Hornbill Unleashed

September 17, 2013

Najib: We’ll never leave Sabah and Sarawak behind

Bernama

As Malaysia marks the 50th year since its formation, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today vowed that the development of Sabah and Sarawak, the first and third most poorest state in terms average household income, is the nation’s priority.

In his Malaysia Day message, he said that this, however, does not mean that the two Borneo states were ever sidelined by the federal administration.

“As prime minister, I have always strived to ensure that equal development for all states…. Our efforts to develop Sabah and Sarawak’s economy will always be the government’s priority. (more…)

September 14, 2013

Sarawak a special place for Brookes

Bernama

Anthony Brooke, the last white rajah will have his wishes fulfilled when his remains are privately interred at the Brooke family graveyard, beside Fort Margherita in Kuching.

Sarawak will always be a special place for the Brooke family but for the widow of the last ‘white’ Rajah Muda, Gita, the state has an extra special place in her heart.

Gita is the wife of the late Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke. Anthony who died in 2011 was the last of the Brooke clan to rule Sarawak before it was ceded to the British Crown after the Second World War. (more…)

October 8, 2012

Migrants, church may end BN’s Borneo vote bank

Reuters

Sabah Christians walk during a procession ahead of Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day in Tambunan on September 16, 2012. With a general election due within seven months, the ruling BN is banking on Sabah and Sarawak state to prolong its 55-year grip on power. 

Housewife Fawziah Abdul wants to thank former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for making her a citizen 10 years after she illegally slipped into Borneo from the southern Philippines in search of a better life.

The 50-year-old lives on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, where her tin-roofed shack jostles for space with more than 1,000 others in a slum where children play beside heaps of rubbish. (more…)

September 16, 2012

THE KUCHING DECLARATION

THE KUCHING DECLARATION

LEST WE FORGET, AND LEST ALL THE PEOPLES OF OUR GREAT NATION OF MALAYSIA FORGET, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DO ONCE AGAIN FIRMLY, RESOLUTELY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY PLEDGE AND PROMISE BEFORE THE WHOLE NATION OF MALAYSIA AS OUR WITNESSES, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY THE 16TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2012, IN THE CITY OF KUCHING, AND ON BEHALF OF OUR RESPECTIVE PARTIES AND PAKATAN RAKYAT AS A WHOLE, THAT WHEN WE FORM THE NEXT GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA, PAKATAN RAKYAT WILL HONOUR ALL ITS PLEDGES AND PROMISES TO THE PEOPLES OF MALAYSIA.

WE WILL HONOURABLY EXECUTE ALL THE POLICIES SET FORTH IN THE BUKU JINGGA SO THAT MALAYSIA WILL ONCE AGAIN BE A GREAT NATION, HER PEOPLES PROSPEROUS, HER FUTURE SECURE AND PEACEFUL, AND HER NAME CELEBRATED BY ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.
WE WILL HONOUR THE SPIRIT OF THE MALAYSIA AGREEMENT OF 1963 WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THEIR HANDS TO, AND AS A SIGN OF OUR DEEP COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLES OF SARAWAK AND SABAH, CONSISTENT WITH DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND JUSTICE FOR ALL MALAYSIANS, IN PARTICULAR: (more…)

September 15, 2012

When will Sabah and Sarawak become Malaysia’s real king makers?

Sim Kwang Yang

Tomorrow is Malaysia Day, 16 of September, on this day Malaysian commemorating the 49 anniversary of Sarawak and Sabah independence through forming Malaysia with Singapore and the Malayan Federation.

There are more people nowadays talking about the meaning of this date.  And also about the 20 point agreement signed in a joint memorandum 49 years ago.

We all know that Sarawak and Sabah have had a raw deal from 49 years of Malaysian independence.  The thing to think about is how to reverse this trend. (more…)

Malaysia Day: Let the truth prevail

FMT Staff

Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun believes that that the ‘cock-and-bull’ history spouted by peninsular historians is destroying national unity.

The charged debate over the re-interpretation of Malaysia’s history to reflect the peninsula’s dominance over the Sabahand Sarawak continues to ruffle the sensitivities of many who believe the two states are being given short shrift and robbed of their dignity.

Democracy Sabah or Desah, a Sabah-based NGO, said today that “people deserve to be told the truth” of how the facts have been distorted to dilute the role of the two former British colonies in the formation of Malaysia. (more…)

September 10, 2012

Will PM enforce Taib’s exit promise?

Kit Siang

In a press release today, Lim noted that Taib had publicly said yesterday that there was no need for a leadership change as the people of Sarawak currently “enjoy peace, political stability and organised development”.Come April, Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s self-imposed deadline to step down will expire, but there is little sign that it will happen, said DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

Should Taib refuse to step down next April, Lim (left) warned that it would be a serious setback for Najib who revealed in April 2011 that he had brokered Taib’s retirement date. (more…)

August 30, 2012

‘Confused’ Sarawakians cool to Merdeka Day

Joseph Tawie

Perhaps there’s just no reason to rejoice when you still have no clean water and electricity decades after independence

Sarawakians apparently are more inclined towards celebrating Malaysia Day on Sept 16 than Merdeka Day tomorrow. This is evident in the city and Sibu where this year’s Merdeka celebrations are centred.

The only Jalur Gemilang flags you see are on government buildings and big companies. Unlike in past years, fewer flags are jutting out of shops and donning cars and motorcycles here. (more…)

August 3, 2012

A BN stain on Merdeka day

Jeswan Kaur

Resorting to making a big impact via Aug 31 is not going to determine BN’s fate at the polls.

The notoriety with which the Barisan Nasional government has manipulated the country’s 55th independence day celebration to suit its political agenda has left a bittter taste in the mouth of the rakyat.

To say that the people are shocked and disappointed with BN for turning Aug 31 into a political platform will be an understatement.

The rakyat are livid that the government dare misuse the independence day celebration to regain the people’s trust in the BN leadership and help it win big, come the 13th general election. (more…)

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