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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sabah Stands to Benefit From Sabah Rights/MA63 Debates – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The persistence of the Sabah Rights fighters and activists in leading the claims for the restoration of Sabah Rights as well as those of neighbouring Sarawak are slowly but surely bearing fruits.  The testimonials are plain to see with the raging and often heated controversies and debates on Sabah/Sarawak Rights and MA63” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Bingkor Assemblyman and President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in a statement released today.

Their persistence and tenacity to spread the word on Sabah Rights despite great odds and obstacles put in by the ruling BN governments have strike the right chords with the masses and leaders of political parties across the political divide. 

It is interesting that some of these Umno BN leaders and ex-leaders, some of whom, had denied the existence of Sabah Rights are now claiming to be champions of Sabah Rights.   They include a former PM who used to put people in jail for raising Sabah Rights and then accuse them of being secessionists.

There are also political parties who even promise to give back 50% of Sabah’s revenues if elected into office and which 50% is not even provided in the Federal Constitution.

Whether they are really sincere or not, only time will tell. 

While the Sarawak Legislative Assembly has tabled and passed unanimously in 2015, the Motion to empower the Sarawak Government to seek the restoration of their Rights in Malaysia, the Sabah Assembly rejected the Motions on Sabah Rights and MA63 although debates on Sabah Rights and MA63 were allowed at the just concluded sitting.

Regardless, the movement for Sabah Rights are now difficult to stop as more and more Sabahans are waking up to the realities of Sabah being treated as a colony, her rich resources of oil and gas taken, and her revenue rights denied and misappropriated for the development of Malaya.  At the same time, Sabah had descended from being the 2nd richest if not the richest State in the 1970s to be the poorest now.

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