I am Dr. Patau Rubis, born in a farm during the Padi Harvest, the actual date and time not recorded because time was not an essence of survival amongst the Bidayuh at the time. Luckily a school, aptly named St. Patrick, was built by my father and his friends on self-help basis, in 1952 in Krokong, Bau District, to make sure that I could go to School.
This is my BLOG site to stay in touch with you all. All posts are my own and if it offends anyone, my apology because it is not my intention and purpose to offend but to set a line of thinking and discussion so we can help Sarawak and Malaysia achieve a “Better Future” sooner.
What we have to-day is not even equal to the Canada I have enjoyed, cherished, and knew in the late sixties. I was there for eight years. I could have chosen to stay there but the experience of reading about the news commanding the front pages of both the main papers in Ottawa about the RACIAL RIOTS OF MAY 13th had shamed me to return. After most Canadians, I knew then, at the times only knew about the “white, Black and Yellow” men, making us the Malaysians relatively, an unknown until the “ugliness of May 13th” made the front pages and made us look like “animals fighting for supremacy” based on race and religion.
When I landed in Sarawak in 1974, I knew I have to stay. Although I managed to get to my village, Kpg Blimbin, by Taxi but there were no other modern facilities- no toilets, piped water supply or electricity. The pigs were still running wild making a “nice odor”, absent now! To-day, they have all those including cement drains! Now they have cars, motorcycles,…. which if told so in 1974, they would have thought that I was crazy.
Yet things can be better off if we can maintain the buying power of RM to the Singapore dollar. More need to be done for our people and nation…
I was sacked from the State Cabinet in September 1995, because of unnecessary fears and jealousies from my friend and colleagues. Then I was subsequently suspended indefinitely by my own Party leaders, for reasons best known for them.
Now I am the President of STAR, State Reform Party, Sarawak. I have been in the Opposition Party the last twelve years and will continue to do so while waiting for the younger generation to be more concerned in making politics, a just way of life.
I was in the Malaysian Parliament for three consecutive terms, from 1986 till 2000. I have contested in all elections since I entered politics in 1982, save 2006 elections, where we decided that a three cornered fight was not in the best interests of Sarawak and Malaysia.
Prior to politics in 1982, I was the Deputy Director Of Health, for the State of Sarawak. I was promoted to the post after five years in the Service.
Now I am only doing part-time medical practice, helping friends and others who need my expertise and I am still doing politics full time.
This year, 2oi3 in July that is this month end, i will be upgraded to be a Bidayuh Priest at a ritual called Gawea Olan at Kampong Grogo, Bau District. I have been doing the Assistant Priest job the last four years.