Sarawak’s New Battle Cry “Keadilanism” instead of ‘Dayakism’

What does one do when he is face with a mountain to climb and against all odds..?? Today at the Spring Department Store in Kuching I had the privilege to meet Rexy Mainaky National doubles coach of Malaysia who is with the Malaysian Doubles team in Sarawak for their “Mental Toughness” Course in Camp Permai. Surely,what has this got to do with politics? It has and now even Najib and Anwar knows that all the candidates representing their respective parties have got to be equip with the toughness and readiness to face all adversary.

In this Malaysiakini report Najib said today “the newly-formed BN government in Perak intends to survive, albeit with a slim majority and also if the state assembly members were loyal, the government would survive even with a mere majority of one seat.’ Isn’t this mental toughness preached by Najib and against all odds he moved into the enemies territory,overcame it and installed the new government with a “little help” from his friends. It remains questionable, but it has been done.

Did Najib learn from Anwar as he was the understudy to former DPM? This Malaysiakini report filed in which  PBS vice-president Herbert Timbon Lagadan took a pot-shot at Anwar: “You are the one who started the ‘frog hopping’ culture”.    

Without mincing his words, Herbet charged that “it was well known Anwar was the mastermind of the downfall of the PBS government in 1994.I wish to remind Anwar that he is reaping what he had sown in 1994. Surely,one would say he only carried out the instructions from Tun Mahathir? Why don’t Anwar say he did not have a part in the fall of  Sabah? Who then is or are the HIDDEN HANDS?

 In the same Malaysiakini report Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud also lambasted Anwar Ibrahim last week, saying that the opposition leader was the one involved in ‘hijack politics’ when making the Sept 16 pledge to take over the federal government.

Coffeshop talks and the whole business community in Malaysia were all focussed towards Perak last week. Ooooh Ya., Like That Huh!! Wah BN so Daring..!! All the anologies and all sorts of political theories being thrown out from the peoples lips. Our attention is now turned back to the State of Sarawak and here lies the most talked about person after Dr.George Chan has indicated that he will not be a candidate in the next Sarawak Elections. He must have lost his mental toughness says a political watcher who also met Rexy as we were browsing the net at Starbucks at the Spring. He asked me to post this article and with kind permission to extract :

Rumours are being spread in Kuching especially in BDC coffee-shops that Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, deputy chief minister and deputy president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) may not offer himself as a candidate in the next election.

Introduced into politics by Abdul Rahman Yakub, Jabu was elected as an Engkilili-Skrang state assemblyman in a by-election in early 1974 and later that year he contested and won the state seat of Layar and has been its representative since then. He was once time elected as a MP for Betong.

After over 34 years, the voters especially the younger ones want some change; and many of these young people have associated themselves with the rising tide of “Keadilanism” as they see in Jabu burdened with so many unfinished projects and failed promises can no longer be an effective leader; and they want a new person who has plenty of ideas to develop the constituency.

But the question is: Who shall succeed Jabu both as the State Assemblyman for Layar and as Deputy Chief Minister?

According to Betong sources, Jabu may put up Umang Nangku, one of her daughters to contest the seat in order to continue his legacy and perpetuate the Jabu dynasty.

Speculation is also rife that Datuk Douglas Uggah, federal Minister of Natural Resources and Environment may contest the State seat of Bukit Saban. If he wins, he is likely to be made a State minister or even as Deputy Chief Minister taking over from Jabu. But then he must give up his MP seat and his ministerial post. There should therefore be a by-election and the prospect of Jabu’s wife, Senator Empiang Jabu contesting the parliamentary seat of Betong is brighter.

Two persons, both ex-police officers, have indicated their keenness to contest against Jabu assuming that he is still interested to represent the Layar seat. One is Stanney Embat, who has retired about two years ago from the Police Force. Before being active in politics, he worked for a while in a company linked to Jabu’s family.

After quitting the company, Stanney became very active in politics and has been seen in almost every function organised by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). He has been telling friends and relatives that he is eyeing Jabu’s seat. Some of his friends hardly believe that he is really serious in contesting against the doyen of Betong’s politician.

Meanwhile, reports from Betong say that Stanney was today (7 Feb 09) elected to be the chairman of PKR Layar branch.

With the formation of the branch, PKR is set to contest the constituency of Layar as well as the nearby constituency of Bukit Saban.

The other ex-police officer is Tedewin Ngumbang who has been visiting Betong for the past few months; he has been talking to Chinese, Malay and Iban voters in the constituency to find out how they feel about Jabu.

Unlike previous challengers, Tedewin is a serious and tough contender; and being Jabu’s relative and a former police officer, he knows Jabu’s weaknesses and failures as well as his strong points.

Tedewin is well-prepared for the contest and has set up his own operations room fully equipped with maps, a list of voters, potential election workers, drivers, campaigners and advisers; he even has identified old and young voters who are crying for change.

But if Tedewin is to contest, he must resign as a supreme council member of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), a component member of Barisan Nasional, and as a director of a government-linked company (GLC) and may lose government contracts and businesses. So influential is Tedewin in PRS that if he resigns from PRS, a number of PRS supreme council members may follow him.

Following the deregistration of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS), Tedewin has always been with Masing through thick and thin. In PRS, he is Dr. James Masing’s right hand man, and had played a major role towards the victories of the party in constituencies it contested in 2006. Again he played a similar role in last year’s parliamentary election in the State.

Is Tedewin really serious in contesting against Jabu? And who is behind him? Many of his friends ask these questions. A number of Betong voters have come down to Kuching to see Tedewin just to find out whether he is joining PKR. For the time being, he smiles at them and laughs. “Ngirup kopi dulu kitai ngagai Kedai 98”, he says.

But one thing the writer has found out: Tedewin has the backing of a number of VIPs, politicians and businessmen. In fact he has contacts with the highest level of PKR leadership.

New Battle Cry” Keadilanism” as “Dayakism” cannot be sold to the people of Sarawak anymore. Just like famous Sarawak Ngap Sayot Football Battlecry has seen its GLORIOUS DAYS. Malaysian badminton will reap what it sows with”Mental Toughness”



Perak Chronicles 3″No Show” Najib

UPDATED 10.30 am 7th February 2009:

Malam ini, akan berlangsungnya ceramah perdana yang akan dihadiri oleh Ketua Pembangkang yang juga Ketua Umum KeADILan Anwar Ibrahim, Presiden Pas Hadi Awang, Pemimpin Tertinggi DAP Lim Kit Siang dan MENTERI BESAR PERAK NIZAR JAMALUDDIN di Kediaman Rasmi Menteri Besar Perak di Ipoh.

Semua pendokong demokrasi, Pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dan Rakyat Perak dijemput hadir!
Ceramah Perdana di Ipoh Malam ini extracted from Shamsul Iskandar Blog ( Ketua AMK Malaysia)

The situation remains tense and highly volatile. Its always wise to stay away from and be careful when handling “SEO CHIU ” ‘ HOT WATER in Hockien” a Gerakan Perak member told me. When Malaysiakini carried this report  it states that DPM Najib ,”will be giving the function a miss due to security reasons. 

Today the Police has issued this which was posted by an internet portal from Bernama,” The police issued a stern warning yesterday against demonstrators or those who organise illegal gatherings in connection with the political situation in Perak.

Deputy Federal Police Chief Tan Sri Ismail Omar said police had received information that some irresponsible people were spreading rumours through Short Messaging Services (SMS), urging people to gather or demonstrate.

“Police will not allow any form of activities that do not conform to the country’s law,” said Ismail in a statement.

He added that action would be taken against those who are directly or indirectly involved in activities that can endanger public safety.Police also assured that the situation in Perak was under control and that police were continuously monitoring the situation.

There will be more reports filtering through from the Silver state and at the moment its the State with 2 MBs. This report from Malaysiakini where this extract had me wondering,”Perakians should truly count their lucky stars that they have two hard-working chief executives busy looking after state affairs.

Really…two MBs at work in their state. So audie61’s version of ‘Chronicles of “N” has really come alive in Perak. Read more here in which this Perak episode could be compared to “unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil.”

Will we see more stranger happenings unfolding in Perak in the coming days? Don’t forget C.S.Lewis wrote 7 books and we have only seen the 3rd Chronicle. Anymore..??…..Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK)already said it bluntly in his article,”What more to say..??” Will the cannons turn to Kedah or Selangor next?