Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I declare you a disgrace, Mr. Mawan anak Ikom, to your people and to your race.

Can someone please teach Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai to surf the internet, view Youtube and peruse Facebook and blogs? I was there at Tung Shin. The Minister wasn’t. I saw with my own eyes the tear gas canisters flying like pissed-off rockets into the compound of the hospital! Is he telling me I dreamed the whole thing?

The height of arrogance demonstrated by the Minister only reveals his utter contempt for truth and betrays the foundation upon which Barisan Nasional Ministers operate - spin like hell, lie through your teeth and pray to God the public believes you, and if all fails, cheat to win.

As for the hospital’s board members who agreed with the Minister, do not be too quick to lick MCA’s backside. The hospital’s main source of profit is the public, and the public can punish you where it hurts most. You want to side with the Minister or you want to tell the truth?

But my main grouse today is with none other than Mr. William Mawan Ikom (I refuse to acknowledge his Tan Sri-ship), the Minister for Social Development and Urbanisation in Sarawak. Free Malaysia Today, at ‘Flag-waving, God-fearing supporters were patriotic citizens’, reported:

Meanwhile, in Miri William Mawan Ikom, president of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), blamed the organisers of Bersih rally for “muddling” the prevailing peace and political stability in the country.

He said those who supported the rally “should be ashamed of themselves”.

He added that everyone should be mindful that when exercising their rights, the need to safeguard the existing multi-racial harmony, peace and political stability must be given top consideration.

He said street demonstrations should not be allowed as they indirectly reminded the people to go back to the “headhunting days” where there was no peace.

He added that the government has to defend the rights of the people who demanded to live in peace and harmony.

“Why should we put our people at high risk and let the current strong solidarity be in jeopardy?” he asked.

Humour me for the next several minutes as I go to town and teach this man a quick history lesson. Of course, I will ignore his hollow ramblings on the ideals of multiracial harmony, peace and political stability; inconsequential and insincere rants of a political dinosaur out of touch with reality and the 21st century. Nobody really takes such advice seriously these days, and yet these decrepit geriatrics actually believe people listen to them. But never mind this.

Back to the history lesson.

He said street demonstrations should not be allowed as they indirectly reminded the people to go back to the “headhunting days” where there was no peace.

How ridiculous is that? And from a Dayak Minister, no less!

It was precisely because our forefathers wanted to preserve the peace that they went on head-taking raids, in the absence of the rule of law or any modern system of laws. (Incidentally, ‘headhunting’ is a misnomer, Mr. Mawan. No intelligent person uses it. If you had bothered to check, the term used by modern anthropologists and all learned people is ‘head-taking’.)

Two centuries ago, head-taking was a necessity - it was plainly survival of the fittest, kill or be killed. It was then the cultural rule of law. It is most unfair and completely inappropriate for Mr. Mawan to use modern standards to judge what happened in the past. It was the credo by which our forefathers lived. And died.

Mr. Mawan, by equating head-taking with disturbance of the peace, is evidently saying that our forefathers, his included, were barbaric outlaws bent on creating havoc. It is grossly the wrong criteria for Mr. Mawan to use in the context of his sermon and in the process, Mr. Mawan totally rejects his forefathers’ history and instead pours scorn over them by using them as his prime example of lawlessness. How shameful!

To the Iban, Mr. Mawan’s rubbishing of head-taking is akin and tantamount to spitting on the graves of his forefathers. He has not only dishonoured his forebears, but more tellingly, he has indubitably disgraced himself.

Behold, the man!

He indulges in making offerings to the Iban gods (miring) but is also quick to spit on the graves of his very own ancestors.

His rejection of head-taking contradicts entirely with his belief (or so we assume, as evidenced by the picture above) in miring when both are invariably intertwined in Iban culture. And since he contradicts himself so easily, he simply has no credibility as an Iban leader. More so when he is complicit in promoting electoral irregularities of the Barisan Nasional government, which is the whole point of Bersih 2.0 and why we marched on the 9th of July.

I declare you a disgrace, Mr. Mawan anak Ikom, to your people and to your race. It is you who should be ashamed of yourself. You are no Dayak leader, and history will remember you as such, if it does at all.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Iban members of Mr. Mawan’s party, SPDP, will be falling over themselves to discredit me and to print a copy of this posting to show to their boss. But deep in their hearts, I know that they know that what I am saying is the truth, and that is what shames them to the core - IF they still know what shame is.

Written by Vernon Kedit

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