Friday, 3 October 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 ― Any punitive action on Sabahans and Sarawakians asking for a vote on staying or leaving Malaysia will backfire on the federal government, state opposition lawmaker Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan said last night amid a growing rumble of discontent in Borneo.
Kitingan, who heads the Sabah chapter of the State Reform Party (Star), urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to adopt a softer stance in dealing with proponents of a Borneo referendum instead of threatening unhappy citizens with criminal defamation and sedition charges.
“It certainly won't dampen the spirit of the people, because the situation today is not the same as 10 years ago. In fact, it will create the opposite reaction,” he told reporters after a late-night forum here on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 organised by civil society group, Negara-Ku.
“You can see it on the internet. Young people today are not afraid of being arrested because of their beliefs and convictions,” he said, adding that their fervour was fuelled by an idealism to address the inequalities they saw between in a country separated into east and west by the South China Sea.
Kitingan said there were two parallel movements pushing a signature drive in support of a petition seeking a United Nations hearing for Sabah and Sarawak to be allowed a referendum on whether or not they should remain in Malaysia.
He said the localised movement, jointly run by NGOs Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) and the Sarawak Association for Peoples' Aspiration (Sapa), has so far collected 20,000 signatures.
The other signature drive is being handled online by a group calling itself Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM), mooted by a Sabah-born political activist and lawyer based in the UK, Doris Jones. Kitingan said he had little knowledge of SSKM's operations.
The Bingkor assemblyman said the BHF-Sapa signature campaign is still a long ways off its target of 300,000 signatures, but claimed that the government crackdown has helped their cause.
“In fact, it has accelerated,” he said of the signature campaign.
“Arresting people is not the way to handle the problem. Instead, the government should listen to them, and understand why they are unhappy,” he added.
He urged the federal government to review the Malaysia Agreement that had led to the country's founding with Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the Malay peninsula and to consider drawing up a new Malaysian Constitution “because the old one is more or less invalid”.
Kitingan has long been a proponent of self-determination for Sabah, a position that lead to his detention under the now-defunct Internal Security Act in the early 1990s.
Supporters of self-determination argue that the allegedly Malaya-centric federal government has largely disregarded the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and the 20- and 18-point agreements pertaining to the special rights of Sabah and Sarawak, respectively, when Malaysia was formed.
Putrajaya recently pinpointed several people they believe to be involved in a movement to have Sabah and Sarawak secede from the federation, with Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar both issuing stern warnings against those behind the movement.
Earlier this month, police announced that they have identified three Malaysians involved in the secession movement, adding that they will be investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 and for criminal defamation.
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Jeffrey Kitingan wants restoration of Malaysia as an equal partnership of Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula.
KUALA LUMPUR: Star Sabah Chief Jeffrey Kitingan wants a new Malaysian Constitution to replace the Federal Constitution, as the way to resolve Putrajaya’s non-compliance on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), the basis on which Sabah and Sarawak entered into a federation on Sept 16, 1963 with the peninsular. The MA63 is a constitutional document.
The alternative, warned Jeffrey, was to dissolve the Malaysia partnership.
He was speaking at a public forum, Revisit Malaysia Agreement 1963, in Kuala Lumpur.
“The new Constitution should reflect the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Malaya,” said Jeffrey who is also the Bingkor Assemblyman and a younger brother of Huguan Siou (Paramount Chief) Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
“Lord Cobbold, the chairman of the Cobbold Commission, held that Malaysia was an equal partnership.”
Lord Cobbold, continued Jeffrey, stressed that since Malaysia was a partnership of nations, there should be no talk of a takeover of Sabah and Sarawak by Malaya or the submergence of the individualities. If there was a takeover, warned Lord Cobbold, Malaysia would be a failure.
Jeffrey claimed that Malayan Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman had also pledged in 1963 that the two Borneo nations would have self-government within Malaysia on the road to independence.
“British documents show that the objective of Malaysia was a confederation,” said Jeffrey. “This means that there would be a two-tier federation, the Federation of Malaya at the lower tier, and Brunei, Singapore, North Borneo, Sarawak and Malaya at the upper tier.”
The reality turned out to be quite different, added Jeffrey. He lamented that Sabah and Sarawak were literally dragged in and downgraded to being the 12th and 13th states in the Malayan Federation, renamed the Malaysian Federation. Article 160 of the Federal Constitution refers.
Jeffrey urged Putrajaya to take heed of the unhappiness in Sabah and Sarawak with the Federal government and not raise the spectre of arrests under the Sedition Act for speaking up.
“We don’t want to leave (Malaysia),” he assured. “The issues in conflict need to be heard and resolved.”