THE KDM DECLARATION
KOTA KINABALU, SABAH
January 19, 2008
We, the people of
Kadazan-Dusun-Murut (KDM) of Sabah,
at a DAP Sabah KDM Convention in Kota Kinabalu on
January 19, 2008
hereby CALL for:
AN ALL-OUT COMMITMENT
by the people of Sabah and Malaysia to end and eradicate the underclass
status of the Kadazan-Dusun-Murut (KDM) people in Sabah and Malaysia as
a result of Barisan Nasional administration and policies and to restore
to the KDM community an equal and rightful place in Sabah and Malaysia.
Towards this end, the
following KDM Declaration is dedicated:-
In 1994 state general
election 14 years ago, Barisan Nasional promised a “Sabah Baru” with the
To reduce poverty
from 33 per cent to zero in the year 2,000;
illiteracy to zero in the year5 2,000; and
To give every
Sabahan a house by the year 2,000; and
To resolve the
problem of illegal immigrants in
Every one of these
“Sabah Baru” pledges have been broken and dishonoured, with the KDM
community suffering even worse political, economic, educational, social,
cultural and religious marginalization to the extent that a 11-year-old
Std. V Dusun pupil Donny John Dion committed suicide and hanged himself
at home in Kampung Suangon in Papar parliamentary constituency because
of abject poverty and marginalization of the KDM community.
When Umno entered
Sabah, it promised equal political partnership and power-sharing in the
state with the rotation of post of Chief Minister among the three major
communities under a Barisan Nasional state government.
The new underclass
status of the KDM is most apparent in the dishonouring of this
power-sharing pledge, as in the past 14 years, the post of the Chief
Minister had been held by a KDM for only a short period of nine months!
Can a KDM ever become
a Sabah Chief Minister again?
WE CONDEMN THE BN
GOVERNMENT FOR THE “DIVIDE AND RULE TACTIC” that split the KDM community
ELECTION to restore to the KDM community grass-roots democracy and a
fair and full participation in local government administration to end
the abuses of local government political appointment system; and
MORE SENIOR POSTS
in the Federal Government Departments in
AND DEVELOPMENT MARGINALISATION
WE CONDEMN THE BN
GOVERNMENT FOR ITS FAILURE TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH, TO
ERADICATE POVERTY, and most of all to uplift the living standard and
well being of the KDM in the rural districts.
WE DEMAND THE
TO OPEN UP IDLE
STATE LAND & YAYASAN SABAH LAND BANK FOR AGRICULTURE TO BENEFIT THE
KDM COMMUNITY IN THE RURAL DISTRICTS and provide financial, skill
training, and all the required assistance.
TO PAY SPECIAL
ATTENTION TO THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE KDM RURAL CHILDREN in their
schools, infrastructure facilities, scholarship, health, and financial
CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS MARGINALISATION
WE STRONGLY CONDEMN
the statement made by the Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam
that “IT IS EASY TO BECOME MALAY” in showing utter insensitivity and
disrespect to the KDM identity..
WE DEMAND that the
Constitutional rights and guarantees on freedom of religion be fully
honoured and respected with an end to the host of recent violations
restricting and curtailing the fundamental liberties on freedom of
religion guaranteed in the Constitution and the 20 Points on Sabah’s
Malaysia 44 years ago.
EMPHASIS must be given
by the government to accord fair and equitable attention for the
development of the KDM religion and beliefs in Sabah.
WE CONDEMN THE BN FOR
FAILURE TO RESOLVE THE LONG STANDING PROBLEM WITH THE ILLEGAL
IMMIGRANTS, WORKERS AND REFUGEES presence in Sabah which directly
affecting the livelihood and citizenship statusw of the KDM community.
WE OPPOSE the BN for
granting THE REFUGEES HOLDING IMM13 and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS with
PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS (PR), and we DEMAND THE IMM13 to BE ABOLISHED,
and BE DEPORTED..
WE STRONGLY OPPOSE SPR
for allowing the use of the “Blue IC” (dubious identity) to vote in the
election which had been declared invalid by JPN.
WE CONDEMN THE
MUSHROOMING OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SQUATTERS COLONIES which are the ROOT
CAUSE OF ALL SOCIAL ILLS and CRIMES in Sabah and DEMAND THESE ILLEGAL
SQUATTERS TO BE DEMOLISHED.
WE CONDEMN THE
INHUMANE TREATMENT (torching and chasing out) by the BN Government IN
SABAH in dealing with the land issues involving THE LOCAL KDM LIVING IN
THEIR ANCESTROUS GROUND.
WE CONDEMN the BN
Government FOR RELOCATING OUTSIDERS OF OTHER RACES, BELIEFS, AND
CULTURES INTO TRADITIONAL KDM KAMPONGS (eg. Kampung Maang).
wE THE KDM IN DAP HEREBY MAKE THE solemn pledge TO
PERSEVERE IN THE RIGHTFUL AND JUST CAUSE TO
to end and eradicate
the underclass status of the Kadazan-Dusun-Murut (KDM) people in Sabah
and Malaysia and to restore to the KDM community an equal and rightful
place in Sabah and Malaysia.
* The above KDM Declaration was adopted in a
DAP Sabah Kadazan-Dusun-Murut Convention to set the Agenda For
Change in Sabah