By Parti Bumi Kenyalang
4 July 2019
There was a secret joint dated 31 July 1962 agreement between the British and malayan governments to set up the federation of Malaysia by providing the transfer of the sovereignty over Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak by 31 August 1963.
By a joint public statement issued by the British and Malayan governments on 1 August 1962, it was proposed that the federation of Malaysia should be brought into a being by 31 August 1963.
In the said joint public statement, the two governments agree that within six months from the date of the said joint statement, conclude a formal agreement which among other things was to provide for the transfer of the sovereignty of North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore by 31 August 1963.
Therefore, the formation of Malaysia was predetermined between the two countries of Britain and Malaya which led to the acquisition or "take over" of Singapore and the Borneo States of Sabah and Sarawak as part of Malaya from Britain. Malaya then proceeded to change its name to Malaysia after Malaya had expanded its territory by including Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak as part of Malaya. This therefore put malaya as a "coloniser" over Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.
It was clear that the British had wanted to relinquish her colonial responsibilities over Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.
In principle, things seemed look good for Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak but Singapore "expelled" herself from the federation of Malaysia when Lee Kuan Yew unilaterally announced over the radio on 9 August 1965 that Singapore leave Malaysia.
When Singapore left Malaysia, the government of Sarawak should have taken the opportunity to leave too because at that time relationship with Kuala Lumpur during Ningkan's time was already not smooth.
The GPS government also had failed Sarawak by not wanting to get out of Malaysia despite the economic and political differences Sarawak has with Malaya. The GPS should have taken the opportunity to follow the steps taken by Singapore to leave Malaysia when recent negotiations concerning the amendment to Article 1(2) federal constitution failed to restore economic and political rights that Sarawak had lost to Malaya. It should be taken as a perfect political excuse to leave Malaysia when things could not be resolved amicably.
Under International law, a region or colony can seek to part from the mother state on grounds of economic and political differences or suppression. It was on these grounds that Singapore left Malaysia.
Caused by the desire of the GPS government wanting to stay in Malaysia, we have lost an opportunity to get out of the political "slavery" by malaya.
Now, Sarawak have suffered for so long and been treated like a colony with 95% of its oil and gas revenues taken by Putrajaya everyday. Other revenues are also taken by malaya and nothing much been returned to us since Malaysia came into existence. In terms of revenues, Sarawak has lost hundreds of millions of ringgits per day to Putrajaya, leaving Sarawak begging for funds.
To get out of the politics of colonialism and imperialism imposed by malaya against the people of Sarawak, I plead with the people of Sarawak to support Parti Bumi Kenyalang in Quest of Independence for Sarawak.
Voon Lee Shan
President Parti Bumi