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Iban war cry goes up on Twitter

Wed 2011-Mar-30 @ +08 17:23:27 pm

The Sarawak National Party has switched its Twitter account to <; with the Twitter handle @ngelaban, after its original account at mySNAP was suspended a few days ago, for unspecified reasons. The party said it believed Twitter suspended the account because the party had sent too many Tweets.

The new Twitter handle @ngelaban is derived from the Iban war cry Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban, the motto of the famed Sarawak Rangers. Originally a territorial regiment, the Sarawak Rangers were absorbed into the Malaysian Army and reconstituted as a multi-ethnic nine-battalion regiment, comprising light infantry, mechanised infantry (7th Rangers) and airborne infantry or paratroopers (8th Rangers). Iban and Dayak culture lives on in regimental traditions.

Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban, meaning To Fight To The Death, is also variously described as “While I Breathe, I Hope” from the Brooke family motto Dum Spiro Spero, “While I Breathe I Fight”, and “”Whilst There Is Life, There Is Fight”. The Brooke family motto was also the motto of the Kingdom of Sarawak.

BN responds with Agi Idup Agi Mansang

SNAP’s use of the motto on publicity materials for the Sarawak state elections next month has infuriated at least one Barisan Nasional politician, Sylvester Entri Muran, vice-president of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party. Bernama quotes him as saying SNAP was manipulating the motto to stir emotions — and he responded with an equivalent Iban motto for the Barisan Nasional.

“If their slogan is Agi Idup, Agi Ngelaban, our slogan in Barisan Nasional is Agi Idup, Agi Mansang (as long as there is life, there is development),” he said in Bakong, near Miri, where the state government broke ground for a modernised longhouse.

  1. Joni Gijom permalink
    Wed 2011-Mar-30 @ +08 23:42:17 pm 23:42

    It’s good to know at least one BN politician feels the Snap motto gets up his nose. Snap is on the right track in that case. Go Snap!

    • Thu 2011-Mar-31 @ +08 21:03:12 pm 21:03

      BN battle cry should read Agi Idup agi ngerampas tanah NCR or Agi Idup agi bebini .

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