KOTA KINABALU: If Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was serious about “moments of unity”, he should address the legitimate grievances of the Orang Asal in Borneo, said DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang in a statement.
In Sabah, this includes recognising the significance of Batu Sumpah (Oath Stone), a constitutional document in stone in Keningau, he said in conjunction with the 52nd Anniversary of Batu Sumpah.
The government, added Lim, should comply with the three key points enshrined on Batu Sumpah, no religion in Sabah; land a state matter; and respect for the Adat and culture, customs and traditions of the Orang Asal.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP and DAP Parliamentary Leader, also urged resolution of the illegal immigrant phenomenon in Sabah.
“The problem has gone on for more than two-generations,” pointed out Lim. “It’s changing not only the demography but also politics in the country.”
He warned the illegal immigrant problem has grave security implications in Sabah.
Thirdly, Lim proposed a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and 20 Points, the basis for Sabah and Sarawak to federate with Malaya.
After more than five-decades of Malaysia, he reminded, it was high time the two Borneo nations were accorded their legitimate rights and powers.
Finally, he agrees with PBS Acting President and Federal Minister Maximus Ongkili that “skipped facts” in history text books should be addressed. “Among the skipped facts are Batu Sumpah, MA63 and the 20 Points.”
He welcomed Ongkili announcing a working committee to study the “skipped facts”.
He expressed the hope the Education Ministry would reinsert the “skipped facts” in history text books. “We need the facts on the formation of Malaysia.”
Batu Sumpah was officially in place in Keningau on 31 August 1964. The Federal Government was represented by Cabinet Minister Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam.