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Launch of booklet “The Cries of Sabah” November 16, 2008

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Am in Tawau together with Tunku Aziz for the Tawau DAP Branch-cum-Sri Tanjong service centre opening this morning.

Tonight, will attend a history-making event, the first thousand-people political dinner in Tawau organized by Tawau DAP and the DAP’s sole Sabah State Assemblyman Jimmy Wong at Lau Gek Poh Memorial Hall.

This is another historic first by Tawau DAP. Last year, Tawau DAP organized a very successful and capacity-crowd lunch-time ceramah and during the March 8 general election, pioneered a breakfast ceramah.

There are also other embarrassing “firsts:” in Tawau, as I found during my visit. The power breakdown is getting so regular and prolonged that Tawau’s daily newspaper, Morning Post, was forcibly turned into an evening paper when it could be distributed only at 4 pm!

Tonight, I will also launch a booklet “The Cries of Sabah”.

The following is the Introduction for the booklet:

    Introduction 

    The thought of producing this booklet came to me when I received consecutively on Oct. 10/11 two heart-wrenching cries from two visitors to my blog. (The cries of Sabahans; Don’t neglect Sabah, please!)

    I felt very ashamed as a Malaysian that after 45 years of Malaysia, there is still such an ocean of ignorance among West Malaysians about Sabah and Sarawak. Even more shameful is that the Government is guilty of allowing such wide gap of differences – economy, education, health, basic infrastructure – to exist between the people living on the two lands of the same country divided by the South China Sea. Clearly, the Barisan Nasional (BN) is not prepared to create a truly Malaysian nation where Sabahans and Sarawakians can fully feel that they are treated as equal citizens and an integral part of the nation.

    This is why BN has become quite irrelevant, not only to Sabahans and Sarawakians but to all Malaysian communities, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan-Dusun-Muruts, Ibans or Orang Asli.

    This booklet also chronicles the day-by-day effort made in Parliament in May this year to table a motion for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah – the worst problem faced by Sabahans – and how it failed because of the lack of support by the BN Members of Parliament, including those from Sabah.

    It starts with the observation on the seemingly change of attitude shown by some Sabah Members of Parliament in the first Parliament sitting after the March 8, 2008 general election where the unprecedented political tsunami swept away five state governments from the control of the BN, and for the first time in the history of Malaysia, denied the BN 2/3 majority in Parliament.

    The contents of this booklet are from my blog postings, each of which provoked heated discussion and debate on the topic at hand.

    In the appendix are the blogs before the “political tsunami” of March 8, 2008, starting with my parliamentary speech on “The New Underclass in Sabah” on 16th April 2007.

    Blog, a modern medium where everyone can express his/her views even anonymously as visitors, has given a completely new meaning to freedom of expression to Malaysians.

    This is why the BN government has invaded the cyberspace and intruded into this new space of freedom.

    There has been a transformation from its initial bewildered and hostile attitude to the blogosphere, highlighted by the “goblog” chapter of the previous “Misinformation Minister” Zainuddin Maidin and the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention of Malaysia’s famous blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin to a more nuanced and engaged posture sending cybertroopers into the blogosphere to fight its cause.

    A new sense of freedom provided by the Internet must be matched by an equal sense of responsibility and I do not apologise for the minimum of moderation on my blog, disallowing language which are vulgar, obscene, inflammatory or inciting hatred of race or religion.

    Although the latest parliamentary effort to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah was not successful, the problems and plight faced by Malaysian Sabahans and Malaysian Sarawakians continue. But let Malaysians join hands as one people despite the obstacles and baggage of BN to change this.

    The struggle must go on…

    Lim Kit Siang
    Parliament
    November 2008

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1. kent - November 20, 2008

its been 45 yrs since we gained our independence via Malaya.

45yrs Federal govt had neglected East Malaysia , wat ever revenue we had contributed had been used for the development of West Malaysia. (WM)

In terms of infrastructure we are almost 30 yrs behind WM states.
what had we gained after 45 yrs of independence ?

Capable Sabahans had either left the state to work overseas , migrated overseas or had taken up overseas citizenships.

eg: Australian PM Rudd’s cabinet comprise a minister who is a former Sabahan.

Sabahan Parents had sent their young children overseas to study , upon graduation most had not returned to the state to contribute , instead they had stayed overseas to work coz of better opportunities & better development prospects towards their carrers & future.

Sabah could not offer something good to entice Sabahans to return to the state to work & contribute towards its well being.

2. jc - December 2, 2008

Kota Kinabalu is slightly better than Sandakan, those of you who been to KK before will understand.
‘ To the world you might be one person, But to one person you might just be the world!’

随着916事件变天行动的逼近,让我有股冲动想要为我 hometown – 沙巴说几句话.
Clouds over the motion along with 916 events approaching, I have an impulse to want to speak for my hometown – Sabah!!

我不会写作,我只是想用简单的词句表达出来,这些都是不争的事实。
I’m not good in writing, but wishes to express myself with simple words, which are all facts & plain truth.

很多西马人都会认为沙巴人很”大沙巴主义”;沙巴人亦对西马人很有偏见。我承认我是,也相信很多沙巴汉都一样。
Many West Malaysian thinks that Sabahan are too proud of their state and that we have prejudice against West malaysian. I admit that I may have felt this way and believe that many Sabahan think so too.
虽然沙巴沦为全马来西亚最贫穷的州属不是西马人民的错(那是联邦政府的错),但是西马对人东马的不了解一样让我汗颜。 Sabah, being one of the poorest state in Malaysia, is not the fault of west malaysian (the fault of the federal government) , but I am sad for the fact that west malaysian do not understand we east malaysian at all, be it Sabahan or sarawakians.

因为他们从来没有经历过东马人的生活是怎样水深火热法。
Cause they have not gone thru the hardship we east malaysians have gone thru.

这就是同一个国家,却有两种不同的待遇。
East & West (Borneo & Peninsular) , both belongs to Malaysia, yet getting a different treatment.

我来到西马后就被西马人问我沙巴人是否住在树上,我妹妹还一度被怀疑是土族而不是华人。
After coming to peninsular malaysia , many west malaysians asked whether we lived on tree, even my younger sister being once mistaken a non muslim bumiputras (ie Kadazan dusun, suluk, bidauh & etc) and not a chinese.

我们不是生番,不打猎,不吃老虎,也没有和orang utan睡在同一张床。
We are not natives, we do not hunt, don’t eat tiger/harimau, and do not sleep in the same bed with the orang utans.

西马人都不了解我到底是住在沙巴或者沙捞越。通常他们都会习惯性地叫 “SabahSarawak’, 我也懒得解释。
The west malaysians can’t even differentiate between Sabah or Sarawak, they often they call us SabahSarawak, and I dont even bother to explain/further clarify.

Anyway我是绝对不会问你是否是”kedahkelantan” 或者 “melakasembilan’ 或者 ‘penangperlis’…
Anyway, I will never ask whether you are a ‘KedahKelantan’ or ‘Melakasembilan’ or ‘PenangPerlis’.

我很努力想要介绍沙巴给西马的朋友认识,沙巴有住宅区,有market,有disco,有码头,有Giant。
I tried very hard to introduce Sabah to many friends, Sabah has housing estate, we have supermarket, disco, shipyard & dock, we also have Giant hypermarket.

可是又很矛盾的,因为虽然我是住在有瓦有墙的屋子里,但是这里没有水没有电,也没有一条稍微好一点的路.
But such an irony, even though I lived in a brick house with proper roof/shelter, yet we hardly get electricity & water supply, we don’t even have proper road or highways.

我来到西马后曾经被housemate责骂我”为什么你小便后都不冲水?你这样很不卫生ehhhh”
I often nag by my housemate that I did not flush after urinating and that i’m not very hygienne.

我听了这句话愣了一下下,我只是撒了一泡尿,就要冲水??
After hearing this, I was shocked. I thought to myself, Why waste water with flushing after only excrete a few little of urine ?

后来我才恍然大悟,原来西马每天24小时,每小时60分钟,每分钟60秒都有水源不停供应。
Then I realised that west malaysia has continuoues water supply 24/7, every minute, every second , so unlike at home!!! What a culture shock!!

哼!真不好意思,我不小心把沙巴所养成的坏习惯给带来了,我家没有水!妈妈不给冲水!
I was embarassed then, realising that I brought my bad habit from Sabah to KL. But you see…Our house does not have proper water supply, my mother does not allow us to flush unnecessarily.

一个星期只来两天的水,分别在星期一和星期四,这就是我hometown Sandakan所实行的policy!
We have water supply twice a week, once on monday, another day is on thursday. This is a norm regulation in my hometown of Sandakan.

尤其是我家在高山,只能分得两天的自来水供应。在较低的市区或许会有三天到四天的水源供应。
Twice a week supply because my house located on uphill, those who stay in low land gets 3-4 times of supply a week.

我家的厕所应该是最臭的吧,马桶里的尿几乎要泡成甘蔗水了才舍得flush一下。 不然储蓄的水用完了,你就没有水冲凉。
Our watercloset WC must be very smelly then, cause we only flush after a few rounds of usage. If we finish the water supply, then you don;t have water to get a shower.

你要冲凉还是flush你那泡尿?自己选。 那些有养成一天冲2次凉+天天洗头的朋友们,真是抱歉了。我们只能在星期一和星期四才能洗头。
So, you want a shower or flush down your urine? take you pick. I’m sorry that you may not get to wash hair everyday or shower twice per day as you always did. we only get proper hairwash on monday & thursday.

讲到电源供应,我hometown平均一个月有72小时是停电的,最高纪录试过连续一个星期每天停电8个小时。
Talk about electricity supply, we have an average of 72 hours of blackout every month, and the highest record will be a continous blackout of 8 hours everyday.

不停电就不是我hometown,这是每个沙巴汉都会说的。
Blackout not just in my hometown Sandakan, but in every city or village in Sabah.

吉隆坡停电半个小时就会上报纸,沙巴停电好几个小时导致交通灯失灵,交通瘫痪却无人问津!
In KL, an half hours of blackout is a headline. In Sabah, even a few hours of blackout which causes massive tarffic jams will be brush aside.

我记得我第一次带西马朋友来沙巴的第一天,家里就停电了,刚好是晚上,大伙儿会到屋外去晒月亮,看星星。
I remember my west malaysian friends visited my hometown for the first time, there was a blackout and it was nighttime. So we decide to stargaze outside my house, go for a moon tanning.

如果我说,在我家,你一伸手就可以摸到月亮,月亮亮得可以把你照出影子,还可以让你辨别各个星座,你一定要相信。
If I say that our moon is so bright as if it’s just a arm length away, and that it’s so bright that it gives us a shadow, let you recognize the different stars in the galaxie, you got to believe me!!
(因为我hometown的空气实在是太好了)

Anyway,关于停电停水的事,我在沙巴生活了二十多年,什么都习惯了,反而因为长期的压逼而麻木了,变得不会反抗。
Anyway, all the short water supply & balckouts are so frequent, you get so numb & as if it’s part of life. Dunno what else to complaint.

沙巴人就是那么单纯,逆来顺受。
Sabahan are just so simple, we take things in easily.

所以政府老是欺负沙巴,拿走沙巴资源去发展吉隆坡,卖了沙巴的木桐去西马起高楼,抽干沙巴的油田为西马做南北大道,
That’s why the government keep bullying us, takes away our resources to development KL, sell our timber to build high rise towers in KL, drain away our oils to make NKVE, Exchange our Orang Utan for China’s Panda and locate them in KL.

用沙巴的orang utan换了中国的熊猫却把熊猫放在西马。

这样有本事捐钱救助四川却没办法做条好一点的马路给沙巴,45年来都是一样。
They can donate money for the Szechuan’s earthquake victims yet no money to make a proper road in Sabah, it’s been like that for the last 45 years.

沙巴的第一条fly over也是近年来才完成的,开心死沙巴汉。
Sabah’s first flyover has just been completed recently, it sure make us proud.

国家抛弃沙巴,让沙巴自生自灭,每次都说要解决非法移民的问题,结果不了了之。
The country has abandon us, we are just like an orphan. Many a times mentioned to help prob illegal immigrants issue in Sabah. In the end, it’s just being swept under the carpet.

沙巴的非法移民还比本地人要多,全部来自Filipine,去年提到Filipine要拿回沙巴,
The illegal immigrants’ are more than the local people now. Last year The Philipine government mentioned to take back Sabah as theirs.

如果是通过投票决定,凭着寄居在沙巴庞大的Filipine人数,沙巴肯定完蛋,就这样轻易拱手让人了。
If decision made by voting system, we would eventually loose out cause illergal & ‘legal’ filipino staying in Sabah is huge in number.

沙巴没水没电不说,就连就业机会也少之又少,结果年轻人都外流,全部跑来西马找吃。Sabah not only has poor electricity & water supply, moreover we also have low job opportunity too. That’s why all our young people left their homeland to search for better job in west malaysia.

你知道吗?一瓶yogurt在西马卖RM3.70,在沙巴却卖RM5.70,所有杂志书刊一律比西马贵。
Do you know that a cup of yogurt cost RM 3.70 in KL, yet Sabah is selling at RM 5.70.
All our merchandise is more expensive than else where due to the transportation charges from KL.

因为货品从西马运过来都要贵算运送费,赚到的钱又要被抽去发展吉隆坡,加上本地人又要拼命找吃,所以物价越调越高.
However, all profit will be ‘transported’ back to KL for development, and our people will have to work hard to earn a living in midst of expensive living standard.

可是这里还有人拿月薪RM200的人,还惨过在西马洗厕所。
In Sabah, We still have workers who earn RM 200 per month, worst than any janitor working in KL.

每次回去沙巴,除了中学生以外都很少见到年轻人。沙巴什么都没有,年轻人留在沙巴也帮不了沙巴。
Each visit back home, you can hardly bump into young people except secondary school students. Sabah has nothing left, staying back cannot help build Sabah.

去年有几位同乡朋友坚持毕业后要留在沙巴,当时我还说他们笨,有KL这么好的地方,为什么要留在沙巴。
Last year, few of my fellow Sabahan insist on staying back after graduation. I was teasing them for their foolishness, cause KL has so many opportunity to grow. Why stay in Sabah?

朋友说”没有人愿意留在沙巴,沙巴永远站不起来”,他点醒了我,但很无奈的,沙巴真的没有工作给我,我不得不留在西马工作。
My fellow friend said: ‘ If no one wishes to stay in Sabah, then Sabah will forever be un-develop!!’. I felt guilty about it, but then……There’s no opportunity for me in Sabah, How can I stay back???

上个月,我的堂弟辞职回沙巴了,我好奇地问,沙巴人工那么低,你这样回去就很不划算了.
Last month, my cousin brother quitted his job to go back home. I curiously asked him. Salary is so low there, you sure you won’t regret it?

堂弟说:”西马始终不是家,我怎样都会回来这里,沙巴一定会有公司需要我”.
Cousin brother said: ‘ KL is not home. Home is where my heart is, I’m sure there’s a job for me somewhere, somehow’.

我听了很惭愧,因为我本是打算在此落地生根的。但现在我真的醒悟了,就算我人在西马,一样要为沙巴打气。
Guilt crawled into me, Cause I’ve plan to stay here for good. But now I have been awaken, eventhough i’m in peninsular malaysia, I’ll still be concerned about home.

沙巴这么美丽的一片净土,好好发展的话肯定是全马数一数二的!可是却这样被糟蹋!Sabah, The land below the wind, beautiful as being quoted. If with proper planning & development, i’m sure it’ll be one of the finest. Sadly, that’s not the case.

这就是为什么除了沙巴汉以外的人,凡是进入沙巴的都必须做登记,Kastam会给你一张纸条,示意你在30天以内一定要离开沙巴。
That’s why all non-Sabahan needs to declare when enter Sabah. The custom office instructs that all have to leave within 30 days.

沙巴不保护自己,情形会变得更惨不忍睹。
If Sabah don’t protect themselves, things will be even worst than current situation.

从以前到现在,沙巴对西马人来说,是那么的神秘而遥远。
For many years, Sabah has always been mysterious to outside world.

没有人肯到沙巴来,仿佛这里都是野蛮人生存的不文明世界,NS被派来沙巴的都哭得要生要死,好像要把他们打入地域的样子。
Nobody wishes to come to Sabah, as if we are jungle people, an uncivilised world. Those being sent by national service to Sabah will cry their hearts out as if being given the death sentence.

沙巴是天堂还是地狱,你来看过才知道,至今只有西方的旅人才愿意来这曾经比吉隆坡还要繁荣的土地,探索它的回忆。
Sabah, a paradise or an uncivilised world? if you’ve been here, you will be able to testify.

西马有三大民族,但沙巴有32个民族,西马的朋友应该都不懂 The peninsular has 3 major race, we have 32 different races. These facts many do not know.

东马是全马来西亚民族最和谐的地方,西马朋友应该也不懂。
East malaysia is and has one of the most harmonious people group , these….many also do not know.

在沙巴,回教徒甚至可以到卖叉烧的店来做棒餐,棒餐就棒餐,绝不会叫你摸叉烧。
In Sabah, Muslim can work as a waiter in a chinese shop. You only waiter, we won’t ask you to touch non halal food.

回教徒也可以到华人海鲜店吃海鲜,卖海鲜就卖海鲜,绝不会突然跑出一块猪腩肉。
Muslim can also eat at chinese seafood restaurant. Seafood restaurant which sells only seafood, no non halal food popping out even on popular demand.

大家互相信任,也不需要避忌。但在西马应该没办法看见这种画面吧。
We trust each other, respecting each other. I bet you dont see this anywhere else in Malaysia.

近年来Giant跑来沙巴了,巫统想要把西马的超市打入沙巴,再趁机控制沙巴的经济,很可惜受到沙巴汉的排斥。
Recently Giant hypermarket invaded Sabah market, UMNO tried to further drain up of it’s wealth, trying to control our economy. Too bad, we have rejected you.

沙巴有自己的报纸,有自己的超市,不需要假好心进来沙巴盗取沙巴的油脂再换取西马的利益!
We have our own newspapers, our own ‘mini’ market, please dont wear a mask to try take away our already petty resources left.

国家抛弃沙巴,连9月16号沙砂加入马来亚成为马里西亚这么重大的日子都没有庆祝过!The country has abandon Sabah, even the historical date of ‘Malaysia’ formation on 16th Sept is being marginalised.

吃饱没事做的时候就炫耀说雄威的神山是马来西亚的骄傲…
Sometimes they will exclaimed that the highest peak in south east asia, Mt Kinabalu…. is the pride of the nation.

神山是沙巴汉的骄傲,世界上最大的花朵莱佛西亚花也是沙巴汉的骄傲,濒临绝种的人猿亦是沙巴汉的骄傲,
But I say that Mt Kinabalu, is the pride of Sabah. Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, found in Borneo, the pride of Sabah. The going extinct Orang Utan, found only in Borneo, also the pride of Sabah.

唯独是没有为马来西亚感到骄傲。
Regretly, I don’t feel proud of being part of Malaysia.

我身为沙巴汉,衷心祈求916过可以让沙巴的同胞们过回一些好日子。
As a Sabahan, I pray that the government will uphold justice & peace for it’s people. Not just the 3 major races, but also all the unique races found in Sabah & Sarawak.

希望往后的916能够列为全国性的公共假期!联邦政府,请公平对待沙巴!
I hope september 16 will be declare a national public holiday, not just in Sabah & sarawak.

加油吧沙巴!我要见证你的发展!
Sabah, The land below the wind….. my homeland, may you rise up & grow !!!

3. esther albert - February 11, 2009

jc, i was once think like u, i dont wanna come back and work in Sabah, Sabah was so un developed, …. but if every graduatees think like me, ….everybody left sabah, sabah will forever be undeveloped…
so, here i am, working in Tawau at the moment.

and Mr.Wong, btw…is this booklet “the cries of Sabahan’ available for publics? where to get it? i want a copy of it…

wong jimmy - February 13, 2009

It was limited, but I shall check for you


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