The PM received a wake-up slap by the Chinese in Kuala Kubu Baru during the recent Hulu Selangor buy-election. He wasn’t taking chances in Sibu and brought along during his second visit millions to buy the Chinese voters in Sibu. This has somewhat incensed the Ibans. 53% of Sarawak's population is comprised of various ethnic groups of indigenous people with Dayak Ibans being the biggest ethnic group at 34% of Sarawak's population.
Pek Moh (Taib) recently gave away Rm$600 to each family of the 246 Dayak long houses in Tanjung Penasu, Btu Burak etc. This is on top of the MRP grant announced to 12 long houses in the same area worth Rm$147,600.'
“Kinda cheap”, said the Whisperer. Small amount to buy 500 votes, To buy 50.000 votes comes to a cool tune of RM14.7M only. That too is less than the RM18million recently given to some beaming School teachers who slavishly obeyed the Home Affairs Minister with the one finger pose.
Over coffe-break this morning I shared a table with a young Iban Lanyau. He had to come away from his longhouse home as household money was not sufficient to sustain an eight member family. He now works in a Bus company and rents sleeping space in boarding house in the inner city. There was anger in his voice despite a disguised calm demeanor. He picked up the Foo Chow dialect and can converse in Mandarin (which of course put me to shame). He has taken 8 days no-pay-leave to help out in the DAP election campaign. I just hope that this selfless sacrifice of his pays off. As we parted to do our bit for the campaign we shook hands.The grip was respectfully firm and it immediately brought to mind the famed Sarawak Rangers motto: Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban” Iban words which mean “Fight until Death” literally translated as “As long as your are still alive you fight on”.