Dayak versus Dayak in HistoryDecember 10th, 2012 at 5:15
Written by: Dr. John Brian Anthony
(This is yet another article which appeared in the previous blog before. Happy reading Cikgu Iban)Dayak have been gullible, opportunist, self centered & easily exploited by others since time in memorial…written by Dr John Brayan Anthony 4th March 2010
I am not at all surprised when Nyarok Enterie won the VP post in recent SPDP TGM with full backing of Tiong King Sing. After all, the contender, who is my friend Philip Ngo is just testing the water. I am not surprised when Enteri Muran aka Mohd Abdullah and Nyarok Enteri resisted the motivational programmes conducted by Dayak Intellectuals – as they viewed such programmes as ‘eye opener’ “wake up call” for the longhouse folks & students – they are damm worried that their weaknesses be revealed to their voters! Typical of paranoid politicians and Jabu Numpang is the father of all paranoids!
Naïve & gullible
Whether we like or not, we have been very naïve, gullible and easy prey of sweet talks by others to serve their own need as far as our history can remember. I won’t discount the prowess of our fore father’s courage during the founding years of ‘ngerumpang batang, ngerumpang agang’, but in every strength we possess now and then, people easily exploit us and may continue to do so out of our own foolishness and the tunnel vision our leaders have had.
In 1861, when Rentap fortified his position in Mount Sadok to rebel the Brooke government, it was the Ibans warriors led by Nanang and Luyoh who were bought over by the Rajah to betray Rentap, teamed up with Malays & Iban Balaus who helped the Rajah to finally defeat him till he fled to his death. We also read how the Brooke regime used fellow Dayaks from Saribas to wage series of brutal war against fellow Dayaks in the Rejang tributaries who refused to submit to Rajah from 1870 till the early 1900s – all in the name of trying to establish power and exert control on Sarawak resources.
SNAP & PBDS demise
In early 1960s we heard how SNAP was formed to uphold and accommodate Dayak’s interests with imminent formation of Malaysia and how SNAP evolved into a strong Dayak political force which was feared by Sarawak Malays who then planned the eventual downfall of SNAP. How was it done? Out of personal enmity with Ningkan, Thomas Kana and the group were enticed to form PESAKA, who then colluded with Rahman and Taib to form PBB – a modern day tool for Taib and cronies to skin Sarawak resources to the bones.
We also have read how Dayak leader then – Thomas Kana, Jugah , Sidi Munan (Jugah Advisor), Alfred Mason (Jugah Secretary) colluded with Taib and Rahman to declare loss of confidence in Ningkan government in 1969. After 1969/1970 general election, SNAP, PESAKA & SUPP won majority seats – and whilst discussing to form government, it was then 2 Mother-of-all Dayak traitors (Simon Dembab Maja & Pengulu Abok) were bribed and happily jumped ship – after being offered by Rahman and group to be window dressing ministers, which eventually subdued SNAP chance to lead the formation of government. A frail looking yet naive Tawi Seli was then installed as transitory CM to fool the Dayak further.
Sadly so, some of these gullible and self centred Dayaks are still being actively used to execute these destructive role today! Can you recall how the same Sidi Munan colluded with Masing & Sng Chee Hua foolishly rivalled Tajem and Salang which led to eventual demise of PBDS? Ironically years later, Sidi was dumped like piece of garbage by both Masing & Sng as we see today, desperately trying to use SADIA to make himself feel relevant again! My humble message to Sidi Munan – the destruction you have done to the Dayak is beyond redemption! Historian & next generation Dayaks may not be too kind to you. Make amend whilst you can, lest you be remembered as good-ridden politician.
The destruction of SNAP also goes along the same traits – self centred, greed, short sightedness of Dayak leaders – failing to see the bigger master plan by ‘power that be’ to subdue the Dayaks political strength
Cultural Arrogance Vs Sheer arrogance
Knowing Dayak’s passion with NCR, Taib cunningly introduce the most venomous tool called Konsep Baru for NCL development on the pretext of uplifting Dayak from poverty. He diligently selected Masing as Minister in charge of LCDA (government proxy for land JV) whilst Jabu continue to oversee SALCRA (another land Development vehicle). When NCR issues was tabled for debate by a DAP ADUN in DUN sitting few years ago, it was Jemut Masing (PRS Half President) who rose to his feet to protest (Jabu also support Masing) and referred the DAP ADUN as “Cultural Arrogance”.
What Masing means was simply “Don’t tell the Dayak what land means to the Dayak & what Dayak need to do to develop such land! In other word, Masing was telling the world that the Dayak ADUN already knew all issues related to land development. What we see today is the product of ‘hard work’ that Masing (Minister of Land Development) and Jabu (SALCRA Minister) had done for NCR landowners – Kanowit JV scam, Pantu JV Scam, SALCRA million Ringgit ‘success stories’. Anyone knows how much Masing & Jabu pocketed from all these Konsep Baru JV Scheme? Can anybody fathom the heart breaking Dayaks who were victims of these JV scams? This is a modern day example of how bunch of greedy, self serving yet arrogant Dayak politician are being used as tool to exploit Dayak own people!
New Political Lizard
Yet a new political lizard (mengkarung) has just reappeared in the horizon. Adit the desperado YB, has been trying to auction his hollow status to highest bidder – yet seen by many as a sick old man desperately looking for his final resting place.
So my friends DB readers, my challenge to all of us – look around us, who among us are the opportunist & gullible ones? Who among us are waiting for pot of gold or high position to blind us from reality of Dayak struggle? Who among us are willing to move beyond our comfort zone and put our life and hard earned resources on the line toward this struggle? Who among us can put your hand on your heart and honestly say – I am different?
History has taught us that fellow Malaysian from Malaya couldn’t care less for Dayak. Can you imagine how Taib and his cronies have been laughing to their hearts – at how foolish Dayaks have been and will always be, as long as we allow these political chameleons overstays their welcome.
Has the Dayak lose their pride?
We need to agree to disagree, as time is against us. If we love this Sarawak, we need to get mobilized. Our rivers are polluted, our trees are chopped, and our land is being seized. If we don’t do anything, no one will and one day our children will curse upon us and pee on our tombstone!
Aram meh kitai berubah. Change We Must
Dear Dr John, this is another write-up which had appeared here in this blog. It has been saved by me because it is quite good in giving a brief description of how gullible we are, how other leaders would try to kill off our instinct for survival and how we try to withstand such attempts. An excellent insight!.