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‘Bring KL back to negotiation table’

 | June 26, 2013

Being Chief Ministers Musa Aman and Taib Mahmud can exert their influence through their MPs and fight for the Borneo Agenda, said Jeffrey Kitingan.

KUCHING:  Local opposition Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) has called on the Chief Ministers of Sabah and Sarawak – Musa Aman and Taib Mahmud – to bring Kuala Lumpur back to the negotiation table to discuss the reinstatement of the 20 and 18 points Malaysia Agreement.

“This is the best time for all of us to join hands and fight for our rights.

“We have the power to bring Kuala Lumpur back to the conference table and discuss our rights,” said STAR chief Jeffrey Kitingan in reference to the May 5 general election.

In the polls, Barisan Nasional in Peninsular Malaysia won a total of 86 seats, while the Pakatan Rakyat won 80 seats.

But BN went on to form the government with the support of 47 MPs from the Borneo states.  Sabah BN won 22 out 25 seats it contested, while Sarawak BN won 25 out of 31 seats.

Kitingan, who is in Kuching this week, said Musa and Taib must lead the people of Borneo in redeeming their rights.

He said he would send a memorandum to the effect to the two CMs and other political leaders in the two Borneo states to set aside their political differences and back his party’s fight for the Borneo Agenda.

“Let us put aside our political differences and regard this fight as our Borneo agenda.

Sabah and Sarawak should not be regarded as 12th and 13th states of the federation of Malaysia.

“We should be regarded as equal partners with Malaya, and because of this unequal treatment the two states are far behind in terms of development such as roads, ” he said.

Lost rights

He added that the rights enshrined in the 20 and 18 point agreement as well as those stated in the state and feedral constitution had been taken away from Sabah and Sarawak.

“We want the chief ministers of the two states to bring Kuala Lumpur back to the conference table to discuss our rights.

“Being Chief Ministers, they can exert their influence through members of parliament from the two states.

“Had it not been for the support of MPs from the two states, the federal government cannot be formed in Putrajaya,” Kitingan told reporters here.

Kitingan has been in the forefront fighting for the rights of the Borneo people and had was even jailed under the Internal Security Act (ISA) by the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for speaking for the rights of the East Malaysians.

In a recent interview, Kitingan  said that he had no fear fighting for the Borne agenda, and  was prepared to go to jail again for the cause.

He said he would travel throughout the Borne states to explain to the people their rights under the Malaysia Agreement. Kitingan said not many people were aware of their rights.


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