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August 30, 2012

Sabah, Sarawak the Kingmaker. Ini Kali Kah?


13th General Election

BN : Survival!

PR : Change!

STAR Sabah / UBF / UBA : Kingmaker

There is 222 Parliament seats

Malaya : 166 (75%)

Sarawak : 31 (14%)

Sabah : 26 including Labuan (11%)

Kalau Bukan Kita, Siapa Lagi? Kalau Bukan Sekarang, Bila Lagi? Ini Kali Lah!!

I have to admit, Dr Jeffrey G Kitingan is indeed a Maverick Politician and everyone has failed to understand his present move

Knowing that STAR Sabah is no way either in Heaven or Hell has the capabilities to fight agaisnt the Gigantic BN Machinery or the Mighty PR Warlords be it in the State or Parliament, he choose to play safe but yet a genius move when he choose to be in a position to leverage both PR and BN in the event of Hung Parliament (When neither BN or PR has an absolute majority of seats in the Parliament to form the Federal Government)

 

 

Sabah/Sarawak both plays a roles as King Maker for both BN and PR. Both need us to form the next Federal Government and we need to have this King – making role in order to pursue our rights

This tactical manevouring hatched by Dr Jeffrey is to 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 government.

This is to protect / fights for the interests of Sabah, Sarawak vis a vis the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, 20/18 Points of Agreement, the Inter Governmental Committee Report and the Cobbold Commission report

What UBF (United Borneo Front), UBA (United Borneo Alliance), STAR Sabah trying to do is reviving Sabah Alliance which was the predecessor to BN Sabah.

Back in the 1963 – 1973, there was Alliance ( Malaya) lead by Tunku Abdul Rahman from UMNO, Sarawak Alliance lead by Stephen Kalong Ningkan from SNAP and Sabah Alliance lead by Tun Fuad Stephens from UPKO functioning as Equal Partner and when Barisan Nasional was form in 1973, both 3 Alliance being incorporated into 1, Barisan Nasional under the chairmanship of Tun Abdul Razak, the then 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia

Barisan Nasional was formed in 1973 as the natural evolution from Perikatan (UMNO, MCA and MIC), but expanding to include PPP, PAS and Gerakan who until that point were opposition but joined the broader Barisan Nasional after the May 13th 1969 events in the name of national interest with local parties in Sabah, Sarawak

It was also the beginning of the end of the earlier consulative/collective style of the earlier Perikatan style of governing. UMNO took a more dominant role more in keeping of the number of seats they held

From then on UMNO (with Tun Razak at the helm) moved to play a more dominant in the coalition. with seats having to be doled out so that the BN parties would not be competing with each other thus the beginning of  another concept of  Malayan Colonisation of Sabah, Sarawak in the name of Power Sharing.

Barisan Nasional is a legally registered party which all the other parties belong too. There is no vote in BN as far as I know. The president and deputy president of UMNO automatically become the Chairman and deputy chairman of BN

United Borneo Front – Kingmaker or Bust?

I must  commend Jeffrey Kitingan for coming up with this grand idea/plan to finally thwart the ruling Umno. If everything falls into place, it will work.  Yes, I’m saying Umno, because BN=Umno and Umno=BN .

Let us not pretend otherwise as all the other 14 component parties are just mere appendages of Umno.  This brilliant idea can only of course work if Jeffrey’s war cry of ‘Unity is Duty’ is heeded by both Sabahans and Sarawakians alike.

In order to achieve this lofty goal many factors will have to be over come  by Jeffrey’s  group or party. In addition, many more  factors must work in Jeffrey’s favour for the aspiration  to come to fruitation.

With so many political parties and individuals trying their luck in this political jackpot, it suffice that as many ‘problems’ will arise.

The easier part will be to win substantial number of seats to render Umno-BN unable to form the government by itself.

The harder  part will be to keep the coalition together.  If the opposition were successful, will it be 2008 all over again or in Sabah’s case , 1994 rewind?

Umno has all the money  (rakyat’s to be sure) to buy any  politician.  What can this loose amalgamation of people/political parties with different concept  of ‘winning’ do to ensure that  this  ‘pakatan’  does not fall apart?

Your guess is as good as mine. What about making everyone in the opposition seeking to topple Umno/ BN come up with a written pledge to the rakyat that they will not be bought over by Umno if they win?  It might get a couple more votes.

Meanwhile , best of luck Sabahans and Sarawakians!

Please read below article written by Raja Petra Kamarudin on 13th February 2011. I believe this should be a WAKE UP CALL for us Sabahans, Sarawakians :

The Key to Putrajaya

By Raja Petra Kamarudin

PETALING JAYA: For a long time now, since 1963, Sabah and Sarawak have held the ‘key’ to Putrajaya. He who ‘holds’ Sabah and Sarawak, therefore, possesses this key.

This is mainly because Peninsular or West Malaysia controls only 74% or 165 of the 222 Parliament seats. The balance 26% or 57 Parliament seats are in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

And that was why Umno decided to go into Sabah in 1990 and aspire to also go into Sarawak if they could — but can’t as long as Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is still alive (which means they would probably do so once Taib is no longer around as Chief Minister).

The March 2008 general election proved this point very clearly. The 165 Parliament seats in Peninsular Malaysia were split almost 50:50 with 80 plus seats going to Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat each. It is because Barisan Nasional managed to win almost all the seats in East Malaysia that it got to form the federal government, yet again.

East Malaysia has always been treated as Barisan Nasional’s ‘fixed deposit’ or ticket to Putrajaya. Barisan Nasional does not deny this and, in fact, openly admitted that this is so. At least Barisan Nasional is honest about what ‘role’ Sabah and Sarawak are playing in the whole scheme of things — the role of ‘kingmaker’.

So what does that say about the importance of East Malaysia? By Barisan Nasional’s own admission, East Malaysia is the route to federal power. And East Malaysia is being treated as a means to ensure that Barisan Nasional gets to retain power.

This may not have been too apparent in the past. But the result of the March 2008 general election amplified this point and made it even clearer that no one gets to form the federal government, whether it is Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat, unless they first figure out how to win (or retain) power in Sabah and Sarawak.

Sabahans and Sarawakians have finally woken up to this fact — not that many did not know this earlier. And those who may not have realised this earlier now do. You do not get to form the federal government without the support of East Malaysia. That is the simple and extremely clear fact.

The question now would be are Sabahans and Sarawakians prepared to continue to allow East Malaysia to be used as a mere stepping-stone to Putrajaya? Are they prepared to continue to be tools of federal or Kuala Lumpur-based political parties in their quest for power? Or do they now want to become equal partners in a political alliance that rules Malaysia as equal partners?

For too long Sabah and Sarawak have been treated as mere colonies. No doubt Sabah and Sarawak got their independence from Britain and in the same breath became part of Malaysia back in 1963 — and with this they ceased to be colonies of England. But did Sabah and Sarawak really shed their colony status or did they merely exchange one colonial master for another? Did they, as I have written many times before, get rid of the white colonial masters and merely swapped them with brown colonial masters?

Swapping one master for another

One misconception that must be corrected is that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore did not ‘join’ Malaysia. Malaysia did not exist before 1963 so what was there to join? What really happened was that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore agreed to team up with the Federation of Malaya as equal partners to form Malaysia.

What this means, therefore, is that Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were equal to Malaya, which at that time comprised of 11 states. Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were not equal to Selangor, Perak, Penang, Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis, Pahang, etc. However, today, Sabah and Sarawak are being treated as just two more states in a Malaysia made up of 13 states.

And that was what Singapore could not accept, which resulted in Singapore eventually leaving Malaysia to become an independent republic. Singapore realised that it was not really getting independence after all. It was just swapping one colonial master for another. It was being downgraded from an equal partner to Malaya to just another of the 14 states of Malaysia, equal in status to one of the original 11 states of pre-Malaysia.

Sabah and Sarawak did not follow Singapore’s move of leaving Malaysia. That was because the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak, unlike the Singapore leaders, were compromised. And those who refused to be compromised were ousted or died mysterious deaths. Basically, the federal government had the Sabah and Sarawak leaders in its pocket. And these compromised leaders allowed the ‘backdoor’ re-colonisation of Sabah and Sarawak.

Sabah and Sarawak not only teamed up with Malaya to form Malaysia as equal partners but also on the basis of the 20-Point and 18-Point Agreements respectively. However, once the early leaders of Sabah and Sarawak were compromised, the 20-Point and 18-Point Agreements were pushed into the background and conveniently forgotten.

We need to look at these two Agreements again. And we need to not only look at them but also explore how the spirit of these Agreements can be restored. Whoever wants to form the next federal government must give Sabah and Sarawak a firm commitment that the 20-Point and 18-Point Agreements will be honoured.

Thus far there is no indication that both sides of the political divide place much importance in this matter.Fundamental to these agreements is to allow Sabahans and Sarawakian what I would call self-determination, for want of a better phase.

This may not tantamount to autonomy seeing that national defence, internal security, foreign policy, and so on, are federal policies and outside the jurisdiction of the states. Nevertheless, there are still many areas not within the ambit of the federal government, which are state matters, but which the states are not being allowed to manage or decide on their own.

Self-determination needed

The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) is of the view that the entire relationship between the federal government and East Malaysia needs to be reviewed. Things are not happening the way it was intended when Malaysia was first created. There is no so-called partnership between Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.

What we have instead is a federalisation policy where Sabah and Sarawak are just two of 13 states that come under the domination of the federal government.

To demonstrate that the national or Kuala Lumpur-based political parties are sincere and genuine about ‘de-federalisation’ (again, for want of a better phase) they must first end their policy of the domination of East Malaysian politics. They must allow Sabah- and Sarawak-based political parties to chart their own direction and determine their own future.

The 20-Point and 18-Point Agreements must be the basis of the relationship between Kuala Lumpur and East Malaysia.

MCLM would like to see the national or Kuala Lumpur-based parties releasing their stranglehold on East Malaysian politics. Let the Sabah- and Sarawak-based parties contest the state and general elections.

National or Kuala Lumpur-based parties should form alliances or have electoral pacts with these Sabah- and Sarawak-based parties and assist them in whatever way required. National or Kuala Lumpur-based parties should not instead contest seats in Sabah and Sarawak and engage East Malaysia in three- or more-corner fights.

There may still be three- or more-corner fights in Sabah and Sarawak. In any election this can’t be avoided and is perfectly legal and constitutional. But let it not be the national or Kuala Lumpur-based parties that trigger these multi-corner fights.

Let it be known that the national or Kuala Lumpur-based parties will ensure that they will not be the culprits in multi-corner fights but would instead help the Sabah- and Sarawak-based parties in their attempt to deny Barisan Nasional the states.

MCLM supports the idea of a United Borneo Front comprising of Sabah- and Sarawak-based political parties. MCLM also supports the move to restore the letter and the spirit of the 20-Point and 18-Point Agreements.

MCLM will work towards ensuring that Sabah and Sarawak are allowed self determination so that they can chart their own direction and determine their own future with the help of the other opposition parties in Pakatan Rakyat.

August 29, 2012

What is there for us Sabahans / Sarawakians to be proud of as Malaysians? Susah – susah, cerai jak kita!


We’ve been brainwashed, cheated, conned, shortchanged for over 49 years, History being distorted, Truth being concealead, Textbook being corrupted, Resources being sucked up dry, Rights being denied, Welfare being ignored so what is there for us Sarawakians to be proud of as Malaysians?

We had been sweet-talked by the leaders from Kuala Lumpur who offered us sweet promises into believing that Sabah would be an equal partner in the new country and would share the wealth fairly.

The real fact was we have already gained independence from the British earlier before we were colonized by the leaders from Kuala Lumpur

The political game in Malaysia was being played and masterminded by Malaya and after the agreement to form the federal government was made, Malaya ‘kicked out’ one of its partners, Singapore, without even referring the matter to Sabah and Sarawak.

After they ‘dumped’ Singapore out, they manipulated Sabah and Sarawak in order to gain the two-thirds majority in parliament before successfully downgrading the status of Sabah and Sarawak from a country to one of the states within the federation.

It was “the mother of all lies” to say that Sarawak became independent through Malaysia. Sarawak became independent on 22nd July 1963 “before it was swallowed up” by Malaya 55 days later under false pretences

We thought that we had helped formed a new Federation, Malaysia, where Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya would be equal partners, instead, we came out from the tiger’s mouth (Britain) and landed in the crocodile’s mouth (Malaya)

Should Stephen Kalong Ningkan teamed-up with Lee Kuan Yew when Singapore being “Kicked out” by Malaya in August 9th 1965, by now, Sarawak could be one of the most developed Commonwealth state!

Singapore was kicked out from Malaysia in 1965, two years later, when the island resisted attempts by Kuala Lumpur to re-colonize it in the wake of the British departure. Brunei, had deep suspicions about Malayan leaders and stayed out from the Federation at the 11th hour.

South Sudan, which became independent in July last year, as a classic study on “internal colonization”.

 

UN found that South Sudan, where the people are mostly Christians and Blacks, had been internally colonised by the Muslim Arab government in Khartoum in the north. The UN Security Council approved the partition of the country and the independence of South Sudan

The grinding poverty of Sabah, Sarawak as well is due to the internal colonization of Borneo by the Malaya-run Federal Government in Putrajaya.

Malaysia is a bad British idea initially meant to protect their commercial interest in their former colonies.

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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!

Independence Day 31st August VS Malaysia Day 16th September, Unitary States VS Federation

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Independence Day 31st August VS Malaysia Day 16th September, Unitary States VS Federation

This is one of the argument that i came accross yesterday, take your time and read it properly, thoroughly point by point and my counter arguement would follow suit later :

“Let’s take a look at the USA : Independence Day, commonly known as the 4th of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence of the 13 Colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

The 13 Colonies were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. After achieving independence with the Treaty of Paris, the United States expanded westward, enlarging its borders seven times, with two major border adjustments, one each with colonies of the United Kingdom and Spain, and several small disputes.

The original thirteen states grew into fifty states, most of which began as incorporated territories.

The general pattern seen in this is of territorial expansion, carving of organized territories from the newly acquired land, modification of the borders of these territories, and eventual statehood. Only two states, Nevada and Missouri, grew appreciably after statehood, and five, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, lost land, in each case to form new states.

My counter argument :

I beg to differ with you and allow me to elaborate in my broken English 🙂

United States of America vs Federation of Malaysia.

Cant you see the difference? 🙂

USA is a Unitary States while Malaysia is a Federation

I dont see any single reason why we (Sabah/Sarawak) should celebrate 31st August as Independence Day.

Why? That is the date Federation of Malaya gain Independence from Britain.

Malaysia is a Federation of Equal Partner namely Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak.

Just like United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which consist of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

They are Separate but Equal Partner. They have their own state Government and their Head of Government is called First Minister, similar to Chief Minister for Sabah, Sarawak right?

In United Kingdom, they have no Independence Day or National Day due to the same reason

The only date that we should celebrate is September 16th because that is the date when Malaysia was officialy formed and it is called Malaysia Day, and yes, we SHOULD celebrate Malaysia Day and not 31st August as it has nothing to do with us although one may argue that if there is no 31st August 1957 Indepedence of Malaya, there would be no Malaysia BUT, if there is no September 16th 1963, there is NO Malaysia. If there is no Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, there is NO Malaysia as well!

The formation of the new federation was planned to occur on June 1, 1963, but was later postponed to August 31, 1963, in order to coincide with the sixth Hari Merdeka.

Several issues related to the Indonesian and the Filipino objection to the formation of Malaysia delayed the declaration to September 16 of the same year.

The postponement was also done to allow the United Nations team time to conduct referendums in North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak regarding the two states participation in a new federation

Malaysia Agreement signed by the Governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Federation of Malaya, North Borneo (now Sabah including Labuan Island), Sarawak and Singapore in London on 9th July 1963

FACTUAL FACT

31 August 1957 : Federated States of Malaya gain Independence from the Britain

22 July 1963 : Sarawak was officially granted Independence from Britain

16 September 1963 : Sarawak together with North Borneo (Sabah), Singapore and Federation of Malaya formed the Federation of Malaysia as EQUAL PARTNER.Separate but Equal Entity

Rhetorically speaking, we had never achieved INDEPENDENCE in the true sense of words. Its just the change of Colonial Masters. From White Skin to Brown Skin. From British Imperialism to Malayan Imperialism

Simple Mathematics :

Federation of Malaya + States of Singapore + States of North Borneo + States of Sarawak : Federation of Malaysia (1963)

Status : Equal Partner

Federation of Malaya + States of Sabah + States of Sarawak – States of Singapore : United States of Malaysia (1965)

Status : 1 of the states in Malaysia

My Suggestion :

Federation of Malaya – States of Sabah – States of Sarawak : United States of Malaya (2065)

Status : Independent/Sovereign Country of Sabah/Sarawak 🙂

Awang Dzul-Hashriq Dharfizi : The only problem i see here is the factual error that the United States is a Federation and not Unitary, the way Malaysia is. Both have federal-level government. however, it is true that the similar analogy on celebration of 4th July CANNOT be used in Malaysian context.

Federation of Malaya who attained her independence on 31st August 1957 “ceased” to exist as a Sovereign Entity and surrenders her Sovereignty and Independence through the Formation of Malaysia with 3 other equal partners of North Borneo,  Singapore and Sarawak on the 16th September 1963, creating a new entity with new name and new constitution, yet the United States of America has been in continuous existence since 1776 and only absorbs new territories through expansion and purchase among other ways

Leslley Kalom : So if USA is a federation the way Malaysia is? If that is the case, my understanding of Federation is States, federated to form a new Country/Nation as Equal Partner while retaining their individualities

Awang Dzul-Hashriq Dharfizi : Federalism basically involves a 3 tier governmental level which are the federal government, the state government and the local government (city/municipal council) with usually explicit mentions on the power division/separation between the states and the federal government.

Federated states or federations among others include Malaysia, the United States, Russia, India, Germany and Australia. whereas a Unitary state only have a 2 Tier Administration level which are the Central Government and the Local Government such as all other South-East Asian Nations, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, South Korea, even the United Kingdom (albeit devolved as to grant separate administrative powers to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)A far-less common form of administration is the confederation which is almost a hybrid of the two, with most of its units (or member states) having superior autonomy in their administration compared to those of in federation

How i wish Malaysia was a confederation, to be honest. Your understanding might reflects more of a Confederation, rather than a Federation, i believe.

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How many times Sarawak has save Malaya?

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How many times Sarawak has save Malaya? The answer is 5 times as being shown below

1st : Malayan Emergency (1948 to 1960)

Iban Trackers/Sarawak Rangers were being assigned to Malaya
2nd : Formation of Malaysia on September 16th 1963Why Malaysia? The initiative apparently came from the wishes of Singapore’s leaders. David Marshall, Chief Minister of Singapore during the mid-1950s, was keen for a merger but the Tunku then was reluctant. Then in 1959, when Lee Kuan Yew of the People’s Action Party assumed the chief ministership, he too proposed a Malaya-Singapore merger for economic and political reasons. The Tunku’s initial reaction was at best lukewarm. As the political Left in Singapore gained momentum, however, the Tunku began to warm up to Lee’s persuasive arguments of merger.

Although the Tunku and his Malay colleagues in the United Malay National Organisation (Umno) did not want to have a Left-leaning Singapore as their neighbour, neither did they wish for a merger with Chinese-dominated Singapore that would mean upsetting the racial arithmetic in favour of the Chinese.

The Borneo territories then became imperative components in the wider federation scheme. Nearly 70% of the nearly 1.3 million inhabitants (1960 census) of Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak comprised Malay-Muslims and non-Muslim indigenous peoples, the Borneo territories were viewed favourably as a counterweight to Singapore’s Chinese majority.”

“This racial arithmetic, however, hinged on an assumption: “that in extreme racial issues the indigenous population of Borneo might choose to align themselves with the Malays (of Malaya), to whom they were racially akin, rather than to the Chinese”.~Dr Ooi Keat Gin~

3rd : Singapore expulsion from Federation of Malaysia on August 9th 1965

Sabah/Sarawak could just pull out from Federation of Malaysia since Singapore has being kicked out.

There were 4 signatories to the Malaysian Agreement: Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. So, if one party pulls out (or in this case got expelled), then the original Malaysian Agreement is null and void.

A new Malaysian Agreement should have been drafted (and signed) to represent the the three remaining signatories. But there was none drafted or signed. So, if the original Malaysian Agreement was null and void, then Malaysia is an illegal nation. In this case Malaysia does not even exist legally!

4th : Communist Insurgency (1968 to 1989)

Troops from Sarawak were being assigned to Malaya

5th : General Election 2008

The opposition pact won 83 of the 222 parliamentary seats in 2008 election. Of the BN’s 139 seats, 55 were from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan while in Peninsular Malaysia, it won 84 seats over PR’s 81, BN only obtained 49 percent of vites in Malaya

August 15, 2011

Surat email buat Malaya


Surat email buat Malaya

Fwd: Haji Julaihi Haji Suut

16 September, 2009

Buat tatapan,

Saudara-saudari di Malaya yang dihormati, hendaknya jangan ada sengketa di antara kita. Kehadiran surat ini sekadar untuk menenangkan salah faham yang tercetus di antara kita suatu ketika dahulu semasa menyambut hari kemerdekaan 31 Ogos. Silap pakcik ketika itu kerana terlalu beremosi. Silap kalian juga kerana tidak memberi peluang kepada pakcik untuk menceritakan duduk-perkara dari perspektif pakcik sebagai orang Malaysia Timur. Lantaran itu disertakan di sini SEMUA yang pakcik tahu berkenaan posisi Sabah dan Sarawak dalam Malaysia.

Ingin pakcik tegaskan, seingat pakcik kita sama-sama silap hari itu. Memang hasrat Tunku Abdul Rahman mahu menubuhkan Malaysia pada 31 Ogos, bertepatan dengan Hari Kemerdekaan MALAYA pada 31 Ogos, 1957, dan hajat beliau telah dipersetujui Sabah dan Sarawak. Tetapi tarikh itu kemudiannya ditunda ke 16 September. Maka sebetul-betulnya kalendar, Malaysia merdeka 16 September, 1963. Perlu pakcik tegaskan, Malaysia Barat dan Malaysia Timur bukan sekadar tersilap haribulan. Saudara-saudari yang dihormati, kita juga bercanggah pendapat dalam banyak perkara, terutama sekali berkenaan The 20-Points Agreement.

Pakcik tak berani kata kefahaman-kefahaman pakcik adalah benar tetapi demi nilai keadilan dalam perbalahan dua pihak, demi kelancaran orang berhujah, berikan pakcik sedikit kesempatan untuk membentangkan pendapat-pendapat pakcik di sini. Harap maklum, sekarang giliran pakcik bercerita. Nanti kita dengar apa kata kalian pula. Sila emailkan.

Hari ini genap 46 tahun Malaysia merdeka. Malaysia umpama satu rumahtangga; Malaya selaku pengantin lelaki, Sabah dan Sarawak pula selaku isteri-isteri. Tak kesah lah dia berkahwin dengan dua isteri serentak; itu bukan isunya. Malaya dan isteri-isteri dari Borneo bernikah pada 16 September, 1963, di hadapan saksi-saksi dari Singapura, Brunei, Indonesia, Filipin, dan United Kingdom.

Malaya berjanji walaupun dia lelaki Islam, Sabah dan Sarawak boleh memilih agama mereka sendiri dan mereka boleh terus menggunakan bahasa Inggeris di rumah – Malaya tak akan memerintah ke atas mereka serupa seorang raja. Malaya juga berjanji anak-anak Sabah dan Sarawak akan dibesarkan di dalam suasana yang makmur; tidak dianaktirikan dan mereka bukan anak haram. Panjang ucapan Malaya hari itu. Dipendekkan cerita, Malaya memberi mas kahwin berupa 20 gantang janji-janji manis kepada Sabah dan 18 gantang kepada Sarawak. Boleh dibayar secara ansuran.

Sebagai isteri yang soleh, Sabah dan Sarawak taat kepada Malaya dan walaupun ada ketikanya pada 13 Mei 1969 Malaya balik ke rumah dalam keadaan mabuk, isteri berdua masih menyayangi sang suami. Sepanjang tempoh rumahtangga Malaysia, pahit manis mereka harungi bersama. Mereka berjaya tempuhi segala macam cabaran, dihormarti di serata dunia sehingga mereka boleh menjadi tuan rumah beberapa acara peringkat antarabangsa. Kejayaan terbaru mereka menjangkau angkasa lepas.

Tanah runtuh, jerebu, ancaman komunis, ekonomi meleset, kemelut politik, semangat 46 dan mahathir mania, gejala rasuah, skandal kehakiman, MRR2 retak, seks bebas dan drama altantuya, namewee dan jambatan bengkok, kartun sarawak tribune, bahana bolasepak negara, chongwei kempunan emas, dan macam-macam lagi rintangan dan kekecewaan… namun mereka masih hidup sebumbung, tidur satu kelambu, bagai pasangan sejoli, duduk sama rendah berdiri sama tinggi.

SILAP! kita tidak berdiri sama tinggi. Kami urang masih kemajuan rendah; kamu urang sudah tinggi melangit.

Seharusnya tidak begitu. Sepatutnya kita bekerjasama membela nasib kita. Sepatutnya kebajikkan Sabah dan Sarawak tidak diabaikan. Sepatutnya maruah Sabah dijaga bila jantan-jantan Manila datang meraba. Sepatutnya hak-hak Sarawak dipelihara bila watak-watak hitam cuba menelanjangkan jasad yang saban hari kekurangan kain menutup aurat. Sepatutnya Malaya bertindak. Malaya, dimana kelakianmu!

Lupakah sudah janji-janji yang terungkap di antara kita 46 tahun dahulu? Kita sepakat timbul bersama tenggelam bersama. Begitu sumpah kita semasa Malaysia diijab-kabulkan. Mana janji-janji 20-gantang? Jangan cuba berbuat dalih atau alasan hari ini. Pinggan tak retak nasi tak dingin, kalau awak tak nak Malaysia lagi kami lagi lah tak ingin.

Andaikata Malaya sudah lupa sumpah 20-perkara, sila semak dalam sijil perkahwinan Malaysia 1963. Salinan ada disertakan di sini. Perjanjian yang termeterai masih sah sehingga ke hari ini – seharusnya masih sah.

Ps: Sila klik di sini untuk berkenalan dengan lebih rapat lagi dengan Pakcik Julaihi kita nie https://www.facebook.com/profi​le.php?id=100002576394697 dan juga Blogs beliau di http://knightadventure.blogspo​t.com/2009/07/sejarah-malaysia​.html

The Root Causes of Poverty in Sabah & Sarawak, Exposed

Filed under: 20/18 Point of Agreement,Malaysian Agreement — Pengayau @ 3:50 pm
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The United Borneo Front recently organised an Inter-Party Dialogue & Leadership Seminar in Kota Kinabalu on 5 March 2011. Below is the text of the speech delivered by Daniel John Jambun on behalf of the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMa), one of many organisations that attended in support of the Borneo Agenda.

An illegal squatter's hut, Sabah | source - http://bit.ly/kfeXzh

The promise of the Federation

Greetings,

Without much further ado, I will delve immediately into the subject proper of my talk today. Please bear with me. I will keep my address as brief as possible so that we may all ponder on the essential points that I am trying to make.

I have 11 major aspects to put before you today as Food for Thought and you may want to deliberate on them later among yourselves or ask me some questions at the end of my address.

As you all know, the World Bank confirmed late last year that Sabah and Sarawak had achieved the dubious distinction of being the poorest and second poorest states in Malaysia. This is a figure derived at using the figures of the Economic Planning Units of the Sabah and Sarawak Governments and the Economic Planning Unit in Putrajaya.

Forty per cent of Malaysia’s poor, according to the World Bank, are in Sabah. This means that almost half of the poor people in Malaysia are in Sabah.

The poverty figures should come as no surprise since both Sabah and Sarawak are actually colonies of Peninsular Malaysia. More on that shortly.

Just contrast the economic development of Sabah and Sarawak with the status of neighbouring Brunei which stayed out from the Malaysian Federation at the last minute in 1963 and Singapore which left after two years in 1965.

By the end of last year, the Singapore economy at US$ 210 billion GDP was bigger than the entire Malaysian economy by US$ 5 billion. This is indeed a shameful state of affairs and one that calls for the leadership in Putrajaya to admit that they are an incompetent and corrupt lot and beyond any redemption in this life or the next. They should head for the nearest toilet bowl to collectively dip their faces. It would no longer do for Putrajaya to continue in a state of denial. Most of the much smaller Malaysian economy vis-a-vis Singapore is concentrated in Peninsular Malaysia.

Did Sabah and Sarawak agree to federate together with Malaya and Singapore in 1963 to end up at the bottom of the dung heap along with the marginalized and disenfranchised elements of the Third Force in Peninsular Malaysia?

Untitled Expression | source - http://bit.ly/mUw3Kg

Untitled Expression

Patently, it’s clear the something went seriously wrong for Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Federation somewhere between 1963 and 2011. Most of the damage to the interests of the two Malaysian Borneo states in fact took place in the early years of independence.

The populations of Sabah and Sarawak may be much smaller than that of Peninsular Malaysia but the fact remains that this is compensated by the larger territorial area of Malaysian Borneo comparatively, its huge economic resources including vast acres of fertile land and consequently much bigger economic potential.

This is not however reflected in the Malaysian Parliament where the number of seats allotted to Malaysian Borneo at present stands at 57 including the one held by the Federal Territory of Labuan. Peninsular Malaysia meanwhile has 165 seats in Parliament i.e. more than two-thirds – 148 seats – and thereby depriving Sabah and Sarawak of veto power in legislation. It is clear that 18 of the seats held by Peninsular Malaysia in fact belong to Sabah and Sarawak. That would leave Peninsular Malaysia with 147 seats i.e. one short of the two-thirds majority.

The rot set in when Singapore’s exit from Malaysia saw Peninsular Malaysia taking half the 15 seats held by the island in Parliament. This altered the previous balance in Parliament between Peninsular Malaysia on the one hand and, on the other hand, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak in the collective.

Peninsular Malaysian politicians like to make much of the issue that their much larger population must be reflected in the number of seats held in Parliament. If that’s the case, why is that Sabah with a much larger population of 3.2 million than Sarawak’s 2.5 million has to make do with 25 seats in Parliament compared with the latter’s 31 seats. If Sarawak’s much larger territory vis-a-vis Sabah’s and the latter’s much larger population vis-avis the former’s are both taken into consideration, both states should have the same number of seats in Parliament.

In any case, there’s no dispute between Sabah and Sarawak on the allocation of seats in Parliament. It’s immaterial whether Sabah or Sarawak, in comparison with each other, has a much larger number of parliamentary seats. The pertinent point is that Sabah and Sarawak, collectively, must have at least one seat more than one-third in Parliament. The veto power of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Parliament must be restored.

Peninsular Malaysian politicians routinely also claim that rural seats must be given a certain weightage to compensate for their relative under-development vis-avis urban seats. This is supposed to account for rural seats having a smaller number of voters compared to those in the urban areas.

If that’s the case, why is this formula not being applied in Sabah and Sarawak, which are largely rural, along the lines in Peninsular Malaysia?

The gross under-representation of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Parliament, and the deprival of their veto power in the process, has a direct co-relation to the grinding poverty levels in Malaysian Parliament.

It is recommended that no new Parliamentary seats be allocated to Peninsular Malaysia in future increases. If a moratorium is placed on their current 165 seats – to be taken as two-thirds minus one in a new equation – some semblance of balance can be restored in the Malaysian Parliament.

Sabah and Sarawak’s collective 57 seats, including Labuan one, must be increased to one plus 82 i.e. 83 seats. If the present 57 seats are deducted from the new proposed total, this gives us additional and new seats totaling 26 which can be shared equally between Sabah and Sarawak.

This will be reflected in the Malaysian Parliament as follows: Sabah 26 + 13 for 39 seats; Sarawak 31 + 13 for 44 seats; and Peninsular Malaysia 164 seats.

The composition of seats in the Malaysian Parliament must be considered together with the question of revenue sharing between the federal and state governments in general and in particular with the so-called autonomous status of Sabah and Sarawak.

At present, the federal government takes all revenue from Sabah and Sarawak, leaving little for the states and leaving them with very little, if at all, revenue-raising powers. In return, very little of the federal revenue from Sabah and Sarawak comes back to the two states. This is the second major reason for the grinding poverty in Malaysia Borneo apart from unfair representation in the Parliament i.e. the first major reason.

The third major reason for our poverty is the fact that the federal government through Petronas leaves only 5 per cent of the oil and gas revenue in Sabah and Sarawak. Contrast this with the 70 per cent that the provinces are allowed to keep in neighbouring Indonesia. The central government in Jakarta takes only 30 per cent.

The fourth major reason for poverty is the fact that there’s very little oil and gas infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak. No attempts have been made to diversify the oil and gas sector through downstream activities and as well facilitate backward-and-forward integration.

The fifth major reason is that Borneonisation of the federal service in Sabah and Sarawak have been non-starters and where implemented, non-Muslim natives and the Chinese and others have been deliberately left out in line with the vile racist master race policy of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy and dominance).

The sixth major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak has been the refusal of the federal government and their stooge governments in Sabah and Sarawak to respect the Adat.

Among others, this has seen the wholesale confiscation – with the active connivance of the police and Land Office – of native customary rights (NCR) land and their alienation to the respective state government (by way of extension of forest reserves and the like), to state agencies, GLCs, federal agencies and private companies run by cronies of the ruling party. The phenomenon has been well-documented in numerous cases in court and in thousands of complaints lodged with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and at the respective Land Offices themselves in Sabah and Sarawak.

This is a deliberate and systematic attempt to reduce the native communities of Sabah and Sarawak to the same status of the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and the Indian underclass displaced and dispossessed by the fragmentation of the estates and or their conversion for the purposes of urban development.

Stranded in urban shanty-towns with no personal documents, little marketable skills, often only a rudimentary education in Tamil, poor command of English and Bahasa Malaysia and without any social safety network, suicide is the only option for the Indian underclass given the reality of no upward social mobility. These are the people represented by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi. These are the people taking to the streets ever so often these days and engaged in running battles with the police and authorities as they walk the path of urban guerrilla warfare and terrorism.

Extreme poverty, Sarawak | source - http://bit.ly/lPlRDl

Extreme poverty, Sarawak

Likewise, the future of the natives companies in Sabah and Sarawak will indeed be very bleak without the social safety network afforded by NCR land. Therein lies the seeds of a bloody revolution in Borneo especially when our people start committing suicide, like the Indian underclass in Peninsular Malaysia, to opt out of a hopeless situation.

The native communities in Sabah and Sarawak are being pushed in the same direction as the Indian underclass in Peninsular Malaysia which is a whole lot worse than that of the Orang Asli who still have a little land with them. But for the Orang Asli, how much more time do they still have before they too start committing suicide on the scale of the Indian underclass. Poverty, as Mahatma Gandhi once observed, is the worst form of violence against a people.

The seventh major reason for the grinding poverty in Borneo is the fact that Sabah and Sarawak are being treated as two of the states in Malaysia. This certainly should not be the case if one reads the Malaysia Agreement carefully, the 20/18 Points and other relevant documents including declassified ones available in the United Kingdom.

Sabah and Sarawak came together with Singapore and Malaya in 1963 to form the Federation of Malaysia as equal partners. This means that Malaysia is a two-tier federation i.e. a federation of states in Peninsular Malaysia which are part of a greater federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.

Hence, the federal government of Malaysia should be shared equally between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak i.e. leaving out Singapore which has since quit the federation.

The departure of Singapore from Malaysia begs the question of whether the original federation in 1963 still exists or whether Sabah and Sarawak have been quietly incorporated as two of the states in the 1957 Federation of Malaya (now masquerading as Malaysia). This appears to be the case and must be considered seriously by our legal fraternity, the governments of Sabah, Sarawak, the federal government, the government of the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

Moving forward, it must be clear by now that after nearly 50 years of Malaysia, it cannot continue to be business as usual in Sabah and Sarawak.

Eighth major reason. Already, the federal government has been in non-compliance with the Malaysia Agreement.

Non-compliance raises the question of whether a compliance mechanism must be set up or whether both Sabah and Sarawak should appeal to the international community and the United Nations to facilitate the departure of the two states from the Malaysian Federation. Singapore has been a precedent.

It’s unlikely that the Umno federal Government, obsessed with ketuanan Melayu, will ever consider any compliance mechanism for the Malaysia Agreement or give justice, belated as it may be, to Sabah and Sarawak. This must be borne in mind by those who are currently flogging the Borneo Agenda with the hope that federal government will come to its senses. It’s a case of too little, too late.

The departure of the British colonialists in 1963 in fact saw the handover of our two states to new colonialists in Peninsular Malaysia i.e. those who believe in the vile and racist master race policy of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy and dominance).

Ninth major reason. The Ketuanan Melayu policy in Sabah and Sarawak is kept going by local proxies of the ruling elite in Putrajaya. These stooges of Putrajaya are traitors who have participated in the colonial divide-and-rule policy of keeping the Chinese and majority non-Muslim natives out of the political mainstream and from the leverages of power.

To add insult to injury, they have willingly participated in the marginalization and disenfranchisement of their fellow countrymen through the placement of illegal immigrants on the local electoral rolls and the grant of MyKads through the backdoor by Putrajaya. What happened to the security promised us by Federation in 1963? This is the tenth major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak.

Even more than the Chinese and non-Muslim natives communities, it’s now the local Muslim native communities that are feeling the brunt of marginalization and disenfranchisement. They see their already small stake under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution being shared with the instant natives created from among the illegal immigrants.

In Sabah, local proxies of Putrajaya have now been dispensed with and Umno itself has struck roots to take half the seats in the state assembly and half the Sabah parliamentary seats. To mask their true intention, they invited MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the PPP along for company and recently came up with the so-called 1Malaysia policy. This further ensures the continued enslavement of Sabah.

In Sarawak, Umno is poised to enter state the manner that they have done in Sabah. This is to ensure that the majority Dayak community will never be able to rule their own state.

Stripped bare, Sarawak | source - http://bit.ly/jm0Znl

Stripped bare, Sarawak

The 11th major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak is the National Cabotage Policy (NPL) which decrees that all imports must go through Port Kelang as the National Load Centre. This ruthless policy has been responsible for the higher prices in Malaysian Borneo vis-a-vis Peninsular Malaysia in the face of lower wages. The NPL has held back the economic development and industrialization of Sabah and Sarawak since the advent of Malaysia.

It’s time for the international community and the United Nations to enter the picture and rescue Sabah and Sarawak from the gross violations of human rights taking place and restore our sovereignty and territorial integrity and guarantee our security.

There’s no longer any hope for us in Sabah and Sarawak.

Something must be done, and done quickly, before the situation further degenerates into an even greater vicious cycle of poverty, ignorance, disease and violence.

Daniel John Jambun is the President of CigMa (Common Interest Group Malaysia), an ad hoc apolitical human rights movement in Sabah.

August 14, 2011

It is time to stop buying into a lie.


Taken from Being Vernon

Dear Reader,

May I be honest?

I am sad. I am sad because I am told by my government that I must celebrate the Independence Day of my country on the 31st of August. But what is so wrong about this that it makes me sad?

Let me tell you. If you don’t like dry and boring history lessons, you can leave my blog now. But if you have ten minutes to spare, read on.

The Federated States of Malaya which comprised all the nine Sultanates, Malacca and Penang were given their independence by Great Britain on the 31st of August, 1957. The photo below records the historic event. It is the iconic image of Tunku Abdul Rahman proclaiming independence for Malaya. Yes, MALAYA. Not Sarawak, not Sabah, but MALAYA. And this date became known as MERDEKA DAY. For the Federated States of MALAYA.

 

Then, six years later, Sarawak was given her independence. On the 22nd of July, 1963. Bet you didn’t know that the 22nd of July is an historic date for Sarawak, huh? Of course you wouldn’t. It has probably been wiped off the official history text books, or glossed over during history classes. But if you buy a copy of the Sarawak Government Almanac, it’s there in black and white. The British gave up Sarawak on the 22nd of July, 1963 and on that day we became an independent nation. A country all of our own. Our own flag, our own anthem and even our own money!

Then, twenty five days later, after the British granted her independence, Sarawak, together with Sabah, Singapore, and the Federated States of Malaya came together to form a new nation called MALAYSIA on the 16th of September. This date, the 16th of September, 1963, came to be known as MALAYSIA DAY because it was on this historic day that a brand new country was born in the world. (Singapore got ‘kicked out’ later but Malaysian history books politely claim she decided to withdraw from the new nation. Brunei was also involved in the discussions to form Malaysia but it too decided against the idea.)

However, gradually, Malaysia Day became forgotten through, I suspect, a subtle and systematic process of brainwashing on the part of the Barisan Nasional government. More and more emphasis was placed on Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day was ignored, its significance eroded and displaced by Merdeka Day. Merdeka Day became a public holiday, and the whole country began to get caught up in celebrations come every 31st August.

Young Sarawakian school children were, and still are taught to wave flags and jump for joy come 31st August because on this date Malaysia achieved her independence. Now if you have been paying attention, you will obviously have noticed that there is a factual error in the previous sentence. Malaysia DID NOT achieve her independence on the 31st of August, 1957 simply because Malaysia had not existed yet! It was only Malaya which achieved her independence on the 31st of August, 1957; Malaysia was only formed six years AFTER Malaya achieved independence.

The date 31st of August means nothing to me as a Sarawakian and yet I am told by my government to honour this date on the basis that I am a citizen of Malaysia and therefore as a proud and loyal Malaysian, I should jump and shout for joy that Malayans received their independence on the 31st of August despite the fact that I am also a Sarawakian and this date has absolutely no value to me. This date did not affect my beloved Sarawak in any way whatsoever and has never been part of its rich history, so what is there to celebrate or what memory is there to honour and cherish? Sarawak achieved her independence on the 22nd of July but the government does not give this date any due recognition. Instead, I am to celebrate a date which has more significance for my fellow Malaysians in West Malaysia. That is why I am sad.

Malaysia Day, the 16th of September, 1963, however, means a lot to me. It was the date my beloved Sarawak became a part of a new nation, standing tall and proud in the world amongst other independent nations. Shouldn’t this date when we officially became a country take centre-stage in our history as a nation?

And yet, it was only last year that the Barisan Nasional government decided to recognise Malaysia Day and grant it ‘public holiday’ status. And only because Pakatan Rakyat ‘reminded’ the BN government. It actually took the BN government forty-seven years to recognise Malaysia Day officially!

But the question on my mind is why did the BN government try to sweep Malaysia Day under the carpet and dispatch it to the annals of history to be conveniently forgotten? And why do I suspect that there is a conspiracy going on to distort and blur the story of the formation of Malaysia?

Let me draw your attention to the opening paragraph of a blog entry dated 15th September, 2009, by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. He wrote,

“On this day (16 September) forty-six years ago, Malaysia welcomed Sabah and Sarawak as states and set out on a course toward becoming one of the leading nations in the world. I was only 10 years old when my father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, witnessed the historic proclamation of Sabah’s independence in 1963, but I remember how proud he was during that momentous occasion. Sabah and Sarawak occupy a special place in my heart because of that history.”

Spot the offending sentence? “Malaysia welcomed Sabah and Sarawak as states.” The Prime Minister of Malaysia, no less, officially writes in his official blog that Sabah and Sarawak were welcomed INTO a country called Malaysia in 1963!

Not only is this sentence factually wrong (as Malaysia was actually formed on that very day and you cannot ‘welcome’ other states into an entity which would need those very states to form it in the first place in order to welcome anything into), but it is also a blatant re-writing of history! Sabah and Sarawak were not just states of a larger country, Mr. Prime Minister; Sabah and Sarawak were INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES and EQUAL PARTNERS to Malaya!

But if you were to believe the Prime Minister writing in his blog, Sabah and Sarawak were only states that joined an already existing country! Surely the Prime Minister of Malaysia would know history and know how his own country was formed? And if he genuinely made a mistake, surely one of his many advisers and staff members would quickly alert him to the fact and correct the glaring mistake? Or did they not know too, and if so, it begs a more disturbing question: is our country being runned by incompetent people who do not know the history of their own country? Truth be told, I suspect no one made a mistake.

It is plain that history is deliberately being re-written. But why? Two glorious words: Malaysia Agreement.

The Barisan Nasional government wants us to forget that there is such a thing as the Malaysia Agreement. It wants us to forget because the Malaysia Agreement specifies very clearly that Sabah and Sarawak have certain rights and privileges enshrined in the 18-Point (Sarawak) and 20-Point (Sabah) Agreements respectively. Sabah and Sarawak, both independent countries, came together as equal partners with Malaya to form Malaysia with pre-conditions attached. And these pre-conditions would empower Sabah and Sarawak. Empowerment is a frightening thing to the BN. It does not like to empower anyone except itself. Now more so than ever, it needs Sabah and Sarawak to retain its majority in Parliament and cling on to power. So to give power to Sabah and Sarawak is a very frightening idea to the BN government. So what does it do? It re-writes history and hopes that Sabahans and Sarawakians forget. It teaches Sabahan and Sarawakian school children to celebrate the 31st of August as Malaysia’s Independence Day whilst remaining deafeningly mute on the 16th of September. It uses newspapers, television and colourful parades to brainwash the masses into believing the lie that it assiduously propagates – that Malaysia gained independence on the 31st of August, 1957; when in actual fact Malaysia had not yet existed.

But all is not lost. You and I can change the situation. We can bring honour back to the 16th of September and accord it the significance it rightly deserves. More importantly, you and I can honour the Malaysia Agreement and return power to Sabah and Sarawak. Did you know that the Pakatan Rakyat has made a very important pledge to the peoples of Sabah and Sarawak?

Respecting the position of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Malaysian Federation, and honouring previous agreements made, Pakatan Rakyat pledges to restore autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with and within the framework of the Federal Constitution and the Federation Agreement.

Yes. A Pakatan Rakyat government will honour the Malaysia Agreement. (The Federation Agreement is basically the Malaysia Agreement.) This pledge is contained in the Buku Jingga, the book of policy pledges by the Pakatan Rakyat. You can download the Buku Jingga in English HERE. If you, like me, love Sarawak and want to see her powers and status as an equal partner restored, you will know what to do come the 13th General Election.

Back to the Prime Minister’s blog entry, which you can read HERE. If you continue reading the blog entry, you will see that the whole purpose of the entry was to appease Sabahans and Sarawakians. Wasn’t it ironic that in trying to appease us, he actually made us feel even more displeased, thinking us illiterate idiots with short memories?

So when is our nation Malaysia’s Independence Day? There simply isn’t one. Our nation Malaysia never achieved independence. Our nation Malaysia was born out of the coming together of three individual nations already independent BEFORE they formed Malaysia.

And let us be clear once and for all. Sarawak never JOINED Malaysia because there was no Malaysia to join in the first place. Sarawak joined Malaya and Sabah to FORM Malaysia. Never forget that. Teach it to your children.

I will fly my Jalur Gemilang proudly on the 16th of September. Not on the 31st of August. It is time to stop buying into a lie.

P.S. If the Barisan Nasional is genuinely not guilty of subtle and systematic brainwashing and never willfully schemed to displace Malaysia Day with Merdeka Day (and my entire argument about the insidious plot to wipe the Malaysia Agreement from memory is therefore in tatters), then the Barisan Nasional is guilty of a far graver and greater sin – absolute and unadulterated ARROGANCE; the significance of Malaya’s independence far outweighs that of Malaysia’s formation and birth and to hell with what Sabah or Sarawak might think. And that means we’re well and truly screwed.

August 13, 2011

Merdeka Day VS Malaysia Day?


FACTUAL FACT

31 August 1957 : Federated States of Malaya gain Independence from the Britain

22 July 1963 : Sarawak was officially granted Independence from Britain

16 September 1963 : Sarawak together with North Borneo (Sabah), Singapore and Federation of Malaya formed the Federation of Malaysia as EQUAL PARTNER.Separate but Equal Entity

We had never achieved INDEPENDENCE in the true sense of words.Its just the change of Colonial Masters.From White Skin to Brown Skin.From British Imperialism to Malayan Imperialism

August 10, 2011

The Price of Loyalty by James Wong


The accusation that Datuk Samad (The then Deputy Home Affairs Minister had signed was followed on the same document by “Allegation of Facts” which still seems to me a contradiction in terms which said :

“That you Dato James Wong Kim Min, during a meeting with the agent of a foreign power in May 1974, agreed to received the aid of that foreign power to enable you to discredit (Which you did) the existing government of Sarawak and to replace it with a government formed by you and you also agreed that the government so formed by you would arrange for the cession of Limbang to that foreign power and you further agreed with the said agent of the foreign power to received assistance from that foreign power to accomplish the aforesaid purposes”

I asked for more details about the “Allegations of fact” and was told by the chairman that the agent of foreign power i was supposed to met was the Seri Begawan, Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin,the father of the present Sultan of Brunei. Our meeting supposed to have taken place “at 10 pm in the month of May 1974″. I was said to have been accompanied by an unidentified Iban, and i was alleged to have received $4 Million, presumably in Brunei or Malaysian currency from him

My lawyers at once asked :

1.On what day in May, 1974 was i supposed to have met the Seri Begawan?

2.What was the description of the so called unidentified Iban?

3.Where was i supposed to have met the Seri Begawan?

4.In what form was the money handed to me?

The chairman’s answer to all these question was that he had not been provided with such details. My lawyers insist that the details should be provided.If we had details of when and where the alleged meeting was supposed to have taken place, i would perhaps be able to prove that i could not have been present

Since the authorities who had framed the charge agaisnt me claimed to know so much, surely they should also know the answers to our questions. But no attepmt was ever made to substantiate the allegations

At a later meeting with the advisory board, the chairman was to comment, in response to my repeated demands for answers to my questions, that it was unfortunate that the board was acting only in an advisory capacity to the Minister.

If the hearing had been in an open court, he added, ” I would throw the file out of window”

Ps: An excerpt from the book that im reading right now. “The Price Of Loyalty” by the late Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min. Thanks to his son Alex Stmrock Wong for willing to gave me a copy of this book as i’ve been looking for it for quite sometimes

July 23, 2011

Singapore is out!!


Should Stephen Kalong Ningkan teamed-up with Lee Kuan Yew when Singapore being “Kicked out” by Malaya in August 9th 1965, by now, Sarawak could be one of the most developed Commonwealth state!

January 1, 2011

The fate of Borneo States,fast forward 48 years later

Filed under: 20/18 Point of Agreement,Malaysian Agreement — Pengayau @ 3:54 am

“The suspicion is that the Malaysia partnership ceased to exist with the departure of Singapore from the Federation in 1965.This issue needs to be put to rest.It appears that the definition of Federation in the Federal Constitution is as per the 1957 Federation of Malaya and not the 1963 Federation of Malaysia

In that case, both Sabah and Sarawak became independent of Malaysia at the same time as Singapore but were somehow retained illegally as the 12th and 13th states in the resurrected Malayan Federation, now masquerading as Malaysia

It is little known that the Sabah claim does not cover the whole of Sabah, but only the eastern seaboard, which was traditionally under the Sulu Sultanate, now in the Philippines Republic, and the northern third, which was handed by the Brunei sultanate to the Sulu sultanate.

Sulu transferred its sovereignty over the northern and eastern parts of Sabah to the Philippines. These parts were leased by Sulu to the British North Borneo Chartered Company. The company sold the whole of Sabah to the colonial office in London for 1.2 million pounds after World War II as it was too broke to repair the war damage caused by the Japanese occupation. The rest is a brief British colonial history followed by Malaysia.

Sabah must be kept united and given the right to decide between Malaysia, the Philippines and independence. This will bring closure to the Sabah claim and the Malaysia Agreement.

Sarawak is a more straightforward case of non-compliance on the Malaysia Agreement and its fate will hinge more on which way Sabah moves. At one time, before Malaysia, Sarawak wanted a Borneo Federation with Sabah and Brunei. Unfortunately, Sabah saw Sarawak as a poor economic prospect and rejected the Borneo Federation. Malaysia entered the picture, but Brunei stayed out of the new federation at the 11th hour.

Sarawak was independent for more than 150 years before the cash-strapped Brooke Dynasty handed the kingdom over to the colonial office in London after World War II. As in Sabah, the government was too broke to repair war damage. The British should have returned Sarawak to independence and not force it into the Malaysian Federation”

An excerpt from Pakatan’s 100-day plan almost silent on Sabah, Sarawak

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