Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 2nd July 2010:
Hi Sabahans in Klang Valley - Lets meet in PJ on Sunday 2 pm
The meeting of Sabahans in the Klang Valley will be held this Sunday (July 4, 2010) at 2 pm at the Petaling Jaya Community Library Hall (next to Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya) to discuss the problems and needs, grievances and frustrations of Sabahans particularly those stranded in the Klang Valley.
The idea of a meeting of Sabahans in Klang Valley is the upshot of recent visits by DAP MPs/SAs to various parts of Sabah in the past months including Kota Belud, Tuaran, Keningau, Tambunan, Sepanggar, Donggongon and Kampong Inobong in Penampang, Tawau, Merotai, Kalabakan, Pitas and Kota Marudu.
Wherever DAP MPs/SAs Hiew King Cheu (Kota Kinabalu), Teo Nie Ching (Serdang), Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Jimmy Wong (DAP Sabah state Assemblymen for Sri Tanjong) and I went in Sabah, there was concern about the plight of Sabahans stranded in the Klang Valley, particularly following media reports early this year of homeless Sabahans who had to scavenge for food from garbage bins outside restaurants in the Klang Valley.
Sabahans back home were shocked that Sabah youths, who had gone to the national capital to seek greener pastures, were roaming the streets and relying on food served by NGOs and on leftovers in dustbins for an additional meal.
Sunday's meeting of Sabahans in Klang Valley will seek to get first-hand information about the neglect of socio-economic rights and development as well as the frustrations of the people of Sabah.
The July 4 meeting of Sabahans in the Klang Valley however will also have a broader scope and agenda – to cover the whole spectrum of frustrations of Sabahans.
The New Economic Model with the main goal of transforming Malaysia into a high-income advanced nation with inclusiveness and sustainability aims to achieve a per capita GNP of US$17,700 (RM57,348) by 2020.
However, under the Sabah Development Economic Corridor Blueprint 2008-2025, the projected GDP per capita for Sabah in 2020 is only RM11,571 - which is more than five times less than the targeted per capita GNP for Malaysia under the NEM.
Coming on top of the scandal of the degradation and deterioration of Sabah from the richest state to the poorest state in the past five decades, it is most shocking and even outrageous that there is a five-fold difference in the targetted per capita income of Sabahans as compared to Malaysians in ten years' time in 2020.
In Parliament recently, I had urged the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to address five "present and urgent issues" to give meaning to the slogans of 1Malaysia and "inclusive growth" and end the marginalization of ordinary Sabahans who had been left out of national development and progress since the formation of Malaysia some five decades ago.
These five priority issues are:
These are among the issues which deserve revisiting in the meeting of Sabahans in the Klang Valley in Petaling Jaya on Sunday, July 4 2010, which is convened by DAP MP for Kota Kinabalu, Hiew King Cheu, assisted and co-ordinated by DAP MPs Teo Nie Ching (Serdang) and Lim Lip Eng (Segambut). Contacts and enquiries can also be made through the following:
Leaders from Pakatan Rakyat, including PKR President Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Ismail as well as representatives from DAP and PAS will attend the meeting of Sabahans in the Klang Valley.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor