Hornbill Unleashed

September 7, 2016

Govt should not dismiss people’s concerns – Baru Bian

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

BaruBa Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said the recent articles on the lack of enthusiasm for flying the Jalur Gemilang and comments of several ministers on ‘irresponsible people’, ‘petty issues’ and ‘keep the peace’ prompted him to reflect on the whole issue of seeking the truth and patriotism.

He asked if they were mutually exclusive and what the underlying issue was.

Baru, who is also state PKR chairman, said what was petty to a minister might be of crucial importance to a citizen who is seeking the truth.

“Most of the people raising these so-called ‘petty issues’ are not politicians but educated and intelligent citizens of this country. The government should not dismiss their concerns nor trivialise them.

“They are aware of the emerging truth of the situation we are in and of our rights – as individuals, communities and as a country. They have come to realise what was said by Albert Einstein many years ago, that ‘Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.’ This is why people are willing to voice their opinions,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Baru said it was no answer to those questioning the relevance to Sarawak of Malaya’s Independence Day to say that the day is now changed to National Day and as patriotic Malaysians we must celebrate that day.

“By saying that, is the government admitting that Sarawakians have been hoodwinked all these years? Why is it necessary to invent some justification for us to sing the tune of the federal BN government?”

He said when Sarawakians questioned this issue, it did not mean that they were not patriotic – they merely wanted the truth to be acknowledged.

“People want to know why the government insists on celebrating Aug 31 in Sarawak. If we are to celebrate the spirit of being Malaysians, our harmony and mutual respect etc, we can do that very well on Malaysia Day, which we will commemorate as patriotic Malaysians. It is not necessary to devote two days to celebrations and incur double the expense each year to that.”

Baru said the whole issue boiled down to this: the people resent the many unjust policies of the government – suppression of the truth, rewriting of our history, curbing of religious freedom, abuse of land rights, arbitrary award of scholarships, unfair recruitments and promotions in the civil service, award of contracts to cronies, etc.

The government is even ignoring the decision of the courts on some of these issues, he pointed out.

“These issues, if not addressed and corrected, will cause disunity and splits in the community eventually. These are matters the ministers should be addressing, instead of trying to force the people to believe in something that is not true by threatening them with the bogeyman disunity and the like.”

Thus, the BN government must start to listen to the voices of the ‘rakyat’ and be responsive to the sentiment on the ground, he advised.

“By righting wrongs, they will earn the respect of the people. By dismissing the people’s concerns and issuing threats, the government continues to suppress the people and earn their ire.

“The vitriolic and vulgar racially-charged comments posted on social media telling us to leave Malaysia should cause the ministers concern, and those commentators should be the ones investigated by the government, not those seeking the truth.

“Regrettably, humility to accept the truth seems to be an insurmountable hurdle for many.”

The Borneo Post Online



  1. Their only interest in Sarawak is election Fixed Deposit and Oil & Gas money, beside those two, they tutup mata. Its easy to control the illiterates and the poor with BR1M and DONATIONS?!

    Comment by brian — September 9, 2016 @ 9:31 AM | Reply

  2. The social and political situation will continue to degenerate if you continue to spoon-feed the majority hard-core addicts of NEP drugs with more and stronger dose of the dangerous vitamin. Some of them have even transformed into wild animals (Red Shirt idiots) no shame and thinking they are so great … they are so stupid for not knowing that they are being made used by selfish politicians to perform circus stunts.

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 8, 2016 @ 3:58 PM | Reply

  3. When the Federal government is very corrupted and abused its power the rakyat will show no love by flying the Jalur Gemilang. When a corrupted and incompetent Federal government has cut all essential fundings that will benefit the people and our students and suddenly decided to spend RM650 million on creating a rainforest does the highly corrupted UMNO Baru controlled BN government expect the rakyat to adore the leadership? The wicked intention of the mammoth rainforest project which will burden all Malaysians with a cost of RM650 million was a grand scam in the making. A very huge chunk of the cost will be consultant fees which will be channeled to UMNO Baru election fund.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — September 8, 2016 @ 8:47 AM | Reply

    • I agee with you Mata. More than 70 percent of the facilities in schools in Sarawak need desperate repairs and makeover. For over 50 years the Umno Baru controlled BN government had neglected and ignored the needs of Sarawak and Sarawakians. The PM not only stole from the rakyat but only showered his flamboyant wife with expensive bags, diamonds, lavish lifestyle and overseas trips . Malaysians must say NO MORE to Umno Baru controlled BN government.

      Comment by Danny Jacob — September 8, 2016 @ 4:01 PM | Reply

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