Saturday, 13 September 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014 Exposing the Truth , Fact , Nationalist , North Borneo , Sabah , SSKM No comments
ALLAH telah tentukan di sinilah kita lahir, di sini kita dibesarkan dan di sinilah juga kita mati dan di semadikan dan tiada lagi bumi lain kecuali nasib dan mahunya kita di lontar ke sungai gangga bila tanah semuanya bukan milik kita lagi.
Di sana sini ada saja tipu, rampok, ugut dan mencuri kesan hidup susah yang sama kita rasai kesan gaji tidak memadai disbanding dengan harga barang yang meningkat harga disamping di sana sini ada saja muka-muka asing yang pandangan satu macam dan kita bak hidup dalam penjara yang siap bererti tidur malam tak lena dan makan pula tak kenyang.
Hidup semacam apa ini?
Yang kita mahu bukanlah kaya raya macam perampok, penipu kroni dan saudara mara pemimpin atasan yang jelas katanya seperti malaikat tetapi taktiknya menipu rakyat tika dimusim pilihan raya mereka dating dengan janji-janji manis sedang janji lama tidak ditunai dengan beribu macam alasan.
Memang pemimpin kita bijak bercakap dan bijak membuli orang kampung yang dikasih zink, tangki biru dan sedikit wang terus menjabat tangan dan ucap terima kasih berjuta tanpa ia tahu itu zink, tangki dan wang sebenarnya memang hak mereka kesan hasil Sabah dan tanpa mereka tahu berjuta-juta masuk ke poket mereka kesan balak, hutan dan segala macam di seludup ke kantung.
Apa saja yang kita lihat di Sabah ini dan anak-anak berbodong keluar university dengan ijajah yang kadang-kadang tidak mendidik mereka jadi bijak, malah siap hanya akur dan tunduk kepada yang membuli dan memang begitulah setting otak mereka dan kesannya university kita di Malaysia tersorot jauh banding university luar negara sebab mahasiswa kita hanya ditunda kala berjalan dan bukan diajar untuk membedah sesuatu persoalan.
Lihatlah kesan kecelakaan dan pencerobohan di Lahad Datu, saudara-saudara kita dari Negara cina menurun 80% hadir ke Negara kita dan kita kehilangan pendapatan, bidang perhotelan hidup segan mati tak mahu.
Baik sawit dan getah harga menurun jatuh ke lantai sebab cina sudah beralih pandang membeli di Negara lain dan di Malaysia banyak simpanan dan atasan pula kuasai pasaran, maka yang sudah orang kampong dan semakin susah bila harga barang berlompatan harganya dan nanti GST hadir lagi mencekek leher dan jangan hairan kita punya ramai yang stress dan gila.
Musa Aman, apa saja yang kau lakukan dan kenapa Sabah yang kaya sejak di bawah kepimpinanmu mendapat anugerah termiskin dan anak-anak Sabah berpuluh ribu mungkin ratusan ribu berlarian ke semananjung Malaysia untuk cari makan kesan di Sabah pengangguran sekitar 50,000 orang.
Kalau tak bijak memimpin Sabah dan yang bersuara asyik diugut tangkap, maka terbaik kamu letak jawatan sahaja dan kami sabahan memang terluka dan tentunya kamu tahu Musa Aman luka di tangan nampak darah dan luka di hati apa kamu tahu?
Saya menulis bukan menentang kerajaan tetapi mahu kamu sedar akan keselahan kamu dan jangan terlalu korupsi dan menipu rakyat sabahan dan ini Sabah milik bersama dan kami berhak berkata dalam Negara yang kononnya merdeka.
(CNN) -- On September 18, Scots go to the polls to vote on the future of their country.
It's a vote that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people.
When campaigning began, that seemed a far-fetched prospect. But the most recent polls suggest that what many Britons consider unthinkable could happen -- and the United Kingdom as we know it could be torn asunder.
Here's what you need to know about the landmark referendum.
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What are the Scottish voting on, and why?
Voters will be presented with a simple yes/no question: Should Scotland be an independent country?
The Scottish government, led by the Scottish National Party, says this is a "once in a generation opportunity" for Scotland's people to take control of the decisions that affect them most. A "yes" vote means that "Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands," it says, and that life will be better and fairer for its people.
British Prime Minister David Cameron wants Scotland to remain part of an undivided United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He says that it is a decision solely for the Scottish people -- but that remaining part of the United Kingdom will give them security and strength. "There will be no going back," he warns.
Because the United Kingdom has no written constitution, there's no established law to govern the process. So these are truly uncharted waters.
Why is this significant to the rest of the world?
The question mark over Scotland's future is already having an impact on domestic and international business. Some worry that the breakup of the United Kingdom could undermine London's standing as an international financial capital.
Last month, 130 business leaders published an open letter in which they warned of the impact of uncertainty over issues including currency, regulation, tax, pensions, EU membership and support for Scottish exports. A day later, more than 200 other business leaders signed an open letter backing an independent Scotland.
The British pound sank Monday after the first poll that showed the "yes" vote in the lead, with CNN Money reporting that it reflected uncertainty over the outcome of the referendum and an increased risk of a "messy divorce."
The UK's defense capability could be affected. The Scottish government says it wants to remove nuclear weapons from Scotland as soon as possible -- namely, the UK Trident nuclear submarine fleet based at Faslane. The Scottish government says, "It is our firm position that an independent Scotland should not host nuclear weapons and we would only join NATO on that basis."
Scotland would have to renegotiate its entry to both NATO and the European Union if it votes for independence. EU leaders have signaled they would take a hard line and make Scotland apply to join like any other independent nation. However, the "yes" campaign says it could easily be done through amendments to existing treaties.
If Scotland chooses to split from Britain, it could give other people ideas.
The debate is being closely watched by independence movements in Spain's Catalonia province, Canada's Quebec province and France's Mediterranean island of Corsica.
If Scotland votes to leave, the British Prime Minister will likely come under pressure to resign -- although he has told UK media "emphatically" he will not do so. The major Westminster parties have promised to devolve more powers to Scotland if it chooses to stay in the union.
Who can vote?
Thanks to a bill passed last year extending the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds, almost everyone living in Scotland who is 16 or older on the day of the referendum will be able to vote.
This means English or Welsh citizens who reside in Scotland can take part. But Scots who are living elsewhere in the United Kingdom or overseas will not be entitled to cast a ballot.
It also means that the residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland get no say on a historic change to the makeup of the United Kingdom.
What's the history behind the vote?
Scotland has long had a testy relationship with its more populous neighbor. The Act of Union in 1707 joined the kingdom of Scotland with England and Wales, but many Scots were unhappy at being yoked to their longtime rival south of the border.
Since 1999, Scotland has had a devolved government, meaning many, but not all, decisions are made at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. In May 2011 the nationalist Scottish National Party, which had campaigned on a promise to hold an independence referendum, surprised many by winning an outright majority in the Scottish Parliament.
In October 2012, the UK and Scottish governments agreed that the referendum would be held, and the question to be put to voters was agreed on early last year.
Dauvit Broun, a professor of Scottish history at the University of Glasgow, said one driving force for the vote was the widening gulf between the policies pursued by the coalition UK government in Westminster, led by the Conservative Party under Cameron since 2010, and what the Scottish people want.
Many Scots are strongly opposed to the current Westminster government's attempts to reform -- or in their eyes dismantle -- the welfare state and say it was not elected by them. Illustrating that sentiment, there's only one Conservative MP in Scotland at present, leading humorists to point out that even giant pandas are better represented (Edinburgh Zoo has two.)
"Since the period of Margaret Thatcher, there has been a growing divide, and a sense that what Scotland feels consensus about ... has become more and more different to England," Broun said.
Looking further back, Scotland and England have been growing apart since the demise of the British Empire, Broun says. The decline of the Presbyterian church in Scotland, which provided a sense of self-government and Scottish identity, has also played a part in fueling the desire for independence, he said.
Who are the main players?
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is the ebullient leader of the pro-independence campaign. Labour MP Alistair Darling, who represents an Edinburgh constituency, heads the pro-union Better Together campaign.
We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies we will ever have remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner.
The pair have taken part in two TV debates, with Darling widely judged to have come out on top in the first, by a narrow margin, and Salmond to have done significantly better in the second.
David Cameron has also spoken strongly in favor of Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom.
It's not just UK politicians who are getting involved. Singer David Bowie, in a Brit Awards acceptance speech delivered by supermodel Kate Moss, pleaded, "Scotland, stay with us."
Former Manchester United football club manager Alex Ferguson also opposes a split and has backed the "Better Together" campaign. "800,000 Scots, like me, live and work in other parts of the United Kingdom.
We don't live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK," he is quoted as saying.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who lives in Scotland, made a hefty donation to the Better Together campaign, and Beatles star Paul McCartney has signed a letter urging Scottish voters to stick with Britain.
The Yes campaign has its own celebrity backers -- including former James Bond star Sean Connery, actor Brian Cox, and comedian Frankie Boyle.
Actor Alan Cumming launched the Twitter campaign #goforitscotland. "What's happening now in Scotland is the most exciting political and social discourse that will forever change our destiny. Check it out!" he tweeted as the vote nears.
Even U.S President Barack Obama has gotten in on the act. He acknowledged it was a decision for the people of Scotland, but added: "We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies we will ever have remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner."
What are the key issues?
Questions over the economy have dominated the debate.
The Scottish government argues the country would be better off after independence, largely based on its taking control of revenues from North Sea oil and gas found in Scottish waters. It says it would manage the energy industry better, invest to boost production, and create a wealth fund, similar to Norway's oil fund, to benefit future generations.
But not everyone agrees with the Scottish government's rosy assessment. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in March said the latest figures showed Scotland's budget deficit had worsened relative to the rest of the United Kingdom, thanks to falling North Sea revenues and higher public spending north of the border. It also warned of the dangers of relying too heavily on a volatile and ultimately finite income source.
The Scottish government says the economy is diverse, with other key elements including food and drink, tourism, creative industries, universities, financial services and manufacturing.
Another big issue is what currency an independent Scotland would have.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said he wants Scotland to continue to use the pound in a currency union with the rest of the United Kingdom, and that it has the right to do so.
But the three main parties in Westminster -- David Cameron's Conservatives, their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, and Labour -- have all said this won't be an option. The Scottish government responded that this was "bullying" from Westminster.
It's unclear what would happen to Scotland's share of UK debt if it's not part of a currency union.
What's the mood?
A series of opinion polls in past months has given the pro-union camp a lead. However, the most recent polls have shown that shrinking or disappearing altogether.
A YouGov poll conducted for The Sunday Times and released on September 7 caused waves when it showed the "yes" vote narrowly in the lead for the first time, excluding undecided voters. YouGov President Peter Kellner said it indicated support for the Better Together campaign had fallen "at an astonishing rate."
Of course, it's just one poll among many.
The latest poll of polls by ScotCen, an independent research center, shows the "no" camp hanging onto a narrow lead over the "yes" camp, but the gap continues to close.
Many in the Yes campaign feel they have a momentum of support that will build toward the September 18 vote.
But the No campaigners are confident they represent the silent majority who, after considering all the factors involved, will decide against independence.
What would happen if Scotland votes Yes?
Should Scots defy Westminster's expectation and vote "yes," there will be a flurry of activity to ensure everything is in place for Salmond's projected independence date of 24 March, 2016.
Upon confirmation of a victory, the Yes Scotland leader will put together his "Team Scotland" negotiating team. It is expected to include his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, alongside a broad, cross-party group.
Cameron -- if he hasn't been forced to resign after presiding over the breakup of the UK's 300-year-old union -- will need to form his own negotiating side.
Chief among the matters up for negotiation are the currency union and Scotland's share of the UK's national debt, the relocation of the Trident fleet and even potential border controls. The "yes" campaign has said it intends for Scotland to remain part of the Common Travel Area, which allows free movement for citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Cameron will have to move quickly to avoid financial instability by giving a definitive answer to the currency question, and there has been suggestion that the next UK general election -- scheduled for May 2015 -- might be postponed until after Scotland has exited the union.
The Scottish government would have to set in motion a process to produce a written constitution. Queen Elizabeth II would remain head of state.
An independent Scotland would also have to negotiate paths to membership for both NATO and the European Union, two international organizations that the "yes" campaign says are in Scotland's future.
Edinburgh, Scotland (CNN) -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron is campaigning in Scotland Wednesday in a last-minute bid to persuade voters to stick with the United Kingdom ahead of an independence referendum in eight days.
Also north of the border are Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, partners with Cameron's Conservatives in the coalition government, and opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.
The trip comes as the latest opinion polls indicated that the pro-independence and pro-union campaigns are neck-and-neck.
If Scotland's voters choose independence on September 18, it will mean the breakup of a 307-year-old union between England, Wales and Scotland as Great Britain.
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Cameron and Miliband canceled their usual weekly clash at Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament to make the trip. They are campaigning separately as they seek to win over the undecided voters who will be key to the outcome of the landmark vote.
The Prime Minister appealed to the emotions in a speech to an audience in Edinburgh, saying, "I care hugely about this extraordinary country, this United Kingdom, that we have built together."
He would be heartbroken, he said, "if this family of nations was torn apart."
'Last gasp piece of desperation'
Opinion polls suggest the pro-independence "yes" campaign, led by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond of the governing Scottish National Party, has the momentum as the vote nears.
Speaking to supporters Wednesday, Salmond said the politicians' visit from London was "counterproductive" for the "no" campaign and would be seen by Scotland as "a last gasp piece of desperation from the Westminster establishment."
He added, "I mean they're not popular in England, never mind popular in Scotland."
The latest poll of polls on Scottish independence shows the "no" camp hanging on to a narrow lead over the "yes" camp, but the gap continues to close. The poll of polls, by ScotCen, an independent research center, shows "no" at 52% and "yes" at 48%.
Almost anyone living in Scotland age 16 or over on the day of the referendum will be able to vote. But voters in the rest of the United Kingdom -- England, Wales and Northern Ireland -- do not get a say on what could be a historic change. That includes Scots who live outside Scotland's borders.
'We desperately want you to stay'
Cameron also used emotive language in an opinion piece published in the Daily Mail newspaper Wednesday in which he recalled the United Kingdom's historic achievements -- and promised that more are to come if it sticks together.
"Let no one in Scotland be in any doubt: we desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart," he wrote.
"Across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, our fear over what we stand to lose is matched only by our passion for what can be achieved if we stay together."
The three parties have all promised that Scotland, which already has devolved government, would be granted increased powers, for example over taxation and social welfare programs, if it votes to stay in the United Kingdom.
"There is a lot that divides us -- but there's one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together," the three party leaders said in a joint statement Tuesday.
"We want to be listening and talking to voters about the huge choices they face. Our message to the Scottish people will be simple: 'We want you to stay.' "
Former PM warns of damage
A YouGov poll carried out Monday suggests that people in England and Wales are opposed to Scottish independence by a substantial majority, with 60% opposed to 19% in favor.
Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, writing Wednesday in the Times of London, warned that if Scotland votes for independence, it and all the United Kingdom would suffer as a result.
"The UK would be weaker in every international body and, most damagingly, within the European Union," he wrote. "Our chance of reforming the EU would be diminished, and the risk of our exit from it enhanced."
Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on UK membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 if he remains Prime Minister after the general election next year.
Campaigners for Scottish independence have said they want to remain part of the European Union. EU leaders have indicated that an independent Scotland would have to apply to join like any other nation.
Will the oil last?
The independence issue has polarized Scotland, with much argument over the potential economic costs or benefits, particularly with regard to the North Sea oil and gas found in Scottish waters.
The Scottish government says it would manage the energy reserves better than the UK government, benefiting the Scottish people. But some experts have warned against over-reliance on a finite resource.
Energy giant BP came out Wednesday against Scottish independence and voiced caution over North Sea prospects it described as "smaller and more challenging to develop" than before.
"Our business invests for decades into the future. It is important our plans are based on a realistic view of the North Sea's future potential and the challenges the industry faces in continuing to operate here," it said.
"As a major investor in Scotland -- now and into the future -- BP believes that the future prospects for the North Sea are best served by maintaining the existing capacity and integrity of the United Kingdom."
Queen 'is above politics'
Buckingham Palace has made clear that Queen Elizabeth II will not take a position on the Scottish referendum amid UK media reports that lawmakers are urging her to intervene on behalf of the union.
"The Sovereign's constitutional impartiality is an established principle of our democracy and one which the Queen has demonstrated throughout her reign," a palace statement said.
"As such, the Queen is above politics, and those in political office have a duty to ensure that this remains the case.
"Any suggestion that the Queen should wish to influence the outcome of the current referendum campaign is categorically wrong. This is a matter for the people of Scotland."
The queen would remain head of state of an independent Scotland.
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Talk of Sabah pulling out was carried out underground until the threat to arrest the so-called secessionists.
ON Thursday, a day after I arrived in my home state of× Sabah for a holiday, I had a dilemma.
I was driving in Kampung Inobong, Penampang, about 14km from Kinabalu, and I drove past a one-metre-long snake in the middle of the road.
I reversed my vehicle so that my six-year-old daughter× Apsara could see a “live” snake. And so that Apsara,who is an urbanite as she lives in× Jaya, could know and appreciate that× Sabah was still “wild”.
There was the snake. It was stuck in the middle of the road because someone had run over its tail.
On the side of the road was a Kadazandusun villager on a motorcycle.
“Kasih mati (Kill it),” he said.
“Sia tidak mau. Sia takut kena bad luck. (I don’t want to. I’m afraid of getting bad luck),” I said.
“Kasi langgar bah (Run it over),” he pleaded, and he made a gesture with his hand to show that it was a cobra.
Not that I was a mind-reader but I think he wanted me to kill the cobra because he was afraid it would strike someone in the village.
I said a prayer – that I wouldn’t get bad luck for killing it – and I ran over the cobra with the right front tyre of the× Hilux pickup truck I was driving.
I looked at the rear-view mirror. It didn’t die.
I reversed the truck. And ran over the snake again.
I looked at the rear-view mirror but I was not sure if it was alive. I drove towards Kota Kinabalu.
The SMS app on my smartphone beeped.
“Philip, could I make a statement about Borneo’s secession?” a politician from× Penampang asked.
“Boleh (Can),” I sms-ed.
“When shall I c u bro?” he said.
“Can email me,” I sms-ed.
“Ok bro,” he replied.
“Thanks. Try to send by tonight so I can include in my column which is due tomorrow,” I SMS-ed. “Curious, why you want to make a statement?”
“Why? How long do you want 2 b colonised?” he replied.
“Ok thanks,” I SMS-ed.
I wanted to question him on his liberal usage of the word “colonised” but I didn’t as I was driving.
Still worried that the cobra would bring me back luck, I decided not to write about secession that is the hot topic – other than the leaks in the× Science and English papers in the UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah) – in Sabah.
But the secession topic could not be avoided.
On the front page of Daily Express was the headline: “Jeffrey welcomes KL’s ‘let’s talk’.”
“KOTA KINABALU: The best and the only way to deal with the incessant calls for secession or separation is to take the bull by the horns and address them, said STAR Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan,” the× Sabah newspaper reported.
“Welcoming the statement by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that Putrajaya wanted to meet with the ‘separatists’, he said it was time for the Federal Government to address the unhappiness behind the calls for secession/separation/Sabah Sarawak rights.”
Interestingly, Dr Jeffrey, who was accused of plotting to bring Sabah out of Malaysia, was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and held in the Kamunting detention centre for 30 months in the 1990s.
On Facebook, there’s a “Black 16 September” campaign organised by the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia page to say “no to Malaysia Day”.
That night I had beer with an ex-Sabah chief minister and the topic of conversation was – surprise, surprise – secession. We also discussed the Scottish independence movement.
Despite my running over a cobra, I shall give my take on this issue, which the ex-Sabah chief minister described as “it was discussed underground until the threat to arrest the so-called secessionists brought it out in the open”.
He was echoing Dr Jeffrey’s statement that “the issues are all the same but the calls become louder and more intense the longer these frustrations are ignored over time”.
For me, one of the root problem is that Sabahans feel that Putrajaya has neglected them in terms of development.
Take my drive to Kampung Inobong as an example. The journey is about 14km from Kota Kinabalu. But it takes me about 25 minutes to reach the village because I can only drive around 80kph, as it is a trunk road and not a highway.
Even within a 15km radius of Kota Kinabalu, the roads are not the highways that KLites take for granted.
In Petaling Jaya, residents protest against Kidex (the Kinrara–Damansara Expressway) whereas I’m sure Sabahans would embrace it with open arms.
In the interior of Sabah, children have to hike for hours to go to school, as there is no road in the village.
To be fair to the Federal Government, it has brought in development. For example, Kampung Inobong is now closer to Kampung Pogunon via road as the Government has built a bridge over the Moyog river.
But the development is not coming fast enough.
The other concern of Ori (Original) Sabahans is that Photocopy Sabahans (illegal immigrants who somehow managed to get citizenship illegally) are outnumbering them.
Another concern is the extremist voices coming from across the South China Sea via social media. The extremists have told Sabahans to “leave Malaysia if they didn’t like what was happening in the country”.
Some Sabahans have literally interpreted it as a command for Sabah to leave Malaysia.
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The possibility of arrests does not rattle Sabahans and Sarawakians, said Sabah Star chairperson Jeffrey Kitingan today.
He stressed that the fight for their rights would continue even if he himself is arrested.
On the contrary, Jeffrey said a government crackdown would provide additional impetus to their struggle.
“I do not intend to prepare for anything and I will just pray. Any arrest will be good for the struggle for Sabah and Sarawak.
“It will get stronger and eventually lead to the separation of the Borneo states,” he declared in response to threats of arrest against alleged secessionists.
In a strongly worded statement, he said before carrying out any arrest, federal leaders need to understand that Sabah and Sarawak agreed to the formation of Malaysia.
“If the basis for the formation of Malaysia is not honoured, Sabah and Sarawak have the legal right not to continue with Malaysia.
“In such a scenario, the de-merger or dissolution of Malaysia would be the last and forced option for Sabah and Sarawak,” he added.
Who are the real traitors?
The Bingkor assemblyperson said such a move would not be treasonous.
However, he added it would be treason only if Malaya or the peninsular government refused to honour the agreement for the formation of Malaysia.
Yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General Mohd Bakri Zinin (right) said the police have identified those responsible for calling for the secession of Sabah from Malaysia.
He said they would be investigated for allegedly making seditious statements.
Should there be a dragnet for treason, Jeffrey said, the police must instead target those involved in Project IC and the issuance of dubious identity cards to foreigners and making them Umno members as well as Sabahan voters.
“The evidence is all in the RCI hearings,” he added.
Delving into history, Jeffrey said the issue of secession does not arise at all.
“In 1963, Sabah and Sarawak merged with the Federation of Malaya and Singapore to form Malaysia and partly to help solve their problems.
“In 1965, it will be noted that the federal government and the government of Singapore signed the separation agreement even before the matter was tabled for approval in the federal parliament on Aug 9, 1965.
“Wouldn’t it be secessionist and treasonous for the separation agreement to be signed before it was tabled in parliament?
“Wouldn’t the calls by Umno leaders, religious bigots and Malay extremists to chase out other Malaysians be separatist, seditious and treasonous?” he asked.
He said that the real issue at hand now is that the people of Sabah and Sarawak are unhappy and have the right to voice their unhappiness.
“Sabahans and Sarawakians realise they have been taken for a ride and cheated by Malaya in the name of the federal government. Malaya has taken over and treated Sabah as a colony.
“The federal leaders should take a drive round Sabah and look at the reality of the situation,” he added.
The Malayan leaders, he said, would be committing the “greatest sin” against Malaysia as well Sabah if they arrest the people to shut their voices.
“The world is watching,” he cautioned.
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The deputy prime minister’s remarks that “Sabah belongs to Malaysia” is hurtful, as if the state was a colony, a Sabah youth organisation has said.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently warned activists in the north Bornean state to stop talking about secession from Malaysia over unhappiness that points in the state’s Malaysia Agreement were not being upheld by the federal government.
“It makes it sound like Sabah is a colony,” Institut Pemikir Muda Sabah (IPMS) president Hasmin Azroy Abdullah said in a statement yesterday.
Malaysia was formed on September 16, 1963 when Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore agreed to be part of it. Hasmin said this meant that Malaysia belonged to all the parties equally. Singapore, however, left the country two years later.
"Without the signatures of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia would not even exist on the world map," he said.
Hasmin, who is also a Gerakan Solidariti Belia Borneo (GSBB) chief, was responding to Muhyiddin's recent statement against Sabahans talking of secession with the approach of Malaysia Day this Tuesday.
He said the government should not deal with such talks using the Sedition Act because there would not be enough prisons to jail all those who speak up for their rights.
Hasmin said both Sabah and Sarawak had agreed to join with Malaya voluntarily, so based on the same principle, it should not be strange if the two states voluntarily wanted to separate from the federation.
"The real issue that brought about this talk of secession is the dissatisfaction of the citizens of the Borneo states for years.
"They feel that Sabah and Sarawak have not been treated fairly as equal partners in Malaysia," he said.
Hasmin cited the development gap between Sabah and Sarawak, and the peninsula, and how Sabahans and Sarawakians viewed West Malaysian states as an entity.
The peninsula, he said, prided itself with "big and beautiful expressways", developments reflected by landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, railway, the two Kuala Lumpur International Airports, the Sepang F1 circuit and others.
"How many percent of Sabah and Sarawak citizens feel that greatness?
Hasmin said both Sabah and Sarawak had dreamt of equal development when they joined with Malaya to form the federation of Malaysia but in 2010, Sabah had ended up one of the poorest state.
"Can we accept the explanation that we were simply overlooked? Sabah's contributions to the federation are not small," he said, citing Petronas's annual revenues made in the state that were worth billions of ringgit.
"Sabah has given the federal government 95% under the name of Petronas... and yet the government's allocations for Sabah do not even make 10% of the overall budget."
Hasmin said after making such considerations and comparisons, the joining of Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia with Malaya "had not been a wise decision".
Hasmin urged Putrajaya to find the best and wisest way to preserve the federation from breaking.
He said the best move was to do it at the discussion table, where the government could listen to the voices of the people of Sabah and Sarawak, and perhaps relook the Malaysia Agreement 1963. – September 12, 2014.
LAHAD DATU, Sept 12 — The government will take stern action against individuals, groups, and social media users who try to instigate Sabah and Sarawak to secede from Malaysia.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the instigators will face action under the Sedition Act 1948, the Security Offences Act (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and other related laws.
“We are very serious about the matter and anyone found trying to instigate Sabah and Sarawak to secede from Malaysia will be punished,” he told reporters after opening Silam Umno division delegates meeting here, today.
Zahid also pledged that the government will defend the sovereignty of Sabah and safeguard peace in the state.
“As the home minister who is responsible for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), I will not let anyone try to intrude and destroy the prevailing harmony in Sabah.”
He said to enhance security in the east coast of Sabah, the ministry would build a General Operation Force (GOF) base in Kunak.
“The allocation for the GOF base is already available and work on the project will start soon,” he added. — Bernama
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An RCI would be more like a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after 50 over years of a troubled history.
KOTA KINABALU: Rights activists behind the Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPIM), a UK-based human rights NGO, sees a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Malaysia as perhaps the best way forward in Borneo after over 50 years of Sabah and Sarawak in Federation with the peninsula.
“We need to institutionalise the debate through a mechanism and RCI would be the ideal approach under the circumstances,” said BoPiM President Daniel John Jambun in a telephone call.
“RCI would be almost like a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after 50 over years of a troubled history.”
He was commenting on media reports that the authorities are after UK-based Doris Jones, the Labuan-born mystery Sabahan who has drawn rave reviews of late for Sabah, Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM), her rights movement in cyberspace.
The RCI, stressed Daniel, would help heal the deep divide between Borneo and the peninsula on Malaysia.
“These divisions have been accentuated by the degeneration of the Federation into a unitary state, the annual debate in Aug/Sept on the actual age of Malaysia, and the constant din that the Federal Government has been in non-compliance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” said Daniel. “Then there’s the fear that the Government is rewriting the Constitution through the Court to facilitate creeping desecularisation and creeping Islamisation.”
He suggests that the RCI also examine the declassified colonial documents which may shed light on the exact nature and circumstances of the British departure from Borneo.
BoPIM, disclosed Daniel, has researched colonial history and has come to the conclusion that the Malaysia Project 1963 was less about the people of Borneo, Singapore and Malaya, but more about British concerns and the end of their Empire in this part of the world.
Daniel said, ”We want to know whether the Malayan and British Governments were in cahoots in Borneo,” said Daniel. “The RCI should of course examine the period 1963 todate after the Royal Malay Regiment marched into Borneo.”
The British stand in Borneo, on their departure, was a complete contradiction in terms considering their record in India, said Daniel in citing the most relevant example of colonial duality and duplicity.
“In Borneo, it was the reverse, as two very different people separated by thousands of kilometres of water were forced into being together in a difficult relationship which has only gotten worse over time.”
LAHAD DATU, 12 Sept (Bernama) -- Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi memberi jaminan akan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap individu, kumpulan kecil serta pengguna media sosial yang cuba menghasut atau membawa Sabah dan Sarawak keluar dari Malaysia.
Beliau berkata pihak terbabit bakal berdepan tindakan undang-undang seperti Akta Hasutan 1948 dan Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) 2012 (Sosma).
"Kami memandang serius mengenai perkara itu, dan sesiapa sahaja yang didapati cuba menghasut atau membawa Sabah dan Sarawak untuk keluar dari Malaysia pasti dikenakan hukuman," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Umno Bahagian Silam di sini Jumaat.
Ahmad Zahid berkata pihaknya turut memberi jaminan akan mempertahan kedaulatan dan keamanan di Sabah.
"Sebagai Menteri Dalam Negeri yang juga bertanggungjawab terhadap Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSCom), saya tidak akan membiarkan siapa sahaja yang cuba menceroboh dan menghancurkan keharmonian dan keamanan rakyat Sabah," katanya.
Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata bagi memantapkan lagi kawalan keselamatan di pantai timur sabah, pihaknya akan membina sebuah markas Polis Gerakan Am di Kunak.
"Peruntukan membuat markas itu telah disediakan dan ia akan dibina dalam masa terdekat," katanya.
Terdahulu, ketika berucap dalam mesyuarat itu, Ahmad Zahid yang juga Naib Presiden Umno, berkata pemimpin parti perlu turun padang tanpa mengira masa dan tempat bagi membantu masyarakat di kawasan masing-masing.
Beliau berkata perkara itu penting bagi memastikan rakyat sentiasa menyokong dan berdiri teguh di bawah kerajaan pada masa ini.
"Sebagai pemimpin, kita perlu laksanakan tanggungjawab untuk membantu rakyat...
"Sebagai pemimpin, kita juga jangan bersikap sombong dan hanya turun padang ketika musim pilihan raya," katanya.
Turut hadir Ketua Umno Bahagian Silam Datuk Mohd Yusof Apdal.
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Rushing into Federation with Malaya has left Sabah being subordinate to the peninsula.
KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Secretary Simon Sipaun personally views Sept 16 1963, when Sabah federated with Malaya, as the saddest day for Sabah. He was then 25 years old.
“Life was better in Sabah before Sept 16,” recalled Simon who has always reminded himself that “man does not live by bread alone”. “Sabah was a pleasant place to live in 1963 despite all the faults of the British.”
Simon was giving his impromptu views during the pre-Merdeka talk, “Malaysia at the Crossroads”, in Kota Kinabalu.
“Personally, I don’t care who runs the show,” Simon hastened to add. “What I want to see is fairness and good governance.”
He cited Indonesia as an example of a country that turned in the right direction when it came to the crossroads.
An example is that an ethnic Chinese was recently elected as the Governor of Jakarta, a post almost as powerful as the presidency. The Chinese, pointed out Simon, form less than two per cent of the population in a largely Muslim nation of 250 million.
The Federation, in contrast according to Simon, has degenerated into notions of racial superiority governed by an increasingly intolerant and belligerent centre reliant on lunatic fringe movements.
The pre-Sept 1963 Sabah, shades of which are still visible, was one where a person’s race and religion did not matter and there was no deliberate influx of illegal immigrants designed to change the demography.
He urged the young to keep all this in mind as they delve into history and try to fathom the basis, if any, for Sabah to be in Federation with the peninsula.
Simon noted that no new federation was set up in 1963 and the Federal Constitution is a “copy and paste” version of the Malayan Constitution.
“I feel that we lost a great opportunity on Sept 16 when we were not allowed to enjoy the independence we won on Aug 31 1963,” lamented Simon. “We were not only rushed into Federation with the peninsula, it was an unfair arrangement. We are subordinates to the peninsula.”
He warned that the advent of the Internet has brought about a sea of change and that the young will not tolerate draconian leaders and laws or any attempts by the government to “hide the truth”.