Schools for Indonesian children will soon be sprouting up around the state of Sabah. After a “brainstorming session” with the Indonesian Consul General, the Ministry of Education has decided that Indonesian children in Sabah should not be deprived of a chance at education.
The first of many to come, Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu (SIKK) will reportedly be built in Alam Mesra, a high-end commercial zone in Likas, Sabah not far from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). In the same news report, it is estimated that a total number of 5,500Indonesian kids are already studying in 72 learning centers across the state of Sabah, mostly run by NGOs with the official endorsement of the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
The Indonesian Consulate General, one Rudhito Widagdo also claims that “there was no such term as illegal Indonesians for the Consulate” his countrymen “would enter Sabah legally and comply with Malaysian Immigration law by bringing along valid travel documents”.
Well, birds of a feather flock together. So do lying liars and politicians from both Malaysia and Indonesia.
For those who are unfamiliar with the overall state of Sabah, take my word that the local population in the rural districts is still very much entrapped in pre-Independence living conditions. The waves of development have evaded them deliberately for fifty years now. Opportunities for education are still very restricted and many of the district schools are wasting away in a pathetic state. Young girls getting married at the age of 14/15 is not uncommon. Meeting a 32-year-old mother of twelve children raises no eyebrow. Basic necessities like treated water, electricity and sewage treatment are foreign terms to a massive size of the rural population.
It is thus a great mystery as to why the UMNO government is more concerned and caring about trouble-making Indonesian street kids when our own Malaysian children are in an equally miserable state of existence. Then again, maybe it is not a totally unexpected move under Project IC.
While I am personally outraged at the misplaced priorities of UMNO, my final response to Sabahans will be: SERVE YOU RIGHT.
While the people of Peninsular Malaysia have woken up and vehemently rejected the perpetual corruption, mismanagement and arrogance of the UMNO government, the majority of Sabahans have opted for cowardice. Their fear of change and upsetting the status quo has now returned to collect its debt.
UMNO has long set its lustful eyes on the rich state of Sabah with the ultimate goal of establishing total Malay supremacy and eternal Islamic dominance.
The UMNO-back eradication of USNO in 1990 paved the long-awaited entry of UMNO into Sabah Borneo. There was no stopping UMNO since then. Like a black hole, UMNO wasted no time to devour all possible sources of wealth in the Land Beneath the Winds.
UMNO then attempted to dilute the predominant non-Muslim population of Sabah by encouraging the immigration of Muslim Malays from Peninsular Malaysia. By appointing these government officials to positions of authority in Sabah state agencies, UMNO hoped to solidify its position in Sabah before the local population awakens from its slumber. When this effort failed to occur at a desired pace, UMNO became impatient and opened the floodgates with the treacherous Project IC/Project Mahathir.
The face of Sabah has since transformed irreversibly and radically.
These new migrants arrived at Sabah’s shores in droves. They bred at a rate that put armadillos to shame.
Had it not been for the alternative news media, Project IC would never have come to light. Malaysians will still be in sweet oblivion hearing the perpetual niceties about Sabah being the model of racial unity and harmony.
The Malaysiakini scoop on Project IC arrived a little too late however.
With the chief minister’s throne firmly in UMNO’s possession now, the state government resumes its act of treason even more arrogantly and brazenly. After years of uninhibited immigration, the Muslim population has reached a sizeable figure by now with the selective issuance of Mykad and bumiputeraship to the Muslim Filipinos, Indonesians, Timorese and Pakistanis.
With such a massive foreign backing, UMNO has no fear now to up the ante and insult the native Sabahans right at their faces. Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu is but merely one such example.
UMNO’s plans for Sabah are anything but complete. Political hegemony and economic monopoly will never suffice. UMNO will not rest on its laurels until the Islamization of Sabah has reached the degree seen over in Peninsular Malaysia.
Even as Catholic churches are operating from humble shacks on squatter land, the UMNO state government has been erecting posh mosques all over Sabah. Even a district with minimal Muslim population like Pitas has a mosque fit for a prince.
Sabahans can justify their support for the Barisan Nasional all they want. No one will deny that Sabah politics is unique and complex. The people of Sabah have been sold out by both the Kitingan brothers as well as UMNO, and their remaining choices are once again political parties originating from Peninsular Malaysia like PKR and DAP. It is understandably not easy for Sabahans to reject their bumiputera feudal warlords in Barisan Nasional. Nevertheless, some things are plain to see. UMNO has no sincere intention to prosper the natives of Sabah.
In fact, it is very much the opposite. By merely neglecting their needs and adversities, UMNO is practically committing a bloodless genocide to the predominant non-Muslim population of Sabah.
In HINDRAF’s terms, it is ethnic cleansing. Personally, I dub it as an outward betrayal of the gullible and ever-trusting Sabahans.
Now what will Sabahans call it?