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February 11, 2010

What is Dayak Syndrome?

Filed under: Dayak Syndrome — Pengayau @ 4:42 pm
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Taken from  http://knightadventure.blogspot.com/2008/10/dayak-syndrome.html

By James anak Bond (Founder of Dayak Syndrome)

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in the 20th Century noticed a spoiled brat in the Malays and boldly he spoke up. I am not a Tun neither a notable lord in the society, but so was farm girl Joan of Arc when she appeared before the disheartened French Army in the 15th Century. I, too, want to save my people and boldly must I speak. A wretched soul who is nobody is probably what it takes to point out the spiteful rats in the Dayak. Our leaders must despised the rodent, too, if they are not rats themselves.

The reason for this article is to probe the pride of the Dayak. So at the end of the day we will start asking ourselves this pertinent question: Are we still a Dayak? If we are Dayak then by all means we had better start working on Dayak image. Or else, we can do away with Dayak altogether. Time is now to make the choice.

1. Prologue
2. Dayak Syndrome: The Origin
3. Dayak Syndrome: The symptoms
4. Dayak Syndrome: Tribal characters
5. Dayak Syndrome: Application in everyday challenge
6. Why James anak Bond hates Dayak
7. Prescription against Dayak Syndrome


When a Dayak disagrees with another Dayak in a society or even in their own longhouse, the Dayaks have all but two options:

  1. They can ignore, forgo or decline all attempts of reconciliation and raze to the ground the foundation upon which their alliance was forged so no one is left with anything to gain from the lose-lose situation, which in Dayak sense is a fair deal – sepik asai, says Iban; paja’k dalo’k, says Kayan.
  2. Or, if the first option is unattainable, either party can walk out to start another home somewhere, similar in architecture and design and function, only smaller – kelap tong tana juu juu sitei ami itao, says the Penan. The longer the juuuu the farther is that somewhere.
  3. While Option 1 offers opportunity to both losers to come to a talking term again, Option 2 is a dead end. It is for that reason the squabbling Dayaks are quick to resort to Option 1 in many cases, which is total demolition of everything they have started. Standing before the ruin, they watched with glee.Option 2 may offer opportunity of remerging in the future. That can happen in other societies but not Dayak. As far as any hornbill can recall, never once two separated Dayak groups come together again.When a Dayak divorces another Dayak, the two Dayaks will only remarry after there’s no more singles, no more widows, no more infidel spouses, no more bitches to choose from. Of course that is only a metaphor. But even that is not entirely remote from Dayak reality. Exception is the Penan; they’re made in pairs till death do them apart. Maybe because living in a small colony of four or five families don’t give them much choice.

    We have no qualms about liking Dayak to traitors to their own future because every argument they can employ to quash this claim will rebound to stare at their face, and they know that.

    The Dayaks always want to be in control. If we cannot take over the ship as a whole, we divide the ship in two to be fair to everyone in the hull. A halved ship will sink! Oh, we forgot that. But we can worry about that after we split the ship.” – James anak Bond.

In 2002, a Dayak started a Dayak-based web forum, the first of its kind. Quickly it was rewarded with a huge popularity among the Sarawakians, Dayak and non-Dayak alike. Sometime later, the site administrators, some IT fellows of Dayak origin, embroiled in a power tussle among themselves. Long story short, a splinter group moved out to start a Dayak-based web forum of its own. Then a long-standing issue of ‘members pinching’ come between the two sites. The moral of the story is, when Dayak envies another Dayak their sense of community is blurred by a sense of competition, although often the competition is not necessary. But the saddest calamity in this case is not even one Dayak, not even those standing in the sideline, can see anything wrong with that. That is Dayak Syndrome case 1.

Dayak Syndrome case 2. In 2006, a Dayak wanted to start an association for his fellow Dayak. He mooted the plan. He was given a lukewarm response; critics were aplenty. Yet while he was finalizing the framework and now everyone can see the relevance of the movement, out of nowhere the many Dayaks hustled into the association and started nominating themselves to the committee board; somehow, they hijacked the whole thing from the first Dayak. The moral of the story is Dayaks are mites without honour.

Dayak Syndrome: The origin

‘Dayak Syndrome’ is diagnosis founded by James anak Bond to explain a harmful trait in the behaviour of reasoning, a psychological flaw that is rampant among the Dayaks. A familiar symptom is traceable in the Asians, Africans and Caucasians but while the condition is curable in the first three, the syndrome in the Dayak is virtually immortal, hence the name.

Strong is the suggestion that Dayak Syndrome develops a life span that can stretch up to 300 years owing to its ability to mutate promptly in response against introduction of a rehabilitation and to ‘hitch a ride’ on the genetic cells from one Dayak generation to the next.

It was the first rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke in 1850, who made early observation of this syndrome among his Dayak subjects. At lost as to relate the mental vainness to any European-based sickness he had come to know, Sir James, out of extreme anxiety, outlawed the atrocious tradition of headhunting among the Dayak tribes. In a fit of anger, he charged: “This madness has to stop!”

The headhunting extinct in the end but the madness lives on until today, all the more perceptible now the white rajah is no longer valid. Sustained in silent by its fragmentary attribute throughout the idle years under the British rule, the Dayak Syndrome now reformed and revived its effect in Malaysia environment. As noted by an English writer in the 19th Century, only Dyak can kill Dyak. Precisely the mannerism of Dayak Syndrome, the plague infected only people within Dayak circle. They are not Dayak unless they try to impair another Dayak (case study PBDS 2002). Sarawak politics produces a number of cases linked to Dayak Syndrome although elsewhere the contagion is also evident in the Dayak society.

By estimation, to date there are over 1 million humans carrying property of Dayak Syndrome in their oblongata all over the world, Sarawak being the breeding ground.

Dayak Syndrome: The symptoms

Dayak Syndrome is closely associated with slacking sense of community, unwarranted sense of competition, short vision, arrogance, selfishness, boastfulness, publicity craze, and a level of ignorance comparable to zero intelligence.

At the same time, a patient suffering from Dayak Syndrome can demonstrate penchant for violence or tendency to revolt wantonly against anyone the patient conceives as being his oppressor, notwithstanding if the latter has meant well. Yet rendered hapless against a one better adversary they vent their anger on their fellow Dayaks instead.

Dayak Syndrome in the extreme is nearly akin to self-mutilation (case study Ming Court Affair 1987).

A landmark result attributed to Dayak Syndrome occurred on September 16, 1963. Charmed and possessed by the Malaya dreams (case study 18-Point Safeguards for Malaysia Agreement), the Dayak Syndrome in everyone swelled up like bloating boils on their blotchy skin that day. Shepherd by James Wong KM, the herds of Sarawak Dayak streamed into the streets in great number, jigging and running about in the scorching sun like a multitude of pigs down with seizure.

45 years later today, Malaya-based Pakatan Rakyat professes a desire to ally with the Sarawak Dayak. Little doubt, the invitation can rouse Dayak curiosity for change, a reminiscence of 1963. No feat guessing what Dayak will do. Dayak Syndrome is also about absent-mindedness.

There goes the pig fever again.

Dayak Syndrome: Tribal characters

It may be relevant in the study of Dayak Syndrome to remember the three James, who in their respective functions and timeline having had to do with the Dayak Syndrome, knowingly or unknowingly:

  • James Brooke, rajah (19th Century) – for suppressing it
  • James Wong, politician (20th Century) – for exploiting it
  • James anak Bond, headhunter (21st Century) – for experimenting with it

As observed by James anak Bond (but not necessarily the general feelings), while all Dayak tribes play host and vector to Dayak Syndrome, several behaviours of the syndrome can distinguish one tribe from another. Four tribes stood out in this area. The rest of the tribes, including the Penan, reflect on behaviours found in the four – a little here and there.

The Bidayuh – diplomatic, showing willingness to give way
The Kelabit – studious, observant, focussed on elevating their social standard
The Kayan Kenyah – universal, quick to blend with other societies i.e. the Chinese
The Iban – none of the above

The Iban Dayak especially have this self-defeating habit. When they drum up support for a campaign, they holler up the name ‘Dayak’. But as Dayak from all tribes answer to the call, the Ibans, already addressing the crowd in their dialect, would unknowingly imply that the struggle is all about the Ibans, instead of Dayak.” – James anak Bond

Dayak Syndrome: Application in everyday’s challenge

No doubt, Dayak Syndrome can sustain the Dayak in a modern society for as long as they don’t venture to gamble with uncertainties without first devising escape plan or a restore point to fall back to in the event of a debacle. Unfortunately, Dayak Syndrome is always about acting on impulse.

A long list of promises can always play to the Dayak Syndrome. But often at the end of the day the Dayaks were left with just that – a list. If they’re lucky, a little token of appreciation is given, too little to be grateful with but enough to make them forget the lies done unto them. Dayak Syndrome is too forgiving.

So forgiving is the Dayak Syndrome that one can make pregnant their daughter and get away with it. In the event the Dayak girl is resisting your advances, you can threaten to harm her parents and the Dayak Syndrome in her will present her to you in total submission. Seven Chinese men raped a Dayak girl and she had the opportunity to testify against her attackers in the court of law. When the men’s lawyer asked if she had, at any time during the rape, personally enjoyed the aggression done unto her, the Dayak Syndrome in the girl made her to say: “If only three men, okay lah. Seven is too much?” By that, all seven men were acquitted.

Anyone about the size of a bulldozer, with hands as long as an excavator and a set of teeth as sharp as a chainsaw, can encroach into the native land and work the land as he would his own. Dayak Syndrome in the Dayak landowner would continue to remind him: “Let him be. There’s nothing we can do.”

Practically nothing they can do when the Register of Society cancelled out a Dayak political party in 2004. Dayak have themselves to blame. That is the only thing they are good at – blaming one another. One Dayak can charge so fiercely at another Dayak during a fall out between them that wherever words are lacking they make up with spitting. But when the quarrel is between them and the non-Dayak, the nerve of steel we saw earlier is now limping away like a dog with tail between its legs.

But of course, different people have different encounters with a specie called Dayak.

“Don’t argue with a Dayak. When he cooks up animal before the animal is even dead, that is the correct way to cook up animal. Try telling him that is not right and see who ended up in the cooking pot.” – Devil

That, devils and gentlemen, is a little something about Dayak Syndrome, a disease which is also living in me. Because I am suffering from a Dayak Syndrome like everyone else in this society, I can point out all the wrongs I found in others but found none in me. Hypocrisy is property of Dayak Syndrome and we Dayaks are ripe with it.

Why James anak Bond hates Dayak

This One American movie portrays the lifestyle of the Sarawak Dayaks in the early days when white men roamed the land. The motion picture, no doubt a fiction, shows how Dayak warriors armed with long swords, spears and blowpipes can remain superior before the British infantry who have advanced into gunpowder civilization. But that’s beside the plot of the story.

The storyline revolves around an initiative taken by the British governance for the Britons serving in Sarawak. The British officials, having deprived from comfort in home England, are permitted to keep Dayak girls as ‘temporary wife’. In return for her companionship, the near-albino man must teach her English language.

Following outcry from Sarawak Dayak leaders, the particular movie was instantaneously prohibited from showing in this country. DVD copies of the movie slipped through the embargo nonetheless.

Contrary to attitude of their leaders, the Dayak folks regard this movie as a blessing in disguise. They applaud, they swagger, they celebrate, and they are all proud and thrilled by what they saw. Men and women they are grateful to the fact that Sarawak finally made her present in Hollywood and that now the whole world must behold the sight of their magnificent warrior headhunters.

And Dayak girl bares all for something as little as “Hello”?

But Dayak always look the other way.

Prescription against Dayak Syndrome

Four drugs are necessary if the Dayaks want to free themselves from Dayak Syndrome; taken daily over indefinite time. Touch wood they don’t try the convenience of downing month-supply of daily pills in one go, if they haven’t on several occasions already.

These prescription may not go down well with the ever-temperamental Dayak. What the heck, somebody has to force it to them or this Dayak Syndrome will continue to hold sway. Now listen. As your ‘doctor’, refuse I must to beat around the bushes in search of nice words to play to your liking. I’m telling you now in layman’s term and you may not like what you hear. But a disease is a disease any which way you want to hear it.

Drug A.
For a CORRECT sense of community
Note the emphasis for “Correct”.

To acquire a correct sense of community, this is what we must do. The Iban must stop thinking like Iban, the Kayan Kenyah must stop mutating, the Kelabit must stop decorating themselves, and the Bidayuh must start dragging themselves to embrace the spirit of Dayak and sit next to the Lun Bawang if they think the Iban is too noisy. The other tribes must stop being too tribal and keep only to themselves. Wherever Dayak is concern, that’s the only race that matters now.

The Iban especially must exercise some restraint, and whole lot of it. Already the other Dayak tribes vilifying you as mother of all evils in Dayak gallery of debauchery, your boisterous behaviour will continue chasing them away from our midst. You Ibans must stop thinking Dayak is Iban, Dayak is for Iban alone or Dayak is all about Iban day in day out. Fuck you ha! Stop thinking selfishly. You are no superior to other tribes. If you think Ibans are superior, the Sarawak history may want to nominate the Orang Ulu as the real champions. The Orang Ulu only makes 5 percents of Sarawak population yet they can conquer nearly half of Sarawak mass. What’s that if not the legacy of their superior past. The Ibans were after all jungle wanderers without a proper civilization and the Europeans are ready to acknowledge that. So quit the ego, stop blowing your own trumpet, stop thinking you’re special, start thinking for a larger community. Help us. We sincerely need you. Bring out the best of rentaps in you and unite us again so we can conquer all again. Now you come down to the ground to be with your Dayak brothers and sisters. Here! In the mud we stand!

The Kelabits must quit the ego, too. Stop the dreaming you’re the Jews, the Chosen People, of Sarawak. You’re the jewels of the land in many cases allright and everyone is ready to give that to you. But enough with that. Time to share your virtues and the honed skills with the Dayak. Time to grace the humble Dayak nation with your presence. Have a sense of belonging with us, for Christ’s sake, and quit living like a hermit in your elite exclusive society. Tear down that wall, Miss Bario, and come down here to be with us. Here! In the mud we stand.

The Kayan and Kenyah. I don’t know what’s wrong with you two tribes but you had better stop idolising the Chinese because it has been proven in silent you can eventually surpass the Chinese at many of their craft and we fear you will infect the Dayak with the same made-in-china trickery. Already you’re skilled to bluff your way to the top. Just because the Chinese did it, it’s still not right for you to rape the Penan girls in ‘lumberjack minutes’ like the Chinese! You are after all religious God-fearing people. So save yourself from yourself. Already you sent your children to Chinese schools and married your pretty daughters into Chinese homes. What’s next? No problem with the Chinese but too much of it can kill your own identity and good caring nature. Here, look here, we are your brothers and sisters. We are the same people who dance with you in the river long before any foreigners set foot on this island. You are one of us. We are the same. So come down from there and join the Dayak crowd. Here! In the mud we stand.

The Penans! Sebile’ek, (meaning brother in English) you must start fighting for yourself. For Christ’s sake, pick up that blowpipe and put it to good use, can you? You cannot continue relying on other people to fight for you. God has given you two good eyes to be vigilant, two good ears to tell between lies and sincerity, a good mouth to say “Stop! That’s the farthest you can go!”, and all the good limbs to kick the intruders out of your jungle, off your back, off your skirt. You cannot continue standing there like some dead wood and expect God to intervene. That’s not the way to do it! The gangsters they sent to intimidate you are just a bunch of crabs waiting to crack. Believe me, many times gangsters have roughened me up, too. They beat me up, slashed me and left scars on my body. But you should see what I’ve done to them. They got even bigger scars. After that, they’re no more. Penans, you must show them you can make a stand and fight for what you believe is right before they want to leave you alone. That’s the basis of survival, you hear me? What Dayak are you if you cannot defend yourself? We cannot simply come to your aid because someone will make a completely different issue out of it. And we don’t want to fight for you and made to fight alone while you pack up and quit on us halfway. So you must make a firm stand over your rights. Come down from your hiding in the caves and face the brunt of the tyrant. Fight for the air you breath, fight for the trees and the land and the rivers, fight for your children and your future, fight and don’t you stop fighting, fight like a Dayak you should and we will join you. Here! In the mud we stand and we wait for you.

Other Dayak tribes? Nevermind, this is enough for now.

Drug B.
For a CORRECT sense of identity
The Ibans play a key role here. All they need to do is shut up. Shut up and allow other tribes to speak. Shut up and observe how they do it. Let everyone speaks and works in this Dayak family. That’s the only way a Dayak nation can be identified as a nation, otherwise they will continue to regard Dayak as small as a tribe, and that tribe is Iban.

I’m sure other Dayak tribes will be encouraged to play active parts in the Dayak branding if the Ibans stop horsing around as if they own the planet. Given enough room to manoeuvre, perhaps a true Dayak identity will slowly come to notice and everyone will take pride in it. I repeat, taking pride in it.

Don’t pull a face at me. All I’m saying is you give room for others to paint a Dayak identity on a canvas as big as Sarawak. You don’t own Dayak, you hear me? We need an extreme measure now, because after trying for many, many years the Dayak tribes continue to put some distance between them. Something must be wrong somewhere. Maybe the Ibans are the culprits. So maybe you should make a sacrifice. I know this is very difficult for you to do, given your nature and all, but please, please, please, please, please, Jabu anak Numpang, you shut up.

Drug C.

For a CORRECT sense of Sarawak Supremacy
Once we have the correct sense of community and a correct sense of identity, we can command respect from the world society. Malaya will want to court our friendship, this time with heartfelt sincerity. It will look nice for Malaya to share the Bumiputera status with an esteemed Dayak nation. We can walk amidst the Malayans kings with our head held high because we have raised ourselves up to become a force to reckon with. The last thing they want to do is trespass our native land. The Sarawak Supremacy will be known from coast to coast. And we will gloat in the success, and all the glory will be ours!

Drug T.

For a CORRECT sense of competition
This is the most bitter of the drugs but please bear with it. This drug is a morale booster. We need someone around to surrender to us by the time our Dayak Renaissance come into full swing. We need that someone to see the awakening of the Dayak and see how the Dayak arises from the mud level to the pinnacle of the kingdom. Our success will be complete with Taib Mahmud’s head in the tray.

Now, listen to me.
This is what Drug T is all about
Keep Taib in the helm… for now
Keep him busy chasing away UMNO from our shore
Once all drugs have completed their effects on Dayak
Sky is the limit!
When that happens, Taib had better a bargaining chip
Else we hurl him to the Penans in the jungle
Let justice be done on the face of Sarawak.

1 Comment »

  1. Well, my friend, nothing can be achieved if the will to get things properly is not there. First the will to win and knowing what have blocked our progress in politics.

    History and geography are not in our favour. Dayaks are not attuned to the concept of nationhood and to use that nation as a means to free meals. At best our nation before the formation of Malaysia was the riverine territory, That is why PESAKA was formed for the “Rejang Nation” with Jugah as their King. Conspired with Jabu to get rid of Ningkan as the “King from Betong” and so on. Riverine sentiments are fully exploited by Taib to stay in control with Jabu as the “Dayak King”. Now WM is the Wakil from Pekan while Masing is the Wakil from Balleh…. and so on.

    But patience is key to Dayak survival without being “King”. We must first look at the system which replaces the Rajah. Like you say, like a fool we got “sucked in to the formation of Malaysia” which gave us the disadvantage of keeping a home by our forefathers from Bung Bratak. It was KULAU and the Warriors with him who invited a White man to become their Rajah as they were harassed consistently by the Brunei Sultanate representatives. Eventually James Brooke came in to build a nation called Sarawak. Only after the Japanese Occupation we became a British Colony in 1946. All this while, Dayaks remain kings in their own longhouses or villages. Panglima Kulau did not even want to be the King of Bau, not even of Kampong Grogo.

    Such is the egalitarian Bidayuh society, even a Drunk can proclaim himself KING – the rest would not bother unless he starts to ask for free meals. No post in any village is hereditary, it must be earned not through great speeches but actual achievements in life and whether he/she has the expertise to help others. This is why we are not as effective as a political force. Guess same with the other races. When in history has any race conquer to govern a nation? Only the Kayan and the Malays,I believe. The rest wanted to take heads as trophies to be someone within the tribal unit only. Am I right?

    Thus we must be patient. If we live the moment and work towards what is desirable, we can succeed provided we are patient. We cannot fight and then surrender when the going is tough or rough. Like what has happened since we will never win.

    To achieve the dream, Dayaks must also care for all others. We must build a nation called Malaysia and Bangsa Malaysia should our goal.

    Comment by partistar — February 15, 2010 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

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