Published on: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
"Sabah Bangkit is a manifestation of a large-scale gathering that will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 12.
"On the same date in the spirit of the awakening of Malaysia, we are responding by organising the gathering for the people of Sabah so that people can even feel the awakening of this together," he said while emphasising that Gegar is a NGO.
He said Gegar took the initiative to host this gathering after it held a series of discussions with other NGOs.
"We see that at the State level we also must have a way of expressing movement and shape people's rights.
"The actual purpose of this 'Sabah Bangkit' assembly is that we want to state and claim rights that we want as the people of Sabah and as Malaysians. It's up to people as individuals or groups to come and seek your rights.
"Besides that, we also want to point out to the government, that the people are no longer just like scarecrows that just sit quietly if their rights are not given to them.
"People are now well-versed. We want to shape the changes that occur.
Not just more empty promises. We give a warning and reminder to the Government, the people have the power.
"Do not let it reach a point where the people get fed up and reject you É similarly the potential Malaysian government after the 13th general election whether the current government or the opposition, we want to say do not play around with the people with stupid politics.
"If you want to govern, form a good system of government.
If the government after GE 13 is also problematic, people will not hesitate to reject the government."
He said Gegar will present eleven claims for the people and youth of Sabah.
"This demands we will fight for so this rights can be returned and given to the people.
"They are opportunities, affordable homes, low cost of living, broadband coverage, minimum crime, free education, free and fair elections, a clean and green state, oil and timber royalties, development infrastructure and customary land rights."
Harieyadi said this is the first time that a gathering will be led by young Sabahans.
"Almost all the action committee are young people, undergraduates and students.
"So, we are very hopeful that this gathering can collect all the people, especially young people and students, and we signal to the government that young people are no longer sitting quietly and just observing."