Thursday, April 2, 2009

SKY's Open Letter To James Masing

From Hornbill Unleashed

April 2, 2009

An open letter to James Masing

Dear James,

You have been reported by the Borneo Post online (31.3.2009) as blaming Jawah Gerang for the lack of development in Batang Ai, because Jawah did not lobby for projects during his five terms as MP.

This sort of political narrative from a personal friend of 25 years astonishes me. Surely a person with such academic credential and long record in politics like you can say something more inspiring?

Development projects are a right to be enjoyed by tax payers, and not candies to be dangled by the ruling parties in any election to fish for votes.

Ibans are tax-payers too

The poor Ibans in Batang Ai may not pay much in income tax, because they are so poor in cash income. But for everything they buy, such as daily necessities, farm tools, fertilizers, fuel, machinery, construction materials, food, clothing, seeds, and everything they need, they pay the excise tax, sales tax, and the import tax already hidden in the retail price.

The only tax-free things they enjoy are the air they breathe. As tax-paying citizens, they have the basic human right to development in basic infrastructure.

Social Contract

Then there is the social contract. I do not mean the silly social contract that UMNO refers to. I mean the one proposed by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, whom you must have read in your pursuit of a Ph.D.

That contract is a theoretical construct, but its does offer the ground for the legitimacy of government.

There, a government is legitimate morally as long as it looks after the personal security, the prosperity, and the natural rights of citizens. When that government fails in its duty to the governed, then the people have the right to change the government – by a revolution even according to Locke.

Therefore, it is the duty of the federal and state government to provide basic development to the people of Batang Ai, even without the MP lobbying for it! That is what a government for the people, by the people, and of the people is supposed to do.

No money?

You may offer the lame excuse that Sarawak is too vast, with over 5000 villages spread in isolation. It is too expensive to provide basic infrastructure to all poor Sarawakians in the rural area.

How about the money generated from the timber wealth? How can that be channelled to the people rather than a few connected individuals? How about the profit generated by land use for plantation purposes? These are within the jurisdiction of the Sarawak state government after all.

How about the fantastic wealth generated by Sarawak’s indigenous oil and gas? Since you and your state government are so good at lobbying, why have you not lobbied for 20% royalty from the black gold beneath our feet?

Look at the West

In West Malaysia, electricity supply has reached 95% of the population. I think clean water and road access are about that figure. I do not like UMNO, but let’s give them credit for making some real change in rural Malaya. In the Klang Valley, the per capita income is something like RM 5000 per month! Lim Guan Eng has just announced that there are no longer cases of hard-core poverty in Penang State. Somehow, some of the money used in developing Malaya must have come from revenue from Sarawak oil and gas?

In contrast, 80% of the Ibans probably make less than RM 1000 per year.

Since you and your colleagues in the Sarawak BN are such effective lobbyists, can you please get some more funds from UMNO to eradicate poverty in Sarawak?

You and Sarawak BN have a powerful bargaining chip. You can threaten to withdraw support for the BN at the federal level, and help Pakatan Rakyat form the next federal government. After all, UMNO now depends on you guys to hold on to power in Putrajaya!

Many years ago, you told me in a private conversation that the Dayaks cannot be in the opposition. When I started in politics in 1978 in Bandar Kuching, many Chinese voters told me the same thing too.

This is where we disagree. The Dayaks can be in an opposition that can take power to become the government for the sake, not only of the Dayaks, but also for justice for all Sarawakians and all Malaysians.

I am now a private citizen and a pensioner. The Borneo Post would probably not print my letter. So I have to print it here, in cyberspace. I hope one of the readers will send it directly to you.

If you choose to reply, please send it to my email below. I promise you it will be published here in full and without censorship. Then we can have a frank debate between two fellow Anak Sarawak, just as we did about two decades ago in the media on the Bakun Dam.

Good health to you and your family,

Yours truly,

Sim Kwang Yang


17 comments: said...

Aram meh bala Iban bela berubah...Badu agi ditipu enggau projek ti semina diberi leboh maia bepilih...

Royal Aup said...

Long live to SKY..!!!

Anonymous said...

SKY, thank you for taking so much effort to advise this monkey James. But sorry to tell you, this monkey is actually human evolution back into monkey, and it has common sense deficiency syndrome, mentality and speech mulfunction now. It now can withstand storm rains and hot sun because the skin already increase in thickness, especially on the facial portion; only decreased are the ball areas

tsunami said...

Masin, I understand your tight schedule therefore not replying SKY's open letter. I being very understanding therefore volunteer to reply on your behalf. I self-proclaimed to be your bloody secretary. I hereby now reply;

Dear Mr. Sim,

Your open letter really open my mind. Your open letter really open my heart. Your open shows that i something behaved erratic. Something i thought that im stupid but i behave smart. I have to be smart what. I am a politician bah. Who dare to kacau saya. My white hair friend is my very good friend whatt. We talk together, lie together, cheat together, grab people's land together. I, monster of Land DE belotment. The post of Minister of land Development does not go well with the current policy of politics of development. So name changed to De Belotment. The rakyat will then cough the "Dust of Development". Who cares. My other friend, Jobbo (ass hole)is in our camp also mah... Mr. Asshole is cikman of SE KERA. Powerful ohhhh...

What say you i no listen one..

Thank you.

Not very sincerely yours.
press secretary of semut merah masin @ Jem Jamboll @ Ikan masin.

Anonymous said...

I am very angry because you mean JJM is not doing his work well.
You must know his following achievement in Sarawak political history:
1. He has sunken PBDS and will sink PRS soon
2. Land Development Minister who allows lands to be robbed and plundered
3. He reduces his PRS membership and currently more easy to manage the obidient crony
4. He sings with politic of development when his PRS constituencies are far under-developed, yet he pushes faults on others
5. He manages to better his relationship with Taib though still considered standing out Taib's office door and talk only through the windows
6. Now, he promises a lot more and big development projects to BA N29, amounting millions and may be billions. Thanks to JJM for all the promises

WE Ibans are proud to have such leaders and poiltical representatives in the government. Don't blame or accuse him, please

Anonymous said...

Who is that monkey scratching his head on the Main Page?
Looks like some one who is campaigning in Batang Ai whom we met days ago

Anonymous said...


Don't simply branded Iban leader just like that. Everybody know that Chinese like you, always munipulate Iban people over the generations. You want to behave like Iban, but the true is Chinese always "tipu" Iban economically all along - worst than Taib.

tunabdulrazak said...

Good job SKY

jumpover said...

jin masin always acting like people have no principles. very hopeless leader. every dayaks knew why PBDS was deregistered.dayak cannot give trust at him cos he dare to sell our legal right. that why...this guy should be kick out next state election.

jumpover said...

Jin masin ....

ni jalai kapit ke sibu deh ??????
Lapa lalu enda digaga .Tu udah berapa puluh taun taik matt mut nya megai swk ari peti beend.Ila enti maya deka bepilih mupuk sida pengari ari beend nyebut pasal jalai alun deka digaga .
Mancing undi vote!!!!

jumpover said...

kasih amai kaban kitai di menua kapit..dibula ka sida jin masin. Nya meh gaya enti nadai principle.

Apai said...

Interesting statement/report from MAFREL (BA) check it out in Brokenshield!!!!!

dragsuperstar said...

khas buat pengundi batang ai

Anonymous said...

james masing would not lift a finger to help the poor Ibans squattering behind the shophouses at Sg. Padungan, like Somalian refugees, but would go at great length to get himself a prime piece of state land for his little palace at Jln. Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching

jack said...

mr Aninymous,stop your racist remarks about chinese,dont behave like Umnoputra

catherine said...

One of the best political speeches I have read - I hope we can count enough intelligent Iban in Sarawak.

parasit_SUPP said...

Who is that monkey scratching his head on the Main Page?

Is it Lina Soo ???? ooo my gdness ...opsss sorryyy amu keypo