Mr. Stephen Kalong Ningkan was appointed as first Chief Minister of Sarawak on Monday 22 July 1963 by the British Governor, Sir Alexander Waddell. The British Governor also nominated three people namely, Mr. Teo Kui Seng, Mr. Abdul Taib bin Mahmud and Mr. Ling Beng Siong as members of the Council Negri and to established the new Supreme Council.
On Friday and Saturday, the Supreme Council met for the first time under the Chairmanship of the Governor, Sir Alexander Waddell, with British official including the Attorney-General sitting in the Supreme Council.
This showed Sarawak was never been decolonized and never been granted independence. It was nothing more than a limited self-government, because the British were still in control of Sarawak.
The claims by the Sarawak government or by any quarters that Sarawak had gained its freedom and independence on 22 July, 1963 is incorrect.
To gazette July 22 as Sarawak Independence Day or to call July 22 as a Sarawak Day is misleading our own people and our own generations. It is regretted that in the past, Sarawakians were misled by many politicians including by Cabinet Ministers in Sarawak BN, who told Sarawakians that Sarawak achieved independence within Malaysia.
It is also a misconception to say Sarawak could achieve independence within Malaysia. How can a country achieve independence within another country? This is politically and legally wrong! If Sarawak could be an independent country within Malaysia, is not Sarawak a colony of Malaysia?
Sarawakians need to be told that by an invalid Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Sarawak was handed by the British to Malaya as a gift to enlarge the territory of Malaya.
Sarawak remained a colony of Great Britain on transfer to Malaya on 16 Sept 1963. This was because there was no formal change in its status by the United Kingdom. Thus, according to legal experts, Sarawak is indeed a vassal state or colony of Malaya taken from Great Britain until today. On Malaya enlarging its territories after Singapore, North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak as part of its territories, Malaya, then changed its name to Malaysia on 16 September, 1963.
Therefore, Sarawak Independence Day is a myth as Sarawak was never been granted independence by the British Parliament as required to be done under British law and practice. This very issue came up on 31 Aug 1963 when Mr. Lee Kuan Yew unilaterally declared Singapore’s independence in which, the United Kingdom’s Colonial Secretary, Mr. Duncan Sandys stated in the news that the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Singapore was illegal. He said that independence for any British territory must be done by passing an Act of Parliament at Westminster.
BN/GPS government should face the embarrassment of claiming July 22 as an Independence Day of Sarawak when Sarawak indeed had never been granted independence at all by the United Kingdom but was given away as a gift to Malaya. If BN/GPS government had wanted Sarawak to be independent, then, why Sarawak still has political connections with Malaya by sharing the same parliament, national flag, national anthem and currency?
Is not this a “sell out” of Sarawak’s rights of freedom and independence to Malaya? Is not GPS government recognizing Sarawak as a vassal state of Malaya?
Although the late CM Tan Sri Adenan had gazetted July 22 as Sarawak Independence Day, Sarawakians need to read what TS Adenan’s intention in gazetting July 22 as Sarawak Independence Day. It is nothing more than to let Sarawakians to remember that the quest for freedom and independence is a journey that has to be completed by Sarawakians from the day Mr Stephen Kalong Ningkan was appointed as Sarawak Chief Minister. Sarawakians could gather TS Adenan Satem’s message about Sarawak’s right to independence when in a video he said we care for our independence.
Parti Bumi Kenayalang understood the message made by TS Adenan Satem well and with that in June 2019 launched Sarawak’s dream to set Sarawak free and independent from the federation of Malaysia.
Your support for Parti Bumi Kenyalang is a support for Sarawak’s independence.
Voon Lee Shan
Parti Bumi Kenyalang