Bidayuh cabinet representation needed, says social activist
Borneo Post Press:
KUCHING: The Bidayuhs, Sarawak’s fourth largest ethnic community feel that having representation in the federal administration will be an impetus to back the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state election, scheduled to be called by 2011, said Bidayuh social activist Datuk Peter Minos.
He said the appointment of at least one Bidayuh member of parliament (MP)in the new cabinet line-up would be symbolic of the federal government’s recognition of the Bidayuh’s role as a pro-BN and pro-government community in the state.
“If this issue is resolved and if the Bidayuhs are represented in the federal cabinet, this will give the community a greater reason and resolve to back the BN in the coming state election,” he told Bernama here yesterday.
The three Bidayuh MPs who won in the March 8 election, including Serian MP Datuk Richard Riot from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Mambong MP Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), were not included in the new cabinet line-up.
Former deputy rural and regional development minister Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe his Mas Gading seat, was also dropped this time, adding fuel to intense speculation that he and Riot were leaving their respective BN component parties and would defect to the opposition out of frustration at their exclusion.
Both MPs, however, have denied such rumours and pledged their loyalty and support to the present BN leadership. Minos, who is also a former Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) president, said the Bidayuh were a politically-conscious community and felt their appeal for representation in the federal government should not be ignored. Reconsideration for such an appointment would go down well with the community, he said.
His views were shared by DBNA president Ik Pahon, who is also Permanent Secretary to the Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry.
Following the cabinet announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday, Sarawak’s representation is one full minister for the Ibans namely Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah and three deputy ministers while the Chinese have one full minister – Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin – and two deputy ministers. The Malay/Melanau community has three deputy ministers while the Orang Ulu one deputy minister.
Finally, we get to know that there are activists in the mids of Bidayuh political struggle! Channel 501 in the Astro TV should get theirs crews for "I didn't know that" shooting for us to view. The Bidayuh activists are now getting their dusty phone and get BN on the line. Bravo! Will Bidayuh ever be put under the shame again? As long as I know there is no Bidayuh activist. They are pro- Barisan and pro-government. I am not telling that Bidayuh must fight like Taliban but the fact is that the activists are the Barisan Nasional's office boy to plead for Bidayuh support. The Cambridge and Oxford scholars are hired to be the office boys.
Dayak Bidayuh Nasional Organization (DBNA) is now resurrecting from its centuries death. It is first in my lifetime hearing that DNBA is lobbying for Bidayuh leaders position in the Parliament. After all, DBNA is the candle in the wind or be it small three on the mountain top.
The activists are now making their crawl to convey the society that DBNA cares of Bidayuh for long and forever. Well, all this while, as the political proxy it played it roll very well to dig every grave for Bidayuh. Better to make DBNA as a political party to serve the Bidayuh right and dignity. The NGO has been used by the political leaders to get as much support as they can. Every registration is counted in the ballot box. You do not have to scare too much during the election. The DBNA will give you thousand of support.
The association should be used to help the Bidayuh and the youngsters. I have heard some news from the fellow committee telling that he go to some kampong to conduct motivation talk using his own pocket money by the glorious name of DBNA? This is good enough to have such Bidayuh tyrant. Somehow, DBNA has so much to apologize on the Bidayuh marginalization and struggles.
The truth is that the Bidayuh now have to face the political and economic struggle under their leader’s governance or make it their activists. The Bidayuh has been deserted by their leaders and you can find Bidayuh in GOLKAR party. If they can, they will join Pakistan People Party too. Where there is a party there is Bidayuh. The self agenda is the first priority because poverty must be fought within the household of the leaders. If God please with their supporters, may His will be done. This is the Bidayuh leaders attitude of toward their nation building.
As the forth largest tribe, Bidayuh is now totally sunk deep under the sea where you will never hear about it again. May the leaders now aware of Bidayuh long grievances and struggles and will make no mistake to their community.