Hornbill Unleashed

July 22, 2012

Upside down ‘dacing’, subtle message to BN

Joseph Bingkasan

PBS deputy president Maximus Ongkili has told party members that this will be his last term if nominated to defend his Kota Marudu parliamentary seat.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president Maximus Ongkili is of the opinion that the Kota Marudu parliamentary seat as well as the Tandek and Matunggong state seats will remain the ruling coalition’s strongholds after the 13th general election.

But people in these constituencies appear to be showing signs to the contrary.

According to a PKR leader in Kota Marudu, villagers in this northern region of Sabah are protesting silently against Barisan Nasional (BN).

They are not engaged in any street protests and they are not demonstration or voicing openly their displeasure to the state and federal government.

“(But) they fly the BN flag upside down,” said Anthony Mandiau.

Mandiau and several party leaders were in the Kampung Minikodong longhouse in Kota Marudu earlier this week to distribute assistance to fire victims when they were greeted with the sight of the `Dacing’  (Barisan Nasional’s symbol) being deliberately flown upside down.

He said the people who were BN supporters told him that putting up the flag the wrong way was a ‘more powerful’ message to the government than organising street demonstrations or `bad mouthing’ government leaders.

“Ongkili says the three seats are safe with Barisan Nasional but the people’s support  are already moving towards the opposition.

“They are showing this by putting up the BN flag upside down,” Mandiau told FMT recently.

Ongkili, who is the MP for Kota Marudu as well as federal Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, had told PBS members in Tandek over the weekend that the ruling coalition would have no problem in retaining Kota Marudu and the two state seats – Tandek and Motunggung – in the 13th general election.

He also announced that should he be chosen to defend and win his seat, it will be his last term and that he would make way for a younger and more capable local leader to take over.

Ongkili however added that he will continue to serve the people in other capacities such as a mentor and advisor.

Increasing support for PKR

Meanwhile, Mandiau said Kota Marudu PKR is ready to face the election with support from the people gaining momentum every day. Since the 2008 general election, the party had been preparing for election.

“Gatherings organised in villages are well attended by the people, not only party supporters but also Barisan Nasional component party members,” he said.

Mandiau is no newcomer to Kota Marudu. He is a local boy.

In the 12th general election in 2008, Mandiau contested on PKR ticket lost. He polled 7,820 votes against Ongkili’s 12,028 votes.

In the four-cornered fight, the other two candidates – Roslan Zain (Independent) and Berman Angkap from Bersekutu party – garnered 1,109 and 457 votes respectively.

Mandiau is prepared to face Ongkili again if nominated by PKR.

But he acknowledged that it would be an uphill task to unseat Ongkili given the might of the BN machinery.

Nonetheless, he is optimistic that having worked hard among the constituents since the last election, the people would support and pave his way to parliament this time around.

Mandiau said although Ongkili claimed Kota Marudu, Tandek and Motunggung as the national coalition strongholds, the scenario is bound to change in the 13th general elections.



  1. Today all Sarawakian ( including Pakatan Sarawak and BN Sarawak ) must think whether we want to be continued raped by UMNO controlled Politics which doesn’t seem to care much about us. Shouldn’t we made a combined effort to seek better fulfillment of the Conditions agreed upon when Sarawak was forced to join the Federation Of Malaya. Now is the Best time to do it just before the GE13.

    Comment by gagojackman — July 22, 2012 @ 12:44 PM | Reply

    • Roast the pek moh and his gang of thieves first before we ever think of going truly independent.

      Comment by Bartholomew — July 22, 2012 @ 4:28 PM | Reply




      Comment by anon — July 23, 2012 @ 12:20 PM | Reply


    Fellow Sarawakians today, on the date we were “freed” from British colonial domination and rule in 1963.

    For these 34 days we were the nominal master of our destiny. But how quickly this freedom was taken away by the same colonial master.

    Within 34 days on 16 September 1963 we lost that “independence” which we hardly sniffed at.

    On this independence day we should at least be aware that we are not really independent yet. Many are deluded by the British/Malayan imposed “independence in Malaysia”.

    We lost all the rights we would have if we had that independence starting with control of our destiny and resources. We never saw any of the most important parts of the 18 Points complied with by Malayan UMNO.

    So what does 34 days of freedom meant to us?

    It was just a transition into a new phase of colonial rule by the new brown skin colonial masters called UMNO BN within the neo-colonial structure of Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak were annexed by Malaya in 1963! We became doubly burdened with colonialism and the UMNO Malay supremacist system under which institutionalised the apartheid NEP.

    What else did we get from this “Malaysia” bargain? We were GUARANTEED and promised and re-assured that we would have “security prosperity and progress” with “self-rule” and Borneonisation.

    Instead everyday we are paying a very high price to be in “Malaysia” and got back virtually nothing of value. We even have to beg Kuala Lumpur to give back some of our own oil money for “development”.

    We got robbed blind by UMNO BN of our oil and gas and stripped bare our timberland with all its rich resources with the collaboration of the local traitor regime over 48 years. This is “colonialism”.

    This reality has hit not just the intellectuals but common people in their hundreds of thousands that the fake independence in Sarawak has brought more poverty and suffering which the grand promises of “Malaysia” said would be eradicated.

    The situation in Sabah is replicated and made worse but the overwhelming invasion of “illegals” allowed under PM Mahathir’s rule as a form of political leverage for votes and a source of cheap labour to exploit our land and resources.

    The UMNO BN breaches of the Sarawak 18 Points and Sabah 20 Points agreements is seen in the long list of failures of the British/Malayan idea for us but a great success for Malayans who developed Malaya by stealing our resources.

    In the past 49 years corrupt rulers like Mahathir and his cronies, Sarawak PBB BN Taib & Co and Sabah BN leaders enriched themselves at our expense beyond our dreams from their abuse of power and corruption.

    There is an great up swell of anger spreading amongst the people everywhere especially the thousands of dispossessed NCR people about their woes in “Malaysia” and against the system that caused their sufferings.

    On this day we need to sit up and ask ourselves what are we still hanging on to the Malaysia illusion? Should we we do something to get us out of this predicament.

    In Sabah over 230,000 people have signed a petition to demand a review of the Malaysia Agreement supported by 27,500 signatures from Sarawak and over Malayan 5000 signatures. The last time a review was called for in 1973 it was flatly rejected by PM Abdul Razak, Najib’s father. So will the son ignore our demands?

    This petition for a review is supposed to be presented to the British government and or through a legal review in the British courts. It would be more useful to present the signatures as a demand for de-colonization at the United Nations. Can we still trust the UK government not to mention the United Nations? They both sanctioned the imposition of Malaysia of Sabah and Sarawak

    As part of this review is the issue that the Malaysia Agreement is not binding because the “Malaysia concept” of 4 equal partners had broken down and therefore no longer binding on the parties. There are 2 aspects of this breakdown.

    The first aspect is that “original” Malaysia concept was a federation of an equal partnership of 4 independent states.

    This changed in 1965 when Singapore left the federation. However, the constitutional power arrangement was re-engineered in favour of Malaya by UMNO unilaterally to give it power to dominate Sabah and Sarawak. So at the beginning the partnership understandings and agreements were breached by Malayan UMNO.

    In fact the “real” originally concept included Brunei in a federation of 5 equal independent states and this was the idea the British and Malayans first proposed. Brunei chose not to be in Malaysia when the sultan was made aware that UMNO wanted only to control Brunei oil and was so greedy that they would not even consider giving the Sultan the concession of becoming Head of State.

    The second aspect is that UMNO breach of all the guarantees and rights in the 18 and 20 Points Agreement incorporated the Malaysia Agreement. These are the terms and conditions of Sabah and Sarawak becoming equal partners of the federation.

    A third argument that has not been pursued is that the “Malaysia federation” idea had been bi-laterally imposed on Sabah and Sarawak by Britain and Malaya with great undue political pressure and armed force and the rationales pushed by the 2 governments to justify Malaysia

    This process of setting up “Malaysia” was legitimized with a highly questionable “enquiry” on the people’s wishes and then suppression of the Brunei anti-Malaysia independence Uprising . The resistance against Malaysia had continued in the Sarawak guerrilla war from 1962 to 1990. Despite such strong opposition Malaysia was then legitimized with a hilly questionable “enquiry” on the people’s wishes and later sanctioned by the United Nations.

    There is also a “GoPetition” campaign to take Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia on the internet by the London based Sabah & Sarawak Keluar Malaysia movement (SSKM).

    The SSKM has organised the commemoration of Sarawak Independence Day in London, Kuching and many Sarawak towns, in Kuala Lumpur and even Dubai.

    On this day we should all think seriously about the next 50 years. Should we choose to stay or choose to take our country out of Malaysia?

    That choice is for each of us to make regardless of elections. We can use the elections to vote out UMNO BN as a registration of our protest and aspiration to be free from foreign domination.

    If the Malaysia Agreement is not binding on Sabah and Sarawak then we should be able to walk free. But with the Malayan colonial government and occupation army in actual control of Sabah and Sarawak, we should be demanding withdrawal of the Malayan army and de-colonization at the UN instead of gathering signatures to seek a review with the British government.

    If we are determined and united as a force we can free ourselves from foreign Malayan UMNO colonial domination.

    Today raise the Sarawak Flag and fly the Malayan colonial flag upside down!

    Comment by SARAWAKIANS — July 22, 2012 @ 10:12 AM | Reply

  3. The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow. Fly all “dacing” flags upside down in your villages, kampungs and longhouses.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 22, 2012 @ 8:42 AM | Reply

    • Yes, fly Dacing flags upside down every time you see Taib and his cronies!!

      Comment by We must act fast — July 22, 2012 @ 3:14 PM | Reply

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