Sabah dan Sarawak adalah BERSTATUS NEGARA dan bukannya Negeri.

Sabah dan Sarawak adalah sebuah Negara yang MERDEKA DAN BERDAULAT yang mana kedua - dua NEGARA ini telah bersama-sama dengan Singapura dan Malaya untuk membentuk Persekutuan Malaysia pada 16 September 1963.

Happy Sabah (North Borneo) Independence Day 51 Years

Sabah or previously known as North Borneo was gained Independence Day from British on August 31, 1963. To all Sabahan, do celebrate Sabah Merdeka Day with all of your heart!

Sarawak For Sarawakian!

Sarawak stand for Sarawak! Sarawakian First. Second malaysian!

The Unity of Sabah and Sarawak

Sabah dan Sarawak adalah Negara yang Merdeka dan Berdaulat. Negara Sabah telah mencapai kemerdekaan pada 31 Ogos 1963 manakala Negara Sarawak pada 22 Julai 1963. Sabah dan Sarawak BUKAN negeri dalam Malaysia! Dan Malaysia bukan Malaya tapi adalah Persekutuan oleh tiga buah negara setelah Singapura dikeluarkan daripada persekutuan Malaysia.

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To all Sabahan and Sarawakian... We urge you to sign the petition so that we can bring this petition to United Nations to claim our rights back as an Independence and Sovereign Country for we are the Nations that live with DIGNITY!

Decedent of Rajah Charles Brooke

Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke. The Grandson of Rajah Muda Anthony Brooke, and Great Great Grandson of Rajah Charles Brooke

A true Independence is a MUST in Borneo For Sabah and Sarawak.

Sabah (formerly known as North Borneo) and Sarawak MUST gain back its Freedom through a REAL Independence.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sarawak will announce Petros concessions as soon as GE14 is called, says analyst

Professor James Chin delivers the lecture 'The Malaysian Federation: Views from East Malaysia", yesterday evening. – The Malaysian Insight pic, August 29, 2017.
SARAWAK is expected to publicise oil concessions, having settled a legal question over ownership of a continental shelf off its shores, as soon as the general election is called, said a prominent political analyst.

Professor James Chin, director at the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, was speaking on newly-formed state oil company  Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), whose board members were announced by the state government last Friday.

"Sarawak recently set up Petros because it is preparing for the day the federal government will recognise that the continental shelf belongs to Sarawak, so there's a commercial entity ready to take over immediately.

"But the reason why all this is not announced because the election is not yet announced. Once the election is announced, all these concessions will be announced to the public," he said. 

Chin spoke at a lecture, "The Malaysian Federation: Views from East Malaysia", organised by the Jeffery Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University yesterday evening.

On the recently publicised Sarawak-sponsored trip to London to obtain documents regarding the Malaysia Agreement 1963, Chin said it would yield little else aside from clarity on ownership of the continental shelf.

"The important thing to remember is that the only legal document is the Malaysia Act. What they actually went to London for was to look at background papers. They were trying to understand the process of how all the reports were drafted. Who said what and all that sort of thing. 

"But legally speaking, the background papers have no meaning... What's important is the actual agreement signed. They're looking for the background papers and what they discovered was that; yes, there was a decision taken by the British government that says that the continental shelf belongs to the states of Sarawak and Sabah."

Last year, the Bornean states each set up a technical committee on the devolution of authority. At the federal level, a parallel committee is headed by foreign minister Anifah Aman, brother of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman. 

"So the (technical committees) are actually a good start. But the thing is that they have yet to hold any public hearing and I feel that public hearings are very important to get the pulse of the people, what they think of this issue," Chin said. 

He added that there were three groups of people with varying opinions on autonomy in East Malaysia.  

"The first one is very simple to understand. It has got a huge Facebook presence. It's called Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia. We are fed up, nothing is happening. No point to negotiations. Bye-bye. 

"The second group is the other polarity, which is we've not done too badly. It's a question of tweaking the Federation to get a better deal. 

"And of course, the third group are the fence sitters, who, depending on the issue, will fall either way. But there is also a unique political class in Sabah and Sarawak. The elites there. They've basically not changed since independence. They also, themselves, must come to a consensus. 

Chin said the political class should return to the 20- and 18-point agreements submitted by the Cobbold Commission to "maybe come to sort of a bare minimum... in terms of moving forward."

He added that East Malaysians should not hope for constitutional amendments.

"The federal government, or basically Umno, is not willing to make any constitutional changes. When they talk about devolution of power, they're talking administrative power given to the capitals of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to decide. An example of that is the selection of teachers. 

"The federal government is willing to negotiate everything except secession. They do not actually mind passing back some of the powers. Because Umno is not in Sarawak and in Sabah, Umno is sort of in name only. They require the MPs from both sides in order to stay in power. So they're quite willing to negotiate. It doesn't cost them a lot, in terms of regulation and internal administrative matters, to push these powers back to Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

Chin said autonomy is a highly "emotive issue" for East Malaysians. 

"But we should not allow history to hold us back. Although we should learn to understand the MSCC (Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee) process, the Cobbold Commission process, the IGC (Inter-Governmental Committee process report), they should actually be used as a historical starting point. But they should not be used as the final point to negotiate. 

"What Sabah and Sarawak would get largely would depend on the political consensus in the individual states of Sabah and Sarawak and only if they come to a clear agreement, like what Sarawak is doing now. A clear agreement, that they must assert themselves. They will get a better deal from Putrajaya," Chin said. 

Chin said East Malaysians seeking autonomy did not have the luxury of time.  

"A final point that I want to make is that the window of opportunity for Sabah and Sarawak to do something about the state of the Federation, as they understand it, is limited to five-year cycles. 

"In other words, in the next election, if Umno does very well on this side (Peninsular Malaysia) and it doesn't really need Sabah and Sarawak to stay in power, then they're back to square one. So the window of opportunity is actually very, very limited," he said. 

Chin added that Barisan Nasional will pick up "a minimum 31 to 32" seats out of a total of 57 seats in East Malaysia, including Labuan. 

"If they fall below that, please SMS me quickly," he said. – August 29, 2017.

Sabah DAP’s No. 2 quits

KEPAYAN assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi has quit from DAP and resigned as Sabah DAP deputy chairman due to differences with state party chairman Stephen Wong.

In a statement today, Edwin said he had submitted his resignation letter to Sabah DAP secretary on August 24.

“After consulting with leaders of Penampang DAP branch, I decided to tender my resignation as a member of DAP and also as Sabah DAP deputy chairman effective August 31.

“As deputy chairman, my difference with chairman Stephen Wong is miles apart. It is only fair that as reconciliation is not possible, I have to withdraw to allow the harmony within DAP Sabah to persist. The failed 'Shanghai handshake' is the cornerstone of my decision to leave.

“Indeed, the Sabah DAP Committee under Stephen Wong had at first wanted to sack me. Then, I was referred to the DAP National Disciplinary Committee which handed down a three-month suspension (ends tomorrow) on me without even calling me to defend myself before the said committee,” he added.

However, Edwin said he bore no grudges against DAP and the national leaders.

“For now I will remain as an independent lawmaker until I decide on a local political party that will fight and struggle for the indigenous people and the people of Sabah,” he said. – Bernama, August 30, 2017.

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A call for re-study of Sabah ties with Malaysia The Straits Times, 17 August 1965

A call for re-study of Sabah ties with Malaysia

JESSELTON, Monday. The United National Pasokmomogun Kadazan Organisation (Upko), headed  by the Minister for Sabah Affairs and Civil Defence, Dato Donald Stephens, today called for a reexamination of arrangements made in respect of Sabah's entry into Malaysia in view of Singapore's separation from the federation.

A statement issued by the party, following last night's national council meeting, said a six-man standing committee had been appointed to carry out this reexamination.

The Upko national council expressed "grave concern" over the Central Government's future relations with Sabah "since Sabah was not consulted before the irrevocable decision was taken to separate Singapore from Malaysia" and since the party believed that Sabah's was very closely linked with that of other malaysian States and Singapore.


The statement added: "Deep regret was expressed at the way Sabah was treated and the feeling was unanimous that as one of four component parts whch got together to form Malaysia, Sabah had every right to be consulted before such a far-reaching decision was taken."

The council last night considered the implications of Singapore's separation. Dato Stephens, who presided over the meeting, gave a full account of what transpired in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the decision.

Dato Stephens offered to resign from the party's leadership but the council felt he was "in no way to be blamed for what had happened," neither was the State Government.

Friday, 25 August 2017


KUALA LUMPUR, Sabtu. - 9 August, 1965: suatu hari bersejarah dan hari pengumuman Tengku Abdul Rahman mengenai pemisahan Singapura yang menggemparkan seluroh ra'ayat Malaysia.

Hari ini, pengarang berita kumpulan akhbar2 Straits Times, Felix Abisheganaden yang menginterbiu segala tokoh2 yang bersangkutan dalam drama itu, melaporkan peristiwa2 yang membawa kapada perpisahan itu.

Tengku telah masok berbuat di-Landon Clinic pada hari Juma'at 25 June, hari terakhir sidang Perdana2 Menteri Commonwealth.

Sedang ia berbaring kata Tengku, fikiran-nya mela-yang kembali ka-tanah ayer dan masa'alah2 yang menghadapi Malaysia.

Banyak Masa

Banyak masa untok berfkir, kata Tengku lagi, walau pun ramai yang datang menziarahi-nya.

Sa-telah empat hari dihospital itu dan kesihatannya puleh. Tengku pun menchatitkan segala2 yang di-fikirkan-nya itu sa-chara mendalam.

Kata Tengku: "Saya telah menimbangkan burok baik-nya Singapura di-dalam Malaysia."

Tengku menunjukkan beberapa kajang kertass chata-tan-nya itu.

Sa-telah memperhitong segala perkara, nyata-nya keputusan-nya: "Demi ke-pentingan dan kesejahteraan Malaysia dan Singapura, le-beh baik-lah kedua negeri itu berpisah."

Tengku menchapai keputusan yang "menyayat hati" itu pada 29 June.

Pada hari itu juga di-Kuala Lumpur, Timbalan PM Tun Razak sedang bertemu dengan Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Kuan Yew, untok chuba menyelesaikan perselisehan.

Rundingan2 mereka itu "terang terang" tetapi ti-dak ada terchapai kemaju-an dalam usaha menyele-saikan sengketa antara Ke-rajaan2 Singapura dan Pu-sat.

Kedua2-nya pun memu-tuskan untok menunggu Tengku balek dari London.


Pada ketika itu juga di-London. bekas Menteri Pembangunan Negara Singapura. Tuan Lim Kim San berada di-London, Kata Tengku:

"Saya pun memberitahu-nya perasaan saya me-mengenai Singapura. Tidak ada siapa pun boleh mengatakan bahawa Kerajaan Singapura tidak di-beritahu awal2 akan perasaan kita itu."

Pada 1 July. ketika maseh dalam hospital, Tengku pun menulis surat kapada Tun Razak menyatakan perasa-an-nya itu dan meminta Tun Razak berunding de-ugan mennteri2 kanan.

Ayer mata Tengku mele-leh ketika ia menyerahkan surat itu kapada setiausaha peribadi-nya. Haji Nik Ha-san, untok di-poskan.

Pada 22 July, ketika bere-hat di-France, Tengku me-nerima surat jawapan dari Tun Razak.

Surat itu memberitahu Tengku bahawa Menteri2 kanan itu setuju penoh de-ngan Tengku bahawa Si-ngapura hendak-lah ber-pisah dari Maaysia.

Tiga hari kemudian-nya, pada 25 July, Tengku me-nulis balek kapada Tun Razak dan mengarahkan-nya supaya "meneruskan persiapan2 dari segi un-dang2 dan pindaan2 kapada Perlembagaan."

Tun Razak segera men-jawab dan memberitahu ia akan memanggil sidang pada 9 August.

Rang undang2

Rang undang2 untok meminda Perlembangaan, Tun Razak memberitahu Tengku, akan di-bentang-kan hari itu dan di-lulus-kan hari itu juga.

Tengku setuju dan me-ngumumkan ia akan balek ka-tanah ayer sa-minggu sa-belum sidang Parlemen.

Dengan tidak berlengah2 lagi, Tun Razak mengarah-kan Peguam Negara, Inche Kadir Yusof menggubal perjanjian pemisahan dan rang undang2 pindaan itu.

Ini telah di-lakukan oleh Inche Kadir sa-telah berunding dengan pehak2 berkenaan di-Singapura.

Dalam masa tukar menu-kar surat yang bersejarah dan perundingan2 rahsia itu, tidak ada sa-siapa pun di - Singapura memberi angin2 pepechahan yang bakal berlaku itu.

PAP di-Singapura terus dengan perjuangan Ma-laysian Malaysia-nya.

Pemimpin2 Perikatan membalas kenyataan2 PAP, terutama Menteri Penerangan dan Penyiaran, Inche Senu bin Abdul Rahman.

Pada 28 July, Tun Razak terbang ka-Singapura dan menyeru Kerajaan Singapura "berbimbing tangan" dengan Kerajaan Pusat un-tok menjalankan rancha-ngan2 pembangunan bagi ra'ayat.

Lawatan itu merupakan usaha2 terakhir Tun Razak untok menyelesaikan seng-keta antara Kerajaan Si-ngapura dengan kerajaan Pusat.

Hingga ka-sa'at2 akhir itu pun pemimpin2 Singapura dan Malaysia maseh berharap bahawa dengan kembali-nya Tengku maka segala2-nya akan dapat di-atasi dan rang undang2 pindaan Perlembagaan itu tidak di-kirim kapada pen-chitak Kerajaan.

Tengku, dalam keadaan sihat dan riang gembira, tiba di-Singapura pada jam 3.50 dinihari 5 August dan menunggu-nya di-padang terbang ia-lah Tuan Lim Kim San.

Tuan Lee Kuan Yew, ketika itu berada di-Cameron High-lands.

Tengah hari esok-nya, Tengku terbang ka-Kuala Lumpur dan dalam sidang akhbar memberi-tahu ia akan menemui Tuan Lee.

Esok-nya, Juma'at 6 August, Tengku bertemu dengan Tun Razak, Dato Ismail, Tuan Tan Siew Sin dan Dato Sambanthan di-Residency.


Laporan Tun Razak mengenai usaha2-nya untok berdamai de-ngan pemimpin2 Singapura te-lah di-binchangkan.

Tidak ada lagi jalan untok me-nyelesaikan sengketa itu.

Lewat malam itu, pemimpin2 Singapura pun di-beritahu akan keputusan berpisah itu.

Pada 7 August, Dato Dr.Ismail pun menulis surat kapada Pesurohjaya Polis Singapura, Tuan John le Cain:

"Dengan ini saya memeren-tah Tuan mulai 1 August 1965 supaya menerima perentah2 dari Tuan Lee Kuan Yew, Perdana Menteri Singapura untok mem-bolehkan ia menjalankan tang-gongjawab-nya bagi keselamatan dalam negeri Singapura."

Pada hari itu juga, Tengku mengarahkan Brigadier S.M.Alsagoff, Panglima Brigade ke-4 Tentera Persekutuan di-Singa-pura:

"Sepeninggalan Tun, saya me-ngambil tanggongjawab penoh untok memberi perentah ini.

"Mulai 9 August 1965, tuan hendak-lah menerima perentah2 dari Tuan Lee Kuan Yew, PErdana Menteri Singapura kerana dari sekarang ia menguasai per-tahanan dan keselamatan Singapura.

"Perentah2 lain akan di-kirim selanjut-nya."


Pada jam 11.30 pagi, Dr.Goh Keng Swee manalipon pejabat Tengku untok mengator perte-muan antara Tuan Lee dan Tengku. Pertemuan itu pun di-ator.

Tuan Lee tiba di-Residency dengan motokar pada jam 12.30 tengah hari. Bersama Tengku ketika itu ia-lah Tun Razak, Dato Ismail, Tuan Tan Siew Sin dan Dato Sambanthan.

Tuan Lee mula-nya minta bertemu dengan Tengku saja dulu dan mereka pun masok ka-bilek lain. Mereka berunding sa-la-ma 30 minit.

Sa-telah keluar, Tengku me-minta kertas dan atas permin-taan Tuan Lee menulis sa-puchok surat kapada Dr.Toh Chin Chye, Timbalan PM Singapura. 

Kata Tengku: "Tuan Lee meminta saya menulis sa-berapa rengkas yang boleh. Itu-lah se-bab-nya saya tidak menjelaskan maksud chakap saya manakala saya memberitahu Dr.Toh sa-perti berikut:

"....Kalau saya chukop kuat dan dapat menguasai keadaan sa-penoh-nya, mungkin saya dapat melambatkan tindakan, te-tapi saya tidak..."

Menurut Tengku, Tuan Lee memberitahu-nya bahawa Dr.Toh dan Tuan S.Rajaratnam (bekas Menteri kebudayaan) tidak setuju dengan pemisa-han Singapura dan mereka enggan menandatangani per-janjian pemisahan.

Tuan Lee memberi jaminan bahawa dengan surat Tengku itu, maka Dr. Toh dan Tuan Rajaratnam akan menandatangani perjanjian pemisahan itu.

"Itu-lah sebab-nya saya me-nulis surat itu," Tengku men-jelaskan.

Terima surat

Satelah menerima surat itu, Tuan Lee meminta Tengku memberikan sa-buah kapalter-bang Angkatan Udara di-Raja Malaysia untok kegunaan-nya. Kata-nya ia akan mendapat-kan tandatangan Menteri-nya dan memulangkan perjanjian itu melalui setiausaha-nya hari itu juga. Tengku bersetuju.

Pada hari Ahad perjanjian itu, lengkap dengan tandata-ngan semua Menteri2 Singapura pun di-kembalikan ka-pada Tengku, pada sa-belah pagi-nya.

Pada jam 10 pagi, Majlis tertinggi Perikatan bersidang.

Salepas sidang itu, pada jam 11.05 pagi, Menteri2 Besar dan ketua2 Menteri berkumpul da-lam sa-buah belek jawatan-kuasa di-Dewan Tengku Abdul Rahman.

Tengku pun mengumumkan pemisahan Singapura dari Malaysia dan memberi kete-rangan mengenai perjanjian itu serta rang undang2 yang akan di-bentangkan kapada Parlemen esok-nya.

Sapanjang hari Ahad itu, Pesurohjaya Tinggi British, Lord Head berkali2 chuba menghubungi Tengku tetapi tidak berhasil.

Beliau di-beritahu bahawa pada malam itu, Menteri2 akan menghadhiri satu majlis jamuan. Beliau perge ka-majlis itu lalu berchakap dengan Tun Razak.

Lord Head

Lord Head datang ka-majlis jamuan itu tanpa di-undang kerana hendak berchakan de-ngan Tun Razak.

Ketua Menteri Sabah Tuan Peter Lo yang tidak sempat hadhir sidang Majlis Tertinggi Perikatan tiba pada jam 11.15 malam.

Sa-buah motorkar kerajaan menunggu-nya di-padang ter-bang dan membawa-nya ka-majlis jamuan.
Tun Razak pun memberita-hu-nya akan keputusan memi-sahkan Singapura.

Kata Tuan Lo: "Saya terke-jut sekali dan hampir2 tak perchaya...."

Sejurus salepas tengah ma-malam, beliau menalipon Men-teri2-nya di-Sabah atas hal itu. Mereka memberi kuasa penoh kapada-nya untok "membuat apa saja yang di-fikirkan baik sa-kali."

Pada hari Ithnin 9 August, jam 8.45 pagi, Lord Head da-tang ka-Residency dan mera-yu2 kapada Tengku supaya menanggohkan keputusan itu "sakurang2-nya sa-hari."

Beliau menyampaikan ka-pada Tengku satu perutusan dari Perdana Menteri British, Tuan Harold Wilson yang me-nyatakan perasaan "keham-paan amat sangat" atas hal itu.

Tengku memberitahu Lord Head bahawa segala2-nya telah selesai." Tidak ada apa satu pun yang boleh mengubah ke-putusan kami."

Lord Head kemudian menarek diri dari Residency.

Pada jam 9.15 pagi, Pesuroh-Jaya Tinggi Australia, Tuan Tom Crithchley pula menemui Tengku.

Beliau juga merayu kapada Tengku supaya menanggohkan keputusan itu, tetapi ia juga tidak berjaya.

Pada jam 9.30 pagi, semua ahli2 Parlemen Perikatan ber-kumpul di-bilek Jawatankuasa nombor satu bangunan Parle-men.

Tengku pun memberitahu mereka keputusan yang telah di-ambil mengenai Singapura. Mereka harus mengundi un-tok menjaminkan kelulusan undi dua pertiga sa-bagaimana di-perlukan menurut Perlem-bagaan.

Tengku menyeru pemimpin2 Sabah dan Sarawak supaya menyokong rang undang2 pin-daan Perlembagaan itu.

Tanpa sokongan mereka, Kerajaan tentu tidak mendapat kelulusan rang undang2 itu.

Ketika locheng permulaan sidang Dewan Ra'ayat berbunyi pada jam 10 pagi itu, maka di-Singapura Tuan Lee Kuan Yew mengumumkan pe-misahan Singapura dari Malaysia.

Rang undang2 itu di-debat dalam Dewan Ra'ayat dan lulus dengan 126 undi. Tidak ada yang menentang.


Sidang tergempar Dewan negara pada tengah hari itu meluluskan juga rang undang2 pindaan Perlembagaan itu sa-telah berdebat selama dua jam.

Dalam satu sidang akhbar di-Singapura, Tuan Lee berkata Kerajaan-nya akan bekerjasa-ma dengan Kerajaan Pusat.

Di-Kuala Lumpur, Tengku menyatakan harapan bahawa Singapura akan mengechap keamanan, kesejahteraan dan kema'amoran.

Kata Tengku: "Kita sedia menolong saberapa yang boleh Saya yakin bahawa dalam berbedzaan kita akan bersua dengan titek2 pertemuan dan seterus-nya menchapai per-paduan. Sebagaimana kata pepetah: kalau jauh, berbau wangi..."

Source: Berita Minggu

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Don’t risk a Sabah-style ‘Brexit’, says Zahid

PAPAR, July 22 ― Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reminded Umno members and the people of Sabah not to be influenced by an attempt by outsiders to “Brexit” Sabah from Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).

Ahmad Zahid said the action of these outsiders, including former state and national Umno leaders, is wrong and could have a negative impact on the people and the state of Sabah.

“If there are people from outside or those who used to be in BN, who tried to get the Sabahans out of the Umno and BN ring, they are wrong,” he said when opening the Umno Zone Three delegates conference at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bongawan near here today.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman; Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who is also Kimani Umno chief; Papar Umno chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail and Beaufort Umno chief Datuk Isnin Aliasni.

Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit”, referring to the United Kingdom’s decision in a June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the European Union (EU).

Ahmad Zahid said some of the Brexit voters had regretted their move because the results were not as good as they had hoped for.

“Sabah does not want to be Malaysia’s ‘Brexit’. Sabah does not want BN and Umno to lose. Not the leaders who have to deal with the consequences but the people,” he said.

If Sabah leaves Umno and BN, the risk is too high as what some previous state governments had faced when they set up governments that were not in line with the federal government, he said.

Hence, he said the current political situation in Sabah, in which there is a power-sharing among BN component parties, should be continued for political stability, even though the state legislative assembly seats would later be increased from 60 to 73.

“I hope our friends in BN will not put pressure on the chief minister. We hope that our friends in BN will negotiate accordingly. The important thing is not the allocation of seats but that Umno and BN can rule comfortably in Sabah,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid is confident that the Umno-led BN government would be maintained despite the additional state seats because a study by the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in 2016 revealed that 76 per cent of Sabahans still wanted BN to continue the agenda to develop Sabah.

In fact, he said the research also showed that 71.2 per cent of the Sabahans had regarded that BN had  successfully transformed Sabah which proved that they still wanted Umno and BN to govern Sabah.

He also reminded Umno members and the people in Sabah to learn from the Tanduo incident in Lahad Datu and the militant attacks in Marawi, southern Philippines, to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said he would strengthen the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) to ensure that the safety and stability of Sabah were preserved.

Source: Bernama

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

If given the choice of being a Sarawakian or a Malayan? I'll choose Sarawakian

I am a Semenanjung newcomer in Sarawak, and I fully support this page's (Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia Facebook Page) effort to shield Sarawak from the negativity of Semenanjung.

Yes, liberalism in religion is prohibited. And so is extremism. 

Many Sarawak Malay Muslims don't mind if the Non-Muslims, or Muslims rule their country, why? They trust each other, they uphold unity of Sarawak more than their own religion and race. Sarawak first, then whatever race or religion you are.

I have friends from the Sarawakian Malay community, Sabahan Catholic, Orang Ulu Evangelists....and they are respecting each other. The non-Muslims even apologized to me for eating or drinking in front of me, eventhough I said to them, "no, I don't mind it".

The Christians used Allah in their Bible? I asked carefully to my Christian friend why. And I get the answers. And I understand the decades of mixing between Muslims and Non-Muslims. And the Sarawakian Malay Muslims know the difference between the Islamic Allah, and the Christian "Allah".

No racists and ultra-religious nuts here. People are open-minded, even the Muslims here.

And it's total opposite of the culture I have been taught and raised in Semenanjung.

If the independence of Sarawak is because wanting to shield the racism, ultra religious, division and corruption from infecting this fair land, let it be. 

The liberalism practised here is tolerance and knowing and respecting other religions, not clamming in your own race and religious shell, just like in Semenanjung. 

Mosque and church side by side? No problem here, but a major issue in Semenanjung. 

Go to a Christian or Buddhist marriage? No problem here, labeled as heretic and "murtad" in Semenanjung. 

If given the choice of being a Sarawakian or a Malayan? I'll choose Sarawakian. No point living with my brethrens who does not know anything about things beyond the South China Sea. 

And I base all of this from my experience, living both in Sarawak and a native Semenanjung. 

Peace out.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

36 1 0 37 Sorry, says Sarawak party for downgrading status in 1976

SUPP admits leaders agreed to amendment to Article 1 of the Federal Constitution which reduced Sarawak from founding partner to being one of 13 states.

PETALING JAYA: A leading Barisan Nasional component in Sarawak has apologised for having supported the amendment to the Federal Constitution in 1976 that led to the downgrading of the state from its previous sovereign status.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Secretary-General Sebastian Ting Chew Yew admitted that his party had not objected, and had helped to pass the amendment which essentially reduced Sarawak from its 1963 status as a founding partner to the peninsula-based government, to simply being one of 13 states in Malaysia, The Borneo Post reported Thursday.

“The present leadership accepts this responsibility and, on behalf of the party, I would like to apologise to party members and the people of Sarawak as a whole,” Ting said in a statement released by the party Wednesday.

The amendment to Article 1 of the Federal Constitution in 1976 through Act A354, saw Sarawak downgraded from Region 2 in the Federation of Malaysia, to being one of 13 states in Malaysia.

“It is the most critical and fundamental ‘discrepancy’ found in the Federal Constitution.

“This is because, as a result, it has tremendously curtailed the disbursement of federal funds for Sarawak and Sabah to a level of state, rather than two of the three founding partners.

“In other words, both Sarawak and Sabah have been short-changed in financial allocations from the Federal Government,” Ting said in the statement.

He expressed his party’s support for Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s call to amend Article 1 of the Federal Constitution in Parliament to its original wording.

Ting also supported Deputy Chief Minister Dr James Masing’s call for all MPs from Sarawak and Sabah to put aside party allegiances and political differences in order to get the Federal Constitution amended to restore the constitutional position of both Sarawak and Sabah in the Federation of Malaysia.

“According to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), there shall be no confusion that the Federation of Malaysia is a federation of nations, unlike the former Federation of Malaya which was a unitary state system with the centralisation of governing powers,” he said, referring to the agreement as an association of equal partners which combines each other’s strengths and resources with each individuality retained.

Ting added that the Sarawak government now wanted to use the Cobbold Commission, Inter-Governmental Committee, MA63 and the Malaysia Act 1963, that could not be altered or overridden by any act of Parliament, in order to claim the rights and entitlements which belonged to Sarawak with the signing of the MA63.

SUPP currently has one MP, Richard Riot, who is also minister of human resources, and seven state assemblymen, in the PBB-led BN coalition government.

The SUPP statement also came out strongly in criticising Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UMP) lecturer Professor Ramlah Adam over her presentation at a seminar entitled “A Journey To Merdeka: Sarawak in Malaysia” last Sunday.

“She appears not to understand that Sarawak is not a state like any of the other states in the peninsula but as a founding equal partner to the Federation of Malaya, which originally comprised 11 states.

“Most people would not know that her (Ramlah’s) own state was not a signatory to the Malaysia Agreement, and as such, not invited to the negotiation table to set up the new nation in 1963. So how can Perlis be on equal status with Sarawak?” Ting asked.

Adenan beritahu Putrajaya, Sarawak bukan hanya satu negeri dalam Persekutuan, mahu kembalikan status asal

KUCHING: Kerajaan Sarawak berhasrat untuk mengembalikan status Sarawak kepada kedudukan asal sebelum pindaan Perlembagaan dilakukan pada 1976 dan meminta Putrajaya mempertimbangkan negeri itu setaraf dengan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu kerana ia merupakan satu daripada pihak yang memetrai Perjanjian Malaysia 53 tahun lalu.

Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Adenan Satem berkata, Sarawak bukan hanya satu daripada 14 negeri dan wilayah kerana di bawah Perlembagaan asal Persekutuan, dimaktubkan bahawa Persekutuan Malaysia terdiri daripada semua negeri di Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, negeri Sabah dan Sarawak di Borneo dan Singapura.

“Selepas pindaan pada 1976, Sarawak menjadi satu daripada 14 negeri di Malaysia,” kata Adenan kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Seminar Sejarah Sarawak yang mengupas tajuk berkaitan dengan pembentukan Malaysia.

Pindaan itu menurut beliau telah menyebabkan kuasa Sarawak terhakis, justeru beliau mahu mengembalikan hak dan kedudukan Sarawak kepada keadaan asal.

Adenan turut menghujahkan bahawa pindaan berkenaan adalah tidak sah dan batal kerana melanggar Perjanjian Malaysia, Laporan Jawatankuasa Antara Kerajaan dan Laporan Suruhanjaya Cobbold.

Ujarnya, Sarawak ialah satu daripada pihak yang tandatangani Perjanjian Malaysia pada 1963, dan dengan itu punya taraf sama.

Terdahulu, dalam ucapannya Ketua Menteri yang dengan tegas telah menuntut hak dan autonomi Sarawak sejak mengambil alih kepemimpinan pada 2015 berkata, Sarawak bukan satu daripada negeri dalam Persekutuan pada 1963 tetap negeri pengasas dan terdapat perbezaan antara negeri pengasas dengan kedudukan negeri dalam Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

“Kemungkinan itu ialah kesilapan kita kerana tidak menentang pindaan pada 1976,” katanya sambil menambah beliau tidak mahu menyalahkan sesiapa dalam kes itu.

Sementara itu, Profesor Datin Paduka Ramlah Adam berkata isu berkaitan Perjanjian 18/20 Perkara telah diserapkan dalam Perlembagaan dan ketika Malaysia dibentuk negeri persekutuan telah kehilangan nama asal, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu yang disifatkannya sebagai satu pengorbanan.

Source: Sarawak Voice

Jeffrey: CM ignoring requests for help from Opposition reps

He says the people are fully aware that development of infrastructure in Sabah is the responsibility of the government of the day.

KOTA KINABALU: A longtime Borneo rights advocate has charged that the Sabah Government, in particular Chief Minister Musa Aman, has not responded to requests from Opposition lawmakers for development aid.

“In the Sabah Legislative Assembly, Opposition members have repeatedly spoken up on the need for development, improvements, repairs and maintenance,” Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan said in a statement.

“The BN, as the current government, has a moral and legal duty to respond,” the Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president said.

Unfortunately, Jeffrey said the suggestions and appeals had not been acted upon by the BN Government.

He warned that the writing is on the wall for BN.

“Its days as the state government are numbered.

“The government should respect the demands of the rakyat, made through their elected representatives.”

Jeffrey said it was “sad” BN leaders continued with their “lies and deception” to fool the people.

The BN claims the Opposition is unable to bring development.”

He said it was fortunate that the rakyat were “no longer fools to be duped time and again” by BN leaders.

“They are fully aware that development is the responsibility of the government of the day.”

If one were to traverse the whole of Sabah, it is obvious the BN Government has failed to properly develop Sabah, he continued.

“There’s a lack of clean treated water, electricity and good roads. Sealed roads are not properly maintained.”

He cited the Sepulut-Kalabakan highway as an example. “It is in a bad state even though it was just completed a few years ago.”

The rights advocate pointed out that the chief minister had to go to Pagalungan in Pensiangan, by helicopter to attend a function earlier this week.

“If he had travelled by road, it would have taken him at least two hours to reach Pergalungan. If it had rained, he would have difficulty getting there on the gravel road.”

The BN Government has failed to properly develop Sabah, he summed up.

“It’s the poorest state in Malaysia with 40 per cent of the poor in the country.”

Even Sabah rights, written in the Federal Constitution, have been totally ignored for the past 50 years, he said.

“This includes Sabah’s revenue rights for the past 47 years.”

Jambun pushes for forum on 1976 amendment

Human rights advocate says constitutional experts like Shad Faruqi, Tommy Thomas, Azmi Sharom and Gurdial Singh should be a part of the forum.

KOTA KINABALU: A human rights advocate in Borneo has suggested that constitutional experts in the country participate in a forum to discuss the status of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Daniel John Jambun made this call after expressing surprise that a constitutional expert stated the obvious on Article 1 in the Federal Constitution (FC) instead of offering novel insights on law.

“Everyone knows how Article 1 has read since 1976,” said Jambun in a telephone interview. “The issue, as raised by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, was to restore Article 1 to its pre-1976 status.”

Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim), said that he has also been left wondering why Aziz Bari thinks that getting a two-thirds majority in Parliament to amend Article 1 would be difficult.

“If MPs want to deny Sabah and Sarawak their rights, the Federal Court can sit on the matter,” he said. “The Federal Court should also visit the definition of Federation in Article 160.”

The human rights advocate elsewhere begs to differ with the constitutional lawyer implying the 1976 amendment could only have been challenged then.

“There’s no time limit when it’s a continuing breach,” he said. “Besides, the Malaysian Parliament cannot violate the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).”

Jambun, in disagreeing with Aziz, suggested he get together with other constitutional experts on the status of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia. “It’s in their professional interest as well to explore this issue.”

“Bopim can work on bringing together sponsors for a public forum on the issue,” he assured. “We can invite some international experts like Andrew Harding and Anthony Lester, among others.”

Offhand, he can recall several local constitutional experts, namely Shad Faruqi, Tommy Thomas, Azmi Sharom and Gurdial Singh.

“There might be others out there Aziz can invite,” said Jambun.

Briefly, he said, the 1976 amendment is inherently null and void as if there had been no amendment. “The original Article 1 still stands as the amendment violates MA63.”

The sovereignty of Parliament, he stressed, was confined to its five year term. “No Parliament can be bound by a previous Parliament or bind a future Parliament.”

MA63 is an international agreement and treaty signed by five governments – the UK, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya – and lodged with the United Nations Secretary-General, reminded the Bopim chief. “It’s virtually a trust deed and above the Malaysian Parliament.”

Under the Malaysian system, he pointed out, the Federal Constitution is supreme, not Parliament. “The Federal Constitution cannot be seen as going against itself.”

MA63 is a constitutional document and should be read together with the other constitutional documents on Malaysia and the Federal Constitution , said Jambun. “The Federal Constitution cannot be read in isolation. 

That’s what Aziz did on Article 1 post-1976.”

Star President Jeffrey Kitingan supports Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem's call for Putrajaya to rectify 'past mistakes'.

KOTA KINABALU: The time has come for “past mistakes” to be rectified if the Federation was to survive and move forward, Sabah opposition politician Jeffrey Kitingan said in a statement today.

Calling the 1976 constitutional amendment a mistake, and which should be reversed, he said: “The original basis for the formation of Malaysia should be restored.”

Jeffrey also pointed out that the original status was reflected in the 1963 Federal Constitution.

If the Federation of Malaya and Putrajaya does not do so, he cautioned, it’s only appropriate and fair that Sabah and Sarawak should be given the option.

“Obviously, it (Federal government) does not wish to honour the basis for the formation of Malaysia,” he lamented.

Jeffrey, who is Bingkor Assemblyman and Star President, was commenting on a statement by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem on the 1976 constitutional amendment.

Adenan dismissed the amendment, which had reduced the status of Sabah and Sarawak to that of the 12th and 13th states in Malaysia, saying it was “null and void” as it had contravened the original Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“The Federation of Malaya (the peninsula) was now masquerading as the Federation of Malaysia.

“The Federal Government had no business amending the Constitution in 1976.

“It smells of a vicious and sinister plot to colonize Sabah and Sarawak and ‘steal’ their resources and wealth,” Jeffrey said.

Referring to the Commission of Enquiry for North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak that was establised in 1962 to determine if the people supported the proposal to create a Federation of Malaysia, Jeffrey said the chairman of the Commission, Lord Cameron Cobbold, was generally against the idea.

“He had stated in 1962 that Malaysia would not, in his judgement, be generally acceptable or successful.

“He also forewarned that Malaysia would involve firstly the takeover of the Borneo Territories by the Federation of Malaya, and secondly, the submersion of the individualities of North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak,” Jeffrey said.

The other four members of the Cobbold Commission were then chief minister of Penang, Wong Pow Nee; then permanent secretary to the ministry of foreign affairs Malaya, Mohammed Ghazali Shafie; former governor of Sarawak, Anthony Abell; and former chief secretary of Malaya, David Watherston.

“If the founding fathers in Borneo knew in 1963 that Sabah and Sarawak would join the Federation of Malaya as the 12th and 13th states, there would have been no Malaysia today,” Jeffrey said.

He also suggested that if Sabah and Sarawak were independent and not been a part of Malaysia, they could even have been as wealthy as Singapore and Brunei, which he called the 3rd and 5th richest nations in the world.

“Sarawak is contributing RM55 billion and Sabah another RM20 billion annually to the Federal Government from their oil and gas reserves,” said Jeffrey.

Instead, he said, Sabah and Sarawak are languishing as the poorest and second poorest states in Malaysia.

“Almost all our wealth is being siphoned off to develop Malaya (the peninsula).”

PKR to table motion to declare S’wak no longer a state

Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian says Opposition will also support any BN motion for the reversal of federal amendment in 1976 that reduced Sarawak to a state.

KUCHING: PKR said it will table a motion in the coming Sarawak State Assembly sitting on Sarawak’s position under the Federal Constitution.

It said it will propose that the state government make a stand in reversing the 1976 amendment to Article 1(2) of the Constitution, which downgraded the status of Sarawak from a region to a state.

“We would like to table a motion, probably to initiate a move and notice to the state government that we Sarawakians should be making a stand on this.

“We hope the state assembly will agree to tell all YBs, from across the political divide, to agree with us,” Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian told the media here today.

The assembly sits from Nov 21.

Baru said it did not matter to the Opposition component which side initiates the motion.

“At least there will be a unanimous stand on the matter. We are aware that eventually the proper place where this should be done is Parliament.

“But I think it is right for Sarawak to make a stand first. Hopefully, the YBs from Sarawak and maybe the state government itself will support or sponsor an amendment bill in the Parliament in the coming sitting.”

Baru pointed out that the state BN had unanimously supported a motion in 2012 by Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen calling for the increment of oil royalty from 5 per cent to 20 per cent.

Baru said even if the BN decided to table a motion on the present issue, the Opposition will support it.
Adenan recently said Sarawak MPs may propose in the Parliament to reinstate an article of the Constitution to enable the state to regain its powers that had been eroded over the years.

Adenan said before the amendment in 1976, Sarawak and Sabah fell under a different category from Peninsular Malaysian states.

“Before that (the amendment in 1976), it stated that the states of Malaysia shall be (a) the states of West Malaysia, (b) Sarawak and Sabah and (c) Singapore. Now there is only one category,” the chief minister was quoted as saying.

The amendment to Article 1(2) was among 48 amendments to the Federal Constitution under a Bill tabled by then Prime Minister Hussein Onn on July 12, 1976 and was passed on July 13, 1976.

The motion to downgrade the status of Sarawak and Sabah from regions within Malaysia to states was debated on July 12 and July 13, 1976 and was supported by 130 MPs. Only four MPs objected.

None of the MPs from Sarawak opposed the Bill covering the amendments. The four MPs who opposed were Lim Kit Siang, Dr Tan Chee Khoon, Farn Seong Than and Lee Lam Thye, all from DAP.

DUN Sarawak perlu semak sekali lagi keputusan semakan Perjanjian Malaysia pada 1974, yang turunkan taraf Sarawak kepada status negeri

Saya pasti semua rakyat Sarawak termasuk wakil-wakil rakyat di Parlimen Malaysia dan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak gembira dan teruja dengan perjuangan Tok Nan untuk mengembalikan hak-hak Sarawak yang terhakis akibat kehendak-kehendak Malaysia Agreement 1963 dan pandangan-pandangan Inter Government Committee tidak dipenuhi sepenuhnya sejak merdeka.

Kandungan-kandungan dokumen penting penubuhan Malaysia ini wajar diteliti selalu.

Bahkan dinyatakan ia perlu disemak setiap 10 tahun. Nampaknya ia hanya pernah disemak sekali sahaja sekitar tahun 1974. Selepas itu diam membisu hilang dari radar rakyat sedangkan Malaysia sudah terbentuk lebih 50 tahun.

Oleh itu, bagi menjadikan perjuangan Tok Nan ini tercapai, sokongan dan usaha terbuka perlu dilakukan tanpa menafikan wujud usaha serius di peringkat pimpinan utama negara. Hal ini perlu dilakukan agar proses ini berjalan lancar tanpa sebarang gangguan dan salah sangka.

Namun begitu, beberapa persoalan utama timbul bagi memenuhi keperluan membetulkan kembali kedudukan Sarawak dalam Persekutuan Malaysia yang perlu diambil kira;

1. Sekiranya pindaan perlembagaan 1976 yang menurunkan taraf Sarawak itu telah berlaku 40 tahun lalu adalah sah di Parlimen, apakah pindaan itu pernah dibawa untuk pengesahan Dewan Undangan negeri Sarawak?

2. Jika ya dan diterima maka pindaan itu sah. Jika tidak maka jelas pindaan itu bertentangan dengan MA1963 yang merupakan International Treaty yang mempunyai peraturan tersendiri.

3. Jika ia pernah diterima oleh DUN Sarawak, maka DUN yang sama perlu bertindak menolaknya kembali dengan usul yang baharu dikemukakan.

4. Jika pindaan itu tidak pernah dibawa ke DUN Sarawak maka anggota Parlimen perlu mencadangkan pindaan pembatalan terhadap Artikel Perlembagaan yang jelas bertentangan dengan MA1963 yang tidak boleh diubah suai tanpa persetujuan pihak pihak yang terlibat dengan perjanjian itu.

Inilah yang dibangkitkan oleh Tok Nan yang perlu disokong dan diperjuangkan.

Sekarang terserah kepada kebijaksanaan Ahli Ahli Parlimen dan Dewan Undangan Negeri untuk menilai perkara ini dan “tindakan” selanjutnya.

Kalaulah pihak di Malaya sedang sibuk dengan pindaan RUU355 yang hangat diperkatakan sejak sidang Parlimen yang lalu, maka sewajarnya pihak di Sarawak – sebagai memenuhi kehendak rakyat dan perjuangan Tok Nan – hendaklah ada inisiatif untuk membetulkan keadaan hakisan kuasa negara Sarawak yang telah berlaku sejak 1976.

Sejarah akan mencatatkan langkah ini dan zuriat keturunan kita yang akan mendapat kesannya. Yang dinilai adalah tindakan kita.

* YB Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya adalah Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Jemoreng

Source: Sarawak Voice

Leiking: Let Sabah decide its own educational direction

Penampang MP says there is no reason why Sabah cannot emulate Singapore in developing an innovative and excellent education system.

PETALING JAYA: Penampang MP Darell Leiking has outlined his vision for a Sabahan education policy where children of the state are nurtured through a fair and progressive education system.
Speaking to FMT about the proposed Sabahan education policy, which he and Semporna MP Shafie Apdal are pushing through their new Sabah-based multiracial party, Leiking said it was high time the Land Below the Wind decided its own education matters.
“Sabahans know the local terrain and culture far better than those outside of Sabah,” he said, adding he believed Putrajaya had not given Sabah its due entitlement in terms of education funds.
“In Sabah, we have so many schools which are in a dilapidated condition.
“Perhaps, even more damaging, is the lack of East Malaysian history in our textbooks, including the terms of the formation of Malaysia and the role of our forefathers in Malaysia’s formation.”
Leiking said he and Shafie had a plan to develop a generation of Sabahans who not only excelled in academic and vocational education, but were also trained to think “outside the box”.
He added that the moulding of students under such an education policy would begin from preschool.
“Just look at how Singapore has built its education system and how many other nations have designed their education to create a hardworking and innovative culture.
“Have you ever wondered why hundreds, if not thousands of Malaysians, travel from all over the country, especially Johor, to Singapore to send their kids to school in Singapore?
“There must be something that Singapore has done to make travelling there worthwhile.”
Leiking said with the talent and experience Sabah had, the state could also do what Singapore did.
He added that he and Shafie envisioned a total revamp of how children could be educated.
Earlier this month, Leiking told FMT that his new party was pushing for a new education policy for Sabah, among others, as part of a “new deal” the party wanted to offer Sabahans.
Leiking said the party was working with a team of technocrats, academics, professionals and businessmen to formulate a new deal for Sabah.

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