The Borneo Agenda: PBDS Baru and STAR Sabah Form United Borneo Alliance (UBA)

PENAMPANG – Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) and STAR Sabah had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a strategic alliance here today. Both sides represented by party’s president, Cobbold John (PBDS Baru) and Yang Behormat Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan (STAR Sabah).

The main agenda of the alliance is to uphold the Borneo Agenda -“The Revolutionary Change”.

Jeffrey in his keynote said, UBA demand 100% of the oil and gas to be returned to the State, the formation of 7 states in Sabah, land reform issues, reclamation of 40% revenue, the re-distribution of the 40% revenue to the peoples of Sabah, the issuance of Sabah Identity Card for Sabahans, power for Gen Y including job oppurtunity, rural road and water reformation/development and also digital economy for Sabah.

“The Borneo Agenda is ideal for Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan”, said Jeffrey who is also brother of Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

While PBDS Baru’s president, Cobbold John lamented that Sabah and Sarawak should have a common agenda.

“Sarawak shall also demand for the return of 100% of her oil and gas, shall form 13 states in Sarawak, land reforms, reclamation of the same 40% revenue for distribution to the peoples of Sarawak, the issuance of Sarawak Identity Card for Sarawakians, power for Gen Y including job opportunity, rural road and water reformation/development and also a digital economy for Sarawak”, he stressed.

Cobbold also slammed State Government of Sarawak for its abuse of power whilst barring and blacklisting Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan from entering Sarawak since 11 March 2017 last year.

“He is a Dayak Sabah leader and was barred from entering Sarawak since March last year. He was supposed to attend the Dayak Forum but was deported back to Sabah. This humialited our fellow Dayak”, he said.

“Therefore, we (PBDS Baru) would strongly urge the Sarawak State Government to respect our fellow Dayak neighbour and brother who came to visit Sarawak legally. We demand that Sarawak State Government to allowDatuk Dr Jeffrey Kittinggan’s to enter the state”, he continued.

With the formation of United Borneo Alliance (UBA), both parties believe that this strategic alliance will provide the Dayak people of Borneo the platform to highlight their issues to the world and ensure the government of Malaysia and Indonesia, both signatories to the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People (UNDRIP), adhere to the resolutions.

Cobbold also said indigenous people in Sarawak are like in Sabah (referring to Jeffrey’s statement) and are also not too keen on the term “Dayak” because they preferred to identify themselves based on their respective tribal names.

However, now, he said, the trend has changed, thanks to people’s for their awareness towards the importance of creating a united people under the “Dayak Nation” that crossed the political border.

The Dayak people of Sarawak should determine their own future and how they want to manage their lives including living independently on the land such as how the Australian aborigines were living.

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