Hornbill Unleashed

November 8, 2010

Update to our November 4 report “Mother demands probe into schoolboy’s caning over non-halal food”

By HU Editor

( Updated 08-11-10 5:30pm) ( Updated 07-11-10 4:48pm) Puan Angela Jabeng called us this morning:

“The school principal Madam Alice Chung had announced at the school assembly on Friday (November 5) that students are allowed and free to bring non-halal food to school but they are advised to be sensitive with the presence of Muslim students in the school and should not share their food with their Muslim friends.”

We thank the school principal for her clarification at the school assembly.

Updated 08-11-2010 5.30pm

By Malaysiakini

The senior school administrator of SK St Thomas in Kuching has denied caning a 10-year-old boy for bringing fried rice and pork sausages to school during recess.

NONEDeputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong (left) said according to a report submitted by state education department, the school administrator stated this was not the reason behind the caning.

“From the investigation on Oct 15 the boy did bring non-halal food to the school – fried rice with pork sausages – (but) the senior school administrator denied caning the boy for it,” said Wee.

At a press conference in the Parliament lobby today, the deputy minister also disclaimed that there was a ban on students bringing non-halal food.

“However, the school often reminds students to be tolerant with other students who do bring non-halal food,” he said.

Malaysiakini had reported Angela Jabing, the mother of the 10 year old was angered over the caning of her son but was asked not to make a big deal over the incident.

NONEAccording to Jabing (right in photo), who met with the school administrator on Oct 19, he said: “Jangan besar-besarkan hal, kerana ini isu yang cukup sensitive di kalangan orang-orang Islam (Don’t blow up this matter as it is a very sensitive issue among Muslims).”

Wee added that since there were two conflicting reports, the ministry had instructed for a thorough investigation on the matter.

“I also hope the parent can come out and help with the investigation,” said Wee.

Hinting at the Jabing’s press conference last week held together with Sarawak PKR Wanita, Wee implied that the case might be “politically motivated”.

“I understand that the parent has a political background.”

He also said the state minister will visit the ground to solve the issue.

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  1. #1 And equally plausible that Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong would be politically motivated to make sure “Jangan besar-besarkan hal, kerana ini isu yang cukup sensitive di kalangan orang-orang Islam (Don’t blow up this matter as it is a very sensitive issue among Muslims)” holds sway.

    #2 Betweeen “The senior school administrator of SK St Thomas in Kuching has denied caning a 10-year-old boy for bringing fried rice and pork sausages to school during recess”, & “according to a report submitted by state education department, the school administrator stated this was not the reason behind the caning”,the Minister statement still beg the question of why Basil was canned, not once – but 10 times. The Minister’s promise of investigation, could well be just another smoke screen, a tactical retreat to cool down the angry public.

    #3 So,given #1 and #2, and while waiting for the Education Ministry to prepare creative report of the incident, why not SarawakReport – or HU reporters visit Angela Jabing and have a human-interest interview with little Basil, and publish the entire transcript. Readers can then judge for themselves if the mother would be that politically desperate to be so “politically motivated” as the Minister had implied, to the point of manipulating little Basil for cheap publicity.

    This remains an important story to follow-up on for the public to weigh in on the solution moving forward, since similar incident had occurred in Johor and Kedah. And I’m sure Sarawakian readers who were product of the Missionary schools, had remember vividly that there never was any issue with halal food, in the first place. The fact it became an issue, would need wise steer to avoid the majority non-Muslim in these type of school being culturally hold to ransom to placate the interest of fringe groups.Otherwise, future incidents could get too volatile.

    Comment by MERAMAT TAJAK — November 9, 2010 @ 10:32 AM | Reply

  2. Taib strengthens vice-like grip on Sarawak
    Mon, 08 Nove 2010 06:00
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    By Joe Fernandez

    ANALYSIS Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has now outdone even himself with the news that the state government has prepared a white paper to keep out “certain trends”.

    The first of these is “unhealthy politics” whatever that means; secondly, “anti-rich people” – read corruption-politics; and thirdly, “agitating the people to overthrow the state government”. The Taib regime blames unhealthy politics for its recent loss of the Sibu parliamentary seat in a by-election.

    That’s Taib, in a nutshell, re-inventing himself in preparation for the state election which must be held by the middle of this year. He wants to ensure that Sarawak remains his family’s private paradise in perpetuity.

    Translating Taib’s paranoia into action means that people from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah who fall within certain categories would be banned from entering Sarawak. These include opposition politicians; the media, presumably the alternative media and bloggers; and NGOs. Once a person is blacklisted by the Immigration Department, he or she would be permanently banned from entering Sarawak. The only way that a banned person can enter Sarawak again is through reincarnation.

    The white paper makes interesting reading. Opposition politicians are seen, crudely put, as “great liars” unlike those from the ruling coalition “who only speak the Gospel truth”; the alternative media is being castigated for inventing “news manufacturing” – an euphemism for lies – while the NGOs are allegedly on the take from foreigners to create trouble in Sarawak. Taib sees no need to bother with little things like coming up with the proof to dispel the notion that he likes telling fairy tales to amuse himself.

    The white paper is recognition enough that Taib now sees “outsiders” as the main threat to his family’s dynastic hold on the politics of Sarawak. He reckons that he has the internal threats under control after three decades in office.

    The number of Chinese state seats has been reduced to 15 out of the total of 71. This effectively means that the Chinese are no longer the kingmakers in Sarawak politics, as in the past, playing off the Dayaks against the Muslims.

    If the Chinese in Sarawak are to have any impact in politics, they have to forget their parochialism of the past and make common cause with their brethren in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia under one political platform. The DAP is vying for that honour. Taib is acutely aware of this threat to his monopoly of the state’s politics and hence one reason for the white paper.

    No ganging up

    Taib hopes to make it as difficult as possible for the Chinese in Sarawak to gang up against his government in league with their brethren elsewhere in Malaysia. He woos them too late. It’s unlikely to make any difference for the better as far as he’s concerned.

    The Dayaks who have about half the seats in the state assembly have been splintered among the opposition and four political parties in the state government, namely the Bumiputera-based multiracial Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the Dayak-based multiracial Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), the Dayak-based multiracial Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and the Chinese-based multiracial Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP).

    Within PBB, the Dayaks including the non-Muslim Melanau form a third of the membership and the state seats. The others are Malay and Muslim Melanau. This ensures that PBB would remain under Muslim control and in particular under the Melanau since the other Dayak in the party would not welcome the Malays leading PBB. They feel that they have a better claim.

    The Muslims in Sarawak, Malays and Melanaus, are found only in PBB.

    Likewise, the Chinese are found in SUPP.

    Again, this means that only the Dayaks are not allowed to unite under one political platform since that would mean a threat to Taib’s hold on power. Taib kicked out the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) from the state Barisan Nasional and this party together with PKR has further splintered the Dayak vote bank.

    The creation of the SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) region in Sarawak for energy-intensive industries and as a new corridor of economic growth is likely to result in the influx of foreign labour, presumably Muslim, from neighbouring countries. This means the Dayaks and local Muslims would be increasingly disenfranchised with the influx of the foreigners who can be placed strategically in half the seats in Sarawak, especially the marginal ones. This is what’s happening to the KadazanDusunMurut in Sabah and the local Muslims.

    Already, there are 500,000 foreign workers in Sarawak, about half of them illegal immigrants. The nightmare scenario in Sabah where there are 1.7 million foreigners as against 1.5 million locals has come to Sarawak.

    Long stay

    Taib, as a Melanau, comes from a Dayak community which numbers fewer than 100,000 and has equal numbers of pagans, Christians and Muslims. Most urban Dayaks are wary of the Muslim Melanau, Taib’s family in particular, and see them as “an exploiting class of criminals sheltering in government”.

    The white paper confirms Taib’s publicly stated views that his coalition will not be able to sweep all the seats at stake at the next state election. He may even lose up to a third of the seats and putting at risk his two-third majority in the State Legislative Assembly. Taib wants to minimise this possibility by creating a situation where the local opposition remains isolated from its counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

    The main issue against Taib is his long stay in public office and, as a result, two generations – going on to a third – being denied the right to rule themselves.

    Elsewhere, he and his ministers have failed to publicly declare their assets; he’s unable to explain his tremendous wealth considering his known sources of income; and he has refused an independent international audit of his wealth, fearing his ill-gotten gains would be repatriated under international law.

    Taib cannot explain why Sarawak in general, the Dayaks in particular, are among the poorest in Malaysia. Meanwhile, he continues to reduce them to a landless peasantry by the systematic confiscation of their Native Customary Right (NCR) land under one guise or another for plantation development. The Dayaks are reduced to virtually being plantation slaves on their own land.

    Patently, Taib fears the opposition coming to power. He and his family, relatives and cronies would be in deep trouble when a new government conducts an independent audit of the timber industry and sets up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on his 30-year rule and that of his predecessor and maternal uncle Abdul Rahman Yakub.

    Comment by Ronnie — November 8, 2010 @ 8:26 PM | Reply

  3. That’s a horrible photo.

    Comment by Bourgeois Revolution — November 8, 2010 @ 8:39 AM | Reply


      Yah the pic looks like the political maggots Taib, Mahathir, Muhyiddin, and their criminal gang crawling all over and eating up our national wealth.

      Comment by headhunter1million — November 9, 2010 @ 5:09 AM | Reply

  4. What about justice for the little boy? The dude was canned 10 times for something he can’t even understand. Little boys/children have rights too. How does the little man Iskandar propose to make amends for Basil.

    I remember when I was in school (some years back) and Brother Columba was still the head of St Joseph’s school. My class mate was a boy named Hazbollah and he was notorious for all sorts of pranks. On this one ocassion he did not do it, but his namesake in a lower form. However when Bro Columba heard the complaint & the name,he proceeded straight for our classroom and without any reason called Hazbollah to the front of the class and canned him in full view of everyone. We were all shocked as “boy” as we affectionately called him had one of his quieter days in school. We reasoned that maybe it was interest for his past misdeeds! anyway Bro Columba soon appeared, red as a beetroot in the face, and apologised to boy in front of everyone and offered him the chance to cane him. Boy turned done the offer and revvealed that it was the best moment of his naughty life.!!

    However I digress, Iskandar my message to you is ” be a man, do the right thing”

    I think a public apology is in order.

    Comment by gongong — November 7, 2010 @ 12:22 PM | Reply

    • I think… as a Christian, Bro. Columba is doing the right thing and inline with the teaching of his religion. He humbly admitted his mistake and apologised. Good for him. Such act compels admiration, not condemnation.

      Comment by dee — November 11, 2010 @ 11:01 AM | Reply

  5. Alhamdullillah, there’s a reason for everything that has happen especially in Sarawak lately, Allah Ta’ala is showing his powers……..what? you blame every bad thing that happen on God and nature?. Beware, the One Most High has the power. We human are just mere flesh and blood, but God in his entity is spirit,the ever knowing, you can’t hide from him, BEWARE….no machine gun or atomic bom can stop His wrath. All in due time, all in due course…..EVERYTHING will be revelled in His own way. God Almighty, the most high, the protector of the poor and the unjust……REPENT YOU SINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We the people of Sarawak condemned any act of oppression. Stay awake people of Sarawak!!!!!

    Comment by Nur Zohra — November 6, 2010 @ 8:27 PM | Reply

  6. This Iskandar character would grin widely before he smack 10-year little Basil on the palm, each time explaining what each of the 10 sharp pains meant.

    1 – For being named Basil Baginda ; thats a Muslim name, that thou shall not use in vain.
    2 – For bringing your delicious home cooked fried rice with sausage – the aroma is a gastronomic temptation.
    3 – For going to school at St. Thomas, the bastion of Muslim center of learning
    4 – For being so kind, as to share your food with your friends against the cardinal rule of no socialising
    5 – For knowingly flouting the sensitivity rule imposed by Iskandar and Muslim colleagues of like-mind
    6 – For not promising, in your defence – to stop eating pork at the school – and at home, in the future
    7 – For breaching 1Malaysia rule to coax minority to stop asserting their basic human rights – for peace
    8 – For your ignorance of the repugnance of pork meat to all the other Muslim teachers and students
    9 – For forgetting to kindly tell your mama not to cook fried rice with sausage for your lunch
    10- For having broken the grand bargain that allow missionary schools to get government grant

    I could get flame by Muslims guys for this. But hey, rogue characters in the midst – are their responsibility, to set right. It ain’t enough to condemn the isolated cases. There can be many Iskandars out there.

    Only the Muslim community themselves, can look at the big picture in their mirror – and be offended enough to rally their own community against religious bigotry. But where is the Iman, Uztaz and Muslim organization voice – in Kuching, in respect of little Iskandar, who must now be pyschologically-scarred for life ?

    Take the damned Mr Iskandar to court, for inflicting psychic trauma on a child ! Heck, sue the damn school for allowing the stupid sensitivity rule to be applied there in the first place.

    Comment by Meramat Tajak — November 6, 2010 @ 8:09 PM | Reply

  7. Ask these idiots which is more sinful in the eyes of Allah…killing someone and engaging in corruptions or eating non halal food???

    Comment by Asri Rahman — November 6, 2010 @ 6:11 PM | Reply

  8. Iskandar will probably get away with his bigotry.

    I remember when I was at school in the 80s. My school was the one across the river Sarawak. Once there was an Ustaz who tried to impose his Islamic ideals on the students. We protested. Once he called for an assembly to so-called “explain” what he is trying to do but the students’ prefect body boycotted it. he can’t go on with his act if he has no co-operation from the school prefects.

    He was immediately transferred during the next school term’s holiday.

    Then, there was another one when I was studying at a university branch campus, also in Sarawak. Our batch’s junior batch had this Tamadun Islam’s lecturer who kept on and on criticising and saying bad things about other religion. The students also protested. He was immediately transferred back to the main campus in West Malaysia soon after that.

    All you people out there, don’t stop standing up against such bigotry. Don’t let it intimidate our lives.

    Comment by dee — November 6, 2010 @ 1:59 PM | Reply

    • In silence the west had deployed the muslim teachers to teach in the rural Sarawal/Sabah in pretext that we don’t have enough teachers! In every rural school there is one or more Malayan muslim teachers.

      Before this teachers were posted to these student usually eat what ever they can have…i.e. in some rural school (boarding School)…101% non muslim student (99 % Penan student); they are not allows to serve non halal food or have pork in school. Penan survives on this kind of food…..

      Do you think this part of the Malayan people plan to Islamize the rural Sarawak. When kids are taught at this stage..at tender very age, what u think will happen?

      There no problem letting them teaching in the rural…BUT they must adopt our culture and NOT we adopt there culture and religion. The whole school have to abandon there pork or non halal food (native sarawakian love there pork) just because of one f@$#king fake Malaya muslim!

      Come on William Bina…..you grown up and survive on pork/babi hutan…..so speak up and get into action lah brother…..dont be too indulge with your drinking.

      Comment by Anak Sarawak 333 — November 6, 2010 @ 4:39 PM | Reply

      • It is true..some malay BM teacher even asked non muslim students if they had any regret being christian, buddhist or not being a muslim. Such line of questioning is very provocative and its happening in our schools in Sarawak.

        Comment by Jolia — November 6, 2010 @ 6:04 PM | Reply

  9. The Ministry MUST get rid of the Useless, Brainless, Stupid, Bodoh, Paloi, Idiot, Good-for-nothing teacher or whoever he is that caned the student. He/She does not deserve to be a part of the school teaching staffs or wahtever that idiot is doing in that school.

    In fact, he/she MUST be demoted and transferred to other school that wants to accept him/her. We, in Sarawak, do not want a person like that in our school, send him/her to Indonesia, I am sure they will accept a person of this nature over there.

    Comment by Apai Nembiak — November 6, 2010 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

  10. Do you realize that a majority of us have to toil using both our two hands to search for our daily bread. However many are “excessive” fortunate to the extend they not even share out which they have gotten without having to hold out their hands. Sad they are the very unfortunate ones too but they tend suffer in silence with the others.

    Our beautiful people in this Fair Land Sarawak have a true heart toward compassionate love when in time of joy and griefs. But we must get to root to stem out any parasitic crap to make him or her fully realise of the insane thoughts which he/she sowed. Why that Chung have to defend him? Why not the Education Director? Why not the Police? Not been reprimanded by the higher authority indicates there is no need for concern over such happening. Children are very innocent and they should be given a freedom to enjoy the fun and in companions among all colours. Let us integrate more and interact more in this our multi-culture society. Are we letting “teachers” of “today” becoming extremism toward our modern society? Surely a time will arrive when they have a better understanding of their beliefs and convictions. There should not be any form suppression from an educator onto another group.

    We in the 70-90s, comprising different colours and religions, ate and drank together enjoying and having great fun over meals. Many times I was questioned, “How is the pork, taste nice kah? Can cuba or not?” Although we seated all in one table we did not bother answer our Muslim friends. Our silence indicated the borderline on mutual respect and understanding towards each others’ beliefs. Almost every year during Hari Raya comes they would never ever forget us? Due to the repeated reminders and letting them down would definitely sour our brotherhood friendship! There in the house we enjoyed the merriment in a big family manner. We learned from each other and adopted many the customs and etiquettes over the years. We indeed put them into practices. All of us are now committed family men but social contacts still remain intact. We do pray and hope our souls will continue to blossom with God’s love under the watchful eyes of one our Almighty Lord. Amen.

    Comment by Miaowkia — November 6, 2010 @ 11:59 AM | Reply

  11. Once bitten twice shy…the next time may not be cane but cannon, hehe

    Comment by vic — November 6, 2010 @ 10:48 AM | Reply

  12. i think the mother also warn her kid not to share the food rite? even my bidayuh friend also know hw to respect muslim..iskandar, strict without a reason..

    Comment by leo panetta — November 6, 2010 @ 10:06 AM | Reply


    Basil’s punishment (facts a little bit unclear) for what must have been his sharing of pork sausage fried rice with Muslims classmates was an expression of mateship. Someone must have ratted on him and told the self-appointed & misguided religious policeman.

    The hallmark of most religions is tolerance plus love thy neighbours plus compassion plus humility plus kindness plus charity plus sharing….. Basil shared his food. Jesus shared food with 5000…Some others want to share everything (!)…

    Now there is one groups of people who want to grab their share of everything and give back poison. This the UMNO/Perkasa. This rabid organisation with its vile deliberate misinterpretation of the Quran has obviously infected Sarawak with its insanine apartheid ideas.

    Basil’s punishment is an incident which has sent shock waves through our sleepy peaceful and harmonious Kuching society. (We must thank Iskander for ringing the alarm bell although we strongly disagree with and protest against his punishing Basil).

    It has certainly switched on the light for many who have a comfortable town life compared to the ulu people who have to fight bulldozers and landrobbers every day.

    Kuching folks have received an sharp electric jolt… something went wrong in broad daylight…and they woke up and arose to the occasion and spoke with one voice.

    This resounding voice has gone everywhere through our fair land to Sabah, Malaya and around the world. It is one awakening call good people. Be alert and stand up and defend yours rights and don’t let the KL racists divide our unity. This is the spirit you must show our foreign KL master.


    Comment by Abang — November 6, 2010 @ 10:05 AM | Reply

    • p.s. the word “INSANINE” is derived from 2 words “insane” (everyone knows this meaning) and the word “ASININE”- meaning foolish or stupid ass (ass inine).

      So Insane and asinine is INSANINE… duuuh…exactly describes PERKASA (“precuser” defined as “chemical reaction” of smelly fart ideas and rabid pronouncements and mad waving of kris to threaten people like the terrorists they)

      Comment by Abang — November 6, 2010 @ 10:21 AM | Reply

  14. Too often we have been preaching tolerance but not respect. Respect for one another as individuals and respect for each other’s religious belief and freedom to exist should be the hallmark of a truly multi-cultural nation. Why must we be taught to tolerate someone’s bigotry view and nonsense. When there is mutual respect there shall be sensivity and civility.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 6, 2010 @ 9:23 AM | Reply

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