5 Aug 2012

What A Little Bird Told Us – Time For Change?

What A Little Bird Told Us – Time For Change?

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The Chief Minister is well known for his obsession with black magic and omens, despite his proclaimed Muslim faith, which bans both.

Sinister black birds are known to been allowed to hop freely around his home in Damak Jaya, spooking guests.

The basement is packed with shrines and bomoh artefacts, all part of Taib’s attempt to use the spiritual world to gain advantage over his fellow people.

So, he will understand full well the significance of the action of one simple, small bird who came in from the falling jungles to listen to the words of opposition PKR leader Baru Bian as he spoke to longhouse folk this week.

We reproduce the story from Baru’s website at a time when Sarawakians are searching their souls for guidance on the eve of a key election.

Baru speaking at the longhouse with the little bird attentive throughout!

Baru Bian at Uma Sambob: Along came a little bird…

Uma Sambob, Long Semutut was the last stop of YB Baru Bian’s visit to Hulu Rejang on 28-30 July 2012. One of the residents of the longhouse, the late Joseph Lenjau was represented by Baru in a suit against 6 companies and the Goverment of Sarawak many years ago.

When Baru started to talk about Joseph Lenjau’s struggle for justice, a little bird flew into the common area and headed towards him. The bird fluttered above Baru for a while, then circled around him and settled down on the floor in front of him.

Facing Baru, the little bird sat and listened attentively until the speech came to an end. A lady, who is related to the late Joseph Lenjau then approached the bird and reached out to hold it. To everyone’s amazement, the bird allowed itself to be picked up by the lady, who was crying. She kissed the little bird and took it into a bilik. The bird was later released. We are told that there were very few dry eyes that day at Uma Sambob, Long Semutut.

Abun Sui, the next speaker, was too overcome by emotion to speak.

To the people of the longhouse, the visit of this little bird is of great significance.

They say that the bird came with the message that the animals and birds are suffering together with the people as their homes are also being destroyed by the logging and plantation companies.

They say the bird brought the message that justice will finally prevail and those who fight for justice will enjoy the fruits of victory soon.

A very meaningful visit by a little feathered friend.

 

 

 

  • Dr Manang Ketupong

    HeHeHe…Beware of the Fake Prophet…

    “Do As I SAY…Not Do As I Do” – common slogan preached by any Fake Prophet…so folks beware don’t fall trap OK!

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    -Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Matthew 7:14-16

    -Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    John 4:1-3

    -And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    Matthew 24:10-12

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    Taib advises Muslims to follow the middle path

    The Star, Thursday, September 13, 2001

    KUCHING: A sombre Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday advised Muslims in Sarawak to be moderate in their outlook towards life and to avoid extremist actions.

    “Islam teaches us to be moderate in all aspects of our living and also to be thankful for what we have been given,” he said.

    Taib, who was launching the RM28.3mil Islamic Development Department (Jakim) at Matang in the Malay-majority Pantai Damai constituency of 12,424 voters, said they should not only be thankful to God but also to fellow human beings.

    The Pantai Damai seat is tipped to be one of the hottest seats where Parti Keadilan Nasional is expected to put up a strong fight against PBB, the backbone of State Barisan Nasional coalition.

    PBB is expected to field new comer Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi who is taking over from incumbent Datin Paduka Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi who has moved to Samariang seat.

    Sixty-five-year-old Taib, had been travelling extensively in the south and central parts of Sarawak since the dissolution of the State Assembly on Sept 8.

    Taib said the Quran taught Muslims to take care of their elderly parents during old age and this clearly indicated that Allah wants human beings to be thankful to those who had helped them.

    “We must avoid teachings by certain Islamic groups in the Peninsula which says there is no need to be thankful to any human being but only to Allah,” said Taib.

    Short of saying that the people of Matang should know how to be thankful to the Barisan Government for giving them good roads, electricity and water supplies and schools, Taib said Malays must not allow outside influence to disunite them.

    He added that they should maintain close ties with each other to ensure Sarawak continued to prosper.

    On Tuesday in Samarahan, Taib, who was in a fiery mood, took the opposition to task for accusing him of being zalim (cruel).

    He said: “If I am cruel, how can Sarawak be what it is today. This shows that the opposition does not know what they are saying.”

    He said voters should not be swayed and duped by opposition sweet talk.

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    Mixing politics with religion very dangerous — Taib

    Borneo Post, 10 April 2011

    MUKAH: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday warned the people of the great dangers involved in mixing politics with religion.

    “Never mix religion with politics. There is nothing more volatile, nothing more provocative than mixing the two.

    “Inevitably, we will quarrel if we try to politicise religion…also racial issues as well,” he said when opening the RM10 million St Peter/St Paul church here yesterday.

    Touching on the issue of some 30,000 copies of Malay language bibles left uncollected at Kuching Port, Taib said it was he himself and not the opposition who had rectified the situation.

    “I talked to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (on the matter),” he said.

    Taib said the opposition only knew how to make people angry and that there were much “at stake for us all if we have anger and suspicions against each other… Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhist.”

    “We must not allow religious extremists a free hand to divide and destroy society and the country,” he said.

    Taking a swipe at the opposition coalition’s slogan which called on the people to vote for change in the coming election, Taib said the people should think very carefully.

    “I have made the change in this state since 50 years ago. People are now better off. They have better standard of living, better lifestyle now. We have good roads, amenities, schools, there are many graduates too,” he said.

    He said they should ask themselves if this change was for the better or for the worse, whether there would be stability or instability, certainty or uncertainty.

    Taib said the people would face a very uncertain future if they were led by leaders like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    “We must maintain what we already have…a united, harmonious, stable, prosperous, progressive and respectable society where we have the freedom to aspire for what we believe is good.

    “That is why when I step down I want to hand over the state to new people, qualified people so that there will be no change for the worse,” he said. — Bernama

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    Preserve our eastern values: Taib to churches

    Borneo Post, Thursday, April 26, 2001

    KUCHING – Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud today called for the preservation of the eastern values alongside the moral teachings of the various faiths to promote religious tolerance in the plural Malaysian society.

    This was imperative to ensure continued economic advancement and closer spiritual fellowship among the people of different religions, he pointed out. The Chief Minister was addressing a luncheon reception for leaders of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) who are attending their 10th Triennial General Assembly (TGA) held for the first time in Kuching. For instance, Abdul Taib said the tendency of avoiding getting too-near relatives for fear of being accused of nepotism or the ‘mother-in-law phobia’ and so forth should be done away with. The people must continue to establish relationship with members of their bigger extended family even though they may be distant in the physical form, he said.

    He said: “It is a major challenge to preserve the feeling of love in the family especially with globalisation.

    “The faster pace of changes taking place in the homes has surrendered the role in religious upbringing to the religious leaders in the church, mosque or temple.”

    Abdul Taib suggested that one way to do it ‘is to have the school get the children of different races and religions to mix with one another, even though it may only be doing some small charitable works.’ He believed this would help promote a sense of caring for one another regardless of their religious backgrounds.

    “It is important to ingrain tolerance among the people in the context of encouraging more understanding in interacting with one another,” he said.

    He said another challenge that came with the advancement of materialism was generation gap and how to mould the spiritual wellbeing of the youths of today.

    “Parents are now more busy with material pursuits with more women joining the workforce, resulting in less and less mothers looking after their children. With the economic changes taking place so rapidly, family cohesion is suffering and the generation gap is getting wider,” he pointed out.

    There was therefore the need to spend more time and resources to develop social activities to encourage healthy interaction among the people of various races and religions, Taib said. One hundred delegates, fraternal guests and accredited observers from 16 member churches and eight associations of national Christian organisations are attending the TGA from April 23 to 26 to review past programmes and provide new directions for work in the next three years.