A Personal Account On ‘The Formation Of Malaysia’

Tan Sri Abdul Majid Khan, who was closely involved in the events leading to the formation of Malaysia,  was the personal assistant to the late Tun Fuad Stephens. During the forum which attracted more than 5,000 participants, Tan Sri gave his personal account on ‘The Formation Of Malaysia’ in a story-telling manner.

The take home message by Tan Sri Majid is, “Parliament is supreme. It is up to Sabah Representatives to ask for things and to protect their people’s interest.”   

The leaders of Sabah in the early years
The leaders of Sabah in the early years
The negotiators
The negotiators



Forum On ‘The Formation Of Malaysia 1963’ Draws More Than 5,000 Participants

A Forum on the ‘ Formation Of Malaysia 1963’  was organized by the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, was held at the University Malaysia Sabah(UMS). The forum drew more than 5,000 participants. The Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman moderated the forum with great success.

One area of improvement organizers of such events should seriously need to look into is, ‘time management’. Having to wait for 90 minutes for the arrival of “VVIP’s” was certainly uncalled for. However, this did not dampened the spirit of the participants, who stayed on until its conclusion.

The forum comprised of 12 distinguished panelist with varied backgrounds. Among them were: En Zainal Ajamain(Economic & Political Analyst), Datuk Yong Teck Lee(former Chief Minister of Sabah and SAPP President), YB Datuk Dr. Jeffery Kitingan(Assemblyman & STAR Sabah Chief), Tan Sri Dr. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah(Veteran Lawyer), Tuan Hj. Ansari Abdullah(Lawyer & Veteran Politician), Lahirul Latigu(PAS Sabah Youth Chief), Dr Zaini Osman(Director, Centre for Security & Strategic Studies UMS ), Ass. Prof. Dr Faridah Jalil(Law Faculty) , Edmund Bon(Constitutional Lawyer) and Tan Sri Abdul Majid Khan ( personal assistant to the late Tun Fuad Stephens ).

All the panelist delivered their talks eloquently. Contents of their presentation was loaded with references and cross-references to the following documents:

  • *Cobbold Commission Report.
  • *Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee(IGC).
  • *Federal Constitution.

 Key result areas raised by the panelist were:

  • *Borneonisation of the federal services.
  • *Oil & Gas exploration & royalty.
  • *Special rights for the people of Sabah & Sarawak.
  • *Understanding the 20 points at a micro level.
  • *Sabah & Sarawak are equal partners.
  • *Revenue and special grants.
  • *Interference by peninsular leaders.
  • *Understanding the Malaysia Agreement.
  • *Full autonomy over land, forest and local government.
  • *Acceptance of Sabah’s special rights by peninsular leaders.

Sabah and Sarawak are equal partners and its special rights are enshrined in the Federal Constitution. “This is the law and it must be accepted,” says constitutional lawyer Edmund Bon.

The question is, are the lawmakers and political leaders in Sabah united and well versed with the contents of the Cobbold Commission Report, Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee(ICG) and Federal Constitution, in order to negotiate effectively, passionately and intelligently with the Federal Government? As the saying goes, ‘God is in the detail’ expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly, i.e. details are important.

At the end of the forum, the 12 member panel concurred with the moderator Datuk Anifah that,“negotiation and staying united, is the only way to address issues affecting the people of Sabah.” 




Jainab: Respect The Law!

Community Development & Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, reminds all educationist, school administrators, teachers and false prophets to “Respect The Law.” This point was stressed by Datuk Jainab, during a press conference which touched on the subject of conversion of a minor to Islam. “All must adhere to the Principles Of Rukun Negara for the sake of unity, maintaining harmony and trust.”

Consent Of Parents In A Conversion Of Minor

Suffice to say that consent of parent is a must in any case before a minor converts. 

Conversion To Islam: Statutory Position

Conversion in the Malaysian context denotes a Non-Muslim conversion to Islam. However, the term conversion can also be applied to conversion to other religions as well, for example conversion from Christianity to Buddhism or Hinduism to Christianity.

(Ref-Conversion Of Minor To Islam In Malaysia: Whither Consent Of Parents? by Narizan Abdul Rahman/University Of Malaya /Shariah Journal Vol.16/2008)   



Rudimentary Issues Raised To Gain Public Attention

Some lawmakers and political leaders love to ‘fiddle while Rome burns’ by raising rudimentary issues to gain public attention, barking-up the wrong tree or creating a storm in a teapot.

They may have succeeded in getting some coverage in the local press. However, this type of behaviour exposes ones lack of understanding and working knowledge on basic issues necessary to serve the constituents effectively.

Recently two rudimentary issues were raised. They are:

Kaji Isu Henti Bantuan Kebajikan Di Kinabatangan – Yang Berhormat Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, Ahli Parlimen Kinabatangan.

“Wargatua dan ibu tunggal yang menerima bantuan JKM tetapi cecara tiba-tiba diberhentikan daripada menerima  bantuan tanpa diberi penjelasan, Katanya perkata itu sudah lama berlanjutan.”  

“Jelasnya, sehingga kini beliau menerima kira-kira lebih 20 aduan berhubung perkara berkenaan. (Pemberhentian bantuan)

 Many Denied Aid Under E-Kasih – Webly Disim, Ketua Penerangan, PBS Tandek.

“Meanwhile, Disim said there were sickly citizens who had applied for the e-kasih aid from the Welfare Department but their applications had been denied despite applying for it more than three times.”

A press conference was organised to clarify on the two issues. Community Development & Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, provided a comprehensive and detailed explanation. In summary, the earlier issue is one that is procedural in nature and best referred to an officer at the Welfare Department and as for ‘e-kasih’, it is managed by the District Office.


Politically, Is KIDEX & DASH A Bane Or Boon For Pakatan Rakyat Selangor?

To better understand the issue, ‘Sabahkini’ spoke to Mak Khuin Weng, the organizing chair of the rally held on 25 January 2015, which saw several hundred residents objecting to the construction of the controversial highways and its inclusion in the Selangor State Structural Plan Exploratory Report.

One may ask, why the strong objection and what are the key concerns of the residents? Are their grievance justifiable?   Does the Selangor State Government have an alternative plan? Will it be business as usual, once these issues do not make it to the front page of the news?

Mak Khuin Weng who contested in the ‘Bukit Gasing’ state seat in 2013, was a MBPJ councillor and an advocate for two major issues. They are:

1.Freehold land titles for Petaling Jaya.

2.Implementation of development rules in a transparent and accountable manner.

He was a journalist for a leading national daily for more than a decade and has written a book titled-‘The Truth About Petaling Jaya Land’

By Admin

Several Hundred Residents Expressing Their Grievance.
Several Hundred Residents Expressing Their Grievance.