When Dayak Baru gathered ideas from commentators regarding the Dayak Agenda and what the contents should be, I can only feel in my testicles the one thing that bugged Dayaks for so long: Education. There’s no other concrete way to claim many things rightly as Dayak belongings here in Sarawak since Yang Dikasihi reap it all but education, supposedly a birth-right for all regardless of race, has become yet another form of denial to Dayaks for self-development, so leave the political force to be enjoyed by Dayaks fully aside. Even to building some decent schools have to succumb to Yang Dikasihi wrath by ensuring his cronies get it as AliBaba main contractor before sub it out to Foochow contractors and most schools are given deliberately to Malay/ Melanau areas, that’s all summed how pathetic is the education policy being ‘fairly’ distributed in Sarawak. After compounding other lopsided factors (*such as our confused education system as per NST report attached below) the Dayaks always been the second fiddle or at the receiving end in most govt policies. The rural Dayaks, again, remain the constant casualties. Here’s my posted arguements as Dayak Baru post:

There’s only one Dayak agenda: Education.

Lovely day isn’t it, my fellow Dayaks. My apology if the above is the least you expected as Dayak agenda and not some all-out hate crime agenda against one common enemy the Yang Dikasihi or large scale donkey farming. Hate crime only for skinhead punks such as Mat Rempit the product of NEP, mind you. Dayaks now too disintegrated that the only thing that can save Dayaks from further mediocrity is education. Ever since Brookes made themselves Rajah and bringing their priest to Christened us the animist Dayaks, introduce Christianity (not at least drinking wine, Jesus’ favourtie tequila) and education arguably the best gift that enlighten Dayaks into civilization. Somehow Dayaks are rushed into many political influences and basic modernity, without proper joystick skills Kalong Ningkan failed to govern a Simcity called Sarawak, palm oil regarded as mystic golden fruits, river dams as scare tactics for Dayaks to leave their kampungs to produce an alien element stronger than wooden “pasak” at longhouse known as aluminiums, Leo Moggie thinks that TNB undersea cable from Bakun to KL can be transmitted by Wimax, impersonating Elvis will not earn you a peanut, it’s all make Dayaks disarray to leave one of the most important agenda: Education.

Of course the word “education” is dead boring. It’s all about getting that fibrous paper called degree. No my Los Hobos, it’s all-round education: Academic stuffs, living skills, any awareness skills that made your life richer. Some of our infrastructure to gain skills are already there (even some inadequate though) such as from schools to some seminars organised to kampung folks by govt agencies or NGOs. If Dr.John wish to propose some memorandum regarding Dayak agenda, few points should be education concerns:

1. Youth training centres

Dayaks would require lots of it to be built. Instead of building fancy, expensive meaningless projects such as big Bomba complexes which only make Bomba officers to sleep more than 24hr daily, youth training centres is more important and have direct spiral effect in society.They produce skill workers rather than sleepy workers. With our current education system that’s already proven confused, more and more Dayak students being left behind after SPM. Some migrate to other places for odd jobs, follow their close siblings, friends to work in Peninsular factories, the ladies choose to settle early as housewifes, and also just toil the land with their parents back home. Centres such as Pusat GiatMara or Kolej Komuniti is a good example. At least for these Dayak students with practical skill such as repairing car engines, wiring works on aircon, leveling plaster ceilings, decorative wall masonry, chrome weldings, computer repairs and many other courses that for most of us jokingly regard as dirty, odd, filthy with bleak career. Some Dayaks can be successful after their cert level and upgrade it until they become specialist, work with offshore company and earn big income as welders or pipe inspectors. Opening their own small business is next for them to know their opportunity is boundless.These centres only require a block of 3-storey shophouses (equivalent to small college) to operate and govt did renovate old shophouses in some semi-rural area at cost less than RM5million. A district bomba complex can cost RM10-RM20million to construct only for you to sleep all day long. Youth training centres is not only practical but govt do provide some cash allowance to students. The negative perception of it must stop and instead promote it in high schools just like other IPTA, IPTS programmes.

Funding requirement for vocational skills/ youth training centre (cert/ mlvk level) is rather decent, affordable to most Dayaks partucularly our rural folks. The fact that I mentioned this type of “entry” education segment is because bulk of Dayak students in SPM dropouts still command a considerable share while we always hope the best for the brighter Dayak students to excel even in smaller groups. I believe that those Dayak dropouts but interested with handywork skills should be given some form of alternative education opportunity that is cheap and practical enough for them to get a decent job and support highly-skills workers that is equally in great demand now. Those centres like GiatMara, Kolej Komuniti, IKBN centres and even supervising agencies like CIDB training centres that give many types of certified short-term courses are effective and efficient way for interested Dayaks to gain respective skills. From simple construction stuffs like scaffoldings safety course to AutoCAD draughtmen basic skills (to assist architect in menial drawing works) and also gaining personal CIDB green card for on-site insurance purposes (if attending CIDB basic first-timer safety course), these centres offered much more practical things in a working industry.

Talking about deliberate racist policy in those centres, I can only comment that the problem of awareness and negative perception(dirty jobs, low wages) some of the reason Dayaks are not the most participants in many cases. When advancing from local centre (for cert levels) to Peninsular main centre (for diploma or specialist level) it’s very obvious only a few Dayaks from Sabah and Sarawak attending. Financial reasons could be the culprit when coming for Dayaks to advance their vocational skills but with determination there’s a way as some centres did give some living allowances for students. Example of Dayaks pursuing vocational centre is like taking automotive courses, finishing their level 3 mlvk, practical periods, then working for established car service networks or upgrading themselves for specialist automotive courses equivalent to diploma all the way to automotive engineering degree from any automotive-based colleges. Some will end up dedicate themselves on certain car brand specialist, open own workshop and participate in govt tender for auto repair works concession for govt fleet cars (or as sub-contract repair works basis) and many other enterprising options that certainly will not left them unemployed. The same applied for other skill type such as weldings, electrical wirings, decorative carpentry or masonry, aircon works, plumbings, etc. if done in proper exposure, guidance and support there’ll more stories like an offshore Dayak workers with RM100k salary. We can only wish them to earn more.

If only youth training centres can offer comprehensive courses in stock market analysis or online trading (and eligible for certified remisiers or stock broker) but no, we Dayaks again lacking math skills, internet connection, already hardcore nyabong gambler, plus not too much NCR lands left to be sold off or mortgage or rent to Foochow towkeys for seed upstart capitals and start tattoo your biceps with Alan Greenspan cult hero figure just like our one and only the revered Sheikh Seliong of Abu Dhabi United Group from Manchester Citeh. Seriously, we need more Dayak Sheikhs that make money from money itself but that would be totally different skills, commitment and personal discipline though. How about skills on reading feng shui? Dye your hair gold first, Lilian Too says.

2. Full govt funded missionary schools

When we Dayaks demand it, it means education should be fair and no discrimination. We’re not going to argue about Islamic schools no matter how mediocre they are since we will be branded as bigots and infidels for critising it. Religion therefore should not dictate the education priority as education meant for everybody. Some will say it’ll cost big budget for it but we heard the same for 50 years. It only made more suspicions that anti-Christian policy or deliberate tactics to keep Dayak illeterate made believable. Funding clearly a big hurdle and coupled with hiddenly racist policies, not only Dayaks but you can see the damage done in long term on Indian schools and God knows how Orang Asli relate laptop as a tool for them to hunting. At least Chinese schools are receiving financial supports from their own business community but still it’s not enough. Education is a right for everyone, not a privilege for few.

3. Basic investment education

Again, these are existing infrastructure that Dayaks failed to utilised in more profitable way. Plantation schemes can only become lucrative passive income if negotiated smartly but sadly it’s not the case for some unlucky Dayak NCR landowners. Lack of comparisons and legal consultancy means one-way trip gamble. That is why Dayak must always remember to be prudent and go back to conventional savings account or unit trust investment like ASB for secured and relatively decent returns. Community leaders should stress the importance for these Dayaks to at least open their respective accounts and wisely keep their money as much as possible. Awareness of their financial options is good and safe bet. It’s worth the wait for Dayaks to keep some of their lands (maybe to sell it, save the money in ASB) rather than put it all for worshipping the mystic god of palm oil. A simple booklet to explain financial, NCR land tips will do like that Bank Negara banking tips pamphlets distributed free at banks now. Seems like the team of spin doctors like Shabery Chik and company got some info things to do here rather than unveiling the world’s oldest fairy tale: Sibu-Kapit road.

4. Dayak History subject

Basically it’s all about informed our future Dayaks who, where, when, why of animist-turned-civilised being called the Dayaks. From the origins of Dayaks (from Taiwan? Singkawang? Llanun Mindanaos? Papua?) all the way now, the pathetic state of our leaders. Whether it’s shame or pride, all must be revealed just how gross the mistakes was made, the aspects of legality and technicality of land laws should be included so that Dayaks are duly informed that Sarawak Land Code is a mafia code with “I’m The Government” means an offer you cannot refuse. At least the new Dayaks generation understand the complexities of Dayak cultures, belief systems, political ideology and idiocracy, so as not to repeat the stupid mistakes: Like for a magic kite ride a Dayak can surrender the whole statehood, alcoholism and cockfighting was created by the Brookes with some Heng Hua Chinese triads to trick Dayaks as noble pastime just like golf or something. It is how Kapit Dayaks worship the Chinese Rajah no matter what made James Masing spinning, or maybe unrecorded visit by Elvis Presley to Borneo to marry a Dayak wife but who knows as clown-costumely paraded in DAMA. Yes, you might say it’s all ridiculous but make no difference as Umno also did the same splendidly in re-writing history, rubberstamped by Prof.Kho to what we know now as Hang Tuah actual surname is Chang Chuah from China and great-great-grandfather of Jackie Chan.

5. Black magic is criminal

We Dayaks undeniably practice it more for evil rather than telepathic medical purposes. It is very ambigous, unseen, as secretive as corruption to weed and charge for lawful criminal offence. There is no legal jurisdiction for offence using black magic that cause death, mischiefs, cheating cases. Yet it is widespread practice and well known culture even to other races alike so much it is indeed a good business for some with these “talents”, even issuing you consultancy fee recepits after each fictitious sessions. How enterprising! Only constant name-and-shame exposures and education will eliminate these sick culture. Some may argue it usefulness like tracking killer croc or videogames like that, but you all Dayaks mostly go for the devil. Just like a fake degree holder with hypnotise skills will be a dangerous mix of politician, adding the elements of black magic means virtually invincible autocracy.

These are basically my point. Will you excuse me while I’m listening to some communist propaganda song sounds like Segulai Sejalai, no.1 socialist pop rock song in North Korea now. Kim Jong Il also got it as his car bumper sticker. Propaganda song is best played on high mountain range for maximum coverage and effective mass appeal.

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*Interesting twist on our confused education system:

Malaysian Education: Revert to old school set-up

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 15:17 By : HASSAN TALIB, NST

IN the 1960s and early 1970s, children from poor families could study at English-medium schools free of charge. These children could enjoy comics such as Beano and Dandy. When they reached Standard Four or Five they could already start reading English newspapers and books by Enid Blyton. By the time they were in secondary school, they could move on to Shakespeare and great poets like Wordsworth. At this stage too, they were generally knowledgeable in world history and geography.
Schooling was enjoyable then as the teachers were dedicated to their jobs. And, of course, the students respected their teachers and vice versa. “Change” is indeed painful. In the name of narrow nationalistic sentiments, the present generation, a product of the Sekolah Kebangsaan education system, is not as lucky as their parents who studied at English schools. Currently, only privileged children of the rich and famous can afford to study in private English schools. They have the advantage of an English education which enables them to be competitive in the job market. What about those in Sekolah Kebangsaan? We ridicule them because they are poor in English. They can’t read, write or converse properly. Even the teachers who are supposed to improve their language skills and knowledge are no better as they too are products of this system. We blame students for not taking English seriously. We blame teachers for not taking their profession seriously. We blame parents for not guiding and encouraging their children to be proficient in English. We blame everybody, except the system. How can someone who goes to Sekolah Kebangsaan be proficient in English, compared with the son of a minister or a diplomat who studies in an international school? It’s a pity we adopt amyopic view when addressing the problems faced by today’s children in their quest for proficiency in English. We continue to experiment on them and make mistakes along the way. We refuse to reintroduce English-medium schools while retaining vernacular schools. While politicians, academicians and nationalists indulge in rhetoric and debate, the children suffer in silence. After completing school, these children would envy those who are articulate in English. They envy their colleagues who are able to debate in English at international forums. They envy those who can enjoy the latest bestsellers from the West. And should they buy a book of nurser y rhymes, they would face problems in teaching their young ones. They wallow in self-pity and would try their best to improve their English. They would condemn the system in silence, condemning the politicians and nationalists. And now, their own children will also have to
attend Sekolah Kebangsaan as they can’t afford the fees in inter national schools. The British and Americans were once surprised that we could speak very good English. Today, our students have to pass a special English test to be admitted to British and American universities, where the failure rate is high. If Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants to leave a lasting legacy before March next year, I suggest he reintroduces English-medium schools to Malaysia.