PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance to the people of Sabah and Sarawak that the coalition will look into their unhappiness in regards to their status in the Malaysian federation.
“Lots of people are unhappy. We need to look at the reservations at the time of the Malaysia Agreement in 1963.
“We need to look into all the reservations — 18 items in Sarawak, 20 items in Sabah,” he told reporters.
He said this during a press conference in Sarawak which was shown live on his Facebook page.
Mahathir is on a visit to Sarawak and is expected to give a speech later to the rakyat.
He added that PH will draw up a special manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak and look at the reasons for the disatisfaction and find remedies.
“They would want to be in control of their petroleum products, education, etc.
“We will look into to that. We will come with an open mind,” he gave his assurance.
Mahathir, who was seated with DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang during the press conference, also told pressmen that the party hoped to win “quite a number of seats” in the coming general election.
When asked further on the number of seats Pakatan was hoping to win, he said it will be enough to form a government.
The former prime minister also indicated that he would like to meet Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders now running the state government.
“I would like to talk to them but I don’t know whether they would like to talk to me or not.
“Everyone seems to be very shy nowadays. Last time, when I came here, people would visit me but now it’s a little restrained,” he said.