Thursday, 23 October 2008

PAS Sabah, Chill Out! Go Read the 20-Point Agreement(Sabah)

Read here article by "Ranger" in Seventh Rangers(Mechanised)Blog

These PAS fellas should chill out and know about the (20) Twenty-Point Agreement

by

"Ranger"

" A report from Malaysiakini: Two PAS Sabah leaders have taken an issue with the wide-ranging speech by Bernard Giluk Dompok at United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusunMurut’s 12th triennial congress in Kota Kinabalu last week, alleging that these were “not sensitive to the Islamic ummah (faithful) in the nation in general and in Sabah in particular”.

Utusan Borneo quoted Sabah PAS deputy commissioner Hamzah Abdullah as describing portions of the speech by Dompok as “simply too much, irresponsible and carrying elements of agitation against Islam which is the official religion of Malaysia and Sabah” Read here in full in Malaysiakini.

These PAS fellas should also pay attention to the 20-point agreement (Sabah) which clearly spells out this:
Point 1: Religion

While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be NO State religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should NOT apply to North Borneo.
I really cannot fathom, why they want to create a problem, when all Dompok wants to do is resolve problems.
I will say one thing about Dompok, is that he stands firm.

Dompok said:

“These concerns were also in the memorandum that was sent to the prime minister (in January 2006) by nine (of the 10 non-Muslim) ministers. I was a signatory to this memorandum. Sadly, those who signed it were later asked to withdraw it.

I did not withdraw my signature because I felt that there was nothing improper in the memorandum. Indeed, the contents were very much consonant with the effort by the government to strive for a Malaysia that recognises the (special) position of Islam within the federation and the rights of others to practise the religion of their choice”.
He signed that memorandum due to the many cases of body snatching in Malaysia.

Here is a news report from ABC, Malaysian opposition calls for end to 'body-snatching' Bernard Dompok is not belittling anyone's religion, he is merely stating facts that there are problems with conversion issues which urgently need to be looked into.

There are alot of Kadazans who use 'bin' and 'binti' , yet they are not Muslims, these are the issues Bernard wants resolved.

So you PAS fellas out there, chill. There are many problems affecting minorities in Malaysia,visit the link. ..."

The Twenty-Point Agreement (Sabah)
(read here for more)
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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.The agreement was written for the main purpose of safeguarding the interests, rights, and the autonomy of the people of Sabah upon entering the federation of Malaysia.

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 North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to North 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 North Borneo 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 North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.

Point 4: Head of Federation
The Head of State in North Borneo 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 North Borneo should also require the approval of the State Government.

The Federal Government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into North Borneo for State Government purposes except on strictly security grounds. North Borneo should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in Federal Government employ from other parts of Malaysia into North Borneo.

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 North Borneo

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 North Borneo 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 North Borneo after Malaysia must be federal citizen.

Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo 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 North Borneo 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 North Borneo

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 North Borneo

Point 14: Transitional period
This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the State of North Borneo by the Constitution and not be merely delegated to the State Government by the Federal Government

Point 15: Education
The existing educational system of North Borneo 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 North Borneo 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 North Borneo 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 North Borneo 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
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 North Borneo. Likewise, the National Council for Local Government should not apply in North Borneo.

4 comments:

Malaysian Malaysia said...

Why MSM media never publicise this 20 points agreement for all Malaysian Malaysia to see, read and appreciated ?

Good exposition for reading.

My salute to all Peacemakers

sean-the-man said...

I agree. There's a lot of talk about how the alleged "social contract" being the basis of ketuanan of the Malays, Islam and Bahasa Melayu, but too little about the 20 point agreement which say clear states that basis is rubbish.

murai77 said...

dear sir,

Borneo states such as Sabah and Sarawak is lucky enough when their Native rights are safeguarded with all the constitutions and agreements are made to protect them in all aspects.

There is no problem with them.

Social contract actually issues on agreement between the Malays, Chinese and Indians about their citizenship and rights as before Sabah and Sarawak joint the federal states.

Social contract was then agreed before the Borneo joint the Malay Federal state (Persekutuan Tanah Melayu)

The Social contract is not to be deteriorated and questioned.

It is for Malaysian to understand for such agreement to be made.

As for general rule, The person who breach the contact may be sued.

This applies to the Non bumiputras since they agreed in the condition as being prescribed in the social contract.

Learn history and understand why for such social contract is so important in order reinstall peace, harmony in National integration.

sean-the-man said...

Dear sir

The fact is that you and I did not agree to any social contract. In fact, I was not even born when this contract was allegedly made. And those who supposedly made this contract have mostly, if not all died by now. How can it be that my sons and your sons are bound by this "contract" made without their consent?

Secondly, what are the terms of this so-called social contract? You say it's contracts for the ketuanan of Melayus. I say it contracts for the ketuanan of Malaysians. Am I right or are you right? Can you show any evidence for and against?

You can't. And that is why there cannot be a contract (social or otherwise) that extends beyond the lifetime of one generation.