KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today paid tribute to Kimanis Umno chief Anifah Aman for raising issues on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
He said BN chairman Najib Razak had listened to Anifah’s input when it came to drafting the BN manifesto which was recently launched.
He said Anifah, who is foreign minister, together with Nancy Shukri, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, were appointed by the federal government to look into what had been overlooked in MA63.
“This shows our PM cares about these issues and wants to fully implement MA63.”
As such, he questioned the sentiments from the opposition, such as “Sabah for Sabahans” and “Sarawak for Sarawakians”.
“What is the need for this any more? We have always acknowledged the rights of the anak negeri (state rights),” Zahid said during a meet-the-people session in Bongawan, 60km from Kota Kinabalu, today.
He said such rhetoric will not work any more as the people will know how to judge.
“The implementation of MA63 is on-going,” he said.
“The prime minister has said if there was anything taken, not by Najib, but by a leader who was in power for 22 years before, we will return them.
“If there was anything sidelined or unresolved by past leaders, the prime minister will be able to resolve it,” he said.
Zahid called on the voters in Kimanis to give the ruling coalition a bigger mandate in the parliamentary constituency in the coming election.
Anifah, who is the incumbent Kimanis MP, as well as the representatives for the two state seats within Kimanis, Membakut’s Mohd Arifin Arif and Bongawan’s Mohamad Almain, secured convincing wins in the 2013 polls.
“In the last election, Membakut’s rep secured a 3,499-vote majority. I want this to increase to at least 5,000 votes.
“As for Bongawan, it was won by a majority of 5,730 votes. This time, I want it to increase to 7,000 votes.
“And for Kimanis, for sure the ‘tokoh’ of Kimanis will be able to get at least a 10,000-vote majority,” he said referring to Anifah.
By nomination day on April 28, Zahid hoped the three incumbents will be named to defend their seats.