Sulaiman (Sumai before he embraced Islam in 1984), 47, is a math teacher. I met him when visiting Bukit Lanjan in 1983.
"Our government is best when it comes to treating and reaching out for the Orang Asli. Over the decades, their life have changed dramatically. Even the Penans in deeper Sarawak have tasted the fruits of our development program.
"However, many still prefer to live their traditional way. They don't have to leave the jungle; the government brings schools, water, electricity and other thing to the jungle instead. We can't find this in other countries, particularly Australia," Sulaiman said.
A-ahhh... what a soothing statement. But that's fact!
Let's take a look at what happened at Australia Day yesterday.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott fled a restaurant in Canberra after the place was besieged by protesters. The two had been presenting the National Emergency Medals at the Lobby Restaurant on King George Terrace, near the Aboriginal tent embassy.
Reports say one woman ran into the restaurant and threw white flowers at the Prime Minister.About 200 protesters followed, banging on the three glass sides of The Lobby restaurant chanting 'shame'’ and 'racist', referring to the ill-treatment given to the aborigines and the 'anti-colored' sentiment by some lawmakers last year.
The prime minister played down the incident, in which she stumbled while being dragged by security. "I am made of pretty tough stuff and the police did a great job," she said.
She refused to comment on whether Abbott should apologise for offending Aboriginal activists who were at the nearby Canberra tent embassy, celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The protesters blamed their actions on Abbott's comments earlier on Thursday that it was time to 'move on' from the tent embassy.
I think the Aussies should learn from us...