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August 27, 2012

Sabah, Sarawak. The way forward

Sabah/Sarawak both plays a roles as King Maker for both BN and PR. Both need us to form the next Federal Government

To me the best way is to have a strong State Government to demand for more Autonomous Power thus improving Federal – States relationship/ties.

That is possible through reviving of Sarawak and Sabah Alliance.This would ensure more bargaining power for the States agaisnt the Federal Government. What happen now was the Centralisation of Power to Federal while the State remain subservient to Federal.Sabah has did this in 1980s through PBS Government but they fall from grace by dirty/undemocratic tactics by the all powerful Federal/Central governmentThis is to protect / fights for the interests of the Borneo states namely Sabah,Sarawak.State government of Sabah, Sarawak need to urgently look at protecting the Rights and autonomy of the Borneo states as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement before it is too late.We may not have been ready in 1963 but the people in Sabah and Sarawak are now ready, more than ready, to look after their own interests

If the people of Sabah and Sarawak are united, we will obtain the restoration of the rights and autonomy of the Borneo states as championed by our founding fathers, with safeguards built into the Malaysia Agreement

The time has come for the people and leaders in Sabah and Sarawak to take charge and not rely on others to safeguard Sabah and Sarawak’s rights.

But sadly, post Stephen Kalong Ningkan era, Sarawak State Government under the “Great”” leadership of Tawie Sli (Puppet CM), Rahman Yaakub and now Taib Mahmud (Both are Pro – Federal/Malaya) being nothing more than a lackey of Federal/Malaya in the expense of our Rights vis a vis Malaysian Agreement 1963 / 20/18 Point of Agreement!

Indeed, from 1963 right up to 1970, the most powerful political office in the land, the Chief Minister’s office, was occupied by an Iban politician from the multiracial Sarawak National Party (Snap), Stephen Kalong Ningkan.

This situation was obviously not satisfactory to Federal/Malaya (UMNO) politicians, who saw themselves as the only legitimate representatives of national power. Federal/Malaya (UMNO) aim was the usurpation of the Iban pre-eminence in state politics.

This they achieved by virtue of engineering the collapse of the Ningkan government and the departure of SNAP from the ruling state Alliance. Umno replaced Snap with another stop-gap Iban party, under Penghulu Tawi Sli, in 1970.

The general election in 1970 brought an opportunity for Umno to reclaim their position of Malay dominance in Malaysian politics.

During the general election that year, the Sarawak Alliance and BN replaced the Iban Chief Minister with a Muslim Melanau, to occupy the prized seat of Chief Minister.

That was how Abdul Rahman Ya’akub, and later, his nephew Taib Mahmud, ascended to the supreme position of Chief Minister.

But we cant depend on the sentiment itself, we must do something. We must educate our People. The most basic thing that we could do is to empower them with History, our History, not Malaya History to ensure they know where they are now and how much they have gain or lost since formation of Malaysia in 1963!

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  1. In 1957 Kuala Lumpur was keen to have Sarawak and Sabah in the Federation of Malaysia and offered the two states a degree of autonomy, allowing their local governments control over state finances, agriculture and forestry. Sarawak’s racial mix was reflected in its chaotic state politics. The Ibans dominated the Sarawak National Party (SNAP), which provided the first chief minister, Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan. He raised a storm over Kuala Lumpur’s introduction of Bahasa Malaysia in schools and complained bitterly about the federal government’s policy of filling the Sarawakian civil service with Malays from the Peninsula. An ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality developed: in Sarawak, the Malay word semenanjung (Peninsula) was used to label the newcomers. To many, semenanjung was Malaysia, Sarawak was Sarawak.

    Comment by silver price — August 28, 2012 @ 10:18 am | Reply


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