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Sabah’s 20 Points Agreement – My View

Flags of Sabah, Malaysia and spoiler(?) :D

Flags of Sabah, Malaysia and spoiler(?) 😀 maybe I should Photoshop this otherwise brilliant picture...

I guess I wasn’t the only one who detected 20 Points hint by Bernard Dompok.

Over in Malaysia Today, RPK himself posted his entry entitled ‘20-Point Agreement Between Sabah And Malaya‘, he opens with the below;

‘Now that 16 September, Malaysia Day, has been declared a public holiday from next year, let’s take it the next step and see what the 20-Point Agreement is all about, which has been a sore point for Sabah for a long time now, although Sarawak does not appear to be too flustered about it’s 18-Point Agreement’. Click here for more.

Yes the 20 Points Agreement between Sabah and Malaya was the basis of the formation of Malaysia.  I remember when I was a child, the grown-ups kept talking about it in the 80s at the height of the PBS government.

At that time the 20 Points was always the topic being uttered from coffee shops to offices.

Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan

Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan

It was so big an issue, Jeffery Kitingan went to jail because of that. He was being vocal to the point of suggesting secession. With that he was locked up by the ISA. I don’t remember for how long but it seemed quite long. He was also being regarded as a hero for Sabah. To know more of the 20 Points Agreement, click here.

While Jeffery’s approach was more direct (as PKR Vice-President he is still very much vocal) Bernard’s move is more behind the scene. Working from within to create the changes. It has taken him years but eventually the efforts are now in fruition.

Hopefully he would be able to negotiate in his own quiet way, the honoring of the 20-Points Agreement within the Federal Cabinet…

September 16 = checked; 20 Points = ?….

UPKO today wishes to restate that its guiding philosophy is the pursuit of the aspirations upon which this nation was formed. The Malaysia Agreement of 1963 and the consequential Federal Constitution contain the wishes of the people of Sabah expressed through various fora including the Twenty Points.” Tan Sri Bernard G. Dompok on PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Malaysia Day announcement. Click here for more.

After the Prime Minister’s significant announcement yesterday, I noticed in the papers those leaders whom hadn’t dared to stand up and speak out were now singing praises to the PM.

I think everybody knows who started standing up for our rights as Sabahans in the federal cabinet first. Dompok was vilified when he first stood up against Malaysia being an Islamic state.  As per the Malaysian Constitution, he insisted, Malaysia is a secular state. It was understood that he risked everything after making the statement and was prepared to resigned as Upko President. Later on, with Upko, he fought for local Sabahans IC controversies where actual Sabahans were given red ICs; these are ICs given to permanent residents. Not locals.

And now, this announcement by the Prime Minister is a testament to Upko’s (under Dompok’s leadership) struggle.

Okay great, now what?

Well, if you read closely the quote above, you’d noticed something there of the things to come… 🙂

Sept 16 is Malaysia Day – Malaysiakini Sms 19/10/09

19/10: From next year onwards, Hari Malaysia on Sept 16 will be made a national public holiday, says Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak./MKINI
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The Prime Minister is indeed serious in realising his ‘1Malaysia’ concept. By turning Sept 16 as an NATIONAL public holiday the government is recognising Sabah and Sarawak’s roles as partners to the Federation of Malaysia.

They’re indeed still others who bitches about the sincerity of the whole thing. When I sent out this sms this morning some replied back saying that its not relevant since Sabah was already celebrating on every Sept 16. (Of course some of them hadn’t read properly of was written)

August 31 will still be celebrated as Merdeka Day to mark independence from colonial rule.

I find that the government of the day is working overtime in convincing the rakyat that they’re the real deal. And they are winning.

Hmmm. Come to think of it this article was written a few days ago by Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok…

16th September Aftermath 4

SAPP to make crucial decision today
The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 – Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is expected to make a crucial decision this afternoon on its position in Barisan Nasional.

The Star reports that all indications are that the party chief Datuk Yong Teck Lee will steer his 36-member supreme council meeting, beginning at 2pm, to decide on pulling out of the BN which the party joined in 1994.

The report says that if SAPP pulls out to throw its support behind Pakatan Rakyat, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan, the Tanjong Papat assemblyman and Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah are expected to resign.

Tan, the state Infrastructure Development Minister, is one of the three SAPP deputy presidents while Au, the Sabah Energy Corporation chairman, is the party Youth Chief.

While a decision on the pull out appears to be on the cards, several party members cautioned that the meeting might end up with only deciding on sending a letter to Barisan headquarters asking to make a stand on its position as SAPP had not been invited for six recent Barisan meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

SAPP has two MPs and four assemblymen in the coalition. The other two SAPP assemblymen are assistant state Finance Minister Melanie Chia (Luyang) and Datuk Liew Teck Chan (Likas).

16th September Aftermath 3

Pak Lah, Najib swap portfolios, transition intact
By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 – In a minor Cabinet reshuffle today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi named his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as finance minister.

Abdullah, who was the finance minister, will take over Najib’s defence ministry portfolio.

In making the announcement yesterday, Abdullah and Najib also said the transition plan in which the two leaders have agreed on remains intact.

By giving his deputy heavier responsibilities, the PM will hope to put an end to speculation over the transition plan which will see Najib taking power by 2010.

The swap in portfolios was announced after today’s Cabinet meeting.

Najib has also been made deputy chairman of Khazanah Nasional.

Said Abdullah today: “I stress that Najib and I are committed to the plan that we have agreed to.

“I will continue to offer myself as president of Umno and Najib for deputy president.”

Abdullah said he had informed the Cabinet, which met earlier, he was handing over the finance ministry to Najib with immediate effect.

He said the finance portfolio was important, especially in light of the current economic instabilities.

Najib, he said, could spend some time acclimatising himself to the duties of being a prime minister.

“The timing of the handover is flexible. I will decide but I will not be staying later than 2010. If I want to go earlier that is the flexibility I have arranged.

“Handing over is a process. Between now and June 2010 we will study the process and decide accordingly what we need to do. The agreement remains. I am PM and president, he is DPM and deputy president.”

Najib, who was also at the press conference, said: “I thank Abdullah for the confidence he has shown in appointing me as finance minister. It is not just an important post but one held by the PM.

-So the decision is magnanimous and it shows his sincerity in picking me as his successor.”

On the transition plan, Najib said the agreement remained intact, and he hoped it would be accepted by the people and the party.

16th September Aftermath 2

The entrenched forces still in Anwar’s way
By Baradan Kuppusamy, The Malaysian Insider

SEPT 17 – Opposition leader and PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has failed to keep his promise to topple the government and become prime minister by Sept 16. But it is not for want of trying.

He has been working day and night since March 8, meeting Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs secretly to persuade them to defect. He offered them almost anything they asked.

He also secretly met top civil servants, ministers and even tried to contact senior police officers and the army’s top brass to help “clear the line” for him to make the change happen.

Although Anwar had substantial public support to make the crossovers happen, major hurdles stood in his way.

Up to now, he has been unable to surmount the hurdles and that is why he failed on Sept 16 and will fail again. He is unlikely to see the inside of the prime minister’s office in Putra Jaya unless he successfully clears these hurdles.

This is the case even if he has the numbers. Depending on who you talk to, he is said to have 31 to 42 MPs behind him. This is the reality of politics here and anywhere where democracy is weak and personalities dominate national politics.

While, theoretically, the public will is paramount, entrenched institutions have a big say on who becomes prime minister. One instance is the King, who, although he is a constitutional monarch, still has a big say on who governs the country.

Not only is the King’s support crucial for Anwar to achieve his aims but support from the Rulers as an entrenched institution is essential.

The backing of the Rulers is essential, not just for the technicalities of convening parliament, taking a vote of confidence or the swearing in of a new government, but more as an integral part of the political establishment of Malaysia.

Anwar’s image as a rabble-rouser, earned from his days as an Islamic firebrand, stands in his way now as he battles from the outside to change the government. The worry is he is seeking to rewrite the rules and change the status quo.

Is he just replacing the leadership or rewriting the rules? Is he a republican or a monarchist?

He has not yet convinced the country’s monarchs, who are also, crucially, the heads of Islam in their domains, that he will defend the status-quo including their positions.

Another entrenched institution that needs convincing is the army, and, by extension, the police force which sees him as an agitator who will potentially destabilise the status quo.

The recent statement by the armed forces chief that the military is worried race and religious disputes are destabilising the country should be taken in the context of the constant refrain from Anwar that he would topple the government.

Any armed forces would worry about what is really being toppled?

By voicing their concern, the armed forces signalled that they will defend the status quo – meaning the institutions of the Raja Raja Melayu, Islam and the related political establishment – including current structures i.e. bureaucracy, state government structures, the established economic policies and the open investment climate – all of which together makes up the status quo.

Any established military, and ours is one such force, is for the status quo. It will defend the status quo against any grab for power from a leader considered “outside” the political establishment.

Originally, Anwar came in from the outside as a radical student leader in the 1970s and rose rapidly up the ranks in Umno only to be thrown out again. Now that he is trying to come back again from the “outside,” it is natural for the “insiders” to be cautious and apprehensive of his motives.

What does he really want to change? That is a natural question entrenched stakeholders would ask. Anwar has to explain and convince, not just collect the numbers and head to the palace.

The door will not open otherwise.

Although he may have a majority of the public behind him, he has a lot of convincing to do to put powerful institutions at ease. No easy task for a man with an agitator’s image.

Anwar’s aides go to great lengths to say that he has already met the King or is going to meet him to clear the way. But that is not enough; he has to find a tactful way to assure not just the King, but also the Rulers as an institution and the many royalists who populate Malay society, that the change is benign not malignant.

The third hurdle Anwar faces is the one million-strong bureaucracy, 90 per cent of whom are Malay and Muslim, without whose support his chances of competently running the country is near zero.

In fact, it would ruin the country if he wins power and the civil service drags its feet.

Unlike in other countries where governments are frequently changed and the civil servants soldier on, here the bureaucracy has had only one master – the Barisan Nasional.

In fact, one of the key issues in the Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states of Selangor and Perak is a disobedient bureaucracy. This problem is minimal in the “Muslim” states of Kelantan and Kedah with the civil servants accepting their new masters as one of their own.

Anwar had attempted to meet senior civil servants, with some success his aides say, to assure them that basic policies will remain and institutional interest would be protected against encroachment i.e. a more racially balanced civil service.

Nevertheless, an obedient, helpful and functioning bureaucracy is a major factor and Anwar has to win them over in a manner convincing enough that investors and stakesholders are satisfied that the elephant in the room would cooperate proactively.

The last major hurdle is the divisions and diverging interests in his own Pakatan Rakyat coalition, with ally PAS having radically different views of how the country should be governed from that held by another ally, the DAP.

Up to now, Anwar and his people are “closing an eye” to the differences without actually working to resolve major issues.

The thinking, for now, is that the main struggle is to capture power and they believe everything else would fall in place after that.

Such a rationale has not convinced the entrenched stakeholders who believe differences should be resolved now to show that PR is a viable alternative to the BN.

PAS has repeated numerous times that they will not back a new government that is “not Islamic”. They have proposed that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is the “best person” to be prime minister of the new Malaysia.

Up to now nobody in the PR – neither PKR nor DAP – is taking the PAS position seriously.

It is also not clear which of the parties – PKR, DAP or PAS – any potential defecting BN MPs will cross over to. Are they crossing over as individuals or as political parties joining Pakatan? Will everybody in a political party cross or only some?

Anwar has worked to show, in a convincing manner, the future shape of the political structure he will be heading. Is it a grand coalition or a collection of adventurous individuals?

There is a lot for work ahead for Anwar before he can confidently walk up to and knock on the palace gates. If he has the entrenched players behind him, the gates will be open when he arrives. Otherwise it will never open, even if he has the numbers.

Up to now, he has only succeeded in getting the people talking and thinking and accepting that a change of government is possible. That’s about all.

The ISA detentions last Friday, roundly condemned by all, show how thin the line is between fair play and foul play, between acceptance and coercion.

It gives a glimpse into the powerful entrenched forces that are arrayed against Anwar in his bid for power.

16th September Aftermath 1

Najib is finance minister, Abdullah takes defence
The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 – In a minor Cabinet reshuffle today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi named his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as finance minister.

Abdullah, who was the finance minister, will take Najib’s defence portfolio.

The swap was announced after today’s Cabinet meeting.

Sources said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is expected to be named de facto Law Minister to replace Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who quit this week over the Internal Security Act (ISA) arrests of DAP leader Teresa Kok and two others.

Setback

“…But more than an insult, what Anwar attempted today is an insult to all right thinking Malaysians who yearn for reform, and who have placed their hopes in Anwar and his PR alliance of parties.

Today represents a hammer-blow to the credibility of Anwar and his allies.”

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Hookay.
So the attempted 16th September Coup didn’t materialize after all. Many Malaysians are disappointed right now not because they wanted Anwar Ibrahim to become the next Prime Minister but because they needed the winds of change badly. After all the entire nation’s stability is deeply and visibly shaken of the aftermath of 8th March 2008 election results when the Barisan Nasional failed in retaining its 2/3 majority. When that happened, the air was easier to breathe again for most people because finally there’s check and balance in our society.
Like many others in the country, I too hoped for a change of government today. But I’m not overly disappointed, (we Sabahans have a knack in dealing with disappointments) because the journey to change is still on course.
I disagree with Leslie Lau’s comments about Anwar Ibrahim insulting “all right thinking Malaysians who yearn for reform,” because what Anwar successfully achieved today is the possibility of taking over the reigns of power.
So can you tell me, with a straight face, that any of these amazing feats since 8th March were possible before? I know many leaders were saying that the 8th March Election would be their last round.
But when the political tsunami had occurred, everybody were jolted! Suddenly, talks of retirement were forgotten and everyone is moving once more in pursuit of their dreams.
The people now have voices.
I can still vividly remember pre-8th March when everybody was afraid to voice out their true feelings due to fear in upsetting those who were in power. Now people are walking with their heads held up high.
Why its like this today? Because brave people like Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim, Raja Petra Kamarudin, and others like them dared to dream.
Dared to hope for a better tomorrow and walk their talk!
In conclusion, I don’t give a rat’s ass about which date the change would be. Anwar Ibrahim had set himself a goal and that goal was 16th September 2008. He didn’t achieved that goal… no big deal; pick another date.
Easy.
Anyway before I end this 16th September Special, I would like to point out to Leslie Lau, Consultant Editor of The Malaysian Insider, that Anwar Ibrahim did not insult anybody today.
You want to know what’s more insulting? (No, no I’m not showing Ahmad Ismail’s side-kick’s picture all over again! Please no more!) Check out the following photo. To those who aren’t familiar with these guys I’ve provided you a link to check them out….
Anyway
See below…
Ha Ha Ha! 
Happy Malaysia Day Everybody!

16th September Full Press Statement

The following is the statement given by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim at a 2pm press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today



Today, Malaysians celebrate Malaysia Day – the day our country became whole and our people become united. This day has a new meaning. After years of struggle, after fighting against a system that is corrupt and unjust – we affirm that victory is finally at hand. Our vision of rebuilding this country and bringing its people together, as the founding fathers envisioned, is within reach.



The economy is in turmoil with runaway inflation and joblessness creating widespread discontent. Racial tensions have been rising, exacerbated by the propaganda spread in the government owned mainstream media. The administration has offered no vision to steer the nation out of this quagmire and there is manifest erosion in confidence in the current government.


We in Pakatan Rakyat believe we can save Malaysia from economic ruin and the dangerous politics of racism. We will do so prudently, legally and in doing so we will not jeopardise the security and stability of the country and the safety of its people.


We have received firm commitments from members of parliament in excess of the number required to form a new government, and our government will reflect the diverse make-up of Malaysian society. 


It has been our concern to ensure a peaceful transition of power. We do not wish to see a repeat of what transpired in the Selangor and Perak state governments, where following the victory of Pakatan Rakyat on March 8, documents were shredded and removed by the outgoing administration.


We furthermore advise radical elements within BN against the abuse of state power to unlawfully harass and detain our supporters.


The immediate investigation by the ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) of Yong Teck Lee after the announcement by SAPP (Sabah Progressive Party) of its intention to move a motion of no-confidence against Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is another example of the tactics we reject.


The use of the ISA, as has happened to MP Teresa Kok, would be an unlawful impediment to the transition process.

In light these serious concerns, yesterday leaders of Pakatan Rakyat sent a letter to the prime minister at 2.30pm requesting a meeting to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership and to seek his assurance on the following important matters:


1) That the BN shall not hinder or prevent their BN MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;


2) That the BN government shall not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain any of the MPs who will join Pakatan Rakyat, or any of the present 82 Pakatan Rakyat MPs;


3) That the BN government shall not invoke emergency or police powers, or suspend the constitution, or dissolve parliament in response to our intention to form a new government;


4) That the Barisan Nasional government shall not impose roadblocks and impede the MPs from gaining access to the House of Parliament and the institutions of government.


We believe the prime minister will share Pakatan Rakyat’s concerns for the welfare of the people and security of the nation. We are confident he will ensure the BN will act constitutionally and democratically to ensure that the transition will be peaceful, and there will be no actions taken to sabotage the wishes of the people or play on racial tensions in the country.

We appeal to all quarters in Malaysian society to understand our intentions are for the betterment of Malaysian society. The mainstream media, in particular, should accept the reality of these historic times and report fairly, accurately and without bias. The irresponsible tact that is used by the media to obfuscate issues, attack opposition supporters and instigate racial tensions must end immediately.

Following our meeting with the prime minister, we intend to proceed within the framework established by the federal constitution in the formation of a new government, with the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


ANWAR IBRAHIM
Opposition Leader
De facto PKR leader


Again He Demands!

Anwar Ibrahim demands again!

Maybe it is happening!

The following article is from The Malaysian Insider and the link is to MalaysiaKini



Anwar Demands Smooth Transition

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 – Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today he has demanded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi hand over power in a smooth manner as he claimed to have more than enough support to form the next Federal government.

He claimed today that his Pakatan Rakyat alliance had exceeded the required number of MPs to form the government.

However, he said the transition must proceed smoothly to prevent a repeat of incidents in Perak and Selangor, where he alleged documents were shredded following the opposition’s surprise wins in the March elections.

He said four demands had been issued to the PM in a letter sent yesterday.

The demands are that MPs are not stopped from defecting; the Internal Security Act not be used to detain defecting or PR MPs; a state of emergency should not be declared; and no roadblocks be set up to stop MPs from going to Parliament.

Anwar: We have now the required numbers


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