Hornbill Unleashed

June 14, 2010

‘Money for everything else but the poor’

By Roselind Jarrow @  FMT

Sarawakian blogger has slammed the federal government’s plan to shift the Parliament house at the cost of RM800 million and its proposed purchase of 256 military tanks and three navy ships for RM10.2billion.

Blogger and activist John Brian Anthony has questioned the necessity for such extravagance in view of the rampant incidences of poverty in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Are these purchases and construction really necessary when incidences of poverty in Sarawak and Sabah are still very high?

“There are people with no clean drinking water, electricity, MyKad, land titles, roads and even food here in Sarawak. Does anyone care?,” he asked in his posting on the Dayakbaru blog.

He also drew attention to the federal government’s prompt response to international disaster and its generous donations.

“It is interesting to note how quickly the government responds to international disasters, giving away millions of ringgit while here in Malaysia starvation, no proper medical care, high infant mortality rate are a daily affair.

“It’s all happening here in Sabah and Sarawak but that is easily forgotten,” he said.

Anthony also slammed the Sarawak government for treating the rural Dayaks like slaves, saying that laws and policies by the administration did not recognize native rights.

“The government’s land development policies only benefit the investors and enslaves the Dayaks, forcing them to earn a daily wage of RM8 to RM12 per day.

“Why are the laws and policies so restrictive of Dayaks? It does not help them to build a better life?” he asked.

Look at the Penans

He said despite the various developments in Sarawak, the lives of Dayak living in rural areas had not changed.

“Rural dayaks depend on natural resources. But the government in its bid for development does not take into consideration the impact of their decision to extract natural resources to the rural Dayaks,” he said.

Citing the Penan community as an example, Anthony said when the government began developing land, the Penans, who are hunter–gatherers, ended up starving and without food.

“How could that be when the Penans live a very basic life of jungle gathering, hunting and limited farming?

“When the government took away their natural heritage: forest logs, clean rivers, meat, building materials, farm land and traditional herbal medicines, they were left with nothing.

“For all it has taken, the government has given very little to give back to the Dayaks,” he said..


  1. It is patently clear that this government never has a heart for the people but only for their own selfish interests. The litany of abuses has cost the nation RM 360 billion in quantifiable cases but the unquantifiable in terms of lost opportunities, developments and broken lives run into untold billions. A continued vote for such misgovernance can only be from those whom are party to the corruption, nepotism and cronyism.
    Because of communal and religious sentiments the abuse continues. Let us pray for that the bondage and slavery be broken in the name of Righteousness, that the people be set free. and having prayed, let us begin to work towards zero corruption in governance.

    Comment by Fisher — June 15, 2010 @ 11:45 PM | Reply

  2. Why spending billions for tanks and ship? Are we preparing or is the govt forsee a war in the near future?

    Many in S’wak still doenst have the basic neccesity…fe electricity…clean water….roads; Lapok road really need repair/tar seal…. what? for the past 30 years? as said the govt donest have budget for these road?

    Yes, country security is paramount…..but we do have many other things that needs to tackle first.

    Comment by Anak Sarawak... — June 15, 2010 @ 2:14 PM | Reply

  3. Dear brothers and sisters of Sarawak, it’s kick ass time !

    Let’s give BN the boot for sheer misused of money and power.

    Billions of ringgit are wasted on the so called ‘prestige’ projects, while the poor and needy continue to suffer.

    Blatant misused of power by the power-that-be must stop now.

    The power to change the status quo is in you hands.

    Just do it in the next GE !

    Comment by PH Chin — June 15, 2010 @ 12:40 PM | Reply

  4. All what had been said about our dayaks in S’wak are all very true. But said to say, our dayaks esp. our beloved Ibans are still hardcores to support PBB/SUPP/BN. This is the case during the just Sibu Parlimetary By-election. It really cracked my head coz can’t understand, our Ibans are so complacent still living in the longhouses just along the Buruk Highways in Sibu Parlimentary Constituency minus tarred road, minus electricity, minus treated water supply n what’s is worst among the five longhouses in the area it’s told and found out only one of the siblings just manage to enter university, an first year student. Is this what we should be proud of after 47 yrs of independent. What a mock of Jabu and Masing policy of 1garduate 1bilik of rumah panjang. Plze talk with ur senses or don’t be nonsesicallah. Ur all liars. We the Dayaks/Ibans are not that beli’ or tuyu’. We promise to ourselves we make sure u PBB/SUPP/PRS/SPDP/BN comes PRN10 we make u all losers. Enough is enough. Taib don’t think that all bumiputra voters r in ur begs. Shit u Taib. Talk cocks.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — June 15, 2010 @ 8:05 AM | Reply

    • Minda, you have to shout it over the hills and through the forest – Jabu is “tuyu” and a pariah !

      Somebody, maybe a rumor, said that Jabu is an PBB closet Muslim! Not a PAS Musilim ! 😀

      Comment by Watcha — June 15, 2010 @ 3:29 PM | Reply

  5. Sad isn’t it? The more the Dayaks and other Bumis support the PBB/BN, the worst they get. You would have thought otherwise. But that’s the twisted logic of the reality the Great Lemambang, James Masing, have demanded people to pray for.

    Comment by Judah — June 15, 2010 @ 12:13 AM | Reply

  6. Sad isn’t it? The more the Dayaks and other Bumis support the PBB/BN, the worst they get. You would have thought otherwise. But that’s the twisted logic of the reality the Great Lemambang, James Masing, have demanded people to pray for.

    But Jabu and Taib are not bumiputeras. They are people from Kayangan or our holy lemambang!

    We have to work harder to tell the Bumis to change like the Foochows of Sibu did.

    Comment by Watcha — June 14, 2010 @ 11:25 PM | Reply

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