In his Gawai message to the Dayaks this year, Taib urged the Dayaks to work as a team, not to split and execute their duties.
It's an open secret that the Dayaks knew that Taib all along condone the breakup of Dayak parties into smaller parties. Of course he will publicly declared that those issue are internal and he has no right to intervene because by being a bystander, it became an advantage to him so that "Divide and rule" applied. Disunity among Dayaks will not threaten his political grip on Sarawak. Can't blame Taib really, it's the Dayaks mentality that each one of them want to be the Tuai Rumah or the Chieftain.
However, with the recent development after the General Election and the mounting threat from PKR to dislodge Barisan Nasional from Sarawak Cabinet, Taib may have changed his strategy and is advocating the Dayaks to be united. United to support him instead of PKR.
That's political game. One day you divide and rule, the next day to unite and rule.
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Work as a team, Dayaks urged
KUCHING: The Dayaks should work as a team to grab the many opportunities in the state’s second wave of development.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud reminded them not to be split and neglect their duties.
The state had applied to the Federal Government to come up with development programmes to eradicate rural poverty, Taib said in his Gawai Dayak message read by his deputy Tan Sri Alfred Jabu over the radio.
More than one million Dayaks, who mostly live in longhouses in rural areas, celebrate Gawai.
Taib said the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) launched recently would focus on the development of hydro resources to supply electricity to energy-intensive industries.
Besides the planned heavy industries, he said the state would also embark on large-scale estate development, like oil palm plantations.
“All these planned development projects will provide many jobs especially in the next 20 to 25 years,” he added.
Taib urged the people to pursue tertiary studies as the state needed many professionals and skilled manpower.
In a similar message, Sarawak Governor Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin urged the Dayaks to take care of their safety and that of their families when celebrating the festival.
He urged non-Dayaks to visit the Dayaks for the sake of brotherhood and goodwill.
The Head of State said Sarawak had lined up various activities that would involve all races as it celebrated its 45th anniversary of independence in Malaysia.