Malayans think Sabah, Sarawak, ‘stupid’ to be in Malaysia with Malaya

Listen to soft instrumental music for 15 to 20 mins before bed to calm the emotions and have a restful night . . .

Pasir Salak was not thinking of Sabah and Sarawak and NCR land when he made his statement.

As far as people in Malaya are concerned, Malaysia is Malaya, and Malaysia is Malaya.

They don’t think of Sabah and Sarawak.

They can’t understand why Sabah and Sarawak, so far away, are with Malaya in Malaysia.

The man in the street in Malaya does not think Sabah and Sarawak are in Malaysia.

When they realise that Sabah and Sarawak are in fact in Malaysia, their usual response, “Why so stupid? You can be on your own.”

It’s the common experience of Sabah and Sarawak people in Malaya.

When I was discussing the Malacca Portuguese with Mahathir once, during an interview for a cover story in Asian Business of Hong Kong, he said the Malacca Portuguese were not Bumiputera “because they were Christians”.

I begged to differ.

Mahathir replied, “If you say you are Portuguese, that means you are from Portugal”.

I pointed out that the Orang Asal in Sabah and Sarawak were Christians.

Mahathir, “oh! That is that side. We are talking about here”.

Not long after that, Mahathir announced that the Malacca Portuguese, Chitty and Siamese would be considered Bumiputera and eligible to participate in ASB, among others.

I don’t know whether Baba Nonya are also considered Bumiputera.

Mahathir once advised Jeffrey Kitingan, detained under the draconian ISA without trial for four years, not to tell the people what they do not know. He was referring to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), the basis for Sabah and Sarawak to be in Malaysia with Malaya as Equal Partners.

Malaya does not celebrate Malaysia Day.

All Malayans know is that it’s a public holiday and has something to do with MA63.

No one can beat my blog piece on “Malaysia not tanah Melayu . . .”

I explained NCR land and Malay reservation land (tanah Melayu).

Tanah Melayu is a misnomer. It’s actually gov’t reservation land created by British colonialists in Orang Asli country (Malaya).

The so-called Malays in Malaya were pendatang who came after the first Indians and Chinese.

The west coast of Malaya was the circulation corridor between southeast India and south China. The Tamils were the first people to settle down in Sumatra. The Tamils are still there in northern Sumatra.

The first people to come to Malaya, 40, 000 years ago, were Negrito from the mountains of Kerala, southwest India.

The Negrito are still there in the mountains of Malaya and Kerala.

The Negrito came to Kerala 70, 000 years ago from east Africa.

Indians set up the Kadaram civilisation in Kedah. This paved the way for Malacca, Penang and Singapore. Malacca was set up by Parameswara, a Hindu Indian prince from Palembang, Sumatra. He was not Malay. The Definition of Malay, under Article 160(2) was only created in 1957.

Kadaram is Tamil for “place with many shops”.

Kedah comes from kedai, Tamil for shop.

There were many Chinese traders in Kadaram.

Read further here . . .

Britain finally seized Malaya from Siam in 1909.

Malay in the Definition in Article 160(2) is not race.

There’s no Malay race in Singapore, Malaya and Sabah.

The Sarawak Malay — Orang Laut — are under Article 161A.

There’s case law in Malaya that states that the Definition of Malay in Article 160(2) is not race but anthropology.

Palm Oil (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd v. Che Mariah Mohd Tahir (Trading as Delta Mec Enterprise) [1994] 3 CLJ 638.

If it’s anthropology, Islam which came from a place far away, from Gujerat in western India, would not be mentioned in the Definition.

Clearly, the said case law does not stand.

Anthropology in the Archipelago covers paganism and animism, an ancient form of Hinduism and Buddhism, an Indic religion.

It cannot be said to cover the Abrahamic religions.

The 1st Prong — culture, customs, traditions — of the Definition contradicts the 2nd Prong — not race.

Briefly, the 2nd Prong of the Definition in Article 160(2) reads that (a) Muslims, able to speak Malay, and born before Merdeka in Malaya or Singapore, or born of parents one of whom was born in Malaya or Singapore, or is on that day (i.e. Merdeka) domiciled in Malaya or Singapore are Malay; and (b) the issue of such a person i.e. in (a) is Malay.

The Definition was about creating a form of identity for Muslims in Malaya and Singapore who are governed by the Merdeka cutoff deadline.

Given the construction of the 2nd Prong, on what basis does the 1st Prong refer to Malay culture, customs and traditions, when Malay in the 2nd Prong is not race but a form of identity for the Muslims concerned?

Both can be snowy white like Michael Jackson, instead of Azeez continuing to display prejudice in Parliament.

No MA63, no Malaysia . . . MA63 basis for Sabah and Sarawak to be in Malaysia with Malaya as Equal Partners.

PSB shocked by Wan Junaidi’s claim S’wak gained self-rule, not independence in 1963

Self-rule is BIG BULLSHIT. There was no Self-Government Act for Sabah and Sarawak as with Singapore in 1958 and Malaya in 1955.

Read further here . . .

a question for joe says:

Aug 2, 2020 at 12:23 pm


If you are such a smart educated person why are you not in Australia or Canada or USA?

Why stuck in backward part of Malaysia




fernzthegreat says:

Aug 2, 2020 at 5:12 am


Except for an international city like New York which is the publishing capital of the world, there’s really nothing to do in those boring countries.

Washington and England would be good places for a change either to teach or practise law and perhaps write. I might still do that but only for a time.

Money is not the be all and end all of life.

Principles matter.

Man does not live by bread alone.

Agi idup, agi ngelaban!

Lawan tetap lawan.

Kalau bukan kita, siapa lagi?

Kalau bukan sekarang, bila lagi?

This is not about us but the children, grandchildren and generations unborn.

The Gen Y should not piss on our graves.

If you see something, say something, do something.

Sabah and Sarawak are backward because of Malaya. The grinding poverty is the result of the transfer of wealth from those who have no power to those who have power.

This is a matter of international law and human rights. In fact, human rights is the basis of international law. Look up international customary practices.

International law has outlawed colonialism — the transfer of wealth — as a criminal enterprise. Apartheid, Nazism, fascism and the evil caste system have been outlawed too. There’s a case against ketuanan Melayu, political Islam and communism too.

Once Malaya quits Borneo, and quit it will as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow morning in the East, Sabah and Sarawak will find their rightful place in the sun.

When that day comes, I might head for Washington or England. Not sure about New York.

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Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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