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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
or
forced option” said Datuk Dr.
Jeffrey Kitingan, Chairman of STAR
SABAH
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
and
Malay extremists, calls for the
chasing out of people from the
federation
is separatist and seditious as well
as treasonous.
Calling for the separation of Sabah
and Sarawak due to the non-
fulfilment,
non-compliance of the Malaysia
Agreement, the 20/18 Points and
other
constitutional documents is
nothing more than a consequence
of the failure
of the non-fulfilment and non-
compliance.
Similarly, there is nothing
treasonous in the separation of
Singapore in
1965. It was a separation of ways
due to differences after the
formation
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
failed
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
DiPertua
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
Borneo
Territories would be equal
partners to Malaya. In the IGC
Report and the
Memorandum of Malaysia by the
Malaysia Solidarity Consultative
Committee,
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
Federation
would be recognized as one
Sovereign State within a family of
nations.”
Malaysia was to be a new nation
comprising of the four sovereign
nations,
Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and
Sarawak.
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
colonized.
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
federal
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
surely
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
Constitution.
In Sabah, foreigners including
from India and Pakistan were
given dubious
ICs and MyKads, many said to be
falsely born again in Sabah, and
entered
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
political
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
amenities
and basis infrastructures are not
existent in many places.
In 2009 when taking over the reins
of power, PM Najib promised that
no
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
drain.
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
impose
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
the
ignominy of being the poorest in
the nation despite contributing
RM18
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
of
government imposing its will on
the people are dead and gone.
All over
the world, dictators and dictatorial
governments and regimes are
being
toppled and replaced by the voices
of the people.
What are being posted, discussed
and shared in the social media and
over
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
government
departments and agencies.
It is disappointing to see the
Deputy Home Minister, who is a
Sarawakian,
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.
Jeffrey.
In fact, history of Sarawak and
Brunei will show that its “pejuang-
pejuang”
and the people came together as
one regardless of race and religion
with
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
of
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
will
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
actions.
The people especially in Sabah and
Sarawak should not be prevented
from
their discussions. After all, it is
their future and the future of
Sabah
and Sarawak which concerns
them.
Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan
Chairman, STAR Sabah
02 February 2014
Separation from Malaysia not an
option, warn Sarawak leaders
over
‘treasonous’ online postings
BY DESMOND DAVIDSON
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)
said
there should not be any talk of
separation, which has been a
conversation
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
virulent
anti-Sabah and Sarawak
sentiments from the peninsula.
A similar warnin

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Malaysia scanners to stem money smuggling

 

 

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 2/1/2012

 Malaysia scanners to stem money smuggling

 Malaysia is installing scanners to detect bank notes at airports and border crossings to curb illegal money outflows believed to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the past decade.

 The move comes after Washington-based watchdog group Global Financial Integrity said in a recent report that Malaysia lost $338 billion between 2000 and 2009 to such outflows, ranking it fifth in the world.

The Star daily quoted customs deputy director-general Zainul Abidin Taib as saying seven such scanners were already operating at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the rest would be installed by the end of the year. A customs official confirmed the report to AFP.

 Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in December a special task force to check the illegal flight of funds. He has come under fire from the political opposition which accuses his government of massive corruption, incompetence and inefficiency that is costing the country dearly.

 Global Financial Integrity said Malaysia was fifth behind China, Mexico, Russia, and Saudi Arabia in illicit outflows. Its report did not specify the causes of the Malaysian outflows but a earlier report by the group said possible causes were corrupt business practices and the large population of about 2 million illegal foreign workers in the country.

STAR Sabah Political New Chapter

JEFFREY ‘ATTRACTS’ 60,000 TO SABAH STAR
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Saturday, 07 January 2012 09:55

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By : LUKE RINTOD

 

THE SABAH chapter of Star was launched here today with the announcement that it has managed to gain 60,000 new members in just three weeks.

 

A crowd of about 4,000 mostly men, received the announcement at an almost packed Hongkod Koisaan Hall in Penampang near here, with a burst of applause.

 

All ardent supporters of maverick politician Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, they greeted the news as confirmation that their hero would once again be catapulted to new political heights in the up-coming general election.

 

“Todate, we have received about 60,000 applications forms to become members of Star in Sabah,” said Jalumin Bayogoh, the master of ceremonies for the event.

 

“Out of the 100,000 forms distributed we have received back 60,000 forms,” Jalumin said as an afternoon shower started, threatening to put a damper on the proceedings.

 

A check with one of Kitingan’s lieutenants, Daniel John Jambun, confirmed the figure.

 

“Yes it is a fact we already received about 60,000 applications out of the 100,000 forms distributed through our men and coordinators throughout Sabah,” he told FMT.

 

The forms were understood to have been distributed soon after the first anniversary of United Borneo Front (UBF) on Dec 16.

 

The heavy rains failed to dampen those who turned in droves in cars and buses, some all the way from districts as far as Tawau, Kudat and Nabawan.

 

Jambun believes the crowd would have been much larger if the event had been held either on Saturday or Sunday. Organisors had to settle for Friday afternoon as the hall had been booked for most weekends until May this year.

 

“Nevertheless it was a huge success,” he said adding that more members as well as influential opinion leaders are expected to join the Sabah chapter of Star.

 

Apart for Kitingan and Star president, Dr Dripin Sakoi, also present were representatives of various organisations including Amdee Sidek, deputy president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) who came with his colleagues, Monggoh Orow, the deputy state chairman of Amanah as well as leaders of Sabah People Front (SPF) which is expecting to get a boost from senior state Umno leaders soon.

 

Former president of Setia (now renamed Bersama), Henry Sabagong Rumpit handed in his membership application form on the spot.

 

 

 

Newly-installed State Reform Party (Star) Sabah Chapter Chairman, Jeffrey Kitingan has warned Pakatan Rakyat today ‘not to be greedy’ and to focus on their challenges in the peninsular.

 

He also said that it would not be of any good to Sabah if peninsular-based parties are allowed to “dominate and control” Sabah like what Umno is doing.

 

“Enough is enough. We cannot depend on outsiders to lead us. Let Pakatan Rakyat parties concentrate in Peninsular. They control already four states, why must control Sabah and Sarawak too? Don’t be too greedy.

 

“If they (PR parties), like Umno also want to dominate and control over us, then there is not much difference between them and Umno or Barisan Nasional.

 

“A takeover by any Malayan-based party will result in us in the same situation under Umno. You can take from me,” said the maverick Kitingan who was once jailed for speaking up for Sabah rights during former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rule.

 

He was speaking at the launching of the Sabah chapter of the Sarawak-based party at the Hongkod Koisaan hall near hear Friday.

 

Kitingan, who was a a vice-president of PKR before this, said the time had come for Sabah-based political parties to take charge and responsibility again in the state matters.

 

During his 50 minutes speech, Kitingan explained the conditions of Sabah and Sarawak in at the onset of Malaysia formation in 1963 and the dashed hope of the people in both the successive governments as well as the current and previous leaders of the two large states.

 

The Harvard scholar also explained why he finally chose Star instead of other state parties as his vehicle.


Press statement by Sabah STAR party

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Rumusan tahap kemiskinan

According to a UN declaration that resulted from the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, absolute poverty is “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.”[8]

David Gordon’s paper, “Indicators of Poverty & Hunger”, for the United Nations, further defines absolute poverty as the absence of any two of the following eight basic needs:[8]

Food: Body Mass Index must be above 16.
Safe drinking water: Water must not come from solely rivers and ponds, and must be available nearby (less than 15 minutes’ walk each way).
Sanitation facilities: Toilets or latrines must be accessible in or near the home.
Health: Treatment must be received for serious illnesses and pregnancy.
Shelter: Homes must have fewer than four people living in each room. Floors must not be made of dirt, mud, or clay.
Education: Everyone must attend school or otherwise learn to read.
Information: Everyone must have access to newspapers, radios, televisions, computers, or telephones at home.
Access to services: This item is undefined by Gordon, but normally is used to indicate the complete panoply of education, health, legal, social, and financial (credit) services.

Where BODY MASS INDEX =

SI units \mathrm{BMI} = \frac{\mbox{mass} \ \mbox{(kg)}}{\left( \mbox{height}(\mathrm{m})\right)^2}

For example, a person who lives in a home with a mud floor is considered severely deprived of shelter. A person who never attended school and cannot read is considered severely deprived of education. A person who has no newspaper, radio, television, or telephone is considered severely deprived of information. All people who meet any two of these conditions — for example, they live in homes with mud floors and cannot read — are considered to be living in absolute poverty.

Menurut Deklarasi PBB yang dihasilkan dari kemuncak sedunia pada pembangunan sosial di Kopenhagen pada tahun 1995, miskin tegar adalah “suatu keadaan yang dilanda dengan  kekurangan  dasar keperluan manusia, termasuk makanan, air minum yang bersih, kemudahan sanitasi, kesehatan, perlindungan, pendidikan dan informasi. Tidak bergantung sepenuhnya pada pendapatan, tetapi juga akses kepada perkhidmatan.”[8]

Dalam catatan David Gordon, pada “Indikator kemiskinan & kelaparan”, untuk Perserikatan Bangsa-bangsa, lebih lanjut mendefinisikan kemiskinan tegar sebagai ketiadaan dua daripada lapan dasar seperti berikut:[8]

  • Makanan: Body Mass Indexharus di atas 16.
  • Air minum yang dirawat:tidak seharusnya bergantung pada sumber air sungai dan kolam, dan harus tersedia berdekatan (kurang dari 15 menit berjalan setiap arah).
  • Kemudahan sanitasi: Tandas atau kamar mandi harus dapat diakses didalam atau berdekatan dengan rumah.
  • Kesehatan:Perawatan harus diterima untuk penyakit serius dan kehamilan.
  • Penampungan: Isi Rumah harus kurang dari empat orang yang tinggal di setiap kamar. Lantai harus tidak terbuat dari kotoran, lumpur, atau tanah liat.
  • Pendidikan:Semua orang harus menghadiri sekolah atau sebaliknya belajar membaca.
  • Informasi:Setiap orang harus memiliki akses ke surat kabar, radio, televisi0n, komputer, atau telefon di rumah.
  • Akses pada Perkhidmatan: akses kepada pengangkutan awan (jalanraya, bas) pendapatan kewangan (pekerjaan dengan pendapatan tidak kurang daripada US3.15 sehari/seorang untuk melepasi tahap miskin tegar, piawaian bank Dunia tahun 2010) selain daripada kemudahan pendidikan, kesehatan, perundangan, sosial, dan kebajikan am. 

Misalnya, seseorang yang tinggal didalam rumah berlantaikan tanah dianggap kehilangan tempat tinggal. Orang yang tidak pernah bersekolah dan tidak boleh membaca dianggap tidak berpendidikan. Orang yang tidak memiliki surat kabar, radio, televisi0n, atau telefon dianggap kehilangan informasi. Semua orang yang berada dalam dua keadaan contohnya tinggal dalam rumah yang berlantaikan tanah dan tidak boleh membaca -dianggap hidup dalam kemiskinan tegar.

The corruptor

STATES STILL OWE FED GOV’T RM82.5 BIL      
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Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:11

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OUTSTANDING state debts to the federal government from 2006 to 2010 stands at RM82.530 billion, the Dewan Negara was told yesterday.

Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin said the total debts for 2006 was RM14.870 billion, 2008 (RM17.767 billion), 2009 (RM18.155 billion) and RM15.565 billion last year.

Loans channelled to state governments were for development projects to raise the living standard of the people and these included clean water supply, low-cost housing, sewage disposal systems and provision of infrastructure for industries, he said, when replying to a question from Senator Dr. S. Ramakrishnan.

Awang Adek said among the steps taken to recover the debts were issuing six-monthly reminder notices before the loans mature as well as two months’ notice prior to maturity of the facilities.

He said failure to repay the loans would result in new loans being withheld until the states concerned submitted a schedule for repayment or asked for restructuring of the loans.

He added that deductions would also be made to annual grants to states as a means of recovering the debts.

Sabah’s Financial Crisis

STATES STILL OWE FED GOV’T RM82.5 BIL
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Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:11
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OUTSTANDING state debts to the federal government from 2006 to 2010 stands at RM82.530 billion, the Dewan Negara was told yesterday.

Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussin said the total debts for 2006 was RM14.870 billion, 2008 (RM17.767 billion), 2009 (RM18.155 billion) and RM15.565 billion last year.

Loans channelled to state governments were for development projects to raise the living standard of the people and these included clean water supply, low-cost housing, sewage disposal systems and provision of infrastructure for industries, he said, when replying to a question from Senator Dr. S. Ramakrishnan.

Awang Adek said among the steps taken to recover the debts were issuing six-monthly reminder notices before the loans mature as well as two months’ notice prior to maturity of the facilities.

He said failure to repay the loans would result in new loans being withheld until the states concerned submitted a schedule for repayment or asked for restructuring of the loans.

He added that deductions would also be made to annual grants to states as a means of recovering the debts.