Saturday, 5th June 2010
Happy Gawai . This year, just like the previous years, Barisan Nasional did not distributed goodies to the poor Iban/Dayak so as to help them to celebrate gawai dayak just like the rest of the middle income group Iban. This scenerio is totally different from the other main celebrations in Malaysia such as the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali.
From my own observation, there are to two main differents between the Gawai Dayak Celebration compare to the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali in term of government involvement, first the distribution of goodies or monies to the poor dayak/Iban. The government so far had never distributed any goodies, gifts or monies to the needy dayak/Iban. Secondly, two BN YBs had never paid any gawai visits to the longhouses in their constituencies. The voters in P202 and N25 must not vote for BN candidates in the coming state election. This area need change...therefore vote for PR. SUCH A DOUBLE STANDARD
Presentation of Assistance to the needy Chinese during CNY
Presentation of Assistance to the needy Indian during Deepavali
Presentation of Assistance to the needy Muslims/Malay during Hari Raya Puasa
Talking about the income among the races in Malaysia, Iban is the poorest group. But during Ari Gawai Dayak or the Chrismas Day, the two celebrations that are celebrated by the Dayak/Iban, the government had never distributed the goodies or gifts to the poor dayaks, i.e widowers, orphans, handicapped..etc.
On 31st May 2010, on my way back to my longhouse which is located not far from Sg. Tenggang, along the road I could see few families happily doing their final preparations for gawai but some did not do anything as they were too poor to celebrate gawai.
But where were their YBS, YB Snowdan Lawan and Masir Kujat? These two BN YBs that these poor longhouse dwellers had been voted for, had never bother to chip in few ringgits to them so that they could celebrate Ari Gawai just like rest of the people in their longhouse.
Another point that I would like to raise today is the where about of these two BN YBs during the festival? Gawai dayak is the best venue for the YBs to minggle with the people and to know better the people that vote for them without any protocol.
For Peninsular Malaysia politicians this scenario may shock them but for the Sarawakian politician this is normal. Therefore today, I would like to urge all the Iban/Dayak out there to think carefully before choosing the politicians that will represent them in the coming State election.
Please remember this " We need Change, and change only can be made by throwing your vote to Pakatan Rakyat.
AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN