KOTA KINABALU, Sept 3 — A group aiming for the separation of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia has said that it would be happy to have its day in court to state its case even as the government claimed it had identified individuals driving secessionist talk and may try them for sedition.
The group, “Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia” said in a statement its fight for its cause has been according to the law, historical facts and truths without physical violence.
The group released its statement after claims by the Home Ministry and police that individuals behind talk of Sabah seceding have been identified.
“We believe that the threats in the media from the government is actually strengthening our resolve in Sabah and Sarawak to face them in court and argue our case according to valid facts, so that our voices may be heard officially, whether it is in Malaysia or in the international arena,” the group’s representative, Doris Jones said in the statement.
“The truth is, the world is watching the injustices committed by the Federal Government towards Sabah and Sarawak,” she added.
Jones, a Sabahan lawyer based in the UK, said that she received many threats because of the group’s aim but added that its arguments are based on facts and backed up by valid documents.
“If these actions are considered wrong in the eyes of the Federal Government then that is their problems not ours,” she said.
SKMM has one public Facebook page with over 1,000 “Likes” and another “closed” group with a following of 16,000 people.
The group also has a blog with over 93,000 page views and several videos of historical facts and local people voicing their issues, one which has over 108,000 views since it was posted two years ago.
When contacted by the Malay Mail Online, Jones said she not received any contact from Home Ministry or the police.
“They can shut it (the blog or Facebook page) if they wish, but I can create another or many more to serve the same purpose. We are ready to deal with them,” she said adding that she has received many queries and interview requests from international media.