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The Malayan Plot against Sabah, Sarawak in Malaysia thickens!
by Joe Fernandez
2013-11-27 10:03:04
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COMMENT: It’s clear after 50 years, the demolishing of a 110-year old historic Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur being the latest incidence of state-sponsored violence against non-Muslims, that the Indian Nation in Malaya as well is affected by the presence of Christian-majority Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.

These two Borneo have strengthened Putrajaya – certainly not good news for Indians -- at the expense of the people of Sabah and Sarawak while at the same time weakening them.

Patently, Sabah and Sarawak must leave Malaysia for their own good, if not for the good of the Indian Nation in Malaya and others there especially the non-Malays.

One of my High School students recently asked me, during history class, why the UN did not intervene in Malaya's occupation of Sabah and Sarawak in 1963 as it did for example in the case of Indonesia's occupation of Timor Leste.

My answer:

The people of Sabah and Sarawak did not press their case at the UN and at the UN Security Council.

If the Philippines/Sulu were to march into Sabah, for example, the UN will not recognize it even if the people don't protest because Putrajaya will protest.

Re 16 Sept, 1963, who protested except Indonesia and the Philippines?

sabah01_400The British disguised it as a coming together of parts of the Empire in the wake of decolonization although they knew Malaya would colonise Sabah and Sarawak after they left.

It was actually Singapore and Malaya getting together in the wake of the occupation of Sabah and Sarawak by the latter to "facilitate" the Singapore-Malaya merger.

Malaya ostensibly would not "agree" to the merger unless Sabah and Sarawak were part of the 1963 Federation to offset the large Chinese population in Singapore.

After Malaya got Sabah and Sarawak, it kicked out Singapore. The Borneo nations were not allowed to leave.

It’s better late than never that the Borneo Nations in Malaysia work out their exit strategy from the Federation.

Sabahans, S’wakians get easily worked up over Christianity, Bible, Allah, Orang Malaya

Already, the mad mullahs are now trying to claim that the Court of Appeal (COA) recently ruled that Christians, no doubt the Sikhs too, cannot use the term Allah for God anywhere and in any form in matters relating to their Faith.

The COA only ruled on the Judicial Review application by the Herald, the Catholic weekly, with reference to whether the Home Minister exercised his power properly. All other comments by the three COA judges are not part of the Ruling proper and can be disregarded.

Also, the Government can disregard the COA Ruling since it was its policy -- administrative law -- in the first place that led to the Herald not being allowed to use the term Allah in Malay print to refer to Christianity. Again, the Home Ministry was only about Allah in Malay print in the Herald and not in Malay print elsewhere -- the Bible for example -- or in prayer, worship, song, and music. These areas were not in Court at the High Court level & cannot be in Court at the COA level.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has already reiterated that its 10-Point Agreement with the Christianity community stands despite the COA earlier brushing it aside as a political agreement.

Sabahans and Sarawakians get easily worked up over Christianity, Bible, Allah and Orang Malaya (people from Malaya)

The future more important than the past or the present when it comes to Borneo

It's not safe to be in Sabah and Sarawak thinking like an Orang Malaya.

The parang ilang -- long sword like weapon -- will be raised at the slightest excuse and the hordes in Kalimantan will come across the border waving their parang ilang. The Orang Malaya will have to jump into the sea to escape their wrath. It would not be surprising if the Government goes ahead with a reported thinking, expressed in the local media in Sarawak recently, on confiscating the parang ilang.

The local Opposition and NGOs say that they are pursuing the following Thesis Statement on a priority basis in Borneo:

Expose and dismantle the colonialist power structure of Malaya in Borneo.

The colonialist power structure is facilitated by traitors and illegal immigrants made up of proxies, stooges of the proxies and the rogue elements of Malaya in Borneo.

Still, the future is more important than the past or the present when it comes to Borneo.

In fact, it's the only thing that matters.

The only resolution possible in Borneo is for them to stand on our own two feet. Perak Regent Raja Nazrin thinks – too little, too late -- that there should be new formula for Federal-State relations. In fact, Malaysia has degenerated from a Federation to a unitary state. Also, what about the concept of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak being equal partners in the Federation of 1963? Where’s the Compliance Mechanism for the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63)? The MA63 was the basis for Sabah and Sarawak to be in Malaysia and the Federal Government in Putrajaya has been in on-compliance. Instead, Article 160 of the Federal Constitution defines “federation” as that set up by the 1957 Federation of Malaya Agreement. Wither the Federation of 1963!

Looking ahead, the 1st reason why Sabah and Sarawak want to stand on their own two feet may be said to be because “they want to stand on their own two feet”.

The 2nd reason which is being cited by local activists is that Malaya is too far away from Borneo, the history and demography is different and virtually nothing of has changed over the last 50 years.

The 3rd being put forward is that Sabah and Sarawak’s Federation with Malaya -- a bad British idea -- has never worked and will never work.

Away from these three reasons, the activists can no doubt flog the past, if questions are raised on the three reasons for them to opt out of Malaysia.

The issue in the thinking of many activists in Sabah and Sarawak is simple: “Let's not put the cart (the past, flogging it) before the horse (the future, the 3 reasons). Let not flogging the past be a plot to deny us the future.”

No people can be judged separately, differently by separate laws for the same crime

The international community, backing and financing Anwar to bring about regime change in Malaysia, must take note of the legitimate aspirations of the people of Borneo. The people certainly don't want to go from the frying pan into the fire or from the fire into the frying pan. The Jury is still out in Borneo among those neutral on Malaysia on whether the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), the Opposition Alliance, is the proverbial fire and the other the frying pan.

The Court of Public Opinion offers no great help here.

Like the mainstream media, the alternative media in Malaysia are no better either.

They are Malaya-centric as well and deny the right of hearing and the right of reply, except grudgingly from time to time, to the people of Borneo!

Their pathetic excuse is that they don't want to be seen as a platform for anything and that they don't want to run repeats. But it seems that it's okay for former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Najib and Perkasa, the extreme right wing NGO from the lunatic fringe, to repeat themselves any number of times in the alternative media as well and not even from new angles or using new words. They cut and paste and recycle the same old hogwash with impunity: Melayu, Melayu, Melayu, Islam, Islam, Islam, khalimah Allah, Christian state, Cina ada ini, Cina ada itu, kita apa ada?, Apa lagi Cina mahu? Ungrateful (to whom?) Chinese ... (Chinese have this; Chinese have that, what do we have ... What else do the Chinese want?)

In the words of State Reform Party (Star) chairman and Bingkor State assemblyman, Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia, as for other non-Muslims in Malaya.

Malaysia, for one, is a secular state – reading Articles 3(1), 3(4), 4, 11 and 12 in the Federal Constitution together – but religion has begun encroaching into politics.

The Syariah is a case in point.

No two people can be judged differently and separately by the same law.

No people can be judged separately and differently by separate laws for the same crime.

The Syariah is a tribal code forged some 1,500 years ago in the deserts of Arabia. It's undemocratic, against human rights and is unconstitutional. It should be banned in any civilized society. But there are proponents of it in Malaysia who want Syariah to rank similar in status to civil law and even replace it.

Hence, the thinking among non-Muslims is that “we need to save the ummah from the mad mullahs who are against democracy, human rights, secularism, women's rights, non-Muslim rights, and the Constitution”.

Non-Orang Asal in Malaya cannot claim to be Bumiputera

If religion is encroaching into politics, race has become a big problem too bedeviling relationships among the different communities in the Federation on both sides of the South China Sea.

One issue is the non-acceptance among the Malay-speaking communities of their immigrant status. Instead, their politicians harp on Indians and Chinese as being pendatang (outsiders) in a reference to India and China. The first kingdom in Malaya was Kadaram in Kedah, northern Malaya, set up in fact 2,000 years ago by Hindus from India as a trading bridge between east and west.

The Malay language was created from a Cambodian dialect by Hindus and Buddhists to be the lingua franca of the Archipelago, hence the Malay Archipelago. There's no such thing as a Malay race although there's a Malay language. Most of the problems in Malaysia stem from Malay-speakers in Malaya -- Bugis, Javanese, Minang, Aceh, & other Muslims -- claiming to be Malays when they are not. Malaya -- the southern half of the Kra peninsula wrested by the British from the Thai kingdom -- was named after the Malay language and not a Malay race. The Malay-speakers in Malaya are not Orang Asal (original people) of the land. Malay is not the mother tongue of anyone in Malaysia.

Again, the Malays in Malaya -- Bugis, Javanese, Minang, Aceh, and other Muslims -- are not Orang Asal (original people) and therefore are not Bumiputera (son of the soil) despite claims to the contrary by the Federal Government. Likewise, only the Orang Asli of Malaya, Dayak (including Sarawak Malay) and the Murutic and Dusunic grouping including Kadazan are Bumiputera.

Others in Malaysia could not be considered Bumiputera simply because they are not Orang Asal.

Government claims that ‘Bumiputera’ will start stealing if not helped

Access to university education is a sore point in Malaysia.

A university, by its very concept, means one that is open to all. One cannot have a university mostly for just one section of the community. To add insult to injury, the Government is already protecting Malay access to the universities by virtually fiddling with public examination marks under state secrecy laws. Even critical disciplines are not spared from the alleged fiddling. The most credible witnesses on this alleged fiddling are non-Malay students who see their relatively weak Malay counterparts being accepted by Government-owned universities while they are left twiddling their thumbs.

Federal Law Minister Nancy Shukri from Sarawak claimed in recent days that the Bumis -- obviously the ruling elite -- may resort to stealing if they are not helped. But why must such help be rendered at the expense of others including the Orang Asal?

Does that mean it's okay for Indians – the reported victims of extra-judicial killings by the police -- to steal since they are not only not being helped but are being squatted on, blocked, and find themselves in a position where as Jesus said: "For those who have little, even the little that they have will be taken away from them."

One would think that the Bumis -- the ruling elite -- are already stealing even without being helped. So, why help them? It may be because as Jesus has observed: "For those who have more, even more will be given to them."


Longtime Borneo watcher Joe Fernandez is a graduate mature student of law and an educationist, among others, who loves to write especially Submissions for Clients wishing to Act in Person. He also tutors at local institutions and privately. He subscribes to Dr Stephen Hawking’s “re-discovery” of the ancient Indian theory that “the only predictable property of the universe is chaos”. He feels compelled, as a semi-retired journalist, to put pen to paper -- or rather the fingers to the computer keyboard -- whenever something doesn't quite jell with his weltanschauung (worldview) or to give a Hearing to All. He shuttles between points in the Golden Heart of Borneo formed by the Sabah west coast, Labuan, Brunei, northern Sarawak and the watershed region in Borneo where three nations meet. He inspired the creation of the UK-based NGO, Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BOPIM), and gave it the name. He’s half-way through a semi-autobiographical travelogue, A World with a View . . . http://fernandezjoe.blogspot.com/



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