STAR sees May 5 in Sabah as a one-to-one fight: Agenda Borneo (Star) v Agenda Malaya (the other parties in Sabah). The Agenda Malaya, according to Star, is being flogged by the parti parti Malaya, and traitors who comprise their local proxies (local Muslims and illegals), the stooges (non Muslims) of the proxies, rogue elements (those who put the illegals on the electoral rolls on behalf of Putrajaya) and political mandores (non Muslims elected by the votes of the illegals).
The other parties want to steal seats in the Sabah assembly and Sabah seats in Parliament for Malaya so that the voice of the people will not be heard, claims Star, a Borneo-based national party contesting in both Borneo nations. In Sabah, Star is in alliance with Usno - United Sabah National Organisation - a fellow member in the United Borneo Alliance (UBA).
What is the Agenda Borneo?
Star explains that the Agenda Borneo stands against everything that the Agenda Malaya stands for in Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.
No to colonialisation of Sabah and Sarawak!
In seizing the moral high ground, No to internal colonisation in Malaya.
The above two themes, the first in particular, is being raised by Star in Sabah.
When Star forms the state government of Sabah, it has vowed to conduct a due diligence of the BN Government and bring wrongdoers to justice; it will audit all development plans for corruption elements and weed out the corruption therein; it will review all BN development plans; it will keep the BN plans which are good, amend what should be amended and scrap what should be scrapped.
Star has pledged to stamp out the practice of BN leaders awarding government contracts to themselves and running up the National Debt Burden to put their hands in the Public Treasury under the guise of bringing development to the people.
Star has also worked out development components which it will add to the Plans for Sabah while bringing back the Nation's resources and revenues from Putrajaya, take back control of the oil and gas resources, and seek compensation with statutory interest compounded yearly and backdated to 1976 for all the oil and gas "stolen" from Sabah by Petronas and Putrajaya.
The party has taken advice that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) is unconstitutional and therefore the Oil Agreement 1976, based on the former, deemed null and void.
As part of the new resources and revenue scenario, Star will demand that the Federal Government forgive all loans given to Sabah to compensate for the plunder of the country by Malaya.
A Star Government in Sabah will only contribute to Putrajaya for defence, foreign affairs and national economic planning with emphasis on the common market and customs union in Malaysia.
The party notes that the Malaysian IC has been re-issued many times. Initially, it was a two-page scrap of paper, then the Blue Card followed by the Bunga Raya, next the MyKad and now the Smart MyKad.
Star wants the MyKad in Sabah to be re-issued again to weed out all those among the estimated 1.7 million foreigners who are holding the document. On this they are on the same page as PBS, Upko and PBRS, the three Orang Asal parties in BN which handed some Orang Asal seats to Umno thereby facilitating, inadvertently or otherwise, the further division of the original people of Sabah.
Star does not want any foreigner in Sabah to get the MyKad without the sanction of the state government as the initiating and recommending body.
The party, as the state government, will issue a Sabah IC. Only holders of the Sabah IC will be eligible to hold the Sabah MyKad.
Star has no objections to foreigners coming to Sabah to work and settle down but subject to the following:
(1) that they enter the Territory with valid travel papers;
(2) that they don't claim that Sabah belongs to the defunct Sulu Sultanate or the Philippines;
(3) that they obtain work permits and business visit passes as the case may be and not abuse their social visit or other visit passes and student visas;
(4) that they don't compete in business with locals or engage, whether directly or indirectly, in businesses which the locals can do;
(5) that they don't compete with locals for jobs;
(6) that the Government does not create jobs for foreigners;
(7) that they don't obtain Malaysian personal documents by the backdoor;
(8) that they don't enter the electoral rolls with fraudulent Malaysian personal documents;
(9) that they don't marry locals and create social and religious problems; and
(10) that they don't claim Orang Asal, Native or Bumiputera status in Sabah.
The party's stand on minimum wage is that it's one way to keep foreign workers from swamping Sabah and it's also a politically correct way to share the wealth of the nation. Star takes the position that except for "expatriates" all workers whether local or foreign and irrespective of gender must be paid equal wages for equal work.
A Star Government wants the uncodified (unwritten) Constitution of Malaysia to be codified (written) failing which it wants the UN and the ICJ to step in and help resolve the hitherto dormant constitutional crisis. It does not want a Referendum on Malaysia in Borneo 50 years too late.
The party's position, albeit unspoken but implied, is that Malaya -- i.e. the Federal Government -- should either ratify the uncodified Constitution on Malaysia better late than never or get out from Sabah and Sarawak.
The uncodified Constitution on Malaysia includes Batu Sumpah, the Malaysia Agreement and the 20/18 Points, among other constitutional documents on Malaysia.
In the highly unlikely event that Star does not form the next state government in Sabah, the party pledges to be a strong loyal opposition in the state assembly and Parliament.
As the Opposition, Star said that it's duty will be to keep a watch on promises made by the winning party to ensure that they are fulfilled.
It will also keep a check on abuse of power and victimisation by the government, conflict of interest and corruption.
It will defend human rights and ensure that the people are not denied their NCR rights and it will ensure that NCR land is not seized by politicians and sold to Malayan companies and orang luar (outsiders).
So, it cannot be said that "the Opposition can talk only, cannot do anything for the people".
Star is expected to take a position soon on Sapp which is allegedly in cahoots with Umno and PKR to further divide the Orang Asal in particular while purportedly wooing the illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls.
Star is particularly incensed with Sapp for pushing vigorously for months for a seat-sharing formula with PR, based on the dubious "Principle" that the Malayan opposition parties contest the majority of Sabah's parliamentary seats and, in return, "allow" local Opposition parties to contest the majority of seats in the state assembly. This position is seen as allowing outsiders to set, determine and dictate the politics of the state and thereby humiliate the people.
(The Malaysia Agreement 1963 pledged that Sabah and Sarawak collectively hold a minimum one third plus one seat in the Malaysian Parliament. Given the current 222 seat Parliament, Borneo should have 75 seats but has only 57 including Labuan i.e. less 18 seats. Already, a chunk of the 57 seats in the just dissolved Malaysian Parliament are held by Malayan parties on both sides of the divide.)
One notable absence from the Star Manifesto is the role of the Registrar of Societies, Election Commission and the Attorney General in facilitating the presence of Malayan parties in Borneo in defiance of the Malaysia Agreement.
Star has so far maintained a discreet silence on Sapp which broke away from PBS in 1994 to align itself with Umno to bring down the state government and compromise Sabah's autonomy. It's leaders have been linked in the past to seats with illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls. The Likas state seat, for example, was once the subject of an election petition for the number of illegal immigrants on its electoral rolls.
Sapp leaders were also instrumental in PBS breaking away from BN in 1990, in Umno coming to Sabah and replacing Usno after deregistering it, in Star chairman Jeffrey Kitingan (then Sabah Foundation Director) being incarcerated and virtually starved under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) for two two-year terms, and further worsening the culture of political frogging in Sabah.
Sapp has also been accused, ironically by the Dap, of practising a hoodlum culture, whatever that means. (STAR Media)