First impression: Aiyaaaaaaaa!
When it comes to Dayak seats, we will expect this to happen. Well, luckily for Batang Ai, it involves only two main groups – the Bawins and the Jawahs. Dini-dini pengawa bepilih enti kerusi nya ba sitak ke maioh pengundi Iban, kitai sigi tetap ninga berita ke baka tu.
Nadai ngawa laban nya sigi adat demokrasi, sapa sapa tau minta nyadi kindidit.
Over the weekends, I spent some time doing some photo shoot with a few Iban friends, the MBA holders, the Bachelor holders, one secondary school student, senior Ibans and those who have just came back from their overseas stint.
Vote for Change
All the friends who were with me during the photo shoot, agreed anonymously that we need changes to our political system. I, too not sure with what they mean by political system. And, these range of friends (of various age and career), also agreed that the current campaigners in Batang Ai (especially Pakatan Rakyat) need to explain to the voters (walaupun kitai enda ngundi din, tang kitai deka nemu nama rancangan Pakatan Rakyat enti sida menang ila, keno ko siko kaban aku nanya bala maioh).
Enti kitai minta pilih, kempen meh tua ko. Tukar mih pengari di Batang Ai. Udah lama pegai Barisan ko siko da agi. Ninga bala kami ke berandau, di deh nembiak ke baru sekula secondary tu nanya.
Serving the rakyat
Secondary school student: Uncle, nama sida Anwar tu nadai madah ke pengawa ke deka digaga sida ba menua kami din. Nama sida tu ka minta elected aja nyadi YB dulu and then ila baru berunding nulung kami. Baka kami sekula, enti ka nyadi Pengawas, mesti nemu tugas. Bala pengawas lalu madah ke kami tugas sida. Nama Anwar nadai madah ke tugas sida ya, Uncle?
All: Akai daii.. merinsa nyaut tanya nya. Ketawa magang mih kami sebuat tadi. Amat endarr.. ga bala Pakatan Rakyat tu. Kempen ka nukar perintah tang lalu bedau nerang ngagai rakyat cara ngadu ke pemerinsa rakyat ke udah 45 taun merinsa.
Uchu Keling: If a secondary school student can asked us that way, I am sure there are a lot of other young Ibans, those who can vote and may be going to poll in Batang Ai – and, they need answers to these questions.
What is your master plan for the people of Batang Ai if you get elected? How are you going to execute your election promises especially on NCR Lands, infrastructures, etc. Are you ready to go to the Dewan Undangan Negeri with your proposals and seek funding from the Barisan Nasional and using tax payers money as the main excuse for funding?
We have seen the few DAP and PKR representatives in DUN who are very vocal during the seatings. How well have they achieve in serving the rakyat? Have the rakyat in their constituencies gain from the win? Hopefully, our friends who are being served by these Opposition reps can share with us the success and the failure during their term in public office.
Ari banding nya, kitai sama berati serta berunding sapa ke patut di pilih kitai ba pengawa bepilih mit Batang Ai, serta nyendia ke runding diri maia bepilih besai DUN Sarawak ke deka datai tu ila.
Ngerindas pending: Ba sitak Krian din ila pama ga pemaioh grup ke deka minta nyadi pengari nganti YB Datuk Peter Nyarok (sema iya badu minta dipilih nyadi pengari sitak Krian). Kena pansa bai burung engsing jara, tak bisi dua tiga iku udah bala ke semak-semak bala YB serta udah berengkah bejalai nemuai ngagai rumah panjai di sitak Krian. Steadii Krian ili!