Corruption is like termites. Just like ‘anai anai’ (termites) destroy the integrity of wood, corruption ‘eats away’ the integrity of society and country. Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud spoke on this analogy yesterday (Thursday April 5, 2007) when he officiated at the opening ceremony of state-level ‘Seminar Integrity 2007’ in Sibu, Sarawak.
I do know that 'anai-anai' is white in colour except for it's head a little light brown. Therefore, what a fitting statement from Taib himself description of the 'anai-anai'. And this white 'anai-anai' had been eating the Sarawak wood forest for the past 26 years and not sure when it going to stop. Not only the state forest has been eaten by this 'anai-anai' but it since then had been encroaching into the 'NCR' and 'NCL' displacing many of the rural dwelling dayaks community to the extent some longhouse dwellers even evicted from their longhouse, example Rumah Nyawin in Bintulu. I hope this 'anai-anai' should be exterminated soon by people power or by the grace of god the mercy. The sooner this 'anai-anai' be exterminated the better for our Sarawak community, especially the dayaks whom are the obvious victim in their own homeland. Read more articles in here.
This 'anai-anai' has been building its mound for the past 26 years and it growing into really very big conglmerate, a cluster of mountains. It monopolies most strategic assets and businesses, such as cement manufacturing, road construction and maintenance, building construction, steel, timber concession, plantations, mining, hydro electric dam (coming soon) financial institution and the list keep on growing.
LAW AND ORDER COMPROMISED
Law and order has been compromised lately, to the extent a Member of Parliament from the Barisan Nasional component party, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has to bring it out in parliament. He said gangsters and secret societies were having a field day, particularly in Sibu. People are living in fear, he said in parliament. They don't feel safe even in their own home, the people dared not go out at night for fear of harassment. So powerful the gangsters, they even in control of the commodity prices such as rubber, pepper and other essentials consumer goods. "They also set the price of rubber and force the producers to sell to them only. This is burdening the community," he said. Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Bintulu-BN) said police in Sibu were not doing their job and the police chief had not taken any action against them. "The secret societies are getting more powerful by the day and even determine the prices of daily essentials like eggs.
According to the newspaper report the local Police has been harbouring the criminals. He said there were personnel working in the Criminal Investigation Department in Sarawak who did not know the law. "They even asked the complainants which laws they should be using for their cases." Tiong said in another instance, he had gone to the local police station and asked the inspector about a case involving his constituent. "I asked him what was the problem and said it was some time since the case was reported. The inspector brushed me aside and said he had too many cases."
A man who was forced to leave Miri for Kuala Lumpur following an extortion and threat to his life wants Sarawak Police Commissioner to act on his report lodged six months ago. Wong Teck Sing unfurled a banner in red paint in front of Miri Central Police Station at about 2p.m. yesterday (5/4/07). His report is 14594/06/Miri. He alleges that his report was not acted on satisfactorily by the police. He first made public his harassment by gangsters at a press conference in KL last year.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan has pledged to launch clean-up operations on the remaining secret societies and gangsters in Sarawak, especially in Sibu and Bintulu. Miri people are very disappointed that the IGP did not visited them on his recent trip to Sibu and Kuching. Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin said this would be appreciated by the community as they would have been able to provide feedback and views to him.
He also issued a stern warning to Sarawak police personnel against collusion with secret societies, saying he would not compromise with any police officers involved in such activity.
Musa said police had identified 16 secret societies comprising 300 members involved in criminal activities such as kidnapping, intimidation and murder.
He said Sarawak police had taken stern action against them which resulted in some of the gang bosses being detained and charged in court.
“Some of the secret society members would try to attack policemen during raids and get shot by the police. We won’t give them any room. I will personally monitor every operation conducted in the state,” he said.
The nation’s top police officer said he would ascertain whether or not the secret societies had linkages with any influential people such as politicians.
“I have been informed of several names of influential individuals with political ties,” he said.
Not very long ago, this 'anai-anai' crown itself to be the defacto Sultan 'anai-anai' which a specific title created just for it and no other 'anai-anai' should hold this title as long as the 'Sultan anai-anai' still alive. It won't be a surprise if many more mound are being built or created.
So, what we Sarawakian in general, especially the dayaks should do, just standby and just watch this 'anai-anai' eat away and plunder our state resources or should we exterminate it. Pikir-pikir meh masa depan kitai, anak, cucu-cucu, cicit-cicit kitai.
Make your voice heard. Register yourself as voter so that you can exercise your democratic right and exterminate this 'anai-anai' once and for all. Do vote wisely in the coming Parliamentary Election. Don't let this 'anai-anai' continuously building it mound. Enough is Enough of this 'anai-anai'.