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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sabah and Sarawak completely left out from Citizens’ Declaration

The Citizens’ Declaration, dubbed “anti-Najib declaration”, gives new hopes that finally change can be achieved in the near future. But it is sad for Sabahans and Sarawakians that the declaration yesterday by the nation’s ex-prime minister, ex-deputy prime minister, ex-ministers and all sorts of top opposition and civil society leaders have forgotten completely the plight of the Borneo territories.

As a result, the Citizens Declaration has become an entirely “Malayan affair”, says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee in a statement.

He added that other than calling for the repeal of recent laws that oppress the people, the declaration should have also called for the abolition unfair policies imposed on Sabah such as the cabotage policy and the Malayanisation of the civil service.

“The Citizens declaration should have been an excellent opportunity to recognize the autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak promised in the Malaysia Agreement and the dropping of criminal charges against Sabahan activists who had championed compliance with the Malaysia Agreement.

“As for the declaration calling for the restoration of the integrity of the nation’s institutions such as the MACC and Police, it should have included the National Registration Department so that the sanctity of citizenship documents can be preserved.

“The continued issuance of dubious citizenship documents by Putrajaya to unqualified foreigners cannot be tolerated,” Yong pointed out.

“Finally, with the continued failure of the federal government to uplift Labuan as promised in the 1984 federalization of Labuan, the time has come to campaign for the eventual return of Labuan to Sabah,” said Yong.

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