Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sabah :The Sold Out State

Hantu Laut

I was still a young man when the idea of the formation of Malaysia was mooted, supposedly, by Tunku Abdul Rahman. 

I believe the idea of the formation of Malaysia incorporating Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei was fed to the Tunku by the British, who feared that an independent Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei would eventually become territories of Indonesia. 

The Tunku can moot, but without active participation and agreement of the British government it would not have become reality.

Sukarno, at that time, according to British intelligence was already hankering for territorial expansion. Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei looked ideal for his greater Kalimantan province and of his greater Nusantara dream.

The concept of Nusantara (the union of all Southeast Asian countries) had been around since the days of Gajah Muda of the Majapahit Kingdom. 

Gajah Muda, a powerful military leader and Prime Minister of Majapahit had taken an oath called Sumpah Palapa, in which he vowed not to eat food containing spices until he had conquered all of Nusantara (Malay Archipelago) and to bring them under Majapahit's rule. Sukarno must have harboured the same ambition then.

The British apprehension of Sukarno's expansionist policy was proven right when in 1969 Indonesia annexed West New Guinea, which was still under Dutch rule at that time. In 1975, under Suharto, Indonesia invaded and occupied East Timor and the following year declared as its 27th province. East Timor was a former Portuguese colony. Only after mounting international pressure and a UN-sponsored act of self-determination did Indonesia relinquish control of the territory in 1999.

If Indonesia had been a British colony it would had been foregone conclusion that the British would have handed us over to Indonesia, not Malaya.

Besides, not giving the Tunku the credit for the idea of the formation of Malaysia, I also strongly believe Sabahans had been played out by the British and the so called CC (Cobbold Commission). The CC was only a fact finding mission as there was no real referendum held to seek opinion and consent of adult Sabahans. 

Initially, there were some dissenting voices, but were quickly muffled by promises of bestowal of position and largess. 

So, it was just a few leaders picked from the various ethnic communities that decided the fate of the country for the rest of the population. 

Below is what Lord Cobbold wrote of the findings of his Commission.

About one-third of the population of each territory strongly favours early realisation of Malaysia without too much concern about terms and conditions. Another third, many of them favourable to the Malaysia project, ask, with varying degrees of emphasis, for conditions and safeguards varying in nature and extent: the warmth of support among this category would be markedly influenced by a firm expression of opinion by Governments that the detailed arrangements eventually agreed upon are in the best interests of the territories. The remaining third is divided between those who insist on independence before Malaysia is considered and those who would strongly prefer to see British rule continue for some years to come. If the conditions and reservations which they have put forward could be substantially met, the second category referred to above would generally support the proposals. Moreover once a firm decision was taken quite a number of the third category would be likely to abandon their opposition and decide to make the best of a doubtful job. There will remain a hard core, vocal and politically active, which will oppose Malaysia on any terms unless it is preceded by independence and self-government: this hard core might amount to near 20 per cent of the population of Sarawak and somewhat less in North Borneo.
—Lord Cobbold, Cobbold Commission

Lord Cobbold also stressed that all parties enter the federation as equal partners.

Are we equal partners in the federation?

We should be a federated state in a federal union with constitutionally guaranteed autonomy, not a unitary state as most West Malaysian politicians seemed to perceive.

There have been many disputations about the special conditions imposed by Sabah and Sarawak in the formation of Malaysia. These special conditions have eroded over the years, given away by every leader of every succeeding state government. Most, if not all, of the 20 points disappeared under the Berjaya government.

Sabah was sold out by its own selfish leaders.

That was then.

Today, Malaysia is half-a-century old, it's water under the bridge and it's too late to cry over spilled milk.

What we need to do is to vote in politicians who would protect our state rights through the parliamentary process, not those who kowtow to West Malaysian leaders and look up to them as superiors, for their own selfish self-preservation. It's time Sabah leaders stop subordinate themselves and start looking at those leaders as their peers, not as their bosses.

To bring in Pakatan Rakyat as alternative government will not solve our problems of the same colonialist mentality, which again will be used by them to control state leaders. 

The best solution is to promote and use local political party as been done before. Unfortunately, we lack credible leaders to carry out this mission. I say the day will come, it's only a matter of time before we return to our senses.

Aspiring young educated Sabahans should pool their resources to come together to take on the mighty BN/UMNO and decide our own destiny within the concept of equal partners in the federation.

Below is a video of a speech by Ansari Abdullah, which depicts accurate events leading to the formation of Malaysia.

I find it rather stupid that there are Sabahans and Sarawakians, who were moronic enough to start idiotic campaign of wanting to pull Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia.

You may have to engage Tom Cruise to do this treacherous and treasonous "Mission Impossible"


Anonymous said...

Our constitution is our holy grail,which has been neglected as a piece of paper for references...and basicly,KIV ed....

SM said...


For now, blame yourselves for voting for Lap Dog Sabahan Politicians, allowing UMNO into Sabah (that was the death knell of Sabah if ever there was one!), allowing Filipino Muslims to colonize your state & give them Blue ICs (that was caused by your hero Mahatir but I guess you guys will never admit to it or at best will blame DSAI).
Face it, Sabah will always be subservient to the Powers in Putrajaya because Sabahans (or should I say the disloged Blue IC Filipinos?) will always vote for the BN & the BN will always treat you guys as the necessary crap you dust off the bottom of their shoes!