KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) have been given top priority in the Sabah BN manifesto for the upcoming polls, Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman announced tonight.
Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, dubbed “Tanah Airku Maju”, Musa said preserving the rights and interests of Sabah under MA63 is the top item in BN’s agenda.
“At the state level, we will ensure that all commitments mentioned are fulfilled by the federal government.
“Secondly, we will strive to strengthen inter-racial and inter-religious harmony.
“We will also work hard to eradicate poverty and build more affordable homes,” he said.
Almost all current and past BN leaders were present during the event, including former Sabah chief minister Chong Kah Kiat, who was once at odds with Musa.
Outlining the 20-point manifesto further, Musa, who is also Sabah BN chairman, said the government would create equal employment opportunities and increase development projects for rural areas.
“We pledge to intensify our commitment to environmental preservation by pursuing a green economy and to reduce the divide between urban and rural areas.
“We remain committed to women’s empowerment and gender equality.
“Also, youth and sports development will be well funded to produce more talent like Rayzam Shah, who won a gold medal in athletics at the 2017 SEA Games,” he said.
Musa added that BN also recognised the creative industry as a new economic driver and will strive to improve broadband access across the state.
Speaking on the opposition parties in the state, Musa said they had promised much but have not declared any concrete plan of action.
“All they want is power and the rakyat should not be duped into making changes just for the sake of change,” Musa said.
“Not all changes bring good and some of them can turn a country into ashes.”