The Sabah Oath Stone: Promises and assurances of eligious liberty

Source: Religious Liberty after 50 years of Independence:   At the first anniversary of Independence Day, 31 August 1964, an oath stone or popularly known as Batu Sumpah was unveiled in Keningau witnessed by both State and Federal leaders. Inscribed on a plaque in Bahasa Malaysia were three principles agreed to by local chiefs:

(1) freedom of religion in Sabah;

(2) the Government of Sabah holds authority over lands in Sabah; and

(3) native traditions and customs should be respected and preserved by the Government.

It is significant that freedom of religion was the first principle. Our far-sighted forefathers had done so much for us afterall.

Video by S L Chong, Citizen Journalist

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