Proxy Politics in Malaysia, How it affects Sabah and Sarawak


zainal4If we observe the politics in the United States we see that the same policy is carried out even when different actors sits in the White House.  We are observing the same type of politics being played in Malaysia.  It is not about a two party system, it is not king maker and it is not one country 2 systems.  It is about greed plain and simple and about who is controlling Malaysia’s wealth.  This is true especially when it comes from Malaya policies over Sabah and Sarawak.  How is this then being played out?

It is very simple; just take a good look at the bigger picture.  The politics of PAKATAN (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) what is actually they are fighting for? I am sure it is not because they care about the people specifically the people in Sabah and Sarawak, I am sure it is not because they want to make Malaysia stronger.  They are both fighting for power, plain and simple.  They are fighting for power to have the rights to control Sabah and Sarawak and to take whatever wealth that they want – to hell with the law, to hell with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 – their actions they can legitimize with the support of Professor Kangkung and Si Tanggangs from Sabah and Sarawak.

It all began when the outgoing Chief Minister of Sarawak YAB Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud left his legacy to the coming Chief Minister of Sarawak.  His legacy comes in two main points.  Firstly, not to allow UMNO from entering Sarawak and secondly, to uphold the safeguards enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 – nothing more and nothing less.

The reactions to this call surprises Kuala Lumpur is a reflection of their confusions and fear.  Kadir Jasin made the first shot by saying that Taib is insulting UMNO, which is actually doing Mahathir’s bidding to undermine Najib’s leadership.  Instead it backfire when Sabahans and Sarawakians takes this statement not as a warning to Taib instead look at Taib as the person who Reject UMNO and uphold the safeguards in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

The same surprise comes from the people in Sabah and Sarawak it is a combination of disbelief and jubilations.  Some people in Sabah and Sarawak are a bit cautious because they look at Taib as a person and his track records, but some Sabahans and Sarawakians look at him as a Head of State and delights at the implications of his call.  Taib strong political hold in the Sarawak justifies the support of the people from both Sabah and Sarawak, he can sustain the move.  Sarawak now takes center stage to lead in Making Malaysia Strong or to make Malaysia Disintegrate – The ball is in Kuala Lumpur’s court.

Instead of the BN/UMNO government reacting to this statement, the BN/UMNO government has no choice but to thank Taib and congratulate Adenan Satem.  It is the Oppositions in Malaysia that comes to the incumbent rescue.  The first shot was PR’s call for the Duli Yang Maha Mulia and the Prime Minister not to appoint Taib as the Yang Di Pertua of Sarawak pending his investigations being carried out by MACC.

This is not enough so they sent in a former Professor of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, who is also a Constitutional expert to assert that the two Borneo States cannot secede from Malaysia based on Article 2 of the Malaysia Constitution.  This idea was debunked in this write-up.

Then comes the Minister Housing Urban Wellbeing Abdul Rahman Dahlan who happens to come from Tuaran, Sabah warning that any discussion on secession is considered seditious.  This warning is also rebut in this write-up.

The latest is from Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS) Wilfred Bumburing publicly stating that seceding from Malaysia is not practical due to “threats” from within and outside Sabah.  His focus was on the Sulu claim which basically reminding people of the Tondou intrusion in 2013.  The counter argument to this will be given here:

The Tondou intrusion 2013 finally woke the majority of Malaysians in Sabah that the BN/UMNO government is no longer capable to look after the security in Sabah.  This is based on the following simple facts:

  1. How it is possible from one water village of 4,928 houses with 24,931 occupants, 58% are non-citizens? The fact that they have been there for so long reflect the capacity and capability to secure Sabah borders and security.
  2. The time taken by the BN/UMNO government to resolve the Tondou intrusion of about 100 intruders.  The BN/UMNO government have to use Jet fighters and bombing barrage on this 100 intruders – which also means the BN/UMNO government have to spend RM100,000 for every intruder.  Is this the extent of the capability and capacity of the Malaysia’s Arm Forces? Is this the reason Malaysia is mounted with debts? We have the tendency to use sledge hammer to kill a fly.
  3. Sabah and Sulu has been there for thousands of years, yet throughout these histories – when was it that Sabah came under the rule of the Sulu Empire? Or when was it the East Coast of Sabah ever comes under the Sulu Rule?  If the answer is a resounding NONE – why is Wilfred Bumburing is scared now?
  4. Just take a good look at Singapore a small Island squeeze between Indonesia and Malayathey not only survive, they prosper.  Sabah and Sarawak is much bigger and more natural resources – why is it that Sabah and Sarawak must need Malaya to look after us – is the 51 years not enough good examples for us to make a choice, are Sabah and Sarawak lack of capable people?

What is happening here is a clear example to the people in Sabah and Sarawak that to choose any one from Malaya is to choose the same policy.  That policy is that the people in Sabah and Sarawak simply do not know how to look after our wealth.  Malaya wants us to believe they are the only one who can look after our welfare and our development.

The sad thing is that they even went on a massive smear campaign against Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.  A smear campaign that will distract the people’s attention from what is really going on – that is for Malaya to have a free hand scooping up Sabah and Sarawak Petroleum and Gas.  This is because that is where the money is, it is not the Dam and not even the Timber.

The people in Sabah and Sarawak must wake up to these facts – there will be people who are not happy when we are on our own.

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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One Response to Proxy Politics in Malaysia, How it affects Sabah and Sarawak

  1. jamesjubang says:

    In addition to the Cobbold Commision Report, it was said some British officers in Borneo suggested a two stages of forming federation to their superior in Malaya, first among Borneo territories ie Sarawak, Sabah and perhaps Brunei and then second with Malaya.

    Further,was it true a review of Malaysia is required after 10 years in existence?

    How about formation of “consolidated funds”?

    Somebody called Tun Jugah as “the bridge to Malaysia”. Why is that, sir?

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