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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: The real purpose of Sarawak and Sabah’s immigration controls

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: The real purpose of Sarawak and Sabah’s immigration controls

WHAT is the real intent behind giving Sabah and Sarawak their own autonomy over immigration matters, including the right to ban people from entering these states? Political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat looks at how a good intention has been abused and no longer serves its original purpose.

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Can Sabah and Sarawak secede?

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Can Sabah and Sarawak secede?

There have been renewed calls for Sabah and Sarawak to assert its interests and rights within the federation of Malaysia. These calls have even included proposals to consider secession. The Nut Graph finds out what’s behind these calls and whether secession by any state in the federation would even be possible.

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 2)

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 2)

WITH the DAP’s strong showing at GE13, should the Opposition Leader come from DAP? And will PAS continue with its calls for an Islamic state and hudud? And why didn’t Sabah and Sarawak deliver much-needed votes to PR?

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Reimagining Malaysia

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Reimagining Malaysia

UNTIL recently, Malaysia had been celebrating independence with parades and banners proclaiming the number of years that have passed since 1957. This inaccuracy has been brought to light over the past few years as more people begin to understand the significance of 16 Sept 1963, when Malaysia was formed. People and politicians alike have now [...]

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How Sarawakians became Malaysians

THE normative story of Malaysia goes something like this: in 1961, the newly independent Federation of Malaya’s Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, suggested the formation of a wider federation. This would consist of Malaya, Singapore, Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah. Malayans and Singaporeans agreed, but Sabahans and Sarawakians were not wholly convinced. Neighbouring Philippines objected, asserting [...]

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“Saya bukan Melayu, saya Orang Asli”

“Saya bukan Melayu, saya Orang Asli”

ONCE, when she attended a job interview in the Klang Valley, Tijah Yok Chopil’s Malaysian employer did not get it when she told him she was an Orang Asli. “Dia ingat saya orang Indonesia atau Melayu … Saya beritahunya [selalu kita cakap] Melayu, Cina, India dan lain-lain, saya [sebahagian daripada] dan lain-lain … Apabila saya [...]

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