Patriotism? Or just plain poverty?

The United Borneo Front recently organised an Inter-Party Dialogue & Leadership Seminar in Kota Kinabalu on 5 March 2011. Below is the text of the speech delivered by Daniel John Jambun on behalf of the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMa), one of many organisations that attended in support of the Borneo Agenda.

An illegal squatter's hut, Sabah | source -
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Without much further ado, I will delve immediately into the subject proper of my talk today. Please bear with me. I will keep my address as brief as possible so that we may all ponder on the essential points that I am trying to make.

I have 11 major aspects to put before you today as Food for Thought and you may want to deliberate on them later among yourselves or ask me some questions at the end of my address.

As you all know, the World Bank confirmed late last year that Sabah and Sarawak had achieved the dubious distinction of being the poorest and second poorest states in Malaysia. This is a figure derived at using the figures of the Economic Planning Units of the Sabah and Sarawak Governments and the Economic Planning Unit in Putrajaya.

Forty per cent of Malaysia’s poor, according to the World Bank, are in Sabah. This means that almost half of the poor people in Malaysia are in Sabah.

The poverty figures should come as no surprise since both Sabah and Sarawak are actually colonies of Peninsular Malaysia. More on that shortly.

Just contrast the economic development of Sabah and Sarawak with the status of neighbouring Brunei which stayed out from the Malaysian Federation at the last minute in 1963 and Singapore which left after two years in 1965.

By the end of last year, the Singapore economy at US$ 210 billion GDP was bigger than the entire Malaysian economy by US$ 5 billion. This is indeed a shameful state of affairs and one that calls for the leadership in Putrajaya to admit that they are an incompetent and corrupt lot and beyond any redemption in this life or the next. They should head for the nearest toilet bowl to collectively dip their faces. It would no longer do for Putrajaya to continue in a state of denial. Most of the much smaller Malaysian economy vis-a-vis Singapore is concentrated in Peninsular Malaysia.

Did Sabah and Sarawak agree to federate together with Malaya and Singapore in 1963 to end up at the bottom of the dung heap along with the marginalized and disenfranchised elements of the Third Force in Peninsular Malaysia?

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Patently, it’s clear the something went seriously wrong for Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Federation somewhere between 1963 and 2011. Most of the damage to the interests of the two Malaysian Borneo states in fact took place in the early years of independence.

The populations of Sabah and Sarawak may be much smaller than that of Peninsular Malaysia but the fact remains that this is compensated by the larger territorial area of Malaysian Borneo comparatively, its huge economic resources including vast acres of fertile land and consequently much bigger economic potential.

This is not however reflected in the Malaysian Parliament where the number of seats allotted to Malaysian Borneo at present stands at 57 including the one held by the Federal Territory of Labuan. Peninsular Malaysia meanwhile has 165 seats in Parliament i.e. more than two-thirds – 148 seats – and thereby depriving Sabah and Sarawak of veto power in legislation. It is clear that 18 of the seats held by Peninsular Malaysia in fact belong to Sabah and Sarawak. That would leave Peninsular Malaysia with 147 seats i.e. one short of the two-thirds majority.

The rot set in when Singapore’s exit from Malaysia saw Peninsular Malaysia taking half the 15 seats held by the island in Parliament. This altered the previous balance in Parliament between Peninsular Malaysia on the one hand and, on the other hand, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak in the collective.

Peninsular Malaysian politicians like to make much of the issue that their much larger population must be reflected in the number of seats held in Parliament. If that’s the case, why is that Sabah with a much larger population of 3.2 million than Sarawak’s 2.5 million has to make do with 25 seats in Parliament compared with the latter’s 31 seats. If Sarawak’s much larger territory vis-a-vis Sabah’s and the latter’s much larger population vis-avis the former’s are both taken into consideration, both states should have the same number of seats in Parliament.

In any case, there’s no dispute between Sabah and Sarawak on the allocation of seats in Parliament. It’s immaterial whether Sabah or Sarawak, in comparison with each other, has a much larger number of parliamentary seats. The pertinent point is that Sabah and Sarawak, collectively, must have at least one seat more than one-third in Parliament. The veto power of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Parliament must be restored.

Peninsular Malaysian politicians routinely also claim that rural seats must be given a certain weightage to compensate for their relative under-development vis-avis urban seats. This is supposed to account for rural seats having a smaller number of voters compared to those in the urban areas.

If that’s the case, why is this formula not being applied in Sabah and Sarawak, which are largely rural, along the lines in Peninsular Malaysia?

The gross under-representation of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Parliament, and the deprival of their veto power in the process, has a direct co-relation to the grinding poverty levels in Malaysian Parliament.

It is recommended that no new Parliamentary seats be allocated to Peninsular Malaysia in future increases. If a moratorium is placed on their current 165 seats – to be taken as two-thirds minus one in a new equation – some semblance of balance can be restored in the Malaysian Parliament.

Sabah and Sarawak’s collective 57 seats, including Labuan one, must be increased to one plus 82 i.e. 83 seats. If the present 57 seats are deducted from the new proposed total, this gives us additional and new seats totaling 26 which can be shared equally between Sabah and Sarawak.

This will be reflected in the Malaysian Parliament as follows: Sabah 26 + 13 for 39 seats; Sarawak 31 + 13 for 44 seats; and Peninsular Malaysia 164 seats.

The composition of seats in the Malaysian Parliament must be considered together with the question of revenue sharing between the federal and state governments in general and in particular with the so-called autonomous status of Sabah and Sarawak.

At present, the federal government takes all revenue from Sabah and Sarawak, leaving little for the states and leaving them with very little, if at all, revenue-raising powers. In return, very little of the federal revenue from Sabah and Sarawak comes back to the two states. This is the second major reason for the grinding poverty in Malaysia Borneo apart from unfair representation in the Parliament i.e. the first major reason.

The third major reason for our poverty is the fact that the federal government through Petronas leaves only 5 per cent of the oil and gas revenue in Sabah and Sarawak. Contrast this with the 70 per cent that the provinces are allowed to keep in neighbouring Indonesia. The central government in Jakarta takes only 30 per cent.

The fourth major reason for poverty is the fact that there’s very little oil and gas infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak. No attempts have been made to diversify the oil and gas sector through downstream activities and as well facilitate backward-and-forward integration.

The fifth major reason is that Borneonisation of the federal service in Sabah and Sarawak have been non-starters and where implemented, non-Muslim natives and the Chinese and others have been deliberately left out in line with the vile racist master race policy of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy and dominance).

The sixth major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak has been the refusal of the federal government and their stooge governments in Sabah and Sarawak to respect the Adat.

Among others, this has seen the wholesale confiscation – with the active connivance of the police and Land Office – of native customary rights (NCR) land and their alienation to the respective state government (by way of extension of forest reserves and the like), to state agencies, GLCs, federal agencies and private companies run by cronies of the ruling party. The phenomenon has been well-documented in numerous cases in court and in thousands of complaints lodged with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and at the respective Land Offices themselves in Sabah and Sarawak.

This is a deliberate and systematic attempt to reduce the native communities of Sabah and Sarawak to the same status of the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and the Indian underclass displaced and dispossessed by the fragmentation of the estates and or their conversion for the purposes of urban development.

Stranded in urban shanty-towns with no personal documents, little marketable skills, often only a rudimentary education in Tamil, poor command of English and Bahasa Malaysia and without any social safety network, suicide is the only option for the Indian underclass given the reality of no upward social mobility. These are the people represented by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi. These are the people taking to the streets ever so often these days and engaged in running battles with the police and authorities as they walk the path of urban guerrilla warfare and terrorism.

Extreme poverty, Sarawak | source -
Extreme poverty, Sarawak | Source:

Likewise, the future of the natives companies in Sabah and Sarawak will indeed be very bleak without the social safety network afforded by NCR land. Therein lies the seeds of a bloody revolution in Borneo especially when our people start committing suicide, like the Indian underclass in Peninsular Malaysia, to opt out of a hopeless situation.

The native communities in Sabah and Sarawak are being pushed in the same direction as the Indian underclass in Peninsular Malaysia which is a whole lot worse than that of the Orang Asli who still have a little land with them. But for the Orang Asli, how much more time do they still have before they too start committing suicide on the scale of the Indian underclass. Poverty, as Mahatma Gandhi once observed, is the worst form of violence against a people.

The seventh major reason for the grinding poverty in Borneo is the fact that Sabah and Sarawak are being treated as two of the states in Malaysia. This certainly should not be the case if one reads the Malaysia Agreement carefully, the 20/18 Points and other relevant documents including declassified ones available in the United Kingdom.

Sabah and Sarawak came together with Singapore and Malaya in 1963 to form the Federation of Malaysia as equal partners. This means that Malaysia is a two-tier federation i.e. a federation of states in Peninsular Malaysia which are part of a greater federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.

Hence, the federal government of Malaysia should be shared equally between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak i.e. leaving out Singapore which has since quit the federation.

The departure of Singapore from Malaysia begs the question of whether the original federation in 1963 still exists or whether Sabah and Sarawak have been quietly incorporated as two of the states in the 1957 Federation of Malaya (now masquerading as Malaysia). This appears to be the case and must be considered seriously by our legal fraternity, the governments of Sabah, Sarawak, the federal government, the government of the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

Moving forward, it must be clear by now that after nearly 50 years of Malaysia, it cannot continue to be business as usual in Sabah and Sarawak.

Eighth major reason. Already, the federal government has been in non-compliance with the Malaysia Agreement.

Non-compliance raises the question of whether a compliance mechanism must be set up or whether both Sabah and Sarawak should appeal to the international community and the United Nations to facilitate the departure of the two states from the Malaysian Federation. Singapore has been a precedent.

It’s unlikely that the Umno federal Government, obsessed with ketuanan Melayu, will ever consider any compliance mechanism for the Malaysia Agreement or give justice, belated as it may be, to Sabah and Sarawak. This must be borne in mind by those who are currently flogging the Borneo Agenda with the hope that federal government will come to its senses. It’s a case of too little, too late.

The departure of the British colonialists in 1963 in fact saw the handover of our two states to new colonialists in Peninsular Malaysia i.e. those who believe in the vile and racist master race policy of ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy and dominance).

Ninth major reason. The Ketuanan Melayu policy in Sabah and Sarawak is kept going by local proxies of the ruling elite in Putrajaya. These stooges of Putrajaya are traitors who have participated in the colonial divide-and-rule policy of keeping the Chinese and majority non-Muslim natives out of the political mainstream and from the leverages of power.

To add insult to injury, they have willingly participated in the marginalization and disenfranchisement of their fellow countrymen through the placement of illegal immigrants on the local electoral rolls and the grant of MyKads through the backdoor by Putrajaya. What happened to the security promised us by Federation in 1963? This is the tenth major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak.

Even more than the Chinese and non-Muslim natives communities, it’s now the local Muslim native communities that are feeling the brunt of marginalization and disenfranchisement. They see their already small stake under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution being shared with the instant natives created from among the illegal immigrants.

In Sabah, local proxies of Putrajaya have now been dispensed with and Umno itself has struck roots to take half the seats in the state assembly and half the Sabah parliamentary seats. To mask their true intention, they invited MCA, MIC, Gerakan and the PPP along for company and recently came up with the so-called 1Malaysia policy. This further ensures the continued enslavement of Sabah.

In Sarawak, Umno is poised to enter state the manner that they have done in Sabah. This is to ensure that the majority Dayak community will never be able to rule their own state.

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Stripped bare, Sarawak | Source:

The 11th major reason for the grinding poverty levels in Sabah and Sarawak is the National Cabotage Policy (NPL) which decrees that all imports must go through Port Kelang as the National Load Centre. This ruthless policy has been responsible for the higher prices in Malaysian Borneo vis-a-vis Peninsular Malaysia in the face of lower wages. The NPL has held back the economic development and industrialization of Sabah and Sarawak since the advent of Malaysia.

It’s time for the international community and the United Nations to enter the picture and rescue Sabah and Sarawak from the gross violations of human rights taking place and restore our sovereignty and territorial integrity and guarantee our security.

There’s no longer any hope for us in Sabah and Sarawak.

Something must be done, and done quickly, before the situation further degenerates into an even greater vicious cycle of poverty, ignorance, disease and violence.

Daniel John Jambun is the President of CigMa (Common Interest Group Malaysia), an ad hoc apolitical human rights movement in Sabah.

Daniel John Jambun is the President of CigMa (Common Interest Group Malaysia), an ad hoc apolitical human rights movement in Sabah.

30 replies on “The Root Causes of Poverty in Sabah & Sarawak, Exposed (Stories from the East)”

  1. Don't fall for LKY's strategy. Sabah and Sarawak was the price Soekarno and Aidit wanted for Indonesia, PKI and then the CCP. Tunku and Sabahan leaders saw through the communist strategy and saved Sabah from the them by forming Malaysia. When in Malaysia LKY wanted to have his way to make Malaysia to be part of the International Socialist grouping and get rid of the terms of Sabah and Sarawak into Malaysia. Tunku and the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak didn't like this sort of dealing. From then on LKY has aspired to either get back to Malaysia through changes to his liking, or to break up Malaysia by conniving with segments of Sabahan and Sarawakian societies by creating negative issues between them and those in the peninsular even if such issues do not exist. The fallout of such descent will be LKY of Singapore. I hope Sabahans and Sarawakians will not fall for this stratagem as there is nothing for it for the Muslim and Non-Muslim Pribumis in the 2 States for now and the future.

  2. Corrupt leaderships cannot attract men of integrity; neither can they enact & foster laws to maintain high moral standards, performance & success in governments like those of Singapore.Malaysians have only one option now: A change of political leadership & ruling party.
    Prime Minister Najib, I challenge you & MACC to face up to these now. What are you doing about Taib Mahmud, Musa in Sabah, Shazrizat…. ? Even your Mongolian crime! Please respond. A national leader hiding quietly behind all these media quakes & outcries We are waiting, waiting by the minute! Failing that, your people and the world has only one conclusion: You continue to condone & support outrageous lawlessness in your BN Gov’t. You & MACC are hiding wickedness & abomination, deceiving the public to keep BN & You in power – Nothing short of a crime against your own country – TREASON! If you were in a drmcratic country like NZ, Aust, Canada, UK or US, how long would you prevail? 20 years or 1 months? Alan Newman

  3. George Soros: “Look at the Sarawak Chief Minister selling billions worth of timber concessions under the table; selling every piece of state land to businessmen without tender; using his own companies to obtain lucrative government contracts; … 'you pay I approve'. He has 8 billion US stashed overseas….. In China people have been shot for embezzling one thousand dollars. With 8 billion you have stolen, therefore you would be shot 80,000 times. Now you are leading an anti-corruption campaign. We all know what you should do. Look yourself in the mirror.”
    “The Prime Minister built highways without tender, your cronies get the deal and the price double. Your Langkawi airport runway was built double the cost by your…….Ekran.”

  4. Daniel John Jambun is my real name, not a pseudonym. Thank you for the comment to my paper – both negative and positive. It makes me realise that the world was not formed from only one character and attitude. Yes variety is fun. I can be reach at [email protected] for more info. Thank you

  5. Eric,

    That's a myth. West Malaysians politicians had never oppressed us. We have ourselves to blame. I challenge you to debate with AWMOSAPESYSH. He/she will put you in your place with her superior argument. Some West Malaysians are very clever. They are just like the British who brought enlightenment to us "santut" wearing natives.

    We worried about who to lead us when the Brits left and luckily SOME West Msians step up. We'll be lost without these West Msians. Not all West Msians of course because some of them are evil and very supportive of the 20 points of the Sabahans.

    So go to hell Eric.


      UMNO is not the saviour but the shady robber who annexed SS with British help. The British dumped up into the laps of new brown skin colonial masters!

      How pathetic sounding!

      You ask to be re-colonise? Only those whjo haveno love for their country have such non sensical ideas!

  6. Bidayuh villagers burn timber camp

    By Keruah Usit

    May 11, 2011


    ANTIDOTE Natives from 10 villages in Tebedu, Sarawak, are said to have torched dormitories, bulldozers, tractors and other machinery at a timber camp on May 9.

    The Bidayuh villagers had been blockading the timber access road of logging contractor Alliance Bahagia to defend their Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.

    According to witnesses, nobody was injured in the arson attack. Police arrived at the scene in Tebedu, about 90 minutes’ drive from Kuching, in time to see the equipment and buildings aflame.

    Police were far outnumbered by “emotional” villagers and did not make any arrest.

    “When we arrived, the machinery and the workers’ quarters were already on fire. As the situation was tense, we decided to monitor the situation only,” Serian police chief ASP Awangku Ahmaddin Awang Wang said, according to local daily The Borneo Post.

    The villagers said their reports to the government on the loggers’ incursions onto their NCR land were ignored.


    Your comment has opened my eyes! I do some soul searching and finally use my brain to think as you have told us Sabahans to. You are right, we Sarawakians and Sabahans have been supporting our local parties and look where it brought us. We should embrace the new political platform and not harp on our 20/18 points as another learned West Malaysian pointed out to us are evil and racist just like the NEP which is only a tool used to lull ordinary rakyat to sleep and let themselves be fooled.

    I've been struggling to decide who to vote for in the coming GE in Sabah. You have convinced! I won't vote for the likes of Pairin, Joseph Kurup or Yong Teck Lee. All they talk about is 20/18 points and Borneonization.

    Recently, to my dismay, PR also announced their 100 day program for Sabah should they win. Amongst the matter they will address if they win is restoring our 20 points and Borneonization of public service. Luckily you have enlightened me. Otherwise, I would have fallen to their sinister design.

    So who should I vote for? UMNO! Because under them, they have ignored our 20 points and in some instance, even attempted to take some of our rights from us. They must have seen that the 20 points is evil and is a crutch for Sabahans. To think that all this while they were actually doing a favour for us. I've misunderstood UMNO and I've a new found respect for them.

    Thank you. You have brought enlightenment to us ignorant Sabahan.

    Daniel John Jambun. I've seen through your ruse.

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,


    I have no idea how to pronounce that, but please do enlighten me if you will.

    On to what you have commented-

    "Bragging again and again … whoever you are Daniel John Jimbun,"

    Could you kindly elaborate what the bragging is about and which part? and if you may allow me to humbly enlighten you, I believe Mr.Daniel John Jimbun is very much google-able and easy to find out about (becaue you say "whoever you are") since he did give out his full name, unlike you AWMOSAPESYS, but then I believe you would have your own reason why you would not give out your name, same as me.

    As for the urge to think, again my humble brain beg for your explanation on what should I be thinking about (besides the message of the article) so that we won't be repeating the same mistake again. I do apologize because for the life of me I have been reading your comment over and over again but just can't figure out what you are saying. Then again it might be my shallow pool of knowledge that prevents me from understanding.. your comment. So do enlighten me dear sir/madam AWMOSAPESYS.

    I thank you in advance.

  9. Bragging again and again … whoever you are Daniel John Jimbun, You are not the only kind of person who could make such reports over mismanagement of Sarawak and Sabah States Government. Throughout, centuries it has been as it was "Badly Manage" by the so called Ruler of the Day. Historically Sarawakian and Sabahan are to dependent to a small numbers of learned leaders and they are lack of leadership knowledge too.

    After centuries has gone by, the next next generation still continuing it's activities through new political platform. Still the living and managing with the past knowledge. Now, you are still doing the same kind of mistake, repeating the the first and second generations.

    Check carefully guys, don't use the same books as you base knowledge cos it's full of trick and poison. Be a newly breed and with a better knowledge person if seek to lead the people. THINK!!!!

  10. The second reason hits the nail on the head in my opinion. The real problem is not the representation of Borneo in the federation, but that the federal government takes almost all the revenues from the Sabah and sarawak, despite their autonomous status, leaving them with very little room to maneuver and take decisive actions against poverty, or establishing its own government – e.g. point 8 and the Borneanisation of the public service.

  11. This is a VERY misleading article. This is a RACIST article. Period.

    Contains elements of "Ketuanan India" and "Ketuanan Cina".

    The Malays and the Bumiputera rights (which includes other race such as Dayak, Kadazan, Melanau etc.) are securely provided in the Perlembagaan. Why the Malays are influential in the Peninsular Malaysia? Do you know that Peninsular Malaysia was once called "Tanah Melayu". Still can't get it? But even then, you still see a lot Chinese and Indian representative in the Parliament. Obviously you're not grateful to God. Perhaps a trip to war-torn countries such as Palestine or Iraq will do you good.

    It is very obvious, the author of this particular article is trying to create a false impression as if the Indians and Chinese are the poorest people in the country (if not poorer than the folks from East of Malaysia). Please check out the TOP TEN richest Men in Malaysia will ya? 8 out of 10 are Chinese and Indians!

    The problem with Sarawak has nothing to do with the Malays, considering the Malays are minority over there with little power in the Government. A real Sarawakian will know who's actually in charge of the state of Sarawak. It is that "Pak Uban Putih", and he ain't a Malay, he's a Melanau. But that's a different story, at least PBB, Parti Bersatu Pesaka leading party in Sarawak is a MIX TRIBAL party consisting of Melanau, Malays, Dayak tribes (Dayak Laut, Dayak Darat), Bidayuh, Penan and etc. In other words, all TRIBAL BUMIPUTERA is in the BN coalition. But don't get me wrong, I'm NOT a Barang Naik supporter, I to have disagreement with them, but at least Bumiputera participated in the government decision making.

    So, what can the opposition offer? What can DAP offer? – An Ultra Kiasu One-Race Supremacy Party that were once descendants of the immigrant, kuli of the British Empire dreaming of turning Malaysia (or at least Borneo) into the land of Kiasu just like Singapore? Those whom been to Singapore, live and work over there knows the reality of that particular Kiasu land.

    Thank God Sarawak and Sabah joined the Federation, if NOT the BUMI native people of Sarawak and Sabah will be ruled by the "Ultra Kiasu 100 times worst" than the "Ketuanan Melayu".

    Chinese are POOR people? Your article is very biased considering all the TAUKEY BALAK in SARAWAK and SABAH are CHINESE! That's why we called them "TAUKEY".

    Indian are ALL poor people? IN KL who's dominating the professional industry such as LAWYER and DOCTORS and ENGINEERS?

    Luckily with the formation of the FEDERATION the right of the Bumiputera as a whole is protected! Your article is obviously very misleading and very disturbing.

    I can ACCEPT and ADMIT there're corruptions within the Government, but I just can't believe your article is trying to create a RACIST sentiment just to get some cheap attention from us Sarawak and Sabah folks.


      The commentator is very selective and hysterical with his blindfoled comments.

      There are rich people in every race. They together form the rich elite that influence the lives of all others.

      They regardless of race support or acquiesce to UMNO Malay spremacist ideology and seldom openly oppose UMNO's new apartheid system.

      So what is so great about "bumi" domination of Sabah and Sarawak?

      Sarawak Taib and Sabah Musa with their band of bandits rob and steal land from the natives. NCR people are treated like non humans and thrown out of their land.

      What is so great about Malaysia when it was no more than a change of colonial masters who used the old divide and rule tactic to gain support and also split the unity of the people?

      Malaysia has now become a new apartheid system which the above writer is so wholeheartedly supporting. Is this a fair a democratic society for everyone or just a chosen few?

      UMNO has departed from independence promises and ideals since 1957 when the Brtitish darfted the Malayan Constitution to give supremacy to one race and them this constitution was imposed on Sabah and Sarawak.

      Gary Tay at the beginning said:

      "The Federal Constitution was amended in 1976 to say that Sabah and Sarawak are 13th and 14th states of the Federation of Malaya. Why did our MPs from Sabah and Sarawak not speak up and oppose this amendment ?

      Were not Sabah and Sarawak equal partners in Malaysia and not states of Malaya?

      The reason is we were betrayed by the likes of the Sarawak racist who made the above comments- represented by all the parties in power in Sarawak and Sabah.

      They are the ones who should have stood up and proteste when Malayan UMNO took away our rights in the 18/20 Points Agreements.

      Why? Tthese are the people who are part of the band of bandits who joined in the rape of our countries.

      That is why he is so defensive about Malaysia! Like the UMNO Malays they corruptly enrich and fatten themselves on the pillage of Sabah and Sarawak with their "special treatment", job preferences, domination of all non bumiputras and theft of the nationall wealth.

      Who are the people who won most of the wealth? Isn't it Taib and Musa and cronies and not the Chinese or Indians?

      What sort of coutnry and society is this?

      That is why we want to take Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia and be better off like Brunei and S'pore as independent countries!

      There is nothing great about Malaysia- run and ruined by corrupt racists!

      Down with Sarawak traitors!

      1. u sound like racists too…sarawak should be more too bumiputra…not chinese or indian…sarawak is bumiputra land after all… :)

  12. Dear LLS, thank you for putting things straight..

    As a young Sabahan struggling to raise awareness among my peers and frustrated with the "lek bah" attitude,

    I plead for Sabahans who are aware and learned,

    Sabahans who can the a voice to our voiceless and uneducated

    Sabahans who can lead young people like me

    Sabahans who I can learn from

    Sabahans who I can look to as role models

    Sabahans who can bring hope for the future

    to come back to Sabah,

    Pay will be less you can help make a change for the future so that the young will be able to have a justifiable wage.

    You will also be around your family and loved ones here..

    Nature is still bountiful here, you can have a relaxing view of the sea or the trees when you are stressed..

    People are friendlier and smilier!

    I plead..Sabahans..come back home!

  13. The OBJECTIVE of this is the article, please.

    There will always be unwanted input on a public read, so please try to keep focus on the message that this post is trying to convey.

    People who are distracted by the name calling, kindly please ignore it. It is another way for others to divert your focus.

    People who resort to name calling, kindly please understand that "name calls" will only worsen the situation and WILL distract other people by inciting the wrong emotion.

    This is a good article to provoke fellow Sabahan and Sarawakian who did not know about this. As depressing as it is we to take this in and we need to do something about it.

    It starts with awareness.

    It is sad that the ones who are supposed to look after us, are the in fact the cancer inside us.

    Daniel, what can a Sabahan in the peninsular do to support this?

    do share.

  14. you guys are just as sick as the BN govt if this is about name calling. for all i know none of u went back to sarawak to vote (itu kalau org sarawak, kalau tak sekadar memekak saja di sini).

  15. Tried as I did so many times to read through this article, it just get too depressing to finsh. Articles after articles had been highlighting the unequal yoke of Sabah/Sarawak verses the West. Our resources siphoned. So called GRANTS give back in kind as if they are "must be grateful to the Federal Central".Our leaders are too busy helping themselves with the coffers too.Our children leaving in droves cause there are no opportunities. Year after year we read in the newspaper about scholarships for high achievers, guaranteed. But when we get to the nitty gritty, "sorry because of this and that" but later to learn it is all about qulit-fication. With all these going on, its just too depressing because even if we are fully aware, we shout ourselves coarse, unless the government is willing to listen, who are we. Election over, voted in by unethical means, so we can keep on reading, bash our heads on the wall, sorry lah…next project here we come, next NCR land to be alienated, next , next, next!

  16. fuck the peninsular!!!racist pricks…but don worry No government will ever stay in power forever!!God bless…stupid Malays..we will wipe u out soon enough!

  17. South-East Asia (that include Islamic-populated oil-rich Malaysia, Southern Thailand, Mindanao of the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei) must be saved, from the oil-hungry suspected alliance of Saudi-Muslim Brotherhood-Iran-Turkey's Islamic grip (since their oil is diminishing!) – massive new oil & gas discovery in Borneo island especially. Thus is why they're stealthily radicalizing through showering poor blind Muslim fools and the equally greedy rich Muslim fools with lots of money, in cash, or through mosque building (including in Hindu-dominated Bali through poor or bribed Javanese Muslim settlers) or infiltrating or setting up Islamic depts. in Universities and also pushing their many foot-soldiers including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims (where many are brought in as migrant workers) to seduce poor uneducated women particularly non-Muslim women, from the villages like in Borneo. Non-Arab Muslims especially used to be modern people in SEA must breakaway from these primitive or barbaric influences if they want to go back to being modern and civilized like in the mostly progressive Western world. Or completely abandoned Islam, where Islam is really about being SLAVES to savage Arabic Imperialism, where Islam is created by the Arabic PREDATORY Pedophile rapist, robber, slave-owner (including sexual slaves such as young Jewish captive girls), and mass murderer of the Jews, Mohammed!

  18. The root cause of poverty in Sabah is exploitation by the BN govt over 48 years. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


  19. The Federal Constitution was amended in 1976 to say that Sabah and Sarawak are 13th and 14th states of the Federation of Malaya. Why did our MPs from Sabah and Sarawak not speak up and oppose this amendment ?

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