PAS claim Holy Bible, Word of God, ‘manipulated’ will cost Muhyiddin in Sabah polls

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

There are shades of Kimanis in this.

PAS MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh’s claim that the Holy Bible, the Word of God, was “manipulated” could cost Perikatan Nasional (PN) and allied local parties votes in the state election due to their refusal to criticise him, according to observers quoted by an online news portal.

When Pairin recently accepted the challenge by the faceless PAS MP in Malaya to debate the latter’s statement in Parliament, it came as a complete surprise to the people.

No one has ever heard Pairin mention religion.

There are shades of Kimanis in this.

It was not so long ago that the Opposition won the Kimanis parliamentary seat in a by-election after Putrajaya decided to grant temporary residence, renewable every three years, to illegal immigrants in Sabah i. e. allow them to stay indefinately.

I can demolish the faceless PAS MP and hate preacher Zakir Naik, Mahathir’s fellow Indian, in three minutes.

Most Dusun in Sabah are in fact non-Muslim and not at all like what the Article claims. There are also Dusun in Brunei, Sarawak and Kalimantan.

Dusun in Sabah, along with the Murut, come under the collective Dayak label used also in Sarawak and Kalimantan. Kadazan are urban Dusun.

Jeffrey Kitingan in Sabah was the first President of the Pan Borneo Dayak Forum. The presidency is rotated among the provinces in Kalimantan and Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.

In Ranau, the most Muslim in Dusun country, I believe that only 30 per cent are Muslim. Even so, we don’t see many mosques because the picture is a little more complicated than the figures.

From Kota Kinabalu, all the way to Kundasang for example, crosses and churches dot the landscape.

Also, many Dusun who experienced mass conversion programmes in the 70s have apparently left the religion and gone back to their traditional ways or other faiths but this isn’t reflected in their MyKads.

This can be seen in the court battles to get personal documents altered.

Many people think the refugees from the southern Philippines who flooded into Sabah in the 1970s were Muslim.

Why should Muslims flee the south? It’s their traditional homeland.

The refugees were mostly Christian from the north settled in the south. They fled the Muslim militants in the south battling the Philippines Army for the land on which Christians settled. Muslims were willing to sell their land to incoming Christian settlers and were picked off as well by the militants.

In Sabah, it became a different story when these Christian refugees, now landless, were allegedly given documents with “Muslim” names. So, don’t be surprised if someone with a “Muslim” name in Sabah is a regular church goer.

When I was in university, I was surprised to see “Muslim” students attending Moral Education lectures. When I asked them, they said they were Christian.

Again, how do we explain an Elizabeth or Josephine in tudung and a Mohd Meechum going to Church although his father is Muslim?

It appears that Muslims in Sabah like to carry “Christian” names and vice versa. Just ask JPN.

At shopping complexes, just look at the name tags worn by the sales staff.

Today, from an original 13 Muslim majority provinces in the southern Philippines, only five remain. Christian settlers from the north continue to flock to the south. This was one reason why the Muslim militants fighting the gov’t finally sued for peace. They risked running out of provinces to make up a Muslim homeland. Ironically, today the Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines has become 50: 50, if not majority Christian.

The Spanish, who were in the Philippines for over 400 years, failed to convert the south.

Muslims in the southern Philippines have also been moving over the years to the overwhelmingly Christian north. Manila itself has a sizeable Muslim population. It won’t be surprising if a Muslim becomes the President of the very Roman Catholic Philippines.

In the next state assembly there will be 73 seats i.e. including 13 new seats. Six seats can be nominated.

In 1994, there were 20 non-Muslim Bumiputera state seats, 20 Muslim Bumiputera seats, and 8 Chinese seats.

The EC increased the 20 Muslim Bumiputera seats by 12 seats.

That made it 60 state seats.

The Muslim Bumiputera/non-Muslim Bumiputera labels created by the EC in Sabah were a Malayan creation based on ignorance.

They don’t reflect the reality on the ground where family, village, ethnic and tribal loyalties hold sway. Bahasa Sabah, the local version of the Bahasa Melayu used in the Archipelago, is a unifying force. It only happens in Sabah i.e. two Chinese, for example, speaking in Bahasa Sabah over a cup of coffee in a kopi tiam.

In Sabah, there’s no radicalisation in mosques as seen in Malaya, although there has been attempts.

Again, unlike in Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak are states where politicians don’t mention religion, Bumiputera, non-Bumiputera, Cina, India, or ask for the Bumiputera share of this and that.

Harris Salleh broke this tradition — he claims under pressure from Kuala Lumpur — and lost his deposit in Tenom. He was never able to make a comeback and remains very bitter to this day.

Naturally, he blames the “Christian” PBS and the Kitingan Family. Pairin brought down the Harris gov’t after nine years and became Chief Minister. He headed the gov’t for nine years.

It’s not possible to look at Sabah, or Sarawak for that matter, from outside and get it right. The people in Malaya are like the proverbial “katak di bawah tempurung”.

Malaya has an entrenched Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Muslim/non-Muslim mindset. The people are always asking for a share of this and that based on race and religion. Often, they throw in language as well, and sometimes colour. This is like the pot calling the kettle black.

They suffer from the two Imam and two mosques syndrome.

Where else can you witness the spectacle of a dark-skinned Muslim convert childishly disparaging a dark-skinned Hindu parliamentarian on colour?

Unlike Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak often defy description and analysis. Politicians go at each other hammer and tongs but remain good friends.

Just look at how King of Frogs Jeffrey Kitingan and “Vacuum Cleaner” Musa Aman, a fellow Dusun, went at each other in the state assembly for years and yet came together after GE14.

Jeffrey allegedly lodged the police reports, also filed at the MACC, which led to Musa being dragged to court on 46 corruption charges. After the charges were dropped recently, Jeffrey was the first to express relief that the charges had been dropped. Ironically, he added without batting an eyelid, that he always knew that Musa was innocent.

Half a century after Malaysia Day, 16 Sept 1963, Jeffrey and Musa are proof that Malaya has failed to re-cast the two Borneo states in its mould despite its best hysterical efforts. When it comes to the crunch, when push comes to shove, Sabahans will stand up for each other.

The jungles of Borneo can’t be tamed.

Malaya is so far away, on the other side of the South China Sea, that the moon seems nearer.

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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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