Hornbill Unleashed

March 19, 2012


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Joseph Tawie

Recent statements by Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s two top Dayak leaders have had a ‘sobering’ effect on the opposition.

Recent statements by Dayak majority party – Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) – leaders have exposed the modus operandi of the Barisan Nasional coalition over its voters.

‘The rule it appears is to keep the people simple and ignorant at all cost. At all cost, prevent any advancement from reaching them so that they remain grateful to the BN for the little scraps that are thrown at them once every five years,” said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

HE added that the BN startegy had kept the rakyat oppressed for over 40 years and helped the coalition perpetuate abuse.

Citing SPDP president William Mawan’s recent discomfort at rumours that the 13th general election may be held June 3, 2012, Bian said the truth of the situation was ‘sobering’

Mawan had reportedly said: “If election is held during this time, the young, educated professionals who work in the cities might bring everything that is new that in turn could change the mentality of the people in their kampungs and longhouses.”

Responding to Mawan’s comment, Bian who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman said: “This statement betrays the fear the BN politicians have that the rural folk will one day wake up to the sobering truth that the only people who have benefited from this BN government are the BN politicians themselves and their families and cronies.

“Mawan’s desire to keep the rural people as ignorant and unaware as the proverbial frog under a coconut shell suggests that the BN government has no desire at all to help them grow and advance with the times.

“What is it about changing their mentality that frightens the BN so much? How are we ever going to catch up with the developing world if our government prefers to keep the rakyat in the dark ages?

“Is this the reason why healthcare and educational opportunities and facilities are so primitive and inadequate in the rural areas?”

‘Shameful legacy by BN’

Bian said that currently up to 500,000 homes in Sarawak are still not connected to any electricity grid, and the majority of the rural population has no access to the internet and other amenities.

“(Knowing this) the government has no business harping about SCORE (Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy) and the miraculous riches it will bring to the raykat when it has not provided the basic education and facilities for the people to be able to participate in it.

“To top it off, we are told that bringing ‘everything that is new’ to the kampung is not a good thing.

“Obviously, encouraging the population to acquire knowledge is detrimental to the BN’s health, as with knowledge (and critical thinking) comes the realisation of the people about the power that they wield,” he said.

Bian also found PRS president James Masing’s recent statement equally astounding.

Masing had allegedly said that the rakyat are the bosses only for one day every five years (during polling day) and that the rest of the days the elected YBs are the bosses and that the rakyat are to be ‘subservient’, having no right to challenge anything the bosses choose to do.

Masing was quoted to have said that: “If their YBs, for instance, pass a law which tells the rakyat to walk backward, the rakyat must walk backward”.

Bian along with many others in Sarawak found Masing remarks ‘disturbing’.

Said Bian: “It is extremely disturbing and disappointing that this veteran politician should cite as an example a law which clearly would not advance the welfare of the people and which cannot reflect the will of the people.

“Yet what an apt example for him to put forward – it reflects perfectly the policies of the BN government.

“Keep the rakyat backward and poor while the BN politicians push forward with their self-enriching land-grabbing schemes.

“In fact, the government policies over the past few decades have forced the rakyat to walk backwards – they are actually getting poorer.

“Proof of this is when (state) Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Fatimah Abdullah said that since 2007, the rate of poverty in Sarawak had increased from 4.2% to 5.3% in 2009

“What a shameful legacy for the BN government.”

Twisted reasoning

Bian pointed out that elected representatives are given the privilege to sit in their positions of authority so that they can serve the will of the rakyat.

He said the term ‘rakyat’ is not defined according to political leanings and even if it is, the will of the opposition may well be the will of the majority, given the gerrymandering and dirty politics practised by the BN government.

“Our elected representatives are not given wholesale power to act on their whims and fancies. Using this twisted reasoning to justify a decision made in an obvious case of abuse of power will intensify the resentment of the people against a tyrannical government.

“His (Masing) perverse defiance in the face of criticism and reproach (even from some BN leaders) does not bode well for him, but has contributed in no small way to building up support for the message of truth and promise of good governance by the opposition,” said Bian.

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  1. Enough bashing the Sarawakians in the kampung. Really, we need to take steps to make sure they get all the information to make the right decision with their votes.

    Comment by Gopher — March 20, 2012 @ 11:56 AM | Reply

  2. SPDP and Mawan have lots of money directly or indirectly from the PKFZ scandal and corruption. Tiong King Sing, shareholder and owner of Kuala Dimensi made tons of money on the Port Klang land and other contracts and which are now in the Courts. Now you know why Mawan keeps a gun in his golf bag.

    Like any other examples, first these BN people rob rakyat through corrupt practices and in most cases the BN leaders just give them the contracts. The former Chief Justice, an UMNO lawyer, was awarded the highway contract in like manner on his retirement.

    All the systems don’t respond to these transgressions. It’s as if there’s only one Department, like the Police Department headed by Najib or somebody behind Najib with the iron claws.

    All these need never happen if we have a democratic country that does not pretend to be one.

    Last week the Inspector General of Police personally shook hands with commuters in KL saying Malaysia was a safe place and only 1% of Policemen werre corrupt. That should have been done by a politician. Looks like Policemen have turned politicians. So what is Malaysia all about?

    Do we have Polis di Raja Malaysia or Polis Raja di Malaysia ???

    Do you think Mawan is a “Dayak” political leader or a samseng carrying pistols in his golf bag?

    Comment by Sarawak land of hornbills on a leash — March 20, 2012 @ 11:21 AM | Reply

  3. Set up a people’s corner at every longhouse and kampung. Let the people make a decision on these disturbing remarks and BN lawmakers’s insult of the rural poor to begin with and follow by exposure of corruption, abuse of power and stolen wealth.

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 19, 2012 @ 10:23 PM | Reply

    • Have u forgotten that there was once longhouse democracy when the people did make their own decisions and elected their own headmen?

      Now this right has been taken away by those in power who now appoint and pay the headmen. This has destroyed a long established democratic practice!

      If we cherished such a freedom we never did protest very hard…..

      Comment by anon — March 19, 2012 @ 11:14 PM | Reply

    • 101% agrees with ‘anon’……all the longhouse TK’s are BN paid clown!

      Comment by Rod — March 20, 2012 @ 3:54 AM | Reply

      • These appointed and corrupt Tuai Rumah are acting like feudal lords and keeping a watching eyes on the longhouse folks for Taib Mahmud. They even report to Raziah Mahmud’s gangsters.

        Comment by Johnny Singai — March 20, 2012 @ 9:47 PM | Reply

  4. It seems like it has been working for the past 30 years and it will work for nother 30 years. Those who cannot stand it anymore have mostly left he country .
    The way I look at it, the Sarawakian are either too easy going, too lazy or too stupid like Taib suggested.
    There is only a few place left on earth where the people are so ignorant of the crimse caused by the politicians.

    Comment by RC — March 19, 2012 @ 10:10 PM | Reply

    • yes…you said it right!

      much more then stupidity………they get no brain! If they have brain sure Swak/Sbah be better then Spore/Brunei!

      If others refers them like “orang utan”; they hate it! Spend 2 years in Sbah; seen and meet enough local and yes, there were no better the “O U”!

      They think that having food on the table and few ringgit is gud enough for the family!

      Hard working illegal Indon/Philipinos are doing much2 better then the local around now!

      Comment by Real People... — March 20, 2012 @ 4:01 AM | Reply

  5. The BN has got it all worked out. Feed the dogs only when they are hungry but don’t pamper them.

    Perhaps they treat their dogs better than their own people.

    May be we should have a pot banging shame campaign against all these thick skin YBs living off the fat of the land…

    You know we need a bit of imagination to lift up an otherwise uncreative approach to tackling stupid politicians who can even manage to outmaneuver us.

    Comment by PUBLIC VOICE — March 19, 2012 @ 5:46 PM | Reply

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