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By Mariam Mokhtar

Till independence us do part

The union of the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak with the Federation of Malaya was never a marriage made in heaven. Like most relationships, one partner is doing all the giving, whilst the other is happy not to contribute. When cracks begin to show, and the wife demands a separation, to start afresh, that is the point when most husbands try to make amends. The cries for Sabah and Sarawak to be independent, are growing louder.