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August 24, 2010

Sabahans and Sarawakians should wake up

Filed under: Sarawak Politics,State Election — Pengayau @ 12:00 pm

Taken from Free Malaysia Today

By Zaid Ibrahim

It is 53 years since Malaya became independent; and 47 years since Sarawak and Sabah and Malaya combined to form the Federation of Malaysia. The imperative word here is “formed” Malaysia; Sabah and Sarawak did not join Malaysia.

But for too long, people in Sabah and Sarawak have been made to feel like they are the children of a lesser god. And for too long, even in Semenanjung, many of us have been made to feel like the children of a lesser god – just because we do not agree with the Barisan Nasional’s policies.

Since the political tsunami of March 2008, when the Barisan Nasional lost its two-thirds majority and also five states in the Semenanjung, suddenly East Malaysia has become a very important battlefield for politicians.

Suddenly, every Datuk, Datin, Tan Sri and Puan Sri from Barisan Nasional is making frequent trips to Sabah and Sarawak. Suddenly, in a by-election in Sibu, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister come and go as if Kuala Lumpur and Sibu were the same distance as Kuching and Petra Jaya. And only now they know how to say: “Lu tolong gua; gua tolong lu.”

But I am sure you know why everyone is making a beeline for East Malaysia, including us in the Pakatan Rakyat.

There are two reasons – for the BN, you are their fixed deposit, the two states which allowed them to remain in power at federal level. To us, in Pakatan Rakyat, you are the decider in whether Malaysia sees a new dawn, a new beginning, a fresh start from the corruption, nepotism, abuse of power that we have seen the BN indulge in all these years.

But even the term fixed deposit, to me, is an insult to the people of East Malaysia. It’s as if whatever the BN leadership in Kuala Lumpur does, the people in Sarawak and Sabah will like tame pets just vote the BN again and again.

We, on the other hand, are asking you to throw off the shackles and show the BN, like the people in Sibu did, that we have had enough. No more; we want change now.

There are expectations that the Pakatan will improve on their 2008 performance. Talk is rife about the possibility of the opposition taking over federal power and the prospect of that new dawn. By some calculation, a 9% swing is all it requires for the opposition to form the government; a task that is difficult but not far fetched as some Umno leaders would like us to believe.

Make the change

Sabah and Sarawak were somewhat untouched by the tsunami of 2008; but for the 13th general election, you will play a pivotal role and it is you who will determine if the change is at all possible.

Collectively, Sabah and Sarawak control almost 25% the total number of seats in Parliament. Not only that; there are constitutional safeguards which require consent from Sabah and Sarawak before any major constitutional changes are effected; hence their ability to influence major policy changes.

Of course, those who are not aware of history will say East Malaysia’s share of seats are disproportionate to the population. But what many in Putrajaya have forgotten is that this was the incentive given to lure them to form the Federation of Malaysia.Read more here

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