It Is A Sabahan Sentiment Caused By Decades Of Great Frustration – Warisan

KOTA KINABALU : A Parti Warisan leader today chastised Umno vice-president, Khaled Nordin who recently warned a political analyst, Wong Chin Huat not to fan separatist flames among Sabahans and Sarawakians when the latter claimed that people from both Borneo States wanted their states to be kicked out from the Federation of Malaysia.

Warisan vice president Terrence Siambun instead asked Khaled and other Umno leaders to reflect and acknowledge the great dissatisfaction felt by Sabahans particularly the Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM)
communities on the political and socio-economic engineering in Sabah master-minded by Malaya-based political parties.

“The problem with any Malaya-dominated coalition is that it will always be suspicious with Sabah political leaders even their own comrades.

“And this distrust actually started in August 1965 when Tun Fuad Stephens resigned as the Minister of Sabah’s Affairs and Civil Defence as his response to Singapore’s expulsion to 1994 when Umno engineered the toppling of the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) state government and more recently, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) attempt to topple the WarisanPlus state government in 2020 despite both PBS and Warisan at that material time were not a threat to Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) respectively,” Terrence said in a statement released here today.

According to him, whenever election is being held in Sabah, political slogans such as ‘guaranteed security, funding or economic development for Sabah’ are being used by Malaya-dominated coalition to lure Sabahans for their votes.

“While such political slogans may be appropriate in Malaya states such as Kelantan or Perak, how can you promise to Sabahans to deliver these slogans in return for political supports when in the first place, these are already explicitly guaranteed to in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63)?

“There is no provision in MA63 that require Sabah to be governed by the same party or coalition that form the Federal Government of the day for the purposes of security and development nor there is a need for a ‘political alignment between Sabah and Federal’ which the President of PPBM, Muhyiddin Yasin mischievously said to Sabahans during the State Election in 2020,” Terrence asserted.

He added that in fact, MA63 can be seen as a safeguard to prevent political exploitation and manipulation, thus, whether the state is being governed by an opposition party or not, the Federal Government of the day is obliged to honour or deliver whatever provisions contained therein the agreement whether they like it or not.

“Throughout the decades, the continuous political meddling due to the distrust by Malaya political leaders, the reluctance by Malaya-dominated coalition to give due respect to MA63, unfair distribution of wealth and funds under the Federal annual budget and demographic engineering such as granting of citizenships to illegal immigrants and Islamization all caused great frustration among Sabahans, primarily the KDM communities.

“Khaled Nordin should have known it better that if there is a separatist sentiment in the state, then it was due to Malaya-dominated parties own doing and there is no need for a person like Wong Chin Huat to issue a very short Facebook posting to effect such sentiment,” he said.

Terrence also said that the initial euphoria felt by the KDM communities when several Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) political leaders touted to be fighters and defenders of Sabah’s rights, were being given important Federal and State Ministerial posts are now fading away and being replaced by feeling of disappointment over the issue of non-performance by these leaders.

“The disappointment felt by the Sabahans especially those in the rural areas on the lack of assertiveness by several GRS + BN leaders on several critical issues that include infrastructures and poverty is understandable since the coalition itself is being dominated and controlled by two Malaya-based political parties whose immediate priority is to appease biggest voters block in Malaysia which is the Malay voters.

“Just look at how the flood victims in Sabah are being treated in comparison to those in Malaya; why is it that many Sabahans affected by the major flooding last year are still waiting for the financial assistance to repair or rebuild their damaged or destroyed houses whereas those affected in Malaya are now enjoying normal life?,” he asked.

Terrence contended that Warisan have also been accused of spreading lies.

“But how can this be when pleas for better and safer infrastructures or public utilities are still being made by ordinary villagers in the social medias and local dailies?,” he inquired.

Terrence said the existence of numerous political parties in GRS + BN effectively prevented accountability and no one will assume responsibility on the silent injustice borne by Sabahans especially those in the rural areas for fear of losing power or position.

“And should this continue for another 5 years, then I’m afraid more districts in Sabah will be declared as the poorest in Malaysia,” he concluded.