Tiyung Dayak – “The Sour Dayak Apple” in Bidayuh Politics

For the Greater Glory of Bidayuh Politics

Tracing the economic turmoil…

I used to inform my siblings and friends that global recession will approach each and every one of us – once in every 10 years or so (to be exact, in every 12 years). So far, I’ve experienced it thrice during my life time:

1.      in the 1980s – when I was in primary school. How were we got affected? Through the non-availability of sugar stock! Life was hard then. We used Susu Chap Junjong (a Milkmaid creamer/sweetener) as substitute to sugar. But then, we still got enough food to live on and we thank God for we never go out to beg for food!

2.      in 1996/1997 – this is where the Asian Tigers became “toothless” due to the collapse of Asian economies. Mahater(ror) quickly pointed his “bird” (finger) towards Aki Josh (Soros) – alleged him for “illegal” money speculation (if the term is correct). It’s wayang kulit (shadow play), anyway! Do you believe Mahater(ror) and his entire family members and cronies really suffer from this economic turmoil? Well, they’re for sure having lavish food served on the dinner table(s)! Yup, the drum beats of “REFORMASI” were heard at that time. And I could recall that I was on survival training at that time – mentally and physically – and luckily I was managed to pass out from the academy with flying colors!

3.      in 2008/2009 – the turmoil was started on June 4, 2008 due to fuel price hike. Like a domino effect, the economic building blocks were tumbled – one by one. In late October 2008, it was made known – only to – the timber industry circle that massive layoff/retrenchment of workers is imminent. Then in mid November 2008, Western Digital has announced its full closure to be completed by March 2009! As usual, Akih Chan (well, the term was borrowed from Dyaksblog, lah!) has denied that such thing could happen to the state! Now, can Akih Chan be responsible and answerable to the people who have lost their jobs – their very source of livelihood? How are they going to survive (including settling their loan repayments)? Anyway, it’s good to know that Akih Chan is going to retire soon. Well, I’m not sure whether he and his family will be migrated to New Zealand or Australia. I would like them to migrate to Zimbabwe and enjoy their newly found “billionaire” or “trillionaire” status; be a venture capitalist, Akih Chan! by starting a Jatropha curcas plantation and employing the starving Zimbabweans… Stop abusing us – the Dayaks – politically, financially, and whatever “allylah!

The following news cuttings will only serve as guidance. The first one is about the Ox Years and Recession. Here we can see the three periods of recession – as been discussed earlier and experienced by myself – the year 1985, 1997 and 2009. The next recession would fall in the year 2021 (Metal Ox?!), i.e. 12 years from now. But then, it’s better for us to make pre-recession financial planning – i.e. 10 years from now. Again, better (financial) planning will help in guiding us “to set sail through stormy, rough seven seas“.

thesundaypost. 2009. Are you an Ox person? January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. Are you an Ox person? January 25, 2009 Edition.

By the way, I’m not interested to attach the non-relevant news cuttings in my blog – as most news articles are about Akih Chan, CNY celebration, (Dr.) A J Numpang & Dr. J R Ngipa’s CNY visit, etc. However, one BIG character is missing! Taeb and Rela are nowhere to be found. Ah, they could be in Davos (or Davao???), enjoying their winter holiday! Easy money – to be spent lavishly, ala Mafia-style…

And in today’s Borneo Post edition (January 30, 2009) – Thank God! – Awang Tanah and wife, including Awang Hermit (among others) are safe (and sound) after they fell down 10 feet to the ground due to collapsed jetty! Well, I hope that Awang Tanah have learnt something useful in life – do respect our mother (native) land, including its resources. Never ever behave like Lucy in the Sky with Diamond or a squirrel – who thought that it wouldn’t fall to the ground since it’s a tree climber expert!

Terrible things do happen; it will happen to you and me. So, be prepared. I was also once a victim, when our hired speed boat was capsized – in the middle of a river! Thank God, as all of us survived the tragedy without loss of life. Yup, of course, most of us have lost our belongings. None of us – even a good swimmer – could and would overcome the power of invisible, underneath strong current!

Anyway, to those who have lost their jobs, I hope that they won’t be despair. It’s not the end of the world (yet). Be patience and try to be resilient. Hopefully, the situation will be better – if not sooner, then later lah. Be strong and do keep your faith in God; always believe that God will provide. Well, you can read it from Romans 8: 28 and Matthew 6: 25 – 33.

Borneo Post. 2009. Over 10,000 M'sians jobless since January 1. January 29, 2009 Edition.

Borneo Post. 2009. Over 10,000 M'sians jobless since January 1. January 29, 2009 Edition.

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous, 04 Money Talk, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

I have (lost) the dreams…

Do you remember the “Black Hawk Down” story?

Well, I was downed with high fever on the third day of CNY, and that explained why I wasn’t around for the last few days. The fever was too terrible as my body shivered and sweated – interchangeably – all the time. Yup, I did take medication. And guess what!? I’ve sensed that my brain activity is the most active during this fever time! Yup, I’m sort of doing lots of things (including thinking) during my sleeping time, which were only imaginaries/mirages whenever I woke up. In my sleep, I always thought that it would be good if these “imaginaries/mirages” would become a reality!

Just in case, should any of you might caught this fever in the near future, kindly prepare for it. You’ll never know when it’ll come. In my case, I got the fever due to smoke inhalation of mosquito coil. So, here are the steps:

1.      get your Panadol/Paracetamol pills ready;

2.      if on fever, go to a nearby clinic to get a medical check up and medication;

3.      for sure, you’ll loss your appetite as the food will be tasteless; eat more fruits, especially the easily to find and cheap bananas and papayas;

4.      drink more plain water to replace the loss of your bodily fluid via heavy sweating (yup, heavy sweating!); this is important to avoid kidney malfunction/failure due to dryness;

5.      if you are lucky (and live in the kampong), get a (kampong) masseur to do the massage for you – especially the head massage; and

6.      again, if you are lucky (and live in the kampong), ask your mom/dad/relatives to get the relevant herbs for you – to be used as ingredients for the home made, steamed herbal bath.

That’s all for now, folks! I’m still on the road to recovery. In fact, I’ve gained lots of mixed reactions of thinking during this fever time, but then, I couldn’t recall it. Well, it’s better to start anew rather than emphasizing on the lost dreams…

Coughing!!!

January 30, 2009 Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Not just Jebat and Romeo!

Borneo Post. 2009. London Bridge is falling down? January 23, 2009 Edition.

Borneo Post. 2009. London Bridge is falling down? January 23, 2009 Edition.

After we read that final section, folks, what shall we do then IF we can’t teach the old dog(s) new tricks?

Yup, I fully agree! Not only Jebat and Romeo must die, but those who are old dogs must also die – in a sense that their political life should be ended – soon!

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 05 Dayakism, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

The “blunt” Malaya(n) dagger…

Abdullah. January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. MACC action aligned to party's desire: Abdullah. January 25, 2009 Edition.

Najib. January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. Prosecuted Umno members cannot contest posts: Najib. January 25, 2009 Edition.

Well, don’t expect too much from these clowns, folks! It’s just a “paper dressing” – nice to read but void of (concrete) action!

Do we expect that those culprits will end up in prison(s)? You bet! Have we heard about hard-core gamblers cum politicians such as OzueZukam, Cutthroat Goddamn, Dung Mocktar, Boo Rhong Thiong and the like have been admitted into the so called “correctional” facilities?!

It’s bullshit, a mockery against the infamous and blunt, former gomen agency! So, let’s just ignore these bullshit statements made by these clowns…

The defunct gomen agency...

The defunct gomen agency...

MACC

Read also “Money Politics“.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 04 Money Talk, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

OMG!-meter, anyone???

thesundaypost. 2009. 'Obameter' keeps track of campaign promises. January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. 'Obameter' keeps track of campaign promises. January 25, 2009 Edition.

Well, it’s good to know that the newly introduced “Obameter” is now working in the US. I don’t think that such O(MG!)-meter is available in Sarawak at the moment.

Yup, we should have it – by now – to monitor (the movement of) “false promises” (made) by BN assemblymen since winning the 2006 state election. It’s simple, I think! Just jot down the loooong list of “broken promises” made during the last election campaign such as the all-new trunk road, electricity supply, etc. If the assemblymen failed to keep their promises, well, it’s high-time to bid our farewell to them. Let’s deny them the all-new, comfort seats at the new DUN Complex in the up coming state election!

My suggestion:

Let’s start with “Lihan-O-meter“…

Say NO to “lihai jokeslah

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 06 Product(s) Promotion, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

The Battle of/between Classes…

thesundaypost. 2009. Bintulu's world-class pulp mill on track, says Len. January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. Bintulu's world-class pulp mill on track, says Len. January 25, 2009 Edition.

Malaysia, and Sarawak in particular, is very please + proud in announcing its so called “world-class” facilities. But then, as many have commented earlier, our country could boast its so called “world-class” facilities, but have sort of “third class” mentality-(management). Yup, let’s put all the blame on peanut-brain politicians…

The recent saga of so called “world-classWestern Digital plant in Kuching (including other manufacturing plants) clearly reflects on this so called “Battle of/between Classes“.

A “world-class” pulp mill? I bet that the plant too will face the same fate to be closed down after few years in operation… In fact, BPP(SB) (Borneo Pulp and Paper S/B – the predecessor of Grand Perfect S/B) was now buried with history and once in a while it will emerge again whenever the unending dispute with Tuai Rumah Nor Ak. Nyawai is mentioned in the (High) Court! Read other “grouseshere. O’ yea, such dinner could also have wasted thousands of Ringgit!

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous, 04 Money Talk, 06 Product(s) Promotion, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

The Rivalry…

thesundaypost. 2009. You want to edit Britannica? Go ahead. January 25, 2009 Edition.

thesundaypost. 2009. You want to edit Britannica? Go ahead. January 25, 2009 Edition.

It might sound familiar, where the other party is opting to do the same thing as its rival (read: copying one’s business strategies)! It’s just like MAS “copying from” Air Asia; RTM “copying from” TV3, etc. TV3’s infamous slogan: “TV3 Leads, Others Follow” is clearly reflects on this type of copycatting

Of course, you do remember this saying: With time, you’ll be there… So, should an opportunity arises, just grab it quickly. Yup, grab it after you’ve made your final decision based on SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). Avoid procrastination! For details, read it here.

Anyway, Wikipedia is still the world’s No. 1 best source for online information.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous, 06 Product(s) Promotion | Leave a comment

The “Ruckus”…

The majestic Mount Penrissen – once a sacred mountain to the Bidayuh Dayaks and is now the site for Borneo Highland Resort – is once again going to be raped by greedy politicians and developers in the name of “economic debolotment” (read: limestone extraction)!

The Land Code. January 23, 2009 Edition.

Borneo Post. 2009. Notification/Gazette: The Land Code. January 23, 2009 Edition.

In Bengoh mountain range right now, the limestone extraction is on the way. Ah, forget about the Bengoh Damn!

The Bidayuh Dayaks should have one, united voice to make SUPP vanish from the top of Mount Penrissen – for ever!

January 26, 2009 Posted by | 02 Bidayuh Politics, 04 Money Talk, 05 Dayakism, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

HFZ: The state’s “Halal Farming Zone”?!

It would become a reality – soon! Read my comment in Borneo Warrior’s.

The Land Code. January 23, 2009 Edition.

Borneo Post. 2009. Notification(s)/Gazette(s): The Land Code. January 23, 2009 Edition.

January 26, 2009 Posted by | 04 Money Talk, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment

The Contenders…

Mr. Jok says that the Orang Ulu Dayaks are generally OK with the “rebranding” frenzy (Really?!); Mr. Bina says that the Orang Ulu Dayaks should focus more on socio-economics “wealth” being…

And who will be the winner in this “The Contender(s)” drama? Any conman involved?!

I would prefer the sub-group names such as Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Beketan/Bukitan, Punan Bah, Penan, Lahanan, etc. It’s sad to note that other sub-groups such as Tatau and Rejang were already gone (or nearly extinct?!) through interracial marriages; only the names remained (untouched)…

Judge for yourself, folks!

Borneo Post. 2009. Orang Ulu generally say OK to be called 'Lun Daya'. January 23, 2009 Edition.

Borneo Post. 2009. Orang Ulu generally say OK to be called 'Lun Daya'. January 23, 2009 Edition.

January 26, 2009 Posted by | 05 Dayakism, 07 The Greatest Scam | Leave a comment