It is interesting to note of a statement made by MP for Lubok Antu regarding power-crazy individuals which appeared in The Borne0 Post on Wednesday, 4 January 2012.
The story reads: ‘Power-crazy individuals do not fit the bill to be longhouse chiefs'.
Lubok Antu MP William Nyalau Badak said only persons with credibility have the ability to bring the people under their charge together.
‘I am saddened by the actions of certain individuals who are too power-crazy until they split the unity of the people in their longhouses just because they want to be the Tuai Rumah (village chiefs).
‘These people are not at all suitable to be Tuai Rumah because they not only disrespect the tradition of their longhouses but also create disharmony among the residents,’ he said at a meet-the-people session at rumah Tan Anak Tumba, Seramat.
He also said that the culprits should realise their actions only embarrass themselves in the eyes of the residents and the neighbouring countries.
‘If someone wishes to lobby to be Tuai Rumah, he should lead by good example,’ he said.
Comment: There are several reasons why people want to be Tuai Rumah. Firstly, the government has corrupted the incumbent Tuai Rumah by promising their monthly allowance from RM450.00 to RM800.00 and this promise in the last election.
Secondly, the Tuai Rumah become not only government agents (spies) but also become the ‘feet or side-kicks’ (kaki) of politicians in their respective areas.
Their jobs among others are to control their 'anembiaks' (followers) to vote for that YB. Their Tuai Rumah in return will receive financial gains. And what about the project money?
In Layar constituency, many Tuai Rumah became instant ‘rich’ and the same in Lubok Antu. No wonder people are crazy wanting to become Tuai Rumah.
Nowadays many Tuai Rumah become instant rich as they sign away the land of their followers to companies for oil palm plantations without their consent. The companies pay them very well.
In Sebuyau, one tuai Rumah and a Penghulu have been sued by the landowners for giving away their NCR land. The case is pending. The same thing happened to community leaders in Serian and Bau.
In all these cases, the Tuai Rumah and community leaders receive money in return. And for these people, they do not mind selling their souls, their family’s interest and rights and their children’s future. Sadly, the so-called power-crazy individuals wanting to be Tuai Rumah are retired teachers, retired police and army personnel.
So who are to be blamed? To me all BN YBs like Nyalau should equally be blamed for corrupting these crazy individuals. I may be wrong, but what others have got to say about all this?