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“Separation as Last Resort Cannot
be Ruled Out – Dr. Jeffrey”
Kota Kinabalu: “While
separation from Malaysia may not
be an immediate
option, it (separation) should not
be ruled out as a last resort option
forced option” said Datuk Dr.
Jeffrey Kitingan, Chairman of STAR
responding to views that
separation of Sabah and Sarawak
was not an option
and treasonous to even discuss it.
We need to differentiate the
differences in instances of
separation and
contentions of some instances
being treasonous. For the Islamist
Malay extremists, calls for the
chasing out of people from the
is separatist and seditious as well
as treasonous.
Calling for the separation of Sabah
and Sarawak due to the non-
non-compliance of the Malaysia
Agreement, the 20/18 Points and
constitutional documents is
nothing more than a consequence
of the failure
of the non-fulfilment and non-
Similarly, there is nothing
treasonous in the separation of
Singapore in
1965. It was a separation of ways
due to differences after the
of Malaysia.
The fundamental issue at hand
and which goes to the very root of
the basis
of the formation of Malaysia is
that the basis of the federation has
and broken down. From a
federation of 3 equal partners
equal to Malaya
(now 3 after the departure of
Singapore), Sabah and Sarawak
has been
down-graded to be the 12th and
13th States. For the TYT Yang
Negara of Sabah and Sarawak,
equal to the Head of State of
Brunei, United
Kingdom or the USA, their
Excellencys have been down-
graded to Yang
DiPertua Negeri.
Tun Fuad Stephens had made it
known that Sabah, Sarawak and
Brunei (then)
would not be joining as the 12th,
13th and 14th States and be
colonies of
Malaya. Tunku Abdul Rahman
has assured in 1962 that the
Territories would be equal
partners to Malaya. In the IGC
Report and the
Memorandum of Malaysia by the
Malaysia Solidarity Consultative
the definition of the Federation of
Malaysia was as follows:-
“An association of several
Sovereign States with a central
organ vested
with powers directly over the
citizens of the member State and
in certain
defined circumstances over the
member States themselves. There
would be a
Central Government and also
State Governments, but from the
view point
of international law, the
collection of States forming the
would be recognized as one
Sovereign State within a family of
Malaysia was to be a new nation
comprising of the four sovereign
Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and
Even the history and facts of the
formation of Malaysia are
manipulated and
distorted. Malaysia Day on 16
September, the very day of the
formation of
Malaysia was never
commemorated until in recent
years. Malaysia was born
in 1963 and was never in existence
before then and was never
It was a new country. Does our
national celebrations and talks of
independence of Malaysia in 1957
reflect the truth? Is the history of
Malaysia taught to our young and
our school-children the truth?
It was only in 2013, on its 50th
anniversary, did Sarawak
recognize its
Independence Day on 22 July.
Why was it prevented from doing
so before
2013? In Sabah, Independence
Day on 31 August was
commemorated as the
birthday of His Excellency, the
Governor. In 2013, the federal
police and
the Special Branch in Sabah
prevented the people from
carrying out a walk
to commemorate its independence
on 31 August. Why must the
government do this?
Worst still, the federal
Government of Malaya has been
masquerading as the
federal government of Malaysia
and the federation has slowly but
being turned into a unitary state.
In Sabah, it is not only being
internally colonized, the federal
government has put in a parallel
government with the Federal
Secretary Office. Powers of the
Borneo States
have also been usurped through
the years through amendments in
the Federal
In Sabah, foreigners including
from India and Pakistan were
given dubious
ICs and MyKads, many said to be
falsely born again in Sabah, and
into the electoral rolls as voters
for hire to vote for Umno/BN.
This is
reverse ethnic cleansing and
robbing the local natives of their
franchise to choose their
government and leaders which has
now been
sub-franchised by the Umno
federal government to these
illegals with ICs
and MyKads.
Riches and wealth from both
States have been siphoned off to
fund the
lop-sided development in Malaya
while the people in Sabah and
Sarawak do
not even get to enjoy decent clean-
treated water. Other basic
and basis infrastructures are not
existent in many places.
In 2009 when taking over the reins
of power, PM Najib promised that
villages would be more than 5km.
from a sealed road. Six years
later, it
is not only a broken promise but
totally forgotten and thrown down
The BN leaders may not realize it
or choose to ignore it but the
people of
Sabah and Sarawak no longer
accept that Petronas be vested
with their oil
and gas resources and giving back
only 5% of the revenue when it is
exploited. The Borneo States were
even made to waive all claims to
royalties on the oil and gas
extracted. This is worse than
Indonesia and
Russia where the oil-producing
provinces and republics get not
less than
70% of the oil revenue.
In Norway, each Norwegian, even
unborn, is already a millionaire
due to the
oil wealth from its North Sea oil-
wells. In Sabah, Sabahans suffer
ignominy of being the poorest in
the nation despite contributing
billion in 2012 and will be
contributing another RM26.6
billion in 2014.
In this modern world of
technological advancement and
real-time social
media, the truth can no longer be
hidden from the people. The days
government imposing its will on
the people are dead and gone.
All over
the world, dictators and dictatorial
governments and regimes are
toppled and replaced by the voices
of the people.
What are being posted, discussed
and shared in the social media and
the internet on the basis of the
formation of Malaysia and its
failures and
non-compliances are nothing more
than intellectual discussions of
facts and
reality. They represent the
genuine concerns and feelings of
the people on
the ground and this is not
confined to the internet but in the
coffee-shops, in the streets and
even in the corridors of
departments and agencies.
It is disappointing to see the
Deputy Home Minister, who is a
to play the race and religion card
in threatening the bloggers and
participants of the social media.
“How is a discussion on the
formation of Malaysia and its
consequences be
seditious and lead to friction
between races and religions?
asked Dr.
In fact, history of Sarawak and
Brunei will show that its “pejuang-
and the people came together as
one regardless of race and religion
common intent and purpose in the
face of adversity and defended
Sarawak and
Brunei respectively. The real
traitors are those who sell out the
interests and sovereignty of
Sarawak and Sarawak not the
people who are
defending the interests and
sovereignty as what the people are
now trying
to do what the political leaders
have failed to do.
Malaysia was formed between the
people of Malaya and the people
of Sabah
and Sarawak. There was a basis
for such a merger of federation.
Naturally, in the discussions of the
basis of the formation, the option
a de-merger or separation is and
should be an available option on
the table
for discussion. Whether it is the
best option, the right option or
fail, it is a separate issue
altogether? There is nothing
sinister or
treasonous about discussing it
unless one has caused or
participated in the
ill-treatment of Sabah and
Sarawak in the federation of
Malaysia and fears
for the consequences of their
The people especially in Sabah and
Sarawak should not be prevented
their discussions. After all, it is
their future and the future of
and Sarawak which concerns
Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan
Chairman, STAR Sabah
02 February 2014
Separation from Malaysia not an
option, warn Sarawak leaders
‘treasonous’ online postings
FEBRUARY 01, 2014
Sarawak leaders are seeking to
allay simmering anger in Borneo
states over
anti-Christian and anti-East
Malaysian sentiments in the
peninsula but have
cautioned against demanding
separation from Malaysia, saying
it can be
considered treason.
Senior Sarawak cabinet minister
Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic, left)
there should not be any talk of
separation, which has been a
piece on Facebook pages set up by
Sabahans and Sarawakians.
“Don’t talk about cessation. Any
movement at cessation is wrong,”
he said
when asked to comment on the
calls for separation, as well as the
anti-Sabah and Sarawak
sentiments from the peninsula.
A similar warnin


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