Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Sabah, Sarawak activists want to restore sovereignty

Joint Press Statement by Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM) and Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BOPIM)

It was unanimously resolved by both SSM and BOPIM in Kuching on Tuesday 11 June, 2013 to strategize on how best Sabah and Sarawak can restore their sovereignty of 31 Aug, 1963 and 22 July, 1963 respectively.

At the same time, they want to explore the nature of the relationship that both Sabah and Sarawak should have with Malaya after the restoration of their sovereignty.

One idea is that when it comes to Sabah and Sarawak, the Federal Government should confine itself to Defence, Foreign Affairs and National Economic Planning but not for an indefinite period of time.

This is an opportune year for both NGO's to commence pursuing this matter since it marks the 50th year of the Malaysia Agreement had there been a Referendum on Malaysia in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Malaya.

In the absence of a Referendum, the Government in Putrajaya/Kuala Lumpur saw no reason to comply with the Malaysia Agreement. The Cobbold Commission must not be seen as a Referendum but rather open British and Malayan defiance of the United Nation’s Protocols on Decolonization.

There’s no Constitution for Malaysia either.

Instead, the codified Constitution of Malaya is being passed off as the Constitution of Malaysia and the Federation of Malaya is masquerading as the Constitution of Malaysia.

Sabah and Sarawak are being referred to as the 12th and 13th states after the departure of Singapore which saw the definition of Federation in the Constitution being amended against them.

In short, 16 Sept, 1963 became the day that Malaya occupied Sabah and Sarawak. The Forum will resolve that Sept 16, Malaysia Day, must henceforth be observed as Occupation Day. It’s a day of mourning when the flags of Sabah and Sarawak must be flown at half-mast and the people wear black bands on their arms.

The restoration of sovereignty will bring immense benefits to both Sabah and Sarawak.

For starters, it will help resolve the burning issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah in particular and their presence on the electoral rolls. It’s an open secret that these illegal immigrants and other foreigners have also been handed MyKads meant for citizens by operation of law.

The continued occupation of Sabah and Sarawak by Malaya, if not reversed, will only result in the people in general and the Orang Asal in particular losing their countries to the illegal immigrants.

The restoration of sovereignty will also help the two Nations in Borneo to realize their full potential in every field of human endeavour.

We need look no further than Singapore and Brunei to realize what the restoration of sovereignty would mean. Both countries, one left Malaysia after two years and the other stayed out at the 11th hour, are light years ahead of Sabah and Sarawak.

At present, as announced by the World Bank in Kota Kinabalu in Dec 2010, Sabah and Sarawak are the poorest parts of Malaysia. Sabah is the poorest with Sarawak being a distant 2nd poorest.

Having failed to squat on Singapore, Malaysia is squatting on Sabah and Sarawak.

Joint Statement by;

Datuk Murshidi Abdul Rahman
Chairman, Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM)

Daniel John Jambun
President, UK-based Borneo's Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BOPIM)