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

For the Greater Glory of Bidayuh Politics

Gone, just like a wilted plant…

Few days ago, a young and active serviceman from my kampong has died. He was in his early 20s. The cause of his death? It’s kidney failure, caused by dehydration.

Most people didn’t realize that water is an essential element in life. In fact, WATER IS LIFE! And sometimes, water could cause conflicts between nations, for example: Malaysia vs. Singapore; Egypt vs. North Sudan; Israel vs. Syria (and Jordan) and the list goes on… Mind you, water conflict does occur at kampong level, too!

Back to dehydration again. To avoid dehydration that could cause kidney failure, try to practice these simple methods:

  • After awaken from sleep, drink at least a mug or two (250 – 500 ml) of plain water (boiled – warm or cold) – as part of morning drill water therapy. This water can be used to “trigger and smoothen” the “expulsion” of waste water and solids (urine and f(a)eces) from the body, and also to compensate the body’s fluid loss.
  • Drink a small amount of water on regular basis, just enough to wet the throat. Don’t let the throat went dry, otherwise, it will cause dehydration that finally leads to kidney failure. Water does help in keeping our body cells swollen and also help in maintaining a steady flow of blood and other elements in our blood streams. Yup, water is life-sustaining element!

A friend of mine has “landed” in a hospital for almost three weeks in last December due to excessive dehydration. He seldom drinks water to compensate the fluid loss from his body. I always remind him about the importance of drinking water, dehydration and blah, blah, blah

And yesterday, he and I had a little chat. He appeared thin and “dry“. I knew that the main cause is due to dehydration. So I asked him whether he regularly drink enough (plain) water. His reply? He told me that he didn’t feel like to drink water! So I’ve advised him to drink more plain water lah and reduce the intake of “air sirap bandung“, which is really bad for one’s health if taken on regular basis – another “trigger” to diabetes – as I always told him. Well, as usual, he’ll just grin at me whenever I told him about the “beneficial” advice… Aiya!

The main problem with less educated guys and gals out there is this: whenever they have problems with health, they don’t quite believe in scientific medication. What did they do in search for a remedy? Simple, they just go to Dukun A and/or Dukun B, instead of getting medical consultation from General Practitioner A and/or General Practitioner B! Well, I’m sorry to say this, but based on my previous and current observations, the Ibans and Melanaus are very fond of seeking “mythical and mystical medication” for their “simple” ailments!

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March 2, 2009 - Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous


  1. You and I have job to do: Dehydration Kills. Tell our folks, otherwise less votes for USA.

    Comment by tunabdulrazak | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. Of course, you and I have jobs to do. Our main priority is to get our messages to be dispersed in cyberspace and well received by the ground troops!

    In fact, I did send SMSes to my friends on kidney failure, dehydration and how to combat it. I’ll continue to do so if my time permits – normally to be done through rendezvous meeting(s) with my friends in the kampong (and at the same time will do the campaigning, lah!).

    Last January, one of our fellow workers has died due to Hepatitis A Viral (HAV) attack. The deceased was known as an unhygienic person. Prior to his death, he usually drank unboiled rain water (just imagine the oily and smelly oil drums/barrels used to store contaminated rain water and contained lots of mosquito larva, etc.!); ate half-cooked/barbecued meat, etc. which finally led to HAV attack on his liver and other body system!

    Due to public health concern, his body was not permitted for “public viewing” and directly brought to the cemetery for burial.

    Comment by tiyungdayak | March 2, 2009 | Reply

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