Will defiant Taib ‘conform’ and kiss Agong’s hand?
Aside from distorting history and imposing this version via schools, they are also using other less obvious ways such as the “subliminal stimuli” technique.
The scientifcally proven technique uses any sensory stimuli below individual threshold for conscious perception.
The technique was used extensively after World War 1 especially in the United States and Europe. For a more detailed review of these ideas please read Gustav La Bon, Edward Barney and Walter Lippmann.
These techniques have since been adopted by the Malaysian authority to indoctrinate the population compelling them to conform to certain ideas.
A good example of the use of ‘subliminal stimuli’ is the general acceptance that Malaysia was established in 1957.
Take a good look at the design of the Malaysia Ringgit note.
Many people have not noticed that the portrait of the Yang Di Pertuan Agong on the ringgit is that of the first Yang Di Pertuan Agong of the Federation of Malaya – not Malaysia.
Malaysia came into being in September 16, 1963
The first Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia is actually Tunku Syed Putra – the Raja of Perlis and not Tunku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan.
The basic reason for this to delude the people into unconsciously believing that Malaysia was established in 1957.
The other reason is to lull the minds of Sabah and Sarawak citizens into accepting that they “joined” Malaysia. In actual fact Sabah and Sarawak were independent nations who came together to “form” Malaysia.
No one in Malaysia questions this issue until today.
There are many phrases and symbols which pepper our everyday environment to indirectly reinforce the idea of ‘conforming’ to 1957. These include the Malaysia crest, placement of Sabah and Sarawak flags, seating arrangements.
The act of Sabah and Sarawak’s TYT kissing the Agong’s hand is strictly taboo and the highest insult to the people of Sabah and Sarawak.
This is critically important especially in the case of Sabah and Sarawak.
Kuala Lumpur may want Sabah and Sarawak to conform to the country’s base point which is 1957 instead of 1963.
We believe this is a concerted effort by Kuala Lumpur to subdue the population in Borneo.
It is a subtle work in progress to manipulate the minds of the Sabah and Sarawak state governments into conforming to the directives of the nerve centre.
These cognitive corruptions is not limited to phrases and symbols, it also permeates into efforts to change the Malaysia Constitution and the respective enactments in Borneo.
Changing title of Governor
This was especially important after the Kalong Ningkan case in Sarawak – where he won the court case which ceased his tenure as the Chief Minister. The victory while landmarked failed in a state of emergency being declared in Sarawak.
The first neutering of the people’s mind in Sabah and Sarawak was done by changing the title of the head of state – from TYT Yang DiPertua Negara to just Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT).
This change was done in the Sabah Legislative Assembly sitting in 1976 right after the first state election.
The reason then was to standardize the title to that from Malacca and Penang.
The second stage is to create the perception that the Malaysia Constitution is supreme and unquestionable.
It is interesting to note that nothing was mentioned of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 which actually created the Malaysia Constitution – refer to Annex A of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
No one explained that the Malaysia Constitution remains Supreme as long as it is consistent with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-Government Committee Report (IGC).
Kuala Lumpur may be able to deceive some of the people of Sabah and Sarawak but certainly they cannot by-pass the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
This is the legal bulwark that has been protecting ignorant Sabahans and Sarawakians all this while.
Kuala Lumpur knows fully well the strength of these defensive walls.
This is perhaps the reason why since 1963 the Malaysia Parliament made about 600 amendments to the Malaysia Constitution. But they still could not circumvent the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
I strongly believe, all their failure in “managing” the country today can be attributed to the strength of this defence.
It is highly likely that the 20 points is part and parcel of this scheme which was extensively raised in 1987 when PBS government was in the opposition.
The purpose was to divert the people’s attention from studying the Malaysia Agreement 1963. Instead Kuala Lumpur made the 20 points as the base of Sabah’s struggle for their rights.
In this aspect, they were helped by ignorant Sabah leaders.
The Malaysia Agreement 1963 raised the spectra of secession and a possible dis-integrating as a federation whilst the 20 points allowed Sabahans to vent out their anger yet remain docile within the Federation.
To unravel these issues after 50 years is not that simple and easy. Each step taken may uncover hidden minefields that must be defused before proceeding.
This is the reason the Sarawak defiance led by Taib Mahmud is a historical landmark in the federal – state relations for Sarawak and Sabah.
Zainnal Ajamain is a British-trained economist. He has held several senior positions in the government and government think tanks and has worked as a university lecturer, researcher, stockbroker, economist and has published several papers in international media journals. He helped found non-governmental organisation, the United Borneo Front (UBF), and remains active in politics.
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