
Then again, the high costs of an election campaign have put off many aspiring politicians to join the usually cash strapped opposition parties. The big problem of PKR in Sarawak - at this moment of launching a serious bid for power in the next state election - is the dearth of fresh political talents to be recruited from the native middle class residing mostly in the towns.

The high costs of an election victory have also driven the cleanest of BN politicians into corruption. To sustain such expensive campaign election after election, they have no choice but to get rich on government contracts or government plantation land through their own business ventures. In the process, they have been enslaved to the biggest patron in Sarawak, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. That is why defecting to Pakatan Rakyat cannot be such an attractive option.


Mother of all evils


Some cynical commentators have pointed out to me that there is one good thing that ensues from the culture of money politics in Sarawak. At least the huge dirty timber and other wealth in Sarawak can be redistributed into the pockets of the impoverished villagers during the election period. It is a twisted form of socialism.
To me, this pervasive presence of money politics in my beloved home state is the mother of all evils.
It has made a mockery of the democratic process, corrupted the political will of the people, and sent public morality to the sewers. It belies the cynical assumption that the government might as well keep the people poor, so they can more easily be bought during elections!
Not all villagers can be bought of course. In the course of my travel to many remote corners of Sarawak, I have encountered many community leaders who are wise and courageous. The trouble is the lack of dedicated committed and sincere leadership to organise and guide them to fight against the mighty BN juggernaut.
It would be too late for opposition candidates to start the campaign on the eve of another election. The voters do not know them, and would just lump them together with the BN leaders as yet another cash cow. Even if the opposition candidate has a few millions at his disposal, he will be outspent by his BN opponent.
The odds can only be overcome long before the election begins. The aspiring opposition candidate has to build his party structure throughout his entire constituency since yesterday. He has to visit every village during the non-election years, and help solve the villagers' problems. He has to fight alongside them whenever they face problems with their NCR land. It demands tremendous personal sacrifice, but there is no short cut for success in a movement for justice and democracy.
It can be done, but are there enough concerned Sarawakians prepared to pay the price?

Mupok aku


Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ADAKAH WAJAR DITUBUHKAN TABUNG BELAAN ARTIS SEBAB KERAJAAN SUDAH ADA JABATAN KEBAJIKAN MASYARAKAT

Utusan Malaysia, Rabu 16th September 2009.
Masa muda bersuka ria tidak mengingat hari tua tetapi apabila sudah tua memohon bantuan kerajaan....Simpanlah untuk hari tua supaya tidak membazir wang pembayar cukai apabila sudah tua! Layakkah mereka menerima bantuan kerajaan?
Saya telah memboikot Utusan Malaysia, iaitu suratkhabar yang pada tanggapan saya berbau perkauman sejak lebih kurang 3 tahun yang lepas. Hari ini semasa sedang membelek suratkhabar Borneo Post, pandangan saya tertumpu pada seorang lelaki yang berumur lebih kurang 50 tahun membaca Utusan Malaysia yang bertajuk Tabung Belaan Artis Akan Diujudkan. Memandangkan berita tersebut agak menarik, maka pada hari ini saya telah membatalkan sementara "Boikot Utusan" saya. Sesampai di rumah saya terus membaca muka surat 16, halaman Dalam Negeri. Setelah habis membacanya, jauh di sudut hati saya berkata alangkah beruntungnya menjadi artis. Semasa muda bersuka-ria serta berhibur di sana-sini, tidak perlu membayar cukai pendapatan, tetapi apabila sudah berumur, wajah sudah tidak tampan lagi, masih boleh hidup dengan bantuan yang diberikan oleh pihak kerajaan. Datuk Rais Yatim iaitu Menteri Penerangan, Kemunikasi dan Kebudayaan mengumumkan pada majlis berbuka puasa bersama warga filem dan karyawan di FINAS Kuala Lumpur, bahawa satu dana/tabung Pembelaan Artis akan ditubuhkan. Alangkah beruntungnya para karyawan dan artis ini.

Di antara artis veteran yang menerima sumbangan kerajaan. Adakah berbaloi menubuhkan tabung khas untuk mereka kera kerajaan sudah ada Jabatan Kebajikan Masayarakat yang boleh menjalankan fungsi yang sama

Di dalam hati saya berkata apakah sumbangan mereka sehingga mendapat pembelaan yang sedemikian rupa? Bukanlah saya tidak setuju dengan langkah yang diambil oleh kerajaan untuk membantu para artis ini. Tetapi penubuhan sebuah tabung khas semata-mata untuk para artis ini pada saya amat kurang wajar. Cukuplah sekiranya mereka ini mendapat pembelaan daripada Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat iaitu sebuah jabatan yang mempunyai fungsi untuk membantu mereka yang kurang bernasib baik seperti ibu tunggal, warga emas, orang kurang upaya serta anak yatim. Pada saya tidak perlulah diadakan sebuah jabatan/Tabung Khas semata-mata untuk membantu para artis kerana ramai lagi orang yang lebih memerlukannya sebagai contoh pesara tentera yang tidak berpencen yang hidup melarat tanpa mendapat bantuan yang cukup daripada kerajaan. Mungkin Rais Yatim akan berkata bahawa kerajaan telah menubuhkan Jabatan Veteran yang fungsi utamanya adalah untuk menjaga kebajikan pesara tentera. Cuba tanya Pengarah Jabatan Veteran di setiap negeri daripada lebih 400, 000 bekas tentera yang berdaftar berapa orangkah yang mendapat faedah bantuan bantuan Jabatan Veteran, dan berapa banyakkah peruntukan yang telah diberikan?

"Pengubalan Akta Veteran bakal memberi menafaat kepada lebih 300,000 bekas tentera yang tidak berpencen....Better late than Never!"

Pada 20 Ogos 2009, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran (JHEV) ATM, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Zulkiflee Mazlan semasa lawatan beliau ke Ipoh berkata, bahawa kerajaan sedang di dalam proses merangka Akta Veteran dan sekiranya diluluskan, bekas tentera yang berkhidmat paling kurang 10 tahun yang dianggarkan seramai lebih kurang 300,000(Sumber JHEV) orang di seluruh negara bakal menikmati pencen. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa pada masa ini, hanya anggota tentera yang berkhidmat dalam tempoh 21 tahun sahaja yang menerima pencen minimum iaitu RM720 sebulan.
Tetapi saya beranggapan bahawa kerajaan sangat lambat bertindak di dalam menangani masalah kebajikan anggota-anggota bekas tentera. Mereka ini berhenti/bersara daripada perkhidmatan atas dasar yang digubal oleh kerajaan. Saya sampai sekarang masih tertanya-tanya mengapakah pada awalnya semua anggota tentera yang berhenti perkhidmatan atas dasar tamat kontrak tidak diberikan pencen.
Telekom Malaysia dan Tenaga Nasional Berhad iaitu dua(2) Jabatan Kerajaan yang telah diswastakan zaman pemerintah Tun Mahathir, kaki tangan mereka dibayar dengan pencen berdasarkan gaji akhir dengan tidak mengambilkira tempoh perkhidmatan seseorang kakitangan. Mengapakah formula yang sama tidak diterima-pakai untuk anggota tentera?
Adakah pengorbanan anggota tentera tidak cukup untuk melayakkan mereka mendapat pencen seperti bekas kakitangan Telekom Malaysia dan Tenaga Nasional Berhad? Cuba bayangkan pengorbanan anggota tentera. Semasa rakyat lain menikmati tidur yang enak dan berpelukan dengan bini (maafkan saya tetapi itulah hakikatnya), anggota tentera terpaksa berjaga di dalam hutan di dalam keadaan sentiasa berwaspada daripada serangan musuh serta nyamuk. Itu tidak termasuk dengan ancaman cuaca seperti hujan dan ribut.
Setelah 10 tahun meninggalkan perkhidmatan sebagai Pegawai Tentera ATM, di hari yang bersejarah ini, iaitu Hari Penubuhan Malaysia, saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa saya tidak pernah mendapat bantuan daripada pihak kerajaan. Pekara ini bukan hanya berlaku kepada bekas pegawai tentera, tetapi juga kepada anggota lain-lain pangkat yang kebanyakan daripada mereka bekerja sebagai Pengawal keselamatan atau pemandu teksi. Kerajaan mungkin beranggapan bahawa mereka telah sedaya upaya membantu bekas tentera melalui Jabatan Veteran. Pada saya Jabatan Veteran hanya alat kempen politik kerajaan. Dari segi keberkesanan saya masih tidak nampak lagi dan perkara ini dapat dibuktikan lagi dengan keadaan hidup bekas tentera terutamanya yang tidak berpencen yang melarat.
Sebelum mengakhiri tulisan saya di dalam weblog ini, sekali lagi saya ingin menegaskan bahawa saya tidak mempunyai perasaan dengki atau irihati dengan usaha serta bantuan yang diberikan kerajaan kepada para artis walaupun semasa usia muda mereka bergulamang dengan nikmat, tidak membayar cukai serta sumbangan mereka yang tidak seberapa, jika dibandingkan dengan sumbangan bekas tentera. Tujuan saya adalah supaya pihak kerajaan memberikan keutamaan kepada bekas tentera di dalam memberikan bantuan.
Saya juga ingin mengingatkan kepada para artis agar sentiasa beringat semasa masih muda dengan menabung agar di hari tua kelak tidak perlu meminta simpati kerajaan serta wang kerajaan/pembayar cukai tidak disalahgunakan ataupun digunakan untuk tujuan yang memberi faedah kepada pembangunan negara.
Dan bagi mewakili 300,000 anggota bekas tentera Malaysia (Pegawai dan lain-lain pangkat), saya ingin menggesa kerajaan agar mempercepatkan kelulusan Akta Veteran demi untuk membela kehidupan bekas tentera.
Terima Kasih

46TH MALAYSIA DAY-CONGRATULATIONS TO MALAYA AND SORRY FOR SABAH AND SARAWAK...YOU ARE BEING COLONISED


"Proclaimation Of the Federation of Malaysia ....The Beginning of Kuala Lumpur Colonisation of Sabah and Sarawak - Bukit Tunggal"
Today, 46 years ago the Federation of Malaysia was formed-up. The federation comprised of Singapore, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak but Singapore saparated itself from the federation two years later in 1965.
Singapore Independent day is celebrated on 9th August of every year, the date its saparated from Malaya. Historically, Singapore gained its Independent from British on 16th September 1963 the day when its joined Malaysia. But why did Singapore choose its independent day on 9th August and not the 16th September date? The answer is simple. By joining Malaysia, Singapore was still under Kuala Lumpur control or in other word colonised by Kuala Lumpur. Applying the same principle with Singapore, it is obvious to me that that the two states in Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak are still not gaining  its independent therefore should not celebrate the Independent Day. We should celebrate the Malaysian Day.
Therefore with this opportunity, I would like to wish all Malaysians (especially Malayans) a HAPPY 46TH MALAYSIA DAY . As for Sabahans and Sarawakians SORRY GUYS, by looking at the rate of development and the standard of living between Peninsular Malaysia (Malaya) and East Malaysia, WE ARE STILL UNDER MALAYAN COLONISATION!
Mupok aku
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Released Jemaah Islamaiah (JI) Members Detained Under ISA Should Be Charged On Treason

Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is one of the Muslim extremist that its main goal is to establish a Taliban-style Islamic state across much of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the southern Philippines. The group has been listed by the Bush administration as a terrorist organization.
The group was responsible of carrying out the Bali nightclub bombing that killed 202 people and a series of church bombings in Indonesia on Christmas Eve 2000 that killed 19. The group also is accused of killing more than 50 people in bombings in the Philippines, including two blasts in Davao City.
In Indonesia the group inclusive it leader Abu Bakar Bashir were charged under treason but in Malaysia the group members were only detained under ISA, similar punishment with the Hindu's Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a non-violence organization with its main objective is to fight for Malaysian Indian right through memorandum and peaceful demonstrations. Whereas JI is a Muslim Extremist with its main objective is to establish Taliban type Muslim nation in South East Asia. It modus of operandi is to create havoc and to inflict as many casualties as possible especially to the non-Muslim populations.
Based on their modus of operandi, the members of JI group should be charged under treason or Penal Code and punish by death penalty just like what happened to the members of A-Maunah cult.
The announcement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein about the release of the five JI detainees of which are Malaysians, will compromised the security of this country. Members of Malaysian JI have been brainwashed by Abu Bakar Beshir and willing to die in order to achieve their causes.
Hishamuddin (Keris Mudin) when spoke to reporters in his office in Putra Jaya said :
“I am satisfied that the detainees that I mentioned had shown positive response to the rehabilitation and that they have shown regret and realization of their actions.
“I really hope that the release of the detained could be done before we celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri so they can be together with their children and relatives,”
The five JI members released are Abdullah Daud, detained for 7 years 6 months, Mat Sah bin Mohd Satray, detained for 7 years and 3 months, Ahmad Kamil bin MD Hanapiah detained for 2 years and 4 months, Mohd Nasir bin Ismail @ Hassan, detained for 2 years and 4 months, and Muhammad Amir bin MD Hanapiah, detained for 2 years and 4 months. In April, a 13 ISA detainees were freed, including five members of the outlawed Hindraf organization, soon after Najib took office.
Bukit Tunggal strongly opposed to the release of the 5 extremists. They should be prosecuted under criminal law and be punished as a criminal, considering the damaged and human casualties inflicted by the group in SEA. So far Malaysians are lucky because the master mind for the group Nordin Mat Top is a Malaysian and the group have not targeting Malaysia yet. Therefore if the modus of operandi of the group diverted to Malaysia, Hishamuddin (Keris Mudin) should be held responsible. And being the ex-Malaysian Armed Forces member myself, I still cannot forget the incident of Pbt Mathiew who was cold bloodedly shot to death by Al-Maunah cult members just because he was a non-Muslim. JI is not different from Al-Maunah, as I said earlier, the government should not release them but instead they should be charged on treason or waging war against the King or Yang DiPertuan Agong!
“Abolish ISA”
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Malaysian Police Brutality Record

This morning, as I was reading one of the popular English newspaper in Sarawak, I noticed the picturer of YB Chong the Bandar Kuching MP with a youth whose face was seen with bruises in home section of the said newspaper. As I read further, my blood was boiling with anger. How could the police whose duties were to protecting citizens done such brutality. According to the newspaper report, on Saturday, 12th September 2009, a youth was punched and slapped several times by the policemen stationed at Kuching International Airport (KIA) before he was sent to Siburan Police Station for detention. And the next day, upon his released from Siburan Police station, accompanied by his parents, he went to the police station to make a police report but the police station refused to record his statements. His statement was only taken by the police when he came to the police station but this time he was accompanied by YB Chong Police brutality is normal in Malaysia. Remember about Alantuya murder, a former mistress of Razak Baginda? She was murdered by two members of the Malaysian police special Branch who were the PM’s aide-de-camp. Her body was blown to bits in a secondary forest in the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur in 2006 by the use of C4 explosive. Both of the murderers were sentenced to death penalty. The latest high profile police brutality incident in Malaysia was recorded in January 2008 when a suspect car theft name Kugan was found dead while in police custody. The incident not only enraged the Indian communities but also angered majority of the Malaysian populations.
Kugan's Death ...An example of Police Brutality.
Police brutality is a form of police misconduct in which officers engage in an excessive use of force. The definition of “excessive use of force” is a bit fluid, but it is generally taken to mean force well beyond what would be necessary to cope with a situation. For example, a police officer who beat a nonviolent protester with a baton would probably be accused of excessive use of force, under the argument that the officer probably could have dealt with the situation much less violently. The Top Malaysian Police Brutality In Malaysia, the most popular police brutality was involved Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) and Tan Sri Rahim who was then the Inspector General of Police (IGP). In 1998 incident, DSAI was beaten while in police custody by the then IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor and suffered injuries including on his left eye which has since been referred to the infamous ‘black-eye’ incident. Tan Sri Rahim Noor, later admitted he had assaulted Anwar following a Royal Commission of Inquiry probe in 1999. And on 16 March 2000 Tan Sri Rahim Noor was sentenced to a two moths’ jail and fined the maximum RM 2,000 . Police Brutality Record In Malaysia Since 1993 until June 2002 Since 1993 until June 2002, Malaysia Human Right Commission (Or known as SUHAKAM) recorded a total of 50 cases of Police brutality against the suspects or witnesses. Some of the police brutality recorded by SUHAKAM are :- 1. POLICE ASSAULT AND BRUTALITY ON MY BROTHER Thiyarajan A/L Ratnam Nric no. 6082614 was arrested and assaulted by the police. Due to the serious assault, he was unconscious. Medical officer said that he was suffering from head and chest injuries and he was in serious condition. He may be recover or otherwise. Police Report Ref: No 3630/93 At Raub Police Station At 8.30 Pm 19/7/93 2. POLICEMEN BELTED ME, YOUTH TELLS COURT Petaling Jaya - One of the three youths tentatively charged with causing he death of a waiter and a cashier tow years ago, told a magistrate's court that he was beaten up by policemen after being arrested. He was punched in the face and beaten with a pipe and a belt and he was handcuffed throughout the beating. New Sunday Times, July 24 1994 3. ACCUSED: I WAS HIT AND DECEIVED Themerloh - Juraimai Husin, the first accused in the trial into the murder of former state Assemblyman for Batu Talam, Datuk Mazlan Idris told the High Court that he was assaulted and deceived by the police into giving the cautioned statement in connection with the murder.
New Straits Times, October 22 1994
4. EX-TRADER'S COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE Ipoh - Police will look into the complaint of retired businessman Wong Kok Chong, 54, who alleged that he was badly treated while undergoing a week long detention in a police lock-up for suspected theft.
New Straits Times, May 4 1996 5. SEX CASE: WOMAN SAYS SHE IS NOT AN ACTRESS Kuala Lumpur - A 21 year old woman testifying in a sex-for-hire case said when she returned to the lock-up from the hospital, she was beaten by the police. She said Superintendent Shamsiah Mohd Yusuf hit her with a book, threatened her, told her to do push-ups and sit-ups. She was remaned in a lock-up from June 27 until June 30 1995.
New Straits Times, May 17 1996 6. ACCUSED: I WAS TORTURED INTO MAKING STATEMENT Shah Alam - An accused charged with two others with murdering two pub workers four years ago told the High Court that he made a cautioned statement because he could not withstand being tortured by the police (beating, kicking and slapping).
New Straits Times, June 13 1996
7. BUSINESSMAN: I USED FIRM'S MONEY FOR SEX WITH ACTRESSES Kuala Lumpur - Mohd Khalidi Mohd Ramly 27, a witness for sex-for-hire case who was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on 107 of the charges of cheating and forgery said, he was not treated well by the police and that he was beaten up during the detention.
New Straits Times, June 26 1996
8. POLICEMAN SUSPENDED OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT
Kota Bharu - The district police suspended a policeman for duty to facilitate investigation into an allegation that he had assaulted a 15 year old student in a lock-up.
New Straits Times, March 20 1997
9. BOY'S ALLEGATIONOF ASSAULT UNDER PROBE
Johor Bahru - Police are investigating the claim by the parents of a 15 year old boy that he was allegedly hit on the head with a baton by a policeman while in police custody.
New Straits Times, December 24 1997 10. POLICE BEAT ME UP A 19 year old youth alleged he was assaulted by police during a five days remand at the Seremban police station. He alleged he was beaten by 5 policemen including an inspector.
The Malay Mail, January 16 1998 11. 15 year old school boy was beaten and then remanded in a cell meant for adults. The Malay Mail, March 12 1998 12. SON ASSAULTED WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY Sungai Siput - A father claimed that his son and his two friends were assaulted and tortured to admit the alleged crime while under custody. New Straits Times, February 28 1998 13. PROBE ORDERED INTO BOY'S DEATH AFTER REMAND Kuching - Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Yeap Kim Seng has ordered an investigation into the death of a teenager two days after he was release from police custody. Before the incident, he was complaining of body pains. New Straits Times, February 20 1998 14. FUN NIGHT OUT TURNS UGLY FOR THREE BOYS Petaling Jaya - A night out to surf the Internet at a café ended with three boys being arrested, allegedly beaten and used as forced labour. They were put in lock-up overnight. The Sun, November 21 1998 15. NALLAKARUPPAN APPLIES FOR TRANSFER TO SUNGAI BULOH PRISON Kuala Lumpur - Datuk S Nallakaruppan applied that he be remanded at the Sungai Buloh prison. He claimed that he had been subjected to intense interrogation and verbal abuse and denied proper resting time by the police at his current place of detention. The manner and conduct of police investigations were malicious, an abuse of process and mala fide.
New Straits Times, August 6 1998 16. MUNAWAR REPORTED TO BE IN STABLE CONITION AT KLH Kuala Lumpur - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's former speechwriter, Dr Munawar Ahmad Aness is in a stable condition at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Manawar 50 serving a six months jail sentence after admitting to a charge of allowing Anwar to sodomise him was admitted last Tuesday.
The Sun, September 29 1998 17. ANWAR: I WAS BLINDFOLDED, HANDCUFFED AND BEATEN Kuala Lumpur - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim complained to the sessions court that he was blindfolded, handcuffed and assaulted on the night of his arrest. He was also denied medical treatment for almost five days, Anwar said in a six-minute statement from the dock after judge Hasnah Mohd Hashim allowed him to make a formal complaint against the police. This came after his counsel and the prosecution engaged in an argument as to whether Anwar could be allowed to address the court his treatment during detention under the Internal Security Act since September 20.
The Sun, September 30 1998
18. ONE NIGHT IN DETENTION – TIAN CHUA SPEAK OUT New Straits Times, February 27 1999 24. PANEL: TWO COPS COVERED UP ASSAULT Kuala Lumpur - Two senior officers "assisted in covering up" the assault on former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but action need not be taken against them, a Royal Commission of Inquiry said in its report. It said these two officer were in a very difficult position because the man who assaulted Anwar was their own No.1 boss, then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor. The Star, April 16 1999 25. POLICE PLANTED EVIDENCE IN MY BAG, SAYS 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT Mohd Safuan, 18, who on April 30 1999 accused the authorities of Planning evidence in order to arrest him at the pro-Justice demonstration and assaulting him with a hockey stick while in police custody. Harakah, May 7 1999 26. UNDER REMAND, TIAN CHUA PROBED FOR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE Kuala Lumpur - Keadilan Vice-President, Tian Chua lodged a police report alleging that he was slapped by a policeman at the police station after he was arrested. The Star, April 16 1999 27. ACCUSED TELLS OF BEATINGS BY TWO POLICEMEN Ipoh - A goldsmith charged with murder told the High Court, he was assaulted by two policemen during interrogation until he fainted. K. Kumaresan, 24, said the policemen also threatened to harm his family if he did not sign prepared statements. He said he was punched, kicked and beatings and it were carried out in front of Asp Harith Kam Abdullah, who was in charge of interrogations.
The Sun, April 17 1999 28. ANWAR’S WRIT OF SUMMONS SERVED Kuala Lumpur - The write of summons filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against the Home Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor and the Government seeking damages for injuries inflicted on him while he was in police custody was served through the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Lawyer Karpal Singh, who is representing Anwar, said the AG’s Chambers had accepted service on behalf of all the three defendants.
New Straits Times, January 14 1999 29. CAUTIONED STATEMENT WAS GIVEN VOLUNTARY Kuala Lumpur - A police officer told the Magistrate's Court that he did not induce, threaten or force an accused in an unlawful assembly case to make a cautioned statement. Noridah Mohd Yassin told the court that she had been beaten on her waist, thighs and calves when she was arrested in 1998. "I felt very frightened at that time. I was even more frightened when I was taken to the city police headquarters in a police truck. I was afraid if I did not make the cautioned statement I would be found guilty and sent to prison", she said.
New Straits Times, February 26 1999 30. FORMER ISA DETAINEE FILES RM3 OM SUIT Kuala Lumpur - Former PAS Youth Secretary Abdul Malek Hussin filed a RM30 million civil suit against the police for infringing on the basic rights and assaulting him while detained under Internal Security Act. Malek who was detained for 57 days from September 25 to November 21 1998, filed the suit against police officer Assistant Superintendent Borhan Daud, the Inspector-General of Police and the Government of Malaysia.
New Straits Times, March 17 1998
31. COURT TOLD OF ACCUSED BEING TEASED, RIDICULED WHILE MAKING STATEMENT Kuala Lumpur - An accused in an unlawful assembly case was teased and ridiculed by several policemen while making a cautioned statement, the magistrate court was told. "I was very frightened under tremendous pressure and felt humiliated", Abdul Razak Taharin said. Abdul Razak testified that he also did not voluntary make the statement. New Straits Times, April 29 1999 32. POLICE FORCED ME TO PARADE IN THE NUDE. Kuala Lumpur - Wed: Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja today gave extensive evidence about his treatment at the hands of the police, saying he was handcuffed and forced to parade naked during interrogation… NST, Thursday, July 1, 1999 33. WITNESS: I WAS BEATEN WHILE IN DETENTION CAMP. Kuala Lumpur - Wed: A Bangladeshi ex-detainee of the Tanah Merah immigration camp told the magistrate’s court today that he was beaten repeatedly by police officers while in detention… NST, Thursday January 20, 2000, page 12 34. SCHOOLBOY SUES POLICE OVER CUSTODIAL TORTURE. Vicknesvaran comes to court with leg in a cast. Alor Star - Mon: A Form Three student, who arrived at the High Court with his leg in a ast today, has filed a RM 407,000 suit against the police claiming that he was beaten and tortured while he was in custody… NST, Tuesday, April 11, 2000, page 6 35. COPS SHOT ME IN THE EYE, SAYS MAN. Petaling Jaya - Sun: How Soon Hock , 24, claims police officer blinded his right eye by playing Russia roulette with him, and later tried to cover it up by asking him to lie to a doctor about the nature of his wounds… The Sun, Monday, October 16, 2000, page 7 36. THAI TOURIST CLAIMS MOLEST BY COPS. They deliberately grazed my breasts and buttocks in the lock-up, says 20-year-old. Klang - Sun: A 20-year-old tourist from Thailand said today that she was molested and mistreated by policemen while being detained in the police lock-up in Port Klang… The Sun, Monday, November 13, 2000, page 7 37. MECHANIC ALLEGES POLICE TORTURE, He claims Jasin Police refused to accept report he was pinched with pliers. Malacca - Tue: A 26-year-old mechanic from Jasin says he was tortured by police during interrogation in connection with a theft case at an estate where he works as a workshop foreman... The Sun, Wednesday, November 15, 2000, page 16 38. KEADILAN REPORTS POLICE RUTALITY Klang - Fri: Six Parti Keadilan Malaysia members today lodged a police report alleging that they sustained bodily injuries after being assaulted by police when they were arrested on Nov 5 during the unlawful assembly at Jalan Kebun here… NST, Saturday, November 18, 2000, page 6. 39. CONTRATOR: I WAS SHOT AND ABUSED BY POLICEMEN. Alor Star - Sun: A 20-year-old contractor today described how he was allegedly shot and abused by three policemen in Langkawi in 1998… NST, Monday, December 4, 2000, page 6 40. I WAS ASSAULTED BY COPS, SAY EX-STATE FOOTBALLER Penang - Mon: A former state footballer told a Sessions Court here today that a policemen slapped, punched and hit his ear with a helmet before be was handcuffed and placed in a police station lock-up for several hours…
The Sun, December 12, 2000, page 18 41. I SAW COP KICK OWMAN: WITNESS Kuala Lumpur - Tues: A witness told the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) open inquiry today that he saw a police officer yank the headscarf off a woman’s head a proceed to kick her during the Nov 5 illegal assembly at Jalan Kebun, Klang
The Sun, Wednesday, Dec 13, 2000, page 8
42. COPS BEAT ME A businessman alleges he was threatened at gun point and beaten when he tried to break up a quarrel at a disco. He went to the police station to make a report and claimed he was punched and kicked again. He was remanded for ten days…
The Malay Mail, Sunday, 28 January, 2001, page 1 43. 61-YEAR-OLD PETTY TRADER CLAIMS TORTURE WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY Bukit Mertajam - Fri: A 61-year-old petty trader lodged a report today, claiming that police beat and tortured him when he was detained on suspicion of house-breaking…
The Sun, Saturday, February 17, 2001, page 12
44. NO NUDE SQUATTING DONE, SAY POLICE. Body search conducted to ensure no prohibited were brought into lock-up, inquiry told. Kuala Lumpur - Fir: A woman detainee was never asked to perform the "squatting exercise" naked, a police constable told the Malaysia Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) public inquiry today… The Sun, Saturday, March 10, 2001, page 8 45. COP: MURDER ACCUSED WAS NOT BEATEN UP. Shah Alam - Thurs: A police officer denied in the High Court here today that a bus driver charged with the rape and murder of a computer engineer was beaten by two police detectives until he fainted and bled before his caution statement was recorded... The Sun, Friday, August 10, 2001, page 15 46. PROBE ON DRIVER’S CLAIMS OF ABUSE IN POLICE LOCK-UP.
Malacca - State police are investigating complaints from a trailer driver who was allegedly forced to drink his own urine and had crushed chilli padi rubbed on his private part while under detention at the Jasin police lock-up…
The Star, Friday, February, 1, 2002 page 3 47. POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS BY REMAND SUSPECT. Malacca - Thurs: Police have started investigating allegations by a remand suspect that he was mistreated while being held in a lock-up in Jasin… The Sun, Friday, February 1, 2002, page 6 48. WHY NO FEMALE SENTRY IN AMPANG LOCK-UP, Probe into rape allegations: A Police probe is on to find out why there was no female sentry at the Ampang lock-up where two women detainees were allegedly raped by a male constable… The Malay Mail, Friday, March 1, 2002, page 2 49. COUSEL: SUSPECT WENT THROUGH HELL WHILE IN CUSTODY. Penang - A suspect had a "horrendous experience" while in police custody when molten wax was dripped onto his private part and newspapers shoved into his mouth, a Sessions Court heard yesterday. Counsel K. Simon Murali submitted that the hotel assistant housekeeper A. Vijayan, 33, was not only beaten up but also abused in a cruel manner… The Star, Saturday, June 29, 2002, page 14 Is there Any Law That Addresses Police Brutality Several nations around the world have laws which specifically address police brutality. Under these laws, complaints about excessive use of force must be taken seriously, and investigated by a commission or District Attorney. In fact, as human rights organizations have discovered, many complaints about excessive use of force by police officers are not investigated, and if they are, the finding is usually that the police officer acted appropriately. Only rarely are police subjected to disciplinary action as a result of an investigation. In Malaysia, other than Tan Sri Rahim, I have no heard any policemen being prosecuted due to their brutalities.Many believed that the failure to prevent and act upon police brutality is probably related to the insular culture of police forces. Because police are authorized and in fact expected to use force when necessary, some investigations also find it difficult to fault an officer for acting aggressively in a policing situation. Situations on the street can change rapidly and they are difficult to control, making it easy to justify a use of force which might seem excessive. Some police forces now routinely record all interactions with civilians so that these records can be reviewed in the event of an investigation.In many societies, police brutality and profiling of minorities are closely intertwined. Members of the dominant race, religion, class, or ethnic group are, for the most part, treated with respect by the police, while minorities may find themselves targeted by police officers. The same scenario is experienced by the Indian community in Malaysia. See the letter from HINDRAF here.
Based on SUHAKAM record above, most of the brutality committed by the Malaysian Police were done to get the information or to force the accused person to confess to the crime, or in the case of innocent person to force him/her to confess to the crime that he/she had never done- which aim to close their investigation at shortest time possible! The police must make a reform especially in their interrogation method. The Malaysian Police's interrogation techniques date back to British colonial times. The techniques can be described in three ways. First, coercion, using physical force to make a person submit and confess to false things. Second is persuasion. There will be two faces of the interrogators, one soft and kind, and the other a brutal one. Third is deception. For example, 'If you tell us what you have, or confess, you can be released'. But often, after agreeing to "confess," one will simply be tossed back in jail with the person coerced confession used against her/him.
Malaysian Police must stop brutality and inhumane treatment against your fellow malaysians!
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