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  • Tigeriban 6:39 am on August 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Must read this Agreement: Sabah 20 points / Sarawak 18 points Agreement 

    What is the agreement all about?

    The 20-point agreement, or the 20-point memorandum, is an agreement made between the state of Sabah (then North Borneo) with what would be the federal government of Malaysia prior to the formation of Malaysia in September 16, 1963. A similar agreement was made between the state of Sarawak and the federal government but with certain differences in their 18-point agreement

    The agreement

    Point 1: Religion

    While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah), and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to Borneo

    Point 2: Language

    • a. Malay should be the national language of the Federation
    • b. English should continue to be used for a period of 10 years after Malaysia Day
    • c. English should be an official language of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) for all purposes, State or Federal, without limitation of time.

    Point 3: Constitution

    Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) was of course essential.

    Point 4: Head of Federation

    The Head of State in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should not be eligible for election as Head of the Federation

    Point 5: Name of Federation

    “Malaysia” but not “Melayu Raya”

    Point 6: Immigration

    Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the Central Government but entry into Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should also require the approval of the State Government. The Federal Government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) for State Government purposes except on strictly security grounds. Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in Federal Government employ from other parts of Malaysia Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

    Point 7: Right of Secession

    There should be no right to secede from the Federation

    Point 8: Borneanisation

    Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

    Point 9: British Officers

    Every effort should be made to encourage British Officers to remain in the public service until their places can be taken by suitably qualified people from Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah)

    Point 10: Citizenship

    The recommendation in paragraph 148(k) of the Report of the Cobbold Commission should govern the citizenship rights in the Federation of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) subject to the following amendments:

    • a) sub-paragraph (i) should not contain the proviso as to five years residence
    • b) in order to tie up with our law, sub-paragraph (ii)(a) should read “7 out of 10 years” instead of “8 out of 10 years”
    • c) sub-paragraph (iii) should not contain any restriction tied to the citizenship of parents – a person born in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) after Malaysia must be federal citizen.

    Point 11: Tariffs and Finance

    Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.

    Point 12: Special position of indigenous races

    In principle, the indigenous races of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya, but the present Malays’ formula in this regard is not necessarily applicable in Borneo(Sarawak & Sabah)

    Point 13: State Government

    • a) the Prime Minister should be elected by unofficial members of Legislative Council
    • b) There should be a proper Ministerial system in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah)

    Point 14: Transitional period

    This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the State of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) by the Constitution and not be merely delegated to the State Government by the Federal Government

    Point 15: Education

    The existing educational system of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should be maintained and for this reason it should be under state control

    Point 16: Constitutional safeguards

    No amendment modification or withdrawal of any special safeguard granted to Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should be made by the Central Government without the positive concurrence of the Government of the State of North Borneo

    The power of amending the Constitution of the State of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should belong exclusively to the people in the state. (Note: The United Party, The Democratic Party and the Pasok Momogun Party considered that a three-fourth majority would be required in order to effect any amendment to the Federal and State Constitutions whereas the UNKO and USNO considered a two-thirds majority would be sufficient)

    Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament

    This should take account not only of the population of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore

    Point 18: Name of Head of State

    Yang di-Pertua Negara

    Point 19: Name of State

    Sarawak or Sabah

    Point 20: Land, Forests, Local Government, etc.

    The provisions in the Constitution of the Federation in respect of the powers of the National Land Council should not apply in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah). Likewise, the National Council for Local Government should not apply in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

  • Tigeriban 7:17 am on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today in Sarawak History 12 August 

    1. 12.08.1872 Kuching so named officially instead of Sarawak
    2. 12.08.1974 The Social Security Organisation(SOCSO) established its office in Kuching
    3. 12.08.1993 Commisioning of the new RM10 million Sungai Bayong water treatment plant near Sarikei
    4. 12.08.1996 Opening of Normah medical Specialist Centre (NMSC) heart centre at Petra Jaya Kuching
    5. 12.08.1998 Launching of the book donation campaign in Kuching
    6. 12.08.2000 Opening of the new school building of SRK St Rits at Jalan Bukit Assek, Sibu / Launching of the Cuti Cuti Malaysia Roadshow 2000 in Kuching
    7. 12.08.2001 Earth breaking ceremony of Ulu Bayot and Nanga Ulai Roads of Rh Wilfred Abit in Ulu Rimbas Betong
    8. 12.08.2004 Appointment of Yang Berhormat Datuk Hj Awang Tengah Ali Hassan as Sesco chairman
  • Tigeriban 6:29 am on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today In Sarawak History 11 August 

    1. 11.08.1879 Completion of road from Sungai Semengok to Quop.
    2. 11.08.1883 Council Negeri decrees the abolition of slavery to be effective in 1888.
    3. 11.08.1960 S.S.O.L Hospital at Miri taken over by the Government.
    4. 11.08.1988 Opening of the $ 45 million Normah Medical Specialist Centre in Kuching.
    5. 11.08.1996 Opening of Zycon Corporation Sdn Bhd at Sama Jaya Free Industrial Zone (SFIZ) in Kuching.
    6. 11.08.2001 Opening of the Surau Darul Ehsan at Bangka Gemong Kota Samarahan.
    7. 11.08.2003 Opening of the National Intergrity Management Committee Convention 2003 in Kuching
    8. 11.08.2004 (A)Opening of the SMI Financial Solution Road Show 2004 in Kuching. (B)Launching of the Exhibition and Customer Service Day with Government Department at Menara Pelita, Kuching. (C)Launching of the 17th Association of Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific and sub-committees meeting in Kuching.
  • Tigeriban 6:28 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today In Sarawak History 10 August 

    1. 10/08/1880 Para rubber referred to in the “Gazette”.
    2. 10/08/1993 Opening of Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (SESCO) RM 20.9 million sub-station in Sibu.
    3. 10/08/1996 Launching of UNIMAS Research Park at Kota Samarahan
    4. 10/08/1996 Launching of the RM 20 million Sarawak Palm Oil Mill at Serian.
    5. 10/08/1998 Earth breaking ceremony for the Kanowit Ulu Majan Road in Kanowit.
    6. 10/08/1999 Launching of the Second Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASN2) in Kota Samarahan.
    7. 10/08/2001 Opening of the RM 3.68 million Long Akah airstrip in Ulu Baram.
  • Tigeriban 1:43 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Common greeting would soon be introduced to all Dayaks in Borneo 

    Extract from Borneo Post 10.08.2010

    RITUAL: Malang (standing left) performing the ‘miring’ to start the ceremony as (from left, seated) Atan, Langgu, Kitingan, Mengga, John Bryan and Dusit (foreground) look on.

    RITUAL: Malang (standing left) performing the ‘miring’ to start the ceremony as (from left, seated) Atan, Langgu, Kitingan, Mengga, John Bryan and Dusit (foreground) look on.

    KUCHING:  When a Dayak greets you with ‘Adil Ka’Talino, Bacuramin Ka’Saruga, Basengat Ka’Jubata’, the response should be ‘Harus! Harus! Harus!’.

    The popular Dayak greeting, used in Kalimantan would soon be introduced to all Dayaks in Borneo and the launch of the Borneo Dayak Forum on Sunday night was a fitting occasion for the greeting’s introduction.

    Kalimantan Barat ‘Majlis Adat Dayak Negeri’ (MADN) chief Atan Palil when speaking at the launching dinner, introduced the local greeting, which means ‘Love and respect one another; Be honest and believe in the Heavens and the Almighty. When said, it should be responded with ‘harus’ (a must) three times.

    Atan hoped that the greeting would be adopted by all Dayaks in the future in the quest to get all Borneon natives unite under one Dayak banner.

    The launching, held at Penview Hotel also saw the introduction of BDF official song ‘Mars Borneo Dayak Forum’ written by Indonesian composer Dr Aloysius Mering. He also wrote a patriotic song ‘Gemakanlah’ which was also performed during the night by a choir group comprising Kalimantan beauties from the MADN and ‘Dewan Adat Dayak’ (DAD) Kalimantan Barat.

    BDF president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, DAD chairman Drs Thadeus Yus and Atan all gave a speech each, mostly highlighting the objectives and vision of BDF. All hoped that unity, understanding and solidarity could be strengthened among all Dayak natives in Borneo for the development of its people in economics, culture and education.

    Thadeus stated that Kalimantan Barat was very much committed to the vision of strengthening the Dayak community for the benefit of all its people.

    Jeffrey, in addition, said that after one year of numerous visitations and discussions between Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Pontianak, he was relieved that the forum finally materialised.

    “It is a historic night for all Dayaks. We have a great vision and tonight is just a start. We still have a long way to go but when everybody joins in the bandwagon, we can achieve the impossible,” he continued.

    Earlier at the ceremony, Sgt Major (R) Robert Malang was invited on stage to perform the opening gathering with the compulsory Dayak custom – ‘miring’ (offering).

    He later on did the ‘mengap’ where he pounded his sacred ‘tongkat’ on the floor as he chanted to the Gods. All prominent figures in the BDF and organisation leaders associated with BDF were invited to the stage.

    The official soft-launching was marked by the beating of the gong seven times by its president. The seven beatings marked the number seven which is a sacred number for the Dayaks.

    Among its relevance was purification in respect of human and spiritual needs for forgiveness followed by resolutions to make themselves worthy of the gift of God. Restoration is necessary to ensure health while reunion is realised in respect of human needs to be integrated in body, mind and spirit within the concept of the seven-in-one divinity of humanity.

    Also present at the launch were Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) president Mengga Mikui, BDF advisor and former Saratok MP Dato Sri Edmund Langgu, former Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald and SDNU publicity officer Dr Dusit Jaul. Organising chairman was SDNU deputy president Dr John Bryan Anthony.

    SM: Harus!! Harus!! Harus!!!!

  • Tigeriban 8:24 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today In Sarawak History 9 August 

    1. 09.08.2001 Launching of the state level Amanah Saham Didik (ASD) Trust Fund
    2. 09.08.2004 Opening of the Local Government Consultative Committee 2004 in Sibu
  • Tigeriban 5:34 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    All natives in Borneo should unite under one banner — Kitingan 

    Extract from Borneo Post 09.08.2010

    ONE DAYAK: Jeffery (back row, eight left) poses in a photo-call with panels and guests of the inaugural Borneo Dayak Forum. Also seen is Dusit (back row, sixth right) and John Brian, (second right).

    ONE DAYAK: Jeffery (back row, eight left) poses in a photo-call with panels and guests of the inaugural Borneo Dayak Forum. Also seen is Dusit (back row, sixth right) and John Brian, (second right).

    KUCHING: Solidarity has always been the main essence to achieve unity among the people and it is high time that all natives in Borneo unite under one banner – the Dayak.

    In his closing remark of the Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF) held at Penview Hotel here yesterday, BDF pro-tem president Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan said that all natives in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan should unite as one entity if they were to fulfill their potentials as a strong race globally.

    “We must understand that we are all Dayak. All who recognise themselves as natives in Borneo should realise that the word ‘Dayak’ itself is gold. When it comes to culture, way of living, economics activity and even community upbringing, we are all the same. In terms of development, we all have the same wish and now is the time for us to work together and unite to build solidarity.

    “The strength of all races when combined together would ensure that we could enjoy the richness of Borneo and bring each other forward together,” added Kitingan stating that now was the time for all ‘Dayak’ (natives in Borneo) to rise and build a positive outlook on solidarity’s strength.

    “Where do the Dayak go from here? Who we are as Dayak and what can we achieved? Only each and single individual knows the answer. We must all picture the good things to come when we are solid,” he stated.

    Kitingan also mentioned that it was important to raise the level of consciousness in all fields for the development of Borneo and its people. Stating BDF as a vehicle that could promote such awareness, he stressed that all Dayak could discuss and solve relevant issues by sharing their strength.

    By working together, a lot of energy could be generated and such forum would be a good tool to harness it, he explained.

    Speaking to The Borneo Post after the forum, he highlighted among the steps needed to be taken by the BDF was on education. The Dayak needed to set a target on where they would be in years to come and that a formula is needed for all to work together for the benefit of all.

    Among the plan in consideration was to set up a Credit Union (which was equivalent to co-operatives) especially for the Dayak. Kitingan stated that the union was a practical way to harness people’s potential and that it was one system that would bring the people together to fight poverty and enhance the economy.

    “The main problem we are facing is that we are fighting our problems separately. There should be a body to centralise our issues especially when it comes to land. Land is very sensitive topic among the people. It is managed in a localised manner depending on customs. It is now up to the Dayak on how to come up with a system to manage and protect their land and resources,” he pointed out.

    He also mentioned that BDF would study on indigenous people from all over the world such as the natives Indian-American on how they organised themselves, defended and fought for their rights. The study would also include the implementation and how to get the Dayak to be aware of their native rights.

    He also mentioned that BDF would be registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO).

    The inaugural BDF yesterday saw four papers presented by invited panels from the State and neighbouring Sabah as well as Kalimantan.

    Organising chairman Dr John Bryan Anthony who is also Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) deputy president opened the forum with his topic ‘Genesis Borneo’. Chairman of ‘Dewan Adat Dayak Kalimantan Barat’ Bapak Thadeus Yus delivered a topic on Customs and Tradition – ‘Adat Dayak Kalbar’ (Kalimantan Barat).

    Sabah’s representative came in the form of Benedict Topin who represented Borneo Heritage Foundation. His topic was ‘Culture and Customs of Dayak-Kadazandusun’. The last speaker of the day was a representative from one of the Credit Union in Kalbar Thomas Ydh who spoke about the credit union and its benefits.

    The BDF was organised here by SDNU. Also present was SDNU president Mengga Mikui, the forum’s panels chairman Dr Dusit Jaul who is also SDNU publicity officer.

  • Tigeriban 4:40 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Dub Borneo Land of the Dayaks, not Land of the Headhunters’ 

    Extract from Borneo Post 09.08.2010

    BENEFITING DAYAK: Dr John Bryan Anthony and Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (right).

    BENEFITING DAYAK: Dr John Bryan Anthony and Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (right).

    KUCHING:  Borneo should not be dubbed as the ‘land of the headhunters’ anymore but instead, rebranded as ‘Land of the Dayak’.

    The term ‘Land of the Headhunters’ which was heavily associated with the savage historical culture of the natives (Dayak) in Borneo was no longer relevant in today’s society and this infamous tag should be terminated once and for all.

    Speaking to The Borneo Post after the Borneo Dayak Forum (BDF) held at Penview Hotel here yesterday, organising chairman Dr John Brian Anthony claimed tourists are still wary of the threat of having their heads cut off when they come to Borneo.

    “And this is not friendly at all. It’s bad publicity.

    “This is no longer synonym to the Dayak culture today. As the government has been promoting heavily on local Sarawak cultures as its tourism product, why not we (the Dayak) promote Borneo as ‘Land of the Dayak’ instead?,” he said.

    John Brian who is also Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) deputy president added that Dayak (natives) people are famous for its rich cultures, customs and hospitality, and no longer associated with the tradition of headhunting.

    “What more suitable way than to promote the Dayaks than their cultures and products,” he said.

    John Brian stated that re-branding the third largest island in the world, as ‘Land of the Dayak’ would bring lots of benefit to the natives. For a start, it would create more awareness of the uniqueness and traditions of the Dayak. In addition, it would be in

    line with the vision of getting all natives to group together under the Dayak banner.

    “As we move forward into the 21st Century, it is very important to globalise the Dayak economy. It would certainly aid the development of the Dayak. Among other steps that could be taken was the patterning of Dayak cultural patterns, which was heavily marketed, in almost every local product today.

    “We see many natives pattern commercialised in almost anything marketable today, but how many Dayaks are benefiting from this? We do not own any commercial right while our assets and heritage are excessively promoted to others’ advantages,” stated John.

    He mentioned that the Dayak could take advantage of their rich cultures by doing their own heritage marketing or at least join in the bandwagon on promoting themselves and this would be amongst the plan to be highlighted by the BDF.

    “For instant, the native American-Indian have their ‘Dreamcatcher’ while the native aborigine in Australia profited from their boomerang. All this tribes are paid royalty by their government.

    “It’s high time we could do the same for our native products. BDF will look into this matter,” he explained.

    BDF pro-tem president Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan who was also present, told The Borneo Post that all natives should be aware of the part that they could play to benefit the people.

    He added that other ways to promote unity among all Dayak was by organising more Borneo festivals as these would give practical benefit for the natives.

    “We can have our very own Borneo tourism. We can promote our products, folk games and even traditional sports. We can even have an inter-Borneo blow dart competition for instant,” he added.

    Kitingan also mentioned that fashion was also another trade that all locals could promote. He stated that all local designers should work together to promote and raised the economics of the natives through the fashion industry.

    “We can call it Borneo Fashion,” he suggested.

    In addition, Kitingan also stressed that there were many potentials that the Dayak could tap in from their own cultural and heritage resources, which could be marketed to the world.

    “All the natives could work together in combining their resources and expertise to promote Borneo and its people. We must compliment each other. One could produce, one could manufacture while one could market. In the end, all would prosper,” he highlighted.

    SM: Welcome to Land of the Dayaks

  • Tigeriban 11:49 am on August 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today in Sarawak History 8 August 

    1. 08.08.1844 Patusan, below Skrang stronghold of Sherip Satap, captured.
    2. 08.1854 Defeat of Rentap at Sungai Long
    3. 08.1858 Second Sadok Expedition against Rentap
    4. 08.1861 Nyalong attacked
    5. 08.1891 British Government recognise annexation of Limbang
    6. 08.1895 Rickshawa introduced into Kuching
    7. 08.1931 No 1 RSS drops to $9.66 other grades value less.
    8. 08.1981 Lundu / Serayan Road completed.
    9. 08.08.1992 Opening of the Riverside Majestic Hotel in Kuching
    10. 08.08.1996 Opening of KOMAG USA Sdn Bhd the first Sarawak manufacturing plant at Pending Kuching.
    11. 08.08.1997 Signing of the Under Writing Agreement in connecting with the imposed listing of Zecon Enginnering Berhad on KLSE second board
    12. 08.08.2000 Launching of Shell’s RM 1.2 billion air separation unit in Bintulu.
    13. 08.08.2001 Launching of the book entitled The Future of The Dayak Bidayuh in Malaysia
    14. 08.08.2002 Opening of the dialogue session between government departments with members of the Malaysian Palm oil Association East Malaysia Planters Association and other planters in Miri.
    15. 08.08.2004 Launching of the Malaysian Red Cresent Society annual flag (sticker) sale in Miri.
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