Who represents the Chinese in Sarawak Government now?

Posted on April 19, 2011


“Ask and you shall receive”.

“Demand and you will get less.”

The first quote I saw somewhere in the Bible.

I can’t recall where I saw the second quote, but I’m quite sure it was from a lesser book.

When you look at it, the first quote feels like there’s a certain level of humility, compassion, co-operation and understanding at work.

The second one though feels like there’s a certain level of animosity and arm-twisting involved to somehow get the result.

When asked for something, especially when asked for help, I believe most of us Sarawakians are happy to do what we can.

It’s even easier to offer help when the person doing the asking is known to us, and where a  certain level of trust has been built up.

Demanding for something though, never goes down easily with anyone, especially if you’re not the one who’s doing the demanding.

When someone demands something from you, don’t you feel like they’re imposing on you?

And don’t you feel like they’re not taking your current situation into consideration, when they’re making their demands?

After our recent State Election, we’ve found ourselves in a situation where the Chinese community’s voice in the Government has been severely depleted.

Only two Chinese YBs from SUPP survived in the 10th Sarawak State Election.

The other four YBs from SUPP do have Chinese constituents in their areas, but we can safely say that their areas are largely Dayak-majority seats.

If you somehow find yourself looking down at the DUN chamber from the public gallery when the next DUN is in session, what you would probably see is the Chinese voice nearly all belonging to DAP.

You will also see how they will demand for things and probably not get much done, compared to their colleagues in government.

During the campaign, SUPP pleaded with voters to increase or at least maintain the Chinese representation in the State Government.

Maybe they didn’t sell the idea well enough or hard enough, or maybe voters didn’t think that the ‘representation’ issue was as important as UBAH the cute little birdie and/or UBAH the message.

Unfortunately, the Chinese community in Sarawak will soon realise what the lack of Chinese representation in government will really feel like.

The Malaya-based opposition and some Malaya-based media outlets are now even using the term “punishment” for urban Chinese voters in Sarawak for voting DAP.

Come on, get real…it’s not punishment. If you asked for UBAH, you will get UBAH!

For sure, the Federal government that is under the Federal BN will continue to work closely with the State government that is under Sarawak BN.

For sure, Federal government won’t be working with the Malaya-based DAP in Sarawak. That’s not the way it works.

Since SUPP has no mandate to represent the Chinese community (at least for now), the other component parties in BN Sarawak will probably have to think of more effective ways to reach out to the community…while SUPP goes on its long-delayed soul-searching mission.

At the end of the day, all this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise and the BN Sarawak that emerges from this will be a stronger, better and more united BN Sarawak.

The other good thing to come out of all this of course, is that more development will happen in our rural areas, which once again has thrown its full support behind the BN.

Urban Chinese voters were fooled by DAP into thinking that UBAH = kick CM out of office.

The sad truth is that UBAH = kick Chinese representation out of government.