In Sarawak Headhunter's opinion, the Iban voters of Batang Ai deliberately went about to kill Dayakism and bury it with all the pomp and ceremony of a seemingly well-fought election campaign that will cost the BN RM80 million or more and help it to lose the next State Elections.
They did us all a favour, for it is only with the death of Dayakism that a new Sarawak will soon be born for all Sarawakians and not just for the Dayaks.
With the rest of Malaysia rapidly abandoning "Ketuanan Melayu" in favour of "Ketuanan Rakyat", is Sarawak going to accept "Ketuanan Dayak"? Is Dayakism the only solution to Dayak unity? And is Dayak unity the only answer to change the BN regime? Will it be enough?
The Ibans of Batang Ai understood this well and chopped off the head of that useless fighting cock called "Dayakism", a fighting cock which had fought and lost so many wars (not just battles) and disappointed so many Dayaks and which was summarily deserted by its own proponents and leaders such as James Masing who defected to the "safe" but enslavish pirate harbour of the BN.
They were helped along in this intent - but unintentionally of course - by the BN's normal chicanery, corruption and cheating. I am not discounting the effect of vote-buying and ballot-box tampering, but I am saying that this would not have made much difference, whether in Batang Ai or elsewhere in Sarawak.
There is a factor that both BN and PKR underestimate, and that is the collective intelligence of the voters.
The voters of Batang Ai are not stupid. They understood full well the dilemma that this by-election put them in - a vote for PKR which had only "Dayakism" on its agenda would have made them a target for discrimination by the BN until at least the next state elections, while a vote for the BN would mean that they had to swallow their Dayak pride yet again and accept the "goodies" offered to them by the BN, tempting enough as these were.
Do you think that the Ibans of Batang Ai still don't know what Taib and his bunch of rampaging rapists, pillagers and looters have done throughout Sarawak under the guise of the "politics of development" and how they and other Sarawakians have been abused, made use of and discriminated against by Taib's evil regime? All this is no longer news in Sarawak and has gone beyond the blogs.
The Dayak voters are awake already and have been for some time. But when will the Dayak politicians wake up from the nightmare of Dayakism? When will the latter understand that there are larger issues at stake here? Stop harping on Dayakism - it will be in their own interests and that of the Dayaks to do so! Start thinking like Sarawakians.
What Taib and his evil BN regime has done and continues to do has adversely affected all Sarawakians except for his family, henchmen and cronies, not just the Dayaks.
PKR Sarawak is stupid if they still think that the Batang Ai voters have been fooled yet again by the BN and BN Sarawak is stupid if they think they have managed to fool the voters yet again as well.
The BN is self-delusional if they regard the results of the Batang Ai by-election as an endorsement of Taib, Jabu or Masing and BN so-called "policies". Even less is it an endorsement of Najib and neither is Batang Ai theirs to give to him.
The voters of Batang Ai do not need to be convinced by PKR to be united whether through Dayakism or any other agenda against an evil BN regime. They already are. They voted for BN out of convenience and because PKR could not as yet offer a convincing alternative - one that could make a positive difference to both their present as well as future circumstances.
Other than putting down the Taib and the BN for their crimes (which everyone already knows) and harping on Dayakism and Dayak "unity", where was PKR's agenda for "change"? What is PKR's agenda for change? Now that is what the Batang Ai voters wanted to hear, but PKR did not or could not tell them.
Maybe the time was not right yet and a win for PKR in Batang Ai would have been disastrous for the longer term goal of overthrowing the BN, since it would have given credence to Dayakism and put a scare into the other non-Dayak Sarawakians.
Dayakism makes for good "entertainment" but poor politics. If PKR Sarawak sees Dayakism as the alternative, that is even worse. How does it expect critical support from the crucial Malay/Melanau voters who may see Taib Mahmud and his evil regime as their only refuge against a fullscale Dayak uprising?
Dayakism has not worked for the last 20 years. Don't expect it to work in the next 2 years. PKR Sarawak needs a fresh new approach.
Even Dayak voters themselves have rejected Dayakism. If PKR still continues to put this fighting cock into the ring, it can expect to lose the next state elections as well. Sarawak does not need a Dayak (or Malay, Melanau, Orang Ulu or Chinese) Chief Minister. It needs a Sarawakian Chief Minister who has the support of all races of Sarawak.
Sarawak Headhunter will sumpit - blow-pipe - anyone who brings up the issue of Dayakism in future. What Sarawak needs is an agenda for all Sarawakians.
What else can PKR offer to the Dayaks other than Dayakism that will convince the Dayaks and other Sarawakians as well to dump Taib and BN in the next state elections?
That is another story, parts of which are all over Sarawak Headhunter's blog. Let us all work on it together.
Sarawakians for Sarawak!
The following is Sarawak Headhunter's reply (which also appears below) to some of the comments below:
1. There is no need for Dayaks to disassociate themselves from the so-called Dayakbaru concept. This is not a form of Dayakism in a new jar, as no doubt Dr John Brian Anthony will tell us.
Sarawak Headhunter does not think that Dayakbaru will have to close shop.
What is important is for the Dayakbaru concept to include the struggle of the entire poor population of Sarawak, Dayak and non-Dayak alike.
The fact that the Dayaks can join a multi-racial party like PKR, even if that is not the ideal solution for Sarawak yet, speaks for itself.
But they must resist the temptation to try and turn PKR Sarawak into another SNAP or PBDS.
2. Sarawakians must not be fooled by the BN Malayans' new trick - Najib's "1 Malaysia".
This is merely an excuse to maintain the hegemony of the ruling elite, and that includes Taib and his evil regime.
If the Malayan BN were really serious they would have gotten rid of Taib long ago - that would have enabled the reform of the Sarawak BN - with an infusion of new leaders, not the current batch of non-performing sycophants.
But they have always been and still are addicted to Sarawak's oil and gas resources to change.
"1 Malaysia" is just another means for them to get their daily fix at the expense of all Sarawakians.
Oi Najib, get rid of Taib, his henchmen and cronies and give us back a fair share of our own oil and gas resources, then talk to us about "1 Malaysia"!
3. Race is merely an identity and there is no harm in referring to each other by race, but it should not be used as a means to discriminate against others.
Things change. Those who were Bugis, Javanese, Indian, Melanau, even some Dayak, etc. have become Malay over time.
That has not made them any less or any more Malaysian or Sarawakian.
"1 Malaysia" will not change that either if its aim (undeclared no doubt) is to keep the feudal BN regime in place.
The BN status quo leaves no room for the continued development of all races in this country but caters only for the unjust enrichment of a few at the expense of the deprived majority.
"1 Malaysia" is just another tool in a massive arsenal of dirty tricks to ensure the continuation of corruption.
SKY is right again when he warns us against believing in this slogan.
So who should be the first to be stoned to death or beheaded?
4. Of what use is a battle cry which will lose the war for us while the real enemy sits back and laughs at our distractions?
As bongkersz has aptly said below, we risk alienating the very people we need support from, the Dayak voters and Sarawakians as a whole.
Isn't that self-defeating?
Think long and hard about this, my Dayak friends, and do not let your anger and frustration get the better of you.
5. Sarawak Headhunter agrees that Sarawak needs a new political party, but who's going to start it?
We have no choice but PKR for now and we have to make the best we can out of the situation and circumstances we find ourselves in.
Hopefully, PKR will be able to reinvent itself as far as Sarawak is concerned and come up with a vision, mission, plan and program that can convince Sarawakians that at long last a viable and better alternative government is ready, willing and able to replace the state BN in the coming state elections.
ALL concerned Sarawakians will have to work for it together, each in his own way. And we have the support now of many good Malayans as well.
Many voters still need to be convinced.
6. The sacred cow of Dayak nationalism must be sacrificed if Sarawak is to rid itself of Taib and his evil BN regime for the Dayaks themselves to progress and bring themselves out of poverty and deprivation.
Until then the NCR land issue will also remain unresolved.
The other sacred cows of Sarawak autonomy and the need to have a greater share of the Federal Government will be taken care of by a more responsive and responsible Federal government in the form of Pakatan Rakyat in place.
Nothing to sacrifice here, except the Malayan addiction to Sarawak's oil and gas.
If the Ibanas and Melanaus can accept a Malayan party like UMNO/BN, there is no reason why they can't accept PKR.
PKR just has to repackage itself and make itself acceptable.
PKR (Malaya) must make greater effort to understand Sarawakians better and PKR Sarawak must really open up to all Sarawakians instead of being held hostage by cliques intent on politicking and each holding on to their pitiful little turf at the expense of the bigger goal.
All Sarawakians, not just the other Dayaks as well, will be able to accept a more open PKR Sarawak which concentrates on its vision for a new Sarawak free from the petty yet vicious tyranny of Taib and his gang.
7. Those who are too shortsighted to see why Dayakism shouldn't be buried deserve to be subservient to Taib and his gang.
UMNO, MCA and MIC are barely surviving and will probably be swept away in the next general elections. Will Sarawakians want to be left behind again?
PBDS is dead. There is nothing left to mend. The ghost of PBDS needs to be laid to rest, not resurrected.
If we allow ourselves to dwell too much on the past, this will drag us down and prevent us from advancing.
Sarawakians deserve more hope than this.
A New Sarawak awaits to be born.
Or are we going to put this baby in the hands of the likes of Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib to be abused?