Hornbill Unleashed

June 19, 2014


BarubianBaru Bian

Sarawakians (and I am sure many other Malaysians) are completely fed-up with the inane statements emanating from the mouths of tragically vacuous politicians and officials in Peninsula Malaysia that greet us each day.

Within the space of one week, the bigoted Selangor Islamic religious authorities announce their desire to dispose of our illegally seized Bibles, a half-baked ‘academic’ convert berates Christians for building a big church, and an uninformed Minister gives us the unpleasant news that Malaysia is an Islamic state.

There have been some excellent rebuttals to the Islamic state claim, including an editorial in The Malaysian Insider and it is unnecessary to repeat what has been said. It is necessary however to point out to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Religious Affairs that while he was picking out various provisions in the Federal Constitution to support his claim of an Islamic state, he carelessly overlooked Article 4 which declares “This Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation…”.

This point alone should be enough to erase any doubts in any confused person’s mind. Article 4 does not state that the Syariah is the supreme law of the Federation. The three branches of government, ie the legislative, executive and judiciary are subject to the Constitution and not the Syariah. The rights of the citizens are derived from the Constitution and not the Syariah. In their oaths of office, the Prime Minister and all members of Parliament, and the members of the Judiciary pledge to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution, and not the Syariah. The supremacy of the Constitution puts paid to any notion of Malaysia being an Islamic state.

In addition, the Rukunegara, which states the fundamental principles of governance directed towards the creation of a just and democratic society, declares these tenets: ‘Upholding the Constitution’ and ‘Rule of Law’. It does not state ‘Upholding the Syariah’ or ‘Rule of Syariah’.

If the Malayan political, social and religious landscape in 1961 had been what it is currently in Peninsula Malaysia, I have no doubt that Sarawakians would never have agreed to be part of the Federation. The Malaysia Agreement would not have seen the light of day as Sarawakians would never have agreed to become partners with a country where arrogant racists and religious bigots are allowed to spout their unsavoury propaganda while an emasculated leadership cowers in the corner. Even as it was at that time, during the talks leading to the formation of Malaysia, the non-Muslim communities of Sarawak had voiced their reservations about Islam being the religion of the Federation. It was finally agreed that ‘While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in Sarawak, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to Sarawak’. The absence of a state religion was key to Sarawak’s agreement to join in the formation Malaysia in 1963, due to the wisdom of our forefathers. Can Jamil Khir Baharom tell us what the position of Sarawak is, in this imaginary Islamic state of his? Please do not tell us now that we are part of an Islamic state; Sarawakians will not accept the unilateral changing of the contractual terms by one party.

There is enough evidence in our historical documents and legal judgments to establish that Sarawak had signed the Malaysia Agreement with a secular state. The founding father, BAPA MALAYSIA Tuanku Abdul Rahman stated it plainly in Parliament: ‘I would like to make it clear that this country is not an Islamic State as it is generally understood, we merely provided that Islam shall be the official religion of the State’ [Hansard, 1 May 1958]. How much clearer can it be that the INTENTION was the establishment of a secular state? Are the rabble rousing Islamic country champions going to tell us that Bapa Malaysia was confused?

It is truly deplorable that the UMNO politicians are twisting facts to mislead the people for their political gain. It does not matter a hoot to them that they are riding roughshod over the rights of the non-Muslims and creating unhappiness and tensions in the community. Perhaps they are banking on Vladimir Lenin’s mantra “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth”,
 to make their fantasies come true.

The Prime Minister must make a stand to correct the wrong that has been done, otherwise he will be promoting bigotry and allowing extremists to be even bolder in their outrageous claims. We want these misguided rabid UMNO players in West Malaysia to desist from trying to shove their agenda down our throats. If Malaysia is indeed held to be an Islamic state, I will propose to the Sarawak government that our case be brought to an international forum for adjudication based on misrepresentation and fraud. For now, I ask that the parliamentarians from Sarawak and Sabah take a stand on this and be heard in and out of Parliament. Our Constitution and secularity must be safeguarded for the sake of our future generations.


  1. Puluhan tahun, Barisan Nasional telah menafikan hak asasi rakyat kawasan pedalaman dan seringkali membeli undi mereka dengan wang ringgit.

    Kami berikrar untuk melakukan kelainan demi membawa perubahan yang sejati kepada kehidupan mereka.

    “Impian Sarawak & Sabah” akan menyediakan infrastruktur asas – jalanraya, bekalan air dan elektrik. Dengan kemudahan asas ini, orang kampung akan boleh menumpukan kepada projek peningkatan ekonomi “Impian Sarawak & Sabah” seperti perusahaan kampung untuk menjana pendapatan tetap.

    Pada masa yang sama, kami akan berusaha mendidik masyarakat luar bandar tentang hak demokratik mereka sebagai rakyat Malaysia.

    Secara mudah, kami mahu kembalikan maruah masyarakat luar bandar untuk memilih kerajaan yang mereka mahukan – maruah yang selayaknya untuk setiap warga dalam sebuah negara yang demokratik.

    Kami percaya bahawa angin perubahan bertiup semakin kencang di seluruh kawasan pedalaman Sarawak dan Sabah. Perjalanan ke arah masa depan yang lebih cerah bermula sekarang.

    Sokong “Impian Sarawak & Sabah”. Sertai kami hari ini sebagai sebahagian daripada gerakan rakyat yang bermakna ini.

    Comment by Reha — June 22, 2014 @ 12:16 PM | Reply

  2. If you are not happy, you can migrate or leave or go back to china or wherever you are from. But they don’t dare to say that to the state of Sarawak or Sabah because we are their cash cows. They depend on us, on the revenue and they intend to milk and siphon till we are dry. Then, they will say to sarawak and sabah you can leave or secede if you are not happy.because we have nothing left. What are we waiting for, Baru Bian and the like? Don’t wait for those stupid fixed deposit idiots to wake up. You as their leaders should rouse them up and lead them out of this nightmare.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — June 19, 2014 @ 11:28 PM | Reply

  3. Breaking News

    The Federal government has just announced that the world famous landmark in KL city central “Petronas Twin Tower” has been renamed and changed to “Sarawak and Sabah Twin Tower” to commemorate the financial contributions of these two wonderful states to Malaya.

    Comment by Hahaha, stupid Sarawakians n Sabahans — June 19, 2014 @ 10:46 PM | Reply

    • Correction…Not contributions from two wonderful states but contributions from TWO MOST WONDERFUL AUTONOMOUS COUNTRY in the Federation of Malaysia lah! TQ

      Comment by Brian — June 20, 2014 @ 12:36 PM | Reply

      • Correction- not “two most wonderful autonomous country” but two most sentimental and easily manupulated states in the Federation lah.

        Comment by Ali bin Abu — June 21, 2014 @ 2:09 AM | Reply

        • Correction…Sarawak and Sabah are not states within Malaysia but two equal partners therefore two countries equal to Malaya in the federation lah.

          Comment by Brian — June 21, 2014 @ 8:51 AM | Reply

          • Stupid Sarawakians and Sabahans. Don’t even have a building named after us. Give away 95%. Get 5%. And yet we are happy all the time. Sokong Malaya year in year out. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

            Comment by Are we really that stupid? — June 22, 2014 @ 5:41 PM


    Comment by Geronimo Miller — June 19, 2014 @ 8:01 PM | Reply

  5. If they can’t play by the rules as set earlier by all concerned, then we’ve no choice but to leave for good. We just can’t stay on with those who don’t and can’t honour the words made together.

    Comment by Kopi O — June 19, 2014 @ 2:57 PM | Reply

  6. Either kick Malya out, or else allow Sabak and Sawak to pull out

    Comment by tigerykey — June 19, 2014 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

  7. Agree with HL & G.

    AND Baru Sarawakians did not “agree” to Malaysia. Period! We were forced into Malaysia. Plz stop misleading the people and tell the truth.

    Declassified British colonial documents proved Britain and Malaya colluded to transfer Borneo colonies to Malayan rule.


    Malaysia was formed in violation of UN Decolonization Decxlaration & Resolution 1514 (XV)

    Comment by borneotracker — June 19, 2014 @ 11:52 AM | Reply

    • Good info. This is real history and real education, not the rubbish Malayan propaganda they feed us in rubbish Malaysian history textbooks. Know your true history, know your past, seize control of your future.

      Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — June 23, 2014 @ 12:20 AM | Reply

  8. Baru Bian, let me repeat myself one more time: islamofascists do not give a toss about some man-made inferior constitution and rukun negara. In their allah delusion, they style themselves allah’s superior purer-than-pure elite chosen people who only follow the superior and perfect divine shariah law handed down by allah. They are commanded by allah to use any means necessary to turn not just the country but the whole world into a global islamic theocazy AKA khilafah.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — June 19, 2014 @ 9:46 AM | Reply

    • Are you saying that they are the chosen people instead of the Middle Eastern Nomadic Beduins Oil Tycoons? If i were them i will choose to be an Oil Tycoon then to be some mere chosen people!…owh i forgot, they have BN and petronas to bail them out!

      Comment by Brian — June 21, 2014 @ 3:03 PM | Reply

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