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Sunday, May 6, 2018

PKR, DAP Sabah No Longer Credible to Defend Sabah

KOTA KINABALU -  “It would be unwise for Sabahans to continue to support PKR and DAP Sabah as their actions in the run-up to PRU-14 clearly show that they are no longer credible and cannot be trusted to safeguard Sabah,” said Datuk Dr. Kong Fui Seng, Deputy President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku who is contesting the Liawan State seat.

Previously both Pkr and Dap Sabah were insistent that they would not give way to local parties.  However, this insistence was thrown down the drain when they surrendered to Warisan with 45 State seats and openly acknowledged that Sabah should be managed by local parties.  They also acknowledge that it was also the sentiment of Sabahans.

To be consistent with their stand, they should give up their 15 seats to other local parties and concentrate their focus in Malaya.T heir flip-flop stand can only mean that they are not serious in granting full autonomy to Sabah.

Next, under the Federal Constitution, Sabah is entitled to 40% of the net revenues derived from Sabah. This amounts to some RM20 billion annually to be returned to Sabah.

However, in their PRU-14 Manifesto and a serious breach of the Federal Constitution, both Pkr and Dap changed the 40% net revenue derived from Sabah to 50% net revenue collected in Sabah.  It has many serious repercussions against Sabah.

There is a huge difference between income derived from Sabah and income collected in Sabah, which could be RM15 billion less.

Firstly, most of the big revenues are paid by companies, including international oil companies, Petron and Petronas, plantation companies and branches of companies based in Malaya and Sarawak, which derive their income from their Sabah operations.  Thus, it means that Sabah would receive very much less revenue from the 50% collection and could amount to a loss of RM15 billion annually.

Secondly, the 40% net entitlement derived from Sabah is a constitutional provision agreed by the founding fathers of Malaysia in 1963.  By changing it to 50% collection without amending the Federal Constitution, Pkr and Dap is not honouring the Federal Constitution.

Thirdly, with the change to 50% collection, they are dishonouring what was agreed upon in 1963.

Fourthly, by changing to 50% collection in Sabah, both Pkr and Dap obviously being Malayan parties, do not wish to return the full amount to Sabah and still wish to take the rest to Malaya for the use of Malaya.  This is a gross humiliation of Sabahans and a slap for all Sabahans, leaders of Pkr and Dap Sabah included.

Last but not least, Pkr and Dap can no longer be trusted and do not have the integrity and credibility to honour what they promise.

In PRU-13, Dap candidates were made to promise to pay RM5 million compensation in the event they jumped from Dap.  After the elections, 3 of their 4 winning candidates left Dap.

What Dap did and what was to be promised in PRU-14 is totally unacceptable for a party who have always said to be based on principles.  The party took no action to discipline the 3 candidates who frogged to other parties including BN and their RM5 million promise vanished into thin air.

To make things easier for Dap candidates to frog out after PRU-14, there were no promises to compensate the party if any wining candidate were to leave.  Even if they were to put a RM100 million compensation, it would still be meaningless as they would not enforce it.

If RM5 million they do not enforce, where will be the will to enforce for RM100 million?

Dap Sabah’s actions clearly showed that they no longer honour their principles and cannot be trusted.  And we have not even touch how Dap and Pkr Sabah are no longer raising the issues of Project IC and illegal immigrants now that Dr. Mahathir and Warisan are with them.

For Sabahans genuinely wanting change and the return of Sabah rights, it is pointless to give their votes to Pkr-Dap or Warisan.  The votes would be better for Gabungan Sabah, wanting full autonomy and return of Sabah’s rights for its own development and future prosperity.

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