Discrimination and Disfranchising Sabah – The Cabotage Policy


27 years of Discrimination and Disfranchising Sabah

The role of the Malaysian Cabotage Policy

Introduction

Overview of the Cabotage Policy

The Cabotage Policy

The Effect of Cabotage Policy to Sabah Economy

Beneficiaries to the Cabotage Policy

Cabotage Policy and the BIMP EAGA

Circumventing the Cabotage Policy

Introduction

This is clearly shown in the ideas of the Barisan Nasional, where political power is welded by 3 major components United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), the Malaya (Malaysian) Indian Congress (MIC) and the Malaya (Malaysian) Chinese Association (MCA).  The role of other members of the Barisan National components is irrelevant; they are practically impotent their presence as members is just to legitimize decisions made by the big 3.

Changes are sweeping across the political and economic landscape in Malaysia especially after the political Tsunami of 2008 and the uncertainty and volatility of global economic scenarios.  Both the MIC and MCA are racked by institutional breakdowns, and UMNO is also facing a crisis of confidence.  The political power of the Big 3 is finally in disarray and the leaders are powerless to give order into these chaos.

I have gone through a lot of debate about Sabah’s povision in the Malaysian Federation.  There exists still a lot of misconception about the reason today Sabah is still being discriminated, disenfranchised and marginalized from the national mainstream development.  Perhaps it is because of ignorance; perhaps it is because the leaders perpetuate the beliefs that a state so rich in resources and natural endowment cannot be poor at the same time.  Perhaps they play on the vanity of the local leaders, who cannot understand the concept of the Dutch Disease.

Sabah can develop better than any other states in Malaysia IF Sabah is allowed to clear a path towards its own destiny and that it has rights over its own wealth.  The BERJAYA government has shown us the way.  The problem today is that the wealth of Sabah is the wealth of the nation.  What is given back to the Sabah is pittance compared to what has been taken out.

The Cabotage policy just one issue put forward to prove the case that since 1980, Sabah has undergone 27 years of discrimination and disfranchise by the Federal government with a lot of help from the local leadership.  The Carbotage policy is the one issue that can impact our lives today and jeopardize the future of our children.

I may forgive those who are ignorant of this issue, this is the reason I am determine to write this piece.  The aim is to make all of Sabahans aware of this pressing issue and make a call for change not as multitude of chaotic noises but as one crystal clear voice.

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8 Responses to Discrimination and Disfranchising Sabah – The Cabotage Policy

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  3. lderple says:

    Saya yakin asalkan semua pihak bersatu, bekerjasama dan mengamalkan nwin-win situation, Sabah pasti akan lebih maju:)

    • sifusiber says:

      Ini lah yang selalu di amalkan oleh orang Malaya keatas Sabah – win-win situation. They win dan di Sabah hanya talibarut mereka saja yang win, rakyat merana. Di minta kita bersatu, ini bukan masalah Sabah, perpaduan masalah Malaya. Mungkin menjadi kenyataan kepada orang Sabah yang mengamalkan ideolgi Malaya. Bilangan mereka terlalu kecil dan kebanyakan mereka adalah talibarut dan dalang.
      Sabah sepatutnya maju sejak USNO lagi, namun kemajuan ini telah oleh pemimpin Malaya dengan dalang dan talibarut mereka di Sabah. Perkara ini perlu diperjelaskan kepada semua rakyat negeri Sabah supaya mereka boleh membuat keputusan sendiri. Knowledge is Empowerment, di perkasakan dengan Ilmu.

  4. analyst06 says:

    Sifu,
    I have just read today’s Daily Express (Tues, 8th June 2010) and what caught my attention was the Gerakan Special Eight-Point 10th Malaysian Proposal for Sabah in a memorendum to the Prime Minister. Most of the points that Gerakan has given to the Prime Minister is actually the points that you have been raising all these years in Seminars, newspapers and blogs (even this blog). It is sad no one acknowledge you and your struggle. This is unfair for Gerakan just to take things for free.

    • sifusiber says:

      simmer down analyst06,

      The whole point in establishing this Blog is to empower the people through spreading of knowledge. This is whole point of our existence. That is why we must always remain faceless and nameless.

      People may speculate, we let them. Speculation is part of reflection, it induce the Brain juices.

      What we write in the Blog is for all to share, what Gerakan has done will be good for Sabah, for that I am content. All of you should be content.

      The government or the opposition may share whatever we have to give, but they must do it for the sake of the people not for their own political influence.

      Please do not forget, there is always the implementation part, they will continue reading our blog because we shall always be watching them.

  5. ikangelama says:

    bersimpati dengan Sabah yang harta dan kekayaan telah dibahagi samarata dengan seluruh negeri-negeri di SM. Masalahnya Sabah mempunyai keluasan geografi yang besar so, segala peruntukan yang disalurkan sukar tersebar ke seluruh kawasan.

    • sifusiber says:

      Terima kasih, sekiranya harta dan kekayaan dibahagi sama rata, orang di Sabah tidak akan bersungut. Namun harta dan kekayaan tidak diberikan sama rata bermulalah sungutan, apabila sungutan tersebut tidak dipedulikan sehingga 27 tahun seperti dasar kabotaj ini, sungutan akan menjadi kemarahan dan ini tidak memberikan faedah kepada sesiapa pun. Terkecuali mereka yang terlibat dalam sektor perkapalan. Mereka mengaut untung yang lebih, sama besarnya dengan subsidi toll lebuhraya. Sekiranya kerajaan sanggup membayar RM50 billion untuk membeli kembali lebuhraya. Kenapa tiada usaha menggunakan wang kurang daripada RM1 billion untuk membeli kapal kontena?
      Ini bukan permintaan yang tinggi atau boleh melemahkan Negara. Namun ia mungkin boleh melemahkan MCA dan sekutunya. Sanggupkah BN membiarkan Sabah untuk menghidupkan MCA?

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