The reason UMNO is Rejected by Sarawakians Part III

zainal1The majority of Sabahans and Sarawakians that was born in late 80’s and early 90’s are aware of the unwritten history of Sabah and Sarawak.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of mostly faceless and nameless Sabah and Sarawakian nationalist who has been scouring and digging through the historical and colonial archives from Kota Kinabalu and Kucing to London.

I believe these nationalist have complete records of data the formation of Malaysia than all the university history professors in Malaysia combined.  These papers also include secret correspondences, private letters and memoirs written by those who have worked and stayed in Sabah and Sarawak during those periods.  They manage not just to understand the National narratives but also to look at the emotions and conscience of the people at that time.

In bits and pieces they have quietly and continuously been posting these papers and findings in the alternative media, specifically the Facebook.  Their groups have been varied but their arguments that Sabah and Sarawak was tricked into forming Malaysia have been consistent.  This is their form of ideological revolution of sorts and has gain a lot of tractions amongst the youth of Sabah and Sarawak.  It is therefore not surprising that when Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud made his statement about rejecting UMNO in Sarawak and referring to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 there were overwhelming of support from the people in Sabah and Sarawak.  The Sabah and Sarawak youth in particular are throwing their weight behind Taib and his team.

This is critical in 2 ways, firstly, to keep the leadership in Malaya at bay and from meddling into Sabah and Sarawak local politics and secondly, to prepare the groundwork for the next Sarawak State Election this coming 2016.

It appears that Kuala Lumpur is lost in understanding the growing disenchantment in Sabah and Sarawak.  They failed to realize that these sentiments are not simply parochial in nature rather it is about basic rights.  Malaya failure to understand these underlying issues may well be UMNO Achilles heel in the Borneo States.  UMNO might taste the same bitter defeat as the United States when they have to withdraw in shame from Vietnam in 1975.  It was not about firepower, it is not about technology, it is not about money – it is about “Moral Cause”, it is about rights, it is about dignity and it is about the safeguards provided for in the Inter-Government Committee Report (IGC), Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Malaysia Constitution.

The situation in the Borneo States have reached a stage where Kuala Lumpur cannot simply exerts their will to Sabah and Sarawak.  They were able to do this in in 1966 against the then Chief Minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan, because communication then was poor.  The leaders of Sabah and Sarawak were in disarray, they were angry as well as they were confused.  The advent of communication today made information travel so fast and wide that any analysis of any situation becomes instantaneous.  Anyone who is everyone may be sucked into the loop within minutes; exerting any form of coercion from Kuala Lumpur is futile and may well backfire within days.

Given the Kangkung Minister, the Kangkung professors and Kangkung little Napoleons sent to Sabah and Sarawak to find solutions to the impasse – obviously you will get Kangkung results.  No one from Malaya is qualified to resolve the issue in Sabah and Sarawak – including Idris Jala, Wan Junaidi, Anifah Aman, Rahman Dahlan or Shafie Apdal.  As far as the people in Sabah and Sarawak are concern those Sabahans and Sarawakians from Kuala Lumpur are tainted with Malaya disease.  Except for Sarawak, there are no leaders in Sabah who is acceptable as well to the people.

The Reason UMNO is Rejected by Sarawakians Part IV coming soon ……

Zainnal Ajamain

Zainnal Ajamain is an economist by profession, graduating with a Masters degree from the University of East Anglia. He has held several high ranking civil service positions in government and government think tanks and has worked as a university lecturer, senior researcher, stockbroker, and economist and published several papers in international media journals. He was the co-author behind the Sabah Government’s vision for development and progress in the Sabah Development Corridor and created the first Offshore Islamic Fund in Labuan. He also held the position of Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems at the University Malaysia Sabah.  He was the Co-Founder of the United Borneo Front (UBF) and a passionate activist to abolish the Cabotage Policy.  He is also the Secretary General of a newly formed political party in Sabah.


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