Call for a RCI headed by Simon Sipaun to inquire into expectations, hopes and dreams of Sabahans and Sarawakians half a century after formation of Malaysia

I was in Sabah last week and I was surprised that the former Suhakam Vice Chairman and former Sabah State Secretary Tan Sri Simon Sipaun had been the target of attacks by Sabah for his recent statement that “life in Sabah before in Malaysia was very pleasant and good”.

This is what Sipaun had said recently:

“Life in Sabah, in those days called North Borneo, as I remember it, before Malaysia, was very pleasant and good, to say the least. Admittedly there was no development that we see today, but even Malaya at that time was no better. There was no racial problem, mixed marriages were very common, and that is why we have so many peranakan in Sabah. If Sabahans are now conscious of racial and religious divide, it has been imported from semananjung. There was no illegal immigrant, there were no cases of Sabahans losing citizenship status while foreigners get it without much difficulty. There were no repressive and draconian laws, such as Official Secrets Act; … the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Seditious Act, the Police Act, and the four Proclamations of Emergency; we are still under emergency as of today even though the conditions for having emergency proclamation is no longer there. There was no quarrelling over dead bodies, the composition, and I spent three years of my career in the civil service before Malaysia, the composition in those days of the civil service was reflective of the racial makeup of society. It was multi-racial, meritocracy was practised. Corruption and ketuanan Melyau, we never heard of it. And the thing continues. How not to miss Sabah before Malaysia.”

I believe that the majority of genuine Sabahans would agree with the sentiments expressed by Sipaun when comparing life and expectations of the people of Sabah today as compared to before the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

But two Umno Tawau divisions had lodged police reports against Sipaun for the grave crime of sedition and the Sabah UMNO Youth has also stepped in in virtually accusing Siapun of being disloyal and unpatriotic in alleging that Sipaun’s remark was “tantamount to questioning the wisdom behind Sabah’s decision to join the formation of Malaysia”.

This is an example of the unhealthy and divisive political culture which have surfaced in the past two years – trying to criminalize Sipaun comments made out of loyalty and love of Sabah and Malaysia by lodging police reports of sedition against him and even implying that the former Sabah State Secretary was disloyal.

Sipaun had also said:

“During the last general elections, it was the voters of Sabah and Sarawak who saved the federal government from losing power so much so that now Sarawak, Sabah is now referred to as the fixed deposits. Personally, I find this term derogatory and insulting.

“In return for all these, what Sabah and Sarawk get. They continue to get short changed and getting a raw deal….

“I think the general belief is that if they government is unwilling to act for whatever reason, then a change of government is obviously desirable.”

I believe that all Sabah MPs agree with Sipaun’s sentiment and comparison of life in Sabah today as compared to half a century ago and I call on them to give full support to Sipaun.

I want to reiterate my call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into expectations, hopes and dreams of Sabahans and Sarawakians half a century after formation of Malaysia, why they have not been fulfilled although both are very rich states, and there is no better person to head such a Royal Commission of Inquiry than Tan Sri Simon Sipaun.

[Speech (2) in the Royal Address debate on Wednesday, March 16, 2011]

  1. #1 by Dipoh Bous on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 7:54 pm

    Common fellow Sarawakians, vote for change OR don’t bother to vote at all !!!

  2. #2 by Thor on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 8:52 pm

    Life in here, during the times of Tuaku Abdul Rahman was pleasant and good as well until that evil mamak turned everything upside down!

  3. #3 by Loh on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Sarawak and Sabah should work to leave Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysians would be happy to see that breakup so that they are not used as UMNO’s fixed deposit to plunder the nation. Indeed why should Sarawkians and Sabahans allowed their oil resources be used outside the state.

  4. #4 by Taxidriver on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 10:53 pm

    RISE! my Sarawakian and Sabahan brothers and sisters. You have been trampled on by Federal Government for 47 years now, and are going to keep quiet and let your children and grandchildren suffer the same fate? Many of your youngsters have to leave to work in KL, Malacca, Johor mostly as manual workers due to scarcity of jobs in their own states, why?

    First, throw out your own leaders who ‘sold’ you out to UNMOB/BN. Kick out Taib come this Sarawak State Election.

  5. #5 by dawsheng on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 11:53 pm

    (Deleted) any RCI if UMNO is still in power!

  6. #6 by Dr. W on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 - 11:55 pm

    We were so closed to throw them out if not Sabah and Sarawak.

    With that, we suffered for a few years more and worriedly witnessing the administration getting worse by the day…

    Please rise against our common enemy for us all.

  7. #7 by tak tahan on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 12:25 am

    Ya Sarawakian and Sabahan,RISE,and also think of your bowl of rice.Don’t being too engrossed with ‘you dive,Umno dive’-Umno version of Titanic movie.Actually we the commoner(excluded BN cohorts) are suffering for 54 years.Show your power in the coming election which it is already within the grip of your hands to decide at the ballot boxes once and for all for our future.Do it determinedly and the wonder of luck will fall on your side.That’s when God will look upon you and smile approvingly at your wisdom.God is great?No?

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 12:32 am

    Surely Simon Sipaun knows dat Sabahans n Sarawakians r simpletons n bo doh 1, kena so domised teruk by UmnoB/BN 4 almost 50 yrs, still happily voted 4 UmnoB/BN, dai sei lor

  9. #9 by k1980 on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 7:44 am

    If GE13 does not evict the UMNOputras from Putrajaya, it shall well be another generation, another 50 years, before the opportunity revisits us. So look forward to year 2061, folks.

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 9:20 am

    Sadly more voters r brainwashed 2 believe in racist n corrupt UmnoB/BN n happy 4 them 2 continue 2 carry on governing fr Putrajaya

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