Category Archives: Challenges for Sarawakian

Challenge for Sarawakian: Third Challenge- STAR Propose Measures Implementation

Fostering and developing a mature democratic society practicing a form of mature, consensual, community-oriented Malaysian democracy that can be a model for other developing countries.

The Party believes that the Government must have openness and transparency, so that the people can see and judge for themselves the workings of the Government. The people must be allowed to take responsibility for issues that affect them and the Government has a duty to listen to the needs of the people.

The Party believes that in a community-oriented democracy; there are no hegemony or tyranny by the majority. The needs of minorities and individual will be respected in this form of democracy.

The Party believes that in a democratic system, there should be no place for personalities and clique. The system should be based on institutions and procedures that can withstand personality changes.

In the State, transparency and openness are not fully practiced. For example, the people do not know how the State’s riches are distributed and they are not fully informed or consulted on matters that affect them. e.g. development projects which affect their livelihood, lifestyle and environment. This has perpetuated a culture of fear of speaking out which is reinforced by the Government issuing retributions with impunity. There is a real lack of dialogue and discussion of central socio-economic issues by the people and the politicians. There is only talk of “development” which, to the present Government, is a reward for political loyalty and patronage. Thus the State is far from practising consensual democracy.

Many of the institutions in the State are run by cliques. The State Government itself revolves around a particular personality, whose sycophants never fail to congratulate him on the anniversaries of his long reign. We have had the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation run almost as a personal business by someone linked to this personality.

The State Civil Service is not spared political patronage and personality cliques that look after their interest over official concerns.

The Party believes that the Government should be responsible for nurturing democratic beliefs and ideals. The Party will organise and sponsor  public forums and debates on matters pertaining to major development projects and others matters that affect people.

The Party believes strongly that the Press plays a very important role in checking abuses of power and in disseminating and nurturing democratic values and traditions. The Press shall not be controlled and the Party shall promote fair and just journalism. The Press shall be responsible to the people of the States, not to the Government of the day.

Government leaders shall be subject to greater checks for abuse of power. For example, political leaders shall have a public accounting of their wealth.

The Party believes that the Civil Service also plays an important role in developing and nurturing democratic values. The Civil Service shall be the implementor of the policies of the Government of the day. However, the Civil Service shall remain neutral in Administration.

The Civil Service shall be reviewed to eradicate the formation of cliques and “closely buddy” systems, especially at the top echelon. Progressions in the Civil Services shall be based on a system of merits, not of patronage and favours

In order to achieve a State that practices a mature and community-oriented democracy, the Party:

  • Will allow newspapers to be censored only by the public and the readers,
  • Will not bar individuals from entering Sarawak on political grounds,
  • Will not protect political corrupts,
  • Will establish procedures and mechanisms to reward performance in all sectors,
  • Will allow more meetings at district levels to allow for political debates on policies and performances,
  • Will allow the use of Balai Raya as avenues for political discussion amongst various political parties and,
  • Will ensure that the Kampung Chiefs elected by traditional methods are allowed to speak freely, even to criticize the Government, on behalf of their community.

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Challenge for Sarawakian: Second Challenge- STAR Propose Measures Implementation

Creating a psychologically liberated, secure and developed Malaysian society with faith and confidence in itself, justifiably proud of what it is and what has been accomplished, and robust enough to face challenges and all manners of diversity.

The party believes that the psychologically liberated individual is the basis of a psychologically liberated nation. Every citizen must be psychologically free to speak out his or her opinions on matter that affects the individual, the community and the country.

Since independence, Malaysia has achieved high standing and great respect in the international arena. This has boosted tremendously the people’s beliefs in themselves as a nation.

The States does not have a psychologically liberated citizenry. People are still stifled by a pervasive culture of fear and intimidation and are afraid to speak out. Distribution of the State’s resources and development is tied closely to subservience to the Government.

The Party will eradicate the culture of fear and intimidation and the culture of political enticement and patronage in the State to encourage individuals to speak out for their rights, especially when infringed. The Party realizes that the Government is not infallible on all matters affecting its constituents. The Party also realizes that the intellect and contributions from the people and that the people will be its greatest asset in realising a psychologically liberated nation.

In order to achieve a society where people are not afraid to speak up for their rights and a Government that is willing to include all viewpoints, the Party:

  • Will introduce and encourage programmes to inculcate value and self-esteem among the people, and to encourage them to be responsible for their own future. The Party will introduce “ meet and listen to the people” sessions unlike the current “meet the people” sessions which are merely conduits for the politicians to force their plans on people ,
  • Will also ensure equitable and fair distribution of the fruits of development and to allow merits and economic needs to be determinant factor, not political bias,
  • Will reduce the role of Special Branch as a tool of the Government of the Day and divert their activities more towards crime fighting and political education,
  • Will educate people on the need to be politically aware of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in order to ensure the practice of good politics.

Challenges for Sarawakian: First Challenge- STAR Propose Measures Implementation

Establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny- that is to strive as a nation of peace, with itself territorially and ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full and fair partnership, made up of one Bangsa Malaysia with political loyalty and dedication to the Nation.

The Party believe in “Unity in Diversity”. The Party does not believe in homogeneity. The cultural, ethnic, and social diversity that the States has now will be maintained, sustained, and encouraged through due and appropriate recognitions and awards. What is important is that all citizen profess full, unconditional loyalty to the Nation and the State voluntary.

The Party believes that a united nation is based upon steady mental attitude and an adoption by the people of a national value system. It is neither based upon ritualistic and physical behaviour, nor upon intermittent, compulsory and expensive public displays of loyalty and patriotism.

The Party believes that loyalty and patriotism cannot be force upon the people. It can be inculcated. People must believe in the system and execution of governance and believe that the system is proper, fair and equitable to them. Therefore fair and equitable implementation of the laws and of development are important and key components in establishing a united Nation and States.

The Party fully subscribes to the notion of a “Bangsa Malaysia”. The “Bangsa Malaysia” is based upon the aspirations of everybody in the country. It does not belong to, and is not based upon, any particular group. It is a mental model that embodies all the values that drive and sustain the Nation towards and beyond achieving developed nation status. It is a status that every Malaysian will ascribe to with pride and dignity.

Since the creation of Malaysia in 1963, there has been great achievement in nation building. Compared to many former colonies that are still wrought by internal conflicts even today, Malaysia is a model in national building. There is a greater awareness and appreciation of the people of different cultures and regions within the country. There is definitely very close and good interaction among various groups. Malaysian now identify easily with universal causes such as environment, AIDS, the arts, etc., which transcend cultural and regional barriers.

However, we cannot take these achievements for granted. The progress that has been achieved in nation-building needs to be maintained, sustained and developed. We still have rudiments of parochialism and regionalism that need to be addressed with dilligence.

In the States, development is unevenly distributed, and its benefits unevenly shared. Favouritism and victimisation exist in the governance of the States. These element are not conducive to the development of patriotic and loyal citizenry in the State. It also sows the seeds of discontentment, disillusionment and dissatisfaction.

In order to enable the State to play its part in the development of a united Malaysia, the Party will implement the following measures:

  • Introduce and sponsor voluntary programmes to help Sarawakians master the use of the national language.
  • Introduce and sponsor programmes encourage cross-cultural and cross-regional interactions among the people. The Party will also work closely with the Federal and other State Governments on such programmes.
  • Cooperate with the Federal Government to develop a national value system that emphasized nationalism, and to review and re-emphasize the “Rukun Negara” in the development of the State and Nation
  • Promote equitable and fair development in the State, and eliminate any form and practice of favouritism and victimisation  in the States.
  • Introduce and sponsor programmes to explain and introduce the concept, objectives and aspirations of “Vision 2020” among the people, beyond mere sloganeering.

Challanges for Sarawakian: An Introduction

The Party is committed to a total holistic development of the State to enable it to become an important and active player of the developed Malaysia as envisioned in the “Vision 2020”. The Party’s definition of development does not just cover physical development but it includes personal, psychological and social aspects as well as ensuring full justice and fairness to all people in the State.

The Party is committed to a quality service to the people of the State, both by the Government and the Civil Service. The role of the Government and the Civil Service is to serve people, and to help them achieve their aspiration and goals. The Civil Service shall be neutral and shall be the implementor of Government’s policies, not be a mere appendage of the ruling Party. At the same time the Government will lead the people and the State to develop new roles, values and solutions to face the challenges of the new Century.

The Party subscribes fully to, and will practice the tenets of, cleanliness, efficiency and trustworthiness in all its affairs and will ensure that the Civil Service does the same.

The Party will work closely with Federal Authorities to Develop the State along the concept of total development to ensure the full participation of all sector.

The Party strongly supports and shares  vision embodied in “Vision 2020”. This document presents a brief overview of the Party’s plan for the State to address the nine challenges put forward to realize a “Vision 2020” for the country. This document explain the Party’s briefs, its definitions and concepts of key components and aspects of the challenges described. The document also briefly describes the proposed measures that the Party will implement to address these challenges.

* Proposed measures that State Reform Party (STAR) will implement to address nine challenges will publish on 1/01/2011.

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