THE photograph of the empty restaurant said it all. Not one person showed up for the DAP’s Dayak Consultative Council (DCC) seminar on Sunday — Oct 9 — at a restaurant in Siburan.
I somehow missed this in my morning paper but found it online. The photograph shows a nicely set up restaurant with just the organisers waiting for people to show up. Oh and a few restaurant staff, who must never have witnessed such a poor turnout, (sorry, such a non-existent turnout) for an event at the popular restaurant before this.
Despite the presence of the State DAP’s ‘bigwigs’ chairman Wong Ho Leng and secretary Chong Chieng Jen, the DCC seminar still failed to attract any of its targeted participants — members of the Bumiputera community.
DAP DCC chairman Dr John Brian Anthony had billed the seminar in Siburan, which according to him was originally to be held on Sept 27, as the Dayak Reawakening Seminar.
I don’t know about you, but I find that label rather insulting. It is as if to say the Dayak community has been sleeping all this while. It seems to insinuate that the Dayak community has somehow been wondering around in dreamland, unaware of reality and not in control of their own destinies.
It is incredibly insulting whenever I hear the DAP say that the Bumiputera community in Sarawak or the rural community in Sarawak needs awakening, or is blind or being conned or whatever the latest PR spin is these days.
And I guess members of the Dayak community around Siburan also felt the same way because no one showed up to be ‘reawakened’.
Probably because the Dayak community is fully awake and fully aware of what is good for the community — who has the community’s best interests at heart and who can actually bring Sarawak Bumiputeras to even greater heights (hint, hint: it is NOT the DAP, PKR or anyone in PAS).
The report from The Borneo Post
No one shows up for party’s Dayak seminar
KUCHING: It was a rude awakening for the Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) dreams of penetrating rural areas in the state when not a single person turned up to attend its Dayak Consultative Council (DCC) seminar yesterday.
The DCC seminar was scheduled to be held in a local restaurant at Siburan (Mile 17, Kuching) at 1.30pm.
By 2.30pm, no one from the target audience showed up and the organisers were forced to finally call it off.
The seminar, organised by DCC, aimed to prepare for DAP’s move from strictly urban Chinese-majority areas into Bumiputera and rural areas in the coming parliamentary election and to supposedly provide related consultative services to rural folk.
Among those from the party present at the venue were state DAP chief Wong Ho Leng, secretary Chong Chieng Jen, Serian branch chairman Edward Andrew Luak and DCC chairman Dr John Brian Anthony.
At a press conference held after the seminar was cancelled, Wong admitted that it would be a great challenge for DAP to penetrate Sarawak’s rural areas in the coming parliamentary election.
Siburan is located in the Bengoh state constituency, which is presently held by the Barisan Nasional (BN) under the Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) Dr Jerip Susil, who is Assistant Minister of Public Health.
Bengoh, along with Tarat, is under the Mambong parliamentary constituency, which is currently held by BN under Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit, who is Deputy Minister of Tourism.
Besides Mambong, the DAP has also expressed interest in contesting in Mas Gading, currently held by BN through the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s (SPDP) Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe – National Service Training Council chairman, as well as Serian.
DAP has set up a centre in Serian to try to wrest the seat from BN’s Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
SUPP’s Datuk Richard Riot Jaem, who is Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, has held the seat for five terms since 1990.
All three parliamentary seats are Bidayuh majority areas.