Thursday, 9 April 2009

Sarawak for Sarawakians Dr James Masing?

LUBOK ANTU, April 7 (Bernama) -- Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing has described the bigger majority secured by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batang Ai by-election as a sign that the voters in the state constituency reject PKR's brand of politics.

He said the result went to show that "Sarawakians want Sarawakians to control Sarawak affairs" and to remind Peninsular-based opposition parties like the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was not welcomed into the State.

"This is a message to PKR from the people here that we know what to do here and please don't come," said Dr Masing, who is also the Sarawak Land Development Minister.

Source: Bernama

Blogger's Comments: When Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan and many of his Iban colleagues shouted slogans like "Sarawak for Sarawakians" between 1963-1966 they caused a lot of discomfort and displeasure amongst the top UMNO leaders in the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Sarawak celebrated its 45th independence anniversary last year, 2008 accompanied by a full cultural celebration and symposium this year, 2009. One would expect that after 45 years of independence within Malaysia there should be some sense of nationhood amongst the various peoples of Malaysia either in Peninsular or the two Malaysian states of Borneo. Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing's remarks after the Batang Ai's by-election in Sarawak clearly shows that quite a few of our community or political leaders in Sarawak have a lot to learn about nation-building and the need to be careful with their comments pertaining to relations between Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak.

Political remarks made Dr James Masing should not be made at all because they smack of parochialism and worst, bordering on communalism. It is like telling West Malaysians or Semenanjung people to go home! This kind of political behaviour is not good for nation-building and most of all for Malaysia. In fact this is totally against Dr Mahathir Mohamed's policy of "National Integration". As an-ANU trained anthropologist Dr Masing should know the implications of the remarks that he made on national integration and Malaysian federalism. He should not have been too emotional about the BN election victory in Lubok Antu, Sarawak. He could have exercised some caution and shown that he is a well-trained anthropologist and most mindful of the words that he chooses and the remarks that he makes. After all he had been trained to understand concepts like prejudice, ethnocentrism, regionalism and racism. He could have shown that he had inherited some good elements of British training while he was reading for social anthropology at ANU. He could have been a gentleman and gracious in victory. After all BN already won big, right?

While I was teaching in Bangi a number of MALAY colleagues in my former department talked fondly of many Iban scholars like Dr Peter M Kedit (anthropologist), Dr Jayum Jawan (political scientist) and also James Jemut Masing. Since a couple of our colleagues were trained in Australia and two in Australian National University we also talked with a great deal of appreciation and pride in James Jemut Masing's performance in ANU and we all wished him well and success with his PhD supervised by the late Prof. Derek Freeman, the great Iban expert who had carried out the most outstanding study on the Iban commissioned by the British colonial government. This world is quite small Dr James Masing and people could almost listen to the tick in anybody's heart miles away. The distance between Kuching and Kuala Lumpur is only one hour and 45 minutes flight away, almost the same distance as KL and Malacca or KL and Ipoh, Perak by PLUS.

Why Masing should not have made the remarks that he had? If Dr James Jemut Masing had been reading the newspapers well, he should have known and realized that there are about 30,000 Ibans in the state of Johor alone! That's the number of Ibans who had migrated to the Peninsular Malaysian state of Johor. We have not counted the number of Ibans who are working and living in states like Selangor, Perak and etc. Have we heard or read any of the Malay or non-Malay leaders in Johor or the Malay and non-Malay leaders from the opposition parties like PAS,PKR and DAP calling on members of the Iban community in Johor or other Peninsular Malaysian states to "go back to Sarawak"?

Think and think again Dr James Jemut Masing. You are one of the most highly educated Iban leaders around and you should speak more as a true Malaysian and not talk like a simple-minded and petty parochial politician. Show all Malaysians that you are a qualified PhD in Social Anthropology. In the past we used to have a few Iban leaders who were very anti-Semenanjung while they were working and politically struggling in Sarawak. But, when these leaders managed to establish themselves in Kuala Lumpur they became quite meek and found it difficult to remember even the names of their own kampungs and the foods they used to eat in Sarawak ...

In Sarawak: Results Show BN Accepted By People

Results Show BN Accepted By People

LUBOK ANTU, April 7 (Bernama) -- Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing has described the bigger majority secured by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batang Ai by-election as a sign that the voters in the state constituency reject PKR's brand of politics.

He said the result went to show that "Sarawakians want Sarawakians to control Sarawak affairs" and to remind Peninsular-based opposition parties like the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was not welcomed into the State.

"This is a message to PKR from the people here that we know what to do here and please don't come," said Dr Masing, who is also the Sarawak Land Development Minister.

Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, meanwhile, said the result had shown the maturity of the people in Batang Ai to distinguish between the truth told by BN and the lies spread by PKR.

"They (PKR) had been boasting before that the Dayaks will reject BN in particular our state leadership. Now (the outcome of the by-election) even Dayaks in the rural areas had rejected them, instead," he added.

Abang Johari, who is also the state's Housing Minister, said despite being bombarded with false propaganda by the opposition, more voters had rallied behind Barisan Nasional to allow the governing coalition to win with a big majority.

PBB's senior vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, meanwhile, said winning the by-election was "very significant" for BN and showed that PKR had no place in the state.

Awang Tengah, who is also the state Second Resource Planning and Management Minister, had assured that pledges that had been made by BN were not mere promises during the campaigning period but would definitely be undertaken.

"In fact, several projects being highlighted during the campaign had already taken off and in the process of being completed," he added.

He said that the result tonight also reflected the constituents' positive response to his call for them to give BN the victory as a gift to the newly-elected Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

"It went to show that by giving the victory to Barisan Nasional, they wanted more development to take place in Batang Ai," he added.

Meanwhile, PKR state assemblyman for Padungan, Dominique Ng was disappointed by the result and disputed the way the Election Commission handled the by-election.

He added that PKR had learnt a valuable lesson from contesting for the first time in an Iban-dominated constituency and said that it would not be the end of their attempts to strengthen their footing in Sarawak.

On the absence of their candidate Jawah Gerang during the announcement of the result, Ng said that the five-term Lubok Antu Member of Parliament could not be contacted.

"Maybe he is taking it (the result) a bit more (badly) than usual because this is the first time that he lost (in an election). I'm a veteran of several losses and so I can take it (the defeat) slightly better," he added.

Sarawak United People's Party deputy secretary-general Datuk Francis Harden described Mussen's victory as a victory of the people.

"It also shows the real team work of the Barisan Nasional in wanting a BN victory.

"We are very happy that not only the majority Iban supported Mussen but the minority urban Malays and Chinese in Batang Ai are throwing in their valuable support as well," he said.

Francis said they did this because they knew only the BN could deliver while the PKR could only instigate, incite and blame others for their own shortcomings.

He also said as a state assemblyman from a neighbouring constituency in the Sri Aman Division, he was looking forward to working with Mussen to chart out more development and progress for it.


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Variable Baru dalam Teori Penurunan Angka Kemiskinan di Indonesia ?

Pemerintah Meninggalkan Ulama (Judul Asal)

By Republika Newsroom

Minggu, 05 April 2009 pukul 16:40:00

GRESIK--Bencana sosial dan alam yang kerap terjadi hampir semua propinsi di Indonesia, melengkapi fenomena korupsi yang menjadi penyakit sosial akut di berbagai lapisan birokrasi dan parlemen di pemerintahan. Sedangkan penurunan angka kemiskinan terjadi karena banyaknya bencana sejak pemerintahan Susilo Bambang Ydhoyono (SBY) memimpin.

Demikian disampaikan oleh Ketua Umum DPP PKNU Choirul Anam saat kampanye terakhirnya di Kabupaten Gresik

"Kemiskinan menurun bukan karena orang miskin menjadi kaya, tetapi penduduk miskin berkurang karena terlalu banyak yang menjadi korban bencana yang datang bertubi-tubi. Yang baru saja terjadi bencana Situ Gintung di Tangerang-Banten ratusan rakyat miskin meninggal, belum gempa di Papua, Tsunami di Aceh dan bencana yang tidak sempat kami hitung," ungkap Choirul Anam dalam kapanyenya terakhir di Lapangan Sekarkurung Gresik Ahad (5/4)

Sementara korupsi yang telah menjalar di seluruh lapisan pejabat tingkat atas hingga anggota parlemen turut andil menambah jumlah kemiskinan. Uang rakyat diambil untuk kepentingan kelompok dan perutnya sendiri.

"Mereka tidak mewakili rakyat, tetapi mereka hanya mengencangkan perutnya sendiri dan kelompoknya. Sudah berapa anggota DPR yang di tangkap KPK. Perilaku para wakil rakyat ini juga memperparah kemiskinan, karena mereka memakan uang negara ratusan miliar rupiah," jelas mantan Ketua DPW PKB Jatim ini

Ini terjadi lantaran pemerintahan meninggalkan ulama, tidak pernah melibatkan ulama untuk memecahkan persoalan bangsa, membiarkan aliran sesat merajalela hingga menimbulkan kecemasan ummat Islam yang benar-benar menjalankan syariat.

"Dari keperiahtinan ini pulalah PKNU dibangkitkan oleh ulama untuk ikut menyelesaikan persoalan bangsa yang selalu dilanda musibah. Sesungguhnya bencanalah yang menurunkan kemiskinan bangsa ini," tandasnya

PKNU tambah Anam bersama ulama dalam pileg ini dengan para utusanya nanti (anggota DPR dari PKNU) akan turut memperjuangkan anggaran pendidikan untuk madrasah dan diniyah pada APBN, karena pemerintah dinilai tidak adil. Alasanya, anggaran 20 persen dari APBN untuk pendidikan hanya diperuntukan sekolah-sekolah yang diurus negara.

"Madarasah juga ikut mencerdaskan bangsa yang akan melahirkan generasi yang berahlak dan bermartabat. tetapi pemerintah tidak pernah memandang madarasah sebagai institusi pendidikan yang mendidik generasi penerus bangsa," cetus Anam. -uki/ahi

Source: Republika Online

Monday, 6 April 2009

Frog-ging? Katak-ing or Kodok-ing?

Julau Division PKR Chairman, Deputy And Two Others Quit Party

LUBOK ANTU, April 5 (Bernama) -- Julau Division Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Dr. Ambrose Labang Jamba, his deputy, secretary and committee member, today announced their resignation from the party.

He made the announcement at the Barisan Nasional (BN) Operations Centre in front of Deputy Water, Energy and Communication Minister Datuk Joseph Salang who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Information chief and Julau member of parliament.

Ambrose, 56, was accompanied by his deputy Wong Kee Kai, secretary Kajang Unan and committee member Kundi Untung.

Speaking to reporters later he said they had decided to leave because PKR would never be able to carry out development programmes or help the people, especially those in rural areas.

"The people in rural areas still need the BN government as such they should not waste their time anymore with PKR.

"I would like to call on voters in Batang Ai to pick BN candidate in the by-election. We must go to the government as we still need development," he said.

Ambrose a former principal assistant secretary in the Chief Minister's Department (Audit and Human Resources Department) had been with the party for two years.

In the last parliamentary election, Ambrose who had also served as Julau district officer during his 30-year civil service, stood as PKR candidate in the Julau Constituency but lost to Salang.

In the 2006 state election, he also stood as an independent candidate against Wong Judat (BN/SPDP) in the Meluan state seat and lost.

Meanwhile, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President Datuk Sri Dr James Jamut Masing warned PKR against using antagonistic style of campaigning in Sarawak.

"In any previous elections held in Sarawak, there had never been incidents of violence or antagonism like destroying or damaging posters like what had happened in Batang Ai when opposition supporters damaged BN posters.

"I would like to remind PKR to stop resorting to such action as it is not our culture to introduce violence or antagonism while campaigning," he told reporters when met at the Lubok Antu Sports Complex here today.

Masing said following the incident, PRS had lodged a police report and hoped police would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

The Batang Ai by-election, held simultaneously with Bukit Gantang (Perak) and Bukit Selambau (Kedah) on Tuesday, will see a straight fight between BN's Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and PKR's Jawah Gerang.

Batang Ai has 8,006 registered voters who are expected to cast their votes at 26 polling stations identified by the Election Commission.


Comments: What is reported by Bernama proves that the Malaysian political phenomenon most often described in Malay as lompat parti or Manglish as "frogging" has a strong tendency to happen just a day or few days before any election or by-election. In Sarawak this tendency is best exemplified by the above case and this has become a regular feature in any state or federal-level election in that state. The excuse or rationale for leaving the former parties are more or less the same year in and year out. It shows a great amount of parroting and almost zero amount of ingenuity. This especial Malaysian politico-cultural phenomenon reflects a certain amount of climatic, ecological, cultural, psychological and large amount of material (economic) influence on the politicians unpredictable political behaviour. Medical anthropologists in Malaysia are yet to make some kind of study whether this strange politico-cultural behaviour is affected by nutritional intake, deficiency or the kinds of food that constitute local diet. It could also be the effect of local sorcery and magic...

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