PUTATAN: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin has dismissed Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) promise to create a royal commission of inquiry into Sabah and Sarawak’s rights, saying the BN government has already done what was promised by the opposition coalition.
Sabah PH yesterday promised to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to study ways to implement the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) fairly.
Sabah PH chairperson Christina Liew said the RCI would be one of the many issues set to be included in the coalition’s election manifesto for Sabah.
“This is something unnecessary because their promises are empty and harp on old stuff as we in BN have already been fulfilling the rights of Sabahans and Sarawakians,” Yahya told reporters during a Chinese New Year function here today.
“The prime minister has promised this. We will return what needs to be returned and fix what needs to be fixed.”
Yahya, who is also Petagas assemblyman, said BN had already implemented and will implement more of what PH is only now promising.
“What Pakatan Harapan is promising is not above and beyond what we’re already implementing,” said Yahya.
“In fact, we’ve done more because we have implemented a lot of things and will implement more.”
Yahya believed the Chinese in Sabah, particular in Putatan, support BN as evident during functions and celebrations which draw a big crowd from the Chinese community.
“This is the response to how we manage their affairs in Putatan and Sabah to the extent that they feel comfortable and trust us,” said Yahya.
“They know the BN government manages their affairs according to their wishes and this is why they support BN.”
Liew, who is also Sabah PKR chairman, said PH’s proposal would be unlike what the Sabah state rights committee is doing right now, namely to review the agreement.
“We want to implement the agreement but it must be done fairly. This means, what was taken must be given back to Sabah and what was never implemented must be put into place,” she told reporters after the Sabah PH Chinese New Year event here.
Liew said while it was true the Federal Constitution only provided for 40% of the net revenue collected by the federal government to be returned to Sabah, a PH government would give back 50%.
This was because, she said, the coalition knew that Sabah had been deprived of this right since 1974 when the amount of RM26.4 million, supposedly representing the 40% allocation, was never reviewed.