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SakSaMa reveals salient points on MoU for alliance

 | July 29, 2016

The alliance will not allow conventions and government policy initiatives that go against the Malaysian Constitution.


KOTA KINABALU: A newly-formed Opposition alliance, which spans both sides of the South China Sea, has disclosed salient details of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will be signed by at least seven parties in the Sabah capital on Monday, August 1.

Gabungan Rakyat SakSaMa (SakSaMa) Secretary-General Jack Giau said, for starters, SakSaMa was an idea whose time had come. “We need to restructure the distribution of political power in the Federation and restructure the distribution of resources.”

SakSaMa, in short, will be about organised convenience, he added in a telephone interview. “It will be a one-stop political centre for the people. We will not get into organised inconvenience.”

The alliance will not allow the politics of distraction and disruption, created by race and religion, to take centre stage to divert the people’s attention from the issues of the day.

Briefly, said Giau whose Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan) is a SakSaMa member, the seven founder member organisations were coming together as allies to collaborate in a mutual endeavour, unity, for Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya (SakSaMa). “It’s also for the Equal (saksama) Partnership of Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya, three nations, in the Federation of Malaysia.”

The MoU sets the policy guidelines, based on principles, he explained. “That will drive our mutual endeavour – unity  in this collaboration.”

SakSaMa has taken due note that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was signed by five governments – the United Kingdom, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya  and lodged with the UN Secretary-General as an International Treaty and Trust Deed, although the latter status was perhaps not registered as one, continued Giau.

SakSaMa, elsewhere, has taken a policy position on MA63.

Firstly, the Malaysian Parliament cannot amend MA63 nor can the Federal Constitution and the Federal Court ignore MA63.

Secondly, SakSaMa will not allow conventions that go against the letter and spirit of the Malaysian Constitution.

Thirdly, SakSaMa will not allow government policy initiatives that go against the letter and spirit of the Malaysian Constitution.

The thrust of the MoU is to honour, respect, protect and defend the uncodified secular Malaysian Constitution, disclosed Giau. “This is based on rule of law as embodied in the Federal Constitution as well and MA63 and related constitutional documents on Malaysia.”

The Secretary-General stressed that the other documents making up the Malaysian Constitution include Batu Sumpah, 20 Points (Sabah), 18 Points (Sarawak), Cobbold Commission Report, Inter-Governmental Committee Report (IGC), Malaysia Bill and the Malaysia Act.


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