Andrew Shilling’s reasoning was full of crabs. He knew full well that even if YB Wong Ho Leng and DAP or SEW or even SPR officials were to report the matter, it would be to no avail. SPR is not an independent body, and so is MACC. They were incapacitated. They were, are and always will be up to their BN master. Even EC Chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz admitted he was in no position to decide whether giving or buying of votes is considered a corrupt practice – saying “I’m no expert.” If SPR or MACC are really serious, after the police report being lodged by YB Wong Ho Leng, they could interrogate all the longhouse residents in Bawang Assan, and I’m sure they would have more than enough evidence. They have the legal means to subpoena the longhouse people. In this way they can get the real stories.
On a hindsight, now that YB Wong Ho Leng and DAP Sibu had lodged a police report, and two SEW Observers were called to give statement by the MACC. What’s next? Is this merely a window dressing, or will MACC and SPR really want to pursue this matter?
As a reminder, Andrew Shilling and SUPP/BN for that matter, one day the ruling government will change. Taib Mahmud is not going to live forever. And as a matter of fact, its time-out for him and BN in Sarawak. Hence, the next ruling government can employ the same dirty tactics. If the immigration people can stop some West Malaysian from entering Sarawak for whatever reasons, so do the next ruling government. And just as Senator Idris Bujang prefers some Chinese be appointed to the cabinet, so be it. The next ruling government can do the same.
Remember, its’ not always sunny or rainy day. As Dato Seri James Masing said, “It’s An Act of God.”
For Andrew’s info, we knew too well what transpired at SUPP office in Sibu, and we knew everything that happened in all the Iban longhouses in Bawang Assan. And we have the pictures and video. You can give a thousand and one excuses, but reality stays.
It is admittedly true that some Iban voters could be bought over by money, but it is getting lesser by the number every day. It was also observed that some of the factors were pure intimidation and threat by the BN. So be assured that money is not the sole factor. And don’t forget that SPR and MACC might have no choice, but to be neutral and take the appropriate action.
The policy of divide and rule works in some areas. So is intimidation and threat. However, if this policy is allowed to prevail, it will one day become uncontrollable. Neither the ruling government nor the opposition can stop it. What will it be like – to fight fire with fire?
Whether its change or transformation, it must be for the betterment of the people. As readily admitted, the people nowadays are smart and educated enough to see and decide what they want and wish to see. The younger generations are more IT savvy and have greater access to online information. They can discern wisely between what’s empty promises are, or what really cannot be done.
Even BN, Professor Aeria said was not really campaigning using their well established machinery, but more on dishing out projects and notes(RM) to get the people to vote them. The rural Malays and Ibans were humbled and feeling indebted to the BN for giving them minor rural projects or grant of RM3000-5000. But how long can this be sustained? In Nanga Kain, Kapit, the longhouse people were grateful for the zinc or plywood projects which came in once in 3-4 years. But they said they wanted real development – like proper road and other infrastructures. With that in place, they could survive and improve their livelihood. They didn’t need zinc projects.
When its near election time, Ministers (both Federal and State level) announced that Kanowit-Kapit Road will be built. In fact, one Private Secretary to a State Minister even said the “peruntukan sudah ada, tunggu tender process sahaja.” Even Dato Michael Manyin said so. To recap, the Late Tun Jugah was asking for such development in the early 70’s, so were other elected representatives like, YB Miut, YB Nuing, YB Felix Bantin and including YB James Masing. Talking about “pecah tanah” – ground breaking, I think the ground had been broken too many times.
Back to the present topic, it’s interesting to watch how this MACC will handle the case. Good luck to YB Dato Wong Soon Koh.