KOTA KINABALU: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) will celebrate Aug 31 in Keningau as the 51st anniversary of Sabah’s independence and Sept 16 in Sandakan as marking 51 years of the Malaysian Federation.
“The history books need to be corrected so that our younger generations will have the right perspective on Sabah, Sarawak, Malaya and Malaysia,” said DAP in a statement on the eve of the party’s Sabah Independence Day celebrations in Keningau.
“The geographical map of West and East Malaysia must be properly displayed so that the younger generation is able to appreciate the respective sizes of Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.”
The statement added that former State Secretary Simon Sipaun will be one of the key speakers at the Keningau celebrations.
Keningau was chosen by the DAP as it’s the site of the Oath Stone, or Batu Sumpah, which has three of the significant terms in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the 20 Points viz. no religion in Sabah; land to be under the jurisdiction of the Sabah Government; and the federal government to respect the culture and traditions of the Orang Asal.
Every year, a ritual ceremony is held at Batu Sumpah. This year DAP Advisor Lim Kit Siang will be present as an observer.
Bobohizans, or traditional priestesses, perform symbolic and ritualistic activities where a buffalo, pig and chicken are sacrificed, and their blood poured or splashed over the stone.
It was the late G. S. Sundang, a nationalist opposed to Malaysia, who had the Oath Stone erected.