KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has vowed to create a second deputy prime minister’s seat specifically for Sabah and Sarawak if it wins in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).
Sabah PH chairperson Christina Liew said the post would allow for better representation of the two Borneo states at the federal level.
When asked if the states could have someone from there as the prime minister, she said: “We can propose to give the prime minister’s post also, if that is the sentiment of Sabahans who want to see a true representation of equality under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“But according to the Federal Constitution, the prime minister must be the leader of a party or coalition that enjoys the largest majority in the Dewan Rakyat.”
Liew, who is also state PKR chief, was speaking at a press conference after the soft launch of PH’s manifesto for Sabah here yesterday. Also present was PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The manifesto includes a promise to return 50% of federal revenue collected from Sabah back to the state, and to review and act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah.
It also assures that a PH government would clean up the electoral roll and lay emphasis on education in the state.
Liew said the PH manifesto was more robust and precise in addressing the needs and aspirations of Sabahans than the manifesto of the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat in the last election in May 2013.
She said the new manifesto, dubbed “PH New Deal for Sabah and Sarawak”, took into account the fact that Sabahans and Sarawakians were lagging behind in many fields compared to citizens in Peninsular Malaysia.
The manifesto will be made a part of the PH manifesto for the whole country, she added.
“This is just the first stage of our manifesto launch. The full manifesto will only be revealed after Parliament is dissolved because if we reveal everything now, other people might copy us.”
She said the five core issues covered in the manifesto for Sabah were regional governance rights, fair oil and gas rights, infrastructure and industrial development, education and human resource development.
She also assured structural reforms and good governance based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Federal Constitution.
She said some of the promises made in the 2013 manifesto would remain in the new one, with more on the table this time, especially with regard to people’s increasing demands for more rights as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement.