The Sabah Earthquake- have we forgotten to mourn together as a nation?

June 7, 2015

The Sabah Earthquake- have we forgotten to mourn together as a nation?

by Din Merican

dato-din-mericanOn September 16, 1963, 4 countries came together to form a new nation called the Federation of Malaysia. The 4 countries were Malaya (which was itself a federation of several states), Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. On August 9, 1965, Singapore declared her independence after she was expelled from of Malaysia leaving only 3 countries in the Federation.

Since her departure, Singapore has charted her own destiny and become the powerful and important city state financial centre that it is today. When her founder, Lee Kuan Yew died recently, the world stood at attention in respect of the man that had made Singapore what it is- a successful nation where everything works excellently.

The same success story could not be told of the 3 countries left in Malaysia. ‎Economic blackmails by the Federal government under Barisan Nasional in order to have political dominance over the state governments became the way business is done.

In the end, the development of the states were sabotaged by the very central government that the people elected to bring them prosperity. It became worse when several states came under opposition rule.

Outright sabotage of these states’ development which were hostile, while outright bribery of the states that supported the central government. That is how Sabah and Sarawak have become to be regarded as the electoral fixed deposit boxes by the central government politicians in Malaya.

Thus, the resentment towards Orang Malaya continues in these two states. In the end, the politicians of these states too played the political blackmail game and demanded political bribes, sometimes for their states, but most times for themselves, as a condition for supporting the BN central government.

That is the sorry state of affairs we have today which is unashamedly declared by PM Najib in Sarawak recently when he said that he and his wife can sleep on the same pillow because the people of Sarawak support him.

Sabah has been infiltrated many times by Filipino bandits. In the recent Lahad Datu epsiode, Sabah was even invaded‎ leading to the formation of Esscom which is supposed to ensure that the borders of Sabah, being the national borders of Malaysia will never be invaded again. But that was just an empty promise. Since then, more kidnappings have happened and Sabah remain ever exposed to invaders with the central government and military unable to do anything. Therein lies the broken promises that the Federation and the Federal Government made to Sabah which was never fulfilled.

The Federal Government could not and did not provide safety, peace and security to Sabah from foreign invaders. Sabah might as well have been part of the Philippines with such frequent incursions breaching it’s state borders. The Federal Government failed in that basic duty that it owed to a country in the Federation.

Najib's Saudi trip

That is not all. The terrible disease that has struck our nation is symptomatic when Sabah ‎suffered an earthquake just a few days ago. This was a natural disaster. There were deaths. The state is in mourning, but the Prime Minister did not go to Sabah. He has instead gone to Saudi Arabia to perform his umrah. Which is more important?

Yesterday was the Yang DiPertuan Agong’s birthday. There were celebrations and conferment of awards. Did the federal government and its ministers not think of the grief of Sabah? The Agong ‘s speech drafted by the federal government did not even mention Sabah’s disaster. A more appropriate action would be to cancel these celebrations and conferment of awards. But we did not do that.

If Sabah is an integral part of Malaysia, should we not abort all these ceremonies. Or have we simply forgotten to mourn together as a‎ nation?

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11 thoughts on “The Sabah Earthquake- have we forgotten to mourn together as a nation?

  1. A repeat of the Obama golf controversy but this time Najib goes to Saudi Arabia to play marbles in the desert sand with the King while Rosmah collects expensive gifts from the House of Saud. Jho Low is probably around to discuss with Najib on some fresh moves to outflank the Malaysian political Yoda from the 1MDB financial scandal.

    How insensitive he is to walk away from the Sabah earthquake tragedy where lives were lost. He is telling us Malaysians to buzz off since he is so powerful that we cannot remove him from office. UMNO too cannot act.

  2. “Or have we simply forgotten to mourn together as a‎ nation?”

    Din, we here have been in mourning for far too long. It’s gone to the stage of ‘mourning fatigue’. Many of us are also suffering from donor fatigue.

    It’s about time YDPA gave me the medal for perseverance and tax contributions too, so i won’t begrudge the apparent failure to mention the tragedy of Kinabalu. After all the speech was written 2 weeks ago, and no One was ‘tekun’ enough to change it for His Majesty.

    I do not want to conjecture why Jibros’ Bugis-Minangkabau blood is in Saudi, besides the fact that they are accompanied by their Javanese blood laksa-mana and second cousin to perform their yearly Umrah. MERS-coV has apparently shifted to S. Korea.

    All in all, you have pricked my conscience, and i shall book the next available flight to KK, to make sure my nephew has not been kidnapped by the Suluks. I can’t climb for nuts, as i suffer from emphysema and vertigo. Thank you.

  3. The government of Singapore announced that tomorrow, June 8, will be declared a Day of National Remembrance for the victims of the Sabah earthquake.

    State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

  4. Did anyone read this report :

    From it :

    “The mountain guides were the heroes. They risked life and limb and made some difficult decisions that ultimately saved our lives, and had neither help nor recognition from the authorities.

    “Many had homes affected in the quake. They lost friends and family yesterday. Yet they remained with us guiding us to safety till the very end.”

    She said she appreciated that the guides could have saved themselves much faster without the slow-moving climbers.

    “Yet they stayed and did what they could to meet our needs,” she said.

    I think the best way to mourn is to acknowledge those people who helped when it would have been so much easier just to look out for themselves.

  5. He can’t shake his slang ala Kelantan. He must be dreaming about a multiracial society in Malaysia. The religious bigots have taken over. The Malays no longer go to open houses of non-Muslims. –Din Merican

  6. ” “The Sabah Earthquake- have we forgotten to mourn together as a nation?”


    Yes indeed.

    My heart goes out to the victims & their families affected by this disaster so close to our mainland…they are PART of MALAYSIA…!

    Nov 29, 2012 –

    Jan 26, 2013 –

    January 11, 2012 –

    Soon after the Nothing2Hide disaster & Sabah earthquake disaster…

    But…Just to share this…

    June 6, 2015 – “A hand-drawn carriage captivates guests at the Javanese-themed wedding of Dr Tengku Iqbal Munawwir Tengku Adnan and his bride Ayu Linggasari in Kuala Lumpur.

    June 6, 2015 – Show stopper at wedding of Ku Nan’s son –

    June 6, 2015 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak attends the wedding of Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s son at PWTC before flying off to Saudi Arabia for a “three-day working visit and umrah”.

    June 6, 2015 – Najib attends wedding of Ku Nan’s son –

    “As confirmed by his special officer, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also arrived in Sabah on Saturday, albeit to attend a meeting with Perkim. Although his itinerary is uncertain, he can be expected to be briefed by local authorities on the rescue efforts.

    It is not known when the exact date for the Prime Minister to visit Sabah.”

    (Jibby never even bothered to go to Sabah to help the earthquake victims…!)

    Next to share this…

    June 6, 2015 – “…”It’s a tribute to Malaysia and the prime minister because King Salman was only crowned earlier this year. The prime minister is one of the heads of government invited to hold talks with King Salman.

    “To be invited by the king in a short time after being crowned really indicates how close we are,” he told Malaysian journalists covering the visit in Jeddah today…

    Najib will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Minister in the Prime Ministers Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharum.

    Najib will perform the “umrah” and visit Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddasah station in Mecca tomorrow…

    Prasarana Malaysia Bhd won a bid as “shadow operator” of first phase of Mecca Metro Public Transport System.

    Zainol Rahim said the award of this project shows Saudi Arabia’s confidence in the ability of Malaysians.

    “We have several investments in Saudi Arabia but the award shows how strong and credible our people are in terms of how they can manage several projects and indicate the confidence of the world community towards Malaysia.

    “These developments may also attract the attention of Saudi investors to invest in Malaysia and see what Malaysia can offer. This will allow Saudi investors to look at areas they can invest in.” – Bernama, June 6, 2015.

    Also to share this…

    “I am pleased to confirm as per YAB Prime Minister’s discussions with HM King Abdullah Al-Saud on furthering Saudi-Malaysia bi-lateral ties, together with YAB PM’s discussions with “HRH Prince Turki Al-Saud”, PetroSaudi and 1MDB is on track with respect to your USd2.5b JVC partnership…”

    28 Feb 2015 –

    Cont’d Part 2…

  7. ” “The Sabah Earthquake- have we forgotten to mourn together as a nation?”

    Part 2…

    May 14, 2014 –

    March 1, 2015 – Jho Low’s email about Najib, ‘Mdm’ and Saudis –

    4 June 2015 – PETALING JAYA: Prasarana Malaysia Bhd’s former CEO Shahril Mokhtar has come out to deny that the 807 million riyal Arafah-Mina Metro System job bagged by the group under his stewardship, had anything to do with 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) former partnership with PetroSaudi International.

    In a tweet from his account earlier today, Shahril said ” As a former CEO of Prasarana I started d venture into Saudi Arabia and it has got nothing to do w Petro Saudi.”

    In an interview telecasted live by TV1 yesterday, Minister of Finance II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah attributed the win by Prasarana to the strategic partnership 1MDB had with PetroSaudi, a privately owned oil exploration and production company.

    He had said that the partnership had paved the way for Prasarana to bag the job…”

    Riyadh metro Orange Line train design revealed – Railway …

    SAUDI ARABIA: Bombardier Transportation has presented the final designs for its Riyadh Metro Line 3 trains to “Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh…”

    04 Oct 2014 –

    Now comes the REAL reason for Jibby’s RUSH visit…

    Feb 2 2015 – “Salman also removed two of Abdullah’s other sons from key governorships.

    Prince Turki bin Abdullah was “removed as governor of Riyadh”, and Prince Mishal bin Abdullah as governor of Mecca.

    Riyadh and Mecca are the two most important governorates in the kingdom.

    As noted earlier, Prince Mitab retains control of the National Guard, which secures the capital and two holy cities. He could be a future candidate for the line of succession…”

    Feb 2 2015 – Saudi King Salman Quickly Makes His Mark –

    Looks like they lost Jho Low’s Petro Saudi “HRH Prince Turki Al-Saud” connections…???

    You be the judge.

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  9. Of course we have not forgotten victims of the Kinabalu quake, be they Sabahans who were killed or those of other nationalists, or those whose homes were damaged.
    But the disaster has again highlighted the inadequacy of our response to calamities. There were ‘cloudy’ excuses and where was Mercy as if the Kadazans were not at mercy? Btw the Kadazan gods on Kinabalu have spoken and spokenly strongly. If the Kadazans don’t help themselves in the polls, no gods will be able to help them. That’s a wake-up call.

  10. My sincere sympathy to the people of Sabah.
    I’m suprised the quake received very little coverage on TV1.
    All they keep showing are the supposed “Big Shots” smiling, posing for the cameras with some aid packages and the useless talkshow discussing about the why, how ….of quake. Who gives a S..t right now. It’s criminal! Have they no shame, posing with the victims? Why don’t RTM show more footage of rescue effort, the destruction instead of recycling same old footage. Seriously RTM can’t even compete with the likes of SCTV and RTCI of Indonesia in news reporting.
    All this tragedy but you have a feeling that it is a “None Event” in Semenanjung.
    Where are the so-called famous Malaysia mercy relief. Instead you get entertaining/ singing crap on tv. What a tragedy!

    What about the school kids from Singapore who died in the tragedy? My condolences to their parents, and relatives and friends. –Din Merican

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