Hornbill Unleashed

November 6, 2013

Embolden for change or face isolation, Dennis tells Orang Ulu

The Borneo Post

The Orang Ulu community of an estimated 300,000 in population, compared to 2.5 million Sarawakians, cannot afford to pull away from the mainstream of development and face isolation.

In this context, the community, especially the younger generation, has to work together if the community is not to be left behind and become part of mainstream development and progress in the country, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau Jok.

Making the appeal here yesterday, Dennis urged them to be positive, rational and be wise in their judgment to embrace development activities, programmes and planning by government that will benefit the state and the people including the Orang Ulu community. (more…)

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May 24, 2009

A rose by any name

Kaypo Anak Sarawak is a Columnist  of  Hermit Hornbill at The Borneo Post Online , His article is  published  in The Borneo Post every Sunday. (Used by permission of the Author )

rose1‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’

THOSE are the immortal lines from the lips of Juliet, from the immortal British bard William Shakespeare’s eternal love story, Romeo and Juliet. I had to study the play for my literature class to pass my Cambridge Overseas School Certificate back in 1966.

Juliet was reflecting on the significance of name because her lover, Romeo was a Montague, and she was a Capulet. Since their families were engaged in a family feud, their romance was destined to a tragic end for from the very beginning, and hence their label as ‘star-cross’d lovers’. (more…)

May 14, 2009

WHAT‘S IN A NAME?

… Just how on earth did Joseph Entulu decipher negative connotations like being uncivilized, uncouth and “low class” from the word “Dayak”? By Iba-nez  @ hueditor@gmail.com

It is a social norm or rather, a social necessity that when we are born into this world we are bestowed names. It is a social necessity in order that we be identified as the individuals we are and to set us apart from others.

Names are generally gender specific to celebrate the differences between the sexes; a “Siti’ would most definitely be female, whilst a “John” is most certainly a male. (more…)

April 11, 2009

Alice in Cancerland

“Sometimes we are too engrossed in the grand political narratives, and we lose sight of the ordinary Sarawakian. The following story below about a sick Sarawakian lady makes up for that neglect – Sky”

By Keruah Usit

f_02mindy1Alice was already a young mother when she found out she had cancer of the nose. She was in her mid-twenties, the target age of trashy magazines and “natural-looking cosmetics”. She had a shy smile and dimples in her cheeks, and she had passed on her pretty smile and dimples to her two little daughters.

Alice’s husband Abel, a hunter and farmer, loved her, and, unlike most other husbands the world over, listened to her. Her small children hung on to her every word.

Alice lived by a river in rural Sarawak, three hundred kilometres (as the helicopter flies) from the nearest hospital. She had noticed a swelling growing around her left eye for six months, but she could not afford the two hundred Ringgit it cost to get to Miri Hospital.
(more…)

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