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Are we – the Dayaks – recession proof?!

I’m intrigued by the Dyaksblog’s article, where he has mentioned about “recession proof Dayaks” due to current economic turmoil.

Yes, of course! In the past our forefathers/mothers were not likely affected by the economic turmoil, as they were engaged in subsistence economy. Well, the things really changed by now as most of us involved in commercial economy and everything is money3!

Are we inheriting the “recession proof” genes and traits of our forefathers/mothers? Only time will tell, but then, definitely, we – for sure – are “recession proof”.

I remember at one time that my uncle has told me about my “recession proof” great grandfather in the late 1800s (or it could be in 1890s?!). My great grandfather went as far as Bau (imagine walking on foot many miles through the dense forest* at that time) to work in an antimony mine for a few years. Later, after he got his fortune, he had involved in sort of “barter trading”. Many kampong folks worked for him in his farm and in return, he paid them wages in the form of salt, rice, sarongs, etc. And that’s the end of the short story, lah!

The point for “recession proof” Dayaks? Well, thanks to my uncle again, as he has told me this kind of advice: “Try to emulate the good and hard work done by our forefathers as guidance in our life; even if we are thrown out into the ocean, for sure, we’ll emerge as an island“. Of course, the lesson learnt: “We’ll survive…

It means that the “recession-proof” Dayaks in today’s challenging world should recapitalize on greater knowledge and skills, which are much needed for a better future. Yes, the answer lies within education (both formal and informal), which is the master key for success.

The current generation of Dayaks are portrayed as my great grandfather (who had made a fortune after venturing out of his kampong), but then, given the best case scenario, it is also possible for our future generation of Dayaks to become engineers and/or managers at Northrop Grumman! Well, just to give an imaginative example… Am I not right, my friends?!

L.O.L.!!! Happy New Year 2009!

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*This is not “My call main-main“, as the site has been chosen by My call main-main as the new Bidayuh Resettlement Area a.k.a. Kampong Toon Ransack… Aiyah!

December 30, 2008 Posted by | 05 Dayakism | 7 Comments

Feliz Navidad 2008

To all my fellow Christian brothers and sisters of Dayak origin, I would like to wish them all “A Blessed and Merry Christmas 2008 and Happy New Year 2009“.

In this hard time, let’s celebrate this occasion with an open heart and welcome our pengabang/pinami (visitors) to our open house(s). Yes, of course, celebrate it in a moderate and yet simple manner, as the prices of goods and services have gone up steadily.

A bottle of langkau (moonshine) and/or a jug of tuak (rice wine) will do, coupled with few bottles of carbonated drinks or home made lemonades and other delicacies… Reduce your chicken meat intake, as it contained lots of toxic chemicals due to “abused usage” of antibiotics in the chicken feed (see thesundaypost headlines dated December 21, 2008). If you may, change the menu with kasam babi, kasam ikan (semah/sutan/tilapia), kasam ensabi, keropok daun sabong, tiyung dayak soup cooked with salted fish or fish heads, etc. in accordance with our customed Dayak menu… Ooops! My Iban friend has told me about the infamous Iban delicacy – Deep fried Ikan Jabu, to be garnished with Timun Jabu… Heh!

During Christmas gathering with your friends and families, do make an effort to discuss bits and pieces about natives’ rights, the Land Code, global recession, Jatropha curcas potentials, etc. For sure, such rendezvous will enhance bonding among friends and families, and also it would be a good platform to give and take better ideas after few rounds of langkau drinks… Am I not right, my friends?!

Yeah, talk is cheap as global recession is now on the rise. Lucky you guys if you’re still being employed by next year, even though you’ll have to sacrifice a 20% – 30% salary cut and no bonus payout for this year’s toil. Yeah, it’s better than being unemployed, right…?! As long as you can still survive…

My call main-main?!

Eh, I got to go to get a crate or two of Bir Bintang, pak!

Once again,

“Merry Christmas 2008, happy holiday and hope to meet you again in 2009!”

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Ooops! Bir Bintang is currently not available in Kuching right now! Wey, Swisserikin! That’s news, don’t you realize that? You should be the Bintang beer importer lah… as you have business contacts with our KAL Dayak brethren! Heh! The last time I drank Bir Bintang was in December 2007. Its taste is OK!

December 21, 2008 Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous | 15 Comments

Strateji Pelaboran Mapan untok Masa Depan (Sustainable Investment Strategy for the Future)

Hello there…

It has been a long time since my last posting dated July 23, 2008! Yup, it’s good to be back. I do welcome my new readers to my blog. I know that some of them have just acquired their personal modems. So, I would like to wish them “Happy Viewing“, lah.

To begin with, I just replied to my friend’s email, in which he has informed me that he recently got a job with the semi-gomen sector. That guy is in his early 20s, so I told him about “Strateji Pelaboran Mapan …“. Then, I got another message from WORDPRESS.COM, informing me that another Dayak blogger (The Dyaks Blog) has referred to me. So, with a quick search, I’ve landed in that blog. At first, I thought that, that blogger has traded fiery remarks on me, but then, my perception was wrong, lah! The article in that blog is interesting, as it touched on ASB investment, the attitude and aptitude of Dayak investors, etc. Yeah, that blogger also mentioned (briefly) about Sakai Mentality among us – the Dayaks! Well, my readers should refer to that blog on what Sakai Mentality is all about and also to increase the hits for that blog, lah

Back to the subject matter again! Well, the strategy that I’m going to mention in this blog is none other than investment options that are available to all us – the Dayaks. Bear in mind that my focus is on young generations of Dayaks, who have entered the workforce market. The term “workforce market” here refers to both private and public sectors. It doesn’t make any difference then, as long as money matters! We should have “the will” to save part of our hard-earned income. For the benefits of my new readers, kindly refer to my most viewed article in here (including this one – and please, don’t get jealous, lah!).

Yup, “the will” is the keyword (or is it the key sentence? (“,) ). I have told my friends over and over again that they should opt for (an) investment plan(s), as a mean to “alleviate” themselves from future financial difficulties (or the worse woes!). Well, their responses so far can be categorized as “slumber“. It’s not about Sakai Mentality, anyway! And don’t ask me on what is the best term to describe it, but then, it has something to do with attitude and aptitude! Yup, the famous Parable of the Sower could describe it all…

Well, I tried to avoid the perception of “salesman’s approach” whenever I talked and encouraged them (to invest part of their income in legalized institutions), as I know that they will think of me as the sales agent! Heck, no! I just played my part (and will continue to do so) for the benefits of the society, what…!? Frankly speaking, I’m the late comer and only entered the workforce market at the age of 34! That’s why I chose investment plans as my “sustainable strategy for a better future“. These investment plans could also be used to augment my current EPF investment – and this is sort of giving encouragement to our young generations to follow suit, lah

OK, so here comes the strategy. Try to find information on other investment options – only from legalized institutions. I recommend my readers to opt for (a) life insurance policy(ies). Life insurance policies are kind of saving plans for the future, similarly to ASB investment, but with different terms and conditions (T&C), including interest rate charges, returns, etc. However, I’m not sure whether bank loan is involved or not, but so far, it is done through one’s personal saving(s), i.e. part of allocated personal income for that purpose – on monthly basis and for a certain accumulative period (usually to be ended at year 10, 15 or 20). Patience and strict discipline are the most important elements to be observed and the effort is worthiness, lah.

My readers will also find other important information from The Dyaks Blog. For example, I found the following quotes very interesting: (1) “You only tighten your belt for the duration of the loan and then enjoy the fruit of your suffering, BUT NOT the fruit of your investment. I hope we can see the difference.” and (2) “Other important elements of course your time and patience, which is a rare commodity among Dayaks and also part and parcel of Sakai Mentality.” (Quoted from The Dyaks Blog). So, did you grasp the point(s) given? I think my previous article could also be used to explain a bit about the said mentality – see paragraphs 6, 7 and 8…

Yes, there are many legalized (multi-national) institutions in this country that offered this kind of services. At the moment, I’m still waiting for my retirement saving plan to be approved. And this will be the latest and my fourth investment plan, apart from EPF, ASB and life insurance. My other future investment plan…?! Hmmphhh, I’m eyeing for Amanah Saham Didik (ASD), but then, it would be put on hold for the moment, lah! Of course lah, menabung untuk anak-anak bah… for their better education, finance, etc. in the future!

Well, I’m going to direct my readers to one of those sites for more investment options. If they are satisfied and have the will to save part of their hard-earned income, then hopefully they will contact their local sales agent(s) a.s.a.p. (as soon as possible) for further details (including other business transactions, lah!).

So, happy investing, folks! And yes, Merry Christmas 2008 & Happy New Year 2009 to all of you…

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Additional Note:

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December 2, 2008 Posted by | 04 Money Talk | Comments Off on Strateji Pelaboran Mapan untok Masa Depan (Sustainable Investment Strategy for the Future)