September 16 saddest day of my life, says Sabah leader

Jason Santos

Former state secretary Simon Sipaun says Sabah has been robbed blindly by politicians and the federal government after it joined Malaysia in 1963. – The Malaysian Insight pic, September 16, 2017.

SEPTEMBER 16 is a bitter sweet day for many Sabahans, said former state secretary Simon Sipaun.

While some will remember it as the day Sabah, Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore merged to become Malaysia in 1963, others see it as the day North Borneo disappeared, he said.

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  • Would he have rather joined the Philippines or Indonesia. That was his choice then.
    Sabah did not have a leader like Singapore had LKY and Brunei had it's Sultan.
    Why don't you ask him which choice would he have, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia all (Maphilindo).

    This incident began the formation of Asean.

    Posted 4 years ago by N T

  • I share fully the sentiments expressed by Simon Sipaun on the tragedy that has befallen Sabahans following the formation of Malaysia in 1963, transforming Sabah from a carefree land of plenty to an impoverished state ravaged by religious and racial bullying, rampant corruption, endemic crimes, political repression, and finally loss of sovereignty due to being over swarmed by deliberate influx of illegal immigrants many of whom were illegally granted voting rights.
    (Such unfortunate transformation of Sabah is elaborated in my book “The March to Putrajaya” under sub-heading “Sabah the paradise lost” P.38. This book can be read through this link:
    The Sabah tragedy can only be reversed if Umno/BN is toppled and Pakatan Harapan takes over federal power. For which the local Sabah parties must unite and work out together with Harapan a co-ordinated plan to win at both the state and federal levels in the coming GE 14.

    Posted 4 years ago by Kim quek