APAI commented this on Cobbolt Johns Blog HERE.
Apai, on March 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
I am sure Batang Ai voters relished at the thought of Masing self-appointment as Director of Operation for the said constiuency.Here is the man who was deeply involved in the socio-economic study on the impact of the first Dam.Let him explained the ugly truths about what is happening in the constuency-has the Ibans of Batang Ai reaped the the harvest of the Dam as promised. Have the people enjoyed rural electrification programme,feeder roads,rural health programme and other basic infractures and amenties? In short is there any improvement in their standard of living?And again here is the man whose stark record on the Bakun project is on public record-has he collected from Tan Sri Ting the RM5 million pledged for the benefit of of Belaga residents? There again Tan Sri’ son in law is still an assistant minister inspite being dismissed from PRS. That assistant minister post is PRS quota. What is Masing going to preach in Batang Ai?Let us wait for his honest campaign then?Hence Masing cannot dismissed outright bloggers role in this election or Masing cannot enter into a meaningful dialogue with informed voters.I am definte that this discipline of engaging into dialogue with people was instilled into him when he did his PhD.Or has Masing become Jabu-do not messed around with the Ibans-.I wish to point out that Jabu is preaching bloodletting,racial in tone and exploiting the Iban base barbaric nature,which is contrary to what is actually happening on the ground.When the Ibans are adopting other races as their son,never mind if Masing is asking for an adoption certificate,i find it strange to come out of Jabu mouth.To Masing he is just parroting Taib policy-you cannot produce a title then it is state land.To Jabu he knew for a fact that that particular incident where a Muslim died in a longhouse where Annuar visited was due to the wrath of Iban gods?May be Masing told him it is The Coming of the Gods.Is this what Masing/Jabu going to preach because both of them are bankrupt of ideas.To the voters of Batang Ai let me tell you what Jayum A Jawan writes in book Leadership and Development at page 42 the last paragraph-what am i prepare to do to help provide a better prospects and future for my children and grandchildren?The answer lies in the hands of each Iban individual-not in the hands of Iban assemblymen.So translate it into votes otherwise -the distribution of the benefits of development might be equated to a durian season;by the time Ibans came to the communal orchard farm,all the fruits are gone;what is left is only the smell.Rember the answer lies in your hands-not in the hands of Masing,Mawan and Jabu.
NOISE is good. It shuts out the monotonous chest-thumpings and mumblings of the BN coalition. Noise is better than the surreptitious distribution of money (RM200 now, and the remaining RM1800 if BN wins!). Somebody calculated that 6000 (instead of 8000) will come out to vote BN will spend pittance to woo Batang Ai voters.....mere small change compared to PP and KT buy-elections. However, the test will be: Will Batang Ai voters be tempted again to sell their votes for transitory gains and their Native Customary Land rights? We will know come April 7, 2009.