Monday, 30 March 2015
KUALA LUMPUR - Singapore’s expulsion in 1965 prevented Lee Kuan Yew from continuing to press for a “Malaysian Malaysia” and allowed Malay ultras headed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to depose Tunku Abdul Rahman, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim asserted today.
In a blog post eulogising the late Singapore founding father, the former de facto law minister lamented the lost opportunity for both Tunku and Lee to co-operate on transforming Malaysia into a flourishing democracy with strong rule of law.
“Without Singapore in the wings and without LKY articulating his mantra of ‘Malaysian Malaysia’, the ultra Malays, led by Dr Mahathir, gained huge momentum.
"They filled the vacuum with the help of a young Islamist named Anwar Ibrahim.
“They were able to push Tunku out after May 1969 and the country’s history was rewritten by the introduction of the New Economic Policy (NEP), followed by the Malay-first and Islamisation policies,” Zaid wrote on his blog today.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a vocal critic of Tunku, eventually became the country’s fourth and longest-serving prime minister, while Anwar later became his deputy.
The NEP is the technically-defunct race-based affirmative action that created a system of preferential treatment for the Bumiputera in jobs, housing and access to government funding.
The policy and others taking after it are blamed for Malaysia’s declining competitiveness as well as increasing discontent among non-Bumiputera communities over what is perceived to be “second-class” treatment.
Zaid said that keeping Singapore in Malaysia and Lee in the administration would have allowed Tunku to resist the push for Malay-first policies in order to make the community competitive, progressive and reasonable.
According to the former Kota Baru MP, the country’s first prime minister would also have been able to keep Islam’s focus on charity, good and ethical conduct and compassion instead of permeating into the governance of the country.
“Malaysia has come full circle: Malays have become Arabs, Malay words have changed to Arabic, and their Western education has changed to the Islamic variety.
“Malaysia’s identity no longer follows Tunku’s vision. Singapore remained true to the dreams of its founder, and very successfully as well. That’s the tale of the two leaders, in short,” he said.
Singapore founding father Lee died on March 23 after over a month on life support following complications arising from severe pneumonia.
Singapore joined Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, but was expelled two years later by an Act of Parliament following racial tensions over the republic’s insistence on equal treatment for all citizens.
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Dalam minggu ini (30 Mac 2015 sehingga 3 April 2015), zahid komedi akan membawa usul untuk meluluskan akta hasutan. Harap semua orang memberi perhatian pada Dewan Parlimen untuk menjadi saksi tentang ahli-ahli parlimen Borneo. Sila kenali siapakah Pengkhianat dan Penjahanam Bangsa Negara Sabah dan Bangsa Negara Sarawak yang menyokong usul akta hasutan malaya diluluskan agar diguna pakai di Borneo.
Berikan tumpuan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin bn-umno kerana mereka mempunyai potensi yang tinggi untuk menyokong usul ini.
Admin berani bertaruh yang segerombolan orang ini memang sudah menjadi Pengkhianat dan Penjahanam Bangsa Borneo.
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Bangsa Borneo sudah puas hidup dalam ketakutan yang dimainkan oleh malaya atas sokongan barua-barua malaya di Borneo. Kesannya, kita boleh hidup sehingga ke hari ini namun kehidupan kita srmakin hari semakin teruk dianiaya. Malah pengkhianat, Penjahanam dan Barua malaya semakin menjadi kaya dan bongkak malah berani meludah rakyatnya sendiri melalui perbuatan yang hina dan menjijikkan.
Jikalau kita masih merelakan ketakutan menguasai diri kita untuk tempoh 50 tahun lagi, dapatkah anda semua bayangkan bagaimana generasi anda yang masih kecil ini mencari kehidupan???
Keberanian Mendisng Lee Kuan Yew dalam menentang penindasan malaya telah membawa kesejahteraan Bangsa Singapura. Tiada istilah yang nyata bahawa jikalau kita berpisah daripada persekutuan malaysia ini, Filipina mahupun Indonesia akan menyerang kerana mana-mana negara yang akan Merdeka akan dilindungi oleh United Nations (UN) untuk satu tempoh sehingga sistem pertahanan negara merdeka itu sudah mampu menjaga keselamatannya.
Andai kata berlaku serangan selepas merdeka, adalah menjadi kewajipan bagi semua rakyat untuk bersama-sama mempertahankan Negara. Pada waktu itu, Negara Republik North Borneo (Sabah) dan Negara Republik Sarawak bakal menjalinkan kerjasama Ketenteraan bagi membantu pertahanan dan disamping itu memperkuatkan pertahanan Negara.
Jangan biarkan orang asing (malaya) menundukkan maruah bangsa Borneo selama MESTI BANGKIT MENENTANG PENINDASAN INI DAN BERDIRI SEBAGAI BANGSA YANG BERMARUAH DI PENTAS DUNIA INI!
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Exposing the Truth , Fact , Nationalist , Sabah , Wilfred Bumburing No comments
KOTA KINABALU - The Sedition Act should be invoked on those involved in providing ICs to illegal immigrants through the back door instead of using it indiscriminately on political opponents of the Government.
Sabah Reform Movement (APS) Chief-cum-Tamparuli Assemblyman, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, said the issue must be tackled right from the root.
"No stones should be left unturned in bringing the culprits to justice because issuance of ICs to illegal immigrants and unqualified foreigners is treason since it compromised the sovereignty of the country," he said here, Sunday.
Bumburing, in supporting the proposal to issue a new IC for every bona fide Sabahan in view of the gravity and seriousness of the situation, also suggested that the Federal Government set up a working committee for the purpose.
"The Federal Government owes the people of Sabah a definitive action to resolve this issue once and for all. The ICs that were illegally issued to foreigners, as reported in the RCI, must be recalled and declared null and void," he said.
"The State National Registration Department (NRD) Director has said that the department is capable of carrying out the directive of the Government if it decides to recall and reissue all ICs in Sabah.
"I am reminding the Federal Government that if the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah is left unresolved, sooner than later, there will be a reverse takeover of the State.
"The Tanduo intrusion should be looked at more than just a wake-up call for the Government. It is a stark reminder of a real situation waiting to happen.
"The illegal immigrant issue is indeed a time bomb for Sabah and Malaysia just waiting to explode.
Bumburing also welcomed the statement by State NRD Director Ismail Ahmad that the department was up to the task of recalling and issuing the new ICs for genuine Sabahans.
"This reflects a very high level of integrity and commitment not only on the department that he heads but especially his personal integrity as a government servant.
"I have been following closely how he handles the illegal immigration problem in Sabah and the way he approaches it. His exposure on the huge number of illegal immigrants holding ICs in Keningau without fear or favour is most commendable.
"It leads to the question as to why the problem existed for so long without being noticed or detected by the relevant authorities and without any action taken.
"The illegal ICs in Keningau are only the tip of the iceberg," said Bumburing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Agreement of Malaysia , Exposing the Truth , Fact , Federation of Malaysia 16 September 1963 , History , Sabah , Sabah Sarawak Union (SSU) , Sarawak , SSKM No comments
COMMENT: Why can Malayans harp on the “social contract” but find the Malaysia Agreement seditious?
One is an accepted “social contract” not written on any agreement nor paper but has been used since 1957, to protect the so-called “Malay and Muslim rights”.
The other is a piece of a formal and written agreement signed and agreed to by all parties at the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 which had bound together the federated states of Malaya, and the independent nations of Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah (the North Borneo).
So why is it that the one informal and undocumented “social contract” agreed only through past practice is so solemnly upheld rigidly but the one in “black and white” which was fully and mutually agreed to, and signed in ink and duly rectified is still in the throes of being swept aside, brushed under the carpet, debated and slighted and not even adhered to in both word and spirit?
Yes indeed why?
Over the 52 years since 1963, at various times and episodes throughout the volatile and unbalanced relationship between the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak and Putrajaya (let’s call it that, rather than West Malaysian peninsular states, as it is in truth only Putrajaya’s doing) and not the united Malay states.
The truth of the matter is that states like Penang or Kelantan or even Johor couldn’t care two hoots about what happens – in their eyes – to another fellow member state!
What Putrajaya and the rest of the Malay states do not fully realise nor comprehend is that both Sabah and Sarawak are not just another state in Malaysia. Both Sabah and Sarawak are equal partners to Malaysia, each having one-third say and share of the namesake and not just one out of 13 states and three federal territories!
It also means that in theory whatever Sabah and Sarawak agree to mutually would outvote anything else supported by Malaya – after all two out of three is a simple majority of one.
But that’s not the case at all.
The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back may have started with the case of the four Sabah citizens who were charged in a Kota Kinabalu court on March 16 with sedition. They were alleged to have in their possession materials calling for Sabah and Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia.
In the past the outcry would expectedly come from the opposition parties and NGOs as well as other observers from the international arena charged with safeguarding human and political rights. This time around it was very different.
Abdul Ghapur then went on to name a long list of broken or unfulfilled promises made to the electorate during the heat of election campaigns and rebuked Putrajaya – “Until now, not even one stone is yet to be seen.” He said Sabahans are angry at both the federal government and at their Sabah MPs.
He even nailed it in by concluding, “This is because there are cronies in the Cabinet. To cronies they give. Those who aren’t cronies get nothing. We cannot have things done this way. The people will lose out in the end. BN will lose then in the coming elections. The opposition and I, cannot decide this. What decides this is the rakyat.”
An ever-growing list of outspoken opposition leaders, and now it would appear, those in the governments of both Sabah and Sarawak have broken their chains and opened their mouths in recent days echoing this sentiment, which if Putrajaya doesn’t hear or choose to ignore, will certainly spell total disaster for them returning to power in the 14GE.
Many words have been used against the present attitude shown by BN and in particular Umno leaders from Malaya, and most common among them are phrases like:
- “Condescending colonialist’s attitude”
- “Sticky points of the 20-point Agreement have been swept under the carpet”
- “What has happened to the agreement to return 40 per cent of the income generated back to the state?”
- “Endowed with rich natural resources and today, after 52 years of plundering, we have both been reduced to beggars, begging Putrajaya for handouts.”
At the end of the day, the accumulated frustration and anger of 52 years, slowly simmering on the ground, usually championed by those not in the government and by NGOs and international agencies, are now, at last, beginning to see the light of day – as a former BN assemblyman and former supporter Datuk James Ligunjang has said, “If we don’t stand up to them now, our situation will worsen.”
Even the newly-installed, just one year in his seat, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem only a few days ago was prompted to speak his mind on how badly Sarawak has been treated by Putrajaya.
“The people of Sarawak have been neglected for far too long. If we don’t fight for Sarawak, nobody else will. If not us, who else? If not now, when? They can’t ignore me as chief minister of Sarawak.”
Adenan was completely frustrated that Putrajaya had rejected outright the state’s demand for a 20 per cent share of the state’s revenue in oil and gas. This was only half of what was originally promised in the Agreement of 40 per cent.
Adenan ended his challenge to Putrajaya with what is perhaps the most apt and appropriate illustration of the hard and plain truth of what has happened (or not happened) in Sarawak for the past 52 years since Independence within Malaysia. –
“If we travel from Johor Bahru in the south to Penang in the north, possibly 10 hours, our feet will not get dirty. You will see double highways and first class roads all the way. Now if we travel from Sematan to Lawas, our backbones will crack because of uneven road surfaces.”
So therein lies the bare and inconvenient truth.
Therein lies the primary reason why Malayans and Putrajaya, in particular, find it “seditious” and find it convenient to not have to refer to that signed contractual agreement called the Malaysia Agreement, signed so significantly 52 years ago; and now relegated to just a piece of paper, filed away in some dusty Kuala Lumpur iron cabinet gathering dust; and silencing all those who dare to bring it up – by charging them all, one by one, with “sedition”, the most convenient and easiest way to deal with such “agitators” and truth-tellers and those in search of recognition and just to safeguard what was supposedly agreed to by our forefathers, who are now most likely to be turning in their graves wherever they may be buried.
Will the day come when we in Sabah and Sarawak will be treated as equal partners and not just relegated to ad-hoc handouts as and when the powerful and mighty deem to call for general elections thereby needing once again our support, our votes and our revenue – to stay in power and reap and plunder our assets – as they continue to sit in their high ivory towers at Putrajaya?
Penampang: Non-governmental organisation (NGO) KDM Malaysia said it strongly disagrees with the overbearing tactics and action taken by the authorities in charging some people in Sabah for alleged sedition.
Its President, Datuk Peter Anthony, said most of the Sabahans that were charged under the Sedition Act were only dissatisfied with the situation they see as unfair to the people in this State.
And because of this, the Sabah, Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) or Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia movement was formed.
He said instead of taking the harsh move by applying the Sedition Act on these mostly indigenous people, the authorities should engage them in a dialogue to find out what are their actual grouses.
"The Government must strive to understand the reasons behind their action," he told reporters after the KDM Malaysia annual general meeting at Penampang Cultural Centre that saw him winning the top position uncontested.
According to him, these mostly rural residents are frustrated with the level of facilities and infrastructure in the state compared with other states in the country.
To this, he said, KDM Malaysia hoped that the government would consider Bumiputera students in the interior of Sabah be given an "open quota" to enter institutes of higher learning across the country.
Because of the glaring gap in facilities between the rural and urban, it is only natural that there would be a difference in education achievements between the two areas.
Further on the SSKM, Anthony said it should not have come to that extent.
He said the movement was mooted out of dissatisfaction on many issues such as employment opportunities and land rights.
On this, he disagreed with the suggestion by President of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) cum Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, that the authorities just arrest those in cohorts with SSKM.
"The SSKM issue must be professionally handled because the people are watching.
"And (even though they may not support the movement) they might get angry with how the authorities or government are treating them," he said.
The problem or their grouses, he said, should be dealt with in stages.
"As the eye and ears to the government, this is our view if the government want to continue being relevant," he said.
On the AGM, apart from Anthony who won uncontested, Datuk Juil Nuantim was elected Deputy President.
Ahuar Rasam and Michael Ubu were retained as Vice President I and Vice President II respectively.
Mudi Dubing was elected the new Vice President III. The new Secretary-General is Eneycia Doulus while Treasurer General, Elsie Vivian Mansin, Information Chief, Donneysius Ansuku, Executive Secretary, Mohd Zinin Andong Ajak, Youth Chief, Henry Soimpon, Beliawanis Chief, Diana Edward and Assistant Youth Chief, Oliver Isidore Bosuin.
The Supreme Council comprise of Abu Bakar Ellah, Agustin Paga, Ampulas Kaluhu, Anthony Anton Laga, Florence Ebbie, Jaikol Pondok, Jasnin Suman, Jickol Tagua, Michael Angkui, Nixboy Piunin, Vitalis Gulabok, Ebby Roy Raimon, Jellysius Saimpon, Masly Dangku and Lazarus Anthony.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Akta Hasutan 1948 adalah undang-undang yang tidak sah kerana ia tidak digubal oleh Parlimen, Mahkamah Persekutuan diberitahu hari ini.
Peguam Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar berhujah Akta Hasutan, undang-undang praMerdeka, asalnya dikenali sebagai Ordinan Hasutan 1948 digubal oleh Majlis Perundangan.
Katanya Akta Hasutan tidak boleh diubah suai untuk diselaraskan dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan dengan itu akta itu terbatal sebaik sahaja Perlembagaan Persekutuan diwujudkan.
Beliau berkata, hanya Parlimen diberi kuasa untuk menggubal undang-undang yang mengehadkan kebebasan bersuara kerana ia diberi hak eksklusif Perlembagaan Persekutuan untuk berbuat demikian.
"Yang di-Pertuan Agong tidak mempunyai autoriti undang-undang untuk mengubah suai Ordinan Hasutan. Autoriti Seri Paduka untuk mengubah suai undang-undang mengikut Perkara 162 (4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan perlu difahami iaitu tidak meliputi undang-undang sedia ada yang mengehadkan kebebasan bersuara," katanya.
Malik mewakili Profesor Madya Undang-Undang Universiti Malaya Dr Azmi Sharom yang mencabar keperlembagaan Akta Hasutan.
Panel lima anggota Mahkamah Persekutuan terdiri daripada Ketua Hakim Negara Tun Arifin Zakaria, Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Hakim Besar Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin dan dua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong dan Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar mendengar perkara itu yang dirujuk kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi bagi penentuan dua soalan berkaitan perlembagaan.
Azmi, 46, berdepan pertuduhan utama dan pertuduhan pilihan di Mahkamah Sesyen mengikut Seksyen 4(1)(b) dan Seksyen 4(1)(c) akta itu, masing-masing berhubung komennya dalam berita bertajuk “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told”, pada 15 Ogos tahun lepas.
Kedua-dua kesalahan membawa hukuman denda maksimum RM5,000 atau penjara maksimum tiga tahun atau kedua-duanya jika sabit kesalahan.
Peguam Cara I Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah berhujah Akta Hasutan ialah undang-undang yang sah dan berkuat kuasa di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Katanya, walaupun Akta Hasutan tidak digubal sebagai undang-undang Parlimen, namun ia perlu ditafsirkan sebagai digubal Parlimen.
Beliau berkata, dari Hari Merdeka sehingga 27 Jun, 1959, Parlimen masih belum wujud dan dengan itu semua undang-undang yang digubal malah pada Hari Merdeka pada 1957 sehingga 11 September 1959 apabila Parlimen pertama kali bersidang, adalah tidak digubal Parlimen.
Tun Abdul Majid berkata Ordinan Hasutan merupakan undang-undang sedia ada dan terus dikuatkuasakan pada dan selepas Hari Merdeka, dengan pengubahsuaian yang difikirkan perlu oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"Ordinan Hasutan telah diubah suai beberapa kali untuk menjadikan ketetapannya selaras dengan ketetapan Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Akta Hasutan 1948 diterima sebagai satu-satunya undang-undang yang betul berkaitan perkara yang menjadi kesalahan bagi hasutan," katanya.
Beliau berkata walaupun tidak digubal secara langsung oleh Parlimen, Akta Hasutan menerima kelulusan perlembagaan oleh Parlimen.
Selepas selesai mendengar hujahan daripada kedua-dua pihak, Arifin berkata mahkamah menangguhkan keputusan ke satu tarikh yang akan ditetapkan. – Bernama, 24 Mac, 2015.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 No comments
Refering toTan Sri Abdul Gani Patail report on Saturday , 24th January 2015 stated in TheStar/Asia News Network are as follow :
''Right to secession not allowed under Malaysia Agreement, says Attorney-''
It is only under Malaysia Governance but the fact AG responded to those calls is a VICTORY to us, in any ways. Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia Facebook Group in the last 4 years time; we know that we do make the Government act like they are intoxicated.
The Prime Minister, Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak had actually admitted that he failed to uphold and respect Malaysia Agreement 1963; with reference to Appendix I.
The reason given by Lord Lansdowne was that “any State voluntarily entering a federation had an intrinsic right to secede at will, and that it was therefore unnecessary to include it in the Constitution”. Basically what it means here is that Sabah and Sarawak is free to form Malaysia, it is also therefore free to leave.
Sabah and Sarawak does not need the approval of each of the states to leave. Sabah and Sarawak does not need the support of the Rulers Council to leave.
All Sabah and Sarawak need to do is to pass a resolution in their respective Dewan Undangan Negeri to leave after we have all the majority voices of numbers required by United Nation; Sabah and Sarawak will become a sovereign nation.
I hope the above explanation is sufficient to clear any confusion about th econtent and usage of terms pertaining to the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
From equal rights it is become to few rights and almost to no rights at all. Reference to Appendix 2.
f only referring to Seditious 1948 then what Sabah and Sarawak have in 1948 is in question. Refer to Appendix 3.
Ayah ku yang ketiga ialah Charles Vyner Brooke dan keempat ialah Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke tetapi Baginda tidak sempat menjaga aku kerana dalam tahun 1941 aku diserahkan kepada British kerana Ayah ku tidak mampu untuk menjaga ku setelah 100 tahun keluarga Baginda menjaga ku. Ini adalah kerana Jepun datang padaku dengan niat yang tidak baik.Maka Ayah ku terpaksa menyerahkan aku kepada British kerana tiada kewangan untuk menubuhkan tentera menentang Jepun. Tanggal 22.07.1963 aku pun dewasa dan British melepaskan aku kerana aku sudah dewasa dan mampu menjaga diri (Bujang).
Akan tetapi Tanggal 16.09.1963 aku dikenalkan kepada 3 orang rakan iaitu Sabah, Singapura dan Persekutuan Malaya. Aku dipujuk untuk Menubuhkan Syarikat Perniagaan yang diberi nama Persekutuan Malaysia. Akan tetapi dalam tahun 1965 rakan ku Singapura menarik diri dari menjadi Rakan Kongsi kerana melihat ada sedikit yang tidak kena dengan Perkongsian ini. .
Tiba-tiba rakan ku yang bernama Persekutuan Malaya menggubal undang-undang baru yang diberi nama Akta 354 1976 yang mana bertujuan menurunkan Pangkat aku dan rakan ku Sabah kepada Status Negeri sedangkan pada awal perjanjian, kami adalah sama rata iaitu sabagai 3 NEGARA yang bergabung menubuhkan perniagaan bernama Persekutuan Malaysia. Sejak dari itu semua hasil perniagaan kami banyak berpihak kepada rakan ku Persekutuan Malaya. Aku dan rakan ku Sabah berasa tidak senang dan selesa dengan keadaan tersebut. Hanya 5% sahaja yang aku dapat begitu juga rakan ku Sabah sedangkan 95% adalah milik rakan kami Persekutuan Malaya.
Sedangkan kebanyakan Perniagaan yang dijalankan adalah di tanah aku dan rakan ku Sabah. Sampai bila aku harus hidup dengan ketidak adilan ini? Janji manis dulu tinggal janji...setiap saat aku berfikir, PATUTKAH AKU MENINGGALKAN PERNIAGAAN YANG TIDAK ADIL INI DAN MENUBUHKAN PERNIAGAAN PERSENDIRIAN? jawapan aku (SARAWAK) YA!!!! itulah yang terbaik bagiku...
Monday, 23 March 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015 Exposing the Truth , Fact , History , Rajah James Brooke , Sarawak No comments
The Brooke Trust is a charity working to share and preserve the captivating 175 year old story of the Brooke Family and its connection to the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
The Trust was founded in 2010 with a vision to preserve and share the unique story of the Brookes and Sarawak to inspire and enrich the lives of present and future generations.
The Trust’s mission is to advance charitable aims through strategic projects that inspire learning, preserve and extend knowledge, and engage diverse communities for the greater good. We aim to achieve this mission by bringing the Brooke history and legacy to life through storytelling, record and artifact preservation and imaginative historical projects.
The Brookes were the White Rajahs of Sarawak. They were the stuff of legend; books have been written, music composed, and movies made. Before its fall in 1941 to Japanese conquest, the state of Sarawak on the north-west of the island of Borneo was ruled by three generations of the Brooke family from the West Country of England.
Rajah James effectively ruled until 1863 when in ill health, he returned to England. His nephew Charles was named his successor. Rajah James spent his remaining years at his house, Burrator, on the edge of Dartmoor outside Plymouth, where he died in 1868. Charles’ son, Vyner took over as the third and last Rajah of Sarawak in 1918. Sarawak was occupied by the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. In 1946, the state was formally annexed by Great Britain as its last colonial acquisition. In 1963 it joined with Malaya and Sabah to form the Federation of Malaysia, in which it remains to this day.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Independence , International , Scotland , Self-Determination , Sharing No comments
I heard of a possible unilateral declaration of Scottish Independence from the late Robin Cook MP in 1983 at the Labour Party Conference in Perth City Hall. I asked Robin about Labour's prospects at the election. We will win Scotland, we agreed but it looked like another Thatcher victory due to English dominance of seat numbers.
He then said 'How can we let the Scottish people suffer another Tory government hell-bent on union destruction and driving down living standards? I am seriously considering leading all Scottish Labour MP's over the burning bridge to join with the SNP and declare UDI'.
Robin Cook contemplated UDI but clearly forces within the Scottish party stopped him. Labour has tended to make the mistake of equating their own jobs-worth interests in Scotland as the national interest of the Scottish people and by 1983 Gordon Brown had forgotten his statement of principle in the Red Book for Scotland that if the Union of 1707 stopped serving the interests of the working people of Scotland it should end. Labour do not serve the interests of the people of Scotland otherwise they would acknowledge that there has never been equality between England and Scotland since the Union of 1707. As the McCrone reports of 1974 and 1975 show all the cream of profit from North Sea Oil has been taken from Scotland and spent on England, with projects such as upgrading the north and south circular road in London, the M25 and the Channel Tunnel also paid for from the 'bonanza' of NSO. Economically, Scotland has been robbed and impoverished by subsequent Westminster governments.
Better Together kid themselves by asserting that the referendum vote on 18th Sept expressed the settled will of the Scottish people. Nothing could be further from reality. Project Fear turned to Project Hysteria in the last two weeks and unleashed the most vicious forces of what was a Westminster-led ideological war upon the Scottish people to kill confidence, kill hope, and undermine the idea that Scots were even capable of running their own affairs. Economic collapse and calamity would ensue if we DARED to vote Yes, huge retail price hikes would be instantaneous, pensions would cease the day after the vote. Essentially we were told DO NOT DARE to VOTE YES - WE OWN YOU AND YOU WILL OBEY YOUR MASTERS!
It went right off the Richter Scale of political discourse. The 3 riders of the Apocalypse rode among our cities like 'Murder' in Shelley's Mask of Anarchy. Those who think themselves the rulers of Scotland raged their venom via our tv screen and newspapers they own, telling us what they would do if we dared to think for ourselves. So, by any standards, the will of the Scottish people was among some groups, especially the elderly, that of fear, panic and some were petrified. Thugs who would deliberately do this to any community would be judged as criminals and brought to court and sentenced.
The day of reckoning is coming for the Project Fear masters at the ballot box on 7th May 2015.
Ruth Davidson MSP and her Labour cohorts are naive in the extreme to believe there was 'intimidation' on both sides of the Referendum debate given the state sponsored ideological war that raged upon the concerns of the people of Scotland in the last weeks of the Referendum. The egg thrown at Jim Murphy was idiotic. Some stupid unpleasant comments on the internet from either side pails to a drop in the ocean compared to the authoritarian anti-democratic abuse orchestrated from Downing Street, aided and abetted by the Scottish Labour crew. The will of the Scottish people could not have been more unsettled, muddied, insulted, scared and in some cases petrified. I saw the fear in pensioner's eyes while campaigning. In old Scots parlance, it was Keep yer fit on their neck. Endless intimidation was the essential buckshot in Project Fear's armoury.
I, like others, have suggested, since the referendum result, that the Yes Campaign should be maintained and work together at the next election in tandem with the SNP where only one Pro-Independence campaign is fielded in each constituency. This would allow candidates to come from the wide spectrum of the Yes Campaign, if talents such as Iain McWhirter, Jeane Freeman, Lesley Riddoch, Blair Jenkins, David Hayman, Carol Fox, Cat Boyd, Colin Fox , Liam O'Hare, Jonathon Shafi and hopefully others if they are prepared to stand as pro-Independence candidates unopposed by SNP candidates. This makes sense on many levels. Yes literature, car stickers, badges, flags, T-shirts and so on are already made. No need for a new marketing brand for a new organisation. We all know what Yes Scotland stand for. This co-operation needs agreement at senior level but as an SNP councillor In would be more than happy for this community wide approach. Together we awoke a new civic voice in Scottish democracy and its structure is still extant and needs to continue.
If there is a majority of Pro-Independence MP's elected on 7th May 2015 there are various scenarios that might play out. One is that the majority of SNP and Yes Scotland MP's will compel Westminster to deliver on Devo-max. But Devo-max will not provide the oil and gas revenues to Scotland needed to kick start Scotland out of austerity. England and rUK need that tax take to pay their stupendous debts. We will still have weapons of species obliteration in the Holy loch. £100 billion wasted on the Empire mindset phallic symbol of world status that gives the egos of Westminster 'global influence' to bomb kill and create more Terrorism in the name of peace and stability. We will not have enough funds to eradicate food banks and grotesque socially engineered austerity and poverty wages and socially engineered unemployment which is designed to keep wages as low as possible. Thatcherism started the process of social engineering and it has been continued by every government since, Blue or Red. Tories all. The Prime Minister and Gordon Brown differ on the Vow and are now promising different powers to our parliament. Brown is in a panic that Scotland might get control of raising and spending income tax because that might cause problems for British Labour in London - he is fixated on helping Labour, not the people of Scotland. The vow is in tatters already. Christine Graham MSP was right when she said the relationship between Scotland and London is now over, even if the vote was a majority for the No camp. If Westminster politicians cant even agree on what level of 'Devo-Max' they promised, what will they deliver?
Labour has already lost Scotland. Whatever the result next May. They could not face the people of Scotland in public meetings. They hid from the people. They were scared to debate with Yes Scotland speakers. They were scared of the people of Scotland. One or two did on a small scale. They hunted in packs. They had meetings where people were invited via email. Selected members of the small crowds. Vetted. Secret venues. This was the behaviour of the people's representatives! What happened to the once proud, open and democratic voices in the Old Labour Labour party I once was a member of? They are dead. Labour have lived in a power 'bubble' of their own self-importance for so long now, they don't even know they are in a bubble. Bubbles burst.
I believe the grass-roots Yes Scotland campaign should, if we (SNP and Yes Scotland candidates) win a majority of seats in May, make a unilateral declaration of Independence and demonstrate peacefully with unswervingly disciplined law-abiding behaviour, from the day after the election result, in every city of Scotland and demand action from our new MP's and the Scottish Government. Such a demonstration would not be to usurp the authority of our elected Members or Scottish government, but to show that Scotland is ready for major change, whether that be for full 'Devo-Max' or demands for another Referendum or negotiations for Independence should be left to the political leadership of Scotland. Nor would it be wise to call for an occupation of all cities to go on until demands are met, which would be a recipe for confrontation. It is the job of elected representatives and leaders to lead and to speak our collective voice: demonstrations are a way of making that voice heard loud and clear.
A close examination of electoral statistics for Westminster governments from 1945 show that no government elected in that period had the authority of 50% or more of the total votes cast at any election. All took power with under 50% of votes cast. Two governments were elected with around 35% of votes cast.
Indeed, when we consider the 40% rule imposed upon the vote at the 1979 Scottish referendum for a Scottish Assembly, and look at the governments elected to Westminster it will come as no surprise to readers that no government since 1945 obtained 40% of the total electorate in their favour. The iron cast stipulation of the 40% rule made for the vote in 1979 was therefore a deliberate stitch-up to postpone the creation of a Scottish Assembly. Labour are not to be trusted and neither are the Tories whatever Vow they make.
So, if today's Yougov speculation comes true and there are 26 or more SNP/Pro-Independence candidates elected on 7th May, I would suggest that a unilateral declaration of Independence should be considered by grass-roots Yes Scotland campaigners as a means of keeping the feet to the fire of the Westminster elites, be they Blue or Red Tories. If we elect a majority of MP's for Pro-Independence candidates and have one or two more MP's that Labour, then a claim of right for UDI may be subject to question. However, if Yes Scotland/SNP win by 5 or 6 more MP's than Labour in Scotland then the case for UDI is clear because that would put Yes Scotland/SNP around 10% ahead in seats. First past the post governments in the UK have always taken power, even with around 35% of the vote, so Scottish UDI should be seriously considered if we win a large victory in May.
I would attest that around 20% of the NO votes in the Referendum were cast due to fear and panic and therefore the vote may remain legal and binding, BUT it was a pyrrhic victory with intimidation at its core and does not represent the settled will of the Scots people. It may be far sooner rather than later that our new First Minster can echo the words of Nye Bevan and say 'We were the dreamers, we were the sufferers, now we are the builders'. Scotland must be Independent for the sake of all our people.
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Mereka tidak tergolong dalam mana-mana parti politik, dan berumur antara 25 dan 32 tahun, keempat-empat lelaki yang didakwa menghasut di Kota Kinabalu Isnin lalu kini mewakili wajah orang muda yang berjuang untuk apa yang mereka percaya merupakan hak negeri yang hilang dalam Perjanjian Malaysia.
Mereka menghadapi tuduhan memiliki bahan menggesa Sabah dan Sarawak meninggalkan Malaysia ketika ditangkap di pasar minggu Tuaran pada 1 Februari.
Mereka ialah penganggur Azrie Situ, 25, dan Jemmy Liku Markus Situ, 32, mekanik Erick Jack William, 29, dan pemandu pelancong Joseph Kolis, 29.
“Begitulah trendnya di Sabah sekarang,” presiden Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee memberitahu The Malaysian Insider.
“Orang muda dari latar belakang berbeza yang tidak memihak kepada mana-mana parti politik sekarang memperjuangkan isu yang biasanya diperjuangkan pembangkang."
Bekas ketua menteri Sabah itu berpendapat, trend itu berpunca daripada kesedaran yang meningkat di kalangan pemuda Sabah mengenai sejarah negeri mereka.
"Sejarah yang mereka mula pelajari sekarang tidak terdapat dalam buku teks sekolah. Apa yang mereka temui ialah kerajaan (persekutuan) yang terus-terusan dan terang-terangan tidak mempedulikan Perjanjian Malaysia," kata Yong ketika ditemui baru-baru ini.
Katanya, kesedaran itu kini bertukar menjadi kemarahan dan kebencian, serta menimbulkan keperluan untuk mereka berjuang menuntut hak mereka.
"Pada masa lalu, kerajaan boleh menyuakan kepada rakyat apa sahaja maklumat yang mereka mahu berikan kerana mereka mengawal TV dan radio, tetapi zaman Internet sekarang, ia makin sukar dilakukan.
"Dari Internetlah anak muda Sabah ini mula mengetahui tentang ketidakadilan yang diterima Sabah."
Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) Kalabakan Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh ketika memberi amaran ke Putrajaya supaya menjaga kebajikan rakyat Sabah di Parlimen pada Isnin, memberi kredit kepada dakwaan Yong apabila beliau mengatakan belia Sabah, termasuk anak-anaknya, tidak lagi membaca akhbar arus perdana kerana ia dianggap pro-kerajaan, dan sebaliknya memilih laporan berita atas talian.
"Orang tuduh Internet ini penuh dengan penipu. Tetapi belia ini berpendidikan tinggi! Mereka boleh membezakan pembohongan dengan kebenaran."
Empat mereka itu merupakan antara 9 yang ditahan polis di pasar itu – digelar Tuaran 9 oleh media tempatan.
Mereka didakwa dan dibebaskan dengan ikat jamin RM20,000 dan seorang penjamin, sementara 5 yang lain dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis, tetapi tidak pasti jika mereka juga akan didakwa.
Menurut laporan, terdapat "ramai lagi" anak muda yang pergi ke pasar itu untuk menjayakan apa yang didakwa "kempen mengutip tanda tangan" memaksa Putrajaya menghormati Perjanjian Malaysia.
"Adakah satu hasutan mendapatkan tandatangan menuntut kerajaan pusat mengkaji semula Perjanjian Malaysia?" soal Joseph.
"Polis kata kami anggota SSKM (Sabah, Sarawak Keluar Malaysia). Mana mungkin, kerana SSKM ialah laman Facebook. Bagaimanakah kami boleh jadi anggota laman Facebook? Ia bukan satu pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO)," kata Joseph.
Katanya, beliau menganggap penahanan mereka dan dakwaan yang dikenakan terhadap mereka di mahkamah satu "gangguan polis" terhadap mereka yang lantang mahukan perjanjian itu dikaji semula, dakwaan yang disokong bekas wakil rakyat BN Datuk James Ligunjang.
"Kami bukan puak pemisah dan tidak pernah berjuang untuk pemisahan," kata Joseph.
"Apa yang kami mahu hanya supaya Putrajaya menghormati Perjanjian Malaysia dan memberi kami autonomi sebagai sebuah negeri rakan kongsi yang sama rata dalam persekutuan.
"Kami berjuang untuk autonomi, autonomi penuh. Bukan pemisahan.
"Polis yang sebenarnya cuba kaitkan kami dengan kumpulan pemisah melalui laman Facebook."
Joseph berkata sekiranya polis tidak menyerang mereka, “kami boleh dengan mudah dapat 300,000 orang” menandatangani petisyen kajian semula itu.
“Senang saja, di kalangan orang muda di Sabah,” katanya.
Ligunjang, yang putus asa dengan politik BN dan kini bergerak sepenuh masa sebagai aktivis sosial, sedang berusaha mendapatkan sokongan untuk menekan Putrajaya supaya menghormati Perjanjian Malaysia. Katanya, beliau juga diserang pihak polis kerana usahanya itu.
Beliau mendakwa polis bulan lalu menyita dan merampas kira-kira 31 pasang baju-T dengan perkataan "Hormati Perjanjian Malaysia" daripadanya di bandar Lahad Datu.
Cara polis mendakwa 4 mereka di mahkamah juga dipertikaikan.
Yong, seorang peguam, mempersoalkan mengapa kertas pertuduhan itu tertulis "Mahkamah Tanah Melayu" apabila ia sepatutnya dibuat atas borang Mahkamah Borneo memandangkan mahkamah Sabah dan Sarawak berada di bawah mahkamah Borneo.
Pada masa yang sama, keempat-empat lelaki itu mempersoalkan mengapa pihak polis memaklumkan mengenai keperluan mereka hadir di mahkamah melalui satu kertas nota yang diconteng.
"Mereka tidak ada notis yang elok kah?" soal Jeremy.
Didakwa mengikut Seksyen 4 (2) Akta Hasutan 1948, mereka menghadapi hukuman denda tidak lebih RM2,000 atau penjara tidak melebihi 18 bulan atau kedua-duanya jika sabit kesalahan. – 22 Mac, 2015.
Pelawaan Isma disambut baik oleh rata-rata penduduk Sabah dan Sarawak yang ingin menyatakan hasrat untuk keluar dari Persekutuan Malaysia.
KUCHING: Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) telah menyeru masyarakat Kristian Malaysia untuk menerima keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan mengharamkan penggunaan perkataan ‘Allah’ oleh mingguan Katolik The Herald.
Katanya, mereka sentiasa boleh mempertimbangkan berhijrah jika tidak berpuas hati dengan keputusan tersebut.
Pelawaan Isma disambut baik oleh rata-rata penduduk Sabah dan Sarawak yang ingin menyatakan hasrat untuk keluar dari Persekutuan Malaysia yang diluahkan dalam Facebook mereka.
“Itu yang sebaiknya. Keluarkan Sabah dan Sarawak dari Malaysia. Suruh Isma buat kertas cadangan. Hantar kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” kata Harry Nelson J. Seliang.
Daniel Aishiteru pula berkata,”Malaysia- bawah Thailand, atas Singapura manakala Sabah & Sarawak dalam pulau Borneo.Jauh panggang dari api bah….memang kita layak keluar. Jangan tunggu lagi…”
“Peluang sudah Isma bagi. Sabah Sarawak bantah isu kalimah Allah, keluar Malaysia. Kita tak payah sain sain surat tak susah payah gaduh mulut. Bagus lah idea Isma bagi nih,” ujar Philip Harry Son.
Beberapa orang tidak merasakan, Malaysia tidak bermakna sudah bagi mereka.
“Saya di Borneo bukan di Malaya. Saya tidak mahu bah Malaya,” ujar Collin Ontak
Gafpelz Blizt Ridexz pula berkata, “Kita bantah perkauman… Mereka semua nak keluarkan kita jadi teruskan… Lebih cepat lebih bagus.. Tak payah nak peduli bah. .Tolong keluarkan Sabah dan Sarawak dari Malaysia….Kami sedia utk keluar!”
Eva Claude menambah, “Siapa tahu Tuhan sedang bagi jalan sama Sabah Sarawak keluar Malaysia,”
Presiden Isma Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman (gambar) berkata, sebagai rakyat Malaysia, orang Kristian mesti menerima ketuanan Islam di negara ini.
“Mereka boleh memilih untuk bergerak ke mana-mana negara lain jika mereka tidak dapat menerima ketuanan Islam dan royalti yang melindungi ketuanan agama,” ujar Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman dalam satu kenyataan kelmarin
Sebelum ini Najib telah menandatangani sepuluh perkara di mana membenarkan penduduk Kristian menggunakan kalimah ‘Allah’ dalam Alkitab (Bible) bahasa Indonesia, Malaysia serta bahasa pribumi Iban, Kadazan Dusun dan Lun Bawang.
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Frustration over Putrajaya's refusal to review and honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and its “condescending colonialist’s attitude” towards Sabah is slowly coming to a boil in this touristic “Land Below the Wind”.
For a long time, condemning Putrajaya over the alleged failure to honour the agreement used to be the domain of the opposition but now it appears to be no longer the case.
The Malaysia Agreement brought Sabah, then known as North Borneo, and the independent states of Sarawak and Singapore with the Federated Malay state of Malaya to form a new union, the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963.
A list of 20 points were to safeguard the interests, rights and autonomy of the people of North Borneo upon the formation. Sarawak, too, has a similar proposal, known as 18-point agreement, with certain differences in content.
A former Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang said the frustration and anger cut across the board, even politics, pointing out the case of the four young men charged in a Kota Kinabalu court last Monday with sedition.
The four were alleged to have in their possession materials calling for Sabah and Sarawak's secession from Malaysia.
He said that while Putrajaya could turn a deaf ear to charges by opposition politicians like Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan, the chairman of Star, the warnings by BN politicians like Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh on Putrajaya's treatment of Sabah must be particularly worrying for the ruling coalition.
“It showed that Sabahans all share the view that the Malaysia Agreement had not been honoured and Sabah had been unfairly treated by Putrajaya,” Ligunjang said.
Ghapur on March 16 had warned Putrajaya in Parliament to take care of Sabahans and that if they don't, “we (BN) will lose”.
Before Ghapur's outburst, none of the Sabah BN leaders dared voiced out their resentment publicly on the issue.
Former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee on Thursday claimed Putrajaya had for years avoided taking a look at the Malaysia Agreement as they sought to dominate Sabah.
Giving some insight into Putrajaya's reaction and attitude whenever Sabah's rights and demands were raised with former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Yong said Abdullah and Umno ministers would often try to sidestep the issue in what he called as “the inconvenient truth”.
“These are the sticky points we have often bugged them and which they would rather sweep under the carpet,” said Yong, who has since left BN to form his own opposition party, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
The “sticky points” which had made Sabahans most unhappy include the influx of illegal immigrants, which had change the state's racial demography; “legalising” these illegals, particularly Muslim Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis and Indonesian, by issuing them identification cards under the so-called Project IC; the security threat and work competition these “new Malaysians” posed and the demand for an increase in the oil and gas royalty.
Former Petagas assemblyman Ligunjang added Sabahans' anger at the continued plunder of the state's natural resources, particularly oil and gas, and the status of their state being downgraded from an independent nation and an equal partner in the federation to a mere state like Selangor or Johor, to the list.
“The frustration is a culmination of so many things,” he said, adding that one of the examples was the presence of Umno in Sabah.
“Umno's presence in Sabah violates the Malaysia Agreement as Malaya should not be interfering in the politics of Sabah and even Sarawak.
“They cannot be here as they do not comply with the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement.
“Also, what happened to the agreement to return 40% of the income generated by Sabah back to the state?
“Sabah and Sarawak are endowed with rich natural resources and today, after 52 years of plundering, we have both been reduced to beggars, begging to Putrajaya for handouts,” Ligunjang said.
Ligunjang, like Yong, too, has quit BN, disillusioned by what he said “Putrajaya's continued attempt to dominate Sabah”.
Wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Hormati Perjanjian Malaysia” (honour the Malaysia Agreement) emblazoned across his chest, Ligunjang describes himself now as “a full-time social activist” giving awareness talks on the Malaysia Agreement and soliciting support to press Putrajaya to honour it.
He said if Putrajaya continued to ignore the agreement and disregard calls by Sabahans, then “what options do we Sabahans have” as he spoke of seeking the British government and the United Nations' help in getting Putrajaya to sit down with the signatories of the agreement “to see if the spirit of the agreement had been achieved”.
“If we don't stand up to them now, our situation will worsen.” – March 22, 2015.
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They do not belong to any political party and aged between 25 and 32. The four men who were charged with sedition in Kota Kinabalu last Monday are now the face of young Sabahans who are taking the mantle of fighting for what they believe to be the state's lost rights in the Malaysia Agreement.
The four are now contesting the charge that they were in possession of materials urging Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia when arrested at the Tuaran Sunday market on February 1.
They are Azrie Situ, 25 and Jemmy Liku Markus Situ, 32, unemployed; Erick Jack William, 29, a mechanic; and Joseph Kolis, 29, a tour guide.
“That's the trend in Sabah now,” Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee told The Malaysian Insider.
“Young people of different backgrounds and who are apolitical are now taking up an issue that used to be the domain of the opposition.”
The former Sabah chief minister attributed the trend to a growing awareness among young Sabahans of their state's history.
“The history they are beginning to learn now is not found in our school textbooks. What they have found is a continued and flagrant disregard by the (federal) government of the Malaysia Agreement,” Yong said recently.
He said it was this awareness that had turned into anger and resentment and the need to fight for what should rightfully be theirs.
“While in the past, the government could feed the people with what only information they want to give because they control the TV and radio, they find it increasingly difficult now in the age of the Internet.
“It is from the Internet that these young Sabahans learn of the injustices Sabah is getting.”
Barisan Nasional MP for Kalabakan Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh when warning Putrajaya to take care of Sabahans in Parliament on Monday, lent credence to Yong's claim when he said Sabah youth, including his children, do not read mainstream newspapers because it was perceived as pro-government, and so turned to the online news reports instead.
“People accuse the Internet of being full of liars. But these youth are educated people. They can tell lies from the truth.”
The four were among nine people – dubbed the "Tuaran 9" by local media – rounded up by the police at the market.
While four were charged and released on RM20,000 bail in one surety each, the other five were released on police bail, uncertain if they, too, would be charged.
Reportedly, there were “many more” young people who had gone to the market to what they claimed was a “signature collection campaign” to force Putrajaya to honour the Malaysia Agreement.
“Is it seditious to solicit signatures to demand the federal government review the Malaysia Agreement?” asked Joseph.
“The police are claiming that we are members of SSKM (Sabah, Sarawak Keluar Malaysia or Sabah, Sarawak to secede from Malaysia in English).
“How can that be when SSKM is a Facebook page? How can we be members of a Facebook page? It is not even an NGO,” Joseph said.
He said their arrest and subsequent charge in court was “police harassment” against those who clamour for a review of the agreement, a claim that is supported by a former BN assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang (pic).
“We are not secessionists and have never fought for secession,” Joseph said.
“All we want is for Putrajaya to honour the Malaysia Agreement and give us the autonomy as an equal partner state in the federation.
“We are fighting for autonomy, full autonomy. Not secession.
“It is the police who are trying to link us to secession via the Facebook page.”
Joseph said if police had not harassed them, “we could easily get 300,000 people” to sign the petition for a review.
“Easily, among young people in Sabah,” he said.
Ligunjang, who has since given up on BN politics and has gone full time as a social activist drumming support to press Putrajaya to honour the Malaysia Agreement, said he, too, had been harassed by the police over his work to get Putrajaya honour the agreement.
He claimed police last month seized and confiscated about 31 T-shirts with the words “Hormati Perjanjian Malaysia” (honour the Malaysia Agreement) from him in the town of Lahad Datu.
The manner the police charged the four in court was also questioned.
Yong, a lawyer, is questioning why the charge sheet was on that of “Mahkamah Tanah Melayu” when it should be on the Mahkamah Borneo form since Sabah and Sarawak courts come under the Borneo court.
At the same time, the four asked why the police informed them of their court appearance by handing them a scribbled note.
“Don't they have proper notice?” Jemmy, the oldest of the four, asked. – March 22, 2015.