Feeling free to point out some things…

Posted on April 15, 2011

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Posted by Sonn, in response to DAP calls for CHANGE…in Kuching of all places!.

I am curious as to why there are repeated references of DAP being a “Malaya-based party”. Should that be a necessary cause of concern for us Sarawakians? Isn’t BN a Malaya-based party as well? If we were to limit our scope to just Sarawak-based parties, then BN can quit the game as well. Unless there’s something I’m missing here, which you may feel free to point out.

Secondly, what do you have in mind when you say ‘changes’? Is it just in term of infrastructural changes? Because as far as I know there have been a number of ‘changes’ in the form of social awareness on certain issues, such as the Allah/Alkitab issue, the land grab issue, the Dayak children listed as Malay issue, etc. Most of which were brought to light by the Opposition.

Thirdly, in my opinion, you are missing the point by disqualifying the Sarawak Report merely on the basis that it is headed by the sister-in-law of Gordon Brown – Clare Rewcastle-Brown that is. I believe this is a democratic world we live in (generally), so anyone who feels concerned about the matters in the state here should feel free to lend their support. And if you’ve listened to Radio Free Sarawak and read the Sarawak Report, you would see that the parties who were ‘wronged’ by the government (e.g. rural leaders, etc) are very supportive of RFS and SR. Why? Because they finally found a channel to voice their discontent, their problems. I think it should be a lesson to us that we Sarawakians should not just sit on our laurels – but to stand up for our own people.

And by the way, it is an exaggeration to say that Clare Brown ‘determines’ our future. She, along with Peter John, merely provides the CHANNEL for all these news to be aired. If no Sarawakians were interested or if the reports were all rubbish, RFS and SR would still be useless.

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I actually set out to answer the comment from the reader above, but realised my response was going to end up being longer than the comment…or even the original posting!

So here’s today’s first posting, which tries to asnwer the commenter’s questions with more questions. I hope it’s as enlightening for him as it is for me.

Isn’t DAP’s HQ in Malaya (which you can call “Semenanjung”)? Who chooses the top leaders of DAP? Sarawakians? Who chooses the top leaders of PKR? Sarawakians?…Where is PBB’s HQ? Where’s SUPP’s HQ? Where’s SPDP’s HQ? Where’s PRS’ HQ? Are all these HQs in Malaya? Who chooses the top leaders of PBB, SUPP, SPDP and PRS? People from Malaya? Are you still missing something?

Changes were BROUGHT TO LIGHT by the opposition? That’s all they did?…bring to light CHANGES in the form of social awareness?  Could it be possible that they capitalised/ exploited / sensationalised the issues at hand, instead of simply bringing to light the said issues?

Should I blindly trust foreigners, especially those who are ever so willing to hantam Sarawak without finding out what their true agenda is? Do you really think I don’t “listen” to what is said in the opposition blog Sarawak Report and it’s less-popular offshoot online radio station?…As opposed to some people who “hear” yet don’t “listen” or “read” yet fail to “comprehend”? I totally agree that some of my fellow Sarawakians in the rural areas have legitimate grouses that need to be attended to…but isn’t that up to our local lawyers and politicians and civil servants to solve, instead of someone sitting pretty in a flat in London town?

And by the way, why is it an exaggeration to say that the sister-in-law of a former UK Prime Minister ‘determines’ our future…when it’s quite obvious that the exaggerations on her opposition blog are meant specifically to be the foundation of the attacks used by the opposition in this election? If what you say is true – that the sister-in-law and the former entertainment deejay “merely provides the CHANNEL for all these news to be aired” – how come you never ask yourself, who is paying their salaries and WHY? And what makes you think that Sarawakians are not interested in rubbish reports? If you sex up the stories and scandalise the rich and the powerful of Sarawak society, we will all flock around like flies to the stink of the rubbish reports?

Far from being useless though, the opposition blog Sarawak Report and its less successful offshoot Radio Free Sarawak are actually powerful political tools that are very well-funded and the organisation behind it seems to be very disciplined, as well.

What actually surprised me was that when the opposition blog was “down” for a while…they actually allowed it to be “down for a while”. With the kind of sophistication at their disposal, their mirror sites could have been up and running in the blink of an eye and no one would have even noticed that it was “down for a while”.

Unless of course, some idiots decided it would be better to resort to crude measures to silence the biased blog Sarawak Report. The idiots should have saved their money because their actions did BN more harm than good (I’m assuming of course the opposition didn’t disable that blog themselves, just to make BN look bad). Besides, no one had time to read that opposition blog once the campaigning period started. So many ceramahs to go to and so many other interesting blogs to visit during this period, so much so that things posted and edited by people from London town didn’t seem as interesting anymore.

I hope you realise there are some things about Sarawak that are truly unique and worth preserving, worth protecting, and worth defending.

Since our independence, the BN Sarawak leadership has always tried to maintain a close relationship with leaders of BN Federal, in order to develop Sarawak at a pace that is best suited to our people of various races. And when I mean various races, I don’t just mean Malay, Indian and Chinese, either. We have more than 27 races in Sarawak (if you include the sub-races!).

If you are a true Sarawakian, please do try to acknowledge that we’ve had some form of autonomy all these years, while being part of a strong federation called Malaysia.

It’s a good formula that has served Sarawak well over the years, as can be seen by the peace, prosperity and progress that we’ve enjoyed.

I really hope we don’t screw it up for future generations.