Hornbill Unleashed

August 18, 2014

Sarawak native group takes minister to task for being sidelined

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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An Orang Asal think tank, the Dayak Informal Group (DIG), has taken the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office to task for dismissing its concern over an alleged marginalisation of the community in certain departments and agencies.

Richard Lias, a DIG spokesperson, said that the denial made by the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic) was not enough to put the issue to rest.

“Instead, the government must be transparent by providing the facts to counter the allegation and prove its sincerity and honesty.

“A mere statement in today’s information age means nothing without hard evidence,” said Richard, responding to Daud’s statement at a Hari Raya open house event last Sunday.

“That is why transparency is being pursued as the standard procedure to guarantee that the truth will prevail.”

He slammed Daud for saying that DIG’s claim was untrue and unfair to the state Barisan Nasional government.

“The fact is we have a reason to say so. We have quoted the management of Yayasan Sarawak as a case in point, where Dayaks are being marginalised.

“Another case is the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), a state statutory body set up in 1981 to help with the development of the native lands where all the senior managers are from a single ethnic group.” he said.

Dayak leaders last month demanded an explanation on why the state government has never considered the community for top management in some of the key state agencies such as the Forestry Department and LCDA.

“We like to contribute more meaningfully towards the state’s development.

“How can we play a more important role when we are on the fringes? The younger generation Dayak are questioning this exclusiveness which they interpret as a blatant move to marginalise the Dayaks.”

Richard said questioning the alleged marginalisation was not similar to raising racial issues, adding that DIG was only trying to “promote justice to all races”.

“We are not asking for what belongs to others. It is a simple issue of all races to be provided for and treated fairly by the government of the day.

“When this is allowed to prosper, then all races are happy and will surely support the government.”



  1. To think, I was coesufnd a minute ago.

    Comment by Kaleigh — May 19, 2017 @ 3:31 PM | Reply

  2. Keep up the good work. Soon the government will announce that more Dayaks has been employed in the civil service in these few years, But mind you these Dayak are employed as low rank officers and professional and managerial posts are given to one race. I pray to God, we Dayaks are not blind by these statistics.

    Comment by Beth — August 19, 2014 @ 4:51 PM | Reply

  3. At least the Dayaks are now awake. All these years the Dayak biggest head, Tansri Datuk Patinggi Jabu has been deep asleep, in fact snoring. Can you mention any state statutory body headed by a Dayak? LCDA, SEDC, Kuching WAter Board, STIDC, BDA and name it. If you keep sleeping others will be very far ahead in all things – money, power, strength, position etc etc. The only way is to remove the Dayak heads who are useless (melukut ditepi gantang) like Jabu, Manyin, Mawan and we need a few more Dayaks in the rein of Masing, Baru Bian etc etc.

    Comment by tun-pehin — August 19, 2014 @ 8:10 AM | Reply

    • What about you? Are you awake? Is it not transparent that Dayak Blowhard Number One Masing talks like a hero but acts like a zero?

      Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — August 20, 2014 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

  4. I once had a Mat Salleh friend. She dressed in Chongsan and ate with chopsticks. I asked her why. She replied, “I’m studying Chinese”.

    I was shocked. I dressed like Mat Salleh. I ate with fork and spoon. Yet I’m a Chinese.

    So people studying Chinese tend to be more Chinese.

    Bush Jr ordered the extermination of Saddam, a Muslim. But Obama ordered the extermination of Osama and Khadafi, two Muslims. Obama is a Muslim turned Christian.

    Dr Mahathir, an Indian turned Malay. He is more Malay than Malay.

    Dr Riduan Tee, a Chinese, turned Malay. He is today more Malay than Malay.

    Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, an Indian turned Malay. Is there any wonder that he is more Malay than Malay???

    His dismissal of the “alleged” marginalisation is the common psychological tract of such group of people.

    Comment by Ah Long — August 18, 2014 @ 3:08 PM | Reply

    • Bravo, sarport, sarport, sarport.

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 22, 2014 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

  5. Using the same old bn tactic to fool the awakened dayaks again is just plain foolish lah daud. The evidents have been put forward, laid bare and magnified through the mass media for you to answer to. The younger generation modern day dayaks are not going to be blinded anymore by some sugar coated outdated political speeches which are only meant to continue to misinform the old generation dayaks. This daud fella must not think that the old generation dayaks are still firmly with bn. Their power base and their power of influence has now shifted into the hands of the younger generation dayaks and the current undercurrent is gaining strengthand they are a force to be reckon with.

    Comment by brian — August 18, 2014 @ 10:44 AM | Reply

  6. Keep it up,job well done(DIG).

    Comment by Alen Awing — August 18, 2014 @ 10:22 AM | Reply

  7. What’s with using the weasel word “alleged” in “alleged marginalisation”? There is no “alleged”. The marginalisation is a self-evident fact. Pointing out a self-evident fact is like pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. Now, stark-naked PBB flunkies like Daud are scrambling to put some clothes on.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — August 18, 2014 @ 9:14 AM | Reply

  8. Very well said and presented, DIG. SYABAS unto you. I once upon a time in 1983 raised that issue and I have been side-lined ever since. I always feel that Dayaks should be trusted to play important roles in the government, at least within Sarawak. Keep it up, DIG.

    Comment by Anek — August 18, 2014 @ 8:12 AM | Reply

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