A Sabah MP has questioned the federal government's right to claiming 'Janji Ditepati' in Sabah when it has not fulfilled the terms of the 20-point agreement signed in 1963.
Chua Soon Bui, the Tawau MP, said it was regrettable that the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture has chosen such a “misleading-and-self-glorifying” theme for this year’s National Day’s celebration, when Sabah is currently the poorest state in Malaysia.
“What promises have been fulfilled in Sabah when despite being an equal partner of the Federation of Malaysia, and once the richest state in Malaysia, with rich natural resources including oil and gas, Sabah has been reduced to the poorest state in Malaysia?
“What promises have been fulfilled for Sabah in term of 20 points agreement when Malaysia was formed on Sept 16, 1963, 49 years ago?
“It is a shame that Sabah is the most impoverished state in Malaysia today, with poverty rate of 19.7% as compared to Perlis – the second poorest state with a poverty rate of 6%. Sabah is 5.5 times poorer compared to the national poverty average of 3.6%,” she said.
Chua, a vice-president of the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), also wants the federal government to respect the historical facts of the nation, especially in regards to its formation.
The government leaders in the peninsula, she said, were continuing to twist historical facts by declaring that the nation is 55 years old, when Malaysia has not existed for that long.
Malaysia was only formed together with Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak on Sept 16, 1963 and so their calculations do not add up, she said.
“Stop misleading the people on the actual and correct number of years since it has achieved independence from British rule. It is 49 years for Sabah and not 55 years,” she said.