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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:


    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
    November 2008



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!!

I’m not good in writing, but wishes to express myself with simple words, which are all facts & plain truth.

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.

Cause they have not gone thru the hardship we east malaysians have gone thru.

East & West (Borneo & Peninsular) , both belongs to Malaysia, yet getting a different treatment.

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’.

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.

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.

I often nag by my housemate that I did not flush after urinating and that i’m not very hygienne.

After hearing this, I was shocked. I thought to myself, Why waste water with flushing after only excrete a few little of urine ?

Then I realised that west malaysia has continuoues water supply 24/7, every minute, every second , so unlike at home!!! What a culture shock!!

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.

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.

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.

Blackout not just in my hometown Sandakan, but in every city or village in Sabah.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

Sabahan are just so simple, we take things in easily.

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。

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.

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.

The illegal immigrants’ are more than the local people now. Last year The Philipine government mentioned to take back Sabah as theirs.

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.

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.

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.

In Sabah, We still have workers who earn RM 200 per month, worst than any janitor working in KL.

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.

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?

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???

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?

Cousin brother said: ‘ KL is not home. Home is where my heart is, I’m sure there’s a job for me somewhere, somehow’.

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.

That’s why all non-Sabahan needs to declare when enter Sabah. The custom office instructs that all have to leave within 30 days.

If Sabah don’t protect themselves, things will be even worst than current situation.

For many years, Sabah has always been mysterious to outside world.

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.

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.

East malaysia is and has one of the most harmonious people group , these….many also do not know.

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.

Muslim can also eat at chinese seafood restaurant. Seafood restaurant which sells only seafood, no non halal food popping out even on popular demand.

We trust each other, respecting each other. I bet you dont see this anywhere else in Malaysia.

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.

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.

Sometimes they will exclaimed that the highest peak in south east asia, Mt Kinabalu…. is the pride of the nation.

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.

Regretly, I don’t feel proud of being part of Malaysia.

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.

I hope september 16 will be declare a national public holiday, not just in Sabah & sarawak.

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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