Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear all out there,

earthhourloogoLet’s join the whole world and observe the World Earth Hour to-night by switching off all our lights in the house between 8.30 and 9.30 to-day.

The spectre of global warming is now threatening human kind. We are Anak Sarawak, Bangsa Malaysia, but we are also citizens of the global village. Pollution and Carbon emission know no national border, so we have to do our bit in our daily life to live a greener existence. We must learn to reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Unfortunately, environment destruction on a massive scale is occurring in our backyard in the form of indiscriminate logging all over Sarawak. Forests are heat pumps of the Earth, absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and releasing life-supporting oxygen back to mankind.


The wanton destruction of God-given forests for quick personal gains is immoral.

Who are given the timber concessions in Sarawak? I have no access to such a list. An old list I got many years ago read like the list of who-is-who in the Sarawak politico-corporate circle. These few individuals have become immensely rich while the great majority of rural people, the Dayaks, the Malays, and the Melanaus, are still stuck in the quagmire of socio-economic backwardness.

While I ponder upon this ugly inequality in darkness for one hour to-night, I will pray for the political change that must come to Sarawak, to return power to all Anak Sarawak.

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