Demi -God of SarawakJanuary 4th, 2013 at 4:20
Written by: Dr. John Brian Anthony
Come election, the Government would be busy resurfacing road, laying water pipes, erecting power lines, clearing new roads, doling out minor rural projects, giving little chicks as in Sri Aman and promising the sky to the people etc and then proudly declare to the people of Sarawak that only a BN Government could help and bring development to Sarawak. Many are still convince that only BN can bring progress to Sarawak. Why?
BN is equated with Government
The daily pounding of propaganda by BN make people think that BN is one and the same with Government. This “truth” is just as good as any that all instant noodle is called Maggi and every tooth paste is called “Colgate”. At one time all powder detergent is called “Omo” but now that has changed but gradually. BN has managed to convince people that BN or the Government is one and the same thing and that all other political is opposition. Without BN, some BN supporters dare say that they will be no more government. They say, if you do not vote BN, there will be no more schools, clinics, government offices etc as there is no more government. Due to their lack of education many Sarawakian believed in those statement.
So you see, what has the Opposition given you? The Opposition has no money and talk only. For us, armed with knowledge, we know that the state and country money is only held by the government and should be spent according to the approved budget. Who ever win the election will have the power to use the money to run the government and provide development for the country.It means, the communication of this basic information to make the people understand the different roles of a governing party and the opposing party lies in the hand of those who knows. For now, the Opposition is using Radio Free Sarawak to open up the issues and accelerate the political education of the ignorant voters.
Interesting enough, components of the Government instruct this ignorant people not to listen to RFS and even reinforced the lies that the Opposition is only out to cause trouble. There lies the root cause of “ignorance” among the rural community and for the BN leaders to take advantage of them. It is done deliberately by BN.
To me, it is an unfortunate practice by BN by keeping the people ignorant and knowingly make them poor for ease of manipulation during election.
Why BN want to play demi-god?
Politicians who want to control power has very little conscience. Why do they want to create a situation that the people cannot live without BN when that is totally rubbish. The BN government ensure that the people are always poor so that they become dependent to BN. Will such political approach help to accelerate our progress towards the 21st century? On the other hand we hear of the government talking about opportunity in SCOREs, higher income, higher standard of living, fairness to everybody etc while the basic action of BN is to put the people down.
Why do BN need to misled the people in order to stay in power? Why did BN need to put people down in order to stay on top with political power in their hands. I know there are many such questions and that is the more reasons we have to help spread the truth to the people.
The ignorant population is discourage to seek advise and counsel from the Opposition and even Opposition activities are being sabotage. I cannot see how this can be called democratic when the “rights to know” and “rights to decide” is being checked closely by BN. This is more like “dictatorship” rather then democracy. The voice of the people is being suppressed and ignored because the government has a two third majority in Dewan Undangan Negeri.
Use of threats
Politics of fear is very common and it reaches to every strata of our society. Even the most educated Dayak and the most successful business men succumb to this threat of being isolated from the government main business opportunity (contract and quota). We cannot blame them because they feel that their survival depended on being associated with BN. But among the other races who resides mostly in the urban areas, their business with government is huge but yet they are able to take action to vote for a change in government without disassociating themselves from the power that be. Is that being cunning, dishonest or simply put the wisdom of survival or master the art of survival>
Some of us think that by surrendering our selves willingly we will get benefits from the power that be. We know that this is not true. Some of us sell our soul too cheap for a short term gain while some sell their future to earn a few dollar more. Some even craved for power as community Chiefs. Whatever it is, prostituting our rights and what we deserved should not be the norm but an act that Sarawakian should abhor.
There is always a starting point and an end to all things. Take this opportunity during PRU 13 to end BN power to rule Malaysia. Once PR win Putra Jaya, Sarawak BN Government may not be able to take the pressure and many of their supporters will switch side. For us Dayak, we are duty bound to help make the change because our land, our heritage all hinge on us changing the power base of BN.
In all of you I trust that we will bring changes to Sarawak in the near future.
Aram bela berubah meh kitai. Change WE Must