Umno needs to ‘colonise’ S’wak for continuity

Dayaks must wrest control of Sarawak if they are to change the course of their future.

If the Dayaks do not rule, they will not get land titles, and their children will be deprived of opportunities to attend good schools and get good jobs.

By John Brian Anthony, Free Malaysia Today

Umno will not allow Chief Minister Taib Mahmud to be removed from his seat because Taib was and is prepared to play ball and fit into their (Umno leaders’) plan to “colonise” Sarawak.

Peninsular Malaysia is running out of land and they need Sarawak. But it will be at the expense of the Dayaks of Sarawak.

Peninsular Malaysia has exhausted its resources. There is not much oil and gas left.

Where can they get more? They get it from Sabah and Sarawak. Who has the biggest oil and gas companies in Malaysia? Scomi, Kencana and government-linked companies like the MISC, all of which are peninsula-based.

Are there any Sarawakians leading these companies or holding shares in them? The answer is: no.

Should we allow this to continue? The answer is: no.

That’s why I decided to move towards DAP. I thought about this and the future of Sarawak.

Dayaks must understand the meaning of their vote. Why do we vote? If we do not understand why we vote, then we will lose the objective of voting.

In that way, our votes could be sold or bought by those parties with plenty of money to spend.

I am worried that the minority in Sarawak will import their culture and belief system from places where the majority holds the power. It is already happening now.

In Sarawak, Dayaks are a majority and as is the norm, the majority must rule.

Minority rules in Sarawak

The Malay Muslims should be with us but following the practice that the “majority” rules, they must not play a dominant role in Sarawak.

As it is, the Malay Muslim (Taib Mahmud) is leading Sarawak. The majority – Dayaks and Chinese – are led by a minority.

It is an odd situation. In Penang, for example, the Chinese rule the state. In Kelantan, Terengganu and other states in the peninsula, Malays rule because they are the majority.

But in Sarawak the small minority rules the state.

If the Dayaks do not rule, they will not get land titles, and their children will be deprived of opportunities to attend good schools and get good jobs.

DAP is a party highly regarded for its integrity in the way it conducts its politics. Its leaders cannot ignore the Dayak majority and therefore will have to treat the Dayaks with trust, respect and fair play.

With the 13th general election looming, both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional are preparing for the big fight.

In the last outing (the state election in April), there was an increase in Dayak votes for Pakatan. Statistics also showed a increase in support for the opposition.

To boost Muslim population, they (the BN state governments) isssued MyKads in Sabah and Sarawak to foreign workers and allowed them to vote. They even send more than 2,000 ustaz to rural Sarawak. All this is disturbing to me and it infringes on my rights and private space.

How can the minority do this?