Riot: Bidayuh rep likely to be in cabinet post
By Jacob Achoi, The Borneo Post Press ( 17th April 2008)
KUCHING: Member of Parliament for Serian Datuk Richard Riot Jaem is very optimistic that a Bidayuh will be appointed to the federal cabinet.
He said the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a recent Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting had said he wanted all communities to be represented in the cabinet.
“Although, it may not be very soon, I believe that the Prime Minister will accommodate a representative from the Bidayuh community in the cabinet,” Riot told reporters yesterday after receiving sponsored jerseys for the Under 16 School Development Football League from Lea Sports Centre at the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) secretariat.
Riot, who is FAS deputy president, was coy when asked by reporters whether he was among the names shortlisted for the post merely answering: “I reserve my comment”.
He however said he would not push the Prime Minister to appoint a Bidayuh elected representative to a cabinet post.
Besides Riot, the other Bidayuh MPs are Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit (Mambong) and Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe (Mas Gading).
Dr Tiki served as Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development, but was dropped from the post when Prime Minister announced the cabinet line-up last month.
The five-term Serian MP also pointed out that he was always happy despite reports that he was quitting Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), a component BN party.
In my last posting on Saving Private Richard which has grabbed the Malaysia Today’s attention, I was hoping that Richard Riot will never make his return to the SUPP. A bidayuh.com/britong forum member’s perception on Richard Riot action was “Gertak sikit, menjadi” (Threatened and it happened) when the rumor was aired by Malaysia Kini saying that Riot is resigning from SUPP. The rumors were erased completely once he admitted that he loves Barisan Nasional and cannot let it go. Maybe he loves variety of SUPPs or love the way SUPP threats the Bidayuh in Serian.
Every Dayak party said that they will support Pak Lah and Barisan Nasional wholeheartedly in order to sustain the Peace, Security and Prosperity nation. Meanwhile there are tremendous attacks on the Barisan Nasional made by the Barisan Rakyat and the UMNO themselves. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is now in a great pressure and his presence in UMNO is not welcomed by some of the senior leaders. Clearly, it shows the country that Barisan Nasional is in great danger and ready to sink onto the deep sea floor.
Once again, Riot gave a very wrong statement by saying that the peninsular have known the Bidayuh in
If he ask all the Bidayuh's stand on their support to Barisan Nasional, my wife and I will be in the first line to say "we are not interested at ALL". Though we are poor, we are not as weak as he is, who has sold the Bidayuh right and dignity to the Chinese clan in SUPP. The fact is that SUPP is no more relevant to the Bidayuh because they are no more in the Barisan Nasional agenda. Yes they are many will say that “I support Pak Lah till the end of the world” but they say it because they have internal fear. The fear of being sidelined and marginalized by the Barisan Nasional has been the eternal scar for the Bidayuh. Well, we have been marginalized for many years but we are too timid to say it out because Taib hold a big rattan stick and ready to whack us all.
In SNAP, Bidayuh were weak and there came PBDS to be the alternative for the Bidayuh under Dayak management. The Bidayuh then sheltered under the PBDS for a while and SNAP was deregistered. STAR was formed after Patau was chased away from his office by Taib and family. As STAR started to loose money, some of the Bidayuh idiots leave the ship and jumped into the “Pirates” ship which is SUPP. Those low minded Bidayuh enjoyed the “Pirate of The Black Bean” adventures in Bau, Serian and Padawan under Captain George Hook order. The best these low-minded Bidayuh have done is to rape the Bidayuh NCR land for plantation and “Rubbish” Projects.
The Bidayuh leaders have made their community weak from their weak action and mentality. They tend to copy the Chinese political version in MCA, GERAKAN and DAP. They copycatted the version and brought it to the Bidayuh political arena which has brought to the Bidayuh marginalization. This trend of politic will never bring any benefit to the Bidayuh but to their political leaders themselves. Whenever money becomes the first priority in Bidayuh politic, they are loosing every right and dignity to the Barisan Nasional. There is no need to support Barisan Nasional anymore since the captain will command to abandon ship and everybody are ready to jump into the Barisan Rakyat ship soon.