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

For the Greater Glory of Bidayuh Politics

An ancient story revisited…

Some of my readers (might) have read the following story before:

There were two men in a city: one was rich; the other, poor. The rich man had many sheep and cattle, but the poor man had only one little ewe lamb he had bought. He himself fed it and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and slept on his lap. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveller came to the rich man, but he would not take from his own flock or herd to prepare food for the traveller. Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared that for his visitor.

David was furious because of this man and told Nathan, “As Yahweh lives, the man who has done this deserves death! He must return the lamb fourfold for acting like this and showing no compassion.

Nathan said to David, “You are this man! …” (2 Samuel 12: 1 – 7)

A sequel to the above story can be found in Psalm 51 (see also Psalms 52 and 53). You might be wondering on what’s the link between the above story and this article, right?!

The followings have been mentioned in Proverbs:

  1. Better to have little but fear the Lord than to have a fortune accompanied by anxiety.” (Proverbs 15: 16)
  2. He who craves dishonest gain brings trouble to his house; he who accepts no tempting bribes will live.” (Proverbs 15: 27)

And now, did you see “the connection” clearly?

I’m talking about dishonest, (but) intelligence officers intelligent public servants who used to take (or ask for) bribes and/or swindle gomen allocation for personal gain! Yup, it’s all about lust and greed. Well, this is not a stereotype statement; in fact, it’s a reality of life! “The corrupt man takes bribes to pervert the course of justice” (Proverbs 16: 23).

It’s quite disheartening to see people who have good education and with good jobs (especially those who hold gomen posts) are being seduced into this kind of immoral act. Money is good, but it’s the root of evil (if being misused) (1 Timothy 6: 10, 17 – 19) and can ruin one’s life…

Whatever it is, we have been reminded by our Lord JC to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10: 16). By the way, I would like to recommend my readers to download and read this e-book bearing the title as indicated in Matthew 10: 16. And I’m sure that you’ll be shocked (and please be prepared for it!).

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

January 31, 2010 - Posted by | 04 Money Talk, 07 The Greatest Scam

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