Amde Sidik, Kadayan Journal
As Malaysians living in Borneo, and Borneoans are closer to know the sentiment of the people here. I’m trying to interpret the concern of people over the disparity of claim, one made by the Malaysian government appeared in mainstream media on 17 March 2009 which said that Brunei has dropped its claimed over Limbang. A day later the Brunei media dismissed it, see below:
Brunei Denies Limbang Story – By Azlan Othman
Bandar Seri Begawan – YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awg Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, yesterday said claims on Limbang were never discussed during Monday’s deliberations between Brunei and Malaysia. (…) http://www.brudirect.com
Local media not privy to Limbang spat – By MK Anwar
The issue about Brunei dropping its territorial claim on Limbang has caused a stir among members of the public as questions are being asked over the veracity about this claim.
Malaysian media have widely reported Prime Minister Datuk Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as saying that Brunei has dropped its claim on Limbang.
This statement was made at a press conference on Monday at the Malaysian High Commission exclusively for the Malaysian media.
Local media representatives were earlier barred from attending the press conference. The visit intinerary didn’t state it was an exclusive affair (…) Borneo Bulletin on line
Was Malaysian media instructed to say as they did? If the answer is yes, why? Is Datuk Abdullah Ahmad Badawi desperately wanting so badly of feeling good factor before he leaves the office? Some one, our wakil rakyat in the Parliament should ask.
As a Sabahan who has family and relatives in Brunei matter of this nature does crop up over dinning table. But because its political talk we’ve to agree that there are always gray areas.
Of lately Malaysian politicians have been misleading and confusing rakyat over so many issues, the Prime Minister for instance prone to deny even of his getting married when the next day he did. No dissolution of parliament, he said, the next day Parliament dissolved, and many more including the disappearing of Balakhrisnan until today no one or authority tells the truth.
I’m sure million of rakyat feel the same or perhaps some are getting immune by now. Others suggest its the best is to leave it as it is. But I don’t share that view. If no one criticizes these people, they will forever take it for granted that we are all dummies, and they are masters. Next, it’s painful to start civilization all over again. Some perhaps can take it, remember John McEnroe former number one world tennis player whose famous expression was in the 80s, ‘You can’t be serious’.
Limbang is in the 5th Division of Sarawak, the size of 3,978 km with a population of about 40,000 annexed by James Brooke, Sarawak Rajah in 1890 by devious means.
He cheated the Sultan by impressing him-the Sultan that the chiefs represented the people in that area wanted to be under Rajah’s rule.
Brooke cleverly split the country into two without the Sutlan even knowing where the area was. That’s Limbang.