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Remembering the future

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President

Naysayers say it’s the beginning of the end. Optimists say it’s the end of the beginning. Realists say it has not even begun. These sentiments are in the context of where we are heading as a People in a nation caught in the crosshairs of 4-R.

It’s been said that we should never argue with history. There’s plenty to learn, and unlearn. It ought to show where we are heading. We must remember the future. That does not seem to enthuse the present government that clings to the status quo.

Charles A. Beard on the four lessons of history: “Whom the gods would destroy, they would first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.”

He goes on to say that “the bee fertilizes the flower it robs; and finally, when it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.” Will Durant drove home the final nail: “All history is guessing; the rest is prejudice.”

America expanded westward following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Native Americans were roundly and rudely displaced, relocated, and their livelihoods were totally destroyed. The government calls it ‘manifest destiny’.

Malaya too expanded – eastward – when the Borneo Territories of Sabah and Sarawak inevitably found themselves in the Federation of Malaysia with the calculated omission of United Nations Resolutions 1514 and 1541.

Article 153 Federal Constitution guaranteeing Native rights in the Borneo Territories terrifies, terrorises, defies and mocks their rights to land, soil and their rights to inground assets under the ad coelum principle of property ownership.

A government that takes refuge in outrageous lies and outright arrogance by employing rhetoric and polemics certainly offers fodder to comedy club routines. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right?

We will get our direction right when we learn to unlearn all the garbage that was force fed from kindergarten to university. The government cannot force any ‘education system’ on the rakyat in defiance of Article 12 Federal Constitution (Rights in respect of education).

The economy seems unfixable. The ringgit will not get back on terra firma in the near future. We are buffeted by unwelcome forces. We refuse to learn from a former Malayan state that has made itself a global economic powerhouse.

Sabah and Sarawak should steer the Federation in the right direction if and when they begin managing their vast natural resources as titans of commerce and industry. Putrajaya better understand that constitutional safeguards are not movable or moving goalposts.

Part VI Federal Constitution (Relations between the Federation and the States), and its Chapter 8 (Application to States of Sabah and Sarawak) needs jettisoning because MA63 underscores the Borneo Territories as equal partners – not States.

Part VII (Financial Provisions) Federal Constitution, and its Chapter 2 (Application to States of Sabah and Sarawak) also needs massive overhaul for intent, content, extent, pith and substance.

If Sabah and Sarawak are destined to set national goals, Part XIIA (Additional Protections for States of Sabah and Sarawak) need rewriting and rebranding. The optics now are bad, unjust and uncalled for.

Is Putrajaya financing the Borneo Territories, or vice-versa? The control of immigration by Sabah and Sarawak speaks volumes for territorial autonomy and sovereignty. The pink elephant in the room is invisible to many.

Is our ringgit surviving the downward spiral because of our natural commodities and manufactories are producing enough volume for its survival? Trickle-down economics teaches us the difference between the greatest and the grotesque.

I remember the carefree 1950s and the 1960s until 1969 when the peace and…


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