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November 15, 2013

Professor: Sarawak Christians can decide BN’s fate

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A top academician has reminded Sarawakians and members of the various Christian denominations that they are the “saviour” of the BN government in Putrajaya.

“Without your support in Sarawak, the BN government in Peninsular Malaysia would have sunk to the bottom of the sea,” said Dr Jayum Jawan Empaling, professor of politics and government at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Sarawak has 31 seats in Parliament, of which 25 of them are held by BN. DAP has five and PKR, one.

prayers united christians contribution to ge13“Sarawak has been described as BN’s fixed deposit. To me, Sarawak is the saviour of BN in Semenanjung Malaysia not for first time, second time or third time, but the fourth time,” Jayum Jawan said at a forum in Kuching yesterday, organised by the Association of Churches in Sarawak.

He said that Sabah and Sarawak first saved Malaya in 1963 when the two Borneo states agreed to form the federation of Malaysia along with Singapore.

“We came in not only as a balancing power, but also to enhance the Malay ‘supremacy’ in the federation. If we did not come in, the federation of Malaya and Singapore would have an equal population of Malays and Chinese,” Jayum Jawan said.

The second one was the 1969 general election, and without the support from Sarawak and Sabah, BN would have lost.

Similarly Sarawak saved Putrajaya at the 2008 and 2013 general elections, argued Jayum.

“It is up to you and members of the various churches whether to continue to support Barisan Nasional or not. You can determine who forms the next government,” he said.

Multi-level marketing

Jayum Jawan, who hailed from a longhouse in Sibu, was yesterday delivering a talk on ‘The role of church in nation-building’ at the Christian Centre in Kuching.

Attended by some 2,000 church members from various Christian denominations and representatives from other faiths, the forum also featured two other speakers – constitutional lawyer Lim Heng Seng and Dr Ng Kam Weng, an authority on theology and Christian history on the use of the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.

NONEJayum Jawan said church members are also taxpayers and voters, and they have the right to exercise their democratic rights.

“We can use a multi-level (marketing) system in politics by bringing in your spouses, brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws, relatives and other church members and their friends to vote against the BN government if you think it is not looking after our interests.

“And we can vote for another party that is sensitive to our views,” he said, adding that Malaysia was fortunate that it now has a two-party system, thus giving voters an electoral choice.

“Democracy is about choosing our representatives to Parliament or to the state assemblies. When we choose that person, that person must represent your interest. He must do what we want him to do in Parliament.

“He must listen to us, not we listen to him because we are the ones who put them where they are. But if they don’t listen to us, then bring them down.”

We’ve only ourselves to blame

Jayum Jawan stressed that there is no need to wait for the next election and action can be taken now.

“Voting them out is one of them. In the meantime, we can petition them to be removed, or ask them to step down if they don’t listen to us. This is a signal we must give them.

“We used to treat our elected representatives like little gods, giving them red-carpet welcome with ‘gendang’, music, food and drinks,” said Jayum  Jawan, pointing out that Malaysians must change their mindset.

“Once they are elected or become ministers, they forget about us. They forget that we are the source of their political power, and they forget that we are the ones who put them where they are.

“Now I want to ask you a question: Do we blame the BN government for not looking after our interest? I don’t think so.

“We also cannot blame (Sarawak Chief Minister) Abdul Taib Mahmud or (Land Development Minister) James Masing or (Social Development Minister) William Mawan, but blame ourselves.

“It was you who put them there. You have done a great disservice to yourself,” he said.


Pointing out that the country was facing many challenges, Jayum Jawan called on church members to rise and join other Malaysians to meet those challenges.

“We have to respond to our environment,” he said in obvious reference to the government’s ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians in their Bahasa Malaysia publications.

Last month, the appeals court ruled in favour of the government that the term ‘Allah’ must be exclusive to Islam.

While PM Najib Razak said the ruling only applied to Catholic weekly The Herald, lawyers argued it affects all Christians in Malaysia, especially bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak who use Bahasa Malaysia in carrying out their religious activities.


  1. We all know that…but the Sarawak / Sabah Christian are too just too greedy….

    Not to name names…..as well aware of, few of the Christian MP/DUN changed their religion to Islam just because they want to stay in power!

    Comment by Rod — November 16, 2013 @ 7:51 PM | Reply

    • The Christian leaders are just too ignorant and happy to praise the greedy and corrupted BN government for handing out grants for building or repairing churches. The BN government had effectively made use of tuai rumah, penghulu, district officers and priests and pastors to enslave the rural people’s minds. The Christians in East Malaysia deserved what they got for supporting a corrupted and oppressive regime.

      Comment by Andrew Langit — November 16, 2013 @ 8:04 PM | Reply

  2. prof,

    you are asking for death wish to your teaching career with UPM?

    Comment by abb — November 16, 2013 @ 5:05 PM | Reply

  3. One of the causes of our problem is that many Christians are just so called Christians. They are easily bought over for a few hundred ringgit during elections. These are the Judas who sell their souls to the devil and cause the problematic situations of the two Borneo states. What a laughing stock of stupid people with no discernment voting evil, election after election and labelled as fixed deposit states. What a bunch of stupid fools!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — November 15, 2013 @ 8:10 PM | Reply

  4. Sarawak and Sabah can pull out of Malaysia due to breach of the 18/20 point agreement, breach of the constitution, exploitations of natural resources and security issues especially in Sabah. What could have been rich states comparable or even surpass Brunei and Singapore are reduced to poverty and destruction. The very social fabric of harmony among the races and freedom of worship has been pricked by the RACISTS and bigots of Malaya. Left unattended, it will be slashed and even torn to pieces. Having siphoned our resources in return for pittance, unscrupulous giving out citizenships to illegals, not only unable to provide security but to increase insecurity and now sowing racial hatred and disunity, what is the next step of action for the two Borneon states? Should we tolerate it any longer or take the new course of actions to UN and ICJ?

    Comment by Sharpshooter — November 15, 2013 @ 8:00 PM | Reply

  5. If Dr. Jayum’s political thesis is correct, Christians in Sarawak should heed his advice and convince each other through silent contact among themselves and boot out UMNO/BN, come the GE14. Learn from Najib himself as he so much loves “Silence” Strategy when facing accusations and problems of national importance and waits for his wrongdoings to gradually vanish into thin air. If he has previously succeeded in neutralising opposition’s accusations and allegations, then Najib has no problem in playing a few sets of “hide and seek” game with christian leaders on the usage of the word “Allah” until Sarawak State Election in 2015 or before.

    Do a silent campaign now and identify ‘Judas’ sort of christians for they are imminent betrayers as their votes are easily bought. I know, it is not that simple to apply ‘reverse pyschology’ to rural gullible christian voters who have all this while been brainwashed and suppressed by their own BN’s christian political leaders. To add up to the matter, BR1Ms and other goodies will become the yearly gifts financed by the tax-payers’ money.

    The Christian Churches recognise the devil and why certain christian leaders stoop to low and still negotiate and bargain with the known devil? No way you can get definite decision from the infamous flip-flop PM. The known devil has recognised the loop holes in Articles 3 and 11 of the Federal Constitution and uses them to the maximum to consolidate its political power.

    We just cannot rely on Appeal of Allah ruling at the Apex Court but the ultimate aim must be to unseat UMNO/BN regime, come the GE14.

    Comment by Justice Lover — November 15, 2013 @ 2:22 PM | Reply

    • Sarawakians of whatever creed and belief somehow have strong affinity for BN and syiok sendiri when being labeled as fixed depositors of BN.
      Enough said.

      Comment by Kamaria — November 15, 2013 @ 3:33 PM | Reply

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