PKR vice-president says enough time has been wasted on committees set up to look into issues affecting both states and calls for them to be discussed in Parliament.
PETALING JAYA: PKR Vice-President Darell Leiking has called for a special parliamentary session to debate the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
In a statement, the Penampang MP said MA63 had been the hottest topic in the East Malaysian states for the past few years and with the 14th General Election looming, Putrajaya could no longer ignore it.
He said of late, certain quarters had shown an eagerness to set up committee after committee to look into the MA63 issue, resulting in promises that may never be fulfilled.
“I think the people have had enough of committees and promises.
“It is time for us to debate this in Parliament once and for all. Whether we agree, after the debate, to set up another committee, that is another thing.”
Recently, Sabah BN component party, PBS, announced it had set up two committees to look into issues pertaining to MA63.
Leiking said there were 56 MPs from Borneo, and he would do his best to ensure every MP from Sabah and Sarawak attended the parliamentary session, adding that the BN backbenchers will have to move a motion on the matter.
This, he said, was because under the current regime, only a motion put forth by BN would be prioritised.
Leiking said the country is at a crossroads at the moment and Sabahans had seen how Sarawakians had managed to place Prime Minister Najib Razak in a tight corner so much so that everything Sarawak asked for is being reciprocated by the Federal Government.
He also said it was “quite clear” that Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem was sending signals to Sabah to join him in this struggle for more autonomy when he warned that BN risks losing parliamentary seats if Putrajaya denies devolution of powers to Sarawak.
“Instead of fulfilling their obligations, the Federal Government tries to placate us by promising huge development projects to Sabah and Sarawak, saying they give us so much attention, they listen to us, give us this and that.”
However, he said, above all this, what had not been granted to Sabah and Sarawak was their equal position within the federation.
Leiking also said there were many Peninsular Malaysia MPs who believed that the promises made to Sabah and Sarawak, as agreed in the Malaysia Agreement, must be fulfilled.
“As an MP, I would love to see that every MP from Sabah and Sarawak urge for a debate about the issue in Parliament,” he said, adding four days should be allocated to debate the issue.
“Then let the prime minister answer. He must answer to the people of Sabah and Sarawak.
“I assure you that all Sabahans and Sarawakians, wherever they are, will be watching us live on the Internet as we demand our rights.”
Leiking rubbished the idea that such a debate will lead to the exit of Sabah and Sarawak from the federation. Instead, he said, it would reinstate the position of both states in the federation.