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July 25, 2014

Sarawak PKR chief paints dismal picture of Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM
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baru bian sarawakJoe Fernandez

Baru Bian said that the two Borneo nations had been “left to languish in the doldrums and their wealth used to fund the peninsula”.

Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Chief Baru Bian painted a pessimistic picture in conjunction with the 51st Independence Day celebrations of Sarawak yesterday.

“It is clear that after 51 years, what the Cobbold Commission report warned has come to pass and Tunku’s vision has failed to materialise,” he said.

Baru Bian cited Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaya’s first Prime Minister as saying, “one of the principal objectives in forming Malaysia was to further the economic development of the Borneo Territories so that their standards of living and technical skills might be raised, and a firm basis provided for accelerated growth”.

He also cited the Cobbold Commission report: “It is a necessary condition that, from the outset, Malaysia should be regarded by all concerned as an association of partners, combining in the common interests to create a new nation but retaining their own individualities.

“If any idea were to take root that Malaysia would involve a ‘takeover’ of the Borneo territories by the Federation of Malaya and the submersion of the individualities of North Borneo and Sarawak, Malaysia would not, in my judgement, be generally acceptable or successful.”

“Many suggest that the Cobbold report findings were somehow ‘bent’ to suit the agenda of the pro-federation parties but that is a discussion for another forum,” said Baru.

“For now, it is pertinent to note that the report included a warning.”

“The Cobbold warning is the reason for rising resentment and dissatisfaction among our people because the Federation of Malaysia has turned out to be the partnership that never was,” he stressed.

“Our paramount Iban Chief, Temenggong Jugah, displayed uncanny insight when he uttered his fears for the future by using the sugar cane analogy.”

“Anang aja menua Malaysia tu baka tebu, manis di pun, tabar di ujung” (Malaysia, sweet in the beginning, bitter towards the end), Baru quoted Temenggong Jugah.

Baru said that the two Borneo nations had been “left to languish in the doldrums and their wealth used to fund the peninsula”.

“And the unkindest cut of all is when our harmony is threatened by religious extremists and racial bigots in the peninsula, allegedly being allowed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his ministers to spew hatred against people of different races and faiths,” he added.

“Our holy books are being taken away from us and we are told that the word ‘Allah’ is exclusive to Muslims in this country,” said Baru.

“Is this what our Sarawak forefathers would have wanted for us?” he asked.

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  1. “It is clear that after 51 years, what the Cobbold Commission report warned has come to pass and Tunku’s vision has failed to materialise,” he said.

    Baru Bian cited Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaya’s first Prime Minister as saying, “one of the principal objectives in forming Malaysia was to further the economic development of the Borneo Territories so that their standards of living and technical skills might be raised, and a firm basis provided for accelerated growth”.

    Ha, ha, ha! Is Baru Bian lying or just ignorant about history? Read the declassified British documents to know tunku’s real intention:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.555523671156385.1073741839.335090303199724&type=1
    the formation of the Federation was solely for the benefit of the Malays in Malaya. The people of North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak were merely to dilute the number of the chinese community once the federation came to be

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — July 26, 2014 @ 10:42 PM | Reply

  2. Richard H Fleming: I left Malaysia when Dr Mahathir Mohamad took the reins of government. I left my beloved country because there was no way an Eurasian could realise his professional dreams without political contacts or clout. That was my choice, my decision. All these years I watched with agony as the BN gained traction in arrogance, despotism, cronysim and abject corruption. I believe my Malaysian friends, associates and relatives have accepted the sad and inexorable fact that Malays in Malaysia will always reign and rule at the expense of other races as mandated in the Federal Constitution, probably the only written compact in the world that advances affirmative action. The recent elections are simply a government by arithmetic when there is enough money in the coffers of Putrajaya to buy every vote available! – See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Readers–comments/Sad-inexorable-truth-in-Malaysia#sthash.uac7b4TA.dpuf

    Comment by lsr — July 26, 2014 @ 5:02 PM | Reply

  3. Sarawak is on a very great losing side to partner with Malaya to form Malaysia. So is Sabah. To put it bluntly, Malaya has cheated Sarawak and Sabah since independence, even worse than when they were colonized under Britain. If it has been a win win situation, we Sarawakians and Sabahans have nothing to say but this is plain daylight robbery reducing us to be poorest states when in actual fact we can be richer than Singapore and Brunei. Really greedy malayans and our local traitors have no conscience and are ungrateful for our contributions.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — July 25, 2014 @ 11:37 PM | Reply

  4. Using Sarawak as a pawn in the quest for power

    Richard H Fleming: Political subterfuge, deception, high-handedness, an international conspiracy between Malaya and England, and a near-perfect political crime best describe the “entry and inclusion” of British North Borneo and Sarawak into “Malaysia”.

    The dead giveaway as to the quiet diplomacy between the British and Malayan governments is subtly, safely, secretly and securely settled in Article 29 of the Federal Constitution (commonwealth citizenship).

    Instead of delving into the who, what, when, where and why, the people of British North Borneo and Sarawak must find how to wrest themselves away from this unholy alliance that created “Malaysia”.

    There are forums in the United Nations, The Hague and Starsbourg, France, where the government of Britain can and should be sued to account for this intrusion into the affairs of a foreign nation during the dying days of colonialism.

    The key is for the natives of both British North Borneo and Sarawak to become enrolled Members of the Indigenous Peoples Forum in the United Nations, and thereafter file an international complaint in the UN’s World Court against the governments of Britain and Malaysia for the unconscionable, unjust, unfair and unlawful political union crafted and drafted as a political conspiracy to appropriate the vast wealth and revenues of these regions in Borneo.

    The natives of British North Borneo and Sarawak should up the ante, keep the pressure mounting while continuing to embarrass both the conspirator nations. Money for these lawsuits is not an issue, my brothers-at-law! Lies have speed, but truth has endurance.

    TNG: West Malaysians regardless of Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat are simply using Sarawak as a pawn in their quest to get into Putrajaya. In fact, I am certain Anwar and Lim Kit Siang and the other Barisan Nasional leaders never bothered with the 1963 Malaysia Agreement for a start. Because if they had actually read this document, which I doubt they have, they should have known it was written in 1963 and not 1957. The proof is, they keep saying wrongly that Malaysia is 56 years old. In other words, none of them West Malaysians care about you Sarawakians.

    Comment by lat — July 25, 2014 @ 10:06 PM | Reply

  5. Richard H Fleming: The 10-Point Agreement is a sham. It is nothing but a monumental scam perpetrated by Tunku Abdul Rahman in cahoots with the British that became an unlawful, yet binding, contract unleashed upon an unsuspecting people.When the conspirators (including Ghazalie Shafie) completed their 20-Point Agreement with British North Borneo (later Sabah) in open defiance of the Overbeck-Dent Pact (1879- 1979), Sarawak was easy picking with swift strokes of political legerdemain. The pact was supposed to have expired in 1979, but the Tunku and Tun Mustapha Harun had other plans which materialised in the “formation of Malaysia” in 1963, a good 16 years before lawful and legitimate measures could be undertaken by interested parties to a new contract. The Malaysia Act was conveniently promulgated after the fact in 1965. Go figure.The records in England showed that fewer than 100 ketua kampungs were consulted to voice the peoples’ choice in joining “Malaysia”. Temenggong Jugah was quickly recruited, and he amusingly exchanged his loincloth (langgota) for western suits. He kept his hairstyle, though.The Sarawak natives were duped. Baru Bian, and others of his ilk, should and must concentrate on bringing suit against the governments of Malaysia and Britain for failing to obtain the people’s mandate prior to the passage of the Malaysia Act. Sabah should also be a co-plaintiff in this suit styling itself as “The People of British North Borneo.” Do not call yourselves “The People of Sabah” because it would appear you still agree and endorse “Malaysia”.The governments of Malaysia and Britain desecrated the rule of international law knowing that the native-owned land and soil of Borneo had riches beyond compare. I am sure a 100 lawyers will jump in gratis to do the work. You can count me in.These errant governments must be taught a lesson for all times. We can and will support this case because our Attorney-General, who will be defending the lawsuit as Solicitor-General as well, is known not to articulate his case convincingly in an overseas forum even with expert assistance, advice and counsel, according to usually reliable sources who have seen this federal judge in action.Rufus Mallu: All states are important to Malaysia. Each has its own uniqueness. The focus should be staying united because that’s the crux of a successful and dynamic economy. Challenges and issues are the norm, but dealing with them maturely and staying united amidst all these issues make it exemplary.Zainal Ajamain: The way Malaya is treating Sabah and Sarawak the past 50 years is actually asking the people in Sabah and Sarawak to rise up in defiance. Malaya is doing nothing to address this situation. Instilling fear is not going to work anymore; the people are just getting fed up. Malaysia as a federation is doomed to fail.

    Comment by sa — July 25, 2014 @ 9:56 PM | Reply


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