Let it be known that there are three octopus arms of federal government to drain away the wealth of Sabah and Sarawak.
Sarawakians have to be reminded of the political deception of Malaya who took Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak on 16 September 1963 as her territories from the United Kingdom as a gift on offer of equal partner, equal status and equal opportunity if Malaysia was formed.
These offer never came. Sabah and Sarawak are trapped in this union with Malaya which took a new name, Malaysia, after Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were acquired as territories of Malaya on 16 September 1963. Therefore, contrary to what most Sabahans and Sarawakians thought, Malaysia was never formed, because Malaysia was a new name for Malaya.
The offer of equal partner, equal status and equal opportunity had misled our past leaders into agreeing to “form Malaysia”. There are also leaders now in the current GPS government who believe that Sarawak will be given equal partnership, status and opportunity in the federation by compromising to restore the breaches in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). GPS leaders, whether from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) need to be reminded that they will face the wrath of the voters in coming elections. They may lose their hold on the government of Sarawak if they insist to compromise to restore the breaches in MA63. They must know breaches in MA63 could not be restored, once breached. It is like glass, once broken, how could the glass be restored? Further, they should know that MA63 was not a valid agreement to form Malaysia.
If Sabah and Sarawak Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) governments agree to restore a “broken glass”, the peoples of Sabah and Sarawak, will have bleak days ahead. Sabah and Sarawak should find ways to peacefully leave the federation of Malaysia and declare themselves independent. If Sabah and Sarawak chose to stay longer, soon the resources of Sabah and Sarawak would be sucked dry to develop Malaya.
There are three octopus arms that Malaya had used, in which, in years to come, could be capable to strangulate, eat and suck dry all resources of Sabah and Sarawak. These are Petronas, the federal government departments and the federal constitution.
In decades to come Sabah and Sarawak, may have only have skeletons to cling on to survive.
Each day, Petronas is pumping about 850,000 barrels of Sarawak’s crude oil and this is estimated a loss of wealth of Sarawak of about RM285 million a day. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah disclosed during 74th UNMO Anniversary that each year, Petronas was making a profit of RM90 billion annually. This was excluding gas mined in Sarawak. It could be that, Sarawak could have lost about RM200 billion of her oil and gas resources mined by Petronas every year. In return, Sarawak was given 5% cash payment annually. Is this fair to Sarawak and Sarawakians?
Now the GPS government has allowed a Petronas subsidiary, Petronas Global Technical Solutions Sdn. Bhd (PGTSSB) to provide technical and advisory support for a mega methanol plant in Sarawak – see October 5, 2021 The Borneo Post. If not careful, this will slowly allow Petronas in future to control this mega methanol plant and all resources and manpower in Sarawak. It could also lead to bail out by the Sarawak government of these projects if things go wrong with the investment with Petronas and its subsidiaries.
The federal government departments, such as police, Judiciary, Land Transport, Customs, Inland Revenue and Fisheries that are in Sabah and Sarawak, are an important arm used by Malaya to take away revenues that should rightly belonged to Sabah and Sarawak for federal coffers. This could run into billions of ringgit annually and what Sabah and Sarawak used to get was less or around RM5 billion as development fund each year.
A most important arm that had been used “suck dry” Sabah and Sarawak, to develop Malaya is the federal constitution. There are many provisions in Chapters 4 and 5 of Part VI of the federal constitution that empowers the federal government or Malaya to acquire land in Sabah and Sarawak in perpetuity, in the guise of national interest, federal purpose or for national development plan. Land acquired this way gives the federal government or Malaya the legal right to do mining, agriculture, forestry and for any other purpose.
For land taken from Sarawak, there is nothing to prevent the federal government to declare them as federal territories within the states of Sarawak. There are many lands that had been acquired by the federal government in the past.
Recently, the Sarawak GPS government has approved 2,000 acres (809 hectares) out of 600,000 hectares of land which no more will be replanted with oil palm in Lingga in Sri Aman to the federal government. – see 27 May 2019 The Star. If not careful, the remaining part of this 600,000 hectares may also be acquired by the federal government on the pretext of national interest and national development.
Slowly and surely, if this be allowed, Sarawak will soon lose many parts of Sarawak to the federal government or to Malaya. This will indirectly take away immigration control by Sarawak. Soon Sarawak will be flooded by people from Malaya if these lands taken by the federal government in the guise of national interest and national land development be declared as federal territories.
The union with Malaya had seen Sarawak losing her water and sea territories, oil and gas and now Sarawak is slowly losing land to Malaya or the federal government. Powerful people and companies from Malaya like Lembaga Tabung Haji and Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) are having huge land in Sarawak now. If we are not careful, a day will come we may even rent land from the federal government and from these powerful people and companies from Malaya.
Sarawakians, think about it! Sarawak has no choice but to find ways to seek independence from the federation of Malaysia spearheaded by Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) as soon as possible.
VOON LEE SHAN
Parti Bumi Kenyalang,
9 Oct 2021