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In making this call, United Borneo Front leader Jeffrey Kitingan described the term ‘ketuanan’ as an old colonial concept of ‘master and servant’ that serves as a bitter reminder of British colonialism in this country.
Jeffrey said that it was regrettable that the term ‘ketuanan’, which agitates half the country, is used without caution and sensitivity reminding Malaysians about the oppression of the past.
“The term should be totally banned from political rhetoric, and all references to racial based domination of one race over another must be abolished,” he said in his Chinese New Year message yesterday.
Jeffrey said public holidays in Malaysia reflected the important festivals observed by various religions in Malaysia.
These holidays, he added, reflected the country’s commitment to mutual respect of the various races in this country.
“One would have thought that the study of these festivals and the world religions should have by now infiltrated the educational curriculum in primary schools.
“Otherwise, how is any Malaysian able to appreciate or comprehend the meaning of their often long and many public holidays?
“All of us should be able to explain the meaning of these festivals to tourists and outsiders but nobody is really prepared with the details. We end up looking like a nation of ignorant people celebrating without knowledge,” he said.
Jeffrey also scoffed at reports that UBF had formed alliances with groups in Peninsular Malaysia.
“We have not formed any alliance with any parties or organisations from Semenanjung or Sabah as we are not aware of any of them making a public commitment to the Borneo Agenda or our UBF struggle.
“Some politicians though have privately and confidentially informed me of their personal commitment to the Borneo Agenda and we consider this to be a positive sign for the Borneo states,” he acknowleded.
Jeffrey added that UBF’s Borneo Alliance unites parties and organisations which subscribe to the Borneo Agenda and UBF’s seven core demands.
“The Sarawak National Party (Snap) has subscribed to our agenda and in this sense we consider them to be part of the Borneo Alliance,” he said.
He hinted that a political party representing the struggle of the UBF may be formed and will not conflict with the UBF as a concept.
“The UBF is merely a name given to a civil rights concept that loosely binds the movement of groups and people to a cause for the political and economic empowerment of Borneo.
“In itself, this concept is neither a society nor a political party.
“When people gather together in a tea party to celebrate the concept, they engage in a meaningful political discussion about this concept; a bit like a religious group gathering to talk about their God or a wedding party which talks about the sanctity of marriage, ” he said.
UBF will not contest
Jefffey urged people to stop thinking that the United Borneo Front (UBF) as a vehicle that would allow them to represent the people in cabinet or in parliament.
“As a concept, the UBF is popularised as a great moot point for debate.
“It will not enter the election as a party, have an elected organisational structure or collect funds from the public,” he explained.
He also announced that UBF will continue with its “Borneo Tea Parties” after the Chinese New Year and that he and his advisers and a few mentors will voluntarily train selected UBF protégés for political leadership this month.
Jeffrey and his two advisers, Nilakrisna James and Zainal Ajamain also attended the Chinese New Year open house organised by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) here on the second day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. (photo above)
Amor | Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandalaThis week, June Rubis curates Love Week for LoyarBurok, and hopes to teach you about the many ways of love, other than our preconceived ideas.It started with the LoyarBorak on Love and Marriage. We all had to answer tough questions on romantic love. Perhaps tough only to me because I kept going back to revise my answers yet the essence remained the same: love, to me, is undefinable, particularly when it comes to romantic love.To me, once I try to define the boundaries of my feelings of love, it seems to fall apart. Expectations lurk like a bad dream when the boundaries of love are defined, and the spontaneity of the moment is lost. It scares me to lose what I once knew as love into a trap of mundaneness, of going through the motions of societal ideas of a relationship for the sake of not being alone.Yet I will not run away if I sense a unique connection with someone else. What I can only hope is that the other person shares the same view of love and relationships as I do, and that the only thing we can commit to each other is the promise to stay in the moment.Possibly more so than any other types of love, romantic love is the most thought-of, the most desired. And why not? The very idea of sharing your life with someone in the most intimate way, till death do us part (regardless of whether we get marriedor not), is very intriguing. Yet we forget that nothing is guaranteed in life, except for death.So why Love Week?
I love you in ASL | Source: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/topics/i_love_you.htmCompleting the LoyarBorak made me realize that the other types of love are underrated. We focus so much on the idea of romantic love, yet! love ca n be expressed in many ways, even beyond a person-to-person love.Call me an idealist, but love for country has not been given enough credit.Perhaps love for country is best expressed when we dare to step out of the individuals and societys comfort zones, question what we take for granted and more importantly, take responsibility for the consequences of doing so. Dont get me wrong, Im not talking about street protests but rather, other quieter acts of love that sometimes can be seen as subversive, such as writing your thoughts down.
You need is love | Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plasticjesusOne of my favourite pieces for Love week include Aston Paivas hard-hitting article, Moving On. Aston writes about how our concept on Freedom, Independence and Justice in our country is skewed. It is all too easy to blame the politicians but we often forget to hold ourselves accountable.One of the many ways to hold ourselves accountable for love of country, is to VOTE. Soon to be first-time voter, Ruzaini Zul, writes about his anticipation of the up-coming general election, and how Malaysians should start voting on issues, instead of parties in Voting Time?.Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos reminds us to hold on to our ideals, and to forget about seeking recognition when it comes to fighting the unjust system. For the act of love does not need validation from others, when it is done from the heart.We also have a special contribution from Nicol Paul Miranda, who writes about dealing with the fall-out of questioning the Rukunegara during his SPM trials.Tiara the Merch Girl writes brilliantly about how Malaysians misunderstand human sexuality, in Malaysia, Truly Asexual. Like love, sexuality is boxed up with preconceived ideas. Are we ready to take ownership of our bodies, and in turn our lives?I have alwa! ys been a fan of Avyanthi Azis writing, and I had specifically approached her (as with Tiara, Clarissa Lee and others) to contribute for Love Week. When asked what she could write about, I vaguely, and unhelpfully said, "write about Love & Refugees". She gamely took this challenge and submitted a well-written, sensitive piece of the undocumented struggling to survive in Kuala Lumpur, in Flight From Incheon. This piece is based on her work with the refugees.Azira Aziz writes in Musings about how we could live in racial harmony and acceptance in our country, if we can only try. Love for our fellow beings, despite being so different in culture and language, is indeed possible.Noreen Ariff tackles the topic of unrequited love, not once, but twice in two different languages. Watch out for Agar Kau Tahu and The Request.Sometimes, love cannot be expressed sufficiently in words. We stumble to find the right words to do justice for how we feel. Often we fail. And thus, we have non-word love contributions from Shafina Sheridan, and Ashaari Rahmat.Our Green Ink columnist, Leong Chow Pong, reminds us that Valentines Day is just around the corner, and gives suggestions on how we can be lovin and savin the Earth at the same time, in Low Carbon Dating.There are also some other surprises from special contributors. Look out for it.In the meantime, keep on lovin, keep on hurtin, keep on being human.Love Week starts on Monday, Feb 7th, 2011 and runs till Sunday, Feb 13th, 2011.June Rubis loves. Tags: Ashaari Rahmat, Aston Paiva, Avyanthi Azis, Azira Aziz, Clarissa Lee, Jahaberdeen Mohd Yunoos, June Rubis, Leong Chow Pong, Love, Love and Marriage, Moving On, Nicol Paul Miranda, Noreen Ariff, Ruzaini Zul, Shafina Sheridan, Tiara the Merch Girl, Voting Time This entry was posted on 6 February, 2011 at 12:0! 0 pm and is filed under Express Yourself, Human Rights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Pretty boy, Mahmud Abu Bekir, is sitting pretty with 70,000 hectares of Native Lands given free by his Dad
As PM Najib Razak conducts his evaluation of BNs record in Sarawak over this weekend, we recommend that he considers the shocking information revealed by our latest investigation into Taibs Land Grabs. Over the past 3 years alone the Chief Minister has handed his own son, the fashion-dandy Mahmud Abu BekirTaib,Native Customary RightsLands totalling theareaof Singapore andall for FREE!
Much of the land has gone to the company set upfor Mahmud called Titanium Management. Titanium Management has been the subject of numerous recent scandals because of the enormous number of public contracts that ithas been handed without any tendering processby Taibsgovernment.
Titanium Managementwaseven originallylocated in the office buildings of Taibs own company CMS, which has itself scandalouslystolenall Sarawaks most profitable businesses.The fact that Titanium has now moved into its own fancy new office block called Titanium Tower, demonstrates the huge wealth it has absorbed in recent years owing to profits from these state contracts and also the Land Grabs which we have now identified, which are allworth hundreds of millions of ringgit.
However, besides Titanium Management,we have also identified numerous other companies that havereceivedvast tracks oflandwh! ich are alsoclearly controlled by Mahmudand his business partners ChrisChung and the former Director of Public WorksMichael Ting. These are companies that are registered under the names of one or other ofthe three men andwhich, even more tellingly, are operated out of the sameofficesand use the same telephone numberas TitaniumManagement!
In the case of my son the land should be given for FREE!
Evenmore scandalously in each and every case these lands have been handed to the companies under the category of so-called Payment in Kind. This is a polite way of saying that it has been given to Taibs son for free!
Very few other hand outs of land have been quite so blatantlyoffered for free. Most beneficiaries of the Chief MinistersLand Grabhand-outsare at least required to make a nominal paymentat some future date. Butwhen it comes toTaibs son inevery casethe payment is waived!
While the Taibs plunder the people suffer
While the Prime Minister considers this mass plunder of Malaysias land mass by such a corrupt local politician and contemplates the fantasticwealth of Abdul Taib Mahmud, which so blatantly outstrips his own, he should contrast it with the poverty of the people living under Taibs BN g! overnmen t in what should be the countrys richest state. Each and every land grab we have identified by the companies owned and controlled by Mahmud Taib represents poverty and misery for the native peoples, who once lived off these areas and who are the rightful owners through their established Native Customary Rights.
Over the next few weeks Sarawak Report will be investigating the consequences of all of these Land Grabs for the individual longhouse communities, who have been deprived of their territories, watched their trees torn down, their lands ploughed into oil palm and their rivers clogged by mud and pollution. All of these inhabitants were fobbed off at the time with BN promises about water, electricity, roads and new jobs and development. Yet, after 30 years of Taibs rule virtually none of these promises have been fufilled for the native owners of the land.
Take Batang Ai
Let us as an example look at the situation facing the Iban longhouse people of Batang Ai. They were promised RM 70 million worth of improvements and expenditure by Taib and BN just before the by-election in 2009. In fact Taib made these promises publicly and printed them in the newspapers just the day before thevoting!
This was a highly illegal thing to do and a blatant attempt to bribe the voters, for which Taib should face a jail sentence shouldhe be brought to court. Nevertheless the voters would have done well not to have believed such offerings, since of course two years later none of these promises have been fulfilled! The local PKR spokesperson, Nicholas Bawin, told Sarawak Report that the people had not seen 2 ringgit let alone 7! 0 millio n!
We contacted some of the longhouse communities who were forced from their homes by Taib Mahmud way back in 1983 to make way for the Hydro-electric dam (Taib and BN are now proposing to move a further 600,000 native people to build 12 more dams if they win the next election). The people of Batang Ai were encouraged into their new homes with promises of free running water and electricity, as well as jobs and development. We asked how well those promises have been carried out?
To our astonishment Sarawak Report has learnt that nearly 30 years after those promises were made many of the resettlement longhouses still have NO WATER! at Wong Pandak and Wong Panjai the people are still forced to gather their water from the rain off their roofs. Likewise, children at the boarding school of Naga Kesit have no running water to drink and at the Scheme 1 and Scheme 2 longhouses at Sebelaiu there is no water to bath in because the erosion from the palm plantations have clogged up their streams. Currently, even the clinic at the main town of Lubok Antu is without water! The people of the area say that as often as not they are forced to wash themselves in ditches.
Cut off from electricity
Also, like so many places in Sarawak, the poor families of Batang Ai are frequently cut off from their electricity, because they cannot pay the bills. This is despite the original promises that because they were going to forced from their homes for the hydro-electric dam they would be entitled to electricity for free! Such promises from Taib and BN and such lies!
Again the local people were promised profits from their lands which were taken into oil palm plantations. However, the profits have not come and the small areas they have been given to farm are often to far from their longhouses.
Like communities all over Sarawak, the people have found that their forests which provided them with food and shelter have been taken, but that all the wealth has gone elsewhere. Taib on the other hand has a very good record of fulfilling his promises and bringing vast wealth and development to a very small number of people. These are the members of his own family and his tiny circle of rich business partners.
The Chief Ministers wealth and that of his family thereforecontrast shockingly with the poverty of the people whose lands he has taken. This is the record that Prime Minister Najib should be contemplating as he considers BNs Sarawak strategy towards the coming election. It is a record comparable to Robert Mugabes in Zimbabwe. or Mr Mubaraks in Egypt, or Tunisias Zine El Abidine Ben Ali or indeed Yemens President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has just declared that he will not attempt to try his peoples patience further by seeking another term after 30 years in power.
Times upfor Taib
However, Taib seems to think he can do otherwise and that the people of Sarawak will welcome him to stay longer than 30 years and vote him in for another term of BNs Land Grabbing Government.He thinks a new young wife can brush up his image and help him finish off the job of takingthe whole of Sarawak for himself and his family (for free).
Yet, Sarawak is alreadyaflame with Land Grab conflicts that have led to some 200 cases now fighting their way through the courts. How much more does Prime Minister Najib really think the people of Sarawak can take?
Despite 57 years of independence, many areas in rural Sarawak are still without basic amenities, and infrastructural and communication facilities.
Even though many roads have been constructed, they are still not enough. Many communities still do not have road access and as a result, they are cut off from modernity and civilisation.
The people in Ulu Ai and Ulu Lemananak in Batang Ai, for example, are still regarded as living in remote areas even though the district it is in, Lubok Antu, is only about 240km from Kuching City, Malaysia’s third largest city and the largest urban centre in the state.
Despite its proximity to the city, the people in these regions still do not have road access, electricity and treated-water supply. It remains one of the poorest districts in the state.
Whenever roads are constructed in rural Sarawak, the quality is not up to standard. Many of these roads are in such a deplorable condition that Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was himself appalled by them.
Muhyiddin could not believe what he saw when he visited Limbang in December 2010. The Star report quoted him as saying:“It was like going into a rather under-developed Third World Country.”
Given that Malaysia is a newly industrialised country and one of the economic tigers of Asia, he thought the poor road conditions would give the country a bad impression among foreigners who come to visit the state.
Why was he ashamed? Why did he think that it will give a bad impression about the country?
Feeling ashamed or embarrassed carries certain element of guilt. Is the deputy prime minister feeling guilty because of the government’s failure to do things properly or adequately?
Is it because no money was given to improve the roads in Sarawak and that this reality is making the government uneasy?
Or did the government give Sarawak too little that nothing much could really be done? Or is it due to poor implementation and lack of adequate coordination and supervision during the implementation stage?
No political will
There are endless questions on Sarawak’s lack of roads for Muhyiddin.
The obvious signs of lack of development are the absent of access road, 24-hour electricity connection and treated-water supply.
The people depend on the government to provide them with these facilities.
During the ground-breaking ceremony of the first phase of Ulu Pandan road in Sebauh sub-district in Bintulu, State Infrastructure and Communication Minister Michael Manyin said the federal government had allocated RM27.8 million for its construction.
This means that a kilometre of the road would cost about RM1.597 million to construct.
As a lay person in this field, I understand that the cost of constructing one kilometre of road may vary from one location to another, depending on what types of roads are to be constructed, the soil condition in the location, and the year of construction as prices of materials, petrol and so on change all the time.
But let us use this figure as our guideline and point of reference. Let us say that Sarawak needs 5,000km of new roads to link rural communities to towns.
The whole project would cost about RM8 billion. This amount seems like a lot, but for a government in a resource-rich state, it is not that much.
What is needed here is political will to do it.
Political will is one of the assets of the everyday government, and like the issues surrounding the use of other government assets, it is about whether the government wants to deploy it or not.
Stanley Kidam is a senior lecturer with University Malaysia Sarawak. This an excerpt of his comment which first appeared on SarawakUpdate
The various punitive measures instituted by SMK Vivekananda authorities against budding human rights advocate Nicol Paul Miranda, 17, doesn’t quite tally with the promotion of critical and creative thinking skills in our schools. The Education Ministry calls it KBKK or Kemahiran Berfikir Secara Kritis dan Kreatif. All the more so when Miranda didn’t cross the lines of reason and decency.
Miranda, who left the school in Brickfields last year after his SPM, has been denied his trial exam results and school leaving certificate. Pending the release of the SPM results, the trial exam results can be used to enter college. Needless to say, one needs the school leaving certificate as well.
He has gone through at least two periods of suspensions just before leaving school. His mother, it has been alleged, was almost physically harmed by the school authorities when she turned up to query his suspensions. Are the school authorities the products of the racist Biro Tata Negara (BTN)?
To add insult to injury, the school has lodged police reports against the student at the Bukit Aman headquarters and at the Brickfields police station.
Surely, these are dangerous precedents which the Education Minister should seriously re-consider or step aside to help de-politicise our politics. If the Education Ministry can be scrapped and replaced by an Education Commission appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, it would be so much the better for our children, youths and the country.
Miranda’s troubles began because he had the temerity to query why we are still celebrating independence when we have not evolved beyond the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) which has had the country in a vice-like grip for the last 54 years. Independence, in the youngster’s view, must mean the freedom to change the government on a regular basis.
Obviously, this has not been happening because the powers that be have been single-mindedly engaged in the destruction of the political opposition for much of the last 54 years. This has been pursued through various ways and means.
In the early years of independence, and for many decades after that, the Internal Security Act (ISA) was used to muzzle, terrorise and intimidate the political opposition into submission. Detention under the ISA was a logical follow-up to the constant monitoring and bullying efforts of the Special Branch which has since degenerated, along with the police and other government departments and agencies, into being yet another member of the BN.
Many political parties, for good measure, were deregistered when infiltrating and creating trouble through agent provocateurs didn’t work. The Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) was deregistered after nearly a quarter-century of existence as a breakaway from the Sarawak National Party (SNAP). SNAP was also subsequently deregistered and kicked out of the Sarawak BN but the courts have since given it a new lease of life.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), which claims to represent 20,000 ex-PBDS members, was also nearly deregistered in 2008 but a political decision by then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi saved its hide.
Some 100,000 ex-PBDS members have been denied the opportunity to register the Malaysian Dayak Congress (MDC). They have since returned to SNAP which is now making waves in the opposition in Sarawak and giving Chief Minister and Putrajaya’s proxy Abdul Taib Mahmud sleepless nights.
The Dayaks, the majority community in Sarawak, have been chopped up among four political parties in the state BN, that is, one Muslim-led, another Chinese-led and two Dayak-led. The Muslims, meanwhile, are all in one political party as is the case with the Chinese. While the Dayaks in the Muslim-based party, Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), add to the strength of the Muslims, the Dayaks are politically weakened to a similar extent. It’s the same scenario confronting the Dayaks in the Chinese-based Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
In Sabah and Sarawak, the perennial question is whether the two states became independent at the same time as Singapore in 1965. The question arises because the definition of Federation in the Federal Constitution post-1965 is according to the 1957 Federation of Malaya and not the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and Federation of Malaysia.
All these provide food for thought and legitimate queries from students like Miranda who are obviously the product of the KBKK programme in our schools.
Miranda has also raised the interesting question of why we should swear by the Rukun Negara (National Philosophy). This sin was also included in the two police reports against him and the suspensions and other punitive measures meted out to him.
Miranda thinks that no one should be forced to swear loyalty to King and country. He has a point here but only if the King and country are not loyal to a citizen. This appears to be the case most of the time. Loyalty is not a one-way process but one that should work both ways. No one should be loyal to anyone who is not loyal to him or her.
Nowadays, many people are not loyal even if you are loyal to them. This is the case with companies suffering, with workers prone to job-hopping. They are wiling to cross the street to another company at the drop of a hat or merely for just a few more measly ringgit in their pockets.
Tenet number one in the Rukun Negara – Belief in God – is a no-no with Miranda, and with good reasons too.
He queries the tenet when the authorities are busy demolishing places of worship and denying people permission to build new places to carry out their obligations to their faith. There need be no argument on this.
One example is the only Catholic Church in Shah Alam which was denied planning and building permission. The authorities relented after a long struggle of over 20 years and this included many court battles. Finally, when permission was granted, construction was halted mid-way and the church was forced to move to another site in the industrial estate. Here, the church has not been allowed to look like a church on the outside but like the other factories in the area. In Russia, the churches look like “mosques” on the outside.
Orang Asli churches have been demolished routinely by the authorities under one pretext or another. In one case, a court surprisingly ruled in favour of an Orang Asli church which had been demolished.
In Selangor, recently, a 150-year Hindu temple was asked unceremoniously to move out because the entire neighbourhood had become majority Muslim since independence. Who came first? The temple or the residents? The temple first began as an isolated structure in a rubber estate.
Umno even staged demonstrations over the new site for the temple and this went to the extent of some people stomping on the head of a cow, considered sacred to the Hindus because of the huge life-giving role it plays in the economy of rural India.
In Kudat, Sabah, construction was halted on the building of a statue to Mazu – the Goddess of the Sea – after the court of appeal threw a spanner in the works.
The same court threw a similar spanner into the case of Everest hero M Moorthy over his “conversion” to Islam on his death-bed. History books will now no doubt record that the first Malaysian up Mount Everest was a “Malay”.
So, Miranda and many others like him can be forgiven for being more than cynical over the Rukun Negara and the need to celebrate independence. The Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak are even being told that they have been independent since 1957, as part of the Federation of Malaya – and now masquerading as the Federation of Malaysia – and not since 1963 as the Federation of Malaysia. This is a new twist on history.