Pandikar: I disagree 100 times with Abang Johari over MA63

Pandikar-AminKUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia says it does not matter if Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg disagrees with him over the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“He doesn’t agree with me, I don’t agree with him. If he disagrees with me 10 times, I disagree with him 100 times.

“If he says that my view is not important, I can also say that his view doesn’t make sense to me,” he said when met by reporters in Parliament here today.

He said he had listened to the chief minister of Penang and the menteri besar of Selangor as well as all the ministers, so the Sarawak CM’s opinion did not matter.

When asked if he was willing to debate with Abang Johari on the matter, Pandikar replied: “Oh yes. If he wants to debate with me I will welcome it.”

Pandikar had said two days ago that there was no reason to claim that Sabah and Sarawak had equal status with Malaya. Instead, he said, all states were equal in Malaysia.

“There is no such thing if you understand the concept of federalism.

“Federalism means all states must be on equal status, so how can you say that Sabah and Sarawak have equivalent status to Malaya when in fact after Malaysia was created in 1963, Malaya ceased to exist,” he had said during the launch of his new book entitled “Berpisah Tiada” that dwells on the laws of Sabah and its place within Malaysia.

He then blamed “irresponsible voices out there” for saying that the rights of Sabahans and Sarawakians had been taken away.