KOTA KINABALU: A new book, ‘Sabah Sebuah Negara: Satu Realiti Sejarah’ (Sabah is nation: a historical reality) launched here Monday, presents strong arguments for Sabah being originally a nation within the Malaysian federation, until its position, by an act of parliament, was relegated to being just one of the federation’s 13 states in 1976.
The book follows up with history of numerous federal actions and shenanigans which further eroded Sabah’s and Sarawak’s positions in the federation.
In launching the book, Dr Jeffrey G Kitingan, president of Parti Solidariti Tanahairku (STAR), said that it’s time Sabahans realize the truth about this fact, and all political leaders in the State on both of the political divide must support the effort to regain Sabah’s position as bona fide nation existing as an equal partner with Malaya and Sarawak.
“This book will make a turning point in history because it will raise the strong awareness among Sabahans about the real position of Sabah in Malaysia,” he said in a statement. “Patriotic Malaysians in Sabah will have a much better perspective of our real history after reading this book.
“The late Daniel Jebon Janaun, the author, has done a commendable job is writing the book, with the help of Raymond Tombung as its editor and designer.”
Janaun died due to a heart attack on December 5, 2014 after assigning the book to Tombung for editing and designing. The launching was organised by the Momogun Movement for Self-Determination (MOSIK), an NGO founded by the book’s author, Janaun.
In his message in the book Jeffrey lamented Janaun’s untimely death as a great loss to Gabungan Sabah’s struggle for Sabah’s rights and autonomy. He said Janaun in a short time raised to leadership prominence who campaigned courageously with no fear.
“This book as his greatest legacy will surely inspire and raise the spirit of young political fighters to step forward like he did for the sake of their grandchildren’s future,” he said.
“As a result of our collective struggle Sabahans are now fully aware of the reality that Sabah should be an independent nation, that the 20 Points are still relevant, and that the IGC Report a paramount document and that the MA63 really needs to be fully implemented.
“I believe that this historic book will enjoy rousing welcome from those who love knowledge on Sabah history.”
He added. “I would call upon all parties will purchase this important book to see how the many facts presented which will make this book an important historical reference in the future.”