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March 31, 2010

Hari Perpaduan Nasional??


Taken from MalaysiaKini

‘Jangan usik Hari Malaysia’

 

Cadangan pengerusi Yayasan 1Malaysia (Y1M), Chandra Muzaffar pada Rabu lalu agar Hari Malaysia yang jatuh pada 16 Sept setiap tahun digantikan dengan Hari Perpaduan Nasional mendapat reaksi negatif, khususnya di kalangan penduduk di Sabah dan Sarawak.

 Antara yang lantang menentang cadangan itu ialah naib presiden PKR, Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan yang mempersoalkan kewajaran dan kebijaksanaan cadangan itu.Beliau seterusnya mempersoalkan isu hak rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak dengan menimbulkan kuasa autonomi, Perkara 20 dan Perjanjian Malaysia.

“Selepas sekian lama berjuang dan bersusah-payah bagi mendapatkan pengiktirafan dariapada kerajaan persekutuan untuk hari Malaysia, mengapa harus kita korbankan semua itu untuk kepentingan pihak lain,” persoal Jeffrey yang juga adalah bekasa tahanan ISA.

“Perpaduan nasional”  harus bermula dengan politik yang menyatukan semua sebagai rakyat. Ia tidak seharusnya dijadikan alasan untuk mengketepikan sejarah dan realiti politik.”

Hari Malaysia, menurut Jeffrey adalah selaras dengan Perjanjian Malaysia yang mengikrarkan hak Sabah dan sarawak, termasuk kuasa autonomi menerusi Perkara 20.

“Setiap Hari Malaysia, adalah peluang sekali dalam setiap tahun bagi menilai semula kebaikan dan keburukan keputusan Sabah dan Sarawak menyertai Persekutuan Malaysia,” tegasnya. 

 Beliau membidas Chandra yang mengemukakan cadangan itu yang didakwanya bertujuan menyelamatkan Umno daripada malu besar kerana membantu British mengheret Sabah dan Sarawak menyertai Malaysia yang disifatkannya sebagai idea yang buruk.

“Maka tidak hairanlah, ketika itu Presiden Sukarno dari Indonesia menentang Malaysia kerana ia bentuk penjajahan baru terhadap Sabah dan Sarawak?”

March 30, 2010

101 East Al Jazeera Fight The Power(Sarawak)

Filed under: Politics Of Development — Pengayau @ 5:43 am

Transcript of the interview: Dr James Masing and Fauziah Ibrahim

Fauziah Ibrahim (FI):
It’s been a lot controversy of the environmental fallout of the Bakun dam which currently it has not been finished yet and yet there are plans to build 12 more new dams. Are these extra dams necessary?

James Jemut Masing (JJM):
For Sarawak it is necessary. Sarawak will require clean and cheap electricity that is renewable and for Sarawak it will not be…it is only wise for us to utilise the rainfall that we have and the rivers that we have…dams need to be built to provide cheap and renewable energy.

FI – There are experts though say that Sarawak has enough energy and there is no need 12 new dams.

JJM – Sarawak has enough energy as it is today but we must look down toward 20 years down the road and by that time we may not have enough energy if no renewable fossil fuel.

FI – Are you expecting the same sort of environmental fallout that we say from the Bakun dam?

JJM – I don’t think there is such thing as environmental fallout. I don’t believe that is correct.

FI – Ten thousand people displaced.

JJM – That is not environmental fallout..that is..

FI – Virgin forest being cut down.

JJM – Virgin forest are half of the area, half of the area has been felled, shelved by shifted cultivators so basically what is in that dictated exactly are felled forest…secondary forest…

FI – And what about the indigenous people that lived there? They lost their livelihoods, they lost their homes…

JJM – Well, not quite lose their home…they are resettled and have them moved to new areas which has have trend toward modern development and that’s what we’re trying to do.

FI – Were they consulted though? Many of them are unhappy that they have been moved. They had no say about this move and they lost their traditional way of life.

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Adat and Human Rights in Sarawak


Adat and Human Rights in Sarawak

Prior to the Brooke rule and subsequent colonial administration, the indigenouscommunities, particularly the Dayak groups of Sarawak, were governed by their own respective adat. Over time, this adat has been forcibly changed into a homogenous statebased institution, thereby eliminating its uniqueness to the particular indigenous community. Among other functions, the adat is used by Sarawak’s indigenous communities to claim rights over land, forest resources and their livelihood. The failure to understand the importance of adat to pre-colonial Dayak indigenous communities of Sarawak would render the discourse on human rights futile

Clifford Sather said that adat:

“[…] covers all of the various customary norms, jural rules, ritual interdictions and injunctions that guide an individual’s conduct,and the sanctions and forms of redress by which these norms and rules are upheld…these rules apply to virtually all spheres of human life, social, economic, religious and political.”3

In this sense, adat is an all-encompassing institution that presides over activities such as marriages, religious festivals, death and mourning, childbirth, dance and music,construction of new longhouses, and even traditional past-times such as music and weaving. 

It is also important to note that unlike the Malay notion of adat, the concept of adapt among many Dayak communities of Sarawak is not distinct from religious rituals and practices. It is one and the same thing. According to Ter Haar (1948), the adat is not restricted to what we commonly regard as “customary law”.4 The concept of adapt mentioned in this report is not restricted to the notion of adat as law or rules. Because the adat resembles the generic concept of ‘customs’, it includes all the activities people customarily practise in their society. It also covers the individual’s behavior and personal habits, whether he/she is practising good or bad adat.

Generally, the function of the adat is to ensure harmonious relationship among members within the community and also maintain the general state of wellbeing with the spirit world. Breaching this adat would risk a breakdown in social relationship which is punishable in both the secular and spiritual senses.

The adat and state formation

Before Sarawak came under colonial rule, the indigenous communities did not define their social identities based on ‘ethnicity’ as we understand it today (e.g. Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan). Their social identities were defined by their geographical space, such as people belonging a particular river tributary, hill/mountain or watershed areas. Their social loyalty was based on these geographical spaces and its own kinship system. As such,each community living within a specific geographical space would be governed by its own unique adat

However, with the formation of the state that began with the Brooke administration, the adat – as a concept and its traditional functions – was changed to fit the requirements of the state constitution. The evolution of the adat from its unique traditional form to its constitutional profile today is primarily caused by the adoption of the values of thecolonial and post-colonial governments.

When the Brooke administration began to strengthen its grip on Sarawak in the mid-19th century, the structure of the adat was altered and it was constituted as ‘customary law’.For instance, during the Brooke administration the Iban tunggu (fines) according to the adat were systematised and assigned monetary values. Also, they introduced courts to replace the Iban bechara (hearing) that was usually carried out in a longhouse ruai (verandah) and witnessed by the longhouse inhabitants.These new colonial practices, in replacing the traditional adat, eventually spread to all the indigenous communities in Sarawak.

The adat then became an institution sanctioned by the state. The adat at the local level is administered by the Penghulu or chiefs who receive a salary from the state. Clifford Sather said that due to this ruling and the replacement of traditional adat by the state, the Brookes began to eliminate some aspects of the adat that seemed negative or morally bad by their standards. These included the death penalty for incest, forcible seizure of property, slavery and headhunting. What is left of the adat now is akin to the precious antique collections stored in a government-run institution at the Majlis Adat Istiadat, under the umbrella of the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office.

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March 19, 2010

Malaya Tipu Borneo

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Taken from http://knightadventure.blogspot.com/2009/04/aprilfool-malaya.html

Ini Kemerdekaan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu A.K.A Malaya!!

Hadiah dari Haji Julaihi Haji Suut

Cerita kita hari ini: Malaya kantoi. Malaya tipu Borneo. Malaya putar-belit sejarah. Malaya berhutang dengan Borneo. Sasaran cerita ini: Orang Borneo mesti copy-paste dan emailkan kepada sekalian rakyat jelata Malaysia. Tujuan cerita ini: Pembetulan sejarah Malaysia.


Pakcik diberi keutamaan oleh The Four Horsemen dari kepulauan Borneo untuk membentangkan kertas kerja berkenaan penubuhan Malaysia tahun 1963 dan perkara-perkara bersabit 1963. Ulasan pakcik hari ini banyak berdasarkan fakta-fakta sejarah yang dipetik dari pelbagai sumber yang dipercayai, termasuk transkrip orang Inggeris di Parlimen British. The Four Horsemen menamakan kertas kerja hari ini ‘Aprilfool Malaya’.

Projek APRILFOOL MALAYA (tugasan):

  1. The Debate On The Malaysia Bill In The British Parliament 19th July 1963, (Kajian Sarah J. Brooke)
  2. How Sarawak was conned into the Formation Of Malaysia: Dr Ooi Keat Gin (Kajian James anak Bond)
  3. Separate but equal by N Shashi Kala and Ooi Ying Nee; Things fall apart By Sim Kwang Yang (Kajian Devil’s Advocate)
  4. 20-Point Agreement by Wikipedia

Tugasan-tugasan di atas diserahkan untuk tindakan lanjut pakcik, maksudnya penulisan dan pembentangan dalam bahasa ibunda.

Sebut saja ‘sejarah’, pasti ada pembaca-pembaca yang mula hilang minat. Maklum saja lah manusia-manusia zaman plastik sekarang cenderung kepada sesuatu ala tema Maggie Mee ‘cepat dimasak sedap dimakan’. Minta maaf, pembentangan kertas kerja hari ini tidak dapat dipercepatkan. Tetapi kita mungkin boleh buat ia jadi sedap didengar.

Lantaran itu pakcik diberi peranan untuk bercerita. Dua sebab. Pertama, Bahasa Malaysia, atau singkatannya BM, senang difahami oleh setiap lapisan masyarakat, termasuk orang Penan. 100 peratus orang Malaysia boleh membaca BM, sedikit pengecualian diberi kepada orang Cina dan India. Masih ada segelintir mereka yang tidak pandai membaca bahasa kebangsaan, walaupun sudah lebih 40 tahun bermastutin di negara ini. Tertanya-tanya pakcik, adakah mereka-mereka ini sebetul-betulnya rakyat Malaysia. Barangkali bila bencana melanda baru kita boleh kesan mana satu Malaysia jati mana yang Malaysia setinggan.

Sebab keduanya pula ialah pakcik Julaihi pandai bercerita – demikian anggukkan datuk-nenek adik-kakak di rumah. Lantaran itu pakcik terpaksa – konon-kononnya terpaksa – membentangkan kertas kerja kita hari ini dengan gaya dan ragam yang sudah jadi resmi pakcik Julaihi, dilakukan demi mengekalkan minat pembaca. Dengan itu, penggunaan Bahasa Baku berakhir setakat ini. Hujah-hujah, dakwah atau dakyah yang seterusnya perlu diadunkan dengan bahasa Gila-Gila atau Din Beramboi.

Minta maaf, cerita kita hari ini ada sedikit mabuk… dari segi pengolahan bahasa. Hentam sana hentam sini, hentam atas belakang, kasi tangkap syok topik yang boring. Part-part lain kita tak mabuk. Waras sewaras-warasnya.

Kalau ada lumpur di ladang
Sepatu bergaya jangan ditayang
Kalau dah bersedia awang dan dayang
Satu Malaya kita kasi goyang

B.A.H.A.S.A & B.A.N.G.S.A
http://knightadventure.blogspot.com/2009/04/aprilfool-malaya.html
Komentari Haji Julaihi Haji Suut

Bahasa Malaysia
Siapa bilang Gadis Melayu tidak menarik, tidak memikat hati? Demikian dendangan Mawi dan Jamal Abdillah. Gadis Melayu memang cun giler. Dia punya lenggok boleh memukau pak Arab.

Tetapi Gadis Melayu tak secantik Gadis Malaya. Ada lagi satu gadis idaman kalbu, tangga teratas dari Gadis Melayu dan Gadis Malaya. Kelahiran campuran Sabah dan Sarawak, nama sang puteri ialah Gadis Malaysia.

Siapa bilang Bahasa Melayu tidak menarik, tidak memikat hati? Demikian pertanyaan Anwar Ibrahim dan Hishamuddin Hussein. Pakcik yang bilang! Pakcik kata Bahasa Melayu memang tak menarik langsung, tak ada kelas, tak sedap, tak ketat, tak nyaman. Ha, lagi engkau!

Sekejap bahasa pengantaraan jadi Bahasa Baku, kejap jadi Bahasa Malaysia, kejap jadi Bahasa Melayu, kejap jadi Bahasa Malaya aper ntah. Lepas tu dia banyak versi. Ada bahasa Kolumpo, ada bahasa Putrajaya, ada bahasa filem cetak rompak. Ada pulak istilah-istilah bahasa Indonesia di-bilang-kan dan di-bisa-kan dalam bahasa Malaysia. Tapi pandai pulak diaorang reject ‘membutuhkan’.

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Trails of Broken promises

Filed under: Human Rights — Pengayau @ 2:11 am
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The British Members of Parliament have expressed their sympathies and concerns over the way Sarawakians and Sabahans have been treated in Malaysia after they have heard allegations and complaints from Sabah and Sarawak delegations.

“They are going to look into our allegations and complaints,” said Nicholas Bawin, leader of Sarawak delegation.

According to Bawin, a member of the British Parliamentary Select Committees on Human Rights Virendra Sharma promised the Sabah and Sarawak delegations that the British MPs will look into the allegations.

“I will look into the allegations and bring them to a higher level,” Sharma, who is the Labour MP for Ealing, told Bawin and Daniel John Jambun of Sabah.

Bawin informed Members of the House of Commons that Sarawak agreed to join Sabah, Malaya and Singapore to the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia as equal partners when the federation was formed on 16 September 1963.

“We agreed because of the terms and conditions that were promised us,” said Bawin, when he presented a memorandum to the Commons on 9 March.

He said: “These terms and conditions which had been recorded by the Cobbold Commission Report 1962 and the Inter-Governmental Committee, 1962 had been stipulated in the 18-point Malaysia Agreement for Sarawak.

“These terms and conditions have also been included in the Federal Constitution to ensure such terms and conditions are entrenched in the Laws of the Nation.

“However, sad to say, such important promises and aspirations are forgotten when Malaysia began to grow up as a nation. Malaya became the most beneficial party to the Malaysia Agreement, while Sabah and Sarawak only received hand-outs from Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Government,” he said.

“What remains are trails of broken promises,” said Bawin, former president of Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU), pointing out that Malaya being the main party behind the merger and formation of Malaysia has failed to honour its promises.

“When Sabah and Sarawak agreed to set up Malaysia, they joined as equal partners with Malaya. However, due to constitutional amendment made to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, the position of Sabah and Sarawak has been relegated to a mere one of the 13 States of Malaysia,” he added.

SHATTERED HOPES AND BROKEN DREAMS

Filed under: Human Rights — Pengayau @ 2:10 am
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Taken from The Broken Shield
L-R, Dr, Nicholas Bawin of Sarawak, P. Waythayamoorty, Chairman Hindraf movement, Labour party MP, Virenda Sharma, and Daniel John Jambun of Sabah.
 
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A Memorandum on the Fate of Sabah
in the Malaysian Federation
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Presented by DANIEL JOHN JAMBUN, Esq.
At the House of Commons, London, the United Kingdom
March 9, 2010
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Good afternoon all Honourable Members of the House, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, I would like to record our most sincere gratitude having been given this honour of presenting this memorandum before this esteemed House. Today, marks a moment of honour for the people of Sabah, the former North Borneo, for having been accorded this rare opportunity to present a Memorandum a matter of grave significance, a matter which affect our fate as the people of the Federation of Malaysia. We see this as a historical event, a moment granted by God’s grace, in which we can communicate under this honourable roof, to reminisce a milestone of history half a century ago which was followed by sad events that in too many instances happened with numerous misgivings.

For decades now, we the people of Sabah, have been haunted by ghosts of history dating back to August 31, 1963, the day we gained independence from Great Britain. Malaysia was conceptualised and constituted with the best of promises, endearing in us hopes and dreams for a greater future. It is with sadness that I stand here to witness that what had transpired since September 16, 1963 had been a series of events that had led us to the present situation in which we can justly proclaim to be a situation of shattered hopes and broken dreams!

We therefore stand before this House, in good faith, to seek redress and to appeal for an inclusive dialogue, which we hope will lead to a clearer and brighter tomorrow to all parties concerned. I seek the indulgence of this House to hear our side of the story and adjudge the events of the past with a clear conscience and a sympathetic eye, and to lend us a hand in seeking a just and righteous solution to our problem.

I would like to present three pertinent issues, which may or may not have direct concern of the present British government. Firstly, we need to take a critical review of the rationales and instruments for the formation of Malaysia. There is the nagging question of justice in the drafting of the critical Malaysia Agreement, the efficiency and integrity off the Cobbold Commission, the reliability of the promises of the Twenty Points, the Inter governmental Committee Report and the Malaysian Act, historical documents which must be familiar to the knowledge of the Honourable Lawmakers in this House. Secondly, is the perennial issue of security which now affect the sovereignty of Sabah within Malaysia. And thirdly is the case of the spiraling deterioration in the economic wellbeing of the people of Sabah.

Sabah’s Expectations of Malaysia vs Reality and the Malaysian Agreement

The facts of history is that Sabah, a former British colony, achieved its independence on August 31st, 1963. On September 16, 1963, it merged with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia on terms agreed by all parties. The concept of merger and equal partnership was introduced by Tunku Abdul Rahman to allay fears in Sabah and Sarawak of the possibility of Malaya recolonizing them upon the departure of the British masters.

The terms of this Federation are contained in various documents such as the Twenty Points, the IGC report and of course the Malaysia Agreement, which on paper protected the interests of Sabah and Sarawak within this new Federation so that they do not lose their autonomy in certain areas of governance which gave meanings and substances to their independence.

Without doubt, this was the expressed hope of the founding fathers, principally Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia; Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Donald Stephens and Mustapha Harun of Sabah, Stephen Kalong Ningkan of Sarawak, etc. Independent speeches were delivered by various leaders including Razak, Tun Mustapha, Donald Stephens and Sir William Goode to during the historic celebration of Sabah’s nationhood. I present several quotes from them below:

Today, is a historic day for Sabah. It marks the beginning of self-government and independence and the end of colonialism.
– Sir William Goode, outgoing Governor of North Borneo (Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 1, 1963)
The Tunku naturally uttered several historic statements on the matter:
“The granting of self-government too would enable Sabah to stand on its own feet as equal with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore.”
 
(Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 30th, 1963)
“The important aspects of the Malaysia Ideal, as I see it, is that it will enable the Borneo territories to transform their present colonial status to ‘self government’ for themselves and absolute independence in Malaysia simultaneously…”

March 18, 2010

Tanah ‘ditipu’, orang Asli protes di Putrajaya

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Taken from MalaysiaKini

Lebih 2,000 Orang Asli ke Putrajaya bagi menyerahkan memorandum bantahan kepada perdana menteri berhubung dasar pemberimilikan tanah.

Bagaimanapun kehadiran sesetengah mereka sejak jam 12.45 tengah hari tadi, dengan beberapa bas telah dilencongkan oleh pihak polis ke sebuah auditorium di Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah.

Kira-kira seribu daripada mereka disuruh berdialog dengan menteri berkenaan, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal di auditorium itu.

 

Kira-kira seribu lagi petang tadi berkumpul di persiaran di hadapan pejabat Perdana Menteri bersedia untuk berarak bagi menyampaikan memorandum berkenaan.

Mereka bagaimanapun dihalang berbuat demikian oleh anggota polis yang bertugas sekitar kawasan itu.

Bagaimanapun setelah perbincangan kira-kira 15 minit, pihak polis memberi jaminan untuk membenarkan lima orang wakil Orang Asli untuk menghantar memorandum berkenaan.

Keputusan itu disambut dengan pekikan “boo” oleh Orang Asli.

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March 16, 2010

Deep in the heart of Sarawak

Filed under: Uncategorized — Pengayau @ 4:05 pm

Taken from SABM WEBSITE

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia will be bringing its Roadshow to Sabah and Sarawak on March 13 and 14. While many Malaysians may have traveled to the main cities or hung out at exquisite dive spots, the interiors of these territories remain largely an enigma. DHANEN MAHES, as Semenanjung as they come, had a chance to delve deeper while doing voluntary work some months ago. He shares with us his experience

I peeked into the further reaches of the Hornbill’s nest not so very long ago. The mountains are more jagged, carpeted in a thousand shades of green. The rivers are mighty; a kind of whitewater restlessness carving away layers of time from their banks. The people are gentle. Gentle as the mengkuang baskets they weave.

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I had followed a group of volunteers from the peninsula into the interiors to administer dental care. Our destination was Kampung Bawie, a longhouse settlement off Lubok Antu in Sarawak. Lubok Antu itself is about 200 km from Kuching, where we landed, and a mere 10km from the Kalimantan border.

From Kuching we drove to Lubok Antu, and then turned off into a logging road, just at the outskirts of the town. The drive through the logging trail was steep, treacherous, and more than once we encountered landslips. The trail is dotted with little logging villages and settlements (above).

We finally arrived at Kg Bawie just before sundown. Bawie rests in the bosom of a small valley, two longhouses flanked on each side by verdant hills, and a little stream running right through the middle. In all, the journey took about eight hours.

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Bawie is a village of the old and the very young. Many of its young men and women have left to look for jobs at nearby towns and seldom come home.

The villagers are Iban. Mixed tribes are uncommon in most areas of Sarawak. There isn’t much in terms of real economy. The jungle provides. Mostly, they forage for a living. They have a number of small garden patches, but these have been left largely untended. The village is littered with pigs and little piglets. Dogs run wild all over the place. There is little evidence of domesticated livestock.

I was informed that the villagers have gotten used to NGOs and other groups bringing them food, and do not devote much time to growing their own. Though not backed with hard facts, the signs seem to point to its veracity. It is this which makes me ache inside. I sometimes wonder if we are doing them more harm than good.

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March 13, 2010

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia forum on Sunday

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Sabah, Sarawak, Semenanjung (or Malaya). Three components of the Federation of Malaysia – sama-sama – that’s what was agreed in the agreement. Didn’t quite turn out that way, did it? What happened? And more importantly, where can we go from here?

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia seeks to lay bare the facts in its coming Roadshows in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching next month. If you’re Malaysians in these cities, we’d be happy if you could take time out and give us a listen.

Sama-sama also speaks of camaraderie, togetherness, solidarity. We need this. As big a dose as we can muster. We’re in darkness, fear, and apathy. We lose perspective, we think we’re alone but we can emerge. There’s the promise of light if we work together, stay together, live together and want the best for each other. Together we can turn the light back on.

Let’s. Bersama-sama.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS.

You can register via:

email: events(at)sayaanakbangsamalaysia.net

tel: +603-2095 0435 (Wed to Sun; 12noon-7pm)

KUCHING PROGRAM

Date: March 14, 2010, Sunday

Venue: Harbourview Hotel, Lorong Temple

1.00pm-2.00pm: Registration

2.00pm-2.30pm: Federation of Malaysia 18 point Agreement by Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan

2.30pm-2.40pm: Q & A

2.45pm-3.15pm: How the Federation has failed Sarawakians by Encik Baru Bian

3.15pm-3.25pm: Q & A

3.30pm-3.50pm: Screening of the “Perak Crisis”

3.50pm-4.10pm: Refreshment break

4.10pm-4.40pm: Are we a nation in distress? Where did we go wrong? by Haris Ibrahim and Cobbold John

4.40pm-5.25pm: This is our home. We care. We want to make it better by YB Voon Lee Shan, Flora Peter and Jayanath Appudurai

5.30pm-6.15pm: Q & A

March 11, 2010

Hindraf joins forces with indigenous group in London


Taken from http://www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com/2010/03/11/hindraf-joins-forces-with-indigenous-group-in-london/

It was a historic first in London on Tuesday when Hindraf joined forces with an indigenous group from Sabah and Sarawak to lobby legislators on issues still lingering from the British colonial period in Malaysia.

Hindraf chair P Waythamoorthy and advisor N Ganesan made the case for their Hindu Rights Action Force at the House of Commons, while Sabah and Sarawak were represented by Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma) activists Daniel John Jambun and Nicholas Bawin Anggat.

Both Cigma and Hindraf reiterated the case that Britain had a lingering historical, legal and moral obligation towards its former subjects in its ex-colonies.

“We are only asking for our rights under the federal constitution,” stressed Hindraf advisor Ganesan in highlighting 15 areas of human rights violations by the Malaysian government. “We want our place in the Malaysian sun.”

Ganesan (right standing) went on to allege that the Indian community, largely the descendants of indentured plantation labour brought in by the British from Tamil Nadu, were being systematically marginalised by the ruling BN government.

“The various issues causing marginalisation are not individual aberrations or decisions gone wrong but are systematic and repeated in many specific instances,” said Ganesan in summing up several case histories and studies.

“The problem with the Indian poor is multiplying and this has been illustrated with clear evidence.”

Ganesan is also advisor to the Human Rights Party, helmed by P Uthayakumar, the elder of the Hindraf brothers.

The special privileges for the Malays and natives, in its original form, covered only four areas – reasonable representation for the Malays and natives in the civil service; intake into government institutions of higher learning; government scholarships; and a share of government-created opportunities to do business.

However, Hindraf alleges that the government had unilaterally extended it to every facet of life in Malaysia.

KL not abiding to Malaysia Agreement

Meanwhile, Cigma senior activists Jambun from Sabah and Nicholas Bawin from Sarawak, made the case for Malaysian Borneo by urging the British government to return to a revived Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) on the Malaysia Agreement.

Other members of the IGC are the governments of Sabah, Sarawak, Malaysia and Singapore.

The IGC, pointed out both activists, was a permanent institution meant to monitor the Malaysian government’s compliance with the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.

The Malaysian government, in the absence of the IGC, has been in non-compliance, according to both activists.

“Kuala Lumpur could easily impose proxies, stooges and traitors in Sabah and Sarawak and ignore the legitimate aspirations of the people.”

Jambun said that over the past 50 years “various modifications and adjustments” to the Malaysia Agreement have eroded the rights and privileges of Sabahans.

“Forty-six years after independence, Sabah is now the poorest state despite its abundant natural resources,” he lamented.


Bawin (left) gave a brief history of the Abdul Taib Mahmud government in Sarawak which, according to him, has been a proxy for the last 30 years for the ruling elite in Kuala Lumpur.

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March 9, 2010

Rosmah, PM’s wife, faces questions on Penan rapes

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Taken from Hornbill Unleashed

By Pak Bui

PM Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor was handed a letter by three Sarawakian women during her recent visit to Kuching. The three women called on her to take action to address Sarawak women’s rights, following the government report of Penan schoolgirls and women raped in Baram.

The three women had been following the heart-breaking stories of Penan girls and women sexually abused by employees of logging companies, after the companies had invaded the Penans’ forests.

The three individuals, Malay, Iban and Chinese, went up to Rosmah Mansor while she was having a meal with “high-ranking” Sarawak women, including Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Fatimah Abdullah and Senator Empiang Jabu.

The letter from the Sarawakian women included attachments of press articles, in a folder with a white ribbon on its cover, symbolising the campaign to end violence against women in Malaysia.

A call to take action

According to the letter, the three women explained that they were regular visitors to Rosmah’s blog. They had read on her blog that Rosmah had proclaimed to be “actively championing women’s issues and advocating women’s rights and interests”. They noted that Rosmah had announced that she would visit the United States in April to address women’s issues on an international platform.

The women said they had been observing the horrific news of the Penan rapes on the mainstream media and on internet news sources.

According to the Ministry of Women task force report, logging company employees and drivers, had been raping girls as young as ten, when they picked the girls up on the way to or from school.

The three women pointed out that the findings of the National Taskforce, set up by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, were made public last September.

Although the federal ministry report had confirmed that rape and other types of sexual exploitation had indeed caused suffering among those Penan girls and women, no concrete action has been taken.

“But no concrete measure has been taken by the state government to deal with this issue”, according to the women’s letter.

The three women expressed their anger that the cursory police investigation had been a farce, and an abject failure. They appended several news reports with their letter to Rosmah, that they said had shown the police had closed the case with a shrug.

“We were extremely frustrated and disappointed when the police, who are supposed to be guardians of the law and justice, were hasty to conclude and declare that the Penan sexual abuse case is closed and their probe is over!” they said.

Furthermore, they said, state leaders have unashamedly shown their prejudice against the Penan community. State leaders have been saying that “the Penan are good storytellers and they change their stories when they feel like it” or that “they are nomads and are thus easily manipulated by ‘negative’ NGOs”.

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