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Jabu: State goes ‘headhunting’ for top brains

on 27 November 2010.

KUCHING: True to its historical reputation as the ‘Land of Headhunters’, Sarawak now still practises ‘headhunting’, albeit for a different reason.

OFFICIAL LAUNCHING: Jabu beating the gong to mark the launching of the ‘International Conference on Minority and Majority: Language, Culture and Identity’ in Kuching yesterday.

“Yes, we still go for headhunting but not to chop off people’s heads like in the early days. What we are doing now is we hunt for people who have the brains and who can help us transform our state by bringing in modern and sophisticated technologies,” Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said.

Jabu made this witty remark when launching the ‘International Conference on Minority and Majority: Language, Culture and Identity’ at a leading hotel here, explaining that the government had been adopting this strategy to transform the state economically and to get out of the ‘poorest state in the country’ tag which some quarters had labelled on it.

Although its people were widely known to practise headhunting in the old days, he was quick to say that Sarawak was now well known for its hospitable and friendly people.

“I can assure that visitors coming to Sarawak will be able to experience for themselves the warmest hospitality provided by our most friendly people.

“Undeniably, this land over the past two centuries had experienced two contrasting lives.

“Prior to and in the first half of the 19th century, it was recorded that tribal warfare within and between the communities was rampant.

“Fortunately, this had come to an end by the second half of the 19th century. Since then, peace between and within communities has been established and thereby set as the way of life in Sarawak until today,” he said.

The two-day conference which started yesterday and would end today was

jointly organised by Malaysian Association of Modern Languages (MAML) and Centre for Language Studies of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

Also speaking at the ceremony yesterday were MAML president Prof Emeritus Datuk Asmah Omar and Unimas vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid.


Extracted from The Borneo Post.

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