Comments by Sarawak Headhunter in red:
1. In recognition of the spirit of the federal compact signed in 1963 known as the Malaysia Agreement, to:
Recognise – in the Federal Constitution, text books and official discourses – Sabah and Sarawak as special states that are equal partners to the Peninsula of Malaysia within the Federation of Malaysia; and
Recognise three National Days: August 31 as the Merdeka Day for Malaya and Sabah, July 22 as the Independence Day for Sarawak and September 16 as Malaysia Day – with national celebrations for August 31 and September 16.
2. In the spirit of true federalism that values unity in diversity while preserving a cohesive nation, to:
Uphold Bahasa Malaysia as the national language unifying all Malaysians regardless of faiths, ethnicity or mother-tongue;
In the true spirit of the Malaysia Agreement, Sarawak and Sabah should revert to English as their official language. If the Malayans know what is good for them they will also do so, but they are not to be compelled in this regard, nor should they compel Sarawak and Sabah, with their minority Malay populations, to adopt the Malay language.
Protect the freedom of expression and information in all languages, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, including the use of Allah in the Malay and Iban-language Bibles and other publications; and
Establish a television channel for Borneo.
Why only one? Sarawak and Sabah should be able to establish as many television channels as they like.
3. In full recognition of the injustice in the marginalization and poverty suffered by Sarawak and Sabah despite their rich resources, as a result of corruption, nepotism and cronyism by both the Federal and State Governments, bring about the following economic reforms and developments when Pakatan Rakyat forms the new federal and state governments:
a. Federal-state sharing of petroleum wealth and power in Petronas, with
a director each from Sarawak, Sabah and all other petroleum-producing states on Petronas’ Board;
the establishment of state-owned second-tiered Oil and Gas company as Petronas’ partners; and
20% royalty for those states;
b. The abolition of cabotage policy to eliminate the artificial price disparity that burdens the people of Sarawak and Sabah;
c. The construction of a Pan-Borneo highway of comparable quality to those highways in Peninsular Malaysia.
d. The supply of electricity and tap water to 90% of households in Sarawak and Sabah.
The target should be 100%. No community or household should be left behind.
4. To correct and prevent the illegal naturalization and enfranchisement of foreigners and the failure in safeguarding the border of Sabah, establish permanent joint Federal-State Commissions in Sarawak and Sabah answerable to both the Federal Parliament and the respective State Assemblies in order to oversee:
The naturalization of foreigners in Sarawak and Sabah;
The trans-migration of other Malaysians into Sabah and Sarawak; and
Border and coastline security in both states.
5. To ensure protection of the native communities and environment:
Establish State Land Commissions in Sarawak and Sabah, with institutionalized representation from the native communities and answerable to the respective State Assemblies, to administer land especially Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands, undertake surveys, investigate and resolve land disputes; and
Establish elected third-tiered governments at city and division level, with the boundaries of rural divisions taking into account socio-cultural boundaries of native communities where possible, to facilitate participatory decision-making and indigenous autonomy.
6. Guided by the spirit of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, support human resource development in Sarawak and Sabah, with no discrimination on the ground of religion, through:
Borneonisation of the state public service in Sarawak and Sabah with transparent and meritocratic recruitment and promotion;
Recruitment of more Borneans into the Administrative and Diplomatic Services and appointment of more Borneans as Ambassadors and High Commissioners; and
Both scholarships for both Bornean students in general and Bornean native students in particular with no discrimination on the ground of ethnicity and religion.
7. Establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to commence a study on the health of federalism in Malaysia within the first year of the new Federal Government and complete it within 3 years, to reform and rejuvenate our federal system before GE15 to better serve the nation and all the states and territories.