As sure as the sun rises tomorrowDecember 10th, 2012 at 4:02
Written by: Dr. John Brian Anthony
“As sure as the sun rises tomorrow” the building of 12 big dams in Sarawak will continue said the Chief Minister of the Government in Sarawak. This is in response to Hydro Tasmania imminent withdrawal from the Murum dam project after being pressured by GREEN interest in Australia and other countries of the world after appeals for help from NGOs such as Save Rivers and many more. Actually, it does not seem like a pull out for people who are familiar with construction. It is more like demobilization process, that is expert stated leaving when their scope of work is completed. To say that Hydro Tasmania will pull out by end of 2013 is just at the end of the project. If the Hydro Tasmania leave immediately NOW that would have some impact and meaning to the construction of the Murum dam.
What does all of this mean – any bluff or lie by the Government and other stakeholders.
As the sun rises tomorrow
The line “as the sun rises tomorrow” stirred in me a strong sense of the implication of the word. Firstly in an old song, a lyric from a song entitled Tom Dooley it ran like this:
“As the sun rises tomorrow, you will be hang to die”
That is a distant probability but many people who lost their land to “land grab” would want that to happen also to those whose land has been probably to those who drown their history with dam water. We should be all against the government who treated us like fools. Tai Manok say he will not lose sleep because they are certain people whose opinion account for nothing even if they are directly affected by the dam. Such is the caring attitude of our government.
Did we use our natural resources properly
The evidence that I saw indicated differently in that the government has ignored or put the agenda to develop the rural area at its own convenience. In election all these rural areas will vote BN without fail. The BN strategy is to keep the rural expectation high but deliver the minimum to exploit their gullibility. It works very well and still is today. Many rural leaders are vying to be appointed to certain community leader post and this is a strong motivation and reason to support who ever is in power today. The longhouse leadership wanted to be seen as powerful, like and respected by the civil service and therefor the MRP is important. The people in the long house find it difficult to ignore the plea by their leaders to vote BN as there is always an element of threat in the leaders words.
That make our rural population helpless. BN exploited this situation to the hilt. BN people take advantage of this situation and try to advance their personal financial agenda by signing out the rights of the community to perspective JV plantation investors.
Oil and Gas
Now Tai Manok has given himself rights to explore oil and sell it through is proxy in Rimbunan Hijau. Why is the rights to our oil given to individual. shouldn’t the government start a Sarawak State oil company and develop it to provide better economic safety name for the country future?
Does it not seems too much for Tai manok to rob us of our natural resources and claim it as his own. Can a man be that evil? Yes, it seems Tai manok just did.
Now where do all this lead to?
It leads to a merry around with much ado but without result. I would like to say it is like a pcoc poco dance, without an end. An without an end to what? Without an end to being marginalized and made a tool of BN to secure power – thus the tag line “fix deposit”:.
As the sun rises tomorrow, the elected government will continue with their habit of power abuse, lies and more lies. The people with mouth agape wait for the crumb to fall from the BN table. It is a rotten situation I can tell you.
What can we do?
Pakatan Rakyat should continue with talking about policies that are inclusive to all. Ideas and plan to increase the income and wealth of the rural people so that they have a hope of a better future. This is an opportunity for the educated Dayak to drive home the message of hope by working toward changing the environment and setting new objective and target for the future of their children.
With so much pain, anxiety and confusion today over our future, we should then decide to be united and strong in our conviction to change this government and work for a better future. Pakatan Rakyat would be more sensitive to rural need and also discarded the culture of corruption, lies and deceit.
Aram kita sama Berubah. Change WE Must.