Saturday, September 20, 2008

Story of a successful resistance, th ANC

The ANC has managed to finally win against South Africa Apartheid white
regime and later on manage to run the nation prosperous and peacefully
for both whites and blacks. It had succeeded brilliantly compared to
Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe.

It is interesting the ANC even ordered young men to study overseas in
order to prepare them for leadership roles for the nation, instead of
just labourers as the case for Malaysia.

The lack of nepotism and cronyism is vital in order to ensure the
success of an organisation but this sense is only prevalent in times of
war. This is true in the case of Sabah's leader Tun Mustapha, a former
resistance fighter against the Japanese. He scoured hard for people who
can help him in his political battles.

Unfortunately, when he got the power as the Chief Minister of Sabah, he
lost touch with the people. Probably he was surrounded by opportunists,
instead of true fighters as in the later days of Sabah as a colony of
the United Kingdom. The same thing could happen to Mahathir.

In times of peace, people have become so corrupted and more concerned
with quick returns because they don't feel any impending disaster.
Despite figures which compare Sabah as the poorest in Malaysia and among
the poorest in the whole World, Sabahans are still not fighting hard.

Probably only Yong Tech Lee is the fighter for Sabah. The other SAPP
leaders are just listening to him. Most are just like us, the desk
fighters. The fate of Sabah, is just like any other nations that had
been exploited bare with only feeble resistance. When even historical
events are ignored and falsified, the resources and rights of Sabahans
in Sabah will be plundered at will with the help of these opportunistic

Nigerian resistance fighters is a classic example of local fighters
trying to retain their resources for their own use. They are
disorganised but brave. I don't think they are as organised as ANC or
the Rwanda Tutsi, otherwise they would have made an impact much earlier.
They are reminiscent of the Tamil Tigers, MILF and AlQaedah i.e. more
like terrorists. Even if they were successful, they will lead to chaos
and hardships for the people because they will most likely mismanage
their nation.

Let us hope that Sabah will not fall into such a chaotic state although
as things go, it is just inevitable. Peace will not happen if there is
blatant discrimination and exploitation against Sabahans as is still
happening in Sabah. Just because seemingly a large percentage of
Sabahans are satisfied with their peace and livelihood, the same
percentage satisfied citizens also exist in all these exploited and
warring states.
Thabo Mbeki's Rise and Fall

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Sunday, September 21, 2008; Page A22

Early life: Mbeki was born in June 1942 in an agricultural village in
southeastern South Africa. At 14, he joined the African National
Congress Youth League; at 19, he was ordered by the ANC to leave the
country for education to prepare for a leadership role.
This Story

S. Africa's Mbeki Agrees to Step Down
Thabo Mbeki's Rise and Fall

Higher education: He earned a master's degree in economics at the
University of Sussex in Britain and underwent military training in the
Soviet Union, a key backer of the ANC's armed campaign against apartheid.

Presidency: Mbeki was elected in 1999 to succeed anti-apartheid icon
Nelson Mandela as South Africa's second black president. Mbeki emerged
as a leader who was always willing to stand his ground despite criticism
of his policies. South Africa's economy has grown steadily under Mbeki's
rule, but his opponents say he has favored business at the cost of the poor.

Mbeki was reelected in 2004 to a second term. But in late 2007, he lost
an ANC leadership contest to rival Jacob Zuma, who is likely to become
South Africa's next president.

Key diplomatic accomplishment: Long accused of taking too soft an
approach to Zimbabwe's crisis, Mbeki brokered a power-sharing deal this
month between veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition
leaders, including Morgan Tsvangirai.
Sabah is heaven. Beautiful shark-free beaches and mountains next to
civilisation with no natural and man-made disasters except Malaysia.
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