Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Borneo National Party

With reference to the article "Parti Rakyat Borneo Anyone?" which appeared on The North Borneo Herald would like to add that in 2006 a group of people met in a restaurant in Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu to discuss the formation of the Borneo National Party.

The most senior leader in the group was Mathurin Daim, a former United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO) strongman from Papar. Mathurin Daim also served under various governments.

Among the things discussed were the alternating of the president's post between a Sabahan and Sarawakian every five years, the restoration of the original constitution of 1963, the need to place indigenous unity above personal concerns and a need to find a strong and consistent source of funding.

Unfortunately plans for the proposed party came to a halt when Parti Keadilan Rakyat made the Tambunan Declaration and the health of Daim worsened.

The draft constitution of the party is still available in the hands of Daim's trusted aide (in hard copy only) complete with party flag and all. Unfortunately very few of people still remain committed to the proposed party while one of them is still a member of a Barisan Nasional component party.

Friday, October 23, 2009

15,000 Bible Copies Seized!

The Herald Malaysia Online reports that the Government of Malaysia through the Ministry of Home Affairs have seized a total of 15,000 copies of the Malay-language Bible, known as Alkitab.

This is a very saddening development and is a big blow to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia slogan. Slogans will remain slogans if they are not fulfilled. The Malay language Bible is in great demand especially in Sabah and Sarawak where there is a great number of Malay-speaking Christians.

Also it must not be forgotten that the level of English proficiency among non-Malays in Malaya too have dropped since many of them have been attending Malay-medium national schools. Therefore the Malay-language Bible is not only in demand in Sabah and Sarawak but in Malaya too. The growing number of Sabahan and Sarawakian Christians working and studying in Malaya too have increased the demand for the Alkitab there.

We would like to see what Christian leaders in Sabah namely Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok have to say about this. It seems that many Christians leaders nowadays fear their political masters more than they fear God!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Finally, A Recognition for Malaysia Day!

The declaration by our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that beginning next year, September 16th would be declared a national holiday to commemorate the formation of Malaysia should be hailed.

Najib is the first Prime Minister to declare Malaysia Day as a holiday. Najib is perhaps a Prime Minister for all Malaysians after all. He is going to make it harder for the opposition to gain ground in Sabah and Sarawak. With the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) facing internal disputes in Sabah and Sarawak, Najib's Barisan Nasional (BN) stands to win with a bigger majority in Borneo in the next elections.

It is also hoped that Najib would also increase the representation of non-Muslim indigenes from Borneo in the Federal government. And the next step for Najib is to amend Article 160 of the Federal Constitution to include the definition of Malaysia Day.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Changing Face of UMNO

The recent speeches by our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Khairy Jamaluddin are very enlightening. Najib's call for UMNO to be a party for all Malaysians is very palatable. Khairy's call for UMNO to be more inclusive is also very heartening.

There is a possiblity that UMNO would one day open up to Malaysians of all races. In fact even now UMNO is open to not only Malays, but the Dayaks, Kadazandusuns, Muruts, the Orang Asli, Portuguese Malays and Thais.

UMNO's founding father, Dato' Onn Ja'afar had wanted the party to include all races. In fact he left the party because his idea was rejected. Maybe Najib can be the Prime Minister who would turn UMNO into a multi-racial party. He had after all coined the term 1Malaysia.

But the question is how soon can we see UMNO turn into one? And for Sabahans, the most important thing is to see UMNO being bold enough to revoke the citizenships of Project IC holders and their children.

UMNO is not short of far-sighted leaders. Apart from Najib, there are Khairy Jamaluddin and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. It is not impossible for these individuals to drastically change the face of UMNO. For Sabahans, they simply have to wait and see.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sabah a Muslim Majority State?

At the time of independence in 1963 the Muslim population of Sabah was at 37%. Recent official statistics by the government of Malaysia puts Sabah's Muslim population at 63.7% .

In the early 1970s during the outbreak of the Moro rebellion in the southern Phillippines, thousands of Muslim refugees came to Sabah and settled in refugee camps. Many of them later acquired Malaysian citizenships illegally. In the early 1980s, when Datuk Harris Salleh was the Chief Minister of Sabah, tens of thousands Indonesians and Filipinos (most of them Muslims) acquired Malaysian citizenship illegally as detailed in the books by Joshua Kong (EPIC of Sabah) and M.D Mutalib (IC Palsu & Lelaki Malaysia Terakhir).

Apart from this we must also not forget the large number of West Malaysian civil servants who work and live in Sabah, most of whom are Muslims. Population surveys usually includes the legalized illegals, the illegals and West Malaysians as well.

No wonder then, the Muslim percentage in Sabah is so high. One would not really care if the number of Muslims increase in Sabah from among real Sabahans. But too have so many illegal citizens and West Malaysians in the state, and then claiming Sabah to be a Muslim-majority state is very unfair.

In fact, it is believed the actual percentage of Muslims in Sabah are around 40-45%. The foreigners who acquired citizenships through illegal means must be stripped of their citizenships and Borneonisation of the civil services must be implemented.

Only then can we see the actual growth of Muslim population in Sabah. To call Sabah a Muslim state while at the same time being proud of people who have no business being in Sabah is not something to be proud of.

What if the Indonesian Muslims bring along their extremist outfits like Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Laskar Jihad here? What if the Filipinos bring along their Abu Sayyaf here? When these groups start fighting against the government of Malaysia, it would be too late for us to do anything.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Racism in China and India

Many of us speak proudly of Asian values or Eastern values. There are also those who believe Western idealism would corrupt these values. But let us look at two events that happened in two of Asia's biggest countries, China and India.

Recently there was a report on Channel News Asia (Sept 29) that a contestant in the Chinese Idol singing competition was criticized by many because of her dark skin. It happened that this girl, Lou Jing a 20-year old native of Shanghai has an Afro father whom she has never met.
Lou Jing is as Chinese as she can be, the only difference being her dark skin.The level of racism is unbelievable. One critic wrote the following on Lou Jing:
"I can't believe she's so shameless that she would go on TV" Another critic said "that this black woman cannot be regarded as a "real" Chinese".

On June 23rd 2008, Express India reported that a Naga girl was barred from entering a lounge bar because the proprietor claimed she was not "Indian enough". The Naga people are native to Northeastern India and they share the physical features of Southeast Asians. This girl, a photographer was to meet her friends on work matters but was humiliated in front of many others because of the way she looks. Enatoli Sema, a Naga lawyer claimed that this was not the first time a Naga was barred from an establishment because of race.

While the West has moved away from racism (though it still exists), these two Asian giants, China and India are still steeped in racism. They are afraid of those who do not look like them and are very prejudiced.

These countries should learn a thing or two from Sabah. Here in Sabah, differences are not emphasised. Even among the Kadazandusuns, there are those who are dark skinned. And it is learnt that even among the Indians here, there are those who are not Indian looking at all.
People in Sabah are more willing to accept those from other races as well.

Values need not be Eastern nor Western. There is one universal value that should be embraced by all.