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The Defining Moment

PRU13 could be the Defining moment for the Malaysian History. Both contenders for power at Putra Jaya appear to be fighting at all costs with no hold bars against each other…even my small event at Mentu Pondok, a small town in Serian, a BN team came to sabotage by a possible arm-twisting of the Police who issued them the permit to use meeting place at the same time and place for motive of their own political game. Luckily, I came in time to stop our candidate from challenging these outsiders from claiming that Serian and Mentu Pondok is their stronghold. In Bidayuh Adat, this is the height of insanity and contempt by the Police and Barisan Nasional candidate of the Election Law. Our candidate had asked for the PERMIT first. Why should the Police issue another permit at the same time and place? Do they really want a fight the death of my candidate could be the trigger for a Civil War? Is this really what the Police and BN want? Is this campaign a declaration of civil war?????

You, the voters, are the moderators on May 5th. Can you become the decider in all the areas! Can we say “NO” to all the provocations made by both BN and PR now?

STAR is still young and poor relatively compared to BN and PR. But we have to start somewhere to correct what is wrong. Our options in Sarawak and Sabah are very clear. Can we stop BN/PR blame game? Many voters are not certain of our capability to help. Yet I beg for your help. Just vote for STAR in Sabah and Sarawak then we will do our best to stop Malaysia from being “burnt” by emotions and greed which can bring chaos like what DAP and the Alliance did long ago but the ashes they both bring still have the mistrust between the two main races to-day… where in many places they cannot sit, talk and smile with each other like us in Sarawak and Sabah. Yes, we can still sit and joke with each in a Chinese, Indian, or Malay coffee shops. Sadly they cannot in Malaya…. so is there anything they teach us or should one 1Malaysia can teach Malayan to be like us in Sabah and Sarawak. Their symbol of unity is almost like the “F- – k off” sign which surely insults many people.

Is this transformation that Najib and BN wants to bring to our people? Will be worth it if there is disorder like in May also many years ago…. will a declaration of Emergency be good for our Malaysian economy and world standing?

Fellow Sarawakians and Sabahans, give ourselves a chance by voting for STAR on May 5th. By doing so you can also say a very big “NO” to these Malayan parties who appears to POWER AT ALL COSTS.

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The Blame game

As a prelude to the 13th Parliamentary Elections, the blame game is the most popular approach adopted by many contenders. One of my cousins when asked by his former colleagues to rejoin his old Party to support the current leader who is being portrayed by his opponents as too old and “corrupt” in Sarawak, remarked with a smile in his face told me, “Sorry i cannot go back as I have no capital to bring in.” he said.

Being a Traditional Bidayuh where his word is his Treaty till death, he does not like the blame game being played out in his former party called Parti Pesaka Bersatu or PBB. Similarly he says the same for BN, Barisan Nasional or the National Front which has governed Malaysia since its formation in September 16th, 1963. He was one of the signatories on behalf of the Bidayuh as he was the Chairman of Bau Local Authority then…

But can politics be without the blame game? I met another graduate who told me what his professor told him recently. The Class was told by his professor that “Politic is very dirty”. There and then I begged to differ That “politics is not meant to be dirty but many politicians in the active are”. That was not the only time i have been told. In fact, one Insurance businessman told me right in my face one day that he does not trust “any politicians”. I should not have trusted him too he was himself a manipulator in the end.

Politics is like water, it will be polluted by all the pollutants thrown into it. It is worse in developing countries with resources which can be exploited…many would go up to get power at all costs…..they will have to be able to cheat and lie with a straight face even to the extent to swearing on their Holy Books…. just to win. For this class of people power and greed for money make them do anything…. but at the end of their lives, normally they will live a miserable life…. are they many happy retirees in politics…by the way, I just met one lonely looking and unhappy politician retiree yesterday….while at the same time I met a jovial happy pensioner who was our staunch SNAP member before. He is also healthy telling me only about his renal stone which cannot be destroyed by three lasers bombardment but has to be removed later surgically while the other renal stone which could not seen by an X-ray but found out later by scanning…..Now both stones removed, he is jovial and healthy in his 80’s but not the politician of his age too.  Defintely far, far healthier compared to our Chief Minister. I presume he is healthy as he never do any blame game in politics…as far as my experience knowing him since the seventies.

My father advice for the blame game is “Never to blame anyone and never to respond to any of it”… for if you do it will come back on you, he said. This he told me when I confronted him one day to defend himself on the silly accusations people make on him such calling him names etc…or cursing him. Then he told me, “son leave it to TOPA, if people call me ( such as LUANG TULOI or his balls) bad names so what my balls will not drop, or if they curse me, it will not matter if I am not guilty.” He said you watch one day I will be the oldest man around…true enough all those who did say all the bad words against my father all died before him and he was the oldest one left … so when my auntie died, he refused to take his Digoxin and he died six days later in his sleep on that Saturday morning with a smile in his face….real age no one knows as he was never registered at birth… but he could still see without glasses, hear without hearing aids and was still active and mobile … died as the Villager Elder as none want to replace him with a nickname called “KUSAI” derived from his own activities settling people problems and quarrels without asking even his bus fares or ration the case had to heard at the district Office in Bau…..

Thus if our political movement is to serve our country and nations do we need the Blame game now? Should we need to win at all costs? Now new sex scandals are supposed to be the next juicy scandals for PRU13th….. are they necessary? Definitely not for me….

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The reality of Malaysian Politics – Part 1

To-day, a reporter from Borneo Post called and asked me a few questions about politics and the status of STAR.

He asked, “Is STAR still around?”

Of course, STAR is still around and is still in the waiting mode. We have moved our Headquarters to my empty house because the former landlord wants to increase the rental. At this stage this is no point of wasting three thousand in rental when the Party is still building up for the long haul. We know that BN has the upper hand now as long as there is apathy for real change amongst the present pool of voters. We have accepted to do the marathon race. We shall wait until a new generation of concerned voters where neither fear nor money can influence their decision. We shall wait until a new generation of political leaders can emerge to offer Sarawak a better deal.

He also asked, “Is STAR in PR?”

No, STAR is yet to sit down and discuss with any partners of the proposed Pakatan Rakyat as it is not a formal body as yet. When DAP, PAS and PKR decides to accept the reality that to form PR, they need four more political parties to have a common symbol and agenda, then STAR may decide to attend the meeting or convention to form one. We will not join them just like we would join BN or Malaysia with conditions imposed on us. It must be a meeting of equals, then we will attend. We want Sarawakians to tell us what they want first before we join any union of parties.

“Will STAR contest and in how many seats?”

It is too early to tell as Taib is still waiting for “inspiration to dissolve the State Assembly”. STAR will decide on the best course of action for the people of Sarawak.

In fact, even Leslley Kallom has been hoping STAR makes its moves known. He even wished that we should be part of PR, not knowing that there are PR leaders who think that I am a BN man and STAR is for BN. We are not invited to certain functions because this leader thinks I am BN man. But it should be noted that we were invited to PKR Ramah Tamah function and we did attended.

It is also a fact one of the BN leaders welcomed me back to BN after the 2006 State elections. I unfortunately pointed out to him the fact that I never join nor left BN, thus I cannot go back. In fact, I was kicked out of the State Cabinet because as claimed in my dismissal letter “that I cannot work with(sic) leaders in BN”. Further I was “suspended indefinitely” with directives, “NOT TO MEET any SNA members OR ATTEND any SNAP meetings” by the CEC led by James Wong.

Under that scenario in 1995, I had two options left, one to retire from politics entirely or two to continue the genuine original SNAP struggle under a new Party without fear or favor. After consulting with a few of my hard core supporters, they wanted me to go on unanimously. Thus, gathering seven of them we called a meeting to form State Reform Party. In the end, two more came to join the meeting and form the pro-tem committee led by Mr. Jien anak Nyobek, SNAP Veteran and former Police Sergeant, to register the Party. State Reform Party Sarawak was registered on 9th October 1996.

I was elected as its first President at the first Party Triennial Assembly held at Kpg Sibuluh, Bau on March 9th 1977. To date, about four thousand committed followers register themselves as members and many more as supporters. Thus without much campaigning in most of the election battles, our candidates managed to keep their deposits even in the Chinese majority seat of Batu Kawa and Batu Lintang. May God bless all these supporters. So far, only the candidate in Krian lost his deposit in a five corner fight.

Where to go from here? We will discuss the matter amongst our core supporters for all the moves we will make to wear down our political foes who we still treat as our friends and fellow Sarawakians. We are in for the long haul to ensure real democracy will lead us all to a better day. Our decision will be based on our own strengths and weaknesses. We neither envy or worship anyone and we are prepared work with anyone as long as it is good for all Sarawakians.

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Time to remember

True, I have not written any post  for a while now.

Now is the time to remember, “what goes up will come down”. Look at what is happening in Iran, thirty years ago they rejoiced in the streets to welcome a new era heralded by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, their Supreme Leader after the fall of their SHAH. Now they are fighting for a new era after thirty years of having a Supreme Leader. Innocents still have to die in the name of Iran as was before and also so many times before. Look around you there are many instances of good and bad times – time for growth followed time for death, time for enjoyment and time to cry, time for wealth and time for poverty. Only time can and will be humbled the Supreme, the Great or whatever as long that man forgets that there is time to wither and die and time to fall. Thus it is better to cherish every moment and every day rather than to mourn and groan.

Yet time alone will not be enough if you want change for the better to come in time for you, yourself, to enjoy the change you may dream of… So it is better to get one thing done at a time or day and cherish its accomplishment.

Our Prime Minister calls for 1Malaysia and then his Deputy calls for a Unity Government. Then lately, PM says BN can govern without a Unity Government. Believers will pray and said now we have a new agenda, yet nonbelievers are still hoping for the new agenda. Politics being politics, only the shrewd and cunning will win. But always remember, time will show that unless BN really change they will surely become the Opposition one blue day. When it happens, depends on how shrewd and cunning the PR group will be before the next General Election – or really how smart Najib is in using the System to rebuild credibility and strength for BN through the changes he promises.

In Sarawak some enjoy very good times still while many are still hurting. This Gawai could be merrier but some cannot even enjoy for one reason or another. It is very strange why for the first time after we launched the official Gawai for the State in 1988 after the Ming Court saga, Jabu was visibly absent at the National level Gawai celebrations. Rumors and speculations said that he is “sick” and needed a “by-pass”. Yet there is no official announcement. Is it time which is changing? Whatever it is, we should wish him well.

Yes, it is still time to celebrate Gawai. One village may still have their Annual festival this July as the date is yet to be confirmed. In Bau District, there were five villages that celebrated their Annual festival the traditional way, namely Kpg Grogo, Kpg Opar and Kpg Stass on the 30th May to 1st June followed by Kpg Serikin and Kpg Serasot a week or two later. In Lundu, Kpg Selampit ahd celebrated theirs with the help of the High Priest, High Priestess and two Priestesses from Kpg Grogo. During these Gawai celebrations, these were times to remember and share as visitors renewed their relationships and shared their successes and failures.

For the Bidayuhs, it is time to remember that 1908/09 padi is a Year OF KILOWONG. There were many complaints by farmers who found that their padi were harvested in many areas without any signs of the padi stalks on ground or within the farm area. A few even claimed that they saw momentarily “men in red” doing the harvesting. Upon checking with the elders, I was told that there is a year of the “KILOWONG” – the “unseen” doing the harvest to get their share. Yet there were farmers whose farms were spared. It is a year to remember and understand why the Bidayuh have to do various ceremonies during the farming season to ensure that they would be blessed with a very good harvest and a successful year.

2009 is also the fiftieth anniversary of  Dragon School, situate at 24th Mile of the old Kuching/Serian road. The pupils, as we were called then, of 1959 are celebrating the 50th Anniversary on July 4th. I am that old? Yeah indeed, it is time to get old and older. So as one grand colleague of mine always says, ” CONGRATULATIONS” every time we meet, I say “CONGRATULATIONS”. Why, because we are fortunate to live another beautiful day as every day in our pension years is a day of rejoice and blessing. Many of  my peers unfortunately cannot attend and I can say only to them, RIP unfortunately. Some choose not to attend. To them we say “CONGRATULATIONS” as you are still around to enjoy the good and bad times.

A big thank you to all who have sent me greetings. May God blesses you all always.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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Embrace Diversity…..

My search for a topic relevant for our common survival ended when I read the following woods taken by O.E Bulter in her book, Parable Of The Sower from another book, Earthseed: The Books Of  The Living:

EMBRACE DIVERSITY,

UNITE  —

Or BE DIVIDED,

ROBBED,

RULED,

KILLED,

BY THOSE WHO SEE YOU AS PREY.

EMBRACE DIVERSITY

OR BE DESTROYED.

Malaysians and especially Sarawakians must think through this simple message in our quest to move up to the next level of development towards a real Parliamentary Democracy to safe guard our individual rights to reach our fullest potential, especially amongst those who cry for change for the better. The power of change lies from within as well as outside the individual, depends very much on our own character and motivation in life ….. However in order to invoke real change  around ourselves the power within is the important one.

Only we can sow the “proper seed”….

In Malaysia, BN has been able to govern since its formation in the early seventies as an effort to find a resolution to the racial divide which has heralded in the 1969 racial riots after that General election. It heralds in the New Economic Policy which recognizes the need to cater to the needs of the various races by reducing the economic gap between Bumiputra and non-bumiputra population. Winning Parties representing various racial and other interests have always been invited to join to form the Government by UMNO, the backbone of BN. PBS was accepted into BN after it toppled Berjaya, the BN partner during the election where even the PM promised to sink or swim with Berjaya during that State Election. Berjaya, however, was allowed to sink into a political oblivion… However PBS was kicked out later but because they still hold a considerable sway amongst the local voters, it has been taken back in to reduce politicking and also to ensure UMNO supremacy in Sabah.

However the need to unite amidst diversity was not accepted amongst the opposition parties especially between DAP and PAS until the last General election where the only “glue” was provided by the “de facto” PKR leader, Anwar Ibrahim. However that need was not accepted by PKR Sarawak State leader, Dominic Ng, who went on a three corner fight trying to wrest the Chinese majority seat from DAP in Sarawak. The unity amongst the main Opposition Parties in West Malaysia resulted in BN losing its two third Majority in Parliament for the first time in Malaysia history and losing four more States in West Malaysia.

In Sarawak, working in isolation and individually, only one seat, Kuching Bandar went to the Opposition. If only the Opposition parties worked together right from the beginning, BN could have lost at least six seats…. but divided, DAP lost Sarikei seat by 51 votes while PKR Independent lost its deposit in Sarikei!…  PKR lost Limbang by 676 votes in a two corner fight, and DAP lost Stampin by 3070 votes.

Furthermore domination of Sarawak politics by Taib in the last 28 years is due to his ability to unite the divided forces under BN banner under his battle cry of “politics of Development” publicly which in private could also mean “Development of (his)Politics” of dominance…. Destruction of SNAP through the formation of PBDS and later SPDP has paved the way for a total dominance as none of the existing parties in BN can go solo against PBB or BN and dislodged him from power. Furthermore the destruction of  PBDS through  the “instant formation” of PRS has further divided the contending Dayak power to remain subservient to the ruling power. The ability to use the divisive forces within BN and the political  “gamblers” was further demonstrated in the Batang Ai By-election, where BN won by a big majority, even though the local sentiment was against BN. The key was to unite the divisions through the power of money politics….

Now there are lots of talk about allegations of abuse of power, money politics, corruption, false promises, etc against the BN, but until the Opposition recognizes the need to embrace diversity and unite, BN will still has its day, no matter what…

In Sarawak, the continued division amongst the natives has allowed for total political dominance by Taib and his men since his return in 1981.

Until the natives can unite politically to seek a better future, a lot of unnecessary court cases regarding land and political pension will have to continue as both of these issues needed to be resolved by the Courts as appeals for real justice are being ignored for political convenience. Daniel and group had to bring their appeals for their rightful pension right o the Federal Court to have it resolved. They may even have to get another Court Order to get their rightful pensions.

Until we can unite amidst diversity, a lot of unnecessary woes will befall many as BN will use their might for purposes suitable for …..

Have a Happy Gawai season…

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2009 – Happy New Year…

2008 is about to be gone to be replaced by 2009.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year. 2009 may not be as prosperous but it will be the year where we have to watch our purse more carefully as the world economy may recover slowly. For serious investors, it will be a year of opportunity as well.No doubt many have already made plans and resolutions for the new year while the others have not. It is important to know what we want to do and achieve if we want to achieve more in life. A general framework is needed so that the details can be fitted in as time moves on.

I like to break mine into various aspects of things which affect my future as well as those close to me. However whether I can fulfill all the goals set or not, it does not make me quit in my quest to be a better person or life at the end of the day. I start by deciding what I want my obituary will be like – the type of person that I will be remembered by, when my “external shell” is ready for burial. Next is my commitment to leave my village, my friends, my family and my country a better place than when I first found them.

Financial Needs

This is a key area where one must establish a goal. Without money, life will be a mess. With too much money, life can also be miserable as well. There needs to be a balance where life is worth living. Had I gone for too much money, there will be no STAR to-day. However without the money needed, STAR can only as much as it has up to now.

Thus for anyone who aspires to rise up to be on the top of the cream, you must plan your financial needs now. To ensure that you will have the fund you need for any of your plans, you will have to adopt the principles used by a very poor man who sought and followed the advice from a very rich old man, later he, himself, became the richest man in Baghdad. In accordance to the principles he learned, you must pay yourself at least 10% of whatever you earn and invest it in a solid investment with guaranteed interests every month. This fund can only be used to buy land or properties in a good area later. The other ninety percent is the only amount available for your daily needs and for paying your debts if any. Your target is always to be debt free… The more you can save and invest safely above the minimum of the 10% target the faster you will get rich.

Physical Needs.

There is no point to be rich and famous if you neglect your physical and health needs. Being a slave to medications or whatever before you are eighty means you have neglected your bodily needs to stay healthy. Your body needs time for work, relaxation and exercise. It also needs proper diet to meet your daily requirements. Whatever you eat and drink and make you feel fresh and alert is good for you except too much alcohol in whatever forms and also smoking, whatever amount. It is also advisable to stay away from those who smoke, as secondary smoking is bad for your lungs.

Spiritual needs

It is important in the present world of competing spiritual interests to be confident enough of your own faith so as not to be swayed into worrying about what will happen to you when you die. GOD has provide us with our own souls. Just listen to your own soul and be happy that you are alive and well and as our Deputy President, Dr. Dripin Sakoi, does, “He congratulates me for living another day!” I do the same to him. Yes every other day we live in peace , in harmony and in health deserves a “CONGRATULATIONS”.

It is also important to understand as much about others’ beliefs that I have made it a point to read as much as I can about the BOOKS of the GREAT religions of the world.

Family needs

No matter what eventually every man needs a family. It is not only the immediate but also the extended family. The closer we become the happier one can be. Only when the family is all right, only then we can really look after the bigger family, the State and the Nation. It is important we keep in contact and have quality time as much as we can or else we will lose each other.

In Malaysia, we have a number of occasions when families can get together as we celebrate a minimum of four New Years and many other holidays. Besides these holidays, IT has made it possible for immediate and constant contacts through phone calls, SMS, e-mails, Twitter, Facebook and Blogging. Thus interchange of information, ideas and help can be immediate.

Social Needs

Being more of a social animal, we also need to keep a circle of friends for various reasons. I found out that having many friends made my work easier as a politician, even as an opposition member. If we are lucky enough to have friends in the corridors of power, it would better still. The only thing about friendship is that it can also be a handicap if the character we portray or exude is offensive, unreliable or exploitative then one will asking for trouble. I have known characters who have a lot of friends and know a lot of people but command little or no respect.

Thus it is also important to cultivate relationships with honor and respectability.

Overall self development

Finally it is important really to ponder why are we here, now and then? Why are we born? What really is our part and role? Many missionaries from various faiths are ready to provide us with ready answers, but should be satisfied. If we are here to do GOD’S will, how are you going to know that will?

We have to survive to our present status using our five senses. What if there are other dimensions we have been schooled not to explore or believe? Should we not develop our sixth or seventh senses to really know what our soul is really like?

For a better future and a better New Year, we ought to know our real mission for being born by trying to know “what we yet to know”. It is only when we know we can move forward to be a better person. Only when we know more and do more than what we know and do, we can change our world to be a better place than it is now.

Now I wish you a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. For Muslims, a few days late and the Chinese twenty seven days early, the Dayaks six months too early, showing that even for new years we differ, but we still share the same air, water and land. We do share the same struggle which is to live a happy, healthy and worthy life. Till our souls leave our bodies, we can suffer together or we can laugh together. The choice lies with us all….

HAPPY NEW YEAR, SELAMAT TAHUN BARU, ……

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Tecman- IF YOU THINK YOU CAN – PART 3…

To-day is Christmas Day, a day for celebration for all Christians throughout the World, though one half is still celebrating the Christmas Eve because we are ahead of many millions by twenty-hours or more. There are others who had celebrated it hours before us- New Zealanders four hours ahead, Australians two hours ahead, etc all to the East of us. The Christians celebrate the official birthday of their LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST.

Six days later we will be welcoming the New Year throughout the World, while the Chinese will have to wait another twenty-seven days before their New Year bash.

The celebration is also the celebration of all of us to that very hour. What we have achieved is what we have been able to do to our varied goals and actions. Some just reap without effort to get more than they really need while other have toiled to their bones and yet may not be able to afford a decent meals to celebrate. To those with excesses obtained by guile and deceit we have to pity them for that will be all they can ever achieved. Normally they end with a dismal old age with less friends and more enemies… so pity and bless them that they realize futility of their greed in the coming years so they remember those who toil but not be able to afford a new shirt for Christmas…

For all who still have to struggle for a better living, I would like to give you food for thought so that the celebration for 2009 will be happier and better…. Tecman final eight lines to ponder while you celebrate this year…

IF YOU THINK YOU’RE OUTCLASSED, YOU ARE.

YOU’VE GOT TO THINK HIGH TO RISE,

YOU HAVE TO STAY WITH IT ,

IN ORDER TO WIN THE PRIZE.

LIFE’S BATTLES DON’T ALWAYS GO,

TO THE ONE WITH THE BETTER PLAN.

FOR MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, YOU WILL WIN

IF ONLY YOU THINK YOU CAN..

The above are for all Malaysians.

Now we are supposed to be developed along on the principles of RUKUN NEGARA which were the reasons for Malaysia to be born…..but now actually on the principles of inequality of four main pillars for wealth distribution while little or stress is made on wealth creation except as campaign promises….and political strategies to win support after the May 13 th riots heralding the birth of NEP.

While those who are in the corridors of power can make millions or billions just by dropping the right names at the right time or married to the right husbands or wives, there are many who work and work just to ensure that they food on their tables. While the BN MPS enjoyed their free and sponsored trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong to stop any possible political hijackings in September this year, many Malaysians cannot afford their airfares to visit families within the States they live in… If fact some of them even dared to complain to a senior journalist that they were given only RM1,000.00 in Taipei and US1,000.00 who they moved to Hong Kong when threatened by the typhoon in Taiwan. Imagine free trips etc and almost five thousands of pocket money they are still complaining, but they have a basis though because they alleged that they were promised FIFTY THOUSAND each!… Yes these are the “lucky” people but pity them for their dignity and souls are that cheap also. One would expect them to have better principles and goals to help this Nation…

But for the many Malaysians, who think that too much have been taken by the privileged few, it is important to remember that it is up to each one of us to make sure that to-morrow can be better by thinking positively what one can do to bring in the right changes. While the privileged will use all the advantages to reap and reap, you can determined how far and how long they can do that to you.

As this is Christmas day, be happy and be Merry. MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone…..

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