Sabah’s ‘new Bumiputeras’ pushing out natives, behind kidnappings

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sabah is being taken over by 'new Bumiputeras' in order to perpetuate Umno rule as native groups such as the Kadazandusun and Murut are being pushed out from their ancient homelands, a Sabah activist told a forum today.

These "new Bumiputeras", who are essentially foreigners given "instant" identity cards, are also behind the kidnappings at Sabah resorts, the Lahad Datu militant incursion and are eating up public funds that should be for genuine Sabahans, Petrus Guriting (pic) of the Sabah Reform Movement said at a forum on the Malaysia Agreement in Kuala Lumpur today.

For instance, said Petrus, 70% of individuals who have sought outpatient treatment at government hospitals in Semporna, an Umno-ruled constituency, are non-Malaysians, he said. While in Kinabatangan, another Umno parliamentary seat, 70% of the population are non-Malaysians.

Guriting also claimed that foreigners with Malaysian ICs are working with criminals who are behind the rash of kidnappings that have hit Sabah resorts and businesses on its east coast.

This change in Sabah's population, he said, was started by Umno as early as the 1960s by none other than Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaya and the person responsible for bringing Sabah and Sarawak into the Malaysian Federation in 1963.

Tunku Abdul Rahman started the move to systematically change Sabah's demographics even as he continued to make official statements about Sabah being an equal partner in the federation and that Malaya would not colonise Sabah and Sarawak.

Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak had been invited to form Malaysia to offset Singapore’s political influence on the non-Malay population in then Malaya, he said.

“What Tunku did not realise was that at the time, political influence in Sabah and Sarawak was determined by its non-Muslim communities.

“So he decided to change that by a programme of demographic engineering, especially in Sabah.

“What happened violates the Malaysia Agreement in 1963. We are being colonised by Malaya and this is being done through the giving of ICs.

"These foreigners have ICs literally waiting for them even while they are on their boats coming towards Sabah," said Guriting.

Currently, he claimed, 28% of Sabah's total population is made up of non-Malaysian citizens (NMC). These non-citizens are considered foreigners who have received ICs without going through a genuine citizen application process.

Guriting said that 10 out of 25 districts in Sabah have NMC populations of between 25% to 80% according to statistics from the government.

Also, there are six districts that have NMC populations of between 10% to 20%, he said.

These non-citizens were brought in and given ICs he said, to influence the voting pattern and prop up Umno in Sabah.

This is while native communities, such as the Kadazan Dusun and Murut communities who used to dominate Sabah's politics before 1963, have declined.

“Umno now controls 13 of 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah. The rest are dominated by other communities. But it is strategically trying to eat up the rest through gerrymandering and changing its population demographics,” he said. - Malaysian Insider

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