“Lest we forget”; it was on October 7, 2010…
My Kapitan friend (from Kapit) called me that day (around 4.30 pm) and informed me about the log-jammed along the Mighty Rejang River! In fact, I had no idea about it; but then, he told me that he’s “excited” in seeing some express boats that hardly make it to Kapit (Express Boats) Wharf! In the evening, I called my cousin – also a Kapitan – and she informed me that it had happened!
The only thing that I could think of was to grasp “the bigger picture” – thanks to “fast and furious” service provided by the Sarawak Update’s Facebook (and its blog)!
Well, the following links were obtained from various sources and arranged in a chronological manner!
The Sarawak Update’s Facebook with a caption on its wall, “pix fresh from Kapit. ...” Click on the image for details.
Another Facebook linked into the Sarawak Update’s Facebook – with a unique nickname – “Kami Rakyat Sarawak Mahu Taib Berundur” (We – Sarawakians – want Taib to step down (or “resign”)). Click on the image for details.
The p196sarawak’s Youtube video entitled “Another headache for Taib Mahmud”. Click on the image for details.
Edwin Giri’s Facebook linked into the Sarawak Update’s Facebook with a photo folder entitled “Money wash(ed) out from Kapit”. Click on the image for details.
Another p196sarawak’s Youtube video entitled “Log-jammed river disaster unfolding in Sarawak – Now in Sibu!” Click on the image for details.
The Star with its piece of the story entitled “River disaster hits Sarawak”. Click on the image for details.
The Sarawak Update’s Facebook did mention about the availability of “contingency plan” (if any) – should another MAJOR disaster might happen one day! Click on the image for details.
Another Sarawak Update’s Facebook with a post entitled “Sungai Rejang tercemar tahap gaban” (sourced from BERNAMA). Well, this could be loosely translated as “(The) Rejang River is polluted at “monstrous (or disastrous)” level”... The word “Gaban” is a “polluted” term (“borrowed” from the Japanese “Uchuu Keiji Gavan” (or “Space Sheriff Gavan”) serial movies) that loosely refers to a “monster”... Click on the image for details.
The same “Gaban” story inside the Sarawak Update’s blog! I’m wondering – is Malaysian National News Agency (BERita NAsional MAlaysia) allowed to use “polluted” term (such as the word “Gaban”) in its reporting?! The author (and/or editor) could be sacked (Ooops!), IF (and only IF) there are mounting pressures by the so-called “Malay language hard-core (or die-hard) fans”! Anyway, click on the image for details.
Another “Gaban” story in the Sarawak Update’s Facebook. Click on the image for details.
Another piece of information provided by Ruai Borneo into Sarawak Update’s Facebook! Click on the image for details.
Ruai Borneo’s (loosely translated as “The Borneo Forum”) piece of the story entitled “Pencemaran Sungai Rajang Paling Buruk Dalam Sejarah” (The worse Rajang River pollution in history). Click on the image for details.
The Sarawak Update’s Facebook is currently “finger-pointing” at the “hidden” culprit... Click on the image for details.
The Broken Shield’s blog also doesn’t want to be left behind in reporting the same, MAJOR disaster! Click on the image for details.
Wow! My honest, “(kind of) militia” salute to one of my blogger friends for his unending “sarcasm” remarks on this issue! In fact, his “thank you” notes were quoted by The New York Times’ reporter/blogger! Click on the image for details.
Yup; the news did reach the Western world (as been published in the October 12, 2010 online edition of The New York Times (blog)), where TBSBidayuh’s “thank you” notes were quoted by the reporter/blogger! Click on the image for details.
“Updated” information provided by the Sarawak Update’s Facebook – with the intention to inform all elected representatives in the state – about the arrival of wood debris at Batang Igan (Igan River) in the afternoon of October 13, 2010! I do hope that the Sarawak Update could monitor the debris movement; who knows, it might end up at China’s Hainan shore within the next few months (if the weather permits)! Click on the image for details.
Yup; the news as reported by the Sarawak Update in its Facebook, dated October 13, 2010 (as at 4.46 pm)! Click on the image for details.
The much “disputed”, known as the “AG’s 2008 Report” on Departments/Agencies Activities and Management of Sarawak State Government-linked Companies by the National Audit Department, Malaysia, which was released in late 2009! Click on the image for details – it might takes time (within hours) to download the document due to its massive file size (126 MB)! In fact, it took me about “20-hour something” to download such a “not-so-awesome” report! So, the choice is yours to decide – to download or not to download...
Yup; the “lest we forget” implied in this article means that “we won’t forget” about the environmental disaster happened in Sarawak on October 7, 2010 (Thursday afternoon)! Who knows, the next MAJOR environmental disaster could and would (Ooops!)?! May God forbid! And mind you, folks! We could be using the “surpluses” (read: scrap metals) from (Ooops!)…
Is that not scary?!
Anyway, the “material evidence” is obvious! Nowadays, we can found large tracts of oil palm plantations in every nook and corner of our beloved state; and it is gradually “imitating” Malaya and Sabah! Even our limestone mountains are gradually gone!
Forget about the lustful greenery (or excellent landscape) of our ye-olde tropical rainforest! Our future generation would have to pay in order to experience it in our “squeezed” national parks (the only “Green Lung of Borneo” that is going to be left behind – and it could be under constant threats by the environmental thugs)!
And how about the rich and infamous?! Well, they could afford “polluted air” (read: vacations) from somewhere else; for example, they could breath the “nuked air” in Washington D.C., wherever…
Again, “lest we forget”, as I’d already mentioned it here! Want some more?! Then, the SUHAKAM have it here!
OK, I’m going to be specific – you can download the following SUHAKAM 2007 & 2009 reports!
So?! As a precautionary measure, shall we “imitate” Aki Jus (Ooops!) and Wong Songkok (Ooops!) – in saying that we “ought to wait for the report(s)” from “our (relevant) officers (on the ground)” – whatever, whenever and wherever the environmental disaster might strike?!
And I’m not kidding, folks! Similar jokes are aplenty nowadays!
O’ by the way… On December 08, 1941, President F.D. Roosevelt made his famous “infamy” speech; but in Sarawak – we have none – so far!