Hornbill Unleashed

August 27, 2011

End game for Tripoli

Sim Kwang Yang

AT the time of writing, rebels in Tripoli are closing down on forces loyal to Gaddafi to deliver a conclusive blow in the long, drawn out battle for Libya.

Six months after the revolution began, the world is finally on the verge of witnessing the end of the historic struggle of the Libyan people for their freedom to determine their own fate.

Thousands have died in the struggle, as Gaddafi continues to cling to the last vestiges of his hold on power. The dictator’s whereabouts are unknown.

But in the last moments of his grip on his country, all parties are prepared for some kind of last ditch effort. He is expected to deliver as destructive a final retaliation as possible.

It is now more than apparent that the days of Gaddafi’s seemingly endless reign in Libya are now numbered.

The world is witnessing, with some nervousness, an uncertain outcome of the conflict in this strategically vital corner of the Arab world.

For months on end, the Arab universe has been caught in this historic turmoil, a rebellion that was unimaginable just a year ago.

Egypt and Tunisia have already fallen to the revolutionary zeal of the Arab population. Syria is repressing the people’s dissent in the most brutal manner possible, while the revolt of the ordinary citizens continues unabated.

Other countries like North Yemen and Bahrain are still caught in the internal contradictions of repressing their own people from expressing their demand for reform.

These are unusual times, and the people of the Arab streets are turning new pages in the brand new history of their world.

As the battle for Libya slowly grinds down to a painful end, the opposition forces that gather in Tripoli now have the momentum to complete this historic process.

The prayers of peace-loving people all over the world are offered up for the conflict to end soon, without incurring too much bloodshed and killing. The next few days should see the murky picture clarify somewhat for us.

Meanwhile, Nato forces are continuing their air attacks on Libyan government forces. It can be concluded that without Nato at the front line of allied air attacks, the Libyan uprising would not have made so much ground in the past six months.

Libya’s Transitional National Council in Benghazi now has the world focused on its role. It must not be seen to be vindictive, and must through its actions prove that the council intends to diminish the national grief suffered by the Libyan people as a whole.

The most important job of the Transitional National Council is to heal the wounds of the conflict.

The situation in Tripoli is still fluid, and full of hidden risks. As we watch from the sidelines in Malaysia, we cannot help but feel a deep sense of compassion for the ordinary citizens of Libya. They have suffered much, and we wish them well.

It will take many years for Libya to achieve a kind of resolution and rehabilitation. This nation, rich in culture and oil resources, has been dealt such a gigantic blow to their national spirit.

But they have shown extraordinary courage in the process of their rebirth and their self-rejuvenation.


  1. With the uprising in the Middle East, Malaysians wanting change not only can take a leaf from those incidents but also never give up on the fight for a greater cause for their country and their countrymen.

    Comment by whatsaysyou — August 28, 2011 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

  2. Since January 2011:

    Corrupt dictator Ben Ali of Tunisia (32 yrs in power) – Gone!

    Corrupt dictator Mubarak of Egypt (36 yrs in power) – Gone!

    Corrupt dictator Gaddafi of Libya (42 yrs in power) – Gone!

    When is the turn for corrupt dictator Taib of Sarawak (31 yrs in power)???

    Comment by KuchingKia — August 27, 2011 @ 6:14 PM | Reply

    • SOON!!!

      Comment by Anak Sarawak — August 27, 2011 @ 6:24 PM | Reply





      Comment by VOX POPULI — August 28, 2011 @ 6:53 AM | Reply

      • Sorry, wrong tense:

        Where WERE the brave Dayaks?

        Comment by Ahmad — August 29, 2011 @ 5:02 PM | Reply

          (48 YEARS!)

          Or may be “Where are the Dayak Braves?”

          You read about their great exploits in blog pages like PGB Warrior gloating about their past exploits but that’s the furthest they will show up.

          When it comes to fighting for their rights they melt into the jungles.

          But not the NCR folks they stick out their necks and stand for their rights. They fight with what weapons they can muster- stick and stones, even with fire and through legal actions. They have been winning too.

          Yes ordinary oppressed ulu dwellers standing up again and again whenever they get knocked down in defending their homeland.

          But where are the brave Rangers of yesterday and now? Still obeying orders from Kuala Lumpur to shut up and to beat up their own people.

          Who are the real heroes?

          Comment by Angrydayak — August 29, 2011 @ 10:21 PM | Reply

  3. How many Sarawakians know how we have been colonized by UMNO the last 5 decades ? How our rights to our land is being slowly liquidated and turning us into landless neo-slaves ? How we are being deliberately made stupid by the education system specially crafted to produce “simple thinking” slave workers ? How we are intimidated into submission ? WAKE UP, SARAWAK ! WAKE UP!

    Comment by batulawi — August 27, 2011 @ 12:01 PM | Reply

    • We have seen reports of the luxuries of Gadafi after his home is ransacked.

      Wonder what we could find in the home of Taib when his time is up?

      Comment by Azhar — August 27, 2011 @ 12:36 PM | Reply

    • The deal was UMNO would stay out of Sarawak politic if Tun Rahman Ya’kub created a crisis and removed a Dayak leader in 1970 and ensured Dayak political parties were kept weak and fragmented. Since then, PBB was given the lead role and modeled after UMNO in controlling the political affairs of Sarawak. The bumiputras were then indoctrinated into believe\ing that by supporting PBB at all cost UMNO would never be spreading its influence here.

      Hence, the hate campaign against “West Malaysian or Malaya” political parties by Sarawak BN leaders had worked for over 30 years until 2006 when Sarawakians realised it was not the “West Malaysian” parties like DAP, PKR or PAS that had plundered, squandered and stole from the people of Sarawak but a too powerful thief minister appointed and favoured by UMNO. Since the minor tsunami in the Sarawak state election in 2006, DAP and Pakatan partners had been able to capture five states in 308. Again in the recent Sarawak state election, Sarawakians were unwavered and resolute in giving almost all urban and suburban seats to DAP.

      In the much anticipated GE13 which is likely to be held as early as November this year, we hope all Sarawakians and our fellow Malaysians in Sabah will once again take the lead to get rid of the corrupt, abusive, repressive and oppressive UMNO controlled BN and any BN friendly “Opposition” parties.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — August 27, 2011 @ 2:11 PM | Reply

      • DAP will be able to attract more Bumiputra candidates with strong commitment,good moral integrity and credibility for GE13. I hope DAP will not be “shy” to go for as many as 16 seats and confident it can win all the seats it contest for PR.

        Comment by Irene Kana — August 28, 2011 @ 2:53 PM | Reply


      Historically slaves from the time of Spartacus to the slaves of Haiti, have always bravely rose and fought their slave masters for freedom.

      The Haitians were the first slave people in the 18th Century to rise against their French slave masters and fought and gained their independence. The Haitian Declaration of Independence is world famous. You will be inspired after reading this and be empowered to act!


      December 8 1962 must be remember as Independence Day for the people of Northern Borneo/Kalimantan. Not 31 August or 16 September 1963.

      On this day the people of Brunei rose and took up arms against British rule and to oppose the British/Malayan plan to incorporate the colonies of Brunei Sabah and Sarawak into “Malaysia” under UMNO rule. Malaysia was seen as a neo-colonial creation to preserve British economic interests in Northern Borneo after they had secured their rich resources in Malayan by installing the puppet UMNO regime in power in 1957. The Brunei People’s Party led the uprising with the support of the anti-Malaysia forces in Sarawak and Sabah. The united state of “North Kalimantan” was proclaimed.

      Sadly this independence day was stillborn as the British used their military power to overwhelm the freedom fighters.Indonesia at the time helped the freedom fighters and began the “Ganyang Malaysia” campaign. The struggle against “Malaysia” by Sarawak guerrilla forces continued till 1990.

      We must remember the freedom fighters when the Malayan UMNO colonial masters mark their day of annexing Sabah and Sarawak.

      We must ask all those Dayak fighters who fought the freedom fighters what did they fight for ? What freedom did they win?

      Many are seeling that the last 48 years have proven that UMNO used “Malaysia” to colonised us. Both Sabah and Sarawak have been plundered of their wealth. The people have been made poorer than before 1963 because their land have been stolen and they are left with nothing. Is this the independence many Dayaks helped to defend? To lose their land and become slaves in oil ,palm plantations in their own country? We have no control over our own land!

      We must get rid of our slave mentality and belief that we ever got independence in “Malaysia”.

      We must wake up and fight for real Independence!

      Comment by Angry Dayak — August 27, 2011 @ 4:02 PM | Reply


    “Countries want independence, nations want liberation and the people want revolution–this has become the irresistible trend of history.” Quote attributed to Chairman Mao.

    Doesn’t that say something? This trend swept through and scorched the Middle East in the past year. It was a second coming after the initial post WW2 anti-colonial struggles had only replaced the colonial rulers with a set of home grown colonial regime!

    One could be overjoyed as another dictator is about to be overthrown!

    Libyans are succeeding in their overthrowing of a dictator in 6 months! But then not all real revolutions had the help of the eager western imperialist powers who were more keen than the Libyans to BOMB and get rid of Gaddafi and get their hands on Libyan oil and resources! Nothing has changed. The people may have their 15 minutes of fame and glory and then another 50 years of being dominated by the imperialists and plundered.


    The Malayan people fought 50 years to get rid of UMNO peacefully and with the gun but UMNO had all the protection and military back up of the Western powers. Britain fought the CPM revolutionaries to preserve its eocnomic interest and installed UMNO as the neo-colonial power in 1957.

    UMNO has remained in power by crooked means an armed suppression for 54 years this 31 August. It has just committed a major electoral fraud by creating 2 million new foreigners as citizens and voters. So how can the people win against such odds?

    Then again in 1963, the British helped UMNO and its local BN puppets to takeover Sabah and Sarawak as its new colonies. Britain poured 50,000 Commonwealth troops into the colonies to suppress the anti-Malaysia Independence Uprising December 1962 to the 1970s. It has now been revealed that in its war efforts to fight the North Kalimantan guerrilla forces, Britain also helped to overthrow Sukarno (who opposed neo-colonial Malaysia) and used its warships to transport Suharto’s troops many islands to suppress the revolutionary forces including Borneo/Kalimantan.

    The rest is a history of 48 years of foreign Malayan rule, rape and plundered of Sabah and Sarawak’s rich oil and mineral resources and dispossession and massive thefts of native land.

    The people of Northern Borneo/Kalimantan fought from the 1950s to the 1990s politically and with weapons to free themselves from British and Malayan UMNO colonial rule. They did not have the big powers to back them up. They had to undertake a long guerrilla war. Although this has ceased for some 20 years, it must be said that the people must prepared for another one to liberate themselves as the people of Libya are doing..

    This is the trend. It cannot stop as oppression begets violence and the circle is historically unending…

    We Sarawakians shall also have our REVOLUTION sooner or later no matter how harshly they suppress the people from rising up!

    Comment by Angry Masses — August 27, 2011 @ 10:31 AM | Reply

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