A lot of argument complaining the disunity of Dayak. It is fair to ask some questions and elaborate them in brief for this argument.
1. Why we must talk about unity and why it is important?
2. Have Dayak especially Iban do some professional study, research or analysis regarding the disunity of Dayak?
3. Whose groups within Dayak community are not united? What make those group disunited?
4. Who split the Dayak? What Dayak have been done to the people splitting them? Does the Dayak action is adequate enough to control the attack from the splitter, eliminate the affect of the splitter, even stop the splitter?
5. Does the third party involve influencing the disunity of Dayak? If Yes, who they are? What are their actions before, now and in future? What have Dayak been done before, now and in future?
6. Does Dayak culture and attitude is really stumbling block for the Dayak to United and Progress?
7. What should Dayak do on their unity?
Why we must talk about unity and why it is important?
Unity is the symbol of strength of Dayak Community in all means, politic, education, economic, culture, security and etc. Dayak cannot be strong without unity. It is important to regroup the Dayak in one action, one voice and one inspiration. It is to protect Dayak community fighting within themselves. The Dayak Unity is the highway for the Dayak to move forward, getting the equal progress with other races.
“Bersatu Kitai Teguh, Bepechah Kitai Rubuh.” This is the slogan should be emphasized in Dayak Community at the moment and not “Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban.”
“Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban.”used by the Dayak fighting against the communist is out of dated slogan and not relevant to modern Dayak now a day. Dayak do not have a clear enemy especially in the field of politic in modern world. All are Dayak friends, all are Dayak brothers and sisters. We are only different in ideology that we need to clarify.
Have Dayak especially Iban do some professional study, research or analysis regarding the disunity of Dayak?
Sad to say, there is no professional study and research to analysis the Disunity of Dayak or backward of Dayak. There is NO HOMEWORK has been done or going to be done either by Opposition Party, BN, SDNU and Dayakbaru professionally. No expert from local and abroad has been instructed to do so.
Dayak do not enough funds to sponsor the professional group conduct the study and UMNO government never support this study.
Whose groups within Dayak community are not united? What make those group disunited?
The most disunited amongst Dayak are Iban. Mostly are “Iban Puting Setak” or their descendant. Iban Putting Setak in old Iban Longhouse is referred to low class Iban who are weak in Iban Fighting Spirit.
Maia ngayau-mulau, ngasu-beburu sida tu meh ke diasuh orang nyaga rumah.
The poor fighting spirit amongst their forefather are greatly influent Iban Putting Setak character. Thus character of being a low class and poor group in his old live makes Iban Putting Setak easily become puppet to gain self interest from third party and being used by third party to split the Dayak Community. Secondly, the Third Party able to identify them, able to recognize their role in society, even at the early days of Sarawak joining Malaysia and they quickly make used of them. Send their children to school in late 1960s and now used them as a puppet. But the descendent of great Iban were control very tight by the third party.
Let do some analysis on the present Dayak Leaders. Does mine right of those group assist the third party destroy the Dayak Unity. Who they are? Who are their forefathers? Does they not totally or partially Iban Putting Setak? Does Jabu has tell everybody he partially come from Iban Putting Setak or his room is in one of Putting Setak? Does James Jemut is not the same? Does Leo Moggie are not the same? Only the next generation of puppet Iban will be strong in Dayak Right fighting spirit cos one day they will lost everything like ordinary Iban. They will inspired by their lost.
The descendant of great Iban has gone cos of their next generation are block by third party to the progress world in late 1960s, their children were restricted from further learning, business, politic and social life. There is no continuity to bring out their forefather strong fighting spirit protects the Dayak Right. Iban Putting Setak who become the Dayak leader at the moment are weak Iban in their fighting spirit to protect the Dayak Right and unable to continue the fighting spirit of great Iban. Iban Putting Setak do not dare to fight perhaps they dare to cheat.
Who split the Dayak? What Dayak have been done to the people splitting them? Does the Dayak action is adequate enough to control the attack from the splitter, eliminate the affect of the splitter, even stop the splitter?
Since Sarawak joining Malaysia, it is very obvious that the people splitting the Dayak especially Iban are PBB, SUPP and UMNO leaded by Melanau. Those are Tun Rahman Yacup, Taib, James Wong, Datuk Sung, Mohathir even Anwar when he become DPM. Dayak has doing nothing to stop them, afraid to complain and left it to the Dayak fade, especially the present Dayak leaders. In the beginning of formation of Malaysia, Dayak leader such as Endawie, Jugah, Kalong and Tajem were brave enough to fight against the splitter.
The action done by Dayak fighting against the splitters are very poor and no clue in the future. It is impossible for the Dayak to be united if the Dayak unable to destroy the Third Party jeopardize the Dayak Unity. The main route of Dayak Unity is, the Dayak shall be brave enough, strong enough and must be able to fight against the splitter. The Dayak shall destroy the splitter and fighting against them completely without fear with all means even force. The government can use force to destroy Rumah Nyawin why Dayak cannot do it to destroy the splitter. Do not wait. Do not afraid. Serve your life for your own country and your own people.
“One country will be collapsed if their own army unable to protect their country from attacking by their enemy.”
Dayak best action is keep on as a pressure group, put all the cruelty in book and transform it into physical body without fear. Nobody will be voluntarily transformed this book into physical body if the Dayak themselves not do it. Register more pressure group and call them when ever Dayak need them. Use these groups to pressure any Dayak enemy destroying them with any means. Be the first runner to fight the Dayak Right.
By right, Iban shall do something such as demonstration condemn the third party splitting the Dayak Community or destroying the Dayak Unity. YB Dayak, Dayak leader, Dayak Professional, any organization or individual pro-Dayak shall brave enough to highlight and condemn the third party involve to split the Dayak Community or destroy the Dayak Unity in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara. It is very difficult for Dayak to construct it back once the Dayak main party and organization has been destroyed by third party. In early 1980s for instant, Dayak Iban shall condemn the third party openly for splitting the Dayak in SNAP, PBDS and SDNU. Iban failed to take action and this is the beginning of the Dayak Disunity and Dayak Backward.
1. Does the third party involve influencing the disunity of Dayak? If Yes, who they are? What are their actions before, now and in future? What have Dayak been done before, now and in future?
So far, the third party are very successful disunited the Dayak professionally, very influential splitting the Dayak Community in sophisticate way, systematically jeopardizing Dayak Unity. By all means they chose Iban Putting Setak as their puppet group fighting against Dayak. By giving position, business, petty cash and ‘ganjaran’ they able to attract Iban Putting Setak joining them destroy Dayak Unity.
Third party will put the Iban Putting Setak go along with them, change Iban Putting Setak leader without put them more stronger or limit their strength. They may do some reform in future to keep Dayak disunited and retain their power. They keep on looking for more Iban Putting Setak joining them and limit their members.
The third party is expected plan to destroy Dayak pressure group with whatever means. By right the other people should be not involved in Dayak Unity, they shall be neutral and not be an effective destroyer. The Dayak will confront with anybody destroy the Dayak Unity with whatever mean. This is the message the Dayak shall give to the third party destroying the Dayak Unity.
Does Dayak culture and attitude is really stumbling block for the Dayak to United and Progress?
Not really. Dayak culture and attitude are not major problem attribute to Dayak non-progress and disunity.
Within (20-30 years) one generation Dayak can adopt new living environment, become Christian, stay in town, leave most of their odd culture, adopt school, hospital, science and technology as their basic live. Iban shall consider as one of the faster community in the world to change from old orthodox life to modern life. The reality is their progress and unity has been jeopardized by third party badly especially the present government.
The Dayak are still united in many ways. They stay together in longhouse, visit each other, helping each other in Johore, live together in Kampong SESCO in Bintulu tho they are poor.
What should Dayak do to their unity?
Every community in this world needs time to change until they mature in all ways. Do not expect Dayak community can change or united overnight.
USA needs 200 years starting from Abraham Lincolm to Barrack Obama to unite destroying the gap of racism.
Dr Martin L. King used his Civil Right and his religious background to fight against the color block. He made one book to record the cruelty against the Civil Right, elaborates the injustice, stated the unfairness and double standard in his book and transformed his idea in the book into physical body to unite the people. Now his speech is still alive and one of the speech that change the world.
Before put into whole life jail, Nelson Mandela become communist hiding himself from government. In the court, Nelson Mandela wrote one Note and transformed it into physical body influencing the whole globe protest against the apartheid government. Without give up, set down in his 27 years jail, he wrote a book to encourage his people united against the apartheid government. He transformed his idea secretly to the world thro his friend abroad and united the whole globe in one voice against the apartheid government in South Africa.
Thro those people above, it is better for Dayak themselves answer their own question on what should Dayak do on their unity and fighting spirit?