Monday, December 13, 2010

Kota Kinabalu

It’s been at least ten years since I last visited Kota Kinabalu and during my latest sojourn to this city, I can say that I have become fond of the city. We took some shots of the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront yesterday and I am sharing them with readers here because if you are from the hustle and bustle of big cities (e.g. KL), this is a nice ‘getaway’ place to be in where you can really unwind:

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, which is quite near to Universiti Malaysia Sabah. I also had the opportunity to share my ‘political’ thoughts with local political heavyweight Kalakau Untol on Saturday evening and I must admit I enjoyed it very much. Oh yeah, I must make this comment about AirAsia – their cabin crew proved once again to be a dispirited lot of unsmiling people – geez, where did their HR find these people?

I caught these interesting comments in Sabah’s Daily Express (December 11, 2010, p 1) made by former Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) Vice Chairperson, Simon Sipaun who said that there is no “special privilege” for Malays stated in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution. He explained that what it speaks of is the “special position” of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak, and that the “special position” may have been interpreted by some leaders to mean “special privileges”. He also added that “it looks like the non-Muslim Bumiputeras especially are not getting this same amount of ‘privileges’ as enjoyed by Muslim Bumiputeras – you can see it in terms of scholarship awards, promotions in the civil service and a lot others, which nowadays are becoming more visible.

Eventually it becomes a one race and one religious type of civil service. Like you see in Semenanjung… I don’t see how this relates to the 1Malaysia slogan that is now being promoted”.

Simon Sipaun is stating the obvious but it is good that someone of his standing speaks out in a language that is clear, emphatic and unambiguous.

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