MAY THE ROOSTER HERALD A NEW DAWN
The year of the Monkey has not been kind to us. The mischievous monkey has left a trail of unfortunate events in its wake as it streaked through the year. 2016 was a difficult year, marked by the burden of rising prices, a weakening ringgit, continuing revelations of the 1MDB and other mega corruption scandals, tightening government controls over our democratic freedoms, among others. On a more personal level, my party members and I were shocked and saddened by the brutal shooting of Bill Kayong in June, and in December, the native community was dealt a devastating blow by the Federal Court in the TR Sandah judgment. The tail end of the Monkey Year saw the Chief Minister’s passing, bringing the year to a solemn close.
The Chinese anticipate the coming of the Rooster with gladness, for the loud crow of the Rooster heralds a new dawn, scaring away the negative and mischievous energies that have troubled us over the past year. Among the characteristics of the Rooster are the virtues of courage, trustworthiness and benevolence, and we look towards a new year in which these attributes abound around us. Courage to stand up and fight for what is right and just, to shift one’s mindset to make the changes that are necessary for our nation to progress; to place only trustworthy leaders to lead us out of the crisis this country is facing, so that we will have a government that is truly benevolent towards the people.
The chicken/rooster holds special significance for the indigenous people of Sarawak. Besides signaling the start of a new day with the rooster’s crowing, chickens play a huge part in the rituals of the Dayaks from celebration to propitiation. For them, the hope this year is that the Rooster will bring a new era of leaders who will be brave enough to pursue the agenda that had been set by the late Adenan Satem but yet to be realized. Their hope is that the leaders will amend the law to recognize pemakai menoa and pulau galau as NCR. For all Sarawakians, the wish is that our leaders will set themselves apart from the crop of corrupt and self-serving politicians and speak up against corruption, injustice, religious discrimination and extremism. There is much to be done to combat poverty in the rural areas, and to deliver/ improve healthcare, education, infrastructure and development to all.
May the year of the Fire Rooster herald the dawn of a brave new world for Sarawak.
I wish all my Chinese friends Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái.
Xin Nian Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi!
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak
ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan