N.29 BABE Scenes
Revisiting memories: With Mum and Dad and brother and sisters at the Batang Ai Dam in 1982
Kapit town (Bahagian Ke Tujuh) being visited by the then Chief Minister YAB Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman Yakub,in the 1970s (my late grandad is in black lounge suit on the left and Sarawak's flags were different then) - the number of voters are majority Ibans like in N.29 Batang Ai. Unlike present Lubok Antu the towns of Kapit and Song in Kapit Division are still not linked by any roads as the Rajang River is the main mode of transportation.
On the Election Issue and Dayak spirit: Someone asked me on my view of Dayakism and being a Dayak "what role will it play in modern day Sarawak". Honestly I would not be able to answer that. For me I am more of a Sarawakian first and the rest comes after that. Why not a One Malaysian yet? Will One Malaysia and Dayakism be able to meet eye to eye? I have to see it thoroughly explained first. It will take time to assimilate, almagate and accustomize the concept when one is still arguing that Malaysia is 51 years old versus Sarawak's 45th years in Malaysia. My Maths may be bad but when a teacher tells you that 2009 minus 1963 equals Fifty Two Years Old - its like reinventing history.
As usual once the announcement has been made - there will be some form of celebrations in the Dewan for the victorious camp plus live television announcements. The contesting candidates and parties, whether the winning or losing candidate/party will also be given an opportunity to address the media.
When politicians are not debating they would usually be like any normal people in a coffee shop. Which is why gentlemanly and gentlewomanly behaviour is still a big plus in Sarawak. It is always the supporters that get carried away sometimes when they go out campaigning. When our representatives speak in the Legislative Assembly it is sometimes seen as a 'shouting match' instead of a 'heated debate' in the newspapers. But as it is in the Legislative Assembly they have a certain degree of immunity and code of conduct to abide, provided for in the Standing Order.
Alexander Donald - PRS Bintulu Youth Chief
To my schoolmate and friend of more than thirty years, Alexander Donald who asked me this question: "What progress has this small town of Lubok Antu experienced since you transferred here?" Allow me to answer that Sir, "Its going to see major development as you had promised my friend....I do not know how much but it goes into tens of millions of ringgit. I hope you can deliver".
Once again I wish to thank everyone who were part of the election machinery, the Election Commission, the Police, Government Agencies, Government Linked Companies, Political Parties, Individuals and independents, members of the media and MAFREL, companies (billboards, posters and banners), other NGOs and many many more but mostly for the people of Lubok Antu (N.29 Batang Ai especially) for the successful and peaceful outcome of BABE. It has been great being able to meet my buddies and friends from all over Sarawak who converged into this small town of Lubok Antu with some spilling over into Sri Aman town. The event has brought the thrills into this April 2009, after the floods in the early year and helicopter rides last month.