Other ways of cheating were through approving minor rural projects and issuing of cheques to Tuai Rumah (longhouse chiefs). In the case of Selangau, the cheques bounced.
What is funny is that the bounced cheques were detained and retained by the bank concerned.
Several reports had been lodged with the authorities, but such reports fell on deaf ears.
The BN campaigners did not fear the Election Commission, the Police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), because they know that these authorities would ignore vote-buying and corruption.
Nor did the BN campaigners feel sorry for cheating these ‘innocent and ignorant’ people, because they did not have any integrity left in them.
Their main aim was to win and to win at all cost.
And the people are partly to be blamed; because of their greed for money, they were prepared to sell their souls, their children’s future and their family’s honour.
Many Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulu know that their NCR lands and their communal forests have been taken away without compensation being paid, and yet these (stupid) people voted for the BN candidates.
For example, 80 percent of Bidayuhs from 10 villages in Tebedu voted for Michael Manyin in the recent state election, and after the election they realised that Manyin refused to help them when a timber company encroached into their NCR land and forests.
They took the law into their own hands by torching machinery and logging camps and for that action, a number of them have been arrested for their defending their own land. Now they regretted voting for him, and in fact they hated him. But it is too late to regret.