Sabah’s Long Walk: The ‘Idle No More’ Movement has arrived!

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THE MARCH HAS ENDED

Malaysiakini

Hundreds greet Sabah marchers at finish line

After three days of walking, some 80 activists were given a heroes welcome after their 60km march from Tambunan to Pagansakan to raise awareness about clean elections and indigenous rights.

According to Andrew Ambrose, a key figure in the “Idle No More” march, some 600 people were in Pagansakan to greet the group at the finish line at 2pm today.

“We are all tired but we were revitalised upon seeing the big crowd. We even danced the sumazau to celebrate our achievement,” Ambrose told Malaysiakini.

Apart from supporters and community leaders, the group was also greeted by politicians from both sides of the political divide.

Among others were Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Bernard Dompok, Sabah DAP secretary Dr Edwin Bosi and Penampang PKR division wanita chief Jennifer Lasimbang.

Police threats

A short ceremony was held to hand 22 scrolls containing the “Idle No More” declaration to Penampang community leaders.

The declaration had touched on the group’s demands for good governance, environmental protection, indigenous rights and a proper electoral process.

“We want those 22 recipients to mobilise their people to work towards the issues raised in the declaration,” said Ambrose.

Hundreds greet Sabah marchers at finish line

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Sabah’s Long Walk: Idle No More

From Tambunan (9.00am, Friday, 22 February) to the Pagansakan Hall in Inobong, Penampang (2.00pm, Sunday, 24 February 2013).

Nearly 50 marchers today embarked on Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ walk from Tambunan to Penampang, calling for the protection of indigenous rights and clean and fair elections in the country.

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Malaysiakini

Police say it’s illegal but ‘long marchers’ won’t quit

Participants of the ‘Idle No More’ long march in Sabah are adamant they will complete the last six kilometres of their journey, even as police warned that event constitutes an “illegal assembly”.

One of the organisers Andrew Ambrose said the participants would complete the final leg of their journey from Babagon to Pagansakan in Penampang today.

“The participants unanimously reject the (police) threat and unanimously want to continue the journey,” said Andrew, who expects to arrive in Pagasakan at about 2pm.

he added that Penampang MP Bernard Dompok is expected to make a speech at the march’s closing ceremony there.

Police say it’s illegal but ‘long marchers’ won’t quit

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NST

24 February 2013| last updated at 11:50PM

60km walk for indigenous rights

TAMBUNAN: Forty-seven people began the 60km “Idle No More” walk from here to Penampang on Friday to create awareness of issues affecting the indigenous people of Malaysia.

The multi-racial participants, 12 of whom are from the peninsula, are expected to complete the walk at the Pagansakan community hall in Penampang today.

The walk evoked memories of the event in 1985 when groups of people staged a similar gesture in response to the sacking of Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan from Parti Berjaya.

Pairin later served as chief minister of Sabah after his Parti Bersatu Sabah toppled Parti Berjaya in the 1985 state election.

The event is also dubbed a “prayer walk” as participants performed prayers according to their own religious beliefs during the the three-day walk.

Its main objective is to give each individual an opportunity to contribute to changes in the country.

It aims at giving the public a chance to deliver the message that the future of Sabah is not decided only by politicians, but also by the people as a whole.

.Anne Lasimbang (third from left) leading the ‘Idle No More’ walk participants from Tambunan for a 60km walk from Tambunan to Penampang. The walk is to raise awareness of issues affecting the indigenous folk in the country.Read more: 60km walk for indigenous rights – General – New Straits Times

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Free Malaysia Today

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Villagers greet Sabah long march with cheer

As the Sabah long march from Tambunan to Penampang for native rights and clean elections makes it into Day 2, the marchers have been warmly received by villagers along the route, a participant said today.

Local activist Andrew Ambrose told Malaysiakini when reached this afternoon that the marchers were enthusiastically greeted and given food and drinks at several stops on their route.

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At the time Ambrose was contacted, the group was winding up their break in Guramboi and preparing to move on to Morog.

Villagers greet Sabah long march with cheer

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SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2013
7.30 PM

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2nd Day of Sabah Idle No More「不再沉默」walk Campaign. DAPSY KK led by HenryShim continues to participate to walk our talks ! Ini Kali Lah kita Ubah !

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SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2013
12.00 NOON

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Sabah Idle No More Walk Campaign on 22th Feb kick start @ Tambunan Square. photos taken earlier this morning… More photos to b uploaded later. Stay tuned.

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DAP team supporting “Sabah Idle No More Walk” campaign at Tambunan Square this morning @8am led by Dr Edwin. DAPSY led by Henry Shim to complete the 3-days 90km walk 😀

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50 kick off Sabah Long March For Clean Elections

22 Feb 2013 | 316 views

Nearly 50 marchers today embarked on Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ walk from Tambunan to Penampang, calling for the protection of indigenous rights and clean and fair elections in the country.

According to Sabah activist Andrew Ambrose, the group gathered as early as 8am and started their three-day walk at 10.45am.

Sending them off were some 500 Sabahans, including several leaders from DAP, PKR, Parti Star and Sabah Progressive Party.

Ambrose said no BN leaders were present, although they had also been invited to the event.

“Before their send-off, Mercy Malaysia gave a health briefing and the Catholic, Muslim and Buddhist communities conducted prayers,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted.

He said there were also 15 participants from the peninsula and from Himpunan Hijau.

Reporter: Zulaikha Zulkifli
Voice-Over: Prasadh Michael
Visual Editor: Azfar Afandi

Sabah march

Supporting Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ Walk at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur !

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Supporting Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ Walk at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur !
Public · By Beng Kor
Showing support for Sabah “Idle No More” walk !Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ walk from Tambunan to Penampang, calling for the protection of indigenous rights and clean and fair elections in the country.

Jalan Raja, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nearly 50 marchers today embarked on Sabah’s 60km ‘Idle No More’ walk from Tambunan to Penampang, calling for the protection of indigenous rights and clean and fair elections in the country.

47人顺利踏上不再沉默旅途
五百人现身淡布南送行打气

沙巴“不再沉默”游行今天启动,47名参与者今天正式从淡布南出发,突出干净自由选举等诉求。

参与者安德鲁安博斯(Andrew Ambrose)表示,他们今早8点就在淡布南小镇集合,并且在10点45分正式迈出第一步。

他指出,另外还有500人,以及来自行动党、公正党、立新党、沙巴进步党的领袖现身给他们送行和加油打气。

“我们在出发之前,大马医药援助协会(Mercy Malaysia)为我们举行健康汇报会,同时举行基督、伊斯兰和佛教祈祷。”

详文见:http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/222042

47人顺利踏上不再沉默旅途
五百人现身淡布南送行打气
2013年2月22日 下午1点08分

下午1点35分更新

沙巴“不再沉默”游行今天启动,47名参与者今天正式从淡布南出发,突出干净自由选举等诉求。

参与者安德鲁安博斯(Andrew Ambrose)表示,他们今早8点就在淡布南小镇集合,并且在10点45分正式迈出第一步。

他指出,另外还有500人,以及来自行动党、公正党、立新党、沙巴进步党的领袖现身给他们送行和加油打气。

安德鲁补充,虽然他们也邀请了国阵成员党参与其盛,但他们始终没有派遣任何代表前来。

47人顺利踏上不再沉默旅途 五百人现身淡布南送行打气

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Malaysiakini

Peninsula monk joins Sabah ‘Idle No More’ march

A monk and 12 others from the Peninsula have flown all the way to Sabah to join the ‘Idle No More’ march that set off this morning in Tambunan.

Master Kongli had walked the full length of the 300km Himpunan Hijau march from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur last year with the same group.

One of the members, Moree Ngai from Ipoh who works in Kuala Lumpur, said they had leaned about the Sabah march from Himpunan Hijau chief Wong Tack, and subsequently bought their flight tickets early this month.

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Contacted by Malaysiakini yesterday, Ngai said their journey was on a voluntary basis as they need to pay for their own air tickets and transport charges to Sabah and back.

The 35-year-old computer administrator said she is a keen supporter of Himpunan Hijau for environmental protection cause, and said Wong would also join the walk tomorrow.

Peninsula monk joins Sabah ‘Idle No More’ march

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Malaysiakini

Sabah’s ‘long walk’ on even if police say no

Sabah activists declared today the 60km march from Tambunan to Penampang demanding clean and fair elections and indigenous rights will proceed, whether they get the green light from the police or not.

Dubbed ‘Idle No More’, the march will begin in Tambunan town at 9am on Friday and end at the Pagansakan Hall in Inobong, Penampang, at 2pm on Sunday.

Anne Lasimbang, who initiated the walk, said although they had met all the requirements set by the authorities, they were worried that the police might still treat it as an illegal assembly.

Lasimbang, who is executive director of NGO Partners in Community Organisations (Pacos) revealed they had informed the authorities of the event, only to be told to apply for a permit, despite the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 not requiring it.

“Whether we have the permit or not, it will proceed. We do not care. But the police did tell us they might allow it if there are no problems.

“Maybe there would be road blocks, maybe the police would say the march is illegal. But we will proceed. Although the police have not said anything yet, I feel they will suddenly say this is an illegal march,” she said when contacted.

Sabah’slong walk’ on even if police say no – Malaysiakini

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Idle No More is an ongoing protest movement originating among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, and to a lesser extent, internationally. It has consisted of a number of political actions worldwide, inspired in part by the liquid diet hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and further coordinated via social media. A reaction to alleged legislative abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the current federal government, the movement takes particular issue with the recent omnibus bill Bill C-45.

The protests have also spread outside of Canada. On December 27 an online source reported that there had been 30 Idle No More protests in the United States, and solidarity protests in Stockholm, Sweden, London, UK, Berlin, Germany, Auckland, New Zealand, and Cairo, Egypt.

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Friday, 22 February 2013 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG

Idle No More: From Grassroots to Global Movement

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:56 By Candice Bernd, Truthout | Report

When Jessica Gordon first created a Facebook page titled “Idle No More” to communicate with three other women educators and students in Saskatchewan about Canada’s Bill C-45, she had no idea she had chosen the name of what would become a global movement within two months.

Idle No More: From Grassroots to Global Movement

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