“ A con-man convicted of fraud was sentenced to twenty-five years.
He said, 'Judge, I can't serve twenty-five years.' 'Why can't you?' 'Because I'm seventy years old now.'
Then the judge gave him a very significant reply, 'Well, do the best you can.'
'Now, are you doing the best you can? With all the tools at hand, and all the opportunities and privileges which are yours, are you doing your best? Many of us fall down, but we have an opportunity to get up again. Don't be a quitter.' ”
- John Longden (1898-1969)
by Sebanaku Sarawak
After helping the Barisan Nasional party to lose the Malay supports in the last Sibu by-election (please read An Open Letter To The Barisan Nasional Chairman), he went back into his cash vault counting his monies.
He loves his monies more than he loves anybody else in this world.
He is even willing to short change his own twin (if he ever has one) without any hesitation if it means that he can get more monies.
The legendary Sibu conman, however, now in fear of his days are numbered because he does not seem to get the same level of favor from the federal and state governments as it was in the past.
If in the past, he virtually could get virtually any project he was interested in; this time around, however, the day is not that bright any more.
The day seems to be a bit of cloudy.
Nevertheless he still believes that he could still get things to be done in his way if he is persistent enough.
After the Sebanaku Sarawak published two series of articles and also highlighting his ‘grave mis-judgment’ that contributed to the lost of the Sibu parliamentary seat to Democratic Action Party (DAP) / Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Sarawak, he could start to feel that both the federal and state governments do not seem to be that friendly to him.
Although he still get jobs from the governments, he finds it difficult for him to bulldoze his ways as it was in the past.
No doubts he still has many friends in the governments but the friendship is not as warmth as before.
The governments are looking at him suspiciously.
His first casualty after the Sibu by-election is the electrification project in the rural area in the state.
The project was given to him under the 9th Malaysia Plan but due to the financial constraints, it didn’t take off.
Now the federal government has decided to fund the project under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
However, instead of giving the whole project to the legendary Sibu Malay conman, the governments have decided to give the project to two companies by which one of the companies belonged to the Sibu Malay conman.
This has caused him to jumping mad because he didn’t expect that the governments would have a second thought on how to go about the implementation of the project which is cost more than RM1 billion now.
The previous estimated cost under the 9th MP was between RM800 millions to RM900 millions.
The Sibu Malay conman, however, didn’t give up easily.
He is now coaxing the federal government to agree to give the whole project under him – and if the government agree, he hopes that the federal leaders could convince the state leaders to revert to the ‘original’ understanding of giving the whole project to him.
So far there is no indication that the federal government is entertaining his request.
Apparently the legendary Sibu Malay conman’s modus operandi of making use of the Sibu Malays as his bait to get projects worth hundred of millions has failed to produce the same effect as it was before.
In fact, he has been using the same modus operandi since 1987 and the outcome was always positive.
It is only recently that the magic ‘bait’ has lost some of its power.
It is not because the governments do not pity the Sibu Malays but because they don’t trust the legendary Sibu Malay conman anymore.