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February 26, 2010

PKR to respect the 18/20 Point of Agreement?

Filed under: Borneo Agenda — Pengayau @ 3:05 pm
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PKR move to renew federal-state ties

KOTA KINABALU – Fears and concerns expressed by leaders in Sabah and Sarawak during the months prior to the formation of Malaysia in 1963 have become a reality, PKR vice president Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said here today.

“We have never had a compliance mechanism to ensure that the conditions for the formation of Malaysia are implemented,” he added.

He said that was why he had taken the initiative to set up a Sabah Sarawak Consultative Council (SSCC) to service the party’s Federal-State National Integration Council (FSNIC).

jeffrey-kitingan“Under its national integration council, the party has accepted a common policy platform to review the Malaysia Agreement,” he disclosed to the Malaysian Mirror in an interview.

“We need to move together. The federal and state stand must be similar,” he added.

The SSCC held its inaugural meeting here last Sunday (Feb. 21) under his chairmanship during the two-day working visit to Sabah by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Jeffrey said the PKR president came to formalize the SSCC that had a preliminary meeting in Kuching previously and the one last Sunday kicked off action by leaders from Sabah and Sarawak.

According to him, the agenda for the SSCC is to promote political and economic cohesion in the Borneo states.

“It is an informal body that will service and provide policy inputs into the formal structure of the FSNIC of PKR and to make this council at the national level meaningful and useful,” he explained.

Non-partisan personalities

Members of this SSCC consist of 14 each from the two states, comprising “senior leaders”. When pressed to identify who these leaders are, the PRK vice president said they are not necessarily politicians.

“Members of the SSCC include non-partisan personalities as well,” he added.

The SSCC has a “strategic team” to back it up and this team, including professionals, would have various study groups that would focus on many areas of concern, including political and administrative relations.

Other areas for study by the groups shall include: economic and finance; internal security and national defence; foreign mission and international relations; foreign labour and immigration; and trade.

The informal body would also look into areas such as land and natural resources, education and health, culture and national language, native rights and the indigenous community, environmental protection, national registration, delineation of boundaries for state and federal constituencies, shipping, and fisheries.

Jeffrey said that in order to give “meaningful and factual inputs” to the FSNIC, there is a need for the party’s consultative council for the Borneo states to make “a thorough study” of certain historical and legal documents.

They include the Cobbold Commission Report, the safeguards known as “20 Points” in Sabah and “18 Points” in Sarawak, the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report, the Malaysia Agreement itself, and specific assurances and undertakings given by Tunku Abdul Rahman and others.

Explaining further the work of these bodies within the PKR opposition party, Jeffrey stressed, “We need to set up a new Malaysia Agreement. It is way off the mark. There has never been a compliance mechanism to implement the conditions for the formation of the Federation.”

He added: “We are trying to put things right. If you look at the fears expressed to the Cobbold Commission… We (Sabah and Sarawak) are not partners now but one of many states including those from former Malaya.”

Cohesive inputs

There were fears of one colonial master (the British) to be replaced by another (Malaya), he said.

“It was clearly spelt out that there should not be a takeover by someone else and that it should be a partnership. Look at what’s happened? We have been taken over by KL through Umno,” he said.

That was why, he added, it was important to give “cohesive inputs” to PKR’s national integration council, “so that they can have renewed Federal State relations and so that we are not subjugated”.

Jeffrey said work of the SSCC is an ongoing matter and that the process had just started. He also disclosed that the SSCC would hold its next meeting in Miri on Mar. 21.

After the interview, he flew to Kuala Lumpur to personally submit a report on the outcome of the consultative council’s inaugural meeting to the top PKR leadership there. – Malaysian Mirror

I believe that not many of us here or even our friends,relatives and family members know nothing about this “Malaysian Agreement” for which 18/20 Point Of Agreement  is the “SACRED” Agreement to protect us Sabah and Sarawak.

In fact,we(Sabah&Sarawak) has never ever join Malaysia.Malaysia was not ever born yet!!We(Sabah&Sarawak) TOGETHER with Singapore and Malaya form the Federation Of Malaysia in 1963.We are in fact an equal Partner in the spirits of Federalisme but today,as we all see,we have end up being among one of the states in Malaysia!!

If you ask any Malaya people(West Malaysian) wether they know about this,im sure that know nothing about..The subject is not even in the TEXTBOOK other than the “Malayan Version”

I did experience the same situation.I managed to gave this 45 years old Malayan guy lectured about the Formation of Malaysia in 1963..(That was probaly his Bad Day indeed)

He was SHOCKED when he came to know about the 18&20 Point of Agreement and also when i EXPLAINED to him that Sabah and Sarawak were indeed 2 different country and not one of the states in Malaysia.He did complaining about the imigration control since he is married to a Sarawakian and i have to explained in details to him on why the Malayan people need to use passport to enter Sabah&Sarawak.

Based on my observation and experience,majorities of the Malayan people know NOTHING about the 18&20 Point of agreement and even our own Sarawakians for God sake!!!We could do a random survey among Sarawakians and i wouldnt be suprised at all if the maybe just 20% of us know the EXISTANCE of the 20/18 Point of Agreement

Federation of Malaysia was form with Sabah&Sarawak TOGETHER with Malaya and Singapore 1n 16th September 1963.It means that we are an EQUAL PARTNER and we are a SEPARATE ENTITY in the spirit of Federalism.This is why the 20/18 Point of Agreement was drafted to SAFEGUARD us(Sabah&Sarawak)But now,we have ended up with being one of the states in Malaysia.

Why?It is very simple,because the 20/18 Point of Agreement has been eroded either being ammended or axed from time to time for their Political Agenda and not to mention the Federal Constitution itself.In fact,this 20/18 Point of Agreement were such a “Sacred Promise” to us by the Malayan Government prior to the formation of Malaysia.From Colonism to Federalism,and from Federalism?we are now were under Imperialism of Malaya

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 1: Religion

While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo

Federal Constitution:
Article 11
Though Islam is the religion of the Federation, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion. Every person has the right to propagate his religion, but state law and, in respect of the Federal Territory, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religion, doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion. There is, however, freedom to carry on missionary work among non-Muslims.

*But yet,the Allah issue has prove that there are “some” parties who are above the Law and Constitutionand showing disrespect to the Agreement for the sake of their Political Agenda

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 3: Constitution

Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.

*Is there any NEW Document being drafted prior formation of Federation Of Malaysia as in the Agreement?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 8: Borneanisation
Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

*From what we see today,there is no such thing as Borneonisation but more to Malayanisation of Borneo

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.

*In laymen terms,i believe we can called it an Autonomous Power to control over those matter which has been stipulated.But are we?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya

*Are we?Perhaps maybe we are 3rd Class Bumiputra here in Sarawak and we have been marginalised for so long.It seems like there are 2 categories of Bumiputra which is:

1.Muslim Bumiputra

2.Non Muslim Bumiputra

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore

*With 31 Parliamentary seats in Sarawak and 25 in Sabah make up total of 56 out of 222 Parliamentary seats in total?

Ps:Is it a Grave MISTAKE for us to form the Federation Of Malaysia together with Sabah,Singapore and Malaya in 1963??


  1. The Sabah Sarawak Consultative Council headed by JKitingan and DTajem is now the last hope left to free us from what many had initially feared :neo-colonialism. SKNingkan lost his CMship on account of his firm stand on Borneonisation and land rights. KUCHING.
    about an hour ago ·

    Comment by francis ngu — February 28, 2010 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  2. It is a major breakthrough for Sabah and Sarawak, now that a major national party has locked in Federal-State relations as centre-stage policy platform agenda.

    Comment by francis ngu — February 28, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

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