From Gullible Dayak to new Dayak LeadershipDecember 10th, 2012 at 4:59
Written by: Dr John Brian Anthony15th Aug 2012 ( Resubmitted by Cikgu Iban)
First of all, let it be known that this article should not be written as it may have negative effect on Dayak. However, the truth must be told that the Dayak will be made to split further politically during this coming Election.
- Let us examine today’s scenario –
where PRS is being challenged by the newly registered SWP, a political party that does not get any rebuke by the State leadership. Instead, it has been given a silent approval and sanction by the high ranking political leaders. Dr. James has to shout at the top of his voice to remind BN component parties of BN constitution .The constitution stipulates that for any party and its members to be admitted into BN fold, they must be a consensus by ALL parties. Even with the utterance of one odd voice from its current component parties, there would not be any admission into the fold. Dr. James would like to pre-empt such scenario by adopting and thinking of other strategies, should he find himself boxed into a corner. The key element of PRS strategy is “sediakan payong sebelum hujan”. As such, it must be fast enough to avoid a situation whereby “nasi sudah jadi bubur” before doing anything. The worst situation that PRS face is “di telan mati apai di luak mati indai” in their fight for survival.
- We have also witnessed the second scenario –the splitting of SPDP, first with the G5 and later plus one with Wong Judat leaving to join SWP. The G5 has been given a wide range of freedom including holding on to their government posts despite having left SPDP through a never before organization that is now known as “BN Independent”. Why did this happen? Simply because someone wants to see the weakening of SPDP so that it cannot be a political force to be reckoned with, should it manage to further consolidate their Dayak support? At the end of the day, the power of the day must ensure that Dayak cannot helm the government of the country of Sarawak. The unseen hand wants to see status -quo maintained.The last scenario involves SNAP.
- It has been declared that SNAP will go all alone in this coming election. In the last State Election, its financial resources were provided by outside interested party to ensure that Pakatan votes would be reduced. SNAP is in a good position to fight for the slogan of “Sarawak for Sarawakians”. However, the leadership is not capable of doing that. It may have its own solid agenda to fight for. Unfortunately, when the party does not have the money to provide the challenge, SNAP has an inherent weakness of being opened to manipulation by a third party.The Dayak must somehow be going ahead in line with the progress reaped by the country. Since, we do not have any reliable platform and capable leaders to champion our interest; we have to try to look for someone. What we need now is to embark on the journey of creating new Dayak leadership to represent us instead of elying on the proven poor leaders in SNAP, PRS and SPDP.Building new Dayak leadership.
- There are some educated Dayak in our country nowadays. They could be a pool for future Dayak leaders. However, it is sad to note that even among the educated Dayak, there is a large amount of “personal character” assassination in Dayak politics. Many educated Dayak like to feel that they are better than the rest. Sadly the same people may not have a clear goal to achieve despite being deeply involved in politics. It is a shame that their harsh words for potential leaders are destructive whilst they do not have any ideas of their own on who should be the leaders. The “personal agenda” is all important to them. We need to learn to be circumspect in criticizing our upcoming leaders in order to avoid eroding their creditability and integrity which may lead to their eventual defeat. The consequence would be a big loss to our own Dayak community.Therefore, let us be more focused and objective in dealing with leadership selection by not interfering with their efforts once a decision has been made for them to contest the election. In this way, we will have a smoother environment to focus on the job of getting votes rather than trying to respond to the various scheming and accusations. This is a sure way to split the Dayak even before the election is won. This problem is contributed and created by our own self.
- Equally important, the Dayak must learn to be constructive in our approach to build a new group of Dayak leaders if we want to replace the current ones in BN. We know it is a long process to build good leadership and that is why it is crucial for us to be aware of our own action so as not to interfere with the process.
- This article is to draw our attention to the challenge of preparing a new group of Dayak leaders> It is also to find out what we all can do to ensure that they will be able to lead us into the next 10 years. We must find new behaviors and approaches to avoid diluting our political strength and purpose of politics. We are already short of many commodities in politics and one of them is MONEY. We can overcome this problem if we can all put our effort together. It had been done during the PBDS era. The other commodity which we do not have a choice on is TIME. Our time is running out as the work of grabbing our NCR land, flooding our natural heritage, suppressing our culture and religion, curtailing our job and business opportunity is going on earnestly by our detractors. Thus, we cannot allow them to have more time to master us as we stand to lose and it is difficult to get back our losses. Some losses like BAKUN and the yet-to-be constructed BARAM dam we will never recover at all unless we act now in a wise manner.
The road ahead of us is already difficult. We do not have to add to those difficulties if we are together in words, thoughts and deeds. Let us give strength to one another through our support and effort. Our community need us to work as a strong energized team and cohesive in our plan and action. For lack of words, I can say LET US GO UBAH for the sake of our future.
Change WE Must