Saturday, 23 August 2014

Secession: Unofficial referendum underway on FB

Activist Daniel Jambun also urged political parties in Sabah and Sarawak to quit Malaya-based BN and other legislators to quit Pakatan Rakyat and form a third force.

By William Mangor

KUCHING: If postings on Facebook is any indication, then an unofficial referendum on whether Sabah and Sarawak should stay or leave the federation may well be underway.

Citing the high activity in the social media over the issue, Borneo Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPIM) president Daniel Jambun said: “If Facebook is any indication its clear that all the people of Sabah and Sarawak want their countries to end their ties with the Federation.

“Even the illegal immigrants are jumping on the bandwagon of separation because they realised which side their bread would be buttered in the near future and also, they have their own axe to grind with Putrajaya which has given them, by the backdoor, MyKads which are not valid in law and can only be used for voting Barisan Nasional.”

Jambun was commenting on statements by Kota Belud MP Rahman Dahlan and political analyst James Chin on calls to secede.

He urged Rahman to visit the FB pages to better understand Sabah and Sarawakians frustrations.

“If Rahman has any doubts about the sentiments in Borneo towards Malaya, his political master, he should visit Facebook and not question whether Chin is basing his figures on any survey carried out by any authoritative body, “We don’t need to conduct a survey when the sentiment in the streets is clear,” he said. Jambun said that Bopim was taking a stand on the issue and did not want Sabah and Sarawak to continue staying within Malaysia.

“As a first step, we urge all political parties in Sabah and Sarawak to quit the Malaya-based Barisan Nasional coalition and for other legislators to quit Pakatan Rakyat component parties, “All legislators in Borneo should enter a grand coalition or third force in the Malaysian Parliament to protect the rights of the people under the Federal Constitution.

“The third force can back either PR (Pakatan) or BN in Parliament to form the Federal Government without itself being part of the Government.

“The price is full autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak with the Federal Government confined to defence, foreign affairs and national economy planning, “(And) Petronas must also get out of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.


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