Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Truth Won't Stop Being True Just Because People Don't Talk About It

The following is an article in the NST today.

KOTA KINABALU: Malay-sians are still divided on the date of birth of the nation but the bottom line is the facts of history cannot be distorted, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

Opening a seminar on "The Formation of Malaysia and Constitutional Rights of the States of Sabah and Sarawak" yesterday, Dompok said the issue had caused some Ma-laysians calling other Malay-sians "unpatriotic" for insisting on Sept 16, 1963, which was when Sabah and Sarawak officially joined Malaysia.

"Malaysians in the peninsula are quite oblivious to Sept 16 while in Sabah and Sarawak, most people are adamant that this is the date Malaysia was born.

"Let us not distort history. It is because we love our country that we want the proper date.

"I think Sabahans and Sara-wakians are zealous about safeguarding their date of independence," he said.
Based on history, Dompok said Sept 16, 1963 should be considered as Malaysia Day as it was the day Malaysia came into being.

"We know of course that there was no Malaysia before Sept 16, 1963. What existed then was the Federation of Malaya.

"If we had joined Malaya then, Malaysia Day would be Aug 31, 1957, but we did not.

"These are facts of history and I don't think we should change that. That is my point of view.

"Aug 31 is independence day for peninsular Malaysia and probably in the context of Sabah and Sarawak, Aug 31 can still be considered independence day, but Malaysia Day and the birth of Malaysia was on Sept 16."

On another note, he said that after 45 years of Malaysia's formation, the people today must feel proud that the country had developed by leaps and bounds.

"Disparities do exist, but by and large we have not suffered the plight of the African states which had similarly gained independence from their colonial masters."

Speaking to reporters later, Dompok said Petronas representatives had come to see him recently to explain the issue of the 500km gas pipeline from Kimanis in Sabah to Bintulu in Sarawak, the status of operations of which had caused doubts among Sabahans.

Asked if Petronas had confirmed or clarified about continuing the project, he said: "I don't know (about their decision).

"When they met me, I gave them a piece of my mind and I left it at that.

"But this is not the last of it. I am standing by what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had informed the people."

Dompok said it was a serious issue for the integrity of the prime minister to be questioned by a government-linked company.

In May, Abdullah announced during his visit to Sabah that the gas pipeline project had been scrapped, but it was reported that Petronas had disregarded the announcement and many local leaders had voiced their unhappiness over this, saying that it would not benefit Sabah. -- Bernama

Malaysia is 45. Fact. In Sabah and Sarawak on the 31st of August 1957, NOTHING HAPPENED. Fact.

There are people who are not from here who want us to forget who we are and become them. There are people who want us to sacrifice our histories and adopt their history for the glory of a certain group of people who want to take the credit for what our previous generation decided.

Don't let them.

16 September 1963. Remember.

This article from The Star is also a good read.

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