What ‘cawat’? “Nadai gi kami ngena cawat deh!”

What is the fuss over the ‘cawat’ remark by Hadi Awang?

Much have been said about the ‘cawat’ (loincloth) remark. It’s getting really annoying reading the recycled, repeated craps in the paper nowadays. Our papers especially love to quote some stupid politicians moronic comments, I wonder if that helps them selling the papers. It’s downright insulting to read the spins by these idiots and with the rubbish journalism we have in Malaysia, it’s hard to find alternative or opposing views in our mainstream medias anymore. Everyone is parroting the same shits, treating us like dumbs.

First thing, nowadays you can’t see any Dayak wearing cawat (loincloth) anymore except perhaps on ceremonial or festive occasions. Not forgetting when posing for Tourism Malaysia posters, which is somehow fine and not insulting for the Dayaks to be portrayed that way, I wonder.

Long long time ago, our ancestors were wandering around naked, wearing nothing. Then somehow they found it embarassing not to cover their jewels so they scavenged anything they could think of to cover those parts. It evolved from wearing leaves, then to loincloth and now we can have brief or boxer and jeans, shorts, khakis over to double cover, triple cover our precious-yet-embarassing-to-be-let-free-for-view parts.

Yes, Dayak tribes did wear cawats back then (probably my earliest ancestors back then did as well) and that was so fashionable at that time, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of the fact, even today. No thanks to idiots from Barisan Nasional, the so called Dayak-fighters like Alfred Jabu ak Numpang and James Jemut Masing who jumped on this issue and fanned it to stir emotional angst among the Dayaks.

They interpreted the loincloth remark literally, knowing it would cause discontent among Sarawakians especially the Dayaks. They are hoping all Sarawakians would be so dumb and illiterate to take the meaning literally.

Listen to James Masing –

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Masing said Hadi’s comments suggested that the Batang Ai voters, the majority of whom are Dayaks, were uncivilised.

Now Alfred Jabu –

Irked by Hadi’s comments which was made in the run-up to the Manek Urai by-election which was won by PAS, Jabu said anyone who had offended any community should apologise if he was a sensible person.

“I have covered Lubok Antu very extensively, well before the by-election, during and after it and under normal circumstances, you don’t see anyone wearng ‘cawat’, except during traditional dances when traditional costumes are displayed,” he said, adding it had been demonstrated that Barisan was very strong in Sarawak.

Trust James Jemut Masing and Alfred Jabu ak Numpang to spin the loincloth remark to their own benefits. James Masing is only partially correct in his statement. Yes Hadi’s comments suggest the Batang Ai voters, the majority of whom are Dayaks were uncivilised, but it was a reference to the ‘uncivilised, backward mentality’ of Dayak voters for keep voting the government that neglects them all this years.

In the case of Batang Ai, under the guise of ‘political development’, BN offered instant goodies for the voters and they were easily appeased and contented with such ‘political bribery’. Little that they remember, ALL governments exist for the purpose of assisting ALL their citizens and there is nothing to be thankful or grateful for what’s rightfully belong to them. I wrote something along this line before – Should we be thankful for what’s rightfully ours?

BN even had the audacity to declare East Malaysia states as its ‘fixed deposit’, clearly insulting and at the expense of ignoramus East Malaysian voters when it comes to exercising their votes wisely.

Najib Wants Sabah To Remain BN’s ‘Fixed Deposit’

KOTA KINABALU, May 4 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Sabah to remain as the ‘fixed deposit’ for the Barisan Nasional (BN).

He said that this was to ensure the BN would continue to be at the helm of the country’s administration.

As if it is something to be proud of, we have an idiot in the name of Abang Johari quickly making a bold statement declared that “Sarawak also BN’s fixed deposit”. WTF? Is this worth fighting for? Something to be jealous of when Najib ‘praised’ Sabah? This is an insult! Not praise and glory, you blinking idiot!

So, why nobody kick a fuss when this guy daringly made a statement insinuating the votes of Sarawakians are taken for granted? Where were you Alfred Jabu? James Masing? Obviously, BN all this while treat Sarawakian voters as idiots. Their votes worth shit and are easily bought with instant goodies? Isn’t this affirming the ‘cawat’ mentality among the voters in Sarawak?

I would like to share some very interesting and valid points made by Sarawak Headhunter in his post Why Are Some Dayaks Getting Their Cawats In A Twist?

What line did Hadi cross? Was he telling a lie? Did he say it to insult anyone? Is the truth insulting? If any Dayaks really felt insulted, perhaps they should mend the error of their ways and stop supporting oppression of their own people by Taib and his regime.

Did Hadi really want to make the people of Lubok Antu and the Dayaks as a whole look uncivilised? Was that his point? Again, why should anyone feel sensitive above Hadi’s remarks unless they were true?

All sadly but typically missing the point, perhaps purposely. Why should the opposition deliberately want to hurt the feelings of the very people whose support they need?

Everyone, including Hadi, knows very well that the Dayaks no longer “run around” in cawats. But that doesn’t mean that the Dayaks have yet managed to outgrow their ‘cawat’ mentality, just like many Malays (read “UMNO Malays”) have still not managed to outgrow their feudal mentality.

Obviously Hadi knows that the people don’t literally wear cawats any more. Anyway, don’t Dayaks wearing cawats still appear in official BN government tourist brouchures and cultural performances?

What Hadi meant, Sarawak Headhunter thinks, is the cawat or backward mentality of the Dayaks, who in spite of being the victims of Taib’s regime, still supported their oppressors and victimizers.

Dayaks are marginalised because of their ignorance of Taib’s regime’s manipulation and oppression of their own people and other Sarawakians, or if they are not ignorant of this, then because of their own stupidity.

Read more of his post here.

Yes, Hadi was right about Sarawakians still wearing ‘cawat‘ on their heads covering their eyes and ears. Let go of this invisible ‘cawat’ and start doing the right thing. Be critical and not submissive. Be skeptical when necessary.

Being critical means you care about our nation and want to improve things and correct what you think is wrong and it doesn’t necessary means anti-establisment. Being sceptical means you are not naive and do not accept everything you read or hear.

That said, if the opposition wants to woo the voters in East Malaysia especially in Sarawak, it needs to do more research to understand the voters mentality, especially why they are still trapped in this ‘cawat’ mentality. Making such remarks without finding solutions to address the issue do no good to all and already many Sarawakians find West Malaysian politicians are ridiculously ignorant about this part of the world. Not mentioning some arrogant and patronising statements.

Remember, for any side to form a federal government in Malaysia, winning some of the minimum 25% of the seats allocated to East Malaysia states is paramount, so buck up and get wise.

ps: “Nadai gi kami ngena cawat deh!” – We are wearing loincloths no more!

pss: Seriously, if the Dayaks feel insulted by this ‘cawat’ remark, they should sue Tourism Ministry for using posters of ‘cawat‘ wearing dude’ to promote Sarawak. Heck, if I am a horny, dumb blonde tourist and I want to make a trip to Sarawak just to meet some good looking ‘cawat’ wearing dudes because of the posters, how? What? I didn’t see any disclaimer saying ”The product images are for illustration purposes only” so it must be real!

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14 Responses to “What ‘cawat’? “Nadai gi kami ngena cawat deh!””

  1. NoktahHitam wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I think cawat are cool. Damn too cool. With the tattoo, feather hat, the shield, sumpit, uber cool for an urban boy like myself.

    Hadi means, read between the lines and cover your balls 😛

    I do agree with you, newspapers nowadays have 2 agendas, 1) Fool us 2) Fool us 😉


  2. haro wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    betong, Jabu’s constituent is consist of majority dayaks (iban)

    yet he let GOVERNMENT aka BN to held NATIONAL MALIDUL RASUL celebration held there

    that is insulting…it is like doin non-muslim celebration in MUSLIM area..



  3. Marv wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    You should write in the newspapers.. *wink*


  4. BaLQiZ wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Pompuan Serawak pake modes. “Kamek bangga pake modes. Peewit”


  5. bongkersz wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    @BaLQiZ, hurray! Eh, sik pake tampon kah? Ney post bahasa Sarawak tek? (pressure.. pressure.. :P)


  6. bongkersz wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    @Marv, cannot. Too long winded. Not politically correct. Hmm, you have newspaper? I write for you 🙂


  7. bongkersz wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    @haro, Jabu is the biggest pirate! Robbing from his own people. It’s time to kick this idiot out!


  8. sactyr wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wasn’t it the case that in the recent by-election in Sarawak instant noodles were dropped to woo voters?

    I might be wrong but I think that’s what prompted the voters to vote for BN.


  9. bongkersz wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    @sactyr, yes bro. I mentioned that as well.

    In the case of Batang Ai, under the guise of ‘political development’, BN offered instant goodies for the voters and they were easily appeased and contented with such ‘political bribery’.

    Which is exactly the loincloth remark for.


  10. Vijay Kumar Murugavell wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    My two pledges :-

    1) I will make sure I deliver at least 300 votes as fixed deposit to Pakatan Rakyat not because I belong to the Paktan fan club, but because its a no brainer that BN should be ousted.

    2)I will continue to yank down the cawat (loin cloth) of selected MSM spin items supporting BN and publicly berate the author/editor for publishing naked imbicilic lies.


  11. bongkersz wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    @Vijay Kumar Murugavell, out of nearly 9k members of D9 BN and 300 members (and increasing by day) from Vote Vijay, we can pledge at least 3000-4000 votes to PR 🙂 (That’s being very pessimistic) HAHAHAHAHA!


  12. Vijay Kumar Murugavell wrote on Jul 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Ah, Comrade Bong…but there we are preaching to the mostly converted.
    On 308 I went campaigning on the ground and by my own estimate I think I convinced 30 to 40 fence sitters who earlier wanted to vote BN, mostly older folk who did not want to rock the boat, some later told me they supported PR because of me, thats what they tell me lah,who they actually voted , I dont know la.300 pretty tall order for one person, but I will push myself to do it, next GE I will even take long leave and go all out on the ground.Just think- if each PR supporter just targets 1 BN supporter to convince to vote PR, on a macro scale a success rate of even 20%, that means only 1 in 5 suceed, the BN govt will collapse.


  13. dayaksgirl wrote on Jul 28, 2009 at 1:22 am

    so what if we still use cawat!! guys.he is stupid,not educated person..they don’t even know what happend around Malaysia.although some of us are from pedalaman but we still able to know what peoples at west Malaysia doing..we know their tradisional food,what do their house look like and many more through tv,internet and media..but some of them r stupid, they know nothing about us..most peoples from west Malaysia always ask me the same question like do you guys still live in the jungle..house on tree?? i answered yes, but our house is complete with technology such as elevator,internet,tv,and many more..and i also tell them we still “potong palak musuh”.they also ask me n most of my friends this “xnak convert ke muslim ker?”…menjaja agama di sana sini, think agama is sooooo cheap n something that we can easily play with..actually, that hadi xhave money to fly to sarawak..soo miskin..dahla hadi,betul2 berik malu ngan diriknya..ketara tol xda skolah..bgs anta nya masuk utan jadi org utan..


  14. Alique Azmi wrote on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Sabah & sarawak memang fixed deposit BN dah lama dah. Not just helping BN in majority but also give those damn filthy rich b*stard BN corruptors money to live with. WTF. I wonder if Sarawak & Sabah could cooperate with opposition on the next pilihanraya~


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