It has tried to instill self-respect to the community, to create awareness on our social and cultural responsibility and to drive home the importance of unity, as well as to imbue a feeling of oneness and a sense of belonging in the face of common problems and adversity.
I believe that The Broken Shield has also tried to raise political awareness among the Dayaks – how and why we have remained politically disunited; how and why we have remained mired in the shackles of poverty; how and why we are not even allowed to form our own Dayak political party; and there are so many “hows”, so many “whys” and so many “whats”.
For the year 2009, let us – the bloggers, the readers and other internet savvies – renew our pledge to work harder and together to find the answers to those “hows”, “whys” and “whats”. Let us turn our internet into a “newspaper” as an effective weapon to gain knowledge, to communicate with one another, and even to turn it into a platform to conduct or discuss issues of interests. Our main audience is young Dayaks who are ICT literate.
Why young Dayaks? For change to take place in our community, we should concentrate our efforts on them as they are the ones who can understand the current issues better and can see reasons clearer as to the “hows”, the “whys” and the “whats” things are happening.
Our elder generations especially those above 50 are too much “barisanised” and they are hard to change. In our efforts to find the answers to the above questions, we are sure to meet stiff opposition from our own kind. But let us not be deterred by any adverse comments. Instead such comments should inspire us.
For the bloggers, the year 2009 may see the formation of Dayak Bloggers Association (DABA) as the move is now afoot. Through this association, members can effectively raise issues concerning the community. While some should continue to raise issues on politics, others should touch on economic, finance, welfare, education, laws, ICT and other issues in order to inform and educate our readers.
In this way, we all can contribute to bring changes for the better to our community. This is our objective so that Sarawak, to borrow Martin Luther King’s phrases, “one day, a State sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice” and where the Dayaks “will one day live in a Nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” - The Broken Shield