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Guan Eng label Khalid Sebagai "Lembu Suci"

Hari ini, Guan Eng yang juga Setiausaha Agung DAP melabelkan Khalid sebagai “lembu suci” yang tidak boleh dikritik.sumber

Dalam kenyataannya yang dilihat akan memanjangkan ‘perang’ beliau dengan Khalid, Guan Eng berkata, Khalid perlu ketepikan sikap sombong dan sedar bahawa beliau bukan maksum atau “lembu suci” yang tidak boleh dikritik, tetapi hanyalah seorang penjawat awam yang dibayar oleh rakyat untuk melaksanakan kewajipan berkanun bagi memerangi jenayah.

Katanya, Khalid tidak boleh menyalahgunakan undang-undang jenayah atau undang-undang punitif bagi mengelak kritikan terhadap dirinya tetapi sebaliknya bergantung kepada undang-undang fitnah untuk membersihkan namanya.

“Apakah Khalid akan berjuang secara adil dengan membawa kepada mahkamah sivil terhadap mereka yang beliau dakwa memfitnah beliau?,” tanya Guan Eng.

Beliau turut menuduh media yang dakwanya dikawal Barisan Nasional (BN), termasuk beberapa dalam akhbar Cina, telah menerima pakai pendirian BN yang anti-PPS.

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Hotels, resorts urged to screen employeees thoroughly

KOTA KINABALU - High class hotels and resorts, especially those located in isolated areas, should have conducted more stringent and thorough screening of their employees' background.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Melanie Chia said international hotels should have a certain level of standard, terms of reference or code of ethics which they should adhere to.

"These hotels should treat their guests better than other players in the service industry," she said.

Chia was commenting on two Hong Kong tourists who claimed that a male housekeeping staff had attempted to violate their modesty during their stay at a five-star island resort at one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks off Kota Kinabalu on August 31.

A male staff of a five-star island resort at one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks off Kota Kinabalu, has allegedly tried to violate the modesty of two Hong Kong tourists during their stay at the resort.

The victims said the male staff had allegedly entered the toilet knowing that both of them were in there, and blocked their exit.

Worse, the victims claimed that the resort seemed to shun responsibility and did not offer an apology or compensation on the incident.

The two female tourists, Chow, 22, and Chen, 26, as they wished to be known only by their surnames, who both work as receptionists in a Hong Kong hotel, arrived in Kota Kinabalu on August 28 for a vacation. The trip included a two-night stay at the island resort starting from August 29, which they paid HKD7,000 (RM2,800) for.

Chow said they booked the resort because they were attracted by the beauty of the resort and the resort was built on the sea.

On August 31, before the victims checked out from the resort, they went for a swim in the morning. At around 10.30am, Chow noticed that their breakfast, still left in the room, had attracted birds, ants and insects, and she asked one of the two housekeeping staff, referred herein as Staff A, at the corridor to clear the plates.

Soon after, the duo went to take a shower in the bathroom together as they were rushing to check out to avoid the late charges.

When they were done, they were surprised to see Staff B still in the room. Staff B signaled to them that it was alright to come out, although the women only wrapped their bodies with towels.

The victims immediately retreated into the bathroom but Staff B still refused to leave the room.

“I told him that we were supposed to check out today. Usually the housekeeping staff will not tidy up the room on the day guests are supposed to check out. My intention of telling him that was to ask him to leave,” Chen said in a press conference here yesterday.

However, the housekeeping staff ignored them and kept knocking at the bathroom door.

Pressing for time to check out before 12.30pm, the women decided to dash out, wrapped only in towels, grabbed their clothes in the room and got dressed in the bathroom.

Soon after they ran into the bathroom, Staff B entered the bathroom and locked the door, leaving only three of them in the space.

The victims said they could not leave the bathroom as the staff had spread his arms out against the door.

“I asked him why he came into the toilet; he said he wanted to tidy up the towels, and I told him that it was not convenient for him to stay there (bathroom),” Chen recalled.

Suddenly, the man reached out his hand towards Chen, which seemed to the women that he either wanted to touch Chen’s bare shoulder or unwrap her towel.

Chen stepped back while Chow screamed and shouted ‘No!’

Finally, Staff B left the bathroom. By the time the women got dressed, the man was nowhere to be seen in their room.

“We felt that the man wanted to assault us. If not, why would he enter the bathroom and lock the door?” Chow said.

After the ordeal, the women immediately contacted the resort’s reception and requested a Cantonese-speaking staff in order to lodge a report.

An hour later, four staff, including the security manager, duty manager, a housekeeping personnel and staff acting as a translator came to meet with the women.

“We told them what had happened but we felt that they did not believe us. We did not feel that they wanted to help us; they were more like trying to protect (the staff),” the victims pointed out.

The identification procedure was equally problematic and flawed, claimed the victims.

The first batch of three employees was brought in, including Staff A. The women clearly pointed at Staff A but the security manager kept asking them if the person they were referring to was another staff.

Then came the second batch of four employees.

“We clearly identified one of them as Staff B but the security manager repeatedly asked us if Staff B was the one.”

When the women did not budge from their choice, the security manager said something to Staff B, which the victims interpreted as asking the housekeeping staff to leave first.

The women said the resort did not give them any explanation of how they would deal with the matter, and only asked the victims to lodge a police report in Kota Kinabalu.

“I asked the resort staff how they would solve this matter, and he told us that the resort will conduct its own investigation as well as leave it to the police to investigate.”

The victims also demanded that the hotel compensate them for their stay, but the resort responded by saying that an internal investigation had to be carried out and proved that the staff was in the wrong before the resort would offer compensation.

“When I asked the resort to compensate us for our two-night stay, I noticed one of the staff smirked at our request.

“We felt insulted, like they thought we were just joking,” Chow lamented.

Till now, Chow and Chen have not received any compensation nor an apology from the resort.

When they returned to Kota Kinabalu, the victims decided to lodge a police report.

“We have expected the process to be time consuming, but we did it anyway (lodge police report), because we do now know what he will do in the future.”

The victims added that the island resort only installed a closed circuit television (CCTV) at its reception area, and not along the corridors.

“We did not expect this level of service for HKD3,000 (RM1,400) a night.

“We should have been enjoying ourselves rather than wasting our time making police statements and identifying suspects,” Chow said.

“The resort should be responsible for their staff, not acting like their staff have nothing to do with the resort,” Chen added.

The duo lodged a police report at the Kota Kinabalu district police headquarters on Sunday, and returned to the police station again yesterday accompanied by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Melanie Chia and vice president Chong Pit Fah.

The duo identified Staff A and Staff B from photographs at the police headquarters.

The victims said they thought such incident would only happen in shabby hotels and not the one they stayed in.

Chow said they had felt nice about Kota Kinabalu and enjoying themselves, but the incident had changed their impression 180 degrees.

“We will most likely opt for another place to visit next time,” she said.

The duo returned to Hong Kong last night.

On the other hand, city police chief ACP M. Chandra said the police had remanded a 20-year-old room attendant from Papar to assist in police investigation.

by Chok Sim Yee

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Polis Kenal Pasti Individu Keluar Kenyataan Bawa Sabah Keluar Dari Malaysia?

Isu membawa negeri Sabah keluar dari Malaysia kini bertambah serius bilamana pihak polis telah mengenal pasti individu yang mengeluarkan kenyataan untuk membawa Sabah keluar dari Malaysia.

Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin. berkata siasatan lebih lanjut akan dilakukan terhadap individu terbabit dalam tempoh terdekat kerana mengeluarkan kenyataan yang berunsur hasutan.

"Tindakan tegas akan ambil terhadap mereka yang mengeluarkan kenyataaan mempertikai kedudukan Sabah dalam Malaysia.

"Polis akan mempastikan tindakan diambil selari dengan kenyataan yang dibuat yang boleh kita anggap sebagai menghasut masyarakat di Sabah supaya membenci negara sendiri," katanya kepada pemberita dalam sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan Kompleks Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Lahad Datu Selasa.

Mohd Bakri berkata kenyataan itu dilihat sebagai sengaja mahu memporak perandakan negara dan meminta pihak berkenaan supaya menghentikan tindakan sedemikian.

Sabtu lepas, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dalam satu program di Sipitang berkata tindakan tegas akan diambil terhadap pihak yang mencadangkan usaha membawa Sabah keluar dari Malaysia yang disifatkan sebagai menjejaskan semangat kerjasama, keselamatan dan perpaduan rakyat.

Muhyiddin turut memberi amaran bahawa kerajaan tidak akan bertolak ansur dengan mereka yang pergi ke PBB, mempersoalkan kedudukan Sabah.

Baru-baru ini, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata bahawa tindakan tegas pasti akan diambil terhadap kumpulan yang dikenalpasti membawa Sabah keluar dari Malaysia

Mente ri Dalam Negeri itu juga berkata, polis telah mengenal pasti orang-orang yang menolak untuk itu.


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Sabah, Sarawak petition for self-determination

NGOs aim 300,000 signatures for submission to UN

KOTA KINABALU - Two NGOs, Sarawak Association for Peoples Aspirations (Sapa) and United Borneo Front(UBF) in Sabah - are collaborating to collect 300,000 signatures for the Sabah, Sarawak petition. for self-determination for submission to the United Nations (UN).

The campaign which kicked off on Aug 9 is said to have received over-whelming support from the people but still lacks support from elected representative in both states.

"So far, only three leaders have signed the petition. One elected representative is worth more because he or she represents his or her constituency.It could mean their signatures are worth 100,000 signatures!

"Therefore,it is imperative that our politicians from both sides of the divide unite in support of the cause as their signature would carry more weight," said Sapa President Lina Soo after delivering her presentation at the Malaysia at Crossroad forum here, Thursday.

The forum which entered its second day was grganised by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) think tank the Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis(PIPPA)

and attended by more than 200 people.

Soo said the association had been travelling all over Sarawak to collect signatures

in order for the petition to be submitted to the UN in New York in six months time.

The campaign in Sabah will be spearheaded by UBF which reported that the campaign is doing well in Sabah. "Other than going to the districts, we have even put a counter for the petition every weekend in Gaya Street for people to sign. People are signing it," said UBF Chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan who is also Bingkor Assemblyman.

The petition is an effort to revisit the original petition for self-determination submitted 52 years ago by Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo political parties to the UN and was then accepted for hearing in mid-December 1962.

The delegation, however, was forced to abandon their journey to.the UN due to the outbreak of the Brunei Uprising on Dec.8,1962.

Meanwhile, during her presentation, Soo repudiated claims that Sarawakians at the time consented to the Malaysia project. "At the time, there were strong objections to the idea even at the grassroots level.

More than 5,000 people gathered and lined up the road in Miri to show their opposition to the Malaysia idea.

"Along the Rajang river, flags and banners,expressing the people's dismay about Malaysia, were raised with the hope that the UN Commission charged to gather opinion of the people, would see them," she said.

Unfortunately, the movement, which was backed by the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), was accused of being communist-motivated and crushed by the British.

During that time, she said, the people wanted the Brooke family to come back and govern Sarawak and eventually grant them independence.

"Declassified documents in London revealed that the heir to the dynasty, at that time, was blocked from leaving London and returning to Sarawak This as how the British played us.

"And this is why we are planning to sue the British Government because of breach of trusteeship They colonised us and left us just like that. It was irresponsible and they must be held liable for violating our rights.

"Because of their irresponsibility and their collusion with Malaya, we have become the victims of Malaya's greed," she said.

By Tracy Patrick

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Deputy IGP claims to know those calling for Sabah secession

LAHAD DATU - Police have identified the individuals allegedly responsible for calling for the secession of Sabah from Malaysia.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Bakri Zinin said they would be investigated for allegedly making seditious statements.

"Stern action will be taken against them for inciting the people in Sabah to hate Malaysia," he told a press conference after opening the police headquarters complex here.

On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin warned against attempts to undermine the people's cooperation, security and unity by calling for the secession.

He stressed that police would not take the matter lightly as the statements were found to have been deliberately made to cause chaos in the country.

On another matter, Bakri said the curfew imposed in the waters off Sabah's east coast would only be called off if the level of security returns to normal.

He said every action taken by the authorities was based on security requirements and the people should note that the curfew had been effective in curbing activities that could threaten Sabah's security.

- Bernama.

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Wrong to claim Sabah belongs to Malaysia

BoPIM chief says DPM standing on thin grounds by claiming Sabah belongs to Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU - Secession is not the right word to use if Malaysia was indeed formed by Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya, as some activists in Borneo claim.

In that case, there’s nothing to prevent the break-up of this formation.

If Sabah and Sarawak, on the other hand, joined Malaysia, where’s the evidence that this was a voluntary exercise?

Daniel John Jambun, president of the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPIM), was rebutting Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who used the “S” word in Sipitang on Saturday.

Muhyiddin was warning “secessionists” to cease and desist or risk facing the consequences of their “seditious and treasonous” activities.

Daniel said he did not want to get into rhetoric and polemics on whether the two Borneo nations helped form Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 or joined the Federation.

“If we look at the definition of Federation in Article 160 in the Federal Constitution, no new Federation was formed on Sept 16, 1963,” said Daniel.

According to the BoPIM chief, this raises the question of “what’s the basis for Sabah and Sarawak to be in Federation with the peninsula?”

The humans rights NGO is taking the position that both Sabah and Sarawak were dragged into the Malayan Federation in 1963 by the Malayan and British Governments to facilitate the merger of Chinese-majority Singapore with multiracial peninsula.

“Singapore was expelled within two years from the Federation, renamed Malaysian Federation on Sept 16, 1963,” pointed out Daniel from history.

“However, Sabah and Sarawak were locked in.”

Daniel thinks that instead of using the “S” word and issuing unspecified threats, the deputy prime minister should understand why activists have embarked on a signature campaign to get the United Nations to revisit a 1962 People’s Petition opposing the idea of Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei having anything to do with the idea of federating with Malaya/Singapore.

“This is the unfinished business of decolonisation in Borneo,” ventured Daniel. “So, we should be thinking decolonisation and not focus on the “S” word.

The DPM is standing on thin ground by claiming Sabah belongs to Malaysia.”

By John Joseph

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Kuala Lumpur: Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar menolak permohonan maaf yang dikemukakan oleh penguna media sosial yang mengeluarkan kenyataan biadap dan menghina pasukan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM).

Khalid melalui laman twitternya berkata individu yang menyalahgunakan rangkaian media sosial untuk menghina, mengutuk dan menghasut hanya perlu menunggu tindakan diambil terhadap mereka.

“Tiada Maaf lagi kepada sesiapa jua yang menyalahgunakan rangkaian media untuk menghina/mengutuk dan menghasut. Tunggu tindakan@PDRMsia” ujar beliau di twitter sebentar tadi.

Beliau sebelum ini telah mengarahkan Police Cyber Investigation Response Centre (PCIRC) untuk mengambil tindakan dan menjalankan siasatan terhadap mana-mana individu yang mengeluarkan kenyataan berbaur hasutan dan menghina PDRM melalui media sosial.

Pengguna Twitter menggunakan nama Viktor Wong (@wonghoicheng) sebelum ini menulis: “Bastardization of @PDRMsia. Thanks to the ruthless @KBAB51 Henrich Himmler of Malaysia.” (Celaka PDRM. Terima kasih kepada @KBAB51 yang kejam, Henrich Himmler Malaysia).

Viktor kemudiannya menarik kembali kenyataan tersebut dan membuat permohonan maaf secara terbuka kepada Khalid dan PDRM.

Manakala seorang lagi pengguna twitter bernama Nasrul Omar (@ennasrul) yang menuduh Khalid sebagai ‘anjing BN’ telah menutup akaun tersebut.


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GEORGE TOWN: Tiga daripada 136 anggota Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS) Pulau Pinang yang masih ditahan polis didapati positif ujian dadah jenis methamphetamine, kata Ketua Polis Daerah Timur Laut ACP Mior Faridalatrash Wahid.

Beliau berkata pemeriksaan polis juga mendapati beberapa anggota PPS yang ditahan itu mempunyai rekod jenayah dan berada dalam senarai dikehendaki polis.

Semalam polis menahan 156 anggota PPS termasuk pengerusi pasukan itu yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kebajikan, Masyarakat Penyayang dan Alam Sekitar negeri Phee Boon Poh.

Bagaimanapun, dua puluh orang terdiri daripada tujuh wanita dan warga emas berusia lebih 60 tahun dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis malam tadi.

Mior Faridalatrash berkata proses mendapatkan perintah tahanan reman terhadap 136 anggota PPS sedang dilakukan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Timur Laut di sini bermula pukul 12 tengah hari ini.

“Sehingga pukul 1.30 tengah hari, proses reman masih dijalankan dan semuanya berjalan lancar,” katanya.

Tinjauan Bernama di IPD Timur Laut mendapati 20 peguam termasuk Gobind Singh Deo, Ramkarpal Singh Deo dan RSN Rayer memasuki IPD Timur Laut pagi ini manakala keadaan di luar ibu pejabat polis itu sesak dengan orang ramai yang berkumpul. -MediaUMNO

PS: Baru ditubuhkan empat tahun dah nak buat hal..KahKahKah!!!


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Apek ni macam takde keje lain ker? Apekebenda faedahnya nak berdebat Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar untuk berdebat berhubung penahanan anggota Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS).

"Bagaimana beliau (Khalid) ingin beri penjelasan berhubung kenyataannya (dengan melabel mereka sebagai samseng ... saya cabar beliau untuk berdebat mengenai isu ini," katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui di luar Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah George Town pagi tadi.

Pada hari Ahad, polis menahan 154 anggota PPS Pulau Pinang kerana ingkar amaran supaya tidak menjalankan sebarang aktiviti selepas mendapati pasukan itu sebuah pertubuhan haram yang tidak berdaftar dengan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS).

Khalid dilaporkan berkata kesemua anggota PPS termasuk tujuh wanita itu ditahan pada pukul 10.15 pagi Ahad di kawasan Padang Kota, di sini bagi membantu siasatan mengikut Seksyen 41 Akta Pertubuhan kerana tidak berdaftar dengan ROS.

PS: Memang tidak relevannya kalo Gyuan Eng nak menyamakan Jawatankuasa Kemajuan & Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) dengan PPS kerana JKKK atau mana-mana entiti yang berkaitan dengan keselamatan adalah perlantikan dari kerajaan persekutuan. Benda sebegini pun Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang tak taw ker? Nak berdebat dengan KPN konon!!! KahKahKah!!!


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1 page dalam Paper Cina...Semarak Merdeka

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Sarawak rejects Social Workers Act

Joe Fernandez Adenan says insisting on certain academic qualifications will kill the spirit of volunteerism. he proposed Social Workers Act 2012 will kill “the spirit of volunteerism” and will not be adopted by Sarawak if passed by Parliament. Chief Minister Adenan Satem noted that the Act would require social workers to have the necessary academic […]

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Kediaman Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng dilaporkan telah dibaling dengan bom botol ‘molotov cocktail’ pada kejadian kira-kira jam 11.48 malam di ambang Hari Merdeka semalam.

Koknya beberapa hari sebelum ni, Guan Eng dengan bongkak dan lantang mencabar Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar untuk berdepan dengannya didalam isu pertubuhan haram PPS, bila dah kena hal, pandai lak apek ni memanggil polis.

Bak kata apek tu, "Saya boleh tunggu... mana mana saya tunggu"..

Apasal panggil polis plak? Ngape tak panggil PPS? Mana pegi PPS? Oh ya, lupa plak aku, kebanyakkannya telah ditahan polis pagi tadi sebab terlalu gedik nak mencabar polis dan mengambil bahagian dalam perarakan sambutan Hari Merdeka di Penang .. Ambik kaw...Kahkahkah!!!


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Terhebat ...Sambutan Semarak Merdeka Peringkat Daerah Meradong 2014

Terima kasih kepada semua penduduk Bintangor yang memberi Sokongan padu kepada Program Semarak Merdeka di Bintangor...Terima Kasih Kepada Syarikat Salmah Ibrahim(Singer) yang menjadi penaja utama program ini.Terima Kasih Semua...

Kepada Timbalan Ketua Cawangan PBB Encik Morsili Bakar,

Ketua Polis Daerah Meradong serta jentera PDRM Meradong,

Setiausaha MDMJ,

PBB N40 Meradong

Kelab Anak Meradong (KAME)

Kelab Seni Anak Meradong

Kelab Big Biker Sarikei

Berjaya mengegarkan Stadium Bintangor

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51 years Sabah Merdeka on 31 August

COMMENT - I’m proud that Sabah was one of the countries to form Malaysia, as opposed to joining Malaysia.

ON Twitter, in a tweet in which I was tagged, someone asked the Government to take action against Sabahans wearing black T-shirts as part of a campaign to make known historical facts to Malaysians.

“Tangkap penghasut dengan segera! No Mercy. Kembalikan ISA (Arrest the agitator immediately! No Mercy. Bring back ISA),” said the tweet that included a photograph of the offending T-shirt.

On the back of the T-shirt was written: “We must know. 31 August 1963: Sabah independence. 31 August 1957: Malaya independence. 16 September 1963: formation of Malaysia (Malaysia Day).”

I replied: “Factually correct.”

Historically cornered, the twitterer tweeted, “Kamu dah kibar bendera jalur gemilang ke belum?” (Have you flown the Malaysian flag yet?)

Victorious but magnanimous, I decided not to entertain the historically challenged twitterer.

That twitterer probably got agitated when he saw, “31 August 1963: Sabah independence”. He probably thought that it was seditious to make that claim. He didn’t know that on Aug 31, 1963, the British granted self-government to North Borneo. Two weeks later, on Sept 16, Sabah (North Borneo), Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya formed the Federation of Malaysia.

Tomorrow is Merdeka Day and as usual, many Sabahans and Sarawakians are complaining that there are Malaysians out there who are historically challenged. Malay­sians from Borneo get riled up as for them, Sept 16 is a more important date than Aug 31.

For them, Sept 16 was when Malaysia was born.

I too have a strong feeling towards Sept 16 as I’m proud that my state was one of the countries to form Malaysia as opposed to joining Malaysia (as prior to Sept 16, 1963 there was no Malaysia).

My Twitter exchange with that man, who demanded the immediate arrest of the Sabahans who were spreading historical facts, made me reflect on my parochial mentality towards my state.

I did a quick calculation and I’ve lived in Kuala Lumpur longer than in Sabah.

I lived in Sabah until I completed Form Five. At 18, I travelled to Malaya (lol! I could not resist calling Peninsular Malaysia what some Sabahans call it) by train (which is not possible) to continue my studies.

Except for my four years studying in Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, and three years working in Bangkok (as The Star’s Thailand correspondent), since 1984 I have been living in KL.

So why am I not more KLite than Sabahan? Why can’t I be like most Peninsular Malaysians and accept that Merdeka Day is more important than Malaysia Day?

If you asked me where home was, I’d say Sabah. In actual fact, home is in Subang Jaya. It seems you can take me out of Sabah but you can’t take Sabah out of me. There’s just something about Sabah that makes me proudly Sabahan. But I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Is it because I grew up singing Sabah Tanah Airku, the state anthem?

Is it because two of the best Malaysian footballers are Hasan Sani and James Wong (and I used to play football with most of the Wong brothers)?

Is it because almost everybody in Sabah, especially if you are from Penampang, is related to each other?

Is it because I love the fact that Sabahans are moderate Malaysians who can drink together in a coffee shop serving non-halal food?

Probably those are the reasons why I’m proudly Sabahan. And probably that’s the reason why I still insist on voting in Moyog, Penampang (where my family is from), and not where I live.

The funny thing is if you asked me where I prefer to live, I would say KL (to be exact, Subang Jaya).

“Why?” Sabahans will ask me. And my answer will make me sound so pompous.

Because I can buy better steaks in KL.

Because the supermarkets are better in KL. (The trolley in most supermarkets in Kota Kinabalu has a mind of its own and the aisles are too narrow.)

Because there is systematic garbage collection in Subang Jaya. (Three times a week compared to once a week in some parts of Kota Kinabalu).

Because of the superior Internet connection in KL.

Because almost every week there’s Earth Day (blackout) in Sabah.

But if someone from KL asked me, I would say I prefer living in Kota Kinabalu.

Because almost all my family members (technically the whole of Penampang) are in Sabah.

Because I own a few acres of kebun (farm) in Sabah. (It is like my own little piece of paradise.)

Because of the Donggongon tamu (open air market, which is an adventure to visit as you can even buy nonsom bakas or pickled wild boar).

Because you hear fewer horror stories about racist teachers in Sabah.

My two kids – unless I suddenly get a can’t-turn-down job offer in Sabah (such as to be Chief Minister of Sabah) – will grow up in Selangor. In fact, my 11-month baby boy was born in Subang Jaya, meaning he is a Selangorian.

I’m already planning on how to make them more Sabahan. Probably I’ll send them back to Penampang during school holidays so that they know their roots. So that they can speak with the Sabah slang (so that they can say “boleh bah kalau kau” just like a Sabahan (which is “buli ba kalau kau).

Anyway, my Merdeka message is whichever state we come from, we all live in the same boat called Malaysia. Sink or swim, we are Malaysians bah.

By Philip Golingai

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PETALING JAYA: Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Rafizi Ramli menggesa Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) dari parti itu supaya menolak pencalonan sebagai menteri besar Selangor.

Menurutnya, tindakan tersebut membuktikan lambang kesetiaan mereka (Adun) kepada parti dan perpaduan dalam menentang parti lawan.

"Setiap Adun PKR di Selangor harus menarik diri daripada sebarang pencalonan oleh mana-mana pihak sebagai menghormati keputusan sebulat suara parti itu yang turut dipersetuju Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media pada Jumaat.

Terdahulu, PKR menegaskan tetap akan menghantar nama Presidennya, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai calon tunggal untuk jawatan tersebut kepada Istana Selangor.

Jelas Rafizi, setiap Adun (PKR) harus menyokong keputusan parti untuk menamakan presiden parti sebagai calon tunggal untuk jawatan menteri besar Selangor yang baharu.

"PKR dan Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat sebulat suara memilih Wan Azizah sebagai calon tunggal Pakatan Rakyat sebagai menteri besar Selangor. Keputusan ini perlulah dihormati," katanya.

Pada masa sama, beliau turut memuji tindakan Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan dan Timbalan Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad yang menolak cadangan PAS agar beliau dinamakan sebagai pengganti Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

"Saya ucapkan tahniah kepada Nik Nazmi kerana menyatakan sokongan sepenuhnya terhadap Wan Azizah," katanya.

Pada Khamis, Ketua Pemuda PAS Pusat, Suhaizan Kayat berpendapat Nik Nazmi adalah calon yang sesuai bagi jawatan tersebut kerana beliau merupakan seorang calon yang muda dan mampu memimpin dengan baik.

Bagaimanapun, Nik Nazmi menolak cadangan tersebut dan tetap menyokong pencalonan Wan Azizah untuk dilantik ke jawatan tersebut. -mStar


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Jeffrey: ‘Selangor virus’ could create constitutional crisis

Jeffrey Kitingan says a government should be formed based on the law and constitution, not emotion.

KENINGAU - The Federal Government has been urged to ensure that the Constitution is followed in naming a Menteri Besar in Selangor and ending the protracted political crisis in the state which is rapidly developing into a constitutional one.

Failure to do so, warned Star Sabah Chief Jeffrey Kitingan, places all states in the country at risk as the “Selangor virus” could spread and engulf them too.

“Doing things based on emotion will make it very difficult to administer the country and in the end it will create chaos as well as dissatisfaction among the people,” said Jeffrey who is also the assemblyman for Bingkor.

The Federation’s politics must be based on the Constitution, he continued, and reiterated that it should “not be based on emotion” as the country must remain stable.

“The head of state such as the Agong, Sultan or Governor only follows the decision of the Parliament or the State Assembly,” pointed out Jeffrey.

“This is the concept in forming the government based on the law and Constitution.”

In the case of Selangor, Jeffrey was puzzled that the Sultan had made requests not in line with the Constitution.

“If this can happen then it would be meaningless to form a party or the State Assembly because they have no power to form the government even though they are elected by the people,” he said.

Jeffrey called on the people throughout the Federation to be patient in seeing an end to the constitutional crisis in Selangor.

By Joe Fernandez

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