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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review Now and Fulfil Assured Rights and Promises or Dissolve MA63 !

KOTA KINABALU - “Najib and the Federal government must act immediately to invite all Stakeholders to Review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), if he is serious about solving the discontentments of the Borneo States” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, in response to PM Najib’s statements that he is willing to listen and discuss MA63 with Sabah and Sarawak.

“Merely opening his door and listening to Sabah and Sarawak is not enough.  He must show sincerity and act to fulfil the terms and conditions Sabah and Sarawak agreed to form Malaysia in 1963” added Dr. Jeffrey.

Sabah and Sarawak have been played around, hoodwinked and cheated for far too long by Malaya and the Federal government since the formation of Malaysia by taking advantage of our political inexperience and obliging attitudes. This exploitative colonial manoeuvring has intensified since the 1970s.

The constitutional downgrading of the TYT from Yang DiPertua Negara to Yang DiPertua Negeri and Sabah/Sarawak to be the 12th/13th states of Malaya; the robbing of our oil/gas; the Melayunisation of our population; the granting of ICs and registration of foreigners as voters in Project IC; the two-year rotation of the Sabah Chief Minister and the direct rule by Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya through UMNO coming into Sabah are but merely some of the rights that have been taken away or eroded since 1963.

As if this is not enough, the rights and autonomy of Sabah negotiated and enshrined in the various constitutional documents, including the Federal Constitution, IGC Report and MA63 were totally ignored.

Worse, the Federal government have made it sensitive even to talk about the MA63 and even amended the Sedition Act to make it a seditious and criminal offence in 2015.

Even the rights of Sabah written specifically to be implemented in the Federal Constitution, for which the Malaysian leaders are sworn to protect, are not only ignored but moneys and revenues meant for Sabah are stolen in breach of the Federal Constitution.

Sabah and Sarawak which were partners with Malaya to form Malaysia are now mere subservient, dependent states of Malaya masquerading in the name of Malaysia.

By exploiting resource rich Sabah/Sarawak as "colonies",  these States have developed little in comparison to their potentials.  The difference and under-development is even more glaring if compared with former compatriots Singapore and Brunei, the world’s 3rd and 5th richest nations.   In fact, and worse still, Sabah and Sarawak despite all their oil and gas and wealth, have become the poorest States in the Federation of Malaysia.

Sabah and Sarawak is so under-developed compared to Malaya yet, last month, PM Najib agreed to build the East Coast Railway for RM55 billion.   With the drop in the ringgit the last 3 days, it would have now cost more than RM60 billion with no chance of repayment from the railway users.   Eventually, it will be paid from the oil and gas from Sabah and Sarawak.   Yet not a single sen of the RM144 billion China projects will be spent in Sabah.

If the continuation of the down-grading of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th States of Malaya, the rape and pillage of Sabah and Sarawak’s oil wealth and revenues and the marginalization and under-development of Sabah and Sarawak continues what, then is the future of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia?

The Malayan and federal leaders need to remember and be reminded that Sabah and Sarawak are not asking for additional rights or taking away any rights from the other States in Malaya but merely seeking to implementation of rights that were agreed by the founding fathers.

Can Najib and Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya blame the rising discontent in these two nation-States?

Can Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya blame the calls for secession although it is not secession when parties to an agreement choose to leave for non-compliance, it is dissolution?

So, PM Najib let us resolve the problems or dissolve the MA63?

What is it going to be?


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