An analysis reading of John Jambuns " THE ROOT CAUSES OF POVERTY EXPOSED " , is masked with a wider range of disgruntlement than the articles caption aptly suggest
Acting in his capacity as the spokesperson of newly form United Borneo Front , a loose coalition of a Non Governmental Outfit centered in Malaysia Borneo , a platform utilized to voice out grievances on the numerous woes and allegedly lopsided deals the two Borneo entities had to endure the past 48 years . The situation in Malaysia particularly in the two Malaysia Borneo states seems to be that the federal government has reneged it's obligations as stipulating in their constitutional contract albeit the 20/18 point agreement with the Borneo states and the people. Faced with a situation where the Malayan control central government has severed the constitutional contract, the people of these two entities are then legitimated in seeking to enact a new general government that is willing to respect this existing constitutional contract.
UBF stance is : That Sabah/Sarawak are not to be regarded as sovereign members by virtue of being merely states in the Malaysian federation as neither Sabah nor Sarawak are a signatory party to the 1957 Malayan Constitution. 'If you are railroaded into being part of something, without your consent, then you are by no means sovereign' is the rallying cry . . Sabah/Sarawak joined Malaya as separate entities to compliment the setting up of a new nation named Malaysia , a multilateral process resulting from a democratic annexation campaign and in respect of the rule of law, a mission successfully accomplished via the expressed consent of the population. In UBF view point , Sabah/Sarawak would become sovereign in the sense that they consent to being governed under the Malaysian constitutional framework, by becoming equal partners as stipulated under the 20/18 point arrangement prior to the formation of Malaysia.
In this writers perspective , sovereignty is a concept that describes a people's consent at being governed. Ones understanding may differ dramatically from others.: A notable fact worthy of further discussion is that , a people that has not given it's consent to a constitutional framework is not governed, it is ruled (often under the threat of force).
However , sovereignty should not be construed as merely a distinct measure of the power of various governments, while undermining the important aspect of sovereignty or as Jambun puts it 'autonomy' which is the sovereignty of citizens over their own government.
A state/government is only be described as such if it's own citizens can be described as sovereign. I prefer people why? Because we are the living walking talking entities on the earth. Because I remember that states are inventions of the human mind that are run by individuals just like us. And most importantly, because there is a need to distinguish between servitude and freedom, between slavery and liberty, between subjugation and self-government. And because the most apt term to use to communicate these things is the concept of sovereignty.