This is especially for West Malaysian who might think Sabah is a pain in the ass because of the Lahad Datu standoff.
PS: I have a great friends from the Peninsular that I don't intend to offend, so this is meant for West Malaysians who are anti-East Malaysia, or thinks that Sabahans live on trees and are jungle men.
READ AT YOU OWN PERIL
Facts about Sabah :
- Size of Sabah : More than half (55%) of the whole Peninsular Malaysia.
- Sabah + Sarawak = 60% of Malaysia's economy.
- Contributes to 14% of Malaysia's natural gas
- Make up 30% of the national crude iol reserves
- Produces 392,000 barrels of oil a day, out of Petronas's 650,000 barrels output.
- Accounts to 30% of Malaysia's palm oil exports.
Too much economical talk? Lets get to something you can comprehend with slight ease.
- Malaysia is a multi racial country where all people live in harmony :
Sorry, you meant Sabah and Sarawak is multiracial, no? Sabah, Sarawak has Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, Ibans, Bajau, Bidayuh, Melanau.
- You want to know what's racial harmony and "1Malaysia'? Come to Sabah. Its everywhere on the streets, to restaurants, to shopping malls, to schools. We can all sit in one table and have our meals without any problem.
-Malaysia has a lot of wildlife :
You mean Sabah and Sarawak, has lots of wildlife is it? The Proboscis monkey, Saltwater crocodiles, Borneon Pygmy elephants, Hornbills, Sumatran Rhinos, Orang Utans, ildboar, Tembadau (cattle), Fireflies, endangered spiders, snakes, insects. Aren't these animals/ wildlife Malaysians are proud of? Lots of tourist come to Malaysia because of its wildlife. So where're these wildlife be found? They're from Sabah and Sarawak bro!
- Malaysia is rich with flora :
Sabah is home to more than 4,000 species of flowers out of the 10,000 species in Malaysia. Ferns, orchids, pitcher plants, you name it.
- Vascular plants? Trees I meant. East Malaysia has 15,000, Peninsular has 8,500 species. We're close to two-thirds.
- The largest flower in the world? The Rafflesia. Where's it found? Sabah!
- The highest mountain in South East Asia? Mount Kinabalu. Where's it found? Lying on the backbone of Crocker range, in Sabah.
So, before you continue saying "I don't mind giving back Sabah to Philippines or Sulu Sultans, do a bit more research and thing about the repercussions".
Before you think Sabahans live on trees, be sure it's Orang Utan, not Orang as in humans.
Sabahans chose to be part of Malaysia prior to 1963. Despite political turmoils, and being the oppressed victims for the past 50 years by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, we still remained as Malaysians. The twin towers Malaysia was once so proud of, the highways and flyovers, the high rise buildings, aren't these developments from the pockets of Sabah? East Malaysia, Sabah in particular, has contributed so much to the economy, who are you to say "We don't mind giving Sabah back to Sulu"?
All we want now is peace and justice.
Pray For Sabah.