Wrath of the gods


Art Graphics, “Wrath of the God” – Photo from file combination edit picture in Photoshop by Roystein Emmor

Bakun folk believe deaths in their area brought by angry gods and spirits

KUCHING: Bakun Community Safety Committee (BCSC) chairman Dr Elli Luhat said yesterday the deaths reported in Bakun were caused by angry spirits in the area although State Health Department director Dr Zulkifli Jantan had confirmed on Tuesday that the fatalities were caused by melioidosis and leptospirosis.

Elli said he was not trying to refute whatever facts that the Health Department director had given as the causes for the deaths of the three victims in the Bakun area but the people believed the diseases were brought about by angry gods of the area and spirits of their ancestors.

Although the cause of the deaths was spiritual, Elli said the reason is temporal – unpaid compensation for the cemeteries of the ancestors of the people in the area.

He added without the funds they were unable to hold rituals to appease the spirits of their ancestors and incurred their wrath.

“A certain community here has yet to receive the compensation money for their ancestors’ graveyards until today.

“We have lodged a police report in Miri on this but up to now there is still no outcome.”

Elli said whatever the cause of the deaths were, the government is to spring into action and initiate immediate remedial measures.

“Whether the deaths were mysterious or not, the fact that the department had confirmed the deaths should have prompted the relevant authorities to urgently conduct thorough investigation and to mitigate the outbreak,” he said.

He suggested that the government set up a special task force to urgently address the issue and take measures to contain the diseases the Health Department had identified.

Elli stressed that his opinions and suggestions were not politically motivated.

“I want to make it very clear here that there is no political agenda in this. My main purpose is to save the people.”

“As the BCSC chairman, I would be going around to the ground to advise the locals not to consume any dead fish in the lake. Recently, we heard many fishes were found dead and our fear is that causes of their deaths are contagious,” he said.

Elli, who is also the Bakun Compensation Committee chairman, said he would be calling for a proper press conference over the matter sometimes next week.

by Johnson K Saai, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 4, 2011, Thursday

6 Responses to “Wrath of the gods”

  1. Kulleh Ubung Do' Says:

    Salam sejethera Saudara Elly dan Rakan-Rakan,

    Syabas dan tahniah diucapkan usaha saudara dan rakan masih ada jiwa prihatin dalam mengerakan isu-isu permasalahan masyarakat di Baluy yang dilanda oleh “Mystery” kematian di kawasan Bakun Dam di Baluy.

    Perkara yang yang berlaku ada masalah kepentingan keselamatan masyarakat, bukan sahaja di Kawasan Dam Bakun di Baluy, malah juga dipertanggungjawab kepada Kerajaan Sarawak dan Kerajaan Pusat perlu ambil tindakan tegas dan pantas mengatas permasalahan yang berlaku kerana ini isu kepentingan keselamatan kesihatan masyarakat dan nasional.

    Lebih eloklah pihak Kementerian kesihatan Malaysia dan pihak Jabatan Perdana Menteri Malaysia juga turut ambil perhatian tentang perkara tersebut secara teliti dan kerajaan sarawak sepenuhnya bertanggungjawab dalam perkara ini.

    Isu Bakun Dam adalah Isu kepentingan Nasional, masyarakat Kayans kenyahs dan Kajangs di Baluy, perlu mendapat perhatian terus daripada Kerajaan Pusat untuk memantau keadaan yang berlaku secara dekat untuk memberi laporan kepada Kerajaan.

    Kami berharap tindakan pantas pihak berkenaan mengambil perhatian diatas beberapa yang berlaku.

    Sekian.

  2. tuyang Says:

    Ptama syabas kpd sdra dr ellie. Inilah cth sifat yg perlu diteladani olh mana2 org khususnya para ketua msykt, lbh2 lagi yb di kws belaga. Apabila ada isu yg mbabitkan kslmatan pduduk, perlu smua pihak2 ini bsatu utk myuarakannya. Sebab mereka kira wakil suara rkyat dr sana, jika mereka tahu akan hal ini mungkin dr 2 thn lpas tetapi mbisu tanpa mlapor kpd pihak bwjib spt kmenterian kshtan atau jbt kshtan tdekat spt kapit atau bintulu, lalu bgmana pihak2 bkenaan tahu???? Langkah sgera dgn mgesa agar pihak kem. Kshtan mhantar 1 kumpulan khas/pakar ke kws dgn kadar segera plu dibuat agar wabak/virus ini tdk terus mnular di kws empangan bakun dan di kws penempatan smula sg asap. Spt mana kita maklum di sana skrg ramai pkja yg btugas mngumpul kayu, mnebang pokok malah telah ramai yg mbuat ‘jelatung’ utk tmpat didiami . Jd kesihatan mereka perlu diambil kira. Jangan sibuk utk mlobi hal2 tender projek saja.

  3. Bloody Hell Taib Mahmud Says:

    karut tapi benar, memang benar banyak orang asap meninggal dunia setelah jatuh sakit dlm jangkamasa singkat. jatuh sakitnya pula kerana apa ? adakah kerana masalah air di asap yang mutunya terlalu teruk. tapi pihak parti memerintah bn bersama dengan geng-geng mereka di jabatan kerajaan sentiasa mempunyai sikap menafi, tunjuk pandai konon, berlagak pandai, mereka saja yg tahu segala-galanya. org kampong dan rumah panjang dianggapnya kolot dan tidak pandai. penyakitnya ialah hanya bn saja yang pandai… amerika syarikat tidak pandaikah ?

  4. padan ulae Says:

    Lambat cerita kau orang ni. Berjuang masih boleh tetapi lambat sudah. HIDUP BAKUN. Kita enjoy saja sekarang di lautan Bakun. Apa mau susah2….lautan Bakun sungguh indah…buka bisness ikan air tawar…cepat jadi kaya….sudah kaya lari pergi Australia dan akhirnya tinggal kan Belaga….MAJU BELAGA! Soalan dia sini adalah ‘what is the root cause of the problem? the root cause is simple…ORANG BELAGA MASIH SOKONG BN so jangan marah kalau 2 YB tidak bercakap apa pun. jangan marah orang lain..marah lah diri kita sendiri…undi lagi BN kali ini lagi kita jadi maju dan kayaraya. Yang mati biar mereka mati yang hidup tetap sokong BN sampai semua orang Belaga mati suatu hari nanti.

    • Belagakini Says:

      Geram nampaknya saudara kita ni… banyak-banyaklah bersabar dalam bulan posa ni…

      • Padan Ulae Says:

        itu bukan geram namanya. itu namanya reverse psychology. memang banyak sabar waktu bulan posa ni tapi…nak sampai bila kita nak sabar….dah ramai orang-orang Belaga akan mati.

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